After years of teasers and spy shots, Nissan finally unveiled the preview to its new Z car, the Z Proto, last night. The car is supposed to represent what will replace the aging 370Z in the company's sports car lineup here in America, and the rest of the world. But in Europe, it's a different story.
"A shrinking European sports cars market and specific regulations on emissions mean that Nissan was unable to build a viable business case for the introduction of the production version of the next generation Z car in Europe," the company said in a statement given to Automotive News.
While the news is disappointing, it's not exactly surprising to hear. The market for sports cars is shrinking daily, and going through the trouble of having to engineer a powerful twin-turbo V-6—the engine set to appear in the new Z—to pass ever-tightening European emissions probably isn't worth it for Nissan.
Nissan product specialist Hiroshi Tamura also confirmed in an interview with Australian media the new Z does not use an entirely new platform, but a heavily modified version of the current Z architecture.
“We don’t have many platforms,” Tamura said, speaking on the company's global architecture lineup. “The Z platform is already existing, but we have to modify the existing platform.”
Again, not exactly surprising, considering how much cost is saved by utilizing an already-developed platform, rather than designing a new one from scratch.
Do you think Nissan should spend the extra money and attempt to sell the Z in Europe? Are you cool with them reusing the current Z's platform? Let us know in the comments.
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