When Nissan unveiled their Sport Sedan Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, it took our breaths away with a distinctive design (including the flow-over continuation of Nissan’s V-Motion grille theme and unique boomerang headlight design), a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can roar like a fearsome beast (more than 300 horsepower, to be precise), and an impossible-to-miss “Strad Amber” paint scheme. Now, Autoweek Magazine has recognized the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept as the “Best Concept” at NAIAS, giving it the edge over the Kia Stinger and Toyota FT-1.
“The name basically tells you what it is,” starts Autoweek’s Wes Reynal. “Nissan officials confirmed the Sports Sedan Concept is the basis for a new Maxima due in 2016. The hot-looking sedan also gives a clear look at Nissan’s design themes for the next several years, including the flow-over ‘V-Motion’ grille, boomerang light clusters and sharply creased character lines across the flanks. All are intended, Nissan says, to ‘put some emotion into the side view.’”
Autoweek chooses annual winners in the Best in Show, Most Significant, Most Fun, and Best Concept categories on the heels of the major presentations at the Detroit Auto Show. Given the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept’s win in the Best Concept field, it’s likely that the intention to instill emotion into the side profile was a success for the automaker and its designers.
While there is not much likelihood that a production version of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept will move forward, the prospect of it heavily influencing an upcoming Maxima is like music to our ears. (Speaking of music to our ears: the “Strad Amber” color was inspired by violins and created by applying an orange coat of paint over a golden base; now you know.)
As more details of the upcoming Maxima emerge, we here at Lewis Nissan will keep you in the know. Until then, we are more than happy to bask in the success of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept and its Best Concept award victory.