The Nissan NV200, a concept vehicle currently on display at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, is a minivan with the sleek contouring of a really expensive laptop and a “patented sliding cargo pod” that emerges from the rear of the vehicle like a supersized desk drawer. The cargo pod features enough compartments to store the entire inventory of your local Sharper Image outlet. The NV200’s cabin includes two built-in LCD monitors and a closet-like receptacle for your suit jacket. In charming Jinglish, Nissan characterizes the vehicle as “A Smart Business Tool of New Generation — for Active Professionals.” Now, every traffic jam is an opportunity to punch up your latest PowerPoint presentation in your cubicle away from cubicle.

The NV200 isn’t available commercially yet, but the fact that even a prototype exists is the saddest van-related news since it turned out that Teri Hatcher doesn’t actually like to have sex… More…