Nissan has chosen not to pursue new performance-tuned versions of some of its SUV and city car models, choosing instead to continue with its current range of Nismo-badged offerings.
That’s the word out of Europe, with the UK’s Autocar reporting that the Japanese carmaker has decided against the Nismo treatment for its larger SUVs and other models.
"X-Trail and Qashqai are phenomenally successful and they don’t necessarily need Nismo to give them that additional boost," Nissan’s Gareth Dunsmore said.
“For me, Nismo on a Micra or Note would [also] be wrong. It's not about forcing [the Nismo treatment] on to something it doesn’t need to be.”
"Accessories are a really big part of our business going forward - it's a good area for Nismo to explore," Mr Dunsmore said. “We’ve only been doing Nismo for three years in Europe, so we have to build credibility up.”
Nissan Australia has been gunning for the full Nismo range to be available to local buyers for a while, but strong demand overseas has led to extended delays and no concrete arrival date for any model thus far.
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