Concept Flashback – 2007 Nissan Round Box Is Leaf/Cube/iQ Roadster Mashup

Here is a fun one!

Back in 2007, this little city run-about might have earned a photo or two in a small concepts section of our car magazines.

At least, this is what I tell myself to justify not remembering it at all!

The design is actually pretty appealing in its interpretation of a Scion iQ or Smart Fortwo competitor. The best aspect of the squat aesthetic and wide proportions, which become much slimmer moving from the wheel areas and up into the glasshouse.

One element slid through to production almost intact on the Nissan Leaf EV — the headlights!

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Concept Flashback – 2007 Nissan Round Box

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