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  Nissan Actic

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Country of origin:Japan
Produced in:2004
Introduced at:2004 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionInnovation springs from many places, according to the designers of the Nissan Actic concept vehicle, which made its world debut at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit - including items as simple as the small, handheld technology devices ranging from key fobs and PDAs to MP3 players and GPS systems.

The Nissan Actic is a 'content rich' design exercise created by Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA) in La Jolla, Calif. The sleek, silver, bullet-shaped Actic, with its flowing body and matching trailer, makes a visionary statement about how vehicle owners will approach technology in the future. In place of traditional content-heavy vehicle control systems that become outdated immediately, Actic's handheld 'key fob'-based Information Technology (IT) system allows the user to 'grow' the interface with infinite flexibility and updateability.

Actic provides nearly unlimited opportunities for its users to explore and challenge the relationship between exterior and interior environments and to introduce elements of personalization by projecting video displays on a series of six roof-mounted flat LCD screens. Other Actic innovations include dual sliding side doors, a 'cross trainer'-style wheel and tire design with tread-wrapped 20-inch aluminium-alloy wheels, and a versatile, matching trailer with inflatable walls that converts to a comfortable sleeping space for three.

Conceived essentially as a new form of entry-level vehicle, the Actic Concept acknowledges a growing group of users who find themselves transitioning from single life to married with small children. While these buyers' vehicle needs might now include making room for items such as child seats and baby strollers, they still enjoy socializing with friends, career-related activities and outdoor adventures.

Actic's physical presence, while bold in shape, evokes a sense of spareness and simplicity - as well as extreme efficiency. Its direct profile and subtly modulated surfacing project an aura of progressive agility, reflecting a response to the romance and reality of contemporary urban life.

Visual information is displayed throughout the interior, whether on the driver-oriented instrumentation panels or on the more ambient overhead flat panel displays. All settings reside within the 100-gigabyte fob - not just standard audio and HVAC preferences but also e-mail and navi settings, and the content that governs and affects mood and ambience.
The sky theater glass paneled roof design includes the overhead display screens that allow endless opportunities for Actic users to play with the relationship between exterior and interior environments with custom video displays.

The Actic Concept also includes a matching trailer, which is designed to symbolize the 'on-the-road - off-the-grid' adventure seeking nature of Actic's intended users. The trailer, developed as part of an ongoing relationship between NDA and Airstream, includes an inflatable wall system, turning it into a comfortable space for sleeping three people. A unique built-in trailer coupling arm is integrated into the aesthetic of the Actic design theme, allowing car and trailer to become one unit.

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