If there's one event we miss in Japan (apart from the Tokyo Motor Show), it's Nissan's annual NISMO Festival. Last year's event was canceled due to the pandemic, but some had hoped that the event would push through this year. Several motor shows and motoring events have already pushed through in other countries, such as the Monterey Car Week.
But we have some bad news for Nissan fans.
Nissan announced that the NISMO Festival is canceled once more. The reason is something we're all too familiar with – COVID. In a statement, Nissan said the decision was made to help prevent the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of fans, participating teams, exhibitors, and Nissan and NISMO employees.
The NISMO Festival is often held by the end of the year, sometime in late November or early December. But last year's edition was canceled with the hope of holding it in 2021.
This year's NISMO Festival was supposed to be the 23rd event, with employees of both Nissan and NISMO working hard to make it a special one for fans since last year's event was canceled. However, the situation in Japan didn't seem right for Nissan to hold it given the rapid spread of the virus throughout the country.
“The two companies look forward to once again enjoying the festival with fans, and continue to wish for everybody’s good health,” Nissan said.
While the pandemic is the official reason, perhaps an underlying cause would be the company's financial state. Nevertheless, the show won't go on.
Here at AutoIndustriya, we've been to the NISMO festival in the past, and it was a memorable event. If you want to read about it, you can click here. Hopefully, we'll be able to visit Japan and the NISMO Festival next year once the situation improves.