Normally I would – with all due respect – not regard Nissan as a maker of particularly stylish cars. Functional and utilitarian, yes, but desirable for its own sake, seldom. There are some notable examples, however, and the Nissan Figaro is one of the funkiest and most memorable of all.
I suppose the fact that this is a retro car says as much about me as it does about the car, but given its popularity and subsequent cult status I am obviously not alone in seeing its appeal. Originally appearing in 1991, the apparent risk of launching a 1960s lookalike in the early 90s was soon dispelled. Sure, Nissan had received a healthy collection of reservation signatures at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show and subsequent events, but even they could not have envisaged the wave of nostalgia that this model would ride – and indeed help create. Continue reading
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, which opened in the second half of 2010, is the world’s first Ferrari theme park and largest attraction of its kind. It offers an intense multi-sensory experience and a must-visit for Ferrari enthusiasts and general petrol heads, but also families. The park pays tribute to the passion, history, performance and technical innovation that Ferrari has established over the years and represents today. Its iconic sleek red roof is directly inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT body, spanning 200,000m2 and carrying the largest Ferrari logo ever created. Continue reading
The exotic creations that populate international motor shows, car magazines and the imagination of motoring enthusiasts are more than flights of fancy designed to draw the crowds.
A cynic might suggest that the sole function of prototype cars is to draw the crowds and garner publicity for the car manufacturer in question. It is true that car makers use them for these purposes, competing with one another to attract enthusiasts and motoring journalists to their stand, where they can highlight the company’s latest offering. However, prototypes are much more than eye candy alone. Few may make it into production and some will even border on the ridiculous, but below the frivolous and seemingly self-indulgent exterior lies a clear purpose that warrants the effort and expense that goes into their making.