THE 370Z COULD MARK THE END OF NIS­SAN’S Z- CARS

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The cur­rent Nis­san 370Z might be the last Zcar for the com­pany. Speak­ing with Aus­tralia’s Drive at the Tokyo Mo­tor Show, Nis­san chief prod­uct plan­ning of­fi­cer Philippe Klein hinted that the Z-car’s days could be num­bered. “This ve­hi­cle is still very alive, but at the same time, it is in a seg­ment that is grad­u­ally de­clin­ing, so that is mak­ing the (busi­ness) case more dif­fi­cult,” he said. Sales of light-duty trucks, SUVs and CUVs have been steadily climb­ing for many au­tomak­ers, in­clud­ing Nis­san. How­ever, Nis­san hasn’t given up on spic­ing up its lineup with the GT-R su­per­car and the Nismo di­vi­sion. And while it may seem Nis­san isn’t giv­ing the 370Z the love it de­serves, ru­mours sug­gest the Z name­plate could end up on a fu­ture crossover in­spired by the Gripz con­cept in­tro­duced in 2015.

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