Innovative Nissan Actic Concept | Part Two

A Design for Lives In Transition

"Like its intended audience, Actic defies categorisation. Actic is not a crossover, a hybrid or a 'sport utility anything,'" said Semple. "It is a protective capsule enclosing a modern, technically advanced interior with a warm, hand-crafted personality."

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 socialising 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.

Actic’s athletic proportions are characterised by a long wheelbase and short overhangs, along with an extremely wide body and unusually upright greenhouse. The smooth, flowing body form is interrupted only by the grille perforations, allowing for an unbroken expanse of its gorgeous, silver, sky-reflecting surface.

With no B-pillar to interfere, Actic's wide doors provide easy access for friends or activities. The front doors move forward and the rear doors move backwards, like an elevator's, creating open access for passengers and cargo. The Actic's 'smart' door handles sense a pass of the hand and present themselves for instant operation.

A rear hatch provides additional access to the wide inner space, while the body itself 'floats' on a shock absorber-mounted, protective undersurface that cradles and helps protect the vehicle and its occupants.

continues... | Part Three
Published 8 January 2004 Melanie Carter

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