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The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won't Be Here for a While, But That's a Good Thing

The Next-Gen R36 Nissan GT-R Won’t Be Here for a While, But That’s a Good Thing

Godzilla is sure to reemerge eventually, and when it does, it’ll come with jaw-dropping tech

Nissan is currently celebrating five decades of the GT-R with the debut of the 2020 GT-R 50th Edition at the 2019 New York Auto Show. While we’re happy to see Nissan paying tribute to one of the greatest Japanese sports cars of all time, you’d be forgiven for saying the automaker is dragging its feet when it comes to introducing a new generation for Godzilla. However, recent comments made by a few folks high in the Nissan corporate food chain seem to suggest that the company is indeed working to pin down exactly what the R36 will bring to the table, including electric power options, handling upgrades, and possibly even self-driving capability.

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Scoop: Is the Nissan Xterra in for a resurgence?

Scoop: Is the Nissan Xterra in for a resurgence?

It certainly seems that way...

After running for a decade and a half, Nissan stopped the Xterra’s production in 2015; the obvious reason being dwindling sales. While this mid-size SUV came with a body-on-frame design and impressive off-road skills, it all came at the cost of good city and highway driving. But, rumor has it that the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance is planning to revive the Xterra again at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show.

While the 4Runner is not precisely a new model, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler sure is. With one veteran being too long in the tooth, the Xterra would try to foil the Wrangler’s monopoly in the mid-sized SUV segment. Ford has thrown its hat in as well with the Bronco, but its planned 2020 launch is still far away.

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Hanging in the Balance: Nissan Shows Confusion, Uncertainty over the Next Z-Car

Hanging in the Balance: Nissan Shows Confusion, Uncertainty over the Next Z-Car

Nissan could make the same mistake Mitsubishi did with the Lancer and Eclipse…

We all want to know about the next Z-car, but Phillip Klein – Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer – couldn’t even give us a slight glimmer of hope last week during the Tokyo Auto Show. Long story short: It sounds like a new Z-Car may not happen and, even if it does, it will be a long time before we see it.

Let’s face it; sports cars are freaking awesome, but they all have expiration dates. Most automakers understand this – there’s a reason cars like the Porsche 911 and Chevy Corvette have been through more generations than you can count on one hand. Automakers like Mitsubishi, and Nissan, apparently, seem to have missed that memo, though. If you remember right, Mitsubishi let the Lancer go one for a decade without an update, and then let it die a slow, miserable death. Well, as it turns out, Nissan could very well do the same with the Z-car. When the Tokyo Auto Show kicked off, we were expecting to the Nissan 390Z concept, but instead, all we got was an executive that refused to even confirm the car exists let alone offer up information of when the next production Z will actually arrive.

“There’s a lot of passion behind this vehicle…. At the same time, it’s a segment that’s gradually declining, making the case more difficult. We have no intention to quit excitement, but we’re going to make it happen in different ways,” said Klein. Design Chief, Alfonso Albaisa, got in on it on it too, saying, “I can say we don’t have a fixed thing yet… but how can we be completely blind to the importance of that name to the company? Maybe you can feel that I love these cars… but I can’t say too much, or I’ll be taking a train home [instead of my company car]!”

So, at this point, the 370Z is almost a decade old, and Nissan isn’t even sure what to do about a successor. It has said that the GT-R is a better halo car, so the GT-R is safe for now, but perhaps if the brand showed the Z-car some love, it might experience better sales as well. After all, it’s a super senior as far as car generations go. As I said about Mitsubishi and the Lancer – you can’t not bring about something fresh and then use declining sales as a good reason to let it die a pitiful death. But, then again, rumor has it that Nissan is going to take the same approach Mitsubishi did with the Eclipse name. Keep reading to learn more about what could happen to the Z name…

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Nissan 370Z Will Get A Successor After All

Nissan 370Z Will Get A Successor After All

After constant churning of the rumor mill, the fate of the Nissan 370Z may have been finally answered. NISMO’s chief product specialist Hiroshi Tamura finally let the cat out of the bag: the 370Z is here to stay and more importantly, it’s going to have a successor in the future.

Tamara confirmed the fate of Nissan’s entry level sports car in a conversation with Motoring Australia, saying that Nissan isn’t prepared to let the 370Z die in the wake of its plan to expand the “Z” lineup and add a Z-badged SUV based off of the Nissan Gripz Concept, which made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. A lot of the whispers surrounding the 370Z’s future was tied into what Nissan planted to do with the Gripz. There were even rumors that the Japanese automaker was looking into giving the slot reserved to the 370Z to the production version of the Gripz in an effort to bolster its already expansive SUV range.

But fans of the 370Z can rest easy now that Tamara has confirmed that the 370Z will live on and will be produced separate of any plans Nissan has for the “Z” range. Nissan even has big plans for the Z, so says NISMO’s product planner. One such scenario he raised is the possibility of seeing the next 370Z and the production version of the Gripz share components with one another, thereby saving the company development costs.

As far as when the next generation 370Z will arrive, Tamara didn’t give a specific timetable, opting only to say that his team isn’t going to rush the development of the car. With the market for sports cars continuously evolving, the company needs to figure out what is and what isn’t going to work. Answers to those questions is going to take some time, so at the very least, the wait for the next-gen 370Z is going to take some time.

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Nissan Would Love An Electric GT-R

Nissan Would Love An Electric GT-R

Nissan started the GT-R name with the 1969 Skyline that put out 160 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. Fast forward to today and Godzilla is a well-evolved monster, with the current 2016 GT-R pushing 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. Given its 46-year history, minus a 17-year hiatus between 1972 and ’89, what is the next major evolutionary step for Nissan’s legendary GT-R?

It looks like the answer to that question is that the GT-R just might evolve into an all-electric beast. According to Gareth Dunsmore, who is the director of Nissan’s European EV division, a plug-in GT-R is something he would love to see: “We can’t build an electric GT-R today. But do I want to? I’d love to.” He continued to say, “I can’t see a technical reason why we wouldn’t be able to implement electric vehicle technology in something like a performance vehicle.”

Obviously Nissan’s technology is still a few years out before it can replace the GT-R’s gasoline-powered powerplant with and electric motor, but it looks like Nissan may explore that path when it can. Given the current advancement in electric motors and battery technology – the Tesla Model S being a prime example – an electric GT-R is certainly within Nissan’s grasp.

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Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck Will Be Developed With Nissan

Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck Will Be Developed With Nissan

The news keeps on coming with the Mercedes pickup. This time, it’s an official statement from the automaker in regards to an alliance with Renault- Nissan. The two will collaborate in designing and building both the yet-unnamed Mercedes truck and the next-generation Nissan NP300.

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One More Revision for the Nissan GT-R Before Next Generation

One More Revision for the Nissan GT-R Before Next Generation

The Nissan GT-R has been around since 2007 and in that time has conquered the supercar market with its lightning-fast acceleration, all-wheel-drive, and innovative, tech-filled cockpit. Now seven years later, talks of a next-generation GT-R are well underway.

Rumors have spread claiming the car will debut for 2016, but Nissan’s chief creative officer, Shiro Nakamura has seemingly put an end to those talks. In an interview with AutoCar, Nakamura says the car is another three to four years away.

Nakamura revealed Nissan is already working on the next-generation GT-R’s chassis and drivetrain, but its exterior design isn’t even on the drawing board yet. He assures the GT-R will retain the essential characteristics of the current model, yet will likely be more aggressive in its styling. Its rear-wheel bias and on-demand all-wheel-drive powered by a front-mounted engine will remain.

Speculation about a hybrid powertrain is extremely likely to prove true, though Nakamura says it will remain as a stand-alone model and will share little similarity to other Nissan products.

The chief creative officer continued by saying the new design will continue the current car’s “boxy, functional appearance.” More specifically he says, “It shouldn’t be too elegant, and it should be brutal, with a rawness.”

But before any of this becomes reality, the current-generation GT-R will undergo its final facelift before being replaced. Count on smaller changes that help create an updated look, but one that’s still familiar. Nakamura ended by saying, “We’ve been improving it all the time and there’s still room to improve.”

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Nissan Teases its "Next Chapter" in Performance

Nissan Teases its "Next Chapter" in Performance

Our recent crowning of Nissan as the most enthusiast-focused brand continues to hold true as the automaker just released this teaser image of what’s likely to be the Vision Gran Turismo concept — a vehicle that is slated to bridge the gap between the virtual world of Gran Turismo and reality. Nissan says it will “reveal the next chapter in its story” in the press release below, and we can’t think of a better place than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Backing up that notion is a Tweet from Nissan Vice President Andy Palmer saying, “Think it’s worth coming to Goodwood????” with a link directing followers to a cloth-covered vehicle perched atop a date that reads June 10, 2014. Well, today is that day and Nissan has released the impressive image above accompanied by a press release giving yet another date, this time June 16th.

Also included in the press release is a statement about Nissan revealing the car to “an audience that has always shared our passion for performance.” Perhaps the lucky group of performance-minded folks will include pro gamers from the Nissan GT Academy.

As for the car itself, we could be looking at an early version of the next generation GT-R. Its mean looks and angular design, along with a large rear wing means this car is ready for business. But it looks like we’ll have to wait till the 16th to get the full run-down on the twice-teased car.

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Report: Nissan GT-R May be a One-Generation-and-Done Model

Report: Nissan GT-R May be a One-Generation-and-Done Model

Since its release in 2009, the R35 Nissan GT-R has been a relative success, given its niche and $90,000 price tag, as it has sold a total of 5,914 models in the U.S. For a while, it seemed as if the R36 GT-R, the replacement for the R35, was a near certainty to be produced. Well, we are getting mighty close to the fourth production year for the R35 and the fifth year is the typical redesign year for any model and according to reports, the R36 GT-R has yet to receive the green light.

Nissan has been pretty preoccupied lately with its development of electric and hybrid models, so we are not too surprised to see the R36 take a back seat. Add in the fact that sales have fallen to just 583 units, as of late July, and we are living with the possibility of Nissan axing the U.S. model altogether. At its current pace, the GT-R is only going to sell just over 1,100 GT-Rs this year, which is its lowest total since 2010 and over 600 units fewer than its debut year.

Nissan may also be worried about the CAFE changes in upcoming years and might be looking for a way to get a few more mpg from its sole sports car. A big possibility is the use of a hybrid drivetrain mated with a 4-cylinder engine to keep its horsepower near the 550 mark, but increase its overall mpg. With the near-$100K price point of the 2013 GT-R, it shouldn’t be too hard to fit a hybrid system somewhere near that price. This could explain the lack of approval, as Nissan would need a little extra time to develop a drivetrain suitable to replace the current twin-boosted 6-pot.

We’ll keep you updated on how things are progressing with the potential R36 GT-R just as soon as there is some information released.

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Nissan Revives Talks of Mid-Level Sports Car

Nissan Revives Talks of Mid-Level Sports Car

Back in the 1990s, Nissan was knees deep in sports cars. These sports cars began with the Sentra SE-R, then moved to the mid-range 240SX, and at the top end was the 300ZX. Even after the Sentra SE-R was eliminated in 1995, the 200SX SE-R, which was little more than a restyled Sentra, came into existence.

In the late 1990s, this all went away, as the 300ZX disappeared after 1996, and the 200SX and 240SX vanished in 1999. The Z-car was resurrected with the 350Z, then the 370Z, but the SX lineup has since remained dormant. Now with Subaru and Toyota teaming up to bring a new mid-level sports car to the marketplace, Nissan has again begun talks of releasing its own mid-level sports car.

According to Australian newspaper The Sydney Morning Herald, Nissan’s head of design said "It is the time to look at that [smaller engines]. With 370Z, we still don’t know next generation will have a larger or smaller engine." The chances of a Z-car with a lower engine size are rather doubtful, given that it has always increased in size throughout its entire lifespan. Plus you have to add in that the Z-car crowd is a tight-knit group that will likely not take change too well.

Those points all lead to Nissan possibly creating an all-new mid-level sports car, maybe even bearing the “SX” nameplate. A good possibility could be a 250SX bearing the same – or maybe better version of – the 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine found in the 2012 Sentra SE-R. This could also spawn a base level 200SX that has the 140-horsepower engine that you can find in the base 2012 Sentra, maybe with a few upgrades to punch up the power a bit.

Given the fact that the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT 86 are not speed demons, Nissan would need to worry more about it looking and handling well, as opposed to making it a screamer. As of now, this is purely speculation, but it damn sure would be a cool thing to see!

Image is of the 2011 Nissan Esflow Concept which is said to preview the future sports car.

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2013 Nissan 200SX

2013 Nissan 200SX

Rumors about a successor for the Nissan 200SX started circulating back in 2008, but now the car is coming out of the woodwork to pay a little competitive visit to the seemingly untouchable Mazda MX-5.

Nissan’s plan to launch 52 new cars by 2016 has carved a path towards production for the 200SX, which may be seen as early as 2013. Prices will start from about £20,000 - or about $33,000 at the current exchange rates.

The new 200SX will be built on a new mid-size platform supplied by Daimler that will also be used for the 370Z replacement and the next GT-R. There aren’t any details on the powertrain that will be used for the future 200SX, but rumors hint towards a tuned version of the Leaf’s drivetrain or a hybrid set-up as a couple of options. Other rumors suggest that an all-electric rear-wheel-drive version may be the way to go. These rumors stem from the Nissan ESFLOW concept, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March and ignited the fires about a future hybrid Nissan sportscar.

Main image is of the Nissan Esflow Concept.

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Nissan Murano Convertible To Be Put Into Production?

Nissan Murano Convertible To Be Put Into Production?

At first we thought it was a massive joke because we sure laughed like it was one, but apparently Nissan was serious. The company has already shown it has massive cojones with the crazy styling of the Juke, but this new Murano convertible is one level up.

We expect to see the Murano convertible at theLos Angeles Auto Show, sporting a soft top and two doors. We had originally thought that a four-door might be hard to pull off, so a two-door configuration makes sense. This leaves us to think that the production model will look a little like a Japanese PT Cruiser convertible, which isn’t a good look for anything. Hopefully Nissan’s design team can think of something to make this thing a bit more stylish.

The workers over at Nissan are smart people and they understand the unusual aspect of this new car. "It’s not going to be a volume car," said Brian Carolin, Nissan North America Inc.’s senior vice president for sales and marketing to Automotive News. "But there’s a degree of bravery for us to bring out a car like that right now. It will surprise a lot of people."

The normal Murano is a strong seller, with 34,141 examples sold through July.

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Nissan thinking of alternative powertrains for future GT-R models

Nissan thinking of alternative powertrains for future GT-R models

Could it be that a day would come where Godzilla will be shackled all in the name of fuel economy and efficiency? Well, if you’re to believe Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn and his commitment to bringing in electronic vehicles, then we shouldn’t be surprised at the prospect of seeing a Nissan GT-R outfitted with an alternative powertrain down the road.

Putting the shackles on a car like the Nissan GT-R isn’t exactly what we’d call good news, but given the precedent set by other car brands to build electric/hybrid variants of their supercars, then seeing a hybrid GT-R down the road doesn’t mean that the Japanese buzzsaw is losing its sting.

On the contrary, Kazutoshi Mizuno, the GT-R’s chief engineer, said that the only way for the GT-R to remain a relevant sports car is to adapt to the changing landscape of the industry as far as future emissions and fuel economy standards are concerned.

Nissan has yet to make a final decision on what powertrain will come in future versions of the GT-R, but you can definitely expect changes to be done soon. Not because Godzilla is losing some steam, but regulations may force it into changing its approach, even just a little.

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Nissan planning on upgrades for the 2012 Nissan GT-R?

Nissan planning on upgrades for the 2012 Nissan GT-R?

There are rumors circulating around that Godzilla may be getting a new facelift in the form of a re-tuned 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that would be capable of producing over 500 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. And if these rumors are legitimate, it should stay in line with Nissan’s goal of juicing up the 2012 GT-R to keep pace with its competitors, most notably that bad boy from Stuttgart, the new Porsche 911 Turbo.

In addition to the modded engine, the new GT-R R35 will also most likely come with a full round of modifications and improvements in the car’s aerodynamics, brakes, and suspension, as well as updates on a number of its pre-existing features, including the front splitter, the rear diffuser, and a new wing.

These, of course, are still rumors and Nissan has yet to formally shed any light on it, but in the event that it’s true, we’re itching to find how the latest version of Godzilla will fare when it makes it’s cursory lap around world-famous racing circuits like, say, the Nurburgring,

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Will Nissan bring back the turbo Z?

Will Nissan bring back the turbo Z?

The Japanese automaker Nissan ran into trouble in the U.S. and even in its own country in the mid 1990s. Here in the states, almost all turbocharged imports were getting a bad name because of eager enthusiasts blowing up their rotary Mazda’s motor or the smog problems faced by cars like the almighty Toyota Supra. Even Nissan decided to pull the technologically advanced 300ZX TT off the market because it just became too expensive for a conservative market. At home, the twin turbo Z32 lived on until the year 2000, the all around excellent sports car found itself in a precarious position between the much more affordable and equally as desirable S15 Silvia and Godzilla himself, the R34 Skyline GT-R. At the end of the day Nissan killed off all of its turbo sports cars, but the Z was unfortunately the first to bite the dust.

Today the word turbo is more synonymous with efficiency than it is with power, so in an attempt to join automakers like Ford, BMW and Volkswagen with mass produced turbocharged vehicles, Nissan is adapting the World Class VQ engine to accept boost. The current VQ37HR engine, found in the Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37 models, is an outstanding piece of engineering, however in order to get the most it has to bee run higher up in the RPM band which burns an excessive amount of gas. So the Japanese automaker is reportedly experimenting with downsizing and turbocharging the VQ as a means of efficiency. Hopefully there will be a few tricks from the the GT-R built in or even a twin turbo 3-something Z.

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Nissan working on GT-R based sedan?

Nissan working on GT-R based sedan?

According to MotorTrend, Nissan might start working on a four-door sedan based on the GT-R platform. If build, it will be sold under the Infiniti badge.

The four-door sedan will share the same hardware as the Gt-R, including the 480-horsepower twin-turbo 3.8-liter VR38 V-6 engine, all wheel drive, and the rear-mounted six-speed DSG-style auto-clutch transmission.

But even so, a sedan version will require a new bodyside, plus expensive revisions to the carbon fiber intensive front structure. Thi will mean an extra $3000 to $5000.

Also the magazine reports that Americans and European customers will never pay $85,000 for a sedan with Nissan badges. This is why they believe it will come under the Infiniti badge.

Even more this kind of sedan would help Infiniti to compete in the performance sedans market.

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