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Nissan URGE Concept Press Kit: Overview

Nissan URGE Brings Video Game Spirit to Life With Agile Performance, Spare Styling and Advanced Technology - Nissan Design America, Inc. Creates Adventurous, Affordable Sports Car Concept for the Echo Boomer Generation

It seems fitting that one of the key sources of inspiration for the dramatic new Nissan URGE concept, a spare, technology-heavy, performance-oriented sports car design exercise, would be found online – in the results of an Internet survey of approximately 2,000 young car and gaming enthusiasts. Asked what they would ideally want in a car, the top responses were “performance” and “technology.”

“Not surprisingly, most of the young, primarily male, respondents to our survey said that they want a small, fun-to-drive sports car that can incorporate the technology products that they use on a daily basis, such as cell phones, mp3 players and game consoles,” said Bruce Campbell, vice president, design, Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA), La Jolla, Calif. “We also learned that these young adults are highly social – they’re looking for vehicles with the flexibility to take along a couple of friends. They also don’t want a car to dominate their social lives or budgets, so affordability is a definite issue.”

URGE, which makes its world debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2006, addresses all of these issues. In creating the URGE concept, the designers at NDA, kept these core survey results in mind – while adding a few ideas of their own. URGE emerged as a minimalist sports car – pure Nissan in its look, innovative features, spirited performance and, certainly, its sports car heritage.

URGE is also infused with a gamer’s sense of adventure – with the bare, exposed look and driving experience of a high performance motorcycle, but balanced with a high level of safety features.

“We want URGE to replicate the raw motorcycle experience as much as possible, with the exposed engine, door panel cutouts and open top. Motorcycles are exhilarating to drive and we want this car to feel the same way,” said Campbell. “At the same time, we want parents to think of this car as safe, which, for example, led us to include the integrated cage structure and visible passenger’s side air bag. URGE, like its target buyers, has a foot in each world, adventure and reality.”

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive URGE is designed to be lightweight – with a target weight of just 2,400 pounds – and active. Its performance is expressed in quickness and agility, rather than brute horsepower and top-end acceleration. Its wheelbase is the same length as Nissan’s popular 350Z, but URGE’s unique, open body is a full 16 inches shorter than the Z® thanks to its short front and rear overhangs.

URGE utilizes a quick, high-revving, small-displacement engine, 6-speed manual sequential (motorcycle-style) gearbox and 350Z-style quick-stopping Brembo® brake system. The wheels are a lightweight 9-spoke spun aluminum-alloy design, 19-inch front/20-inch rear, and the tires are narrow Michelin (195/45R19 front, 225/35R20 rear) sizes, reinforcing the motorcycle-style look and performance feel.

“The performance targets for URGE, in keeping with an affordable, $20,000 production price target, dictate a more realistic approach to the parts list than say our 350Z or GT-R Proto,” said Campbell. “URGE’s sense of exhilaration comes more from the exposed body and driving environment than costly components. It’s a sports car for first-time car buyers. The Z®s and GT-Rs will come later in the buyers’ lives.”

URGE’s bare, exposed exterior is highlighted by its cycle-style fenders and stripped away body panels. The special glass hood exposes the top of the engine, while the doors feature see-through cutouts.

The body is highlighted by an extensive aluminum “cage” structure, which includes an aluminum center structure that runs from the engine bay to the interior center console. The URGE exterior also features aluminum/composite construction and a collapsible, storable manually operated canvas top. The 4-bar hinge scissor doors are extra long for access to the rear seat. When the door release button is engaged, the glass panel of the unique door cutout slides up, allowing the occupant’s legs to easily pass in or out.

“One of our other goals in the URGE design was to show off the cool material used in concept form – the aluminum foam in the doors, the perforated metal mesh interior panels, the lightweight exposed seat frames and the “Mirror Crystal” aluminum colored body panels,” said Campbell. “We’re also proud of our solution to the limitations of a typical two-seat sports car with the hidden alpha seat.”

URGE’s unique third bucket seat is tucked behind the driver and passenger in a hidden compartment. When the cover, which is activated by the driver’s cell phone, is down, URGE looks like a traditional sports car. When up, there’s room for an additional passenger.

The URGE interior also features an F1-style steering wheel and a compact instrument panel with a driver information monitor, two side screens and a pair of docking stations for the driver’s mp3 audio player and cell phone. The center monitor can be switched between five customizable screens, including navigation system, climate controls, audio and suspension/performance tuning. The menus are scrollable using steering wheel-mounted controls.

“In keeping with the rapidly changing technology demands of our target buyers, URGE allows the driver to be in charge and to bring to the vehicle a high degree of personalization. The navigation system is located in front of the driver, not the passenger, the driver’s cell phone acts as Intelligent Key to start the vehicle. We provide the audio speakers, the owner provides the audio drivers,” said Campbell.

Other URGE interior features include the racing-style lightweight mesh-and-leather bucket seats, billet aluminum center console, perforated metal mesh-covered silicone foam instrument panel material, visible passenger-side air bag, and racing-style, durable rubber flooring.

Another unique feature of the URGE concept is its integrated gaming system. Powered by Xbox 360, when the driver wants to change to game mode, he or she disengages the driving controls and activates the game system. A screen folds down from the rearview mirror, the steering wheel and pedals become game controls, and the game’s audio is played through the vehicle’s audio system. The URGE concept feature a special Nissan-only demonstration edition of Project Gotham Racing 3.

“The Echo Boomer generation, born between roughly 1976 and 1996, has grown up on video games. By 2012, nearly all 87 million of them will be of driving age and they will be looking for much more from a car than simple transportation – entertainment, a social space, personalization and flexibility,” said Campbell. “The ability to park the car and activate the game system adds another dimension of entertainment beyond the pure driving pleasure of the URGE. Like its drivers, this vehicle is able to switch between the real world and video world whenever the URGE strikes.”

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Nissan URGE Concept Press Kit: At a Glance

The Nissan URGE concept, a minimalist sports car design exercise conceived and created by Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA) in La Jolla, California, traces its genesis to a number of sources. First, URGE is pure Nissan in its look, innovative features, spirited performance and, certainly, its sports car heritage. Secondly, its creators wanted to tap into the mindset of its intended audience – young, first-time car buyers with a gamer’s sense of adventure and who provided input to NDA through an online survey. And finally, the designers wanted to capture in URGE the feeling of the bare, exposed look and driving experience of a high performance motorcycle, while also providing conceptual safety features.

The resulting concept, which makes its world debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, expresses all three ideas and much, much more. URGE is pure, quick, agile, and easily understandable at first glance – merging technology, performance, adventure and safety with pure fun. It offers freedom and excitement, along with the flexibility of two + alpha seating – with a unique third seat tucked behind the driver and passenger.

The URGE exterior is highlighted by an extensive aluminum “cage” structure, which includes an aluminum center structure that runs from the engine bay to the interior center console. The body itself features aluminum/composite construction, a glass hood with a view of the quick, small-displacement high-revving engine, 4-bar hinge scissor doors, see-through door panel cutouts, and a collapsible canvas top.

The URGE interior features lightweight mesh bucket seats, compact F1-style steering wheel, a driver information monitor with five customizable screens and a built-in gaming system, powered by Xbox 360, with fold-down display and steering wheel/pedal controls.

In addition to the responsive engine mated to a 6-speed manual sequential gearbox, URGE performance features include lightweight 9-spoke spun aluminum-alloy wheels, 350Z-style Brembo® brakes and 19-inch front/20-inch rear wheels and tires.

Highlights of the Nissan URGE concept include:

Body

- Motorcycle-inspired styling – lightweight, minimal, exposed

- 104.3-inch wheelbase (same as the 350Z), 156.6-inch overall length (16 inches shorter than the 350Z)

- See-through glass hood, cutaway door panels

- Aluminum center structure that runs from the engine bay to the interior center console

- Recyclable aluminum and composite construction

- 4-bar hinge scissors-style doors with cutouts for easy ingress and egress

- Spun aluminum roof cage structure, triangulated A-pillars

- Collapsible, quick-close, manual (storable) canvas top

- 2400-pound target vehicle weight

Engine and Driveline

- Quick, small-displacement, high-revving engine

- 6-speed manual sequential gearbox

- Front engine/rear-wheel drive

Suspension and Braking

- Independent suspension

- 350Z-style Brembo® brakes

- 19-inch front/20-inch rear 9-spoke spun aluminum-alloy wheels with narrow Michelin tires (195/45R19 front, 225/35R20 rear)

Interior Features

- Driver-oriented interior with compact, responsive F1-style steering wheel

- Racing-style lightweight mesh-and-leather bucket seats

- Billet aluminum center console

- Cell phone and mp3 player docking stations; cell phone acts as Intelligent Key to start vehicle

- Navigation system displayed in front of driver (not passenger)

- Five customizable driver info screens (including HVAC, navi, audio and suspension/performance tuning)

- Integrated gaming system powered by Xbox 360 and featuring a special Nissan edition of Project Gotham Racing 3

- Game screen folds down from the rearview mirror; steering wheel and pedals engage as game controls; gaming audio powered through the vehicle’s audio system

- Perforated metal mesh-covered silicone foam instrument panel material, visible passenger-side air bag, racing-style durable rubber flooring

- Two + alpha seating (third seat hidden behind driver and passenger seats)

Design and Assembly

- Designed by Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA), La Jolla, Calif.

- Assembled by Metal Crafters, Inc., Fountain Valley, Calif.

SOURCE: Nissan

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NISSAN URGE – MINIMALISM TO THE MAXIMUM

A unique blend of driver’s car and gamer’s fantasy, the Nissan URGE concept is a minimalist sports car design exercise conceived and created by Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA) in La Jolla, California. The design is characterised by motorcycle-inspired looks, exposed components and agile performance.

The bold design traces its genesis to a number of sources. First, it is pure Nissan in its look, innovative features, spirited performance and, certainly, its sports car heritage.

Secondly, its creators wanted to tap into the mindset of its intended audience – young, first-time car buyers with a video gamer’s sense of adventure and who provided input to NDA through an online survey. And finally, the designers wanted to capture the feeling of the bare, exposed look and driving experience of a high performance motorcycle, but balanced with a high level of safety features.

The result expresses all three ideas and much more. URGE is pure, quick, agile, and blends technology and safety with pure fun. It offers freedom and excitement, along with the flexibility of a unique ‘alpha’ seat tucked behind the driver and passenger.

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout features a high-revving, four cylinder engine, 6-speed manual sequential (motorcycle-style) gearbox and 350Z-style, quick-stopping Brembo brake system. The wheels are a lightweight 9-spoke spun aluminium-alloy design, 19-inch front/20-inch rear, and the tyres are narrow Michelin (195/45R19 front, 225/35R20 rear) sizes, reinforcing the motorcycle-style look and performance feel.

The URGE’s bare, exposed exterior is highlighted by its cycle-style wings and an extensive aluminium ‘cage’ structure, which includes an aluminium spine flowing from the engine bay to the cabin’s centre console in one continuous sweep. An aluminium/composite construction is used for the body, while the windscreen extends forward to form the rear half of the bonnet, thereby ‘showcasing’ the engine for all to see.

A collapsible, storable manually operated canvas top can provide protection against the elements.

The 4-bar hinge scissor doors are extra long for access to the rear seat and, for those of an extrovert disposition, feature see-through door panel cut-outs in their lower half. As soon as the door release button is engaged, the glass panel within the cut-out slides up, allowing easy access into the car.

Inside, there are racing-style lightweight mesh-and-leather bucket seats, a compact F1-style steering wheel and ‘hewn-from-solid’ aluminium centre console. The curving instrument panel is made from silicone foam covered in perforated metal mesh, and the passenger-side airbag, somewhat reassuringly, remains visible. The funky blue, yellow and grey interior finish uses racing-style, durable rubber flooring.

URGE’s unique third bucket – or ‘alpha’ – seat is tucked behind the driver and passenger in a hidden compartment. When concealed, URGE looks like a traditional sports car. When the seat’s cover is activated using your mobile phone, there’s suddenly room for an additional passenger.

The monitor located directly ahead of the steering wheel can be switched between five customisable screens, including navigation system, climate controls, audio and suspension/performance tuning. The menus are scrollable using steering wheelmounted controls. There’s also a pair of docking stations for the driver’s MP3 player and mobile, the latter acting as an Intelligent Key to start the engine.

As well as being a sports car, URGE is a video game …. on wheels. When you want to change to gaming mode – having first, of course, pulled over – you fold down a screen from the rearview mirror, the steering wheel and pedals become your game controls, and the game’s audio is played through the URGE’s sound system. Ideal for wiling away those long hours stuck in motorway traffic.

Adventurous, Affordable Sports Car Concept for the Echo Boomer Generation Providing a link between the real and virtual worlds, the dramatic Nissan URGE is a bold sports car concept which is both driver’s car and gamer’s fantasy. Bare, exposed, agile and caged in safety and technology, it takes design to the edge through its motorcycleinspired look and spun aluminium structures.

The design motif of ‘minimalism to the maximum’ is displayed in the narrow tyres and cycle-like wings, the cycle-style taillights, cut-out door panels and the sparse, deconstructed interior with frame-and-mesh seats, palm-sized gear shifter and visible passenger-side airbag.

And, in the ultimate homage to the state-of-the-video-arts freedom and excitement, URGE is powered not only by a quick, high-revving, small-displacement engine but, when at rest, a game system – complete with a fold-down display (from the rearview mirror) and the use of the vehicle’s steering wheel and pedals as the game controls.

One of the key sources of inspiration for the Nissan URGE concept, which is making its European debut at the British International Motor Show, was found online – in the results of an Internet survey of approximately 2,000 young car and gaming enthusiasts.

Asked what they would ideally want in a car, the top responses were “performance” and “technology”.

“Not surprisingly, most of the young, primarily male, respondents to our survey said that they want a small, fun-to-drive sports car that can incorporate the technology products that they use on a daily basis, such as mobile phones, MP3 players and games consoles,” said Bruce Campbell, vice president, design, Nissan Design America, Inc. (NDA).  “We also learned that these young adults are highly social – they’re looking for vehicles with the flexibility to take along a couple of friends. They also don’t want a car to dominate their social lives or budgets, so affordability is a definite issue.”

In creating the URGE concept, the NDA design team kept these core survey results in mind – while adding a few ideas of their own. URGE emerged as a minimalist sports car – pure Nissan in its look, its innovative features, spirited performance and, certainly, its sports car heritage.

URGE is also infused with a gamer’s sense of adventure – with the bare, exposed look and driving experience of a high performance motorcycle, but balanced with a high level of safety features.

“We want URGE to replicate the raw motorcycle experience as much as possible, with the exposed engine, door panel cut-outs and open top. Motorcycles are exhilarating to drive and we want this car to feel the same way,” said Campbell. “At the same time, we want drivers to think of this car as safe, which, for example, led us to include the integrated cage structure and visible passenger’s side airbag. URGE, like its target buyers, has a foot in each world, adventure and reality.”

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive URGE is designed to be lightweight, with performance expressed in quickness and agility, rather than brute horsepower and topend acceleration. Its wheelbase is the same length as the Nissan 350Z, but is a full 406mm shorter thanks to its short front and rear overhangs.

“The performance targets for URGE, in keeping with an affordable, £17,000 production price target, dictate a more realistic approach to the parts list than say our 350Z,” said Campbell. “URGE’s sense of exhilaration comes more from the exposed body and driving environment than costly components. It’s a car for first-time sports car buyers. The 350Z will come later in the buyers’ lives.”

URGE’s bare, exposed exterior is highlighted by its cycle-style wings and stripped away body panels. The special glass bonnet exposes the top of the engine, while the doors feature see-through cut-outs.

“One of our other goals in the URGE design was to show off the cool material used in concept form – the aluminium foam in the doors, the perforated metal mesh interior panels, the lightweight exposed seat frames and the ‘Mirror Crystal’ aluminium coloured body panels,” said Campbell. “We’re also proud of our solution to the limitations of a typical two-seat sports car with the hidden alpha seat.”

URGE’s unique third bucket seat is tucked behind the driver and passenger in a hidden compartment. When the cover, which is activated by the driver’s mobile phone, is down, URGE looks like a traditional sports car. When up, there’s room for an additional passenger.

The URGE interior also features an F1-style steering wheel and a compact instrument panel with a driver information monitor, two side screens and a pair of docking stations for the driver’s MP3 audio player and cell phone.

“In keeping with the rapidly changing technology demands of our target buyers, URGE allows the driver to be in charge and to bring to the vehicle a high degree of personalisation. The navigation system is located in front of the driver, not the passenger, the driver’s mobile phone acts as an Intelligent Key to start the vehicle. We provide the audio speakers, the owner provides the audio drivers,” said Campbell.

Another unique feature of the URGE concept is its integrated gaming system.

“The Echo Boomer generation, born between roughly 1976 and 1996, has grown up on video games. By 2012, nearly all 87 million of them will be of driving age and they will be looking for much more from a car than simple transportation – entertainment, a social space, personalisation and flexibility,” said Campbell. “The ability to park the car and activate the game system adds another dimension of entertainment beyond the pure driving pleasure of the URGE. Like its drivers, this vehicle is able to switch between the real world and video world whenever the URGE strikes.”

 

Nissan URGE

Key Dimensions and Specifications

Engine: Quick, high revving, small-displacement engine

Transmission: 6-speed sequential manual gearbox

Drive configuration: Front engine/rear-wheel drive

Suspension: Independent front strut with coil springs, stabiliser bar, Torsion beam rear suspension with stabiliser bar

Wheels/Tyres/Brakes: 19-inch front/20-inch rear 9-spoke spun aluminium-alloy wheels with narrow Michelin tyres (195/45R19 front, 225/35R20 rear), 350Z-style Brembo 4-wheel disc

Wheelbase: 2650 mm

Length: 3979 mm

Width: 71.8 inches/1824 mm

Height: 49.6 inches/1260 mm

Target: weight 2400 pounds

Seating capacity: 3

Select exterior features: Motorcycle-inspired styling, see-through glass bonnet, cutaway door panels, aluminium centre structure, aluminium and carbon fibre construction, 4-bar hinge scissors-style doors, spun aluminium roof cage structure, collapsible quick-close, manual (storable) canvas top, ‘Mirror Crystal’ exterior colour

Select interior features: Driver-oriented interior with compact, responsive F1-style steering wheel, racing-style lightweight mesh-and-leather bucket seats, billet aluminium centre console, cell phone and MP3 player docking stations (cell phone acts as Intelligent Key to start vehicle), customisable driver info screens (including HVAC, navi, audio and suspension/performance tuning), integrated gaming system

SOURCE: Nissan

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