Car Show 2001

When I first saw the Nissan Chappo, I was shocked. This had to be a joke, right? I mean, who would build such an ugly car? It combines the worst design features of an old International Harvester pickup, a Willys Jeepster and an Austin Mini into one, big ugly box. But there are two sides to every story. Here's what Nissan's press release says about the Chappo:

One highlight of the Nissan exhibit at the 2001 New York International Auto Show is the Nissan Chappo, an innovative "city car" design concept, on display to judge North American consumer reaction. With its asymmetrical, two-box exterior and an interior designed as a virtual living room on wheels, the Chappo explores a possible direction for personal "social space" vehicles of the future.

"Chappo’s unique interior was conceived not just for driving, but as a social space where young people will want to meet and relax," said Shiro Nakamura, design director, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML). "It reflects the need of future generations who will demand increasingly personal and diverse solutions to lifestyle and recreational needs."

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