Nissan Japanese carmaker has unveiled today at the Paris auto show their latest concept, it’s named 2010 Nissan Townpod Concept and it looks as though it is a cross between the MINI Clubman and a tank. Nissan Townpod provides a simple platform, which each user can individually tune to their own peculiar needs.
Be they a musician transporting their kit between gigs, a delicatessen proprietor distributing their wares or an architect carrying drawings to a client, each can adapt the interior of their Nissan Townpod using proprietary as well as third-party sourced accessories.
The Nissan Townpod has odd headlights that change shape to serve as daytime runners when the sun is up, but are also meant to give the car a bonnet design like the Nissan Z.
“Only they know what is essential for their lives, so it is logical that they should be the ones who determine the ultimate specification of their cars. For them an off-the-shelf solution is not enough and the best-equipped people to tailor-make their cars are themselves. What is more revealing is that Nissan Townpod users do not appreciate stereotypes or status symbols. For them, the ultimate status is to have no status.”said François Bancon, general manager of Nissan’s Exploratory and Advance Planning Department.
The six-door model uses the same powertrain as the Nissan LEAF. Meant to keep with automakers’ trends of using “relaxing” colors for alternative fueled vehicles, the car was painted in “Stratosphere White” and features “electric blue” accents.
Inside the Townpod uses a somewhat futuristic steering wheel with several controls integrated in. With two touch screens and a small joystick gear selector, the dashboard and console have almost no push buttons anywhere. To make the car functional, engineers installed a slim rear bench that can bury right in to the front seats to create more cargo space. An interesting feature is The Puck, a carved rubber ball that handles drink holders, purses and man bags, as well as mobile phones.