Nissan Australia is fast tracking the process of bringing Nismo models to Nissan showrooms Down Under. Richard Emery, director of Nissan Australia, confirmed this week the company is closer than ever to securing the complete range of Nismo-tuned performance models.
While still some time away from local launch, Nissan Australia is planning to finalise the deal with Japan before the end of 2015, with local launch in the first half of 2016.
As part of an image-building effort, Nissan’s performance arm is globally rolling out sports versions of the company’s standard models, ranging from the Juke, Pulsar, and Micra through to the 370Z and GT-R.
“I think we’d be in a position to talk Nismo — in terms of when they appear in showrooms it’s too early to tell — but certainly we’ll have a position nailed in the next six months,” said Emery.
What is clear however, is that it won’t be just one or two Nismo models that are coming to Australia – it will be the whole range of products.
“We wouldn’t do it otherwise, it would need to be two-three different cars… certainly heading in that direction,” Emery said.
Nissan Australia has been working on bringing in Nismo models for some time, but the big news this time is that the company’s upper management has confirmed it is now on the front-burner, not the back.
“We have been working on it for a while, but I suppose I’ve added some impetus to speed that up, and it’s been taken positively by Japan and Nismo themselves,” Emery added.
The arrival of tuned-up versions of the Juke, 370Z and the mighty GT-R will not only give Nissan a much needed lift in its sporting image, but also satisfy Australia’s enormous appetite for high performance cars.