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Los Angeles Motor Show 2017: Nissan unveils six Star Wars-themed cars

Out-of-this-world concepts inspired by latest film in franchise

Nissan has unveiled six unique concept cars inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show. 

The bizarre-looking cars are based on the most popular production models in Nissan’s US fleet, says Autocar, including the X-Trail and Qashqai SUVs. 

According to the magazine, artists working on the film teamed up with visual effects firm Industrial Light and Magic to design the concepts, which were then produced by California-based custom shop Vehicle Effects. 

The results include a Nissan Maxima saloon based on Kylo Ren’s face mask, Auto Express reports, another Maxima inspired by the villain’s TIE Silencer spacecraft, and a third resembling the chrome-plated storm trooper Captain Phasma. 

There’s also an Altima saloon that looks like one of the Tie Fighters used by the First Order in the film, the magazine adds, as well as an X-Wing fighter-themed Nissan Rogue, and a Qashqai with a blue and silver paint job inspired by an A-Wing ship. 

The concept cars are part of a partnership between Nissan and the Star Wars brand that was established before the launch of the Rogue One spin-off film last December, says Jalopnik. Nissan initially released a special Rogue One Edition of its X-Trial in the US.

The marque will only show the obscure cars at this year’s Los Angeles Motor Show, which runs until 10 December. 

 The Last Jedi hits cinemas worldwide on 15 December.

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