Production of the next Nissan GT-R has yet to be approved by CEO Carlos Ghosn, a source has told Inside Line. Ghosn hasn’t given the go-signal yet for the design and engineering of the car to start. There’s still the possibility that it won’t ever be approved. It would be a shame if the GT-R would be known in history as a one-hit wonder.
Five years ago, the GT-R became a worldwide phenomenon because of its extreme performance, high technology and affordability.
Nissan's engineers have been making refinements to the R35 since then. It has been set to receive subtle modifications to its styling, suspension and engine output. It was assumed that Nissan has already started to develop an all-new, fully redesigned model, maybe even for the 2014 model year.
There were rumors that a hybrid drivetrain would be attached to the next-generation GT-R. It has since become clear that this won’t happen. It was speculated that the next GT-R (R36) was put off until the 2018 model year and it would get another face-lift in 2013 so that the car would appear fresh longer. Apparently, the R36 hasn’t even started development yet. Nissan hasn’t responded to these rumors yet.
Ghosn has been a staunch supporter of the GT-R project in 2009. Notably, another project that he especially loves -- the all-electric Nissan Leaf -- is on the opposite side of this spectrum.
Ghosn approved the original GT-R after getting assurances that it will make money for the company even at low volumes. Since it was introduced, GT-R sales in the U.S. have increased to only 5,914 units and they have recently slowed down to only 583 this year.