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Old 05-10-2007, 12:57 PM
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There's much more to a name than just what brand it symbolicly falls under. Marketing, selling and servicing for high-end buyers is a completely different business from moving Sentras during "Nissan's Deal-a-Thon Days."

Volkswagon famously floundered with the Phaeton for (among other reasons) giving $70k luxury customers the $15k Golf treatment. Their dealers were simply unprepared for the level of service and ass kissing that premium buyers demand. Customers were furious with the "tough luck" attitudes they routinely give the Jetta girls. The same problem afflicts Corvette buyers. They pay $55k premium dollars for their car and get the Malibu treatment every time they need service. It's a problem that Hyundai is facing now and it'll happen with the GTR too.

In this case, they had a perfectly viable upmarket dealer-base ready to service high end clients. Those dealers were also loudly asking for a halo vehicle like the GTR to solidify their slightly shakey upscale brand position. With the global/Euro launch of Infiniti coming up, this would have been a perfect move for Infiniti. But giving it to Nissan just p*ssed off their luxury dealers, compromised the vehicle's ability to command a premium price, and sacrificed both potential profitability and the opportunity to bring ultra-high end customers into the brand.

Pity.

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Old 05-10-2007, 01:10 PM
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ty,uber.dat was a good point.
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Old 05-10-2007, 04:25 PM
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wow that's one ugly SOB.

The R34 was such a clean design and they further ruin it by adding all sorts of skirts and big ass ugly wing in the back, I think I'm going to be sick... and they want to charge 60K and 90K for that turd?

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I like how instead of worldcarfans.com making it onto here, we've made it onto worldcarfans.com

http://blog.worldcarfans.com/i...rface


Not bad for a first post eh?
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Old 05-10-2007, 08:17 PM
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Not bad for a first post eh?

Not bad at all! Welcome to CSS

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Old 05-29-2007, 04:33 PM
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"Japenese car mags sometimes provide the juiciest of news for us Yanks to drool over. Take these scans from an unnamed Japanese car mag that show Nissan's upcoming GT-R. The pictures look a bit photoshopped, as they differ from spy shots we've seen of the car testing at the Nurburgring in Germany and elsewhere in the world. The car in these pics is much more aggressive with an extra intake for rear brake cooling behind the doors and accompanying vent behind the wheel wells. The rear wing is also larger and a more serious looking affair.

Then again, the GT-R will come in three flavors, standard, V-Spec and EVO, so most of these shots may be showing the GT-R EVO trim that ups the car's aggression by a factor of ten. The translation of the article accompanying these photos tell us that the standard GT-R will start at $57,000 and feature a 480-horsepower version of the VQHRTT. Whether or not the twin-turbo V6 is 3.7L or 3.8L large wasn't mentioned. The V-Spec GT-R, meanwhile, will start at $67,000, while the top perfroming EVO spec will begin at $94,000 and feature a 530-horsepower version of the VQHRTT engine while shedding 220 lbs. from the car's overall weight through the use of lighter seats, ceramic rotors and the like."

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http://www.autoblog.com/2007/0...face/

Those were posted over two weeks ago:

http://www.carspyshots.net/zer...age=9

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Old 05-30-2007, 07:30 AM
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The GT-R may have a nameplate that it has to live by... a legend if you will. However, this is a new car for SOO many people. In North America, most people have only dreamed of seeing a real GT-R, and that is EXACTLY what Nissan US is looking for. They want the people who want the car. They want the customer base that the car has back in Europe and Japan. They're looking to re-invent the GT-R, not evolutionize it. They want another tuner boom, just as much as the Toyota, Honda and Mazda guys do.
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Old 06-24-2007, 08:26 AM
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The GT-R was at this years Goodwood FOS.

http://www.nagtroc.com/forums/...80587





Modified by Powder at 3:15 AM 6/27/2007

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Old 06-25-2007, 01:47 AM
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Pictures are way too big... can u make them smaller.

Anywayz it looks awesome... cant wait to c the final product... and hope they sell it in Australia

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Old 06-25-2007, 08:31 AM
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it has probably been said before but this thing looks like it's going to production with the shaved off look of the aston martin type door handles


interesting..not that i will ever be touching any door handles on this car :(

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