Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photos by Takahiro Takiguchi

Cutting-edge auto technology at Nissan gallery

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Motorheads, here’s another great place you won’t want to miss – the Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery near Yokohama Station. It offers the opportunity to check out Nissan’s latest models and technology being used in their vehicle systems all in one really sleek showroom.

It’s no surprise the carmaker is headquartered here as it was born in Yokohama in 1933.

This admission-free gallery is housed in the first floor of Nissan Global Headquarters building and over 30 cars are on display in the nearly one-acre floor space.

My wife and I dropped by on a walk around the area. From Yokohama Station’s east exit, it’s a five-minute walk along a path that includes escalators and branches off to other buildings. As you ride the escalator that take you to the showroom, you’ll get a grand view of the open floor plan and all the vehicles on display.  The newest Nissan Skyline models were front and center on the main stage when we visited.

I had a great time perusing the new Nissan models and helpful showroom employees were always nearby to answer visitors’ questions and suggesting other parts of the gallery to enjoy.

We learned a lot about Nissan’s history through the panels and video monitors at the “Heritage Corridor” corner.

Most of the cars were displayed on the floor, so we were able to touch them, open the doors and even sit in the driver’s seats. We actually checked out the inside and outside of several displayed cars, such as Nissan’s flagship sports car, GT-R.

Opening the shiny blue door and getting behind the wheel of a $110,000 sports car was quite thrilling. The high-end leather seat felt a little stiff but provided excellent back support. The GT-R’s dashboard had many well-arranged circle gauges, one of which was a speed gauge with the capability of marking 340 kph or, approximately, 213 miles-per-hour. Quite impressive!

Another display was a Nissan model engine using “e-Power” technology, which demonstrated how it is used to run the vehicle. Blinking LED lights and complicated mechanical parts indicated the power flow from the battery and engine to the transmitter.

Visitors also have the opportunity to learn more about this technology using the VR monitor seat in the gallery. When I climbed into the 4D Audio-Visual Virtual Reality Motion Seat, an employee assisted me with fastening my seatbelt and adjusting VR goggles.

As soon as I hit the start switch, I was taken on a 10-minute virtual reality presentation of the e-Power system through a space voyage-like exploration in a computer-generated Nissan vehicle.  This VR presentation can be enjoyed in multiple languages.  
The gallery offers test driving several times a day for visitors with a valid driver’s license. Get behind the latest GT-R, Dayz and Note e-Power for a 15-minute test drive along a designated 3.3-mile course.

You can also get your hands on Nissan merchandise at the gallery. And, for a caffeine jolt while you check out some cool wheels, stop in for a coffee at the Starbucks right inside the gallery.

The Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery located in the center of Yokohama was a nice way to spend a few hours learning about the carmaker’s exciting new technologies.

Make it a stop on your next Yokohama outing!

 

Nissan Global Headquarters Gallery

Hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: 1-1-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Pref.
Admission: Free
URL: http://www.nissan.co.jp/GALLERY/HQ/
Tel: 045-523-5555

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