Nissan says Nismo cars to become 'more maverick'

Words By Jim Holder

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Nissan Nismo performance vehicles are set to become more β€˜maverick’ as additional vehicles are launched, according to the firm’s chairman of European operations, Paul Willcox.

Speaking at the Paris motor show, where a Nissan Pulsar Nismo concept was unveiled alongside the latest Nissan Juke Nismo RS, Nissan 370Z Nismo and Nissan GT-R Nismo, Willcox conceded that the performance brand needed to push in to new territory to truly stand out.

β€˜We saw from the one-off Nissan Juke R concept, which was powered by a GT-R engine, that maverick projects can take on far more significance than you might expect,’ said Willcox. β€˜That was a UK based project that became a European project that then got adopted and used all around the world.

β€˜While you can’t build any sales volumes from cars that are quite that bespoke, it’s certainly true that for us to follow our opposition would be a mistake.’

Willcox also conceded that a Nissan Qashqai Nismo was β€˜possible’, adding that β€˜we are looking for credible reasons to do the Qashqai.’