Nissan to fight 86/BRZ with this after executive dissed competition

Were the fighting words justified?
Nov 24, 2013

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Last month, Motor Trend posted on its website an interview with Nissan Motor Company executive vice president Andy Palmer, in which the latter reportedly said that the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S was \"designed for a 50-year-old\" and that it was a car \"for midlife crisis.\"

The executive was then quoted as saying: \"Are you coming to the Tokyo Motor Show? You\'ll see the answer to the midlife crisis. Except it won\'t be for the midlife crisis.\"

The car Palmer was referring to, apparently, is this, the Nissan IDx Freeflow concept, unveiled at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. This concept car is supposedly a tribute to the Datsun 510 from the late \'60s, but Nissan management probably thought of using it to neutralize the 86 and the BRZ.

Do you like the styling of this car? And is it even worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as the 86/BRZ?

Photos by Vernon B. Sarne

 

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