We are just a few days away from the most awaited movie of the year, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And you might have noticed that wherever you look, you’re reminded of this movie. It seems that Star Wars has invaded our everyday lives, as seen in clothing brands, to shoes, and everything in between to celebrate Star Wars Eight. And of course, Nissan is not going to be left behind.
This is why they introduced no less than seven modified vehicles, which were all brought to the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show to be put up on display. The partnership between both the Japanese automaker and the franchise began this September when it was officially announced. Two months later, Nissan proves how ready it is for the movie’s premier in December with their expressive designs, where each car portrays a certain character or craft from the upcoming film.
All in all, Nissan modified three Maxima vehicles, and one of the following models: Altima, Rogue and Rogue Sport, and brought them to the City of Angels. Each car was designed by artists who work in Lucasfilm. This all started with a pen and paper, where the design team paired certain characters and crafts with cars from the newest film. They then chose colour palettes, graphics, textures and designs for each of them. You probably already know that the 7 vehicles will only be concepts, so don’t expect to get your hands on one.
We can’t help but be impressed with the Altima that portrays the so-called Special Forces TIE Fighter. Nissan gave it a set of custom wheels and a full body wrap with prominent references to the two-seat fighter.
The three Maxima sedans we mentioned earlier were dedicated to the dark side, each of them representing Kylo Ren, TIE Silencer (a new craft that we will see in The Last Jedi), and Captain Phasma, which is also a representation of female strength and leadership. These cars play along the colours of black, red, and silver.
Next up would be the Rogue Sport that has been modified to look like an A-wing. It features two thrusters at the rear fins on the top like the famous strike fighter. On the other hand, the Rogue, also known as the Qashqai outside the United States looks like Poe Dameron’s X-wing fighter. It was given a massive set of wings with a pair of illuminating thrusters, these were even complemented by quad laser cannons integrated into each wingtip.
Jeremy Tucker, vice president of Marketing Communications & Media at Nissan North America said that they are working not just with Lucasfilm, but also with artists from Industrial Light & Magic to create amazing concept vehicles across their best-selling models. He said that these cars will be touring the United States in several regional auto shows soon.