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Nissan's new friend in Frankfurt


NISSAN chose the Frankfurt Motor Show to debut its new city car, the Friend-Me. Exterior styling is rather striking with its LED headlamps and 20-inch alloy wheels, but with the Friend-Me it’s all about the interior.

Nissan believes that every passenger deserves the best, so the Friend-Me has four individual lounge-style seats, which can be adjusted in every conceivable way. Nissan says these seats create a feeling of opulence and comfort not normally found in the saloon and hatchback market.

The cabin features a unique centre console that runs the entire length of the passenger compartment. Formed from numerous screens, it gives every passenger access to the entertainment and information features. Friend-Me's displays can be configured to whatever each individual passenger desires. The technology also incorporates an advanced IT system that allows passengers to share information, pictures and music from their mobile devices. The integrated monitor screens also let passengers connect to friends or family members connected on the internet or in other cars.

Each passenger can also access real-time information about the car's status and performance. So, if those in the back seats want to know where they are during their journey, calling up the navigation system onto their monitor screens puts all the answers at their fingertips.

At the front, the driver has access to an equally advanced display, with a glass-fronted interface designed to be as simple as possible to operate.

As the Friend-Me is based on existing Nissan platform architecture, it won’t be too difficult to put into production. If it is indeed launched, it may even lure a few customers away from the all-new Mercedes S-Class.

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