Forum concept slotted for Detroit show: could father desirable, 21st century Serena
1 November 2007

In most car-makers’ estimations, the large people-mover is dead. Dwindling demand for the likes of the Renault Espace, Chrysler Voyager, Ford Galaxy and VW Sharan have meant that they’ve either been replaced by smaller and smaller family cars, or dropped altogether. Well, Nissan is about to breathe some life back into the market for big MPVs with this concept car – the Forum – and, as well as fathering a better-looking successor to the US-market Nissan Quest, there’s an outside chance that it could even come to the UK, and help make large family cars desirable again.

Big and beautiful

The Forum concept will appear at the Detroit motor show in January 2008, and information on it is currently pretty thin. Nissan Design USA issued one sketch image of the car earlier this week, and a very brief press release explaining that it has been designed to “explore the next generation of family transportation.”However, the same press release stated that the car features trackless sliding doors and no B-pillar – features that promise to contribute to a prettier exterior than we’re used to from cars of this ilk. You can tell from the sketch itself that the Forum is no ordinary monocab, featuring a tapered grille, elongated spine-like roof bars and some heavily sculptured surfaces. We can’t wait to find out how big it is, whether Nissan is considering building it, and if so, whether we’ll see it in the UK. Would certainly make you feel better about buying a practical car to cart the kids around in, wouldn’t it?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out