Nissan says sporting models have prominent place in the company's future

Sporting models like the GT-R super-coupé will have a prominent place in Nissan’s future line-up, the company has confirmed — and it could even produce all-electric sports cars.

A revised version of the current GT-R with up to 530bhp on tap is expected to be confirmed before the end of this year.

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But the next full generation has still to be signed off, according to sources in Japan — and that has prompted speculation that the car could be dropped as part of Nissan’s bid to reduce its range-wide fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

However, speaking exclusively to Autocar, the firm’s chief operating officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, said: “The GT-R is part of Nissan’s heritage. In fact, since Nissan started as a car company, it has been offering driving pleasure through sports cars.

"I can’t commit to any new products but, as far as we know, we are keeping this brand, these technologies, and trying to offer sporty cars. I am also thinking of electric vehicles as sporty cars,” he added.

“The market is shifting, becoming more environmentally friendly, so maybe now there is a possibility that even a 100 per cent electric vehicle can be a sports car. We have already developed Infiniti hybrid cars which are quite exciting.”

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Nissan’s Japanese rival, Toyota, has started a fresh bid to create ‘affordable’ performance cars, including a small rear-wheel-drive model that will eventually sit under the FT-86 coupé in the firm’s line-up.

Shiga stopped short of saying his firm would follow suit – and he refused to confirm or deny rumours of a spiritual successor to the 200SX.

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When asked if Nissan was looking at a cheaper sports car, he said: “Automotive makers are not just making commodities to transfer people or goods. We are happy to provide, or to offer, this value. Nissan wants to continue making vehicles for driving pleasure – this is important.”

John McIlroy

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13 September 2010

Isn't this what is called company bull dust,waffle, old flannel? ,or we don't know ourselves?.

Peter Cavellini.

13 September 2010

Hmm...

After the headline, I was waiting to read what Nissan "revealed"--until I actually perused the article and saw the answer was...er...nothing.

"I can’t commit to any new products but, as far as we know, we are keeping this brand, these technologies, and trying to offer sporty cars. I am also thinking of electric vehicles as sporty cars."

Wow. That's about as concrete as whipped cream. Thanks again, Autocar, for misleading journalism...

13 September 2010

so then expect to see the next GTR to have 4wd electric hybrid (2.0 turbo petrol?), and the one after that full electric.

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