LOS ANGELES – After debuting in Tokyo and playing in Detroit, the acclaimed Nissan IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO concepts held a three-date tour on the West Coast. It was a super-charged string of venues worthy of the world's biggest rock bands, at least in the auto-enthusiast world.
Along Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, once described as the "coolest block in America" by GQ magazine, fans of the concepts were able to get up close and personal with the cars, including speaking with designers and providing Nissan with feedback about whether to bring the vehicles to market.
"Part of being here is to get more reception from the public and the people who we designed it for so we can figure out a way to make it," said Gio Arroba, Nissan Creative Design Manager.
After a night of partying in Venice, the IDx siblings had an early-morning call with legendary "Cars & Coffee" enthusiasts in Irvine. This is where thousands of car lovers get together every Saturday morning to ogle cars and talk motors in the heart of Orange County, Calif. Surrounded by some of the world's finest exotic machinery, the IDx Freeflow and NISMO clearly were the event's headliners with their own distinct style and presence.
There was a final appearance on Saturday for Nissan's hot concepts at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. It was part of the "Inside the MotoMan Studio" event. This time the concepts were sharing the stage with automotive journalist George Notaras and legendary racecar driver Peter Brock. Brock, the "B" of BRE racing, whose Datsun 510s won Trans-Am championships in 1971 and '72, had his own connection to the IDx NISMO concept.
"It is a beautiful design, the lines on it are so subtle and so well done. It has a very upscale feel to it. There is nothing really super bright or brashy about the car. This is a car that you can live with for a long time because it has a certain elegance that you would be proud to own," said Brock.
Before packing up, the last stop for the IDx concepts on Sunday was the "Supercar Sunday" enthusiast gathering in Woodland Hills, just about an hour north of Los Angeles. This tour of Southern California now has more car lovers dreaming of "what if?" … and hoping that "when so" comes sooner rather than later.
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