Nissan has made three announcements, all of which intend to sharpen the global significance and sales of its NISMO performance arm. Calling it “a new era for NISMO as its global performance car and motorsports brand,” Carlos Ghosn cut the ribbon on the new, larger, nicer NISMO headquarters in Yokohama, Japan. For the first time since the division was founded in 1984, all of its employees are located in one place that was dubbed “a hothouse of passion and performance.” Sign us up.
There, the team will start overhauling Nissan’s entire range with NISMO models. The Juke NISMO is right around the corner for the US market, the second generation of the 370Z NISMO is coming for 2014, the first GT-R NISMO is being developed, and after that will come “a range of affordable performance Nissan models from small cars to flagship sports cars” – a new model every year. The expanded product line will mean that markets that haven’t had access to NISMO’s works will finally be able to buy them.
The last big news is that from now on NISMO will manage every one of Nissan’s global motorsports programs, and its largest initiative will be prepping an entry for Le Mans in 2014. While Nissan has left the DeltaWing project, it hasn’t walked away from experimental racers: the brand aims to have “a pioneering Nissan race car showcasing electric technology” ready in 15 months that shows “a new approach to innovation and excitement.”
You can find out more about all the news in the three press releases and two videos below.