Nissan teases its next Z

Video shows the company’s new sports car in silhouette

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This is a screen capture of the new Z from the Nissan video that shows its upcoming product plan

On May 28, Nissan staged a presentation entitled, “Nissan unveils transformation plan to prioritize sustainable growth and profitability.” But just when you were ready to yawn in boredom, it also shared on its YouTube channel a one-minute video, “Nissan Next: From A to Z” that included its next Z sports car.

Well, at least it included its next Z sports car in silhouette, along with all the other vehicles shown in shaded profile view.

The key is that there actually will be a next and new Z, and if you squint at the image, you can see that its silhouette apparently was inspired by the original 240Z.

As the business website cnet.com put it, “Today is a good day for Nissan Z fans, and really sports car fans in general. Today, Nissan let the world know the Z has a future within the automaker’s lineup.”

By the way, it is being widely reported that the new version will be the badged as the 400Z — that’s 400 as in the horsepower rating — and is designed to show Toyota what the Supra could have, should have been.

Meanwhile, Nissan’s “transformation plan” presentation set out the company’s 4-year plan to achieve sustainable growth, financial stability and profitability by the end of fiscal-year 2023. The scalable plan, involving cost-rationalization and business optimization, will shift the company’s strategy from its past focus on inflated expansion.”

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“We will now concentrate on our core competencies and enhancing the quality of our business, while maintaining financial discipline and focusing on net revenue per unit to achieve profitability,” said chief executive Makoto Uchida. “This coincides with the restoration of a culture defined by ‘Nissan-ness’ for a new era.”

Part of the plan is to focus on sales in Japan, China and North America and the introduction of 12 new vehicles in the next 18 months.

“Nissan must deliver value for customers around the world,” Uchida added. “To do this, we must make breakthroughs in the products, technologies and markets where we are competitive. This is Nissan’s DNA. 

“In this new era, Nissan remains people-focused, to deliver technologies for all people and to continue addressing challenges as only Nissan can.”

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The New Z seems to have the potential to be the best looking Z since the original 240Z. But that’s just my opinion. The silhouette looks great!

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