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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nissan Design Europe (NDE) being located in London, Makoto Uchida, Nissan's President and Chief Executive Officer, visited the organisation to attend the unveiling of the all-new electric concept car called the Nissan Concept 20-23. The car certainly looks like it’s an evolution of the much-loved and super-popular compact hatchback, the Micra. The concept car was designed by a team that included some of the younger members of NDE who worked to a simple brief to design a car that they’d personally want to drive around the streets where they work, and the best and quite evident part is that there were no constraints - anything and any design was allowed. The name, Concept 20-23, comes from NDE being in London for 20 years and then Nissan's traditional number 2 (ni) 3 (san), as well as the current year. "The young team here at NDE was given a simple brief: design a fun electric city car that you'd like to drive every day in London. The 20-23 Concept that they designed is a compact hatchback which is strongly influenced by the online racing world. I love the story it tells about how the worlds of modern city living, online gaming and zero emissions mobility intersect." said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan's Senior Vice President for global design. 

The Concept 20-23's 3-door hatchback body style features an extreme aerodynamic design front and rear, with deep skirts that direct airflow away from the front of the car along with apertures to cool the brakes and direct the air through vents behind the front wheels. From the side, there are extended wheel arches and the top side of them features vented louvres to reduce air pressure. Extended skirts are found on the lower section. The rear features a large single-piece spoiler that looks just right on the 20-23. The lighting front and rear looks similar and employs the same kind of LED technology, turn signals are incorporated into them. Too. The doors rock, scissor doors always rock and they do actually suit this concept car. The Concept 20-23 car model is an exterior model only, but a team of interior designers did create an interior to match the extreme exterior. In the design, a brace bar runs across the door openings, there’s a pair of futuristic-looking bucket seats, a long extended steering column with a rectangular multifunction sports steering wheel and paddles to adjust the electric powertrain performance. Two metal beams hold the centre console in position and are bolted to the "spine" of the car that appears from the floor. Beneath the two brace bars there’s an all-important fire extinguisher. It has a minimalistic design and there are a couple of screens to display vital information with minimal distractions. Alfonso Albaisa said: "It's a fitting celebration of 20 years of NDE where bold ideas have taken shape and come to life!" While what you see here was merely a design project, we’d love to see something similar head to production one day.

Take a look at the YouTube video showing off the amazing lines, angles and curves that make up the recently unveiled Concept 20-23 from Nissan Europe, a futuristic car that looks very much like the future incarnation of the hugely popular bread and butter compact car model, the Micra.: Unveiling Concept 20-23: sporty, electric and city car | Nissan Europe

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