Nissan Opens The Top, Offers New Frontier 'Open Sky' Model
Source: Nissan North America Press ReleasePosted: 02-07-02 14:00

Building on its innovation of truck design, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today displayed the industry's first-ever power-operated retractable top in a compact truck - the new Frontier Open Sky - which goes on sale at Nissan dealers this fall as a 2003 model.

Shown today for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show, the Frontier Open Sky is designed for individuals who enjoy the outdoors and the open-air feeling of a convertible. This new Frontier model was designed after extensive consumer research indicated many off-road enthusiasts and adventure-seeking individualists desire a better connection with their recreational environment.

The power-operated top retracts with the touch of a button to expose the cab to natural air and light and bring the outdoors inside. The top can open as wide or as little as desired. Completely retracted, the roof opening covers nearly five square feet. To ensure that Frontier's active owners have maximum utility, all Frontier Open Sky models are equipped with the popular tubular-style roof rack.

"When it comes to fun and utility in a truck, the Frontier is the obvious choice," said Bill Kirrane, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "With the longest available bed of any compact crew cab, the most powerful V6 with supercharger in its class and now the first power-operated retractable top in a compact truck, the Frontier gives outdoor enthusiasts even more of what they need and want in a vehicle."

Additional improvements to the 2003 model year Frontier include the availability of Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tire Pressure Monitor, another first in the compact truck segment. Assisting performance in emergency maneuvers, VDC helps vehicle stability and control, even on a slippery road surface. Frontier’s VDC system works by affecting the amount of engine power or applying individual brake pressure for each wheel as needed to assist vehicle control.

The 2003 Model Year Frontier will be available this fall.