Nissan’s new 20-23 Concept car commemorates the work and legacy of the Nissan Desing Europe studio after opening in London 20 years ago. The result is something unlike anything we have seen! Do you like?
“The young team here at NDE was given a simple brief: design a fun electric city car that you’d like to drive every day in London.” – Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for global design.
The 20-23 Concept car is an all-electric cyberpunk-esque rendition of the compact car formula. A three-door frame is characterised by extreme and pronounced aerodynamic elements on the front and rear fascia juxtaposed by a sunken flank punctuated by intricate side skirts. An angular front bumper flows into the shaven bonnet housing semi-circle LED headlights, while a single-piece rear spoiler oversees the rear end.
Although purely a show car concept, a group of interior designers have developed a cabin model which they believe echoes the sporty nature of the 20-23 Concept. Butterfly doors ajar and peering past the brace bar which runs across the door openings, one is met by a futuristic cockpit characterised by a carbon fibre steering column affixed to a yoke steering wheel, sunken race-like seats and a medley of materials from clothes to faux stone material.
“It’s a fitting celebration of 20 years of NDE where bold ideas have taken shape and come to life!”
The future is electric, or at the very least that’s what Nissan is preparing for. the firm has announced that all new Nissan models in Europe will be “100% electric” effective immediately. The firm continues to press on toward its goal of achieving an all-electric fleet by the end of the decade. To meet that end, Nissan has invested over R500 million to fund electrification projects at the Nissan Technical Centre in Europe.
“EVs powered by renewables are key to us achieving carbon neutrality, which is central to our Ambition 2030 vision. Nissan will make the switch to full electric by 2030 in Europe – we believe it is the right thing to do for our business, our customers and for the planet.” – Makoto Uchida, Nissan President and CEO.