Last February, we reported that Nissan Philippines was getting ready to finally bring over the GT-R to our market in 2016, based on insider information. In that report, we said that the company was looking at January 2016 as the possible launch date, and that it was evaluating a short list of three candidates from which it would appoint the solitary and exclusive GT-R seller.
We're here in Japan now for the ongoing "Nissan 360" event, and Nissan Philippines president Antonio "Toti" Zara has told TopGear.com.ph that the planned GT-R launch will take place "in the second half of 2016," most likely in the third quarter.
Asked if this would be the next-generation GT-R or the current model, Zara let out a sheepish grin and said: "We'll see."
Also, Zara shared that a GT-R dealer had already been appointed, and it is Nissan Gallery owner Willy Tee Ten, whom you probably know as the local distributor for Mini, Lotus and Rolls-Royce.
Where will the GT-R showroom be located? Will it be a stand-alone GT-R showroom, or will it be annexed to an existing Nissan Gallery dealership? At present, Nissan Gallery has outlets on Quezon Avenue and E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue (Libis).
"At first, it seemed like a separate GT-R showroom would be the direction," Zara said. "Willy has available space for this in Bonifacio Global City. But then, one of the main objectives of bringing the GT-R to our market is to make it a halo product for Nissan, so that when people walk into a Nissan showroom and see the GT-R, they will associate it with the Almera."
And so it is likely that the GT-R showroom will be annexed to either Nissan Gallery Quezon Avenue or Nissan Gallery Ortigas (Libis).
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