Nissan will be employing certain styling trends for its lineup in order to improve the aerodynamics and handling of vehicles, according to global design chief Shiro Nakamura.
Among the features that we should expect from its cars are the headlamps on the Nissan Leaf electric car, the sculpted rear of the Infiniti M. Front and rear lamps raised from the body surface as well as pronounced spoilers.
Nakamura says that a futuristic flair will be seen in upcoming Nissan models. Nissan is making these changes to get the attention of young drivers and to bring its models, including the Nissan Altima, more in line with Japanese rivals.
In an interview at Nissanâ€š main design studio south of Tokyo on April 12, Nakamura pointed to the front end and the rear end as important aspects.
Traditionally, the lamp surface has been flush with or a continuation of body surface but Nakamura says that the company will now be disconnecting that surface.
Nissan's key strategy is to improve aerodynamics as carmakers race to heighten fuel efficiency and at the same time, be able to comply with stricter global emissions standards.
Nakamura aims for his designs to achieve a drag coefficient below 0.3 for all his designs. By comparison, the Toyota Prius has drag of 0.25. [via autonews - sub. required]