The Fairlady Z, Nissan’s latest model of its flagship sports car

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Nissan rolled out the new Fairlady Z, the first remodeling in 12 years, at an online event on Wednesday.

It is the latest model of its flagship sports car. The company expresses hopes that the new model will help turn around its business, which was hit by the coronavirus outbreak.  The company is  struggling with a weak demand and disruptions in production.

Experts say that it looks like the Fairlady Z offers just about everything everyone has been hoping for. It blends styling highlights from the Z’s long history into one, clean, modern package. And under the stylish skin is a twin-turbo engine at the front, drive wheels at the back, and a manual transmission in the middle.

The prototype inherits many design features from the first generation model, with a V-6 gasoline engine and digital meters on the dashboard. The twin-turbo V6 under the hood is connected to a six-speed manual transmission.

Nissan CEO Uchida Makoto said the sports car represents the spirit of his company, and the prototype is the key model in the automaker’s structural reform. He added he hopes new generations of customers will enjoy the car.

Nissan aims to put the new model on the market as early as next fiscal year that begins next April.

Nissan has globally sold more than 1.8 million units of Fairlady Z since its debut in 1969. But it halted its production in 2000 as it ran into financial difficulties.

In 2002, Nissan resumed the manufacturing of the car as a symbol of its corporate restructuring with support from French automaker Renault.

 

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