Nissan unveiled six Star Wars-themed show vehicles at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The show vehicles are a dramatic display to highlight Nissan’s designs and the famous characters and crafts from the upcoming film of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Previously Nissan worked with Star Wars because of the Star Wars Rogue connections. Lucas artists decked out Nissan Altima, Maxima and Rogue in Star Wars themed designs.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi themes for each vehicle were developed from artists inside the hallowed offices of Lucasfilm, whose team penned the designs, guiding colors, textures and graphics pairing the vehicles with a craft or character from the film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Each concept — not available for purchase — receives a unique approach, including extras such as hydro-dipped graphics, surround sound and aged exterior design to show simulated use in battle. With designs complete, the legendary Hollywood vehicle fabricators at Vehicle Effects in Burbank, California, brought the sketches to life.
The Nissan display features a fleet of six X-wing starfighter replicas from Star Wars: The Last Jedi overhead and a variety of high-tech displays including augmented reality and virtual reality to entertain and educate auto show guests about Nissan Intelligent Mobility.
2018 Nissan Rogue Sport – A-wing
Quick and nimble, the A-wing is a perfect fit for the Rogue Sport it is built upon. Dual thrusters at the rear of the vehicle are illuminated, while top-mounted fins mimic the A-wing’s design. Its wheels are painted blue to match the craft’s accents with new tires fitted to provide a wide stance. Laser cannons flank the vehicle and a detailed wrap complete with battle damage prove it’s a vehicle ready for almost anything.
2018 Nissan Altima – Special Forces TIE Fighter
The Special Forces TIE Fighter is a strike fighter used by the First Order’s elite Special Forces pilots. This is fittingly recreated using Nissan’s best-selling sedan, Altima. The show vehicle features custom body enhancements, bringing it in line with a member of the First Order’s fleet. The vehicle’s standout feature is the cockpit window that brings the multi-paned look of the Special Forces TIE fighter to the Altima’s windshield. Custom wheels and full-body wrap bring the dual-winged spacecraft to life. Speakers at each corner recreate the iconic TIE Fighter and blaster sounds, creating a true sense of motion. Each wheel features the centerpiece of a TIE Fighter wing applied through a hydro-dipping process.
2018 Nissan Maxima – Kylo Ren
Drawing on the existing aggressive design language of the Maxima, this show vehicle is transformed into a truly sinister sedan. Designers merged Kylo Ren’s unmistakable black and silver facemask with the Maxima’s V-motion design language using a single block of milled aluminum for the front of the 4-Door Sports Car. A custom front lower spoiler, impactful hood and body are coated to exacting character color-matching specifications. The project is completed with a set of red signature headlights and underbody lighting that pulse at random — similar to Kylo Ren’s crossguard lightsaber.
2018 Nissan Maxima – Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer
Engineered for speed and astute handling capability, the Nissan Maxima is the perfect car to replicate Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer — one of the new crafts to appear in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. This one-off TIE Silencer is customized to Kylo’s specifications with laser cannons and missile launchers affixed to the vehicle’s distinct wings — stretching the entire length of the car. Crimson lighting in the grille and underneath give this concept an amazing true-to-life feel. Sound effects pulled directly from the movie take this one to the next level, truly blurring the lines between fantasy and reality.
2018 Nissan Maxima – Captain Phasma
Also joining the First Order ranks, the Captain Phasma Maxima is covered in high-gloss silver armor and bears an unmistakable mask of the strong female character in the film. Its fascia and hood are each hand-crafted from aluminum. A red accent line runs the length of the car, with ground effects to further its intimidating look. The Captain Phasma Maxima is also a celebration of female strength. Nissan’s Maxima team is led by a female engineer, the designer for this vehicle was a female from ILM, the vehicle’s brand director is a female and the vehicle was created to celebrate one of the toughest female warriors in the galaxy.
2018 Nissan Rogue – Poe Dameron’s X-wing with BB-8
Poe Dameron’s X-wing leads the New Republic starfleet, with massive fixed wings spanning either side of its Nissan Rogue foundation. Ready for action, the T-70 X-wing starfighter features a pair of illuminating thrusters, while quad laser cannons integrated into each wingtip make the craft ready for battle. Sitting atop the crossover is a full-size BB-8 astromech droid with functioning lights, motion and sound. A rugged tire and wheel package draws parallels to the rugged valor of the Resistance.
The Nissan experience will also feature:
Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay Virtual Reality Experience
A requisite stop for any fan of virtual reality is Star Wars: Droid Repair Bay Virtual Reality Experience, created by ILMxLAB. The experience puts users inside a virtual repair bay on General Leia’s ship where they can interact with BB-8 and other brand-new droids created for this story. Anyone who misses this opportunity will have the chance to participate in the VR experience at select participating Nissan dealers across the country.
Star Wars Digital Mirror Experience
Visitors to the Nissan show can jump right into the Star Wars universe by simply standing in front of what appears to be a typical mirror. However, upon approaching the display visitors transform into a digital character from Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
“See the Unseen” Augmented Reality Lobby Experience
As soon as auto show attendees walk through the convention center doors, they’ll be greeted by Nissan and Star Wars excitement. Visitors will be invited into a scene inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi and can see the Nissan Maxima and Rogue like they’ve never seen before. Within the display space, Nissan leverages augmented reality technology with “See the Unseen” that will virtually transport the vehicles into another galaxy while exhibiting Nissan Intelligent Mobility features.
Star Wars character appearances on the show floor
R2-D2 and First Order Stormtroopers will greet fans during the following times:
Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.