Test Drive: 2023 Nissan Z

Nostalgia and modernity combine in this appealing new sports car

When driving the 2023 Nissan Z at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and through the surrounding mountains, we’re called back to the era when the 240Z and later the 280Z were all the rage in the US. It’s been a long time since then and the entire landscape of car-making has changed considerably, yet there’s a prevalent nostalgia for the 1980s and ’90s. It makes …

Celebrating History + Rejecting Homogeneity With The New 2023 Nissan Z

We speak with the driving forces behind the sports car that almost never got built

According to Hiroshi Tamura, the 2023 Nissan Z is a car that almost shouldn’t exist. At the car’s debut yesterday, Tamura (the car’s chief product specialist) along with Alfonso Albaisa (Nissan’s senior vice president of global design) explained how Nissan—a company that’s on a huge push to electrify everything they make, but also has been through a terrible economic mess and executive scandal—created the two-seat …

Nissan’s Future-Focused Ariya and IMk Concept Cars

A pair of electric vehicles previewed at the Tokyo Motor Show signal a new direction for the company

In the past, Giovanny Arroba assisted in designing cars as totemic for Nissan as the Altima. Today, he’s a program design director at Nissan, and admits he’s experiencing a pretty special rebirth. Speaking with us at the Tokyo Motor Show about Nissan’s new electric Ariya and (sadly, Japan-market-only) IMk Concepts, he says this sector, for carmakers, feels tremendously freeing. For instance, he says the Ariya …