Ever heard of a self-cleaning car that repels everyday dirt? The all-new Nissan Note is. The world’s first self-cleaning car features Nissan’s Ultra-Ever Dry paint technology that repels water, mud, dirt and oil. It is a specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint and is featured on the new Note.
Nissan Technical Centre Europe will commence testing the self-cleaning Note over the next few months in a variety of conditions, to gauge the real-world effectiveness of the Ultra-Ever Dry paint as a potential aftermarket application. Nissan created a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, which prevents standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the vehicle surface.
The already features a ‘self-cleaning' technology through ‘wash and blow dry' function on its rear view camera. The ‘wash and blow dry' function employs water and compressed air to automatically keep the camera lens free from dirt. The Ultra-Ever Dry paint -- marketed and sold by UltraTech International Inc. -- has so far effective against rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water.
Nissan has current plans to apply the Ultra-Ever Dry paint technology to the Nissan Note as standard, the carmaker will consider the it as a future aftermarket option. Geraldine Ingham, Chief Marketing Manager for Nissan Note, remarked that he Nissan Note has been engineered to “take the stress out of customer driving” with the carmaker’s engineers constantly trying new ways to “make families' lives easier."
She added that they will always consider testing cutting-edge technology like the Ultra-Ever Dry coating application. The Nissan Note already features innovative safety technologies like the Nissan Safety Shield, which includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection.
Nissan Safety Shield package is made possible by 360° Around View Monitor technology featuring self-cleaning rear camera.
The B-segment is one where the important recipe for success is style. Given that the high demands of customers in this segment continue to increase, Nissan came out with a model that continues to have bold and original details and combined it with the fluid, elegant lines. Indeed, the new Nissan Note is expected to bring excitement and design flair.
This latest offering from the brand reveals an energetic design that is functional and stylish. Serving as an inspiration for the new Note is the well-known Invitation, the same concept car that was unveiled during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Utilizing the lightweight V platform of the brand, this newest offering from Nissan has short overhangs combined with a long wheelbase in order to have that agile and athletic appearance.
Making the sides unique is the spectacular “Squash Line,” which also gives the profile of the Note a powerful dynamism. The line is named as such because looking at the angles, it is clear that it was inspired by the flight of a squash ball as it travels fast around the court. The silhouette also shows clean lines and this not only provides a clue to the dynamic potential but also displays aerodynamics that clearly leads the segment.
Compared to versions of the Note being sold in other markets, the one in Europe comes with a front section whose design is truly unique. It even has the sculpted premium wing mirrors that incorporate indicator repeaters. Its rear section shows just how committed the brand is in paying attention to detail. The upswept C-pillar for instance has been mixed in with the wraparound light clusters in the rear to result in a look that is genuinely unique and original.
The rear end has fluidic lines that dip and arch all through the tailgate assembly and as a result break up the larger surfaces. This allowed the brand to develop a car that is extremely stylish while being clearly practical. On the front end, the sculpted surfaces are combined with the grille arrangement and interlocking headlamp. Merging this with the unique flowing line and the flared wheel arches, it enables the new Notes to reinforce even more the position of the brand as the lead when it comes to vehicle design.