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Nissan Product Planning Chief: Production BladeGlider Not a Priority

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/16/2015 Megan Stewart
Nissan Product Planning Chief: Production BladeGlider Not a Priority

Back when the BladeGlider concept debuted at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, there was speculation that we could see a production version of this model out on the roads. But now, according to Phillippe Klein, the new chief planning officer at Nissan, the BladeGlider isn't high up on the company's list of priorities.

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Originally described by some as a blueprint for an anti-establishment small electric sports car, the three-seater was expected to go on sale by 2017, having been championed by then Nissan boss Andy Palmer. Although production prototypes were developed with input from Deltawing designer Ben Bowlby, the project has cooled down.

Nissan Bladeglider Front Three Quarters© Provided by MotorTrend Nissan Bladeglider Front Three Quarters

During the debut at the 2013 Tokyo motor show, Palmer said, "We are exploring ways of getting back to a sports car that is affordable, challenging and appealing for young people." And perhaps the reason the BladeGlider has been put on the backburner is because the automaker is looking for ways to bring the IDx rear-drive coupe to the market, possibly with a different look than the retro design it debuted with. However, the biggest hurdle Nissan faces with this is keeping the price below the $30,000 price point.

But Klein spoke with Autocar, saying that the BladeGlider "is still on the table, but at the end of the day it has to make sense to the company."

Source: Autocar

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