10 WAYS TO BE SUSTAINABLY STYLISH

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10 WAYS TO BE SUSTAINABLY STYLISH

Your coworker shows up wearing a cool shirt on Monday, so naturally you ask him where he bought it. With a couple of taps on your computer or smartphone, you can have that same shirt waiting at home for you to wear on Friday. In this scenario, being a shirt copier isn’t the biggest offense. Research into the fast fashion industry, however, shows that our need for instant gratification with clothes takes a notable human and environmental toll.

Fortunately, with moderate willpower and a little effort, you can be kind to the planet and still have a social-media worthy closet.

HERE’S HOW TO BE SUSTAINABLE AND STYLISH:

SHOP RESPONSIBLY

1. Think hard about your shopping cart. When we impulse-buy cheap trendy clothes, we contribute to a wasteful system that’s harming the environment. Try shopping vintage instead.

2. Invest in durability and timeless pieces. Make all the materials and labour that went into your clothes mean something.

3. Rent for events. There’s no longer a reason to spend a fortune on an outfit that will be worn for only one night. Plus, you can wear designer styles for a fraction of the retail price.

4. Know who made your clothes. You can feel better about supporting companies with fair labour practices and a transparent sustainability mission.

HANDLE CAREFULLY

5. Show your garments some TLC. Wear what you love longer by patching holes and re-heeling shoes. It’s much more affordable than buying new, and you can show some support to your neighbourhood shoe repair.

6. Wash less, and wash consciously. Dirty laundry = cleaner planet. And when laundry day can’t be pushed out any further, wash with cold water and hang dry. Even switching from hot to warm water can cut a load’s energy use in half.

7. Avoid buying clothes that are dry clean only. If you absolutely have to dry clean, search for an environmentally friendly cleaner.

RECYCLE STRATEGICALLY

8. Trash nothing. Your weathered items are destined for a more glamourous retirement than turning into dish rags, and a quick online search helps you find companies that will upcycle for you. For example, some major footwear companies collect run-down sneakers and use the materials to build things like running tracks and playgrounds

9. Sell your old clothes online. There are tons of apps and online communities that make it easy to clear out your closet and fill your wallet. 

10. Host clothing swaps with your friends to refresh your closet for free. Maybe your coworker is sick of that shirt anyway.

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HOSPITALITY HONED OVER A THOUSAND YEARS

THE SPIRIT OF OMOTENASHI

HOSPITALITY HONED OVER A THOUSAND YEARS

As far back as the 8th century, the traditional Japanese inn, or ryokan, offered respite to weary travelers. Picture in your mind traders carrying their wares along the famed Tokaido road that linked Kyoto to the capital city of Edo (modern day Tokyo). Later, it was samurai traveling to meet their shogun. Along with getting a good night’s rest and comforting food, travelers could also soak in an onsen, or hot spring, to ease the aches and pains of such an arduous journey. Incredibly, over a thousand years later, the same experience can still be had today. What makes such longevity possible? One word: omotenashi.

WHAT IS OMOTENASHI?

A devotion to omotenashi, or bespoke hospitality, is at the heart of the ryokan experience. But omotenashi is more than just providing a welcoming environment. Omote means “public face,” an image you wish to present to outsiders. Nashi means “nothing.” Together it means a selfless service that is pure, with an open heart. It’s anticipating guests’ needs without any expectation of reward. To what extreme can that be taken? In the days of the samurai, it meant designing the ryokan itself with the specific needs of the guest in mind. Ryokan were built with low doors, narrow stairwells, and small entrances to protect the guests from their sword-wielding enemies.

The tradition is said to come from a more peaceful place: the Japanese tea ceremony. This can be traced back to Sen no Rikyu, the grandfather of the Japanese tea ceremony. His artful way of entertaining included a multi-course meal and tea prepared right in front of his guests. But the meal went beyond accommodating his guests’ physical hunger. To satisfy aesthetic and intellectual needs, the mind as well as the body, the experience included a thoughtfully curated poem, a seasonal flower arrangement, and always engaging discussion. It was known as ichi-go ichi-e, “a once in a lifetime experience.”

...your every need and desire seems to be anticipated before you can even think to ask.

SERVICE THAT'S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS

The essence of omotenashi still permeates the Japanese service industry today. It’s seen in the water and hot towel that appear after being seated at a restaurant, the bag holder on the ATM, and the staff members on the trains who bow to every passing passenger. Even the way food is carefully prepared and artfully laid out is inspired by omotenashi.

On that note, think of your experience in almost any sushi restaurant, anywhere in the world. The chefs are placed in the kitchen facing the customers over a long counter. They prepare the food in the open, nothing to hide, open hearted. They address each customer individually. Clearly, the spirit of omotenashi has translated well into our modern, daily lives, as well as across borders. 

The spirit of omotenashi has translated well
across time, and across borders.

A MODERN TWIST ON OMOTENASHI

Omotenashi in the 21st century expresses itself in a surprising variety of ways. Hoteliers are mixing modern amenities with qualities of simplicity, serenity, and extreme hospitality to offer a taste of the traditional ryokan.

The Radium Kagaya International hotel in Taiwan, for example, embraces many traditional elements. Rooms have low tables and cushions, baths are fed by hot springs. Most important, a butler service of attendants schooled in the art of omotenashi are always waiting to deliver the highest levels of Japanese hospitality. However, alongside these customary touches, come modern ones. Think stellar views from the 16th floor, flat screens, and the latest craft cocktails.

Could it be that in our digital age omotenashi also has a high-tech expression? A go-to for younger travelers, The Millennials Shibuya in Tokyo creates a bespoke experience through an app. Nestled in their Smart Capsule, guests use a smart device to personalise their stay. They can program their own wake-up so it all happens seamlessly. The alarm hums, lights come on gradually, their favourite morning show starts streaming – all as their bed gently lifts to an upright position. Yes, it seems that even our technology takes inspiration from Japan’s ancient devotion to selfless service.

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THE NEXT BIG THING, AFTER AUTONOMOUS DRIVING – INTRODUCING INVISIBLE-TO-VISIBLE

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THE NEXT BIG THING, AFTER AUTONOMOUS DRIVING – INTRODUCING INVISIBLE-TO-VISIBLE

It’s 2030, and you’re driving a new vehicle down the road. How will you view the road in front of you? How will you connect to the world around you? How will these intersect? Answering these questions, and many more, create the inspiration for Nissan as it works to shape the driving experience of the future.

Unveiled at the CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, Nissan’s Invisible-to-Visible is a glimpse into what driving will be like in 2030 and beyond. It’s a vision of future in-vehicle technology that blends the universe, or real world, with the digital world, or “Metaverse.” Think of it as: your reality, enhanced.

MORE CONNECTED THAN YOU EVER IMAGINED.

The beginnings of I2V are present in Nissan Intelligent Mobility – which incorporates a suite of technologies that alert drivers to things they can’t see. It can even step in and take action. I2V evolves the concept further, giving drivers the confidence of having a level of connectivity that’s difficult to imagine today

I2V merges information from sensors outside and inside the vehicle with data pulled from the “cloud.” Drivers can see “what’s ahead – even showing what’s behind a building or around the bend.” You can even get a heads-up on an available parking space. As demonstrated in Vegas, I2V is actually much more than that.

THE FUTURE OF DRIVING BEING BUILT RIGHT NOW. MEET THE ARCHITECTS.

On hand at CES to share the possibilities of I2V were two very forward thinkers from Nissan: Vice President of Research Kazuhiro Doi and expert leader at the Nissan Research Center Tetsuro Ueda. Doi describes I2V-equipped vehicles as being a kind of “robotic suit” that maximizes a person’s physical and mental capabilities, allowing them to figuratively “transcend time and space.” His straight face indicates he isn’t kidding.

And neither is Ueda, who says I2V lets you “share the driving experience and accumulate an unlimited number of connections with a variety of people while having conversations and feeling their actual presence.” Let that sink in for a minute. I2V, according to Ueda, transforms your vehicle into an “experience-sharing machine.” Wow.

Invisible-to-Visible...transforms your vehicle into an "experience-sharing machine."

To fully grasp Doi and Ueda’s words, just consider the
capabilities of I2V demonstrated in Vegas. As a driver, if you’re not liking the rainy, dull skies, then I2V can lighten them up for you, making your surroundings appear sunny and clear. If you’re feeling bored or lonely, then I2V can invite 3-D avatars to join you. Want to become a better driver? I2V can share driving pointers from the 3-D avatar of a pro driver riding shotgun.

YOUR ROAD. YOUR REALITY.

With the ability to see a world enhanced with the ever-expanding data and computing power of the internet, drivers will no longer need to juggle the real world and the virtual world. I2V joins them as one. You won’t have to think about “syncing” anymore. It will all be there – all of the time.

Although many details of I2V have yet to be revealed, there’s one thing Doi and Ueda are totally sure of: I2V is coming, and it will be every bit as futuristic and high-tech as it sounds while you read this in 2019. If you want to prepare yourself for this new, wired world, start reading and streaming sci-fi stories now. They had it right all along.

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SELF-PARKING SLIPPERS PUT A SPIN ON TRADITION

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SELF-PARKING SLIPPERS PUT A SPIN ON TRADITION

1:30 ProPILOT Park Ryokan

The Japanese town of Hakone has long been known for its natural hot springs and striking views of Mt. Fuji across Lake Ashi. This serene escape destination is a great place to stay in ryokan — traditional Japanese inns. That’s what guests had in mind for their lakeshore vacation when they arrived at the Nissan ProPILOT Park Ryokan in Hakone. They entered the ryokan and found the typical sliding doors, tatami mats, and house slippers in the entry hall. Everything appeared normal until, suddenly, the house slippers began to glide across the floor as if under mind control of an unseen butler.

Clean freaks and
tech freaks alike geeked out.

Nissan definitely had some fun reimagining ProPILOT Park technology to make the slippers scoot across the floor into their designated “parking space.” Clean freaks and tech freaks alike geeked out over the pop-up inn’s autonomous amenities, which included self-parking cushions, tables, and of course, the tiny-wheeled slippers.

Are smart slippers the new smart vacuums? Is the future of hotel hospitality autonomous? Possibly. Although the ProPILOT Park Ryokan hack was only temporary, Nissan hasn’t said no to expanding its repertoire of self-parking conveniences. The one thing we know for sure is that Nissan vehicles with ProPILOT Park can eliminate the stress of parking from our daily lives. 

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NISSAN AND UEFA SCORE ANOTHER PERFECT STRIKE WITH RENEWED PARTNERSHIP

A SHARED PASSION FOR THE PITCH

NISSAN AND UEFA SCORE ANOTHER PERFECT STRIKE WITH RENEWED PARTNERSHIP

Heart-stopping moments, agonizing defeats, stunning victories. Football, the world’s most popular sport, seemingly has what it takes to stay on top forever. However, staying out front takes more than just dazzling skills and goals. It takes innovation, especially when it comes to fan engagement. With that in mind, Nissan and UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) have announced a renewed partnership, and it’s a perfect match.

Since becoming an Official Partner of the UEFA Champions League in 2014, Nissan has been creating new ways to connect with fans – online, at the games, and out in the community. Now, with an extension through 2021, we’re poised to do even more. 

Nissan has been creating new ways to connect with fans – on line, at the games, and out in the community. Now, they are poised to do even more.

First up, an innovative way to play football practically anywhere. Pitch-R is an autonomous robot that can paint all the lines necessary for a professional pitch. Launched at the UEFA Champions League Final in Kiev, Pitch-R is inspired by Nissan’s advanced ProPILOT drive assistance technology and seeks to bring football to the world, no matter the location.

Next, the UEFA Champions League Trophy Tour. The Tour provides fans across Europe with a unique opportunity to see the iconic trophy for themselves as it makes the rounds through select cities. Nissan’s “Goal of the Week” takes the fun online, in a promotion where fans cast a vote for their favourite goal after each match and get the chance to win exclusive prizes. Since the action is ongoing, you can start playing right now. And through its Center Circle Carriers programme, Nissan is giving thousands of lucky fans the chance to experience the spine-tingling moment when the UEFA Champions League anthem is blared out before kick-off. Center Circle Carriers bring the flag to center field during the pregame ritual in front of thousands of football fans. Captured in 360° Virtual Reality video, viewers can experience this moment like never before. 

Top it all off with exciting new brand ambassadors joining the team. Eden Hazard, Lieke Martens, and Phillipe Coutinho are global superstars at the peak of their powers. Hazard, who plays for renowned English club Chelsea, is often ranked by coaches, colleagues, and commentators as one of the best players in the world. Martens, FC Barcelona, Primera División, is a gifted midfielder and forward who was named “The Best FIFA Women’s Player” in 2017. Coutinho, known for his dribbling ability, pace, and agility, recently signed with Barcelona and is on his way to becoming one of the greatest footballers to ever come out of Brazil. 

Stayed tuned for more updates as the season progresses. 

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FORMULA E – IS THE FUTURE OF RACING ELECTRIC?

LOOKS LIKE A RACE CAR, SOUNDS LIKE A SPACESHIP

FORMULA E – IS THE FUTURE OF RACING ELECTRIC?

WELCOME TO THE EXHILARATING WORLD OF THE ABB FIA FORMULA E CHAMPIONSHIP

Sports fan? Gamer? EV enthusiast? The ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the electric street racing series entering its fifth season, has something to capture everyone’s imagination. The air around Formula E racing is filled with the high-pitched, sci-fi sounds of powerful 100% electric motors. The crowd is in on the game, working social media to give their favorite driver a 100 kJ energy boost. The races snake through the streets of major cities with breathtaking backdrops from Hong Kong to Paris to New York.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT AN ELECTRIC RACE CAR?

The zero-emission race cars look similar to other single-seater racers, but there are huge differences. For starters, there’s no internal combustion engine. Instead, the same battery pack is supplied to every team, while each team builds a motor, inverter, and gearbox to their own design. Because electric motors deliver 100% torque instantaneously, these race cars have fierce acceleration. The redesigned racers for the fifth season will go from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in under three seconds (2.8 seconds). And with a top speed of over 280 km/h (174 mph), they’ll provide plenty of thrills on the tight street courses.

In an interesting twist that upends traditional motorsports strategy, the upcoming 2018/19 season will feature an activation zone that offers access to 225 kW of power – kW being the electric equivalent of horsepower. With 200 kW in standard race-mode, this seems like an easy choice. However, it will force teams and drivers to study race strategy more and put a focus on energy management.

“Fans no longer just want to watch or follow a sport – they want to participate in it too.”

- Alejandro Agag, CEO, Formula E

FANS GET A SAY IN THE OUTCOME

Another unique aspect about Formula E: spectators have a hand in the competition. With FANBOOST, fans use social media to vote for their favorite driver. The top three vote-getters earn a 100 kJ of energy they can use. While fans start voting six days before the race, voting stays open for the first six minutes of the race – meaning drivers won’t know if they have that extra power until they’re in the heat of battle.

Of course, social media is a two-way street. When the payoff is a power boost that can propel them past a rival, drivers and teams look at engaging with fans in a serious new light. Answering fan questions and posting team videos is no longer just check-the-box marketing, it’s potentially the difference that will bring home a trophy. This kind of fan leverage may be putting Formula E at the forefront of another revolution – equalizing the relationship between player and fan.  

A social media platform that gives fans a stake in the outcome has also undoubtedly helped Formula E connect with a young demographic. While traditional motorsports are struggling to attract this same audience, fans 13–24 now account for 49 percent of engagements on the Formula E Facebook page.

GHOST RACING: RACE AGAINST THE PROS IN REAL TIME

The high-tech nature of Formula E is about to create one of the most realistic virtual racing experiences available: Ghost Racing. A first in the world of motorsports and lined-up for the coming season, gamers can compete with the drivers on the track using their mobile phone, tablet, or computer – thanks to real-time telemetry. They can also save their races and share with friends on social media.

In addition to matching skills against the pros, Ghost Racing offers some other intriguing features. Thanks to a virtual rendering of the car, track, and city, gamers can ride along in any of the pros’ cars, see the action, the skills, and the tactics that the teams employ, all in an experience that’s as close to real as it gets.

Could virtual competition like Ghost Racing be the virtual training ground for future racing champions? It’s more plausible than one might think. The Nissan GT Sport Cup is an e-racing competition looking for the next generation of fast Gran Turismo gamers, with a program that gives thousands of e-racers the chance to compete in an FIA certified championship. 

TECHNOLOGY FROM THE TRACK TO YOUR DRIVEWAY

Gamers aren’t the only ones learning from Formula E. Lessons learned on the track can help engineers make the EVs we drive every day more thrilling and more efficient. As season five begins, the race cars’ battery range has been doubled, while at the same time, they are faster and more energy-efficient. With technology accelerating at this rate, it may be just a matter of time before all our cars sound like spaceships.

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FOOTBALL STADIUM SCORES WITH NISSAN LEAF BATTERIES

ELECTRIFYING AMSTERDAM’S LARGEST ARENA

FOOTBALL STADIUM SCORES WITH NISSAN LEAF BATTERIES

When thousands of strangers unite in glowing domes to cheer, cry, and occasionally punch each other over a goal or a drum solo, arenas are some of the most electric places in the world. Millions of fans visit the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam every year. They come to see their favourite artists or watch their home team, the Ajax football club, give their all on the pitch.

Like most modern arenas, instant replays and high notes blare from jumbotrons, hot oil bubbles in fryers, and kegs are dispensed to thirsty fans. Unlike other arenas of its kind, the Johan Cruijff ArenA offsets this power consumption with the largest energy storage system in a commercial building in all of Europe.

"We're putting our electric ecosystem at the heart of a sustainable future, transforming the way we drive and the way we live."

– Francisco Carranza, Managing Director of Nissan Energy

THE POWER OF STORED ENERGY

The equivalent of 148 Nissan LEAF batteries was repurposed to create this massive storage system and make this milestone possible. In fitting minimalist fashion, the roof of the Dutch arena is elegantly wrapped with 4,200 solar panels. With Nissan LEAF battery storage, the arena can optimally distribute the renewable energy that the solar panels generate, even after the sun goes down.

The groundbreaking 3-megawatt system stores enough power to fully charge 500,000 smartphones or supply 7,000 Amsterdam households with electricity for one hour. It takes pressure off the electric grid during large events. When events aren’t going on and the arena is dark, the system can feed back into the grid. This contributes to peak shaving – reducing the power draw during times of high demand. The arena’s neighbours benefit as well, because the system can provide backup to the surrounding community in the case of an outage. Johan Cruijff ArenA currently offers 18 electric vehicle charging stations, with plans to expand to 200.

 “We’re putting our electric ecosystem at the heart of a sustainable future, transforming the way we drive and the way we live,” said Francisco Carranza, Managing Director of Nissan Energy.

When batteries reach the end of their lifecycle, they can still benefit humans in countless ways.

ADVANCING A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

On top of providing a more efficient and sustainable energy ecosystem for the stadium and its neighbours, this storage system is an innovative example of the circular economy for electric car batteries. Instead of trashing or downcycling retired batteries and mining for new cobalt, the retired Nissan LEAF batteries serve a powerful new purpose. When batteries reach the end of their lifecycle, they can still benefit humans in countless ways. The Johan Cruijff ArenA energy storage isn’t Nissan’s first time extending the life of LEAF batteries. In a collaboration with the coastal town of Namie, Japan, Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation repurposed LEAF batteries as storage banks in solar-powered LED streetlights.

Nissan is committed to promoting a sustainable energy future. And until science discovers a way to convert the emotions of football fans into electricity, Nissan will continue finding innovative ways to do so. 

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Nissan Intelligent Driving

THE FUTURE OF DRIVING IS PERFECTLY CLEAR

NISSAN INTELLIGENT DRIVING

Intelligent Driving is available now, with driver assistance technologies that help you see more, sense more, and take action to avoid trouble. Soon, Nissan vehicles will go to the next level: navigating heavy traffic and even finding parking. We’re already testing autonomous driving on public roads, which means this revolutionary experience is within reach.

PROPILOT

Introducing your personal driving assistant. With ProPILOT ready to give you a hand when you want it, you have less stress, more confidence, and an enjoyable driving experience. 

PROPILOT PARK

Now you can park pain-free. The ProPILOT Park system makes even the most difficult spots feel like a walk in the parking lot.

TECH THAT LOOKS AHEAD

Anything can happen on the road. That's why we build vehicles that can see what you can’t and react when you're not ready, with Intelligent Distance Control, Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, and Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection. Now that's what we call forward-thinking.

DON'T BE A DRIFTER

Share the road by staying in your lane and being aware of who's nearby with Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention and Intelligent Lane Intervention.

PERFECT PARKING

There's no need to fear the kerb or the shopping centre when you have intuitive parking and reversing systems including Intelligent Around View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Intelligent Back-Up Intervention.

CAN A CAR BE COURTEOUS?

We think so. That's why we design features like High Beam Assist, Intelligent Driver Alertness, and Traffic Sign Recognition. Better for you – nicer for everyone.

BETTER CARS MAKE BETTER DRIVERS

Nissan vehicles are equipped with dynamic technologies that work a little magic behind the scenes: groundbreaking stuff you can't see – but you'll definitely notice – like Hill Start Assist, Intelligent Trace Control, Intelligent Engine Brake, and Intelligent Ride Control.

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NISSAN’S PIKE CARS: INSTANT CLASSICS THAT WERE FEARLESS, FUN, AND UNFORGETTABLE

RETRO CAR DESIGN FOR AN IDEALISTIC FUTURE

NISSAN’S PIKE CARS: INSTANT CLASSICS THAT WERE FEARLESS, FUN, AND UNFORGETTABLE

Retro-futuristic design, irresistible looks, and lines of eager buyers trying to be the first to get one. It’s not the latest smartphone – though they could be accused of being pocket-sized – but the vehicles produced at Nissan’s Pike Factory. And while these cars aren’t hitting the market today, their legend has been enduring since 1985.

Buoyed by a booming economy and an optimistic view of the future, Japanese design began pushing the envelope – from packaging to consumer electronics and more. It was in this climate that Nissan sought to create an innovative vehicle and brought the challenge to a special design team of in-house and independent designers at its newly created Nissan Pike Factory. 

The Pike Factory team decided to break away from the more conservative designs being produced by the industry as a whole. Instead, the team further developed the concept of “Nostalgic Modern”, which would be the guiding principle in the development of the Be-1 as well as the other Pike cars.

The Be-1 would emphasise playfulness and excitement – a departure from the average vehicle design of the era. The Pike team believed it had a vehicle that could be an immediate hit with the public, but first it had to prove that the design was worth taking a chance on bringing a concept car into full production.

THE PUBLIC SAYS HELLO TO THE NISSAN Be-1

Introduced to the world at the 26th Tokyo Motor Show in 1985, the Nissan Be-1 made a huge splash. Instead of following more common, boxier design cues, the Be-1 looked to the rounder, more compact vehicles of the past. It was small, sleek, curvy, and – let’s face it – kind of cute. Japanese car buyers went crazy for it, and the immediate public response was so positive that Nissan could not ignore it.

When the Be-1 was brought into production in 1987, it was limited to a run of 10,000. Nissan was so inundated with pre-orders that all potential buyers were put into a lottery system. To help satiate demand, a canvas top version was introduced later that year, and it, too, immediately sold out. 

SPEARHEADING A NEW MOVEMENT IN CAR DESIGN

Nissan had a winning concept on its hands and commissioned more designs from the Pike Factory. In fact, the name “Pike” was chosen after the medieval spear to evoke the idea of spearheading new, cutting-edge design. And so, the Pike Factory went on to create the Nissan Pao, Figaro, and S-Cargo.

Although always conceived as a series of cars that would be limited in quantity, Nissan upped production of its next Pike car, the Nissan Pao, producing over 50,000 of them. It still sold out three months into pre-orders. Wiith a canvas top, the Pao was designed to express an adventurous spirit with retro sensibilities inside and out. Although it was produced until the early 1990s, it looks like it would be at home in any classic car show.

FIGARO TAKES US BACK TO THE FUTURE

The Pao was joined in 1991 by the Nissan Figaro. The Figaro continued breaking ground for the automotive industry, starting with a development team predominantly made up of women. Whereas the Be-1 and Pao were designed with an eye to the ’50s, the Figaro took its main inspiration from the 1935 Datsun Roadster and art-deco fashion of the ’30s. 

A fixed-body convertible that Nissan unabashedly marketed at the Tokyo Auto show with the tagline “Back to the Future”, the Figaro featured standard features like European-inspired styling, leather seats, and an in-dash CD-player. The Figaro was an inspired mix of classic luxury and state-of-the-art tech. As you might have guessed, all 20,000 sold out before a single car hit the road. If you didn’t snap one up, you were out of luck – Nissan stuck to its guns and produced the Figaro for just one model year.

SNAILED IT WITH THE S-CARGO

Not to leave the commercial sector out of the fun, the Pike Factory designed what would become one of Nissan’s most legendary vehicles – though not for prowess on the track but for its truly one-of-a-kind styling.

When the Nissan S-Cargo came to market in January 1989, it brought a bit of whimsy to the commercial vehicle segment. Its name was a pun on the word “escargot”, the vehicle was designed to look like a snail, and its 48-inch-high domed cargo area allowed it to carry a fair amount. Then there’s the smaller, quirkier touches, like a removable sushi tray – that’s right, removable sushi tray – the tablelike dash, and the snail-themed floor mats.

While its unconventional looks have remained polarizing, the Nissan S-Cargo is rare and hard to find today.  

COLLECTOR CLUBS KEEP PIKE CARS IN DEMAND

As Pike cars have become available for export, they have begun to appear more often on American, United Kingdom, and European roads. In Britain alone, over 3,000 Figaros are registered as being in active use. With a production run of just 20,000, British owners account for 15% of all Figaros ever made. It’s no surprise, then, that Britain is home to one of the largest Figaro clubs in the world.

While Pike cars have been available for import into the United States for only a few years and have been received enthusiastically. Finding a Pike car for sale online is not impossible, but with a limited number to go around, the vehicles once again are in the position of being in high demand.

The Pike cars retain a place in the hearts of enthusiasts who enjoy their unique styling and the sunny optimism they embody. A new generation of drivers has started to discover them, while a new generation of quizzical onlookers tries to nail exactly which decade these timeless pieces came out of.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOXY DESIGN

Pike cars marked the first time that Nissan would lead with a design-first approach, focusing on remaining as faithful to the initial concept instead of compromising. To accomplish this, Nissan sought new methods of production, using moldable thermoplastic resin for the first time on its Pike cars to create the iconic rounded shapes on each vehicle.

In order to facilitate a small production run, Nissan had to streamline its entire planning and production process. Using readily available parts and employing new materials, Nissan was able to complete production of the Be-1 in one year, moving it from design to the showroom in half the time of any of its other vehicles.

LASTING IMPRESSIONS

The curvaceous design aesthetic and innovative processes developed by Nissan would go on to have a lasting impression on the automotive industry as a whole. Softer lines slowly displaced hard edges on everything from sport cars to family sedans in the 1990s. You can still find some of that magic today in vehicles like the Nissan March and Micra.

If you keep an eye out, you might even see a Pike car pulling up next to you at the next red light. Some things just never go out of style.

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Nissan Intelligent Power

ZERO EMISSIONS, 100% EXCITEMENT

NISSAN INTELLIGENT POWER

Nissan’s leadership position in electric vehicles means we’re bringing the unique pleasures of cleaner, quiet power to more and more people worldwide. With 100% instant torque and zero tailpipe emissions, EV transportation doesn’t have to compromise the excitement of driving. The proof? As the world’s best-selling electric vehicle [*], Nissan LEAF is redefining the performance you crave behind the wheel.

E-PEDAL, ONE-PEDAL DRIVING

Nissan LEAF’s e-Pedal gives you control – and excitement – like never before.
It’s an easier way to drive, allowing you to accelerate and decelerate with a
single, seamless movement. Simply release the accelerator for automatic
regenerative braking and depress again for acceleration. And if you’re having
too much fun or need a more immediate stop, you can always switch to the
familiar brake pedal.

POWER WHEN YOU NEED IT MOST

We don't take reliability lightly. In fact, we take it as far as we can go, constantly testing and improving the technology in our electric vehicles. So when you're out on the road, you know Nissan's got your back.

PROVEN POWER

Nissan LEAF’s battery pack has an excellent record of reliability, with billions of EV kilometers logged. And with its commitment to innovation, it’s no surprise that Nissan is viewed as the leader in EV technology.

E-POWER IS POWER WITH A FUTURE

More go, more grip, and more range can only mean one thing: more fun.

GO MORE WITH MORE GO

Nissan’s e-POWER system amplifies your drive with instant torque and a quiet drive much like a zero-emission EV. This 100% electric motor drive system borrows from the EV technology perfected in the Nissan LEAF and adds a gasoline engine for electrical power generation, taking you even farther.

ALL-WEATHER E-POWER

With available all-wheel drive, the Nissan Note e-POWER is both a groundbreaking and weather-taming marvel of modern tech.

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