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Nissan Forum: is a Minivan Not a Minivan?

Posted by Brinley on January 9, 2008 at pm

When It’s a FORUM.

created the Quest for buyers who a minivan but didn’t really to drive one. It was given an exterior supported by an odd and innovative which took a major that made it more with the 2007 model But the Quest is too much for most buyers, and sales have Nissan. Nissan must done some things though; Quest owners it AutoPacific’s 2007 Vehicle Award for Minivans.

Despite response to Quest, Nissan has not up on the cool minivan concept, by this year’s FORUM Jury’s out on whether FORUM with showgoers, but much and detail went into and it sports features that be appreciated in any minivan. The not-minivan angry-appliance looks would out in a sea of sameness.

FORUM’s dramatic exterior is around clever features to all rows happy. There’s no that FORUM explores and style for a new Quest, but Nissan indicated that if they think a new generation will be it won’t be built.

Dramatic Inside and Out

The one-box FORUM lower and sleeker than minivans, with a dachshund The SkyRoof panels have sunshades, allowing lots of and visibility from any seating or relief from the sun. doors open 90 degrees and is no B-pillar, thanks to extra-thick room and doors frames. of the usual track lines the rear windows of most the FORUM has a trackless system. with easier ingress/egress, the second row can be used like a Think side-gating instead of

The eye-catching, dramatic concept is wrapped around a seven-passenger The floating instrument panel is with the IP upper and steering wrapped in supple leather. keeping some Nissan key elements, with the infotainment at a nearly flat angle in the dashboard, but the buttons have instead of words. The HVAC are a lower, closer to hand, and The driver and front passenger sit in pedestal-style seats, the second row bucket-formed seats, and the third row a setup that looks couch than car.

Space for Parents to be Parents and to be Kids and All to Be Together

Noting families spend more in cars, whether to and from class or to Grandma’s for the holidays, the offers two zones designed to be as or isolated as they’d like to be. The parents’ zone gets all the and seats designed to “enhance pleasure.” The rear zone has the job of kids comfortable and entertained. New vehicle technology bridges zones when the family is for togetherness. Or for a quick popcorn thanks to the small microwave in the center console between and front passenger.

The motorized second-row captain’s turn and swivel 90 degrees for or 180 to face the third row, and gets a wireless monitor in the The third row, not the cramped and environment of today’s minivans, is and offers cupholders in the armrests.

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Rachel Nguyen, director, Planning and Strategy, says families today have quality time, and can use family to increase those experiences. time used to be more the quantity of time spent with the kids. Today, more about dedicated for family fun, entertainment, and FORUM is a great place to together and rediscover each once in a while.” Family trips have long a part of the American psyche, but FORUM brings technology completely into the fold.

FORUM, Nissan says, was to meet the needs of soccer using the vehicle as a kid-taxi are met the rear-seat cameras and communications while allowing them space of their own. For the FORUM is said to get responsive and handling to go with its more styling. This responsive would theoretically come the Maxima’s upcoming diesel V6, though in fact there is no in the concept on the show floor. the comfortable-looking seats, the minivan is flexible enough to swallow cargo.

Entertainment and Parental

Nissan worked with in developing infotainment solutions for the from speakers to audio Each row gets its own video and thanks to working with on audio, there are speakers for The Bose SeatCentric system speakers in the headrests and seatbacks of all allowing both independent programming for all three rows and stereo image event” as the row swivels. The Bose FreeSpace audio system puts in the trailing edges of the sliding

Parent-friendly touches include a Out button in the steering wheel, mutes all audio and broadcasts the voice to all three rows. The Kid Cam images of the second and third to the main LCD panel. Drivers the cameras with control above the rearview mirror. of the infotainment system uses a sensor in the single-knob controller; a hand over it brings up the menu. FORUM isn’t the to use a proximity sensor for controls; goes to the Jaguar XF on sale spring. Look for that to find its way into the automotive over the coming years.

the Toyota F3R?

While is struggling with the Quest and is trotting out the Forum to test new Toyota had a similar concept at the North American International Show. The F3R Concept was an aggressively minivan with hybrid and lounge seating. Not practical, but a breath of fresh air in the numbingly minivan market. F3R looks durn similar to the Forum, it?

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