Nissan 350 Z
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Nissan
Model: 350 Z
Nissan 350 Z

When the Z32 was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1996, Nissan was motivated to keep the Z name alive by re-releasing the 240Z that following year. The model was in fact designed by Nissan's North American concept team in their free time. It did go on to be introduced in a four-state Road Show in July 1998. Yutaka Katayama, who is regarded as the Father of the Z, showed the Z concept sketch to the public as he was receiving a motor industry award at the Ritz-Carlton hotel. This was a bit of a problem, as the design, which represented a modern vision of the 240Z, did not make the original 240Z designer Yoshihiko Matsuo, very happy. He instead compared it to some previous models not so favorably. Nevertheless, the 350Z, which is known as the Fairlady Z in Japan, is a sports car manufactured by Nissan Motor Co. It is the fifth generation of Nissan's Z-car line, which was originally introduced in 1970 as the Datsun 240Z. The latest creation entered production in late 2002 but was sold and marketed as a 2003 model. Currently, it is available in several trims and is sold as both a 2-door coupe and as a roadster. The very first full-sized concept model was produced for the Detroit Motor Show for the following January then later at the Los Angeles Auto Expo. There seemed to have been some problems with the original design and so it has it that it was returned to the drawing boards. The redesigned model, now known as the Z Concept, was similar in body shape but had a redesigned front end. It was unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show two years later. The car then underwent a few more minor redesigns and was finally assigned the VQ35DE engine. The car then at that point acquired the 350Z name. The model did break tradition by being the first Z to not be produced at the Shatai plant. But, seeing how sales are soaring, it does not look to have been bad luck.

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