By Rosie Ogden
THE 44th Tokyo Motor Show, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight, is on from October 30th until November 8th.
Among the exhibits will be Nissan’s Teatro for Dayz, an innovative concept that signals a new direction in mobile technology. Designed especially for the digital generation, the Japanese car giant says this vision of near-future vehicles “departs from convention and marks a shift in perception”.
The concept is making its Japanese debut following its unveiling at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show last month.
Nissan describes the generation of people who went straight from the cradle to digital technology as “share natives.”
In a few years they will reach driving age, and the idea was to design something that will appeal to these people. Will they even want to drive? Nissan thinks so, and has designed a provocative solution: Teatro for Dayz.
Its name is drawn from the Italian word for theatre and a Nissan minicar. “The concept has an innovative design and features that enable share natives to create and share experiences immediately with friends both onboard and online”.
Designed under the concept of “a clean canvas,” a key feature is its smooth white interior that “allows the instrument panel, seats and even door trim to serve as a blank canvas for expression”.
Built on Nissan’s EV technology, Teatro for Dayz is as much a giant mobile battery as four-wheel transportation. To a share native, this is the point: cars can be mobile devices for occupants who are interested in creating, connecting and sharing.
The Nissan Gripz Concept will also be at the show, and aims to blend “the ability and practicality of a compact crossover with the excitement and performance of a sports car”.
Equipped with an EV-technology-based series hybrid system – Pure Drive e-Power – the Gripz Concept “delivers a smooth, refined and exhilarating driving experience with outstanding fuel efficiency”.
The exterior is guided by an “emotional geometry” body sculpting concept, which depicts strong contrasts, while the interior has a ‘gliding wing’ instrument panel, with “an elegantly thin design that combines strength with simplicity”.
Rounding off a trio of Nissan concepts in Tokyo is the Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, a supercar developed in conjunction with Polyphony Digital Inc, the creators of the racing video game Gran Turismo.
The latest creation in the Vision Gran Turismo Project was unveiled at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. It is “a real-world embodiment of a virtual car, through which gamers around the world experience Nissan’s dynamic performance and innovation”.