The Nissan Motor Company has today held a live press conference announcing their financial results from 2018. The briefing, which was streamed live online, was led by Nissan Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa.
The gist of the actual presentation didn't look too good, especially following the issues regarding their former Chairman Carlos Ghosn, the corporate governance restructuring that followed, and the effects of various problems surrounding several markets that Nissan is present in, particularly the United States. Saikawa even went so far as to apologize to shareholders and using terms such as “rock bottom” repeatedly, and asked for time to recover.
But Saikawa offered a light at the end of the tunnel, especially for fans of models like the Nissan Z car (i.e. 370Z) and GT-R: he confirmed that the company will not waver from offering high-performance cars to customers.
"We want to be a company that continues to offer those high performance cars, leveraging high technology," said Saikawa. "We should not sway from that. We want to sustain the power going forward."
The statement means that Nissan won't be axing such models, even in the midst of the industry's drive towards electrification, connected mobility, and autonomous drive; all of which fall under the banner of Nissan Intelligent Mobility. Saikawa said that such advanced technologies will be incorporated into the performance cars.
"No matter what the time is, no matter what age we are in, we will always incorporate advanced technology and we will offer high performance cars," continued Nissan's CEO.
The assertion by Saikawa is significant because typically the first models to get axed in times of financial trouble are the lowest volume ones, and those typically are the most luxurious nameplates or the performance cars like the Z and the GT-R.
The Nissan Z is one of the company's most revered models, proudly front engined and rear-wheel drive since 1969. The GT-R traces its roots back to 1969 as well with the first Skyline GT-R, and then transitioned to become an all-wheel drive, high-performance coupe in 1989 with the R32 Skyline GT-R. Today's GT-R is the latest in that line.
Nissan's performance cars are, however, already aged. The Fairlady Z/370Z first debuted in 2009, while the current generation GT-R debuted in 2007. A confirmation that high-performance Nissans will continue on will certainly be welcome to many enthusiasts around the world.
So it seems it's only a matter of time until we start seeing (and driving) the new generation of Nissan's high performance cars, likely with more advanced and intelligent technologies.