• Jan 16th 2009 at 4:02PM
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InsideLine's correspondent in Japan says that despite the global economic crisis that has caused the demise of the Acura NSX, there are plenty of good things on the way from Japan's top automakers.

Adding fuel to the rumormill fire, Peter Lyon reports that Nissan is hard at work developing two models based off the Nissan GT-R: the oft-rumored four-door Infiniti and a Porsche Cayenne-fighting SUV, a vehicle that has already been denied by Nissan. Naturally, he doesn't disclose his sources, nor does he go into detail about the automakers efforts, but both models are expected to be released sometime in 2011.

The rumored demise of the Lexus LF-A is also open to debate – yet again – and according to Lyon's logic, after Toyota made the decision to continue its Formula One campaign, the automaker "still wants to bring its first true supercar to market." The V10-powered luxo-coupe is supposedly 12 to 18 months off and pricing is expected to retail for close to $340,000.

Two other vehicles on the chopping block that Lyon says have been spared are the Honda S2000 replacement, which could debut in late 2011 or early 2012, as well as Toyota's plans to bring back the Supra with V6 power in 2011. The all-new Subaru Legacy which debuted in Detroit is also slated to arrive in production form this May, with sales beginning sometime in the fall.

We are not entirely convinced that any of these projects are sure things, so until we get confirmation from the individual automakers, we'll remain comfortably numb to the news.

[Source: InsideLine]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nissan already had a sedan based on the GT-R. It was called the Skyline and was sold as the Infiniti G35 sedan here in the States. In Japan the Skyline was sold in sedan and coupe configurations, and in Tokyo I spotted at least one Nissan sedan that had the word "S K Y L I N E" emblazoned on the trunk lid.

      It's not impossible to think that Nissan would bring about another sedan based on the GT-R coupe, in my humble opinion, and I fully expect to see it come about. Nissan sold the Skyline sedan here as the Infiniti G35 and we could expect to see it again, I believe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hurray for the S2000 successor! Hope it stays light weight, similar size or smaller, and fun to drive.

      And while I really do like the LF-A, as many have mentioned earlier, that price tag is insane. But if the Supra looked similar to the LF-A, then it'll be a nice looking car (the LF-A already reminds me of a Supra).
      • 6 Years Ago
      haha. that was funny. i thought i read something about toyota wanting to sell a car for $340,000. i must be seeing things...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't you get it? People will buy it because it'll be fuel efficient... Duh!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      IT'S Nice seeing the Japanese Brand still working hard on nice new Product

      GT-R IS A Sweet Ride! + Sedan n Suv coming up Wow Nissan is on a nice roll! Japanese market rule!

      Lexus LF-A hmmm 340k?in Carbon fiber or Aluminium? , plz let me do it in 2sec flat 0-100km + Rolling at 400 km + weighting 1300Kg
      make it sound like a real Machine! + its super quiet in normal rolling n confortable in any road! that what u are Lexus anyway!

      SUPRA would be a nice Competition to the GT-R
      3.8LITRE 500HP 500 Torque Twin Turbo
      I6 3LITRE 350HP Twin Turbo

      Dreaming of taking the GT-R as a Daily ride =)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow Autoblog, 3 best news of '09 all rolled up in one tag line eh?
      • 6 Years Ago

      Myth or reality?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Infiniti GT-R based sedan.... As long as it is a successor to M-sport, or Q, with good Infiniti styling, and preferably powered by the smooth 5.0 VVEL V8, rather than the hammer 3.8 TT hand-built engine. Nice engine... but not sure if it is a luxury sport engine the way a smooth V8 can be.

      SUV... don't they already have the FX50 for that?

      LF-A for 340k??? Pardon me while I LMAO!!! Pardon while Ferrari, Lambo, and others join me.

      But yet they shelve the Toyota/Subaru coupe project, and refuse to bring back the MR2, both of which ACTUAL PEOPLE could afford, and would want to buy a few of. MORON move.

      Supra, They have rumored that many times, and it is still ether. I will believe it isn't Vaporware when I see even so much as a concept that is showing a forthcoming Supra production model.

      Honda has said that it is cancelling RWD projects... what evidence is there for an S2k replacement?

      Legacy. Production model forthcoming has been known for a LONG TIME. 2010MY is the year for it's redesign, and that has been on the deck for a while. The concept is showing snazzy duds on the production-trial chassis. Take off some of the bling, and put real mirrors on, and you have it. Take a look at how close it is to the JDM Exiga. Big surprise, there, guy...

      And it will probably be on dealer lots in late June, or July, but the website, and print materials will be delayed, as Subaru always is. Materials will be out in August/September, but the production cars will likely be on the lots this summer. sometime. Factory will probably start running them sometime in April or May. This has all happened before, for those of us who know Legacy well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who in their right mind would pay $340,000 for a Lexus?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Right on. At 340k, they will need it to be sexier and faster then a Lamborghini because I would go that route... for less. And since the Lambo is one of the sexiest vehicles ever made, good luck on that as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...And when was the last time a rumor of Supra comeback came to fruition?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Toyota just needs to make the last gen Supra all over again. Every single nut/bolt and body panel the same. Also keep the 2JZ engine with some added perks (like direct injection).

      They'd sell the crap out of it. I know i'd want one
        • 6 Years Ago

        Yes it would be nice to bring back the old supra. The only problem with them was the ridiculous price tag.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ GatorLCA
        If did decide to make a MK4.5 Supra think of how many pissed off owners there would be because theyre cars are gonna lose value because the car is being made again. i know it may sound negative but i want that to happen so badly so those stupid bastards can stop charging those outrageous prices for the cars when they sell em.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah. None of this is happening.

      ESPECIALLY the Supra thing. I don't know how long I've been waiting for that...
      • 6 Years Ago
      SUPRA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      TOYOTA REMAKE THE 2JZ BUT MAKE IT MORE MODERN AND KEEP IT TWIN TURBO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WOULD SO BUY IT. Just to have that supra name plate....awesome.

      The LF-A will be amazing for sure....i have a feeling it will eat it's ferrari and lambo rivals...first the gtr beats them...then the ZR-1...now a Lexus will?

      GTR 4 door....errr...more doors the better? More space and room to carry more people is always a good thing :)

      JDM CARS 4 LIFE.

        • 6 Years Ago
        This guy is a such a character. Probably a 14 yr old kid who plays wayy to much Gran Turismo 4 trying to unlock all 67 variants of the '98 Lancer.

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