Selasa, 31 Maret 2009

Qazana Concept previews future compact crossover from Nissan

Nissan on Tuesday revealed its Qazana crossover concept at the Geneva Motor. Nissan says the five-door crossover will lead to a production model in relatively short order, with assembly beginning in early 2010. Nissan has described the car as a “baby brother” to the Qashqai compact SUV.

“Qazana points the way to that future and gives an indication of the unique and exciting car we will be producing,” said Trevor Mann, Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe.

The design is dominated by large, wide wheel arches and a lower stance. The vehicle appears to be geared toward European and Asian markets, but that doesn’t necessarily rule out North American sales.

“The Qazana concept is an intelligent, all-wheel drive crossover which is masculine, agile, lean, and designed for the tough city streets. Our team at Nissan Design Europe in London realized this image with the motif of a modern day beach buggy and four-seat motor-bike,” said Atsushi Maeda, Studio Chief Designer, Nissan Design Europe.

According to Matt Weaver, project lead designer at NDE, Qazana was designed to be fun. “It’s a hugely optimistic car, which is no bad thing in these difficult times. Had it been created in the 1960s, it would have counted camper vans, bikes and buggies as its rivals. Infused with that same spirit, there’s nothing quite like it available today.”

Nissan plans to build the vehicle at its Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom.

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