Gallery: the concepts of this year's Paris motorshow
Paul Horrell explains what the crazy concepts at this year’s Motor Show mean in the real world…
Posted: 03 Oct 2012
Nissan's TeRRA SUV's design isn't meant to point to anything serious for production. Instead it's a way of drawing attention to the fact Nissan is working hard on fuel cells. But Nissan looked a bit dopey when Hyundai announced that it's actually going into full production with a fuel-cell iX35.
Still, nice to see Nissan's designers having a bit of fun on the TeRRA SUV. Their bosses clearly don't want them to get bored and leave. Free-form concept cars like this are getting rarer these days, but they do give us a look into the ways designers think cars will change a decade or so away. Not the overall form of cars, but elements: the curve of a wing, the shape of a seat, the glint of a light cluster.