Nissan IDx NismoIf there's a trend in the auto industry we can firmly get behind, it's the small, light and affordable rear-drive coupe. The positive critical reception to the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ twins has encouraged other manufacturers to look at building their own rear drivers, and even a few to show actual concept cars based on the idea. The Chevrolet Code 130R from 2012 and more recently, the Nissan IDx twins that were first shown at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show both come to mind, as does the brand-new Kia GT4 Stinger Concept.

Nissan trotted out the IDx Nismo and the IDx Freeflow for another showing in Detroit and we'll admit to being totally smitten with both cars. Again. The duo draw inspiration from the iconic Datsun 510, a lightweight, affordable rear-driver that remains a cult favorite decades after production ended.

Now, a report from our friends at AutoWeek reveals that we may, possibly, hopefully see a production IDx, provided fans make a strong enough case for it. "It's in the plan," Nissan product boss Andy Palmer told AW. According to the report, Palmer said the IDx is "into the first sage of the development process. The next stage is project validation and then looking at the business case. It's no one's intent to waste millions of the company's money, so obviously we have a good feeling about this one."

Palmer also told AW this would likely be a small-volume project, although we hope that won't stop Nissan from going through with it. Speaking to Nissan PR guru Dan Bedore yesterday, we were told that, while Palmer seems strongly in favor of building a production IDx, it's going to take a strong push from consumers and enthusiasts to make production a happen.

Let us know what you think about the prospects for a production car based on the IDx in the poll below. Vote carefully, Nissan is listening.




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      jonnybimmer
      • 11 Months Ago
      So long as you offer a proper manual I'll be VERY interested. (no clutch pedal, no interest)
      JammickaSlappus
      • 11 Months Ago
      I would buy the IDx NISMO on day one if they offer it with a manual transmission! I've already given my current car it's two year warning.
      Dave Patten
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'd buy a Nismo, but only if it comes with a clutch pedal.
      Jason
      • 11 Months Ago
      Before you answer that poll, keep in mind that they intend to put a CVT in it. No, really!
      GOSCH
      • 11 Months Ago
      Needs more powerful engine! And plz throw away CVT
      Street King
      • 11 Months Ago
      "Needs support from fans" LMAO Like all the broke 12-22 year olds that begged for the BRZ/FRS and then didn't buy one?
        Bungle
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Street King
        It's a pretty transparent gimmick for free marketing. They're not going to let "internet fans" dictate their business plans; they've already decided to build it, and now it's your job to help them market it.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is great!! Now, just don't saddle it with a stupid CVT!!
      mylexicon
      • 11 Months Ago
      As long as the styling, particularly the relatively flat hood, stays true to the original small sports sedans, and Nissan keep the weight down, I'd be happy to buy the production IDx. Offering the IDx with small turbocharged engines and a manual transmission would also be great. Lancia Fulvia HF, Datsun 510, Alfa Romeo GTAm, Ford Escort MkI <----- This is how small cars are supposed to look. Nissan have gotten the styling right with the IDx.
        mylexicon
        • 11 Months Ago
        @mylexicon
        Forgot to mention. Please keep the interior simple and uncluttered. Retro fabric is fine too, but please not denim!!
      jphyundai
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nissan would do well to remember that the 510 probably sold more sedans and wagons than coupes. Not everybody wants just the 2 door. This is the reason why the Automakers stopped selling 2 doors. If they were so popular then there would have been no break in production.
      axiomatik
      • 11 Months Ago
      I find it hilarious that Andy Palmer called the 86 twins "midlife crisis" cars, and says that Nissan was going to show a real youthful car. Then, what do they bring out? A retro car. Nothing says "midlife" like a throwback to a car from 30-40 years ago. Don't get me wrong, I like the 510, and I like elements of this design, but there is nothing about it that is any more 'youthful' than the 86s. Personally, I'd prefer something more sleek and less upright. If Nissan comes out with one, I'll check it out. But I already have a 240SX for my fun car, and an RX-8 for my daily-driving/family schlepping duties. I doubt this new offering will be compelling enough to replace either of those.
        Tim
        • 11 Months Ago
        @axiomatik
        andy palmer sounds like a real moron. i'm in my quarterlife crisis, not midlife, thanks
        Dirty Monday
        • 11 Months Ago
        @axiomatik
        axiomatik, that is exactly what I was trying to talk about or recall, that Andy Palmer - what a dork he turned out to be.
      barkeep
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nissan, it would be in the best interests of you to build the Nismo variant with a 6-speed manual (or a 7-speed DCT), and RWD if you TRULY want to compete against the BRZ/FR-S/GT86.
      Jimmy
      • 11 Months Ago
      For heaven's sake, Nissan please don't put the CVT in it. Then I would definitely buy it.
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