Surely, Tom, you must just have meant to say "No tailpipe emissions...?"
No tailpipes whatsoever on this Beijing 2014 concept car from Nissan. It is quite pretty and unique from all sides, and has instant allure and attractiveness. This is all a good sign for Nissan in China, where local teams have played a critical part in the Lannia's design and development.
The only angle that proves this is not a sports car is the rear three-quarter, which brings things back down to Earth with a pretty eco-minded appearance.
The lack of tailpipes, overall size match, and EV aspirations of the roof make me think this is how the next Nissan Leaf might look.
Sorry to my pals at Nissan, but the design of the Leaf still is not resonating. As a hatchback or a sedan, the next Leaf will need to really sex up its appeal if it wants to score more than its current sales performance.
The Lannia style might be just what the EV doctor ordered for the 2015 or 2016 Leaf EV.
2014 Nissan Lannia Concept
NISSAN THRILLS AUTO CHINA 2014 WITH WORLD PREMIERE OF LANNIA CONCEPT, NISMO INTRODUCTION
World premiere of Lannia Concept, tailored towards the “Post 80s" Chinese desiring an “Energetic Sedan For Me"
NISMO to debut in China with GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo versions
BEIJING, China (April 20, 2014) - Nissan today premiered the Lannia Concept, a global concept addressing the lifestyle of China's rising “Post-80s" generation. Chief Planning Officer Andy Palmer also announced the official launch of the NISMO brand in China.
“Lannia Concept joins our growing family of China-focused models," said Palmer. “It was designed by Chinese, built by Chinese for the Chinese people, and ultimately, for the world." He recognized the heavy involvement of the local Chinese teams spanning from market research to design that led to the birth of the Lannia Concept. Its Chinese name, “蓝鸟・印象" (“lan niao, yin xiang") was also announced in honor of the legendary Nissan Bluebird, whose spirit is reborn.
Positioned as a “sedan theory-breaker," Lannia Concept is the result of strong collaboration between Nissan Design China in Beijing and the Nissan Global Design Center, and features an energetic, sleek and agile design that addresses the tastes and values of contemporary Chinese “Post-80s" trendsetters.
Palmer also revealed that NISMO, Nissan's global motorsports and performance brand, will make its official debut in China with the launch of GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo versions.
Palmer said, “We are very excited about the arrival of NISMO in China. Running one of the world's premiere motorsports organizations, NISMO embodies Nissan's motorsports heritage of passionately pursuing victory through continuous improvements in engineering. It goes without saying that to achieve such results, NISMO has been, and will continue to be, at the forefront of innovation, technology, safety and quality, which transcends across all Nissan products. Entering the Chinese market is an important milestone for NISMO as it continues its aggressive journey to expand its presence beyond the racetrack to key markets around the world."