Steane Klose | Feb 13, 2009

There have been more model cancellations in the last twelve months than we care to remember, and Nissan has just added a little salt to the wound.

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced overnight that the rear-wheel-drive Silvia/200SX replacement and the four-door iteration of the R35 GT-R have both been put on hold indefinitely, which can likely be read as 'cancelled'.

The four-door GT-R, which was to be badged an Infiniti, was intended to compete with the Porsche Panamera. While we rarely enjoy hearing of model cancellations, we can still sleep at night without the four-door R. The Silvia on the other hand, well, that's an entirely different matter.


The Silvia successor was to see Nissan make a triumphant return to light-weight RWD motoring - a gap that has not been filled since Nissan binned the Silvia/200SX badge back in 2002.

Expected to be powered by a four-cylinder turbo engine and tipping the scales at around the 1200kg mark, the new Silvia would have competed with Toyota's and Subaru's upcoming joint effort RWD Coupe. The 'Toyobaru' has since been delayed, but if it makes it to market, it may arrive almost unchallenged.

Ghosn went on to explain that Nissan will be shifting its focus to making small and medium sized cars, including a Prius competitor, that will likely fare better in the current automotive environment.

So, instead of four-door GT-Rs and light-weight RWD Coupes, we're getting another hybrid... great.


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