The Nissan 370Z was first introduced back in 2009 as a successor to the 350Z. Nine years on, and it is still in production today, with no successor seen on the horizon just yet. In fact, it may not get replaced anytime soon. Instead, the Japanese automaker will reportedly just give it a refresh yet again rather than revealing a new successor.
According to a report by Automotive News, the 370Z is currently not top priority with Nissan due its position in the market. However, it is safe to safe that the automaker plans to keep the Z for the meanwhile with a possible update in order to keep it alive. Talking long term, Nissan is still uncertain about the Z as they have yet to make a final decision as to whether or not they will axe the long-running sports car.
"The Z is a difficult market. It is rather shrinking worldwide. But we still believe there is a place for the Z and we want to keep it alive, and that's what we're working on. That's for the midterm. For the long term, there are other considerations. If we do a complete new vehicle, what should it be to keep the passion alive?” said Philippe Klein, Nissan’s Chief Planning Officer who spoke to Automotive News.
Earlier this month, it was also reported that Nissan is working on a 'new' Z sports car. Whether it referred to an update or to an all new model is an uncertain as they did not disclose any details about the vehicle. Back in 2012, Nissan already did update the 370Z but only changed minor bits such as the bumper and wheel design.
While not much is certain about the Z car and its future, what is certain is that Nissan appears to be keeping the nameplate alive for the time being.
Source: Automotive News