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MELBOURNE, Australia (1st March 2023) – The all-new Nissan Z has been named Australia’s Best Sports Coupe at the Drive Car of The Year Awards, with the rear-wheel-drive performance car applauded for putting fun first.

The return of Nissan’s performance icon thrilled Drive’s expert judging panel, with the team describing it as both timeless and modern.

Drive’s judges said, “The latest Nissan Z is a fitting send-off for what could be the last petrol version before a switch to an electric model next decade.

“Who said fun is dead? The new Nissan Z celebrates an exhilarating era of pure driving through a steadfastly modern experience.”

The Drive testing process is among the most rigorous in Australia, with only new models that have sufficiently impressed during the regular testing year invited to compete for the title of segment’s best.

Testing occurs at Transport for NSW's Future Mobility Testing and Research Centre at Cudal on the mid-NSW — a state-of-the-art facility perfect for in-depth testing.

Once there, they are put through their paces by Drive’s 11-person editorial team, drawing on a combined 200+ years of industry experience to reach a verdict.

“It’s a big responsibility, injecting new life into one of the world’s most iconic nameplates, but I’m thrilled to say the all-new Z carries its lineage proudly, while at the same time acting as a new benchmark for the brand,” said Nissan Australia Managing Director, Adam Paterson.

“We love it. Our customers love it. And it’s fantastic to see that Drive’s expert judging panel loves it, too.”


About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2016, the company sold 5.63 million vehicles globally, generating revenues of 11.72 trillion yen. In fiscal 2017, the company embarked on Nissan M.OV.E. to 2022, a six-year plan targeting a 30 per cent increase in annualised revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the end of fiscal 2022, along with a core operating profit margin of 8 per cent and cumulative free cash flow of 2.5 trillion yen. As part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the company plans to extend its leadership in electric vehicles, symbolised by the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has a global workforce of 247,500 and has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999. In 2016, Nissan acquired a 34 per cent stake in Mitsubishi Motors. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is today the world’s largest automotive partnership, with combined annual sales of more than 10 million vehicles a year.

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