• Sep 22, 2010
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As much as we'd love to see Nissan hearken back to its performance roots with a remake of the classic 240SX coupe, it seems the Japanese automaker is content to earn sales by sticking to the tried-and-true approach of offering competent vehicles at attainable prices. In other words, if Nissan has a sporty-looking coupe in the pipeline, it'll be more of a Scion tC competitor than a Hyundai Genesis Coupe-challenger.

This revelation comes by way of Larry Dominique, chief product planner for Nissan North America, who tells Wards "he would be more inclined to do a derivative of the Sentra than introduce an entirely new nameplate." Nissan's internal data suggests that it could only sell about 30,000 240SX coupes in America per year, which isn't enough to make a convincing production argument. Sad, sure, but very likely also true.

In related news, Dominique also says that the next generation of Nissan cars in the States will share a great deal of design DNA. At present, there is very little visually that ties the Versa, Sentra and Altima together in any meaningful cohesive way besides the Nissan badge on the trunk. Expect that to change in the coming years as the nameplates receive their next rounds of styling updates.



[Source: Wards]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      They should bring out a retro 510 !!! Small, RWD and AWD with a 300 HP Turbo 4 and a 6-speed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Absolutely! I would love a revived 510 wagon with those specs much more then a new 240sx.

        They could spin the 240 off of it, and probably a smaller Infiniti coupe, sedan, CUV/SUV, etc. off of the platform as well. Renault could use it too.

        Is this making too much sense?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If only Nissan had a 300 hp RWD car with a six speed transmission....

        Oh wait, they do have a 370Z. Not quite a turbo four but it will get similar gas mileage and sound better. Not sure why it needs AWD, though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its sad, there are simply not enough enthusiasts out there for the manufacturers to justify building cars for us. And it is going to get worse the economies of scale are going to lead to more shared platforms and boring car clones.

      Nissan was on the right path until the beancounters got involved. People will pay for a competent rwd car, you dont see anyone clamoring for a fwd BMW or Benz. But they care only about profit, and rwd costs more to build. I even like the idea of a decontented 4-cyl Z-car, but that will never happen.

      Makes me very glad I have a 1998 240SX... last year imported... in excellent condition. Now I am starting to understand the obsession people have with classic cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why not ponder a reasonably competitive sentra first, with thoughts towards a coupe :D
        • 4 Years Ago
        they sell, they are garbage but they sell
      • 4 Years Ago
      240SX = : )
      the car pictured in this article = : O
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not a fan of anything in Nissan's portfolio, but I have to say that I really do like the interior of this car. It is very understated, yet interesting to look at. The exterior, not so much...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last Sentra coupe was a joke in terms of style. It was fun, though. I miss the 240 for the RWD.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I own one ( 96 200sx SE-R ) and i agree.

        I love the motor and the comfortable interior. But me and my girlfriend both joke that it's a 'bag it and tag it' type of car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I also owned a 96 SE-R and while you might not remember it fondly, compared to it's competition at the time (Integra GSR, Cavalier Z24, no Civic Si that year) it was quite competent and a great value, though the twist-beam rear axle would always be a sore spot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I bought a 240SX in 1989, I was a crappy drive, but I could oversteer that 240SX on a wet turn on public roads at 80mph.
      If Nissan were cool they would reissue the orignal 240SX with a few safety updated - I'd buy one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are they really expecting to sell 30,000 jukes a year to create a convincing argument to put that in production?
      • 4 Years Ago
      SAAB anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Couldn't they re-body a 370Z and put in a nice 4cyl?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh look, a Saab.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MMmmmmmm........where have I seen that headlight design before?

      Oh wait, Acura came out with it on the '04 TL and TSX. Then Fix Or Repair Daily copied it and put it on the Lincoln MKS.

      Now Nissan has it. How original!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Relax, it's just a concept, not a production car. Plus, Nissan's current headlight design across all its models is a lot different than this.
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