With the new Primera due to go on sale here next February and a radically designed Micra entering showrooms early in 2003, Nissan's entire European vehicle line-up will have been renewed within two years. The Z Concept made its global debut at the North American International Auto Show and was the focus of Nissan's Geneva stand.
Originally designed for the American market, the Z-car will go on sale in the UK as a two-door, two-seat, closed sports car, although there will also be a cabriolet version. Powered by a 3.5 V6 260bhp engine, the rear-wheel drive vehicle is expected to cost £27,000- £28,000. It will compete with the likes of the Audi TT Coupe and Porsche Boxster for user-chooser company car driver sales.
Pointing to the Nissan Revival Plan announced in October 1999 following the company's collaboration with Renault, Carolin said: 'It is all about Nissan being bold. Our cars are going to be distinctive and that will start with new Primera.' With its 'wow factor' design, Nissan is hoping to achieve a 5% market share in the next two to three years - up from 4.5% last year. issan's new wave of new vehicles in the UK will start in October with the launch of X-Trail.