The fate of a new small Nissan sports car and the next-generation Cube are still undecided.
Nissan is having a tough time making a business case for the IDx and the Cube according to Pierre Loing, vice-president of product planning for Nissan Americas.
Based on the recently revealed pair of concept cars, the IDx would be a small rear-wheel drive sports car that would compete with the sub-$30,000 Scion FR-S. “It’s not easy to do, (and) if you do something like this and you manage to do a vehicle at (a low) price, what else would you do on this platform? Because frankly to do a platform for 50,000 or 60,000 (units) a year – it’s not worth it,” Loing told Ward’s Auto.
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The car hasn’t been canned yet though, with Loing saying that its fate will have to be discussed further, though it won’t here until after 2016 if it does come to fruition.
A business case for the Nissan Cube small hatchback has also been hard to find for the company. The Cube was left absent from a recent unveiling of Nissan’s 2015 model year lineup, although the company has confirmed a brand-new Cube model will be unveiled for Japan in 2016.
The Cube never performed all that great on the market, and sales seriously dropped off in 2013, so whether or not that new model will return to the US remains to to be seen. “We have a model-year ’14 (in the U.S.); there will be an announcement on ’15 to come,” said Loing.
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[Source: Ward’s Auto]
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