A special version of Nissan’s Micra C+C, designed in association with leading London designer Sebastian Conran, is one of the stars on the Nissan stand at the 2006 British International Motor Show in London.
The C+C+Conran is a stylish concept car that explores imaginative new colours and trim, and is designed to ‘make the driver and passengers feel special’, according to Sebastian Conran.
‘Our aim was to design a non-gender based car - certainly not testosterone driven - that is a joy to drive,’ says Conran. ‘It’s a car that feels comfortable and stylish to be in, zippy rather than racy, a car you can build an emotional relationship with.’
The C+C+Conran features a stunning black paint scheme called Blushing Black. ‘It was inspired by the deep black seen on Japanese traditional lacquer-ware and is accented with red reflections,’ says Conran. A discreet leaf pattern, derived from that used inside, is on the bootlid.
In place of chrome, the C+C+Conran uses a new dark grey colour called titanium black. Wheels and headlamps are finished in dark grey rather than silver, with just a hint of red.
Deep, rich red is the dominant colour of the cabin. The seats are upholstered in unusual red leather upholstery and use a red shadowed leaf print. Red and black leather also swathes much of the interior, including the instrument panel and doors. The glovebox is also lined in a rich red.
‘The two front seats have hoop-shaped headrests so that the driver can see through them when parking - it’s also better for passengers in the back too, to be able to see through,’ says Conran. ‘And we have incorporated a locking i-Pod drawer which means one doesn’t have to unplug it and carry it every time you get out of the car - especially important for a cabriolet.’
Conran likens this concept car to a modern tailored suit. ‘Discreet yet classy on the outside, but with a shockingly colourful lining.’
Appropriately for the London-based British International Motor Show, the C+C+Conran is very much an all-British car. The Micra C+C on which it’s based was designed in Nissan Design Europe’s London studio. The car was engineered at Nissan Technical Centre Europe, at Cranfield in Bedfordshire. It is built at Sunderland, Europe’s most productive car plant. And now, with the C+C+Conran, it has been inspired by one of London’s leading and most sophisticated urban designers.
To read our in depth road test of the Nissan Micra C+C [ click here ]Published 16 July 2006