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Nissan plans production of IDx concepts

The concepts were designed through a crowdsourcing project in Nissan's UK design studios.

galleryThe Nissan Freeflow and Nismo IDx concepts were a star turn at the recent Tokyo motor show, and it looks like the positive reaction has the carmaker thinking about production versions

Nissan bosses have said "there is already a plan" to develop the concepts into a production vehicles, UK website Autocar is reporting. While the comment source was not cited, the carmaker couldn't have failed to notice the acclaim given to the two concepts -- and particularly to the Nismo IDx that salutes the legendary Datsun 1600 (although it's said the resemblance was not intentional).

The cars were designed through a crowdsourcing project in Nissan's UK design studios with about 100 young people in their 20s collaborating on the designs. The results starred in Tokyo in two forms: the retro-themed Freeflow IDx car and the sports-focused Nismo IDx with echoes of the early Datsun 1600 rally heroes.

The name IDx comes from a mash-up of the acronym for "identification" and the "x" standing for new ideas seeded through communication. Nissan says the collaborative approach with 'digital natives' (those born post-1990) sparked new insights and creative potential -- and plans to continue the practice for future projects and product development.

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This reporter is on Twitter: @KarlaPincott