Concept cars are always fun, showcasing the possibilities – no matter how dreamy – for automotive’s future. When the Friend-Me debuted at Auto Shanghai this year, it was somewhere halfway between a dreamy possibility and concrete actuality. Now with its European unveiling at Frankfurt, we have more information about the car and can definitely place it inside reality.
The Friend-Me is a showcase of both exterior design and interior connectivity and function as well as a detail in Nissan’s hybrid powertrain plans.
“We call our solution ‘Distilled Da Qi,'” said Taiji Toyota, Vice President of Nissan Design China. “‘Da Qi is about casting an aura, about standing out, but at the same time going with the flow, fitting in. It’s a question of balance, and we’ve worked to refine it right down to the essence. The result adds an entirely new and youthful dimension to the sedan category.”
You can read more about the concept itself in my article at Torque News. To complement that article, here is a gallery of images and a video about the Friend-Me for you to enjoy.