Nissan's Chappo concept car gave Geneva show-goers a look at what is happening in the company's design studio under its new styling boss.
Former Isuzu designer Shiro Nakamura was brought in to revitalize Nissan styling after Renault took control of the company in 1999.
The all-white Chappo was shown on a brightly illuminated, all-white stand - a stark presentation of a car that is 'inspired by the changing nature and diversity of every individual's needs,' according to Nissan.
Nakamura said the Chappo is designed to reflect the fact that across the world 'young people demand increasingly personal and diverse solutions to lifestyle and recreational needs.'
Kaoru Satou, chief designer of the Chappo's interior, added: 'We conceived the interior of the Chappo not just for driving, but as a social space where young people can meet and relax.'
The Chappo features typical Japanese boxy styling and has an almost two-dimensional appearance. It has what Nissan calls a 'magic door' that can open either way - to the left, or to the right. Seating is L-shaped, with the driver sitting at the top of the 'L,' allowing passengers to relax in sofa-style comfort behind.
The Chappo has a L-shaped glass roof that matches the seating pattern. It also features a wraparound, powered sliding screen at the rear, and a slide-out trunk that resembles a gigantic desk drawer.
Inside, the Chappo has a multimedia center that can be used for computer games, digital movies and Internet access. There are also four on-board cameras that can be used to take digital stills of passing views.
Nissan says the Chappo's simple styling was inspired by a so-called 'Ninja room' - outwardly simple, yet containing many intriguing and entertaining features inside