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Next-generation Nissan GT-R in jeopardy - report

 Next-generation Nissan GT-R in jeopardy - report
2012 Nissan GT-R 07.11.2011

Slow sales to blame?

When Nissan introduced the GT-R at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, it took the automotive world by storm. Undeniably powerful, the model had performance that rivaled cars costing three times as much.

Sadly, it appears the next-generation model is in jeopardy. Inside Line says development work hasn't started on a successor and CEO Carlos Ghosn might not approve it anyways.

It remains unclear why the company wouldn't follow up on such an important halo vehicle, but the website speculates declining sales and a focus on electric vehicles could be to blame.

Source: Inside Line

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duppy mowt
Price is not bad, keep it at 90k. But i don't think they will discontinue completely. That talk is just specualtion to stir publicity. However, i do think a new gen shouldn't be released any less than 7 years at a time...imho.
Jul 31, 2012 10:33 am
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iLikeCars
Can someone give Mr. Ghosen's Email please? I need him to understand why the GT-R must never End. ( Being Optimistic ) Seriously, they should understand why this GT-R failed, compared to those before it. Those from '89 up to '02 were beasts, they were considered the ultimate tuner. Now when they entered the international market, they're going away from why it was " Considered " the best, and getting it's reputation down. Don't get me wrong, as I too love this car, but not like the R34 which was ahead of its time. They should reinvent the R34, and just skip this model. It's not a 370z, it's, and I quote, " THE GT-R ". Always a Legend, nothing else.
Jul 29, 2012 4:41 pm
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MTC
Well, making a new GTR would be incredibly difficult since the current one is so brilliant to start with... It's hard to top it. How about making an Infiniti halo car instead?
Jul 29, 2012 10:48 am
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techie69
Save Godzilla!
Jul 29, 2012 6:11 am
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M Power
Wait! They are canceling a perfectly balanced successful Sport Coupe. And still they are promoting this stupid Juke-R thing. That is stupid!!!
Jul 28, 2012 8:27 am
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Tempelona
Damn. This is a bad thing.
Jul 28, 2012 2:57 am
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dmanero
Then why not go with a hybrid. Ferrari, porsche have gone that directiona and who knows might even make the GTR that bet better. Would be a shame to see the GTR line go in to hiding again for a hald decade again.
Jul 27, 2012 1:54 pm
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A
Hybrid ...are you kidding, HYBRID'S are a POS..they are heavy POS.
Jul 28, 2012 1:32 am
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Tempelona
Hybrid pros: it consumes less fuel and it still can be powerful, you can drive short distances without using gasoline engine. Hybrid cons: it is not cheap.
Jul 28, 2012 3:01 am
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efgh
seriously man? you see this car and your thought is "lets make it a hybrid"? seriously??
Jul 28, 2012 6:35 pm
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eddie
I agree, this car will be a Legend just like the Datsun 240Z stunned the world. I wish I had the cash to buy one.
Jul 27, 2012 1:39 pm
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A
Arr, a huge difference between the 240Z and GTR, the 240z WAS Cheap, the GTR in most countries is not cheap at all...The GTR has been a sales FLOP apart from US and UAE...It is a Nissan after all.
Jul 28, 2012 1:31 am
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Aesthetics
this car is going to turn into a legend
Jul 27, 2012 1:01 pm
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autoficianado
I think Nissan should use the GTR platform in their Infiniti brand for a halo GT coupe/convertible and that platform could also be used by the 2 new upscale brands Initiale Paris & Alpine. That should be enough volume to make the plaform affordable for Nissan and I would love to see an new Alpine with GTR bones.
Jul 27, 2012 12:53 pm
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ValentinNadolu
They kicked themselves in the bullocks when they decided to sell the GTR so cheap. This aggressive pricing means that potential buyers of the next gen GTR will expect it to be just as cheap even though it's clear by Nissan's ever increasing prices for the current gen GTR that it's price is too low. I don't think Nissan made enough money with the GTR to make a new generation profitable at the current price point.
Jul 27, 2012 11:29 am
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keithxp
Couldn't agree more. It may not be bad to discontinue the GTR for a half a decade or so. I view the car more as a benchmark and unless they can drastically move the posts with a new model, it's not probably not worth developing just yet.
Jul 27, 2012 11:41 am
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DBaskov
I would had said the opposite: the reason current GTR sales aren't doing so well would be because Nissan has jacked the prices too high based on the original current gen GTR price. Then again, I don't know crap about how much it really costs Nissan to build this car and what is the profit margin. All I know is 90+ grand for a base is already approaching tougher crowd who I would assume would rather go more for luxury and looks rather than pure ass-kicking performance.
Jul 27, 2012 3:39 pm
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Aesthetics
they did kicked themselves..but not from a price point of view but a car that hits numbers that are so high with its size, big engine, big gearbox..fuel prices.. nissan built a gt-r that cant go higher, they cant better it until they find some tech to kill that fuel consuption or come up with a really sweet looking design..i read somewhere that on the nurburgring, an owner averaged 3.5 mpg
Jul 29, 2012 1:08 am
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