24 December 2004

This is the first car to come out Nissan's new American design studio in Farmington Hills, Michigan - the Azeal concept. Due for an unveiling at next month's Detroit show, it's described by its creator as a pocket rocket - 'an affordable, high performance entry-level coupe with an emphasis on personality and aggressive styling.'

Billed as a junior 350Z, the Azeal is based on the shared C-platform architecture used by Renault's Mégane. Although details will remain scare until its public unveiling next month, a Nissan spokesman told Autocar that its future would most likely be as a road-going coupé for the States, given its US design and unveiling. Any European future for the car remains uncertain at this point.

Find out more in Autocar's Detroit show report next month

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