If you find electric cars just a little boring, Nissan has a solution for you – just take the roof off!
The hills are alive to the sound of…well, nothing. No, this isn’t the creation of some bored artist on a dull Friday afternoon. This is the real deal – a live, convertible Nissan LEAF, in the sheet metal. It’s called the Nissan LEAF Open Car – talk about getting straight to the point. The company built this one-off concept to celebrate 100,000 LEAFs sold in Japan since they introduced the model back in 2010.
Blown away? Perhaps the thought of the wind actually blowing through your hair would change that. Nissan presented this targa-top in Tokyo, and builds upon the, shall we say, “heritage” of the Murano CrossCabriolet. Remember that? Oh yes, this isn’t the first time Nissan’s cut the roof off one of its otherwise practical cars. The company also ended up killing that car off due to its high price and lackluster sales. Evidently the public wasn’t terribly interested in a high-riding, crossover-bodied convertible that costs more than $43,000.
Somehow, we can’t help but feel the LEAF would have face the same problems if it went to production. Not that it will, mind you – the company mentioned this car won’t actually hit dealer lots at any point in the near future. Apart from its missing roof, this Open Top Concept is unlikely to have any unique features over the standard LEAF.
Are you interested in a 200+ mile electric hatchback convertible? Let us know what you think in the comments.
On second thought, taking the roof off a LEAF might make it more interesting. If for no other reason than to just have something weird.