• To launch eight new products in India
Nissan has unveiled the new 2017 GT-R at the South Africa Festival of Motoring.
The auto giant said the new GT-R posesses aggressive front fascia and an enlarged grille to cool the hand-built potent engine.
The new chrome matte finish “V-motion” grille represents one of Nissan’s latest design signatures. It has been enlarged to provide better engine cooling and now with an updated mesh pattern.
A new hood, which flows flawlessly from the grille, has also been significantly reinforced, contributing to stability during high-speed driving, this is in addition to a freshly-designed front spoiler lip and front bumpers with finishers situated below the headlamps that give the new GT-R the look of a pure-bred race car, while generating high levels of front down force.
The GT-R’s familiar wind-cutting shape defines its profile, but the side sills have been pushed out for improved air flow. The rear of the car also received a thorough makeover.
While the GT-R’s hallmark four-ring taillights remain, Nissan has enhanced the bodywork to help improve air flow, as well as side air vents next to the quad exhaust tips. Also, the belt line that separates the lower black section from the body panel has been heightened to give the car a wider and more aggressive look from the rear.
These exterior changes don’t result just in a sportier-looking car; they create an aerodynamically efficient vehicle, with less drag but retaining the same amount of down force as the current GT-R to keep the car stable at high speeds.
Nissan South Africa Managing Director Sales and Marketing, Xavier Gobille, said the shift paddles are now mounted to the new steering wheel to allow drivers to change gears in mid-turn without having to take their hands off the wheel. The paddles themselves, along with the ventilation controls, have improved feel and better sound when engaged or adjusted.
The GT-R now delivers 421kW at 6800rpm and 633Nm of torque that generates a hefty 600 horsepower.
The cabin comes with a redesigned, premium interior, befitting a high-performance super sports car. The entire dashboard is new, including an instrument panel wrapped in a single, seamless piece of hand-selected Nappa leather artfully stitched with Takumi-style precision.
The shape of the dashboard adopts a “horizontal flow” to deliver a sense of high stability for front seat occupants, while the line from the instrument cluster to the centre console provides a distinct driver-oriented environment for the driver.
Meanwhile, the Japanese auto firm firm will launch eight new products in India over the next five years, enhancing its presence across the country.
The company, which is aiming at five per cent market share in India by 2020, will launch the new products under its Nissan and Datsun brands.
“India is a very important market for Nissan globally. The Indian market has all the attention of the top management. We will be launching eight new products by 2021,” Nissan Motor Co Chairman of Africa, Middle East and India Region Christian Madrus said.
These new products will be equally distributed across Nissan and Datsun brands, he added.
“This will help us position as one of the top brands in the country. We have already stated that we are looking for five per cent market share in India by 2020,” Madrus said.
Nissan currently has around two per cent share in the Indian car market.
While he declined to share more details of the planned new products, he said: “In recent years we have launched more Datsun products so the first one to be launched from the new ones will be a Nissan product.”
Nissan India Operations President Guillaume Sicard said the company will launch the hybrid version of its top end Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) Xtrail within this financial year.
On future products, Sicard said the company will focus on segments where there is latent demand.
“In India there is appetite for large hatchback and also for sedans with big loading capacity,” he said, adding crossover SUV is also on the cards.
“Considering Nissan’s DNA, SUV is a given but it won’t be the only one,” Sicard added.
Apart from the Indian market, Madrus said Nissan is also making India an export hub for Africa and the Middle East.
“The products we have developed in India are also suitable for these regions. We want India to be the base for export to these markets,” he said.
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