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Nissan Forum concept

Published: 19 December 2007

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Forum. No, not that Forum where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did his best work, but Nissan’s new minivan concept.

Due to be unveiled at Detroit in January 2008 the concept is, according to Nissan, 'a forum for family gatherings'. Very clever, but even better is the turntable seating. The second row of seating can rotate, so you can face forwards, sideways, or towards the third row of passengers.

The interior also features wireless monitors, and a console-mounted microwave, so you can heat your own motorway service station food. The carpet is one-inch thick ‘modern shag’ which Nissan says is easy to clean.

There are speakers for each row of seats, cameras to monitor the second and third rows, and a ‘one-button audio muting system’. That’d be a mute button, then.

The outside gives hints to the next Quest, though the lack of a B-pillar is pure concept car fantasy, but hopefully the sliding doors that do without the unsightly tracking rail will make production. The Forum also features Nissan’s Around View Monitor parking system.

By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy