July 15, 2005 Nissan Design America (NDA) celebrated 25 years in California this week by unveiling its latest design – a lightweight, aluminium-based trailer designed by Nissan in collaboration with specialist trailer manufacturer Airstream and called the BaseCamp. The Airstream BaseCamp is a micro-light tent-trailer hybrid that blends the convenience of RV travel with the versatility of car camping. The BaseCamp is the first of its kind offering a whole new level of versatility, durability and comfort for the adventurer.
Since first establishing operations in 1980, NDA has been responsible for the designs of several significant vehicles, including the 350Z, the original Xterra, the original Pathfinder, the Infiniti J30, the Nissan Quest and several concept cars. Their designs continue to play a pivotal role in Nissan operations, most recently contributing to the full-size Nissan Titan pick-up truck, Armada SUV and the Infiniti QX56.
While NDA's focus is on automobiles, it has adopted a philosophy that encourages designers to work on projects outside of the automotive industry to stimulate creativity in their automotive designs. These design projects include boats, furniture, golf clubs and, most recently, the Airstream BaseCamp.
"In the highly competitive market of car design, encouraging our designers to draw inspiration from different media provides them with exceptional tools for future vehicle designs," said Bruce Campbell, vice president of Nissan Design America. "In partnering with Airstream, we are able to stretch and apply our design cues to a company already known as a leader in its category."
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