Nissan celebrates 20 years of the ‘curry hook’

Nissan celebrates 20 years of the ‘curry hook’

Nissan-Almera-curry-hook-300x160While talk these days may focus on more complex technology – such as autonomous cars, safety technology and electric cars – Nissan is celebrating a slightly more humble piece of vehicle engineering.

The company issued a release this week celebrating the debut of a hook, on the side of the centre console.

The dashboard hook first appeared on the Nissan Almera – known as a Sentra or Pulsar at this end of the world – in March 1996, as a way of keeping hand bags or shopping bags upright.

In the UK it was quickly dubbed the ‘curry hook’ by media who recognised it was the perfect way to stop takeaway food from spilling into the car’s foot well.

Today, it remains a feature of the Qashqai and X-Trail. All that’s changed is the location of the hook; it has moved from the dashboard to the boot.

Other brands of course now have such hooks – but this is the first time we have seen a company boldly claiming the ‘tech’.

David Moss, Vice President, vehicle design and development, commented: “Whether its trip meters, power sockets, boot boards or the famous curry hook, Nissan engineers never forget that it’s often these clever ideas – which make life easier for drivers – that will keep our customers coming back time and time again.”

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