Nissan Freeflow IDX and IDX Nismo: Two Concepts That Announce Rivals For Toyota's GT86
|   Sunday, November 24, 2013
In early November, Andy Palmer, Nissan CEO, declared war on the current Toyota GT86, saying that sporty car is a machine dedicated to the public for over 50 years.

At that time, Palmer, confirm the onset of a rival for the GT86 in the Tokyo Motor Show. Now, it has officially arrived at the Japanese Auto Show and has materialized as two concepts named IDX Freeflow and IDX Nismo. Both are influenced by the lines of the legendary Skyline GT-R, but also by those of the Datsun Bluebird Coupe SS 1600 ancestor.


The twin concepts IDX Freeflow Concept and IDX Nismo Concept are dedicated to clients on the verge of middle age crisis as well as generation "Z". The Nissan IDX Freeflow makes a step towards "lifestyle", a more focused vision, while the IDX Nismo is an ultra-sporty model that looks like it came directly from a driving simulator.

It is hoped that the audience at Tokyo will see that Nissan can create two completely different models starting from the same base. It is also a new way of demonstrating that Nismo versions are completely different from the series, thus consolidating the perception of a distinct model. However, with the two small coupes Nissan announced their intentions to launch a competitor to the Toyota GT86.

The IDX Freeflow is a small coupe with a length of only 4.1 meters, a width of 1.7 meters and a height of 1.3 meters. Under a rugged bodywork with retro influences, Nissan did not install any engine. However in the press release it was specified that under the hood, you might find engines from 1.2 to 1.5 liters, connected to a CVT variable transmission.

The second concept signed by the division Nismo is slightly wider, reaching 1.8 meters. The exterior is sporty, emphasized by the special bodywork kit that includes generous passages on wheels (19-inch wheels), side skirts, a dual exhaust, new spoilers, and 225 / 40 tires.

As for what lay behind the creative process of these 2 cars, one solution was the creation of attractive new products by actively interacting with next-gen clients. All that data indicated the way:, which was to appeal to those born after 1990 by making good on the promise of "Innovation and Excitement for Everyone" in a whole new way.

Francois Bancon, division general manager of Product Strategy and Product Planning at Nissan explains: "We have always valued and respected customer input and sought to exceed customer expectations. Now we are taking this into a new dimension by having customers who are passionate about Nissan participate in the development process with collaborative creation. As members of the development team, customers will work together with specialists to co-create a new generation of Nissan vehicles that reflect our customers' desires, insights and creativity at a more profound level than ever before."

Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's senior vice president and chief creative officer, thinks co-creation means new possibilities of vehicle design.
"Nissan is recognized as a true pioneer in automotive design and is still creating whole new product genres. By reaching out to digital natives as collaborators in our vehicle design, we are looking to the future."

He continued: "The two IDx concepts have the silhouette of plain sedans. This elegance in simplicity is something Nissan rediscovered through our dynamic interaction with digital natives. We hope that this collaboration will reveal fertile new frontiers of vehicle styling for future exploration."

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