Aug 8, 2001 - Nissan has big plans for the Frankfurt Motor Show, and even bigger plans for the subsequent motor show in Tokyo.
The Japanese maker will unveil three production cars for the first time in Europe: the new Primera notchback and station wagon, already launched in Japan, and the new 5 door, unveiled for the first time in Frankfurt.
Next to this trio there will be a couple of show-cars presenting Nissans ideas on two different products. The first one, called mm.e is a concept car investigating the design trend for a compact but very roomy three door hatchback The interior is designed for comfort and functionality with an close eye to elegance and is equipped with navigation system, internet, and entertainment centre. Although very simple the sketch releases by Nissan suggests that exterior design is rather simple and fresh but with a very strong brand identity.
The second show-car, called Crossbow investigate the concept of a new SUV for the upper segment that on one side celebrates Nissans 50 years long experience in 4x4 off-road machinery.
The exterior design is very hard and closer to a Russian military off-road vehicle, somewhat similar to a Russian student proposal from last summer at the Michelin International Workshop in Paris.
On the contrary the interior, although designed with plenty of straight and hard lines, is described by Nissan as extremely comfortable and luxurious, fitted with all sorts of equipment, including a satellite navigation system.