The Nissan 370Z Could Be the Last Z Car

Sam McEachern
by Sam McEachern

The Nissan 370Z could be the last-ever two-door Z coupe, if remarks by Nissan’s product planning boss Phillipe Klein are any indication.

Speaking to Australia’s CarAdvice at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, Klein recognized the declining demand for two-door sports coupes like the 370Z. That doesn’t mean the brand wants to abandon fun cars in altogether, but rather package them differently.

“There is a lot of passion behind this vehicle,” Klein said. “At the same time it’s a segment that is gradually declining, making the case more difficult.”

“We have no intention to quit excitement, but we’re going to make it happen in different ways.”

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Back in 2015, Nissan unveiled the Gripz concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Taking inspiration from 240Z-based rally cars, the Gripz was a two-door coupe crossover with an interior that looked very Z-like. Around that time, there were rumors circulating the successor to the 370Z could be a small, sporty crossover like the Gripz. Klein’s recent statements haven’t quelled these rumors – they’ve given them new life.

Nissan’s chief designer, Alfonso Albaisa, told CarAdvice that Nissan doesn’t have any set ideas about what the next Z car will be. He acknowledged the Z brand is important to Nissan, hinting that it probably won’t ever die off completely, but the fact it hasn’t even locked in an idea for what the next Z vehicle will be is a sign it’s not really a priority for the company.

“I can say we don’t have a fixed thing yet,” Albaisa said. “But how can we completely blind of the importance of that name to the company?”

[Source: CarAdvice]

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Sam McEachern
Sam McEachern

Sam McEachern holds a diploma in journalism from St. Clair College in Windsor, Ontario, and has been covering the automotive industry for over 5 years. He conducts reviews and writes AutoGuide's news content. He's a die-hard motorsports fan with a passion for performance cars of all sorts.

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  • Benibiker Benibiker on Nov 02, 2017

    At the same time its a segment that is gradually declining, making the case more difficult. Hello? The reason it's declining is because you guys at Nissan haven't updated the car since 2009. Give people a new Z with new engines, more power, better exhaust, more tech, leaner body and keep the two seater design and you'll see sales come back.

  • AirstreamStyle AirstreamStyle on Nov 07, 2017

    The Acura NSX is back, the Supra is making a comeback. The Subaru BRZ/Toyota FRS are selling well but our 9 year old Z car's sales are declining. What does this mean? No one wants 2 door sports cars?!? Wake up Nissan! Sales are declining because it's time for you to wow us with the next generation Z car (hint: Z cars are not crossovers)