Nissan has confirmed its intent to make sportier models a mainstay in its lineup, and possibly expand to include produce all-electric sports cars. The company is also expected to confirm before years end, a revised version of the GT-R that could sport up to 530bhp. The new models have yet to be officially signed off on, which leads to speculation of the new models being part of Nissan”s bid to reduce its range-wide fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Toshiyuki Shiga, Nissan COO mentioned Nissan”s heritage of offering a pleasurable driving experience through its 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 said.
Toyota is also on a mission to create more modestly priced performance cars, and Shiga all but directly said that Nissan plans to follow suit. When asked if his company was looking to produce 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.”
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– By: Stephen Calogera