Arts & Crafts

DIY: Cut paper snowflakes based on the design of the Nissan Leaf, Ariya

The snowflakes can be made and used to decorate your home this winter.

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Vehicle design starts with lines, some straighter than others. Nissan's design team has team up with paper toy maker Tougui to take the lines of the Nissan Leaf and Ariya, and translate them into six designs for do-it-yourself paper snowflakes.

"First, you roughly define the proportion of your vehicle, depending on whether you are working on a crossover, a sports car or a small car. You only need a few lines for that," says Matthew Weaver, Vice President Design, Nissan Europe. "Some lines are very distinctive for our vehicles, such as the floating roof on Ariya. I believe the fewest strokes to form the vehicle shape is ideal. It determines whether your car is recognizable and sometimes it makes it iconic."

2022 Nissan Ariya The roof lines of the 2022 Nissan Ariya helped inform one of the snowflakes' designs.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

No elaborate material is needed: just paper, a pen (if you prefer to draw the lines yourself instead of printing the template), scissors and some creativity. These snowflakes can be made small or large.

Snowflake patterns and instructions are below.

Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Ariya snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Leaf snowflake pattern design craft

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

Nissan Leaf snowflake pattern design craft

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Nissan Leaf snowflake pattern design craft

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Share your creation with Nissan by tagging images of your paper snowflakes on social media with #NissanHoliday.

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Brie Larson got into costume for an ad celebrating Nissan's history.

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On the court, you know what you need to do. Get the win. You may have to pivot, stop to catch your breath, and change up the plan along the way, but that's all part of the game. Whether it's March Madness or a Nissan company plan, both follow a similar route.

Nissan, an official NCAA partner, debuted "Thrill", a new ad campaign starring Brie Larson during the NCAA Men's Final Four over the weekend. The new spot, named "The New Nissan" aims to showcase the company's heritage and future.

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The spot opens with Larson experiencing some of Nissan's most iconic heritage vehicles through the decades, asserting that cars once played important roles in pop culture, but noting that the feeling has been lost in recent years. The story takes a sudden turn to feature Larson driving spiritedly in a Z Proto, then off-roading in a Frontier, driving an all-electric LEAF, and behind the wheel of a Rogue. The spot ends with Larson driving away in the Nissan Ariya, followed by a wide shot displaying the new Nissan product portfolio.

"At Nissan, we want to thrill people at every turn and we're excited to showcase this with our completely refreshed product lineup," said Allyson Witherspoon, vice president and chief marketing officer, Nissan U.S. "We've been working with Brie for more than a year and she definitely brings the spirit of our message to life in this latest campaign."

This isn't the first time that Larson has worked with Nissan. She was the face of the "Refuse to Compromise" campaign for the redesigned Sentra. She also was part of the launch of the 2021 Nissan Rogue.

In the coming months, Nissan will launch the redesigned 2022 Pathfinder and Frontier, and debut the next-gen Nissan Z. That's all before the Nissan Ariya arrives on U.S. shores closer to the start of 2022.

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New photos show what is alleged to be the new Nissan Z.

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It's a code red at Nissan. Pictures of an alleged new Nissan Z car have been leaked ahead of the model's official unveiling. Instagram user "Brandon" (@laidout4dc) published four photos of what looks like the upcoming Nissan 400Z on his Instagram feed.

The photos show front, back, and side views of the car. It looks nearly identical to the Z Proto Nissan showed off last September, giving the photos validity.

At the front, the photos show a car that has a definitive eye toward its 350Z heritage. A The modern touches of eye-like LED headlights and unique grille mesh are carried over from the prototype into this model. Right up front on its hood is the new Nissan logo, covered by a protective film commonly used in the auto industry.

The rear gives off all sorts of modern and retro vibes. There's a wing on this Z that there wasn't on the Z Proto. It's kept the dual exhaust and Tron-inspired taillights from the September model.

Nissan has put the fuel filler door on the rear passenger side of the coupe and given it door handles that look more passable than the ones on the Z Proto. It rides on 10-spoke black wheels wrapped in performance tires.

The car is shown with a two-tone paint scheme, something that's also carried over from the prototype. This model appears to have the bulk painted a silver/gunmetal color rather than the striking lemon-lime of the model. "Z" badging is seen on the car at the end of the window glass on the passenger side back haunch.

Interior shots of the car show a model that has nearly identical styling to the Z Proto's. There is an automatic transmission rather than the six-speed gearbox that the Z Proto was originally shown with, as well as USB ports and switchgear for what could be heated seats.

The all-digital instrument panel is similar to the one found in the new Pathfinder while the wheel is unique and features a "Z" logo at its center. A traction control button appears to be located to the left of the steering wheel, on the dashboard.

Is this for sure the real thing? The new Nissan Z is set to be officially unveiled later this year. We'll find out more then. In the meantime, you can listen to the roar from its tailpipe.

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