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Nissan Joins V8 Supercars
02-08-2012, 10:17 PM (This post was last modified: 02-08-2012 10:18 PM by leonbray.)
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Nissan Joins V8 Supercars
http://www.speedcafe.com/2012/02/09/niss...ars-entry/

Quote:Nissan has confirmed that it will enter the V8 Supercars Championship in 2013 with Kelly Racing.

The Japanese manufacturer made the announcement in a press conference at Melbourne’s Crown Casino this morning.

Nissan is the first manufacturer to confirm its entry into the sport under the new for 2013 Car of the Future regulations.

It is not yet known which Nissan model will be used in the V8 Supercars program, although the company confirmed that it will use an ‘all-new’ sedan model.
Kelly Racing will be known as Nissan Motorsport from 2013, with all four of its cars expected to carry factory Nissan colours.

The team will continue to develop its own chassis and engines from its Braeside, Melbourne, base, but will do so with input from Nissan’s global performance arm NISMO.
The length of the deal between Kelly Racing and Nissan has not been disclosed, although it is being described by Nissan as a ‘long-term’ program.

Nissan Australia managing director Dan Thompson said that the V8 Supercars program will play an important role in the company’s future in the country.
“Nissan believes that, alongside Ford and Holden, we possess the most convincing motorsport DNA and track history in Australia, making a V8 Supercars debut in 2013 an obvious initiative,” said Thompson.

The announcement being made at Crown Casino

“We are targeting No.1 importer status in Australia and already making progress towards that as one of the country’s fastest growing brands. V8 Supercars will boost that momentum.”
Kelly Racing driver and co-owner Rick Kelly says that the new deal is an important step in the team’s plan to become a dominant force in V8 Supercars.

“I couldn’t be more excited with the opportunity Nissan has offered Todd, myself and the entire team at Kelly Racing to become their official factory team,” he said.
“Nissan’s genuine enthusiasm, unwavering support and absolute professionalism through this evaluation has been tremendous and underpins their absolute intentions of Championship success in the category – a dream we share and hope to deliver on.

“This new partnership has only been made possible by the endless amount of hard work that John Crennan has done for Kelly Racing on this project, and that of Ian Moreillon, Jeff Fisher and the team at Nissan of which Todd and I are very grateful.

“The Nissan Car of the Future (COTF) project is a huge undertaking however Todd and I are firmly focused on the job at hand this season ensuring that Kelly Racing takes those important steps forward on and off the race track.

“Development of our cars and recruitment of key personnel in the off-season should assist us to realise these immediate goals.

“This new partnership brings with it a host of opportunities for the team, our business partners and of course fans and delivers the vision that we have shared since our inception in the category in 2009.”

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02-08-2012, 11:51 PM
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my interest in V8 Supercars just went up significantly.
I know Yaaay doesn't agree but nothing makes me more interested than manufacturer war. Smile

That said, I hope privateers are allowed to race the Nissans too.

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02-09-2012, 01:04 AM
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i agree that manufacturer involvement makes motorsport much more interesting.

i don't think there's a manufacturer that could get me interested in touring cars, though.
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02-09-2012, 02:08 AM
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http://theage.drive.com.au/motor-news/ho...1rrgo.html

I don't know what the other Aussie's here think but I dont think the announcement is going to go down well with a lot of people. In Holden's entire announcement they didnt mention Nissan by name once, I'm not sure what message that is sending

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02-09-2012, 09:10 AM
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The GT-R is quite amazing on the track. It's a serious contender.

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02-09-2012, 05:58 PM (This post was last modified: 02-09-2012 06:06 PM by Koala.)
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V8 Supercars need to broaden their current Commodore/Falcon spec as both cars are under clouds into the future. The Ford/Holden (Falcon vs Commodore/Torana) rivalry has been an integral part of V8s for as long as I can remember - this is an important step for the future survival of the series though the Ford/Holden rivalry is so entrenched in the DNA of the category if one "departs" there is a real danger it will severely knock around the popularity of the series.

Apparently there are "further announcements" coming so we might see a couple of other vehicles yet for 2013.

Overall a positive for the series and definitely a must for its longer term survival.




(02-08-2012 10:17 PM)leonbray Wrote:  “We are targeting No.1 importer status in Australia and already making progress towards that as one of the country’s fastest growing brands. V8 Supercars will boost that momentum.”

I find it difficult to see them becoming No1 importer in OZ with their current model line-up - about the only interesting vehicle they have is the "Z" with their sedans uninteresting & stogey and their 4wds outdated and truck like.

Mazda certainly at the moment has the much better model range and reputation profile among the Japanese brands down here
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02-09-2012, 07:54 PM
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does ford not count as an import there?
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02-09-2012, 10:24 PM (This post was last modified: 02-09-2012 10:25 PM by leonbray.)
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Falcon is made locally. Ford imports everything alse

Ford, Holden and Toyota have local manufacturing capability, although they import the majority of the product they sell. They are considered manufacturers rather than importers

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02-09-2012, 10:47 PM
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I'm very excited about this, apparently they will be using the 2013 Altima. I'm really glad to see another manufacturer back in the series and I'm hoping this helps Chrysler think more about joining up for 2013.
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02-09-2012, 11:02 PM
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(02-09-2012 10:24 PM)leonbray Wrote:  Ford, Holden and Toyota have local manufacturing capability, although they import the majority of the product they sell. They are considered manufacturers rather than importers

that's weird to me. if an australian company has its products manufactured in china and shipped back for sale, are they imports?
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02-10-2012, 01:52 AM
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There we go I'm proven wrong it appears some people do agree with the announcement, I'm interested though it will be an interesting year for the V8's

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02-10-2012, 05:48 AM (This post was last modified: 02-10-2012 05:50 AM by leonbray.)
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(02-09-2012 11:02 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  
(02-09-2012 10:24 PM)leonbray Wrote:  Ford, Holden and Toyota have local manufacturing capability, although they import the majority of the product they sell. They are considered manufacturers rather than importers

that's weird to me. if an australian company has its products manufactured in china and shipped back for sale, are they imports?

yes - Holden owns Daewoo and they are considered imports. Holden is considered a manufacturer because it makes Commodore and Cruise in Australia. The cars are considered local manufacture. They import other models from Korea and Thailand and these are considered imports

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02-10-2012, 03:42 PM
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(02-10-2012 05:48 AM)leonbray Wrote:  
(02-09-2012 11:02 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  
(02-09-2012 10:24 PM)leonbray Wrote:  Ford, Holden and Toyota have local manufacturing capability, although they import the majority of the product they sell. They are considered manufacturers rather than importers

that's weird to me. if an australian company has its products manufactured in china and shipped back for sale, are they imports?

yes - Holden owns Daewoo and they are considered imports. Holden is considered a manufacturer because it makes Commodore and Cruise in Australia. The cars are considered local manufacture. They import other models from Korea and Thailand and these are considered imports

i don't mean owning stock in an foreign company. i mean an australian company, and not necessarily cars. there must be australian companies that design and sell clothes or small plastic widgets that are manufactured in china or taiwan. are those considered imported or domestic products?
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02-11-2012, 12:07 AM (This post was last modified: 02-11-2012 12:11 AM by leonbray.)
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(02-10-2012 03:42 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  
(02-10-2012 05:48 AM)leonbray Wrote:  
(02-09-2012 11:02 PM)frankdouglason Wrote:  
(02-09-2012 10:24 PM)leonbray Wrote:  Ford, Holden and Toyota have local manufacturing capability, although they import the majority of the product they sell. They are considered manufacturers rather than importers

that's weird to me. if an australian company has its products manufactured in china and shipped back for sale, are they imports?

yes - Holden owns Daewoo and they are considered imports. Holden is considered a manufacturer because it makes Commodore and Cruise in Australia. The cars are considered local manufacture. They import other models from Korea and Thailand and these are considered imports

i don't mean owning stock in an foreign company. i mean an australian company, and not necessarily cars. there must be australian companies that design and sell clothes or small plastic widgets that are manufactured in china or taiwan. are those considered imported or domestic products?

Imported - there are local content laws specifying the percentage of Australian production in the product before it can be called Australian made

http://www.australianmade.com.au/logo/

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02-11-2012, 12:17 AM
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i still think i'm not getting my point across. oh well. it's not important.
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