Nissan is faster than a hungry greyhound after a rabbit when it comes to design advancements. And the latest clever product to come out of Nissan in Japan has been designed to mate car and dog, yes that’s car and dog in safety, comfort and the natural fragrance of fresh flowers. But with the minimum of stray hairs.
Becoming increasingly like us Brits in their love of furry companions, the Japanese now own over 11 million dogs. That’s a lot of hair to contend with. But Nissan’s new range of in-car pet carriers prevents the seats being reupholstered in labrador. And your interior smelling like one. It also stops pets from becoming a canine cannonball in the event of an accident. Or from ripping out your car’s furnishings at the sight of a passing cat.
The pet carrier comes in two sizes and is attached to the rear seat with a seat belt. It’s open topped allowing for free flowing conversation between you and your pet. Plus, importantly for health conscious Japan, it has an anti-bacterial, deodorant cover. Nissan’s carrier folds up for storage in the boot or it can double up as a pooch basket for the home. Prices start at 12,600 yen for the small version and go up to 15,750 for the large. That’s around £63 and £80 respectively … if you could buy them in the UK, that is. Currently you can’t. But if the company gets enough barks of encouragement, you might.Published 18 September 2004