Do you need to improve the interior for the next Qashqai?
“The interior of the next one is not anything like today’s. It’s very different [in areas] such as the size of the screens. It’s an interior, more than an exterior, revolution. Exterior technology is just headlights and taillights, so there’s nothing new you can really show in terms of technology. But with the interior, there are so many elements you can use to show the advantages of technology.”
How do you stop interiors becoming too complicated?
“The interior is becoming more important than before. ProPilot [Nissan’s autonomous driving technology] is currently at level one; level two will come in the next Qashqai. The HMI [human-machine interface] is being designed from the outset for autonomous drive. The screen is becoming larger and will have more information on it. The number of switches won’t increase; we control how many there are. There are fewer switches but more functions. Interior functions will be much more advanced than before.”
Is it harder to replace the Juke than the Qashqai?
“The Juke must maintain its distinctiveness and funkiness. We try to be as quirky as possible. We’ll make a big step with the design, but it will still be recognisable as a Juke. Key elements must remain, such as the character of the face and proportions. Smaller cars are easier, they can be quite aggressive [in their design].”
Is a replacement for the GT-R planned?
“The GT-R is like a Porsche 911, it’s an evolution. Change for change’s sake doesn’t make sense. A new one has to be better. We make progress with it each year. This year’s version had a bigger change inside and out. We’ll continue improving every aspect. If we see the limit of improving, maybe then we will have a complete renewal. All models are selling well and we have good back orders. It’s not ageing, not in seven years.”
Will the three-seat Bladeglider concept ever be produced?
“Bladeglider is just an experiment, it’s not planned for production. Even if we can produce the right number at the right price, I don’t know if the market is big enough. It’s an interesting car, though – a real three-seater.”