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Nissan IDx still dead, but GT-R and Z will remain in the lineup "for ever"

The news was confirmed by top execs at the NY Auto Show.

As if the world needed any more confirmation that the Nissan is not building the IDx, further confirmation came this week from the automaker's Chief Creative Officer.

Speaking with AutoExpress at the New York International Auto Show, Shiro Nakamura says that Nissan has no plans to make a small, affordable, rear-wheel-drive sports coupe in the vein of the Toyota 86 or Mazda Miata.

"You need a proper platform because it has to be light and small and also affordable," Nakamura explained. "It also has to be rear-wheel drive - if we make it front-wheel drive it would be cheating. It is expensive and we are struggling."

The Nissan IDx Freeeflow and IDx NISMO concepts took the world by storm in 2013 when they were revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show. The RWD coupes took many styling cues from Nissan's heritage models like the classic Datsun 510.

However, Nakamura reiterated the fact that Nissan does not have a proper small RWD platform to underpin such a vehicle. "We have to renew the platform strategy across the company," he said. "If we can find a good solution to produce something more affordable and light, we can bring it back. Today's industry is all about platform strategy - in the past it never used to be like that."

Enthusiasts can rest assured, however, that Nissan will always offer something sporty. Nissan's VP of product strategy Keno Kato reiterated the fact that Nissan needs the GT-R and Z as halo vehicles, likening them to the 911 or Corvette for Porsche and Chevrolet. When asked about that, Nakamura said they will stay in Nissan's lineup "for ever."

Live images by Ben Hsu.

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