Spin-off models aren’t always a good idea. They can pad an automaker’s pockets with extra profit if executed properly. When executed poorly, they can get an automaker unwanted attention, eat development costs, and lower brand perceptions. We took a look at recent spin-off models that make us wonder if some product planners phoned it in.
A recent report said work on the next-generation Nissan Z is underway and it will be powered by a 400-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 mated to a choice of 9-speed automatic or manual transmissions. The design is said to include retro cues with round headlights inspired by the 240Z and taillights influenced by the Z32 300ZX.
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess told 120 executives in Berlin that the company needs to “slaughter some sacred cows” and “the time of classic car manufacturers is over.” The executive singled out Bentley, the automaker’s old-world luxury division, noting it sold 10,000 cars last year but didn’t make a profit.
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