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As you can see from the Concept Board below,
this (self-assigned) project car was a proposal
for an ENTRY LEVEL NISSAN, aimed at the
young person getting their FIRST vehicle.
What they really want is a Ducati but since Dad
is paying, maybe they should go for this
instead. Although small and inexpensive, it has
a definite emphasis on safety. Its design also IS
the Nissan logo. At the end of the day, making
the Alias models, I knew it had to be very very
sporty, not like the early sketches.
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ACTIVE SENIOR VEHICLE
The project was about a concept vehicle for
active seniors and their still busy lives,
hobbies and activities. This sideview layout
shows an idea for folding seats that maximize
interior space. Some of the interiors sketches
below show developments of this idea.
My favorite exterior concept was this
2001 moon buggy inspired design.
There are many "Universal Design" principles
that come into play with older users.
The two sketches below show the front
passenger seat folded in the stowed position.
Also the steering "wheel" on these designs
telescopes flush with the dash.
I liked this proposal with the unique HVAC
concept (replacing the little vents that blow in
your face. Another idea was the instrumentation
set behind the windshield glass extension, which
also appears to flow into the floor.
FLAGSHIP PROJECT FOR INFINITI
One of my last projects at AAU, these vehicles were an effort to create
an iconic FLAGSHIP car for Infiniti Division. I did four different designs,
two sedans and two coupes. Each design incorporated some traditional
Infiniti motifs and all were intended to be highly original and elegant.
The Speedster design above was
reconfigured into a sedan, as part of a more
official luxury car project back at NDA.
I developed a convertible roof concept for this big sedan. The
concept was to use a robotic arm which maneuvers the lift-off
panels into a storage space behind the front seats.
This idea yields a better
seating package than
conventional convertible
mechanisms - which ruin
the rear seat space.
It also creates fewer
proportional compromises
to the car and makes easy
a four door convertible.
The concept replaces
software for hardware and
the "arm" can be easily
reprogrammed for other
vehicle types.
TITAN: heavy
Some quick pencil sketches for a short project -
exploring ideas for a heavy duty full size pickup truck.
CONCEPT CAR FOR
TOKYO MOTOR SHOW
Here are some quick pencil sketches and a relatively fast Alias
model - for a concept car shoot-out.    Didn't make the cut :(
This model was on a
legitimate package and you
can see how it had to change
from the idea sketch at left.
NISSAN
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LOGO CAR
Ideas were requested
for a Motor Show
concept car. Many
manufacturers had
been making socially
interesting & very
different vehicles.
I presented my idea by
using a STORY, to
illustrate the concept in
a new way. Whether it
works or not, you can
be the judge.
This abstract idea sketch set the concept
for the two images to the right.
                    This Motor Show Concept proposal was for a super minimal vehicle built
                    with basic, locally sourced technology. Its simple bent-tube frame would be
completed with modular drop-in elements to create the desired 3rd world result. The lower
images take the concept in a different direction, with an odd LEGO version and a dynamic
performance variant. This was done about ten years ago.
SHERPA
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GRAVITY CAR
One of those free projects, competing with the other SoCal design
studios.  The gravity car is a grown up version of the old Soap Box
Derby, except with lots of corporate money behind the cars.
My proposal was
based on the
principle that the
weight should be
as far back as
possible, to
maximize the
potential energy
available on the hill.
EXECUTIVE JET
These quirky proposals were done for an
advanced concept project. I was trying to
retain plenty of side head room while
suggesting a cylindrical jet fuselage. The
later ones (top row) are more successful.
SENTRA
Working in San Francisco, I was still tasked to assist the home
studio projects. In this case, this included a future SENTRA
program. The approach was to jointly explore both interiors and
exteriors. The MECHO theme below was selected for my interior
direction - as you see it developed in Alias on the left side.
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E-FAN
Done after leaving NDA, this was an entry
in a web-based design competition
sponsored by CarDesignNews.
MAXIMA
This was one of the last major programs I worked on at NDA (2005),
assisting the very talented Doug Wilson.
CUBE
One of the last project I
worked on at Nissan was the
CUBE for America. It had
been a success for years in
Japan but wasn't available in
left hand drive for the USA.
I can't say I agree with how
this vehicle finally came out,
and its market success  has
not been good.
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