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click image to enlarge and view more sketches of the Nissan Forum Concept

We bring you the third sketch of the Forum Concept to be officially released by Nissan ahead of the vehicle's debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. As we've reported previously, the Forum is a futuristic people mover that may or may not contain styling cues destined for production. It could forecast a replacement for the Nissan Quest minivan, or it could herald an altogether new vehicle, or it could be a designer's flight of fancy. Regardless, this is the second interior sketch released by Nissan, this time showing a pretty neat trick: the second row bench, the entire second-row bench, can swivel 90-degrees either way or 180-degress to face the third-row seats. Sure, you don't get the center aisle that two captains chairs would provide, but getting in the way back seats should be a lot easier with second-row turned 90-degrees. Nissan calls it "Turntable Seating", a name that sounds warmed over by marketing types, which is evidence enough that it's being considered for production. We would've called it "Centrifugal Seating" or the "Whirly Doo". Alas, that's probably why Japan's #3 automaker doesn't sign our checks.

Nissan also tells us that the Forum Concept includes a "console-mounted microwave oven." Hot-Pocket, anyone?

[Source: Nissan]



PRESS RELEASE:

Nissan FORUM Concept Seat Illustration Released

A FORUM For Family Gatherings. The interior of the new Nissan FORUM Concept, which makes its public debut at the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, features a front driver's zone and rear kids' zone – brought together into one unified family space through innovative technology. FORUM's interior also features "Turntable Seating," a unique 2nd row seat that can rotate 90 degrees to either side or 180 degrees to face the three-passenger 3rd row seat. FORUM also includes individual audio/entertainment systems with wireless monitors and a console-mounted microwave oven.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Not sure why my comments were lost. Oh well, here goes:

      Why on earth aren't we seeing anything about the next Z car at the NAIAS? It's long overdue and the competition is piling in (ahem, Genesis). It's segment is far more noteworthy than this. All this buzz about a mini-van is just a sleighty veiled attempt to get people pumped for what will likely be a rebadged, reskinned Chrysler T&C (remember, there are indications that their truck and car departments are working together).

      Nissan can live on the buzz of the GTR from fanboys for only so long, but the Z car is going to be far more profitiable if they can ramp up it's sales during the post-GTR unveiling.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the second row seat should instead be able to rotate 360 degrees continuously with a magnet attached at the base. that way, passengers sitting on the third row seat can spin it around and around -- making it generate electricity that charges a battery and sends power to an electric motor! Now thats a new revolution in hybrid minivan technology!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't it obvious? It's the Sit 'n Spin!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally, companies are starting to copy Chrysler again.
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, Chrysler copied Toyota's Previa Swivel Seat, if your comment refers to that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oops, meant Swivel 'n Go, of course
      • 5 Years Ago
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      • 7 Years Ago
      No air bags for the people facing the wrong way? They should rename it the "Nissan Liability Wagon"

      I like the sheet metal styling though, Chris Bangor has his zealots working at Nissan now too.