We look back at what Nissan had in store for us at the Brussels Salon, and what news she had on display in Detroit
Walking on the Nissan stand, we stood eye to eye with a cutout view of the Leaf, which is evidently put in the spotlight to promote the "electrification" of the Belgian, or rather Flemish automotive market.
Indeed, the Flemish government is putting up to 5,000 Euros on the table for every purchase of an all electric car, and Nissan adds a further 5,000 Euros on top of that.
Nissan attracts buyers at the other end of the scale with its new Navara, and indeed, pick ups are also gaining in popularity on our shores.
We were smitten by the very attractive concept car, the SWAY, and if this is a harbinger of the styling of future Nissan products, then we can expect some very nice looking cars indeed. Nissan PR assistant Vanessa Van De Velde told us that the styling of the concept car will be largely unaltered when it goes into production.
Unveiled at last year’s the Geneva Show, the Sway is a glimpse at how a future generation of compact Nissan models might look if the company's striking new design language was applied to a European hatchback. It is a concept car designed especially to appeal to European tastes: it is seen as emotional, edgy and exciting.
Besides a very nice looking Infiniti Coupé, of which more later, Nissan had a very rugged looking and super-sized, off-road modified design study it calls the TITAN Warrior Concept. Nissan Design America (NDA) took the TITAN XD's production design to new extremes with unapologetic, aggressive, athletic styling features that declare the concept's off-road adventure intent and Nissan's optimism for the truck market. The concept was created by Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California. It underlines of course the launch of the TITAN XD on the US market, which is indeed very different from ours… just look at the photos!
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