Welcome everyone to the JDM car blog for Pacific Coast Auto. We will be trying to put as much info as possible here. The topics will be centered around car culture here in Japan from the perspective of a vehicle exporter. I hope you find this information useful and interesting to read.
The first topic will be the Fairlady 370z. This is Nissan's newest sportscar and was just released last month here in Japan. I have seen one driving on the street and the commercials are everywhere. Tuning companies have already tackled this car with parts available from most aftermarket suppliers, and large presence in magazines like Option. There is no guessing that the new Z will be an aftermarket target.
The pics were taken on my cell phone camera so I apologise about the quality. I found the car at the Nissan dealership in Yokohama. Seeing the car in person really made me appreciate it more. I can tell you right now that I was sceptical about it at first. I am not a fan of the weird headlights or taillights. They are a trend right now in Japanese headlight design and I hope they go away for good. Lights aside I really think this is the car the 350z needed to be. The back is wider and meaner, the car is shorter with a longer wheelbase, and the car has a nice aggressive stance. The extra power will help it sell too.
This will be a nice compliment to the GTR for people who want to pay less. (5000000 yen is almost half the price of a GTR) Nissan now has two strong cars in their sports car lineup (not to mention other nice ones like the skyline). Things are really looking up for Nissan in the sports world. I really hope that Toyota can do the same thing as they have been out of the sports car scene for too long. I have my fingers crossed that Toyota and Subaru will not cancel the FR sports car because of the world recession. I will be buying one if it is released.
So, you either love the looks or you hate them but let me know what you think. I say overall Nissan has another winner.