NV200

Nissan Design Europe has unveiled this new NV200 small van concept that is set to make a real life debut at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show in October this year. It was a joint effort between Nissan Design Europe and Nissan Design Center Japan.

The NV200 small van concept is designed to have a customisable interior to suit different usages, but this concept was designed specifically to be used by a professional underwater photographer as an example of it’s versatility.

It has a pod which is divided into ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ storage zones for diving and camera equipment. The pod is latched inside the load area when the van is being driven. But when static, it can be slided out rearwards to allow access to the storage zones.

As the pod withdraws from the van, the area left behind is transformed into a mobile office. The front passenger seat swivels backwards on a curved rail to face a computer table, which drops down from the side of the van.

“A light commercial vehicle has a specific job to perform, but thats no reason to design a purely rational vehicle with no warmth. For NV200, function becomes the aesthetic. Our concept is a highly efficient tool but one with a human touch,” says Nissan’s senior vice president and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura.