Expect More Nissan NISMO Models in the Near Future


Nissan is putting a bigger focus on its NISMO road car business.

The Japanese automaker has announced it has established a new unit called the NISMO Cars Business Unit, which is part of Autech Japan, Inc. Autech is a Nissan group company that makes converted vehicles and Nissan hopes with the combined talent along with Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. and other group companies, more appealing NISMO products can be developed in a shorter time.

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In the U.S., Nissan currently offers four NISMO models: 370Z, GT-R, Sentra and Juke. There are also NISMO variants for the Note and Patrol in markets outside the U.S., but Nissan plans to expand the range of NISMO road cars to cover new segments, while marketing them more globally. The company says current sales of NISMO cars is about 15,000 units a year.

Look for NISMO road cars to be shown at Nissan dealerships and showrooms and an expansion of events and activities for NISMO car owners in the near future. Nissan says the new unit will work with Nissan Motorsports International on marketing.

“As a Nissan sub-brand, NISMO further builds upon the core values of Nissan cars,” said Takao Katagiri, president and CEO of both Autech Japan and Nissan Motorsports International. “With the combined expertise of Nissan group companies, NISMO road cars will make customers enjoy Nissan cars more than ever.”

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  • BossMining

    If Nissan could make a NISMO Maxima with either a Dual Clutch or Manual Transmission, I’d be sold then and there. Too bad they ruined the car with the CVT

  • Jeff T

    Great news! Lets hope they aren’t just trim kits with a few minor upgrades.

  • K03sport

    at what cost? funny, NISMO trim cars might be better than the lesser trims they are built on, but, overall, NISMO cars still do poorly against the performance variants of other cars in the same segment…sad that most NISMO cars are reduced to badges and decal kits w/few actual upgrades/improvements…hopefully the NISMO division will bring the “motorsports” feel back to the Nissan line-up…I guess like every M-B is available in an AMG tracksuit; every Nissan model will be available in a NISMO tracksuit…hopefully they will actually focus on the performance/driving aspect and not just the looks; but w/all that said, I will not buy one as I do not have confidence in Nissan overall.

  • Rochester

    More badges, but fewer manual transmissions. I’ve been a Nissan/Infiniti owner for 25 years. Doubt that’s going to continue.

  • djroland1

    I’m a 47 y/o guy, for as long as I can remember I have been a Datsun fan; growing up drooling over a 1971 1200 my uncle used to own. However, that has changed for me and my household in recent years. My wife went from a 2001 Pathfinder to a 2007 CX-7 to now a CX-5. I held on to hopes that Nissan will regain it’s old day glory as the champion of fun to drive econo cars. Not cheap – just very accessible vehicles. But that has not been the case. My last fun Nissan vehicle was a 2002 Sentra SE-R Spec V -Yup approximate 180 hp and Six speed manual and LSD.
    Because of Nissan’s reluctance and almost arrogant posture to feed their loyal customers what WE do not want (except for the GTR) I do not, cannot and will not spend a red penny out of my pockets on their products. Due to the lack of manual gearboxes that customers do want, their CVT, their laughable attempts at keeping the dinosaur USDM Frontier alive, and on top of it all, mocking their customers with NISMO fixes that consist of stickers, red paint plastic wings and splitters, I no longer consider Nissan a relevant brand.
    My garage now houses two Mazdas (CX-5 and a 2002 Miata SE) and a Wrangler

  • JP

    I agree with these posts. Have owned 2 Manual trans Maxima’s & a Infiniti G37S Manual. Now Nissan/Infiniti has nothing for me. CVT Maxima & no Sunroof in the top sport model SR? Infiniti Q60 only in Automatic? Looks like BMW for me.

  • Farrad Raheem Mohammed

    no nissan but a wrangler? :/ how is it? We have a 2015 Nuke Nismo here in Toronto and it has been wonderful for me all year round, the all wheel drive vectoring works amazingly well never had any problems, just regular oil change and tire pressure. What about their cvt is bad? I have the model with the cvt because my family shares the vehicle and not everyone can drive manual

  • djroland1

    Juke, Rogue, Murano are the same thing different sizes, if I were looking for a vehicle in that segment I would have no qualms with either one of those. However, when you are in the market for something that could dig itself out of three feet of snow, go offroad, and has a MANUAL gearbox, none of the above mentioned vehicles would fit.
    I never said that the CVT was bad, just that to ANY car enthusiast a CVT does not belong on anything resembling or marketed as a Sports/Sporty vehicle; such as the Maxima for instance. Car enthusiast, not just commuters, LOVE to shift their own gears.