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Nissan Officially Kills Our IDx Dream

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Nissan IDx Concepts

It’s a sad day.

Remember the Nissan IDx concepts we originally saw a couple years ago at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show?

At the time, Nissan told us that they were definitely going to make the cars as long as enough fans got behind the design. They didn’t specify a production date or anything like that, but they did make two different iterations of the concept – the Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept and the IDx NISMO Concept.

Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept

After the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the automotive blogosphere went wild. Everyone loved these two retro sports car concepts. Just as Nissan intended, they “exemplified Nissan’s fresh approach to contemplating car design and kindled a fire in the hearts of people fond of the good old days of high-performance cars.” Nissan didn’t even try to build hype for the cars; there was no pre-show teasers or press campaigns or anything like that. The two concepts literally showed up in Tokyo out of nowhere and charmed the world.

Then, two months after the cars were shown in Tokyo, Nissan officials came out saying that they’d heard the loud praises of their fan base… They virtually promised that there would be a production model coming from the two concept cars. In our coverage, we optimistically hoped to see some sort of prototype in the first half of 2014.

And yet, here we are.

Nissan IDx NISMO Concept

At the beginning of this year, Nissan told us they still had the IDx cars on the table, but that they were “shifting priorities” to volume cars. Now, we’re almost halfway through 2015, and Nissan has finally come out and admitted that they will NOT be developing production models from the IDx Concepts.

The news comes from an interview between The Truth About Cars and Nissan NA’s VP of Product Planning, Pierre Loing. In the interview, he lamented, “The IDx is an interesting project; a show car that received good reception. But, to go from concept to production, the reality always kicks in.”

Indeed it does, Nissan. Indeed it does.

Apparently, the problem is that both IDx Concepts were designed and developed for a compact rear-wheel drive platform… Something that neither Nissan nor their sister company, Renault, currently have available in any of their production models. Or at least, not in a size small enough for a low-displacement coupe. They have several front-wheel drive platforms available, and the much larger platform they use for the 370Z, but that would require a total redevelopment of the IDx models.

That means that the only way the IDx can happen is if Nissan devotes substantial resources to developing and manufacturing an all-new platform for a car that, sure, the public loves, but ultimately wouldn’t sell in any real volume. Just look at the likes of the Scion FR-S… It’s a great little sports car that had great reception, but three years after its launch, sales are already starting to wane.

Be sure to pour one out for the officially axed IDx sports car this weekend.

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2009 Nissan Fairlady Z NISMO

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z

If we can’t have a new IDx retro car, we can at the very least celebrate the sports cars that Nissan does have available. Although the GT-R is probably the first Nissan sports car that pops into most folks’ minds, the Fairlady Z has been a long-time favorite as well.

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z rear

As you can see, the Fairlady Z (aka. the 370Z) certainly isn’t a retro-styled car, but it still looks great and drives great too.

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z interior

This particular find is for a 2009 MY and has been tuned up by NISMO. It’s also in pretty good shape with an overall rating of 4. You can get more details from the auction sheet translation below.

2009 Nissan Fairlady Z auction sheet

Interior B, exterior B, Nismo Version, first registered October 2009, six-speed manual gearbox, AAC, one owner, Carwings compatible navigation system and digital TV, half-leather seats, original 19 inch alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbag, intelligent key, pushbutton starter, original CD, reversing rearview camera, seats scratched, wheels scratched, door mirrors scratched, front windshield scratched, interior grime and scratches, minor scratches and minor dents, marks as per map

Nissan Confirms Production Models Coming from IDx Concepts

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

As you may recall, last month was a big month for automotive enthusiasts. We had not one, not two, but three separate motor shows to cover all in the final week of November. Obviously, some new cars got glossed over. Two of those cars were Nissan’s new IDx Concepts from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. However, we’re going back to them today because Nissan has just officially confirmed that they will bring both concepts to production.

So, first things first, here are the Nissan IDx Concepts you might’ve missed from last month’s 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

First, the Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept. It’s designed to reflect “the outlook of people who seek natural and tasteful things in every aspect of their daily lives.”

Nissan IDx Freeflow Concept

Next, here’s the Nissan IDx NISMO Concept. This car “exemplifies Nissan’s fresh approach to contemplating car design, and kindles a fire in the hearts of people fond of the good old days of high-performance cars.”

Nissan IDx NISMO Concept

Truth be told, these two concepts came as a surprise to the entirety of the automotive community. Nissan made no mention of the two concepts in any of their press material leading up to the 2013 Tokyo motor show.

Fortunately, we love surprises! And they come so rarely from automakers these days.

As our veteran readers may be able to tell, these two racers are intended to pay homage to the old Datsun 510 racecar. But, they play a more important role than that: Now that they’re confirmed for production, we also know that these coupes will be Nissan’s answer to the dominant Toyota GT86/Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ triplets.

Both coupes are rear wheel drive only, but we don’t know too much more than that. All we know is that, basically, the IDx Freeflow Concept is supposed to be classy while the IDx NISMO Concept is supposed to be cool. Just compare the interiors below to get a feel for what that means:

Here’s the IDx Freeflow Concept’s interior:

IDx Freeflow Concept’s Interior

Notice the denim seats? The clean design? The classic, simple steering wheel? The large clock on the display? All of these elements are in place to create an interior that’s cozy, comfortable and refined.

Meanwhile, here’s the IDx NISMO Concept’s interior:

IDx NISMO Concept’s Interior

Ah, see? Much more energetic. In characteristic NISMO fashion, the interior features a black and red color scheme, complete with the deep bucket seats, a racing-style steering wheel, and a display that’s more focused on monitoring performance than making the driver feel classy. The IDx NISMO is all about cool.

The cars are nearly identical from the exterior (aside from color), except that the IDx NISMO sits a little lower to the ground with a slightly wider wheelbase. It also features a hood scoop, front air intakes, a small spoiler, performance tires, and several other cool track-oriented features. We’re sure there will be powertrain differences too, but we won’t know for sure until sometime next year.

With any luck, we’ll get to see a production model of the IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO Concepts sometime early in 2014… Perhaps the 2014 Detroit Auto Show? Let’s hope. Until then, thanks for reading, and come back soon for more Japanese car goodness.