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3 Vehicles That May Soon Be Discontinued in the U.S.

Regardless of the sector, innovation plays a key role in all businesses.

For technology companies, innovation drives the development of new state-of-the-art gadgets. In health care, its spurs the creation of new devices and drugs. And in the automotive sector, innovation gives consumers a bevy of new options that range from changes in styling and interior options to improved mileage and engine power, just to name a few features.

Introducing new vehicles and then watching them fade away years, or perhaps decades, later is nothing new for auto manufacturers. With the exception of very few car brands, such as the Ford  (NYSE: F  ) Mustang and Chevy Corvette, which have been in production consistently since their inceptions, most car brands have a finite shelf life and will wind up being discontinued.

Consider for a moment that this isn't necessarily bad news, even if you've fallen in love with a car model that's been discontinued. Automakers are constantly introducing new technologies and designs that only improve consumers' safety (OK, get those recall jokes out of the way now) and boost efficiency in terms of better fuel mileage and a more comfortable ride.

Toyota FJ Cruiser, Source: Toyota.

This year we witnessed close to a dozen well-known models kick the bucket, including the Cadillac Escalade EXT, the Nissan  (NASDAQOTH: NSANY  ) Altima Coupe, the Toyota  (NYSE: TM  ) Matrix, and even the beloved FJ Cruiser which, if you recall, topped the list of vehicles with the highest resale value after five years. The good news is if you really must have an FJ Cruiser, Toyota will be manufacturing them throughout the remainder of 2014. Going forward, though, we're going to see plenty more car brands drift into nothingness, perhaps to never be resurrected again.

Today, I'm going to put my speculative cap on and, as an auto industry enthusiast, offer up three vehicles that I believe may soon be discontinued within the U.S. Keep in mind that these vehicles may wind up thriving in other markets outside the U.S., but I would suggest that -- based on my arguments -- these three vehicles have overstayed their welcome.

Ford Flex
The first vehicle that I believe could be on the chopping block is Ford's crossover, the Flex, which it introduced in 2008.

Graph by author; Source: 

As you can see from the sales figures above, the Flex actually performed quite well through 2010 considering how difficult it was to get consumers to spend following the recession. The Flex provided a unique styling that allowed it to compete with the Honda's Pilot, and at the time provided superior gas mileage to the Ford Explorer, which made it the perfect trade-down option Ford needed to keep consumers within the Ford family.

Ford Flex, Source: Ford.

However, I believe times are changing and the Flex's run may soon come to an end. Despite offering consumers plenty of comfortable seating capacity and truly unique styling, the addition of the EcoBoost engine, which sips gasoline under normal conditions but kicks in turbochargers for those instances where drivers need a bit more power, to the Explorer might mean the Flex's extinction.

Explorer sales rebounded in May to cross the 20,000 vehicle mark for the first time since July 2005, and frankly it offers better fuel economy than the Flex (with slightly less horsepower) for what is essentially the same starting price point. Removing the Flex from Ford's lineup would encourage buyers to step up to the Explorer which has been a margin powerhouse for Ford in the past.

Would losing the Flex hurt? Overall Ford sold 2,493,918 vehicles, so Flex accounted for just 1% of total sales last year. While not negligible, I would predict that if even half of those consumers jumped up to the Explorer it would net Ford better margins and extend the longevity of the Explorer brand even further.

Toyota Land Cruiser
Next up is Toyota's luxury SUV, the Land Cruiser, which Toyota pretty much vowed to continue building back in 2013.

Toyota Land Cruiser, Source: Toyota.

Known more for its reliability, the Land Cruiser helps Toyota fill a void in its lineup by catering to a more affluent customer. The allure in attracting families and upper-income earners to the Land Cruiser is that individuals who earn more tend to be less affected by cyclical downturns in the U.S. economy. In other words, the Land Cruiser acts as a downside hedge to Toyota's bottom-line, as well as provides it an inroad to upper-income earners.

Yet, similar to the Flex, I'd suggest that the Land Cruiser is merely running on fumes at this point. Perhaps the biggest knock against the Land Cruiser is its starting price point relative to its peers. Based on MSRP information directly from the manufacturers, Toyota's Land Cruiser essentially starts at $80,000 while for $2,000-$3,000 more consumers can purchase a Range Rover or a Lexus LX570. All three vehicles get generally comparable fuel economy, but the Land Rover and Lexus brands are often synonymous with luxury, whereas Toyota's are best known for being economical more than anything else.

If you think I'm blowing smoke with this assumption, have a look at large luxury SUV sales for the month of April:

Graph by author; data from April 2014. Source: 

The Land Cruiser is pulling up the caboose behind two different classes of Mercedes, the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX's, qualifying versions of the Cadillac Escalade, the Infiniti QX56, and even the Lincoln Navigator.

The Land Cruiser saw its heyday with unit sales above 6,600 between 2002 and 2004, but since then sales have soured. Based on its current monthly sales, Land Cruiser sales may struggle to top 3,000 units this year. Furthermore, based on total Land Cruiser sales of 3,082 last year and Toyota's total U.S. sales of 2,236,042 units in 2013, it accounted for a paltry 0.14% of Toyota's total production. 

I would suggest that neither Toyota nor consumers would hardly miss the Land Cruiser in the U.S. -- its few buyers likely would either shift over to a competitor's offering or simply drop down to the more affordable Sequoia. Toyota should consider shelving the Land Cruiser and focusing its efforts on the bread and butter economy vehicles that fuel its sales.

Nissan 370Z
Lastly, we have the 370Z, Nissan's attempt to connect with younger drivers that were looking for an affordable car that packed some power as well as aggressive styling. The 370Z is among one of only six cars that consumers can purchase for under $30,000 that'll kick out at least 300 horsepower. For a younger thrill-seeking generation this price and power combination can be a strong allure.

The 370Z had its best years for Nissan between 2003 and 2006, selling between 24,635 and 36,728 cars each year. However, as you can see below, the recession took a serious toll on the 370Z: 

Graph by author; source: 

While Nissan hasn't given any indications that it plans to discontinue the 370Z, with sales down more than 80% since 2003, it's evident that sport car buyers have begun to turn their attention elsewhere.

More than likely the reasoning behind this shift is that the same price and power combo that made the 370Z attractive in the mid-2000s has now made American muscle cars more appealing in the eyes of consumers. To be clear, the 370Z isn't a muscle car, but it does pack quite the punch. Yet, improvements in styling and the creation of more efficient engines that deliver impressive power but also better fuel economy have allowed vehicles like the Mustang, Chevy Camaro, and Dodge Challenger to gobble up younger consumers that the 370Z had traditionally been able to compete for.

Nissan 370Z NISMO, Source: Nissan.

In 2013, Nissan 370Z sales tumbled nearly 11% from the previous year to just 6,561 total units. As a comparison to Nissan's total U.S. sales in 2013 (which were up 10.8%, by the way), the 370Z made up less than 0.6% of sales.

Similar to Toyota, Nissan has found incredible success in the U.S. by focusing on the reliability of its vehicles. A resurgence in Altima and Sentra sales, a focus on building up its all-electric LEAF brand, and impressive double-digit growth in its Rogue crossover sales have been the primary drivers to Nissan's recent success. The loss of the 370Z, while disappointing to enthusiasts, probably wouldn't be but a blip for Nissan as consumers could likely slide into the Altima which has taken on a more aggressive look as time has passed.

Nissan has shown few signs of its growth slowing, but cutting the 370Z from its product lineup would appear to be a smart move that should allow it to focus on continuing to build up the Sentra and Altima.

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  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 12:36 PM, gwatsof195577 wrote:

    I love that FJ Cruiser but a used one costs as much as my first house! Maybe the price will drop a little after they quit selling new ones in the US.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 12:52 PM, magilagorilla wrote:

    You know nothing John Snow. The Toyota Landcruiser is an icon that Owns the African savannah and is a rolling advert for Toyota all over the world. They will discontinue it right after the lights in the last Toyota factory go out for good.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 1:26 PM, Cantex wrote:

    Your credibility is immediately suspect, when you list the 370Z as having had its best years between 2003 and 2006, and follow it up with a cute little graph. That is a rather amazing statement for a car that first came out in 2009. Its predecessor was the 350Z, which debuted in late 2002, marketed as a 2003 model.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 1:40 PM, Marlin72 wrote:

    They should get rid of the Nissan Murano. It has no redeeming value, rough ride, terrible gas mileage, over priced and dangerous. It has a terrible blind spot and you can not see around this car. The interior has a terrible lay out and no place for anything. For a little more money, I could have bought an Acura. I certainly had my stupid hat on the day I bought this car.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 1:47 PM, Morticiah wrote:

    Funny, I've always wanted a Z. I was going to buy one in 2012, but they simply would not "deal". They kept wanting to sell me a black one. In Florida, we stay away from black cars......well, anyone that has lived her for long does. I finally gave up and purchased a Mustang GT. The Z is not the car it used to be. Still, I hope they don't stop making it.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 1:54 PM, Porked wrote:

    I have a 2013 Ford Flex, as far as I'm concerned it is a Ford Explorer only lower. So, it's easier to lift heavier objects into the back, it tows a 12ft trailer with little effort, I get lots of "Cool" complements !

    The Flex gets about 19 miles per gallon in all around driving, which is 1 mile lower per sticker than the low estimate of 20 City 25 HWY! There's plenty of power to pull trailers, pass, etc. I'm tall. 6'1" 200lbs and there's PLENTY of room and head space is 4-5 inch's.

    I tell people if you don't need all the EXTRAS, get the SE model, it has just about everything most people need except Leather, but we like the seat trim and it's TUFF stuff! The SE model is about $3,000 less expensive than the SEL . Most dealers don't stock the SE so shop the net, someone in your area will have a couple in White or Silver for around $27,500+ tags etc!

    You'll love the vehicle, it rides like the a Limo!

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 2:01 PM, LungsOfSteel wrote:

    "EcoBoost engine ... sips gasoline under normal conditions but kicks in turbochargers for those instances where drivers need a bit more power"

    Um, the EcoBoost is nothing more than marketing to get non-car people and writers to think that it's a special engine. It is not.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 2:40 PM, Skinny1 wrote:

    I Love my Flex. It's just a higher quality build and better materials. For that reason it's probably less profitable than the Explorer - which the dealers tried to sell me instead of the Flex. That also leads me to think the Explorer will increase the Dealer repair sales as well.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 2:43 PM, thenicklemansbro wrote:

    Similar to Toyota, Nissan has found incredible success in the U.S. by focusing on the reliability of its vehicles.

    I love comments like this. Toyota has had more recalls and a higher percentage of recalls than any other vehicle manufacturer in the last 10 years.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 2:56 PM, wallynm wrote:

    Killing the FLEX would destroy the Lincoln MKT.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 3:07 PM, mobycat wrote:

    Can you get your terminology fixed? Ford is the brand. Mustang is the MODEL.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 3:16 PM, hollywoodlafl wrote:

    The older Range Rovers are cool. I'm referring to 90 to about 96-97 model years.

    They have the Buick V-8's in them.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 5:24 PM, plange01 wrote:

    disgraced gm attempting to file bankruptcy again to get out of paying its debts..

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 5:24 PM, js32474 wrote:

    Although this article is interesting, I almost lost interest immediately, and also questioned your credibility when you mentioned the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Corvette, being consistently made since their inception. Please, I beg, find me a 1983 Corvette.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 6:06 PM, tombright wrote:

    Sean's essay makes good points. With 850,000 miles on Toyotas (and now 50,000 on a Ford Transit Connect), I may have earned the right to an opinion.

    But Sean (or perhaps Motley) has the grammar understanding of a twelve-year-old. Which is to say, probably was an honor roll student under the guidance of today's clueless educators.

    mobycat is right about brand vs. model: "...With the exception of very few car brands, such as the...Mustang and...Corvette..." Ford and Chevy are brands, Mustang and Corvette are models.

    "...neither Toyota nor consumers would hardly miss the Land Cruiser..." -- "hardly" is redundant.

    A nice sprinkling of superfluous articles and descriptives keeps the word count up and helps eyes glaze over. But stripped for performance, it ain't.

    Strunk & White is short, helpful and free online.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 7:49 PM, anniestompf wrote:

    I owned a Toyota FJ and it was the worst thing I have ever owned. It ate gas like candy, it had the worst blind spots and it rusted terribly in the snow of New England. I am so happy that it's going to the car graveyard.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 8:14 PM, Vitabrits wrote:


    The key point is the USA and not globally. There are many vehicles popular in the USA that don't sell in other countries and vice versa. In the USA, the Land Cruiser simply is not popular anymore now that Lexus is so prominent. Besides, nobody "buys" those $80k luxury vehicles, they're all leased.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 8:53 PM, phillipzx3 wrote:

    Turn the Z into the equivalent of the Tesla Roadster. Give it a decent top speed and range. I'll buy one in a heartbeat.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 8:57 PM, Cody700 wrote:

    I would love to see Ford take the Flex and turn it into a Ranchero. If they would keep half of the back seat, and turn the rest into a bed, it would be an excellent and very competent city truck. Haul groceries, bicycles, lawn utilities, tow a small boat or Jet Ski, all with a 365 hp twin turbo motor. This would be an awesome vehicle. I'm sure it won't ever happen because of the sales it would detract from the F Series trucks. And maybe there wouldn't be a big enough market for it? I think it would be cool though.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 9:40 PM, csch605 wrote:

    370z is a death trap. 300 HP and young inexperienced drivers are lethal combos. Where is our regualtory system. My first car had 175 hp and weighed 4000 pounds and still went 120 miles per hour, Ok so you buy the 370z and you get 14 mpg dogging it on the streets and get a moving violation, not cool. Even the economy cars go 95 100 mph, when does anyone need to go that fast except for ambulances, police and thieves? Yes I am a father.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 10:24 PM, mobycat wrote:

    @js32474 - while there is no 1983 Corvette, they didn't stop making them. In fact, there is a 1983 Corvette at the museum in Bowling Green.

    So yeah... I found one for you. :D

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 10:49 PM, rocsoe wrote:

    I'm holding off for a self-driving car because if I buy something now I won't be able to sell it when self-driving cars come out.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 10:53 PM, fool2bekind wrote:

    Hey Sean,

    It's not always about the numbers. The Z has been around since 1969 and has an incredible racing heritage behind it. One more stat for you Sean. The Z is the most popular sports car ever made. "Nissan Z cars currently hold the record for the best selling sports car series of all time with over 2 million cars sold." Check out Wikipedia. Do you really think Nissan is going to drop the Z with that kind of heritage? The Z is an incredible car and at an incredible value. It always has been and always will be. Get real Sean.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 11:01 PM, fool2bekind wrote:

    Hey Sean,

    It's not always about the numbers. The Z has been around since 1969 and has an incredible racing heritage behind it. One more stat for you Sean. The Z is the most popular sports car ever made. "Nissan Z cars currently hold the record for the best selling sports car series of all time with over 2 million cars sold." Check out Wikipedia. Do you really think Nissan is going to drop the Z with that kind of heritage? The Z is an incredible car and at an incredible value. It always has been and always will be. Get real Sean.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 11:14 PM, Sailndayz wrote:

    Nissan should be allowed to die a quiet death. Son's Quest AC refused to work, even the factory rep cooked in the van(we took him and the GM for a ride for an hour. But Nissan refused to acknowledge a problem. Today we refuse to enter a Nissan dealership. Reading the reviews on the Pathfinder, it seems they still don't understand quality. Nissan can't die soon enough for me. I recall our then new 280Z, the AC condensate would collect, not drain off despite repeated attempts to clear the condensate drain. Consquently the stink in the car was horrible. Dumped it at a huge loss three months into it.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 11:18 PM, firedragon1964 wrote:

    The NIssan 370Z is a death trap, not long ago I saw it in the list of unsafest vehicles in the US. The problem with the Land Cruiser is that it is as expensive as the Lexus GX 470 and most consumer at purchasing a vehicle at that price level are more inclined to buy a luxury brand such as Lexus instead of a Toyota even though they are both manufactured by the same company. As to the Ford Flex, the design is a bit boxy. The FJ from Toyota was a nive idea, trying to clone the classic Land Cruiser with a bit of an edgier design, unfortunately, the blind spots are very unforgiving and the body work can rust quite easily. The Range Rover, is possibly the worst vehicle ever made, i had a friend with a brand new $85K Range Rover whose car died with less than 3000 miles in the odometer.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 11:45 PM, fool2bekind wrote:

    Honda, GM, Toyota and Ford all have similar problems Sailndayz. Trust me, I've been living a nightmare since I bought my Civic new in 2007!

    I also was the original owner of a Nissan 1996 200sx-ser that had over 300 thousand miles on its original engine and 284 thousand miles on its original transmission before someone totaled it a couple of years ago. That car was bullet proof and would have gone another 200K easy!

    Reliability depends a lot on the model and the Z is a different class of automobile. Don't include it as part of of your Nissan brand bashing.

  • Report this Comment On June 15, 2014, at 11:50 PM, fool2bekind wrote:

    Your no fun firedragon1964. Stop reading about Z's and start driving one. It's a sports car and like all sports cars, it isn't meant for your average idiot driver who probably also couldn't ride a two wheel bike without training wheels and an airbag. LMAO ;)

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 12:09 AM, fool2bekind wrote:

    Firedragon1964 you are no fun. Stop reading and start driving. Z's are sports cars and like all sports cars, the Z is not meant for your average driver who probably never learned to ride a two wheels bike without its training wheels. LMAO ;)

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 6:37 AM, youstink wrote:

    The 370Z has always looked like a Frog to me.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 9:44 AM, Grandpastu wrote:

    Any automobiles manufactured by Ford, GM or Chrysler should be taken off the market because of overpricing and lack of quality.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 10:05 AM, dfresh713 wrote:

    The Nissan Z is not going anywhere. The 350z has a timeless look and at the time during its production it was quicker than any "muscle" car. The problem with the 370z is that it just looks like an uglier version of the 350z and a lot of Z enthusiats prefer the 350z over the 370z (even though both are nice cars) and didn't buy the 370z.

    There are already plans in works for the next generation Z being released in 2016. Also to the author of the article, the Z cars base start at $35k and go to $50k, so not sure where you got your numbers from.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 1:41 PM, poplifedc wrote:

    I loved the FJ. Until I test drove it. It hid a Mini Cooper in the huge blind spot. Here in the DC Metro area that is a no-go. So I settled for an Xterra. I'm surprised the Xterra isn't on this "list".

    However, I seriously doubt a 370Z would be a substitute for an Altima. A less powerful substitute would be the BRZ/FRS twins. But I guess when an article is written by non-car enthusiasts, this is what you get.

    There are rumors of reviving Datsun in the US as a brand under Nissan, similar to Toyota/Scion and reintroduce a lighter, cheaper Z under that brand.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 1:42 PM, rucussing wrote:

    @fool2bekind. I also had a 200SX SE, I put 210,000 miles on it and my daughter and her husband put another 60,000 on it before it was hit by a truck. Neither had any injuries, but the car was totaled. I liked the way the little sucker could take a curve. I had a tailgater try to follow me on an off ramp at the same speed I was taking the turn, he fishtailed it about halfway around the turn. The little 200 wasn't even trying hard! If they would do a remake of the 200, I would probably buy one the next day.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 2:55 PM, ScarletRainbow wrote:

    This is what happens when companies want more profit. They sell for what we can't afford. It they slashed their prices, selling at 50%, once (one week+) a year, where we can all afford these vehicles, maybe these companies wouldn't be discontinuing them. I would love to have a new car, but I can't afford any of them!

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 5:20 PM, lcaroliner wrote:

    6 weeks ago we purchased (as in bought, as we drive vehicles at least a decade) a new Land Cruiser. Sean is absolutely correct in why people don't buy the Land Cruiser. We have always had Toyotas & worked our way up the SUV line. We bought it for a multitude of reasons and considered every "luxury" brand Sean listed.

    Personally, we went for it because we wanted a luxury vehicle that wouldn't draw attention as so many others do. I like that people see it as just another Toyota and there are not a lot on the road. Plenty of RR, Mercedes, Caddy's & Lexus out there.

    As Sean mentioned the Sequoia, for us, they are too large and do not have the off road capabilities we need so per his statement we would not have considered the Sequoia. Lastly, we were able to get a phenomenal deal as dealerships are stuck with the Land Cruisers and wanting to off-load the inventory.

    I had a friend turn her nose up to the LC when I told her we were considering the purchase. She drives a Range Rover, she also "babysits" her many problems. I hope this Toyota is as reliable as the others we've had.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 5:28 PM, d89 wrote:

    I see lots of older Land Cruisers on the road all the time. Toyota went the wrong direction with the current generation, diluting the tough image of the vehicle and cheapening it as with most other models in the lineup. Clearly cost-cutting seems to be rampant across the board in the auto industry today and, frankly, is most egregious in the higher end market of Audi, BMW Mercedes, Porsche, etc. It's a real shame, and ultimately, I think it all comes down to the pressure these companies are under to meet fuel economy regulations and of course the desire to be number one in sales.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 7:17 PM, 77Spitfire wrote:

    This article as it pertains to the 370Z is garbage. First, the 370Z did not start in 2003. 2003 was the first model year of the 350Z. (I ordered mine in February 2002 and received it October 26, 2002 - so I must be one of those 15000 or so that make up the chart for 2002. As for comparing it to muscle cars - the 350Z is faster than most AND can turn corners, too. Add to that its reliability and you've got a formidable car. I've put almost 90,000 on mine and still drive it regularly over 150 mph. It handles great, looks great, and with the Nismo exhaust, sounds great. I test drove a 370Z when they came out and liked the paddle shifter, but the styling just doesn't look as good to me. (I actually prefer the last generation 300ZX styling with the very low roof line) The sales numbers point to a need for revised styling more than the need to discontinue the car. Nissan made that mistake in 1996 when they discontinued the Z. A restyle along with a 3.5 liter turbocharged engine with 400+ horsepower and a price under $40K.

  • Report this Comment On June 16, 2014, at 11:45 PM, fool2bekind wrote:

    To rucussing: the Nissan 200sx-ser was a great little coupe. I am glad to know someone else had a similarly great experience with one. Unfortunately we were both victims of others who never learned how to drive otherwise I;m sure we still be driving them.

  • Report this Comment On June 17, 2014, at 12:10 AM, fool2bekind wrote:

    I for one think the current version of the Nissan Z is best version yet. The lines are low, fast, edgy and the rear quarter glass harkens back to the original 240Z. Kudos to Randy Hernandez for finally bringing the Z to its full styling and design potential. The 350z was too round and too blobish. The old 350z looked like an overblown version of an Audi TT and didn't have any styling cues from the original 240z. Though I almost bought a 350Z back in 06, I'm glad I waited and got a 370Z. As far as the 300ZX goes, it too looked like an overpriced "kit" car. Though low and very fast in the twin turbo version, its overall lines were too BORING in comparison to the 370Z styling. For me any great sports car, like the Z, needs to retain and build upon the original model's styling cues and I believe the 370Z accomplishes that better than any other Z since the original 240Z. To bring this point further home, consider the Porsche 911. Though I'm not to fond of any of the latest 911's you know one when you see one because 911's have always built upon and retained styling cues from the original 911 model. That's called lineage and Randy Hernandez finally accomplished that for Nissan with the 370Z. If Nissan was smart they wouldn't change too many things on the current 370z!

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