Nissan Say IDx Concept Won’t See Production After All
Despite looking awesome and being very well received when it was revealed back in 2013, the Nissan IDx concept is not going to see production after all.
The IDx Freeflow and IDx Nismo were two of the best received concept vehicles at the entire Tokyo Motor Show back in 2013. Drawing inspiration from the iconic Datsun 510, both cars boasted retro looks and were geared towards purists with their rear-wheel-drive chassis.
Then around 18 months ago, Nissan’s executive VP at the time, Andy Palmer, announced that one of the cars would be put into production. When the news broke, many people assumed that Nissan would aim the new IDx at the Subaru BRZ crowd.
However, now it seems that Palmer was likely the main driving force behind the IDx and his recent departure from Nissan to take up the reins at Aston Martin looks to have signalled the end for the IDx – at least that’s according to the latest industry gossip.
Speaking to TheTruthAboutCars, Nissan’s VP of product planning in North America, Pierre Loing, said that the Japanese car giant simply didn’t have an appropriate platform on which to build the IDx.
“IDX is an interesting project; a show car that received good reception. But, to go from concept to production, the reality always kicks in,” said Loing.
Apparently, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for car manufacturers to build a small(ish), rear-wheel-drive vehicle that focuses on performance and make any decent money.
Loing added: “Small, sporty cars are very attractive for consumers but not in huge numbers. To do them properly – in our case – you can’t rely on an existing rear-wheel drive platform, because its dimensions are for a much larger powertrain. So, for us, it would mean developing a different rear-wheel drive platform and then we are bumping into the same obstacles every other automaker has: the volumes of a small, sporty car are not enough to justify the investment.”
However, there could still be hope for fans of the IDx’s retro lines, with Loing adding: “I think we may still have some room (to add a retro-inspired car). We have a wide lineup.”
Watch this space…
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