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Since its launch, Nissan has introduced a series of updates to ensure the GT-R still remains supreme, but what about a new model?
While we’ve heard that a succession plan is in place for the R35 GT-R, a new report suggests that the car’s successor, the R36, is yet to be approved.
Inside Line, citing an unnamed source, is reporting that Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is yet to give the green light for a new GT-R. Despite Ghosn being one of the key supporters of the current R35 model, there remains the possibility that the R36 may never be approved.
Key reasons include Nissan’s current focus on environmentally friendly electric cars, stricter emissions regulations and sales of the current model starting to slow. Nissan has managed to sell 5,914 GT-Rs in the U.S. since the car’s launch, with the tally so far for this year hovering at around 583 units.
Perhaps the worst sign that Nissan may not build a new GT-R is that the car’s chief engineer, Kazutoshi Mizuno (pictured above), has reportedly retired.
Nissan has refused to comment on the report, but we’ll keep you updated if that changes.