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It is widely known that Nissan is in the auto industry a long time and through the years, Nissan has introduced some of the most memorable auto models. These vehicles are now being showcased at the company’s auto museum in Tokyo.
The Ginza Gallery as it is called is located right in the middle of Tokyo’s shopping and business district. It combines the heritage of Nissan and the new auto models in its showroom. Unlike many auto museums, the Ginza Gallery is open to the public and is conveniently located in front of Nissan’s headquarters in the said city.
One of the vehicles on the gallery is the Nissan X-Trail – the compact crossover SUV that Nissan sells in the United States auto market. Its presence at the museum is proof that the gallery not only displays classic cars but also the new vehicles that Nissan produces. The X-Trail’s direct competitors are the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda CR-V. The X-Trail is assembled at Nissan’s facility in the Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan.
A classic Nissan car displayed at the museum is the Fairlady. The roadster is considered as one of the best looking convertibles of its time. The Fairlady is the direct ancestor of the Z car which Nissan is known for. It was first produced by the car manufacturer in 1959 and was discontinued in 1970. Throughout its stint in the market, Nissan produced 40,000 units of the roadster. The Fairlady badge though is not used in other markets. Instead, it was marketed under the Datsun Sports name. The popularity of the Fairlady is due to the fact that they are a cheaper alternative to European sports cars.
Another classic Nissan car at the Ginza gallery is the 2000 GTX. The Skyline 2000 GTX benefited from the success of the Fairlady in the sense that the capability of the company to produce high performance vehicles is already made known to the car buying public. The 2000 GTX is rated to have a top speed of 120 miles per hour. The reputation and the power of the 2000 GTX made it a big success since like the Fairlady, it is competitively priced. In fact, the 2000 GTX is used by celebrity racing enthusiasts. Read the rest of this entry »
The Nissan car company introduced a model line called the 300ZX in 1983, In Japan it was known as the Nissan Fairlady Z. The 300ZX was marketed as a sports car designed on the previously popular 280ZX basis.
The 300ZX, when it was first introduced in 1983, was given the designation of a Z31 chassis by Nissan / Datsun. The 300ZX had improved aerodynamics and more power when compared to its predecessor, the 280ZX. The 300ZX was powered by Japans first mass produced V6 engine, opting for that rather than the continued use of the inline 6 cylinders that was widely used at that time. The V6 engine was a single overhead cam and naturally aspirated, available with or without a turbo charger. Transmissions available were either a five speed manual or an optional four speed automatic version.
The Z31 body style was refined in 1986, side skirts were added along with fender flares and 16 inch wheels and Nissan decided to remove the hood scoop in order to make the car look sleeker. In 1987 this generation got its final makeover, this included new more aerodynamic bumpers, new fog lamps built into the front air dam and the rear reflector was updated to a narrow set of tail lights that ran the entire width of the car and included a LED tail light on the top of the rear hatch.
Then next generation of the 300ZX was the Z32. This started production in 1989 and was entirely reworked. The only thing that remained the same on the vehicle was the displacement of the V6 engine. The model was designed from the ground up using the Cray-II super computer and CAD design software, making this one of the first production vehicles produced using computerised CAD software. Following is a breakdown of the relevant changes to the Z32 during its lifetime. Read the rest of this entry »