Nissan to go it alone on sports cars

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Words: Nile Bijoux
6 May 2019

Nissan has ruled out partnering with an outside party on its upcoming sports cars, according to Natalie Roe, Nissan's chief marketing manager in North America.

Nissan has ruled out partnering with an outside party on its upcoming sports cars, according to Natalie Roe, Nissan's chief marketing manager in North America.

She told American media that while Nissan will obviously work with Renault and Mitsubishi as part of the Alliance, partnering with any company outside of that is a no-go. That means no Nissan-Mercedes collaboration for the rumoured 400Z.

It also means that by keeping things in-house, Nissan is a minority among Japanese manufacturers. Toyota and BMW teamed up on the new Supra and Z4, while Mazda and FCA also worked together on the ND Miata and reborn Fiat 124 Spider. Toyota also joined forces with Subaru to create the GT86 and BRZ twins.

Roe also touched on electrification, saying that Nissan’s performance enthusiasts aren’t entirely convinced.

"I think you have both, a 'purist' and an 'EV' [performance car]. I don’t think we’re going to completely get away from the internal combustion engine, at least for a while."

She added that the same group who want to stick with the internal combustion engine also want manual transmissions. “And, if you want to keep them, you have to figure out ways to make that happen.”

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