Nissan demonstrated the technology on its new B-segment car in a most exciting manner. It built a Note Boat, which was seen at the Eton Dorney Lake (the 2012 Olympic venue) during a media event last month to kick off the start of sales of the Note car. At the event, three superstar Olympic rowers were on the Note Boat.
With the Note Boat, Nissan found a striking and enjoyable way to showcase its new technology. Nissan tweaked the Note Boat so that it could be rowed at the venue. Similar to the car, the boat has a sliding rear seat. The rower has a single stroke seat. The rear doors open to nearly 90 degrees, necessary because its oars would have to be moved through an entire rowing stroke.
The boat is equipped with Around View Monitor 360-degree parking system and Safety Shield technology so that the rowers, who have their back to the lake, know where they’re going and so that they stay in the lane.
It has been fitted with four cameras, just like the road car. There’s one in the front, one at the rear and one under every door mirror to offer a helicopter-style top down view. It also has a rear view camera to give Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection.
The three famous rowers on the Note Boat came due to Nissan’s sponsorship of Team GB and ParalympicsGB.
They are 2012 Olympic gold medallists Helen Glover MBE and Sophie Hosking MBE, who won the womens’ coxless pairs and the lightweight double sculls respectively. The third is Polly Swann, who partnered Glover at the 2013 World Rowing Championships to win for the category of the womens’ coxless pairs.
Glover said that having a camera system like this would make it easier since she would know where her rivals are. Swann said that the experience is amazing, particularly as the doors could open so widely that she could almost achieve a complete rowing stroke. Deliveries of the roadgoing Note began on October 1. So far, Nissan has received orders for about 3,860 cars.
Note belongs to a segment where the most important ingredient for success is the style. However the newest version is expected to bring to this segment that excitement and design flair. With the demand of B-segment customers continuing to increase, this new offering from Nissan has bold and original details mixed in with fluid and elegant lines.
The new Note not only has a design that is energetic but also functional and stylish. Not surprising as this model has been inspired by the Invitation concept car, the same one that was presented by Nissan during the Geneva Motor Show in 2012. Looking at the profile, the clean lines give a clue as to the dynamic potential of the new Note.
In addition, it also highlights the already class-leading aerodynamics. Nissan said that compared to the Note models being sold in other markets around the world, the version sold in Europe has a front end design that is truly distinct. Further, the premium sculpted wing mirrors integrate the indicator repeaters. Making use of the lightweight V platform meant that Nissan was able to give the new Note short overhangs and combine it with a long wheelbase.
This results in an appearance that is more agile and athletic. Helping the sides have a more prominent feel is the use of the dramatic “Squash Line” that gives the profile a more powerful dynamism. The term comes from the fact that the angles are inspired by how fast a squash ball flies around the court.
On the front section meanwhile are sculpted surfaces fused with the interlocking grille and headlamp arrangement. Adding in that unique flowing window line and flared wheel arches makes sure that the Note is able to cement further the position of Nissan as the leader when it comes to vehicle design.