Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Intima is targeted towards consumers with a sophisticated, discerning eye for beauty - who enjoy spending time in refined elegance and comfort, whether traveling alone or with a partner.

"We designed Intima as a car that expresses the interior attractiveness Nissan proposes in the Modern Living Concept," explains Product Chief Designer Kinichi Saito of the Product Design Department."The inspiration came from imagining a situation where a person who has accumulated many life experiences and successes now wants to spend his or her own time, or time together as a couple, in an elegant environment."Illumination is another significant element in offering a sense of soothing relaxation.
Cabin illumination is provided by the indirect lighting incorporated in the instrument panel, center console, door trim and ceiling, and the door assist grips feature a blue-green acrylic material that gives off a soft light.
A functional storage spaces are located on the inside of the front passenger's door, while a cooled compartment in the rear center console can keep drink or snacks at fresh temperature.
Intima's exterior styling matches the interior's artistic image, with a design that combines sharp-edged lines and organic panel surfaces.
"The balance of these two elements creates a refined mood based on the ideas of 'relaxation' and 'comfort,'" explained Saito.Among the main design elements are the arching side character line and the crystal-like appearance of the front and rear lamps, grille and wheels, which are reminiscent of jewelry.
"Intima demonstrates that art and functionality are not mutually exclusive," said Saito.
"There is a strong role of visual attractiveness in creating a comfortable, relaxing interior that is often overlooked. Intima, and Nissan's Modern Living Concept, are leading the way in the advancement of visually stimulating interior design."

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