Report: Nissan 400Z Sports Car Will Not Be Sold in Europe
Too often it feels like Europe is getting all the right things. Now things have changed, as the new Nissan Z will no longer be offered on the Old Continent.
Yes, we’ll see the new V-6 sports car here in the US, but not in Europe. The news is not particularly surprising, given that Nissan is carefully streamlining its European operations with the help of alliance partner Renault. In May, Nissan announced that it would focus its core business on Japan, China and North America from now on.
Nissan’s explanation for not offering the Z in Europe seems reasonable enough. “The shrinking European sports car market and specific emissions regulations mean that Nissan has not been able to build a viable business case for the introduction of the production version of the new generation of Z cars in Europe, ”the automaker told Automotive News Europe. Nissan’s activities in Europe remain focused on crossovers and electrified vehicles. When requested by MotorTrend, a spokesperson for Nissan North America has not confirmed the news.
The new Nissan Z goes on sale here in the US in spring 2021. A barely disguised concept version, the Z Proto, debuted this week with a nice mix of retro and modern design cues. Rounded headlights, C-pillar mounted badge and slim tail lights are reminiscent of the Zs of yesteryear, while the overall silhouette takes on a more sophisticated look. Inside, large screens make the cabin look much nicer than the interior of the old 370Z. Nissan has yet to announce all of the new Z specs, but we do know it will feature a twin-turbo V6 engine and six-speed manual transmission. Forgive us, Europe, but we can’t wait to lead it.
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