Nissan Motor Co. displayed a four-door sports car prototype the company said will be close to a production version.
The Nissan Sports Sedan Concept shown Monday at the North American International Auto Show is “representative of what the vehicle will look like,” Andy Palmer, a company executive vice president,told reporters following a press conference. “It will be instantaneously recognizable.” The company declined to say when a production version may be announced.
Nissan already sells the 370Z sports car and the Z is one of the automaker’s best-known names. “No one questions Nissan’s sports pedigree,” said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of Kelley Blue Book. “Nissan has that character. They’re trying to add some edge to their everyday products.”
Earlier in the day, Toyota Motor Corp. also unveiled a sports car prototype, the FT-1. “Toyota is trying to rebuild something they’ve lost, Gutierrez said, referring to the Supra sports can that Toyota stopped selling in the U.S. in 1998.
Nissan executives said the Sports Sedan Concept had broader significance for the company.
“It is a statement about the future,” Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s chief creative officer, said at a press conference. “It’s another chapter in our design evolution.”
Nissan described the prototype’s front end as having a “V-Motion” and boomerang-shaped lamps.
At the press conference, Palmer also said Nissan may introduce the next generation Titan large pickup at the Detroit show.