News about what we should expect at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Salon is getting unleashed all over the web like a swarm of bees. This 2012’s TAS felt like it was already yesterday.
Nissan has been known to offer a formidable lineup every TAS and this time they are showcasing no less than 10 vehicles. Like this Nissan GTR Nismo GT3 race car:
Why do we love the Toyota 86 & Subaru BRZ? Because these cars are more of a wake up call for car-makers to go back on track and start making compact rear wheel drive cars with no other purpose besides being affordable and provide a simply pure driving pleasure.
Well there is news circulating about Nissan attempting to bring back the 200sx model. According to Nissan’s chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura, at the 2012 New York Motor Show:
“The light, sporty coupe… It’s a nice concept. I like it.”
“You know, a tighter, lighter sports car to me has potential for the future.”
“If there is room [in the line-up], we will do it. If there is a market, we will do it.”
Nakamura would not say if Nissan was already working on such a car, but emphasised the continued importance of sports cars to the brand.
“For us, the sports car is the core of Nissan. Not many companies or brands have a history of a sports car. We have a long history of the sports car: Z and GT-R.”
“370Z, we still don’t know [if] the next generation [will be] larger or smaller. There are still lots of options, we don’t know yet,” Nakamura said.
“Maybe [the new Z could be] a 350Z, or a 200Z, or Silvia, a 190, why not a four-cylinder? I’m talking about just ideas, we don’t know.
“Really we have to sit down and work out what the future sports car should be for us. This is a very important issue for us.”
Nakamura admitted it was “time to look at” putting a smaller engine in the Z, and said the next-generation model would more than likely be lighter and smaller than the current car. – www.caradvice.com.au
This seems to be good news as it could mean that car-makers, at least Nissan for now, are starting to sense that compact sports car segment gap and starting to re-evaluate the idea of building a small, affordable & driveable sports car as the way into the future; after almost a decade of absence from this segment most notably in our regional market.
Looks like another Japanese sports car war has started again; with the arrival of cars like the Nissan GTR, Lexus LFA along with the recent Toyota 86 and rumors of a new Nissan Siliva. Its just a matter of time, hopefully.