Nissan Qazana: Crossover Concept
Motoring Channel Staff - 4/March/2009
The Qazana concept will become a reality in 2010
The Nissan Qazana's back seats are cramped
Geneva, Switzerland – Nissan has never been shy when it comes to creating bizarre concept cars, and Qazana is yet another example of this boldness.
Breaking cover at the 2009 Geneva Auto Salon, the weird concept car has an interesting message.
Weaver, who is one of the lead designers at Nissan Design Europe (NDE),
where the Qazana was developed, says the concept is ..."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," says Mr Weaver.
that can lift spirits and make people forget their financial woes is a
good thing, and that's what this particular vehicle is aiming for.
mind that it looks silly and would ridiculed by the townsfolk, because
if it makes you smile then it's accomplished its mission.
Nissan has confirmed that the Qazana concept will
eventually become a production vehicle, due to be produced in 2010 and
sold later that year.
Tavares, Nissan's second-in-command, stated "I am pleased to announce
that the production version of Qazana will be made in Europe at our
world-class manufacturing facility in Sunderland, United Kingdom in
The design is very rounded and has been cruelly likened to a Tupperware container, yet there are merits in the design.
passenger doors improve access to the interior and would be a great
addition to a production model but the small rear window wouldn't
provide a clear view of what is behind the car.
a crossover vehicle, the Qazana concept is the 5-door micro SUV that is
being touted as the baby brother to the Dualis (known as the Qashqai in
Europe and Rogue in the United States).
final production design won't be as radical as this concept car, though
we do hope the dinky fog lights make the transition to the production
The front grille and window profile
are probably the only areas that will be carried over, while the
production car's overall silhouette is likely resemble this concept car.
"The Qazana concept is an intelligent, all-wheel drive
crossover which is masculine, agile, lean, and designed for the tough
city streets," Atsushi Maeda, the chief designer at NDE says.
"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," adds Maeda-san.
Designed to be a compact but high-riding city SUV, the production
version of this concept car will be manufactured at Nissan's Sunderland
plant in the UK in 2010.
Also presented at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show was the NV200,
an all-new vehicle that will compete in global small van and people
Nissan says the passenger version is designed to offer accessible,
practical family transportation, thanks to three rows and sliding side
doors for easy access to the rear and the interior can be configured
differently to accommodate up to seven occupants.
Van and Combi
versions will be introduced at a later date.
confirmed that the NV200 will be manufactured for European markets at
its Spanish plant in Barcelona from the end of this year.
Japanese company's electric car aspirations appear to be on track as
well. Speaking at the press conference in Geneva, Carlos Tavares who is
the executive vice president at Nissan, said: "Zero emissions
mobility has incredible momentum. Nissan is ensuring it will become
part of our everyday lives in Europe, sooner than you think.
2011, we will deliver zero emission mobility to Europe, powered by our
own battery technology. Zero emission mobility is not a solitary
venture. We have enjoyed an enthusiastic display of support, having
forged strategic partnerships with organisations worldwide," added
- Nissan Dualis (2008)
- Nissan X-Trail (Road Test)
- Nissan 370Z (2009)
350Z (2007 Road Test)
- Nissan GT-R (2009)
- Nissan Micra (Road Test)
- Nissan Silvia/200SX (2010)
- Nissan Maxima (Road Test)
Tiida (Road Test)