NEW Z-CAR IN THE WORKS, SAYS NISSAN
According to Nissan’s most senior designer, Alfonso Albaisa — who took over the reins as head of design after long-time veteran Shiro Nakamura stepped down last year — the automaker is working on a new Z, or, at the very least, a concept. Speaking to Australian site WhichCar, Albaisa was questioned about his todo list at the company, to which he responded: “The Z-car; oh my god — huge pressure. You can imagine I’m completely excited that I am in the position to work on that.”
While the statement can be interpreted in different ways, it undoubtedly means that motions are being made to see the legendary nameplate continue for at least another generation. That would make sense for the company, with the 50th anniversary of Nissan’s game-changing sports car coming up in October 2019. That’s plenty of time to whip up a fresh concept car, plus the date lines up with the Tokyo Motor Show — no coincidence, as Japan’s biggest auto show is where the model debuted back in 1969.
Albaisa has already shown his interest in pushing heritage concepts, with the likes of the Infiniti Prototype 9 and Prototype 10, and the Nissan GT-R50. Hopefully, with the 370Z clicking up 10 years in production, Nissan will approve a fresh model and not let the nameplate fade away.