Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Nobody will buy this car, Nissan believes

There will be nothing like a small, compact coupe with rear-wheel drive and a semi-manual gearbox. Simply because no one will bother to buy it, Nissan believes.

We have to go back a few years to find the cars that Nissan called the IDx Concept. In fact, we have to go all the way back to 2013.

A model which could have competed with the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ; which in the first generation came on the market just one year before. Those cars are even still available factory new.

So a little more. Read more about it here elsewhere .

But Nissan chose to skip the formula with two doors and rear-wheel drive. Preserved, there is a Nissan 400Z with a V6 engine. But no Danes can come close to it anyway.

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Well, back on track. The IDx didn't materialize – not even in Nismo trim – after the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013. Not even though Nissan's then deputy director, Andy Palmer, who was later fired as director of Aston Martin, said in an interview with Autocar that the car was on the road.

Palmer promised that the following year – i.e. in 2014 – but nothing happened. First and foremost because Nissan had nowhere to build the car.

The car could have been built alongside the GT-R and the then 370Z at the Tochigi factory in Japan.

But the investment was apparently deemed too large to pay off. That, even though the Nissan IDx Nismo beckoned with a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine and a CVT gearbox with 'manual shifts' however that worked.

Read more exciting news from and about the world of cars right here!

Ingen vil kobe denne bil, mener Nissan
Credit: Nissan
Ingen vil kobe denne bil, mener Nissan
Credit: Nissan

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