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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.

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