This is an exciting announcement at nissan, because this is about the z. The z badge has special meaning to sports car lovers and special meaning to me, because my very first car was fairly z. For me, i must say the z was love at first sight. It looked so cool so desirable and when i had driven it, i felt the connection i knew i wanted to own one. This was 1993. I finally bought a z, a gunmetal gray, with a tiva roof and, of course, manual transmission. Just looking at the car was exciting for me every time i polish, my z, i would spend extra time admiring my favorite angle, the front three quarter so as a zifan i'm delighted to unveil our z proto, the z as a pr sports car represent the speed Of nissan it's, a key model in our nissan x transformation plan and this proof of our ability to do what others don't dare to do from a to z. With the earlier crossover we started new era of electrification and autonomous driving technology and with the z we are bringing drivers the excitement of pure sports car for nissan. The z is our dna there's z in everything we do. The z shows our passion for emotional design and the joy of driving. It brings inspiration and excitement to everyone at nissan. When the ferry disease came out in 1969, it moved the international spouse coward. No one had ever experienced a car like that, before the z offered outstanding performance and stylish design that made drivers realize they have to own a z and, most importantly, the z was accessible.
Now we are taking the z to the next level. I am excited to announce that the new z is coming. It means a lot to me that z fans around the world are watching today. The z proto you see here is not a concept. The look of this is close to final, and the field has been engineered for aerodynamics and body rigidity. As we bring the prototype to reality, we are going to deliver a living connection between driver and car. For us, this unique combination of look feel and power is the essence of the z. The z proto is plaued to the new z and true to its heritage. We hope it will appeal to our drivers, who have owned generation of z and also a new wave of young fans who may have raised virtual disease online. The zee has always given a tangible and exciting driving experience and true to that, the new z will have a twitter v6 with a six speed manual transmission, because we want your drive to be powerful, exciting and engaging. Our team has created an agile muscular design, that's poised and ready for action. The new z exterior grows on the memories shaped by our dreams of tomorrow. It draws inspiration from the design of two ground breaking models that are 240z and 300 zx. When you get inside the z, you will feel the connection to its rich heritage, and when you drive the z, you will feel it moving you and nissan into the future.
For more than 50 years, we have been creating the legend of z, i'm glad you're with us for this exciting chapter, the newsie is on its way. Thank you. Thank you cheetahson, and welcome to the digital unveil of the nissan z, proto broadcasting from the nissan pavilion yokohama, japan, hello. I'M. Your host chris peppler, now we've got a lot of people around the world joining us for this from the usa, canada, australia, new zealand, the middle east and many more and as a choir fan myself. I'M very excited, as you are and i'm also honored, to be here as mc to show you the highly anticipated z proto as uchida san told us in his opening message. The z proto is a sneak peak into what's to come in the next hour. You will hear more about this vehicle and what it means for nissan for fans and the z legacy and we're, not the only ones celebrating, z history in the making right now, the 33rd annual z car convention z, con is taking place in nashville, tennessee and they're Joining us live to share in this moment at zcon we have adam carolla famed radio personality who holds the world record for the most downloaded podcast, the adam carolla show, and he is, without a doubt, a big z enthusiast himself with some very impressive vintage z, race, Cars so let's check in now with zcon to see how it's going on with fans over there adam over to you.
Thank you, man with the coolest voice and better eyebrows wow, that car looked great right. Applause, um, Music, i'm. Definitely signing up for one of those bad boys we'll see uh, who uh who's palm. I got a grease to get one of those things uh in my garage, all right, uh so good evening. Once again, thanks for joining us and uh, thanks again for those joining us from yokohama and around the world, welcome to zecon the international z car convention. For those of you who don't know me well that guy said it all, i do a lot of vintage racing. I make some car related documentaries. On occasion i uh i do. I am proud to say that not only do i do a lot of vintage racing, but i find these cars oftentimes their basket cases do a full nut and bolt restoration on the race cars and then we go out and hammer the crap out of those cars On the race track, so not only do we race them, but we put them back together, um, so past present i love the new stuff. I love the vintage stuff. Zcon is the largest z car gathering in the world, and this is their 33rd year horns and lights, people Music, all right at my funeral. I want you guys all in the procession doing this uh tonight, we're here in nashville, in the shadow of nissan's north american headquarters, and there are a couple hundred z owners here tonight.
Possibly thousands before the uh z car convention week is over and uh. Oh, we got you with the flash and the light give me the horns and the lights one more time: it's good for my self esteem, Music. All right, let's, take a quick look at some of the highlights from the z con 2020 this week. So far, take a look at the monitor. Let'S show you some highlights: Music, Music, Music! Well speaking for all of us here in the us uh tonight, we're honored to be joining joining you for uh. Several of the z proto reveal i'm uh. Well, i want to thank you guys, that's, what i'm saying in north america, the z has a strong 50 year plus history, the original datsun, 240z and uh for us and in japan, you're fair lady z. The original one went on sale in late. It was a late 69 model year and it went on to sale here in 1970.. Since then, more than 1.3 million of uh, these babies have been sold. Six generations of zs have been sold here in the united states and i think i bought at least 27 z cars seriously. Thank you for letting me be part of such a big night and thanks to uh zcon members around the world, for your loyalty, enthusiasm and for all things, z and i'd say that even if it wasn't on the teleprompter Music, so uh. Now it is my pleasure to return it back to chris peppler and yokohama chris.
Thank you adam a lot of enthusiasm, it's great to see the pride of japanese sports car in heartland america, so we're going to kick off the talk show on the question and answer session. We'Ve received many questions on the z proto from all over the world. From you, the fans, questions about design, engineering, powertrain sales, timing, availability, many many questions and it's great to see hey how you guys doing so great to see so many of us uh of you participating uh for this event, so um, of course, we're not gon na. Be able to answer all your questions, but we will do our best with the help of these two key people from the z proto team. Let me introduce you to alfonzo albaysa senior, vice president of global design and hiroshi tamara chief product specialist of the z, proto, fantastic it's, a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful car. You must be, you guys must be so proud, yeah, so alfonso. Can you uh show us around. Tell us about the car sure um. I mean right off the bat. I really want to thank the thousands of people joining us today and all the enthusiasts and love we've been feeling actually on social media up until this this point and uh. So let me walk you around some of the the big points that as a kid uh, that adam mentioned, 1970 um. I was a kid around seven years old in miami, and i saw this for the first, the 240 for the first time and and that memory is so still in me that when we had the chance to make a new one uh.
Naturally this came out. So one of the things that were so important is at a glance we wanted this long bonnet and this z type of low slung cabin silhouette and one of the key points on that is that, as you get up close to the car, the the volumes, the The hood bulge and the fender must be higher than the trailing edge of the roof line, which you see here and as soon as with engineering and our design team, we were able to capture that you know right away. We started to feel that, yes, we have something here and naturally, because our engineers, even in the beginning, were telling us giving us hints about uh. You know how this this car would really run. We wanted this low center of gravity. Luckily, the roof line gave us that, but then we introduced the katana sword and also this this lovely sculptural crease line that is actually tapering down, which allowed this car to feel like a cat that was ready to pounce. So we're really really excited about these kind of steps that we made on the design, but moving forward on the car let's talk about some of the things that were interesting in the development process, because, of course we have a love of the 240. But this is an ultra modern car with a lot of power. So, yes, we were able to introduce some of the reintroduced some of the issues like this iconic hood bulges on the 240, but it has a very graceful forms around it.
Expressing the the power and the silky power within you cannot make a z without the the scooped out headlamp and actually we we thought about how to make the headlamp feel like tomorrow, but also invoke some memories and what we we took. Inspiration from the special version that came out a couple of years later, where they they put a clear lens on the 240 and that actually in the sunlight, the reflections and that around the the car broke the pure circle of the headlamp into two. And we thought this is it. This is how we're going to do it. So we did ultra modern technology, but at the same time, feeling like the 240. and to be inspired by the the memories, the parting line, the hood, the cheekbones all – must create the grill. The grill is not an artificial element: it's the result of things that uh around it so that's the front. Let'S let's take a a walk around to the back. So, as i mentioned, the roof line tapering back and this cut off rear end, which is very 240, but about 31 years ago my first trip to japan. I opened the studio door. I just joined nissan and 300z was a clay model in the studio, and actually i wanted to go home and restart my life, because that was so modern. I couldn't believe it. So naturally, some of these sensual simple elements and this sense of high tech is very much three 300, but in the the proto we use the the capsule element from 300.
But of course, it's an edge lit led to give you this again. This sense of tomorrow and why don't we step inside because here is also an interesting twist. These have been about performance, yes, they're beautiful, but they wonderful things to drive so um. What we did here is that we took the purposefulness of the 240 and wrapped it around the body. So when you get into the the proto you will feel the car is is part of you. All. The elements are right at your eye level, so as you're driving, you can keep your eyes on the road and we've introduced modern era things we have a full digital meter and, of course we have our information in the center, but everything is organized horizontally and has A purposeful beauty to it, so these are some of the things that we'll have much more time to talk about a little later, but i cannot stop this kind of brief introduction without talking about the meaning of the color, because 240 had a yellow, my one, wonderful 300 had a yellow, but at the at the 30 years ago, the technologies with the paint uh really created a situation where the designers had to desaturate the yellow for the 300z using modern technologies. We were able to add pearl and add these technologies of modern day and keep the yellow. So when you see this car go outside this color comes to life in an amazing manner.
So um really happy to walk around this with you today and i know we'll have some some more time to talk in detail, but i really want to thank you for for being lovers of z and supporting us all the time. So thanks a lot. Thank you. Hey chris great presentation, thank you so much. It is really really beautiful. Thank you, mr tongo. What do you think about your baby coming to life yeah? Actually, for uh this timing, or this stage i'm very happy to join about for such a kind of a great time and uh z is uh, my life or our life right, son of the dna so important and so happy right, yeah it's, an amazing looking car Um so uh let's go with our uh question or a q a session. Uh first question will be from z, khan adam. I think you have uh the question yeah. I have a question for alfonso who, by the way i hung out with at laguna seca a couple of years ago, when i brought one of newman's uh uh gtz cars over there. I think 86 uh year 86. He won the gt1 championship, so we hung out he's all z, so alfonso. My question is uh the reasoning for designing the z proto after the 240z and the 300 zx. What was the inspiration behind that? You know the obviously the 240 has been in our lives. You know almost our entire lives and uh, so it's always been natural, but you know i think, we've been involved with the development of many z's, including the 350, where there was actually a proposal.
That was also a bit of an homage um, but the timing. Now i don't know you know that's the beauty of creating objects that the context of today and and the meaning of today, uh really made us gravitate towards the beauty and the simplicity and and the deep meaning of 240 for for the company. So it was very natural and every time we drew it in a context it. It was very exciting for us and then the 300, because it really represented an epic break in in sports cars and, of course, from my personal experience, it was so humbling. I cannot tell you when i saw the first claim model so that when we had the chance to do this, satoru thai who's, the executive design, director and myself with our global teams, we're really wanting to see if we can capture tomorrow, but also trigger memories. For all the people who who love the so that's a bit the beginning adam, thank you for the question adam. Does that answer your question? It certainly does, and i have one more for uh tomorrow, son, if that's, okay, okay, go ahead. Um. Can you share why it was important for you and the development team to ensure this z had a manual transmission when other oems have left it out? Oh it's, tough question, but uh, just in my blood set, it's master have a manual. You know the sports car driver, loves manual transmission and you know manual transmission of changing the gear synchronized to the car.
My body is contact or connect to the car. My partner, that is very important for key elements of sports car, then now our nissan also need to change the gear in the future. I think you're basically saying getting back to what's what's what what it's all about driving a sports car right being part of the machine being part of uh the whole experience being right, right, right, right, yeah and in the studio. I can say that tomorrow sounds very animated, talking about the dance partner and that the manual really is a way to connect the machine to to you as he mentioned, and i think that really affected us in even shaping the interior design and and making sure we Take things away and slim sleek things out so that experience of driving can be in the car, but if i may be both so, if i may be so bold, it is a bold move in 2020 to actually bring in a manual transmission of six speed. Yeah that's that's, quite that's, really getting back to the roots of things. I think there's, a few thousand people there that may be uh want it right. What do you think? What do you think adam? Listen, uh. First off i i have not driven in a manual shift street car for a while and i drove here all my race. Cars are manual shift, but i drove a 370z here and i was a passenger in the car and it was so much more visceral.
An experience, i think everyone thinks about driving the stick, and you know rev matching and all that kind of stuff be a passenger. When someone is really driving a stick. A manual stick properly, it's a completely different experience to be a passenger in that car, so uh, yeah, i'm old school. All my race, cars are five speeds. Some four speeds and i love it right. Fantastic, okay, um let's, go on to the next question. Uh. We have a question from john uh and uh we're having a little uh problem with uh connecting so um i'm going to uh. Basically read this question. Uh john wants to know you can see the evolution of z cars over the past half a century. What makes this car stand out from previous models? Uh both of you. We do want to yeah actually for uh. The z is like our dna, so let's say somebody s 30 or 300. Zx of d30 is one of the motif, but the more you know, z is the life and actually for uh. Our lineup of the z is eternity theme of the chase. Something like a life is short, but how to make your some emotional life. This is a one of the solution, it's a partner that you know. Sometimes the sports car has chased the time like a 0 60. Some right something attack, attack, attack, it's, okay, when the other entertainment. But you know there is a more deep inside of the some life of the focus point.
Then nissan wants to show you about the for more connection for you right. You want to answer that alfonzo sure. I think that uh, i think fundamentally, when you think of being inspired by a 240 and a 300 is already a bit of a departure within the generations um. So i i think – and i hope everyone sees at a glance that uh you feel that obviously the silhouette and many elements are a nod to um to 240, but at the same time it has the power and performance and many many aspects of tomorrow. So i think that in essence will stand out and and really help complement the portfolio, the family of of z, cars. So that was that was our motivation right. I see okay, um yeah, it's, uh, it's, it's, again it's some. I guess it's more than just you know, going fast is part of your lifestyle, it's, something that i, i guess uh. I wouldn't call it a friend but yeah, a friend somebody that a partner in your in your life, something somebody it's, almost uh a person. Almost. I think, at the end of the day, a sports car is probably not a necessary object for everyday life, so fundamentally people buy because they love and they're so close to this experience that it already sets the tone and the the mood uh much more amorous right. If i could use that word and uh, so everyone who joins nissan wants to design a gtr and the z, car and uh right that's how it is here in this family and that's how it is yeah, absolutely okay, um let's go on to our next question.
Our question is from enver uh is ever going to be. Is he going to be able to come online or should i read his question? Okay. I'M. Going to read this question all right: um, the uh. Okay, please show me the question. Okay, the 240z had a light and agile drivers platform. What was the design brief for the z proto and have you achieved the design brief alfazo? Do you want to take that yeah? Of course, the 240 is a different context, except if you think about the cars relative to the 240 at that era, it was very modern uh. We we of course think about it now as a homage car but uh, so it was breaking all the grounds. It was super lightweight, as the question asks um so and when we started hearing from our engineers, some of the characteristics that they are dreaming about – uh it's, not exactly 240, but it. You know with the twin turbo that's a different type of power, and then we knew that and we knew that some of the dynamics, so naturally our designers uh start to play with center of gravity. We wanted to lower it. We wanted a very wide stance to reflect how how the car is going to behave right. So i wouldn't say it's that the performance aspects uh are exactly uh in the brief to be a 240 because it's a it's, a super modern experience when, when folks get in and it's going to be thrilling, i can't uh, but but thank you for technology.
Yeah. Acknowledgeable for 240z is nice elements but uh, i think about for all of the contents, which you know not only 240z. By the way, i had a 240z g of a fender or a nice long nose that is so exciting design, but you know for uh, 300 cx or even the current model of 34, the shape silhouette all of the elements all of the dna we installed that's. I believe about for don't, stick about only 240v. All of the babies are nissan's dna, all of them all right and uh. This baby encompasses all the predecessors right, especially because we're drawing more on memory than specifics. So when you think about a memory, uh there's, always a kind of depending on on our age, i guess there's, a certain details are lost and it helps us as designers, because if you specifically want us to touch designs from generations, it can become a bit of A mix of things, but the team was really inspired by this idea that just think about feelings and things iconography of the eras and stuff like that and then bring it not allowed us to to think about the feeling. The first time i saw the 350 on the road. You know we designed it as clay, but when you see it real right, it's, different, right, right and uh and that sense of low center of gravity and that everything centered and the balance of tires and so there's, even a little bit of that right.
It'S not specific but it's in there right, but you really really did have a very rich palette to work from yeah right, absolutely right: okay, um! I think we're back online um, uh let's get back to our group of z fans uh. This question comes from adam adam. Are you there? Yes, i'm here? Okay, thank you for having me honey. My question uh stems from the design and development portion i'm, hoping that you can share with me uh one of your most interesting stories you had during the design of this vehicle, because it is truly a beautiful piece of art. Thank you, okay. Uh. You want to check that out. Phones again sure i mean there's a there's, a few to be honest and uh. Tomorrow i mentioned the g, the one that he had, but we have. Obviously we have the zama collection of cars which uh we have so many collection of cars which uh we have so many great great cars there and we were bringing some of those in and when we brought the g in. That was one of the the breakthrough moments because it uh that covered lens over and that longer nose really made us feel. Like you know, we can probably push this thing a little bit and get that sharp nose and this sense of the continuity of the body and the hood to the front, and so this was a true story, a breakthrough for us conceptually, and you know also the When we started talking about the edge lighting and how do we think about the feeling we had when we saw that beautiful polished, simple 300 z, that looked more like a river stone, so wonderful um? And how can we bring some of that sensuality and performance into to disease which, tomorrow son had been really talking about from day, one that he wanted to express a greater sense of sensuality and disease? Even though the power uh was going to be? You know impressive mm, hmm, so these are all maybe not answering specifically, but even the the katana sword was.
I feel this was one of those things that the day before it wasn't there and we were happy and when a designer put that on and was holy holy hold on. What is that and because the what it did to the car was impressive, really settled the rear down and really celebrated the the beautiful silhouette and uh things were becoming complete right, so uh i'm really hoping i answered your your question you just mentioned uh katana was: Was the katana actually a motif that you guys kind of had a mind or they're just kind of they just come out of japanese minds? Sometimes you know the v is the main region. Actually, we know that for the states for the usa as major 1.3 million, actually we sold out 1.8 million for global right, but our usa markets, the biggest yeah our main customers right. I don't want to say some. The other customer is not so important, but important region is sometimes usa market and sometimes our dna of japanese some root that's. We need to install that's the origin of the venus or something like that of katana is one of the motifs right, not they're, not thinking about for some weapon or something or beauty or some elegant, or this kind of how can i say, design element is so Important and root came from japan right, but then um. It also serves a purpose rather than just uh, actually being um something pretty to look at there.
It definitely does uh have a role to play in the design, a very strong role yeah for for us, it was one of those things that we didn't. You know the design process, as, as you know, is maybe very stressful for uh tomorrow, who's responsible for everything, because a designer will have an idea that didn't exist the day before and uh. I completely agree with tomorrow: sound. We are a completely international car company. We have eight studios all around the world. Everyone was was having a good time with this project, but one of the defining aspects of our internationalism is that you know we were born here and uh. There are some gestures and some movements that define our designs and it's a sometimes a celebration of an element: that's, japanese or international or european. But this is the beauty of working uh on projects with with our company is that we have a lot of voices and the inspiration completely spirals and we're feeding off each other. So so some of these things, like the katana really for me, it helps so much the design because it again lowered center of gravity also plays against this character line, which is an anti wedge character line which didn't exist on any z, but somehow feels very natural. Um, so these things you know they're quite organic right, yeah, okay! Well, i think that answered your question. Uh adam um, now let's go to lourdes lords. Are you there hi? Yes, i'm here good morning, hi lord uh, mike hi.
My question is: how does nissan find the balance between the well known heritage of the sea and the innovation that must express uh within this new generation? Oh good question yeah actually for uh homage, it sometimes looks like an old fashioned, but you know for it's, not all like a newest and something like a long while of the your memory is warmless or hard for something to install and, of course, technology must have The newest newness, some great some powerful performance or handling gel all of the sports car must have, or z, also must have that's paradox, but something like homage which came from our route or heritage into the cover for new technology or underneath is our technology. That is very important. Even nissan dna, all of our products is install such a kind of dna or technology or philosophy. You know as designers. Of course, we are not pure artists in a sense, but there are some aspects of the life that we have on. The value that we bring to a company. Is that we some of the feelings we have about the context of our company and society. We allow those to spill out in our drawings and in our work, and i think that something uchidasan had been saying so strongly is he he really wants nissan to find its greater purpose. Our meaning and this kind of discussion is happening as we're, designing a z and, of course, a greater purpose.
Doesn'T have it's not relative to time, but sometimes when you're thinking about it. There is a little bit about that about where we have been and where are our dreams. So the question is a great one. The answer is that it was quite natural. It has to do with the context of our company and and the dreams of tomorrow and the feelings that we had and to express the innovation. The z was a monstrous innovation. If you think about 1969 and forget about 1969 is launch let's, think about when the designers and engineers were creating the z, which was two or three years before that to have an authentic sports car, you really had to get a european car and they were expensive And this is not part of japanese society and uh, so the 240 was beautiful and it drove great, but it can be in the driveway of almost everyone and there's, nothing more innovative than this kind of cultural revolution that i believe strongly that the z was one Of the pioneers bring authentic sports driving to everyone, so i think that's, some of it and, of course our engineers are tireless, so they were bringing innovation all over the place. Actually, this project started from 2017 march, i believe about for uh. I asked to him please please joe make for us about for such a kind of some indication hint for the sports car, which means, of course, next thing, and he said of course, why not? To be honest, many arguments would happen sometimes, but we did because nissan nissan dna says we must do for the audience for the customers and i think he is being a little bit not descriptive.
I hear a knock on my door. The door opens just a little bit his smiling face, so can i bother you and uh and he he tells this thing and i was like a bit shocked, but of course, oh, my god, this is a dream, come true for for anyone, so yeah we jumped Right away and we sent the program globally and we started receiving all these ideas and we start mapping out uh. Okay. Where should we go with this um yeah um it's it's it's uh great, to hear how you know really. Establishment professionals could turn them back into little boys. You know to create something, that's really fun, and that – and i get that i get that enthusiasm – you know the adrenaline. Only his head was visible. The body was behind the door, it was like uh i'll, never forget it right: okay, all right, lords uh! I i hope that answers your question. Now we have uh chris carl at zecon. Uh chris, are you there? Okay, adam uh is chris with you good evening. Hello, tomorrow, son alfonso out there good to see you guys again. How are you guys doing out here tonight at z, con 2020 out in the field adam thanks for joining us? Oh fun time i would have been here anyway. I didn't even know this thing was going on i'm, just like hanging out in fields with zs absolutely, and if i could, i think i have a question for the guys over there in uh, japan, uh alfonso.
I don't know if you know this, but i i bumped into tomorrow, son more than once, so this question is aimed more for you, the z car community out here. All these great people that are honking and flashing their lights and enjoying the zcon week have been anticipating a beautiful new z car for quite some time, there's a huge appetite for it and i'm going to ask for your opinion. What do you think out of everything that you've done with proto z? What are the elements of this new z that you believe will most excite those enthusiasts out here enjoying this launch event and we'll enjoy the new car? Oh thanks for the question. Man, yeah bye, vicariously uh. You want to jump in sir. Yes, sorry, uh carlson crystal chris. Can you hear me, or can you see my face yeah a long time to not see you it's uh it's, a yeah order to you know for the christianity from you and uh. I think about for yeah christian is the head of zeona's club by the way and uh. To be honest, we talk with him or his society how we can make next generation z. Of course, like not solution or not like uh. How can i say for engine displacement more future? Some excitement like a how nissan to survive about for such a kind of difficult work and simple, show me about new one, and i said okay, then i started to jump in the alfonso's office and also said just yes and now here it is the elements.
Oh sorry not completed about for designs again: it's simplifying, again knock, knock, knock head comes this time. The hand came out and he like this. I thought it was for money uh, but uh. Actually he was asking for drawings, uh chris, so uh uh. Yes, i was aware and uh we were. It was very helpful, at least to get the sense from the z community of some of the early thoughts, and i i think we've reacted and also evolved. Many many elements. So i think to your direct question. I think people will find it arresting the the first glance of the car, because even myself, when i see you driving, because i have been seeing it as a clay model which doesn't move at all and to see it moving and then to see our dream of Triggering memories actually happen, it's a bit super humbling, first of all, but it's even shocking for people who had their hands all over it and i think that's probably why we are always going to be creating cars. Is that this this feeling? And so a simple answer? I think the the proportion and silhouette and will people will react differently, but they will react so when, when you came up with the final the clay model, it was like epiphany, it was just like boom. This is it you guys all like man. This is the design yeah. You know to to be honest, though: the first time i saw data because you know in our company we we were blessed uh with all the modern technologies in my office i have full vr and i don't even need to get up anymore that's.
Why there's some weight gain, but the first time i put the goggles on and with tyson, and we saw this this car, the the rear fender. I think when people see it in person this, this beautiful stance of this sensual muscularity was so visible, and i think that these are the things that will will people will react as we reacted when the first time we saw datum and then, when you see clay Model you then start enhancing and making okay a little more he's a little more. His nickname is a little more um and very um a great great experience. So i think that this is some of the things that you right: okay. Well, thank you very much um. We have another uh question uh from our online viewer um, i guess we're having uh, i guess some again, we can't connect okay, so i should. I should read this question. Okay, this is a question from lib uh. Why do you think the z is such a sports car icon yeah? Actually, we didn't make icon. You made it so this customer, our z drivers, all this kind of energy made the icon, that's very important for our energy, so nissan basically was is made by customers. Energy that's, why icon thank you for acknowledge again, but you made it. Are you talking to the um just the emotional aspect, or are we talking about some feedback, uh yeah? Of course many feedback or many? How can i say pressure came from here, but this pressure is so nice energy, for even for me or for team.
Everybody was is enjoining about for this pressure, nice pressure because our audience or our customers is so lovely nissan lovers, so i'm very happy to get this kind of pressure. I think, at the end of the day, it's undeniable, that because of six generations and 50 years and these cars are have gone to every corner of the world, they're down new zealand, australia up england and all around the world, south asia they're everywhere, and they, i Think it's because of the mix of this iconography of of zee, which was a car that everyone can enjoy and be impressed. So as a result, many people enjoyed the experience and it's a blend of this performance. This arresting beauty, and so i think, it's. The combination – and this is something that we always discuss, especially because you know we have a gtr in our family, so there is a difference almost to the point of cultural difference in our culture between a gtr and a z, and we we share this. We talk about this because when we start a new one, you know you need to make sure that you inform your intuition as you leap forward. So this stuff is that's great um right, okay, uh lib. I hope that answered your question. Um. Do we have another question from our viewers? Okay, we have uh our last question now uh, and this is uh okay, this is um. Okay, let me read the question with it being so long between z models.
How important is it to nissan that you engage the z, enthusiasts that's that's, an unannounced question i don't know where i am uh want to take that domino, sound yeah actually for uh it's, a one of the reminder but uh, i said, or we said the conceptual Point zenith of venus for the enthusiast, so this kind of fundamental access from us some nissan wants to show about for our philosophy. We have some area, but even we have the this kind of a to z, yeah. That is a for uh important point for the access or approaching from nissan. I think you know, i think the i people should not underestimate social media to design a car in this era is uh is wonderful. We have a lot of technology so when we make a car we are lifted by technology, but also the voices that reach us. Where, maybe 20 years ago, you're a bit were designing in isolation or you did some product planning does a survey, but we are getting information all the time and especially with the z, the z enthusiasts were, are constantly feeding us with information opinions, some criticisms, uh and That'S always good, and it helps us because you know i i'd like to paint a picture of what our life is like. Design center is around 500 people and right next to us, there's, a big building, nine floors, high full of engineers and there's a bridge connecting us and all day long teams of engineers are coming into design center and we're talking about everything.
So when you see a to z in our company, that means we are all doing so. Every engineer and the philosophies of the engineers for arya are in z right. There is not a separation. This is a culture of creativity and innovation, so naturally uh it's, a dna of our company. This is a let's, say, super diversified and you know culture, meaning sometimes it's nation, but the other hand to say for rnd or a designer or pro planning. Also, we have each own cultures right, but among them and make a about for nice meals, and that is no sorry, not nice meal. The best of the best you know product that is the, for example, z, z, right, okay, but um. Can you say that this is a question for me uh because of social media uh uh? This is maybe a car that that incorporated a lot of the feedback from the fans from the z fans. Do you think that's the right assessment? Well, i think it confirmed because obviously uh social media didn't know we were starting when we were starting yeah but uh. I i think it was uh. It was almost up to a bizarre level right because we're, really, the z enthusiasts, are of every age of a generation, and you have some kids who were born way after you know the 240 right who are speaking about the 240 suddenly, as if it's the they're Absolute, i must have this car.
I love this car yeah and um. I don't i don't think 20 years ago. That was necessarily exactly the case. There was always some of that right, but uh and this kind of it was it made us more buoyant. It filled us with oxygen because, yes, so some of the feelings that we are having these are echoed and it doesn't matter the age of the person right. People love the z, well here's here's. The latest evolution we're kind of running out of time, uh like to ask some more uh questions, but um thanks to all the people that participated in this event, um uh, thanks for the amazing questions and thank you alfonso and thank you tamanasan or for your insights. Uh to the nissan uh, uh, z, proto, and this wraps up our z, proto digital unveil, uh. We hope you had a great time as much as we had uh from all of us here in yokohama. Thank you to the fans at zcon and around the world for joining with us. Thank you very much for watching us on the car in the coming months. Please visit the nissan next dot. Com. Uh let's, keep the legacy of z alive. Thank you.