2022 Tokyo Auto Salon – Nissan Fairlady Z, Caravan Mountain Base, Z GT500, Note Aura NISMO

By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan

The Tokyo Auto Salon wrapped up its 40th anniversary show at the Makuhari Messe convention complex in Chiba on Jan. 16. This year’s show was described as the first-ever “hybrid,” offering a combination of both onsite and online formats.

Show organizers announced attendance of more than 126,000 people, with 366 exhibitors, 712 vehicles on display, a total of 3,318 booths, and more than 426,000 live streaming views. This story highlights the Nissan display.


Fairlady Z

Nissan presented the Japan-market intro of the next-generation Fairlady Z at the Tokyo Auto Salon. The new Z was first unveiled in prototype form at the Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama in Sept. 2020. Production models of the new Z for the U.S. market were shown in New York in Aug. 2021.

The new Z will keep the Fairlady Z nameplate for Japan when it goes on sale in June. Makoto Uchida, CEO of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., is shown above at the Tokyo Auto Salon with the Fairlady Z Proto Spec model, a special edition, offering 240 units for enthusiasts in Japan. (As we previously reported, Uchida’s first car, that he purchased nearly 30 years ago, was a Fairlady Z.)

This video, from the Nissan YouTube channel in Japan, highlights the Fairlady Z presentation at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Nissan says that more than 1.8 million units of the Z have been sold worldwide since 1969 and it is loved by fans across the globe. (video: Nissan)

Inspired by the prototype revealed in Yokohama, the production Fairlady Z Proto Spec features a yellow and black exterior, Rays 19-inch forged wheels, yellow brake calipers, and of course, Fairlady Z badges.

The interior includes leather and suede-like trimmed seats, with yellow accents throughout the cabin. Offered in base, S, ST, and Proto Spec models in Japan with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, each trim can be fitted with a 6-speed manual, or 9-speed automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, since the Tokyo Auto Salon is a custom car show, Nissan revealed its own new customized version, called the Fairlady Z Customized Proto. This one-off vehicle is designed to showcase heritage-inspired exterior styling treatments.

The orange exterior color is said to be reminiscent of the legendary Fairlady Z432R, including black accents. Special equipment on the Customized Proto includes a unique front fascia, alloys, fender flares, white-letter tires, and a large rear spoiler.

Caravan Mountain Base Concept

Nissan introduced the cool Office Pod concept during last year’s Virtual Auto Salon. Equipped with a custom, slide-out mobile office, the concept was based on the Nissan NV350 Caravan.

At this year’s show, Nissan rolled out a new Caravan Mountain Base concept, built on the Caravan Premium GX. Taking the idea of a “base camp” to the next level, the concept caters to outdoor adventure-seekers, with a woodgrain design reminiscent of a classic mountain lodge.

Fitted with high-tech features, the concept includes a roof-mounted movable solar panel with solar-tracking photovoltaic cells, and perovskite solar cells mounted along the sides of the van, replacing the side windows.

This video, from the Nissan YouTube channel in Japan, offers a closer look at the new Caravan Mountain Base concept. (video: Nissan)

Additional customized exterior mods include a protective, tough-textured body finish, retro-inspired woodgrain body wrap, and deicing headlight film heater.

Inside, the Caravan Mountain Base concept features a compact workstation, utility-style walls with wooden finish displays, surface speakers in the headliner, a power rear window shade, portable battery photovoltaic system, plus a digital fireplace to help passengers relax when parked for camping.

Z GT500

Nissan and its NISMO motorsports group brought the new Z GT500 race car to the Tokyo Auto Salon, following its reveal at Fuji International Speedway in December. Nissan announced plans to participate in the Super GT Series in Japan with the Z GT500 for the 2022 season.

Nissan is aiming to recapture its winning ways on the track with the legendary Z. Flashback to the early 1970s when Nissan scored wins at the SCCA C Production Series with the S30 240Z. In the 1990s, it gained multiple wins at the IMSA Series with the Z32 300ZX. Participating in the JGTC/Super GT series with the Z33 in the 2000s resulted in a series championship.

This related video, from the Nissan Global YouTube channel, highlights the online reveal of the new Z GT500 racing car at Fuji Speedway, with remarks from legendary names in Z racing history, and features the new car on the track with Nissan Driver Ronnie Quintarelli behind the wheel. (video: Nissan)

“We are entering the 2022 Super GT series with our all-new Nissan Z GT500 car and our huge passion for motorsports,” said Takao Katagiri, NISMO president and CEO, during the race car’s reveal at Fuji last month. “We hope all our fans will continue to passionately support the Nissan and NISMO motorsport teams.”

Note Aura NISMO

Nissan launched the new Note Aura in Japan last fall as a premium compact fitted with the automaker’s second-generation e-POWER electrified powertrain. The e-POWER system offers full electric motor drive, without the need for an external charger. An onboard gasoline engine, not connected to the wheels, charges the battery.

The new Note Aura NISMO, called a “swift electrified city racer,” is said to provide next-generation design, exhilarating handling, agile response, and smooth acceleration. NISMO styling cues deliver a low-and-wide silhouette, with a bright, red-layered double wing, NISMO emblem in matte chrome, and matte red exterior accents.

This related video, from the Nissan YouTube channel in Japan, features a quick look at the new Note Aura NISMO. (video: Nissan)

The sporty interior provides Note Aura NISMO with dark-tone colors and red accents. Seat covers are made from a combination of dedicated fabric and synthetic leather, with an embroidered NISMO logo and red/gray stitching.

Nissan says that the Note Aura NISMO gains a unique suspension system, enhanced body rigidity, and optimization of the e-POWER system, with a NISMO drive mode for a heightened agile driving impression and rapid, yet smooth acceleration.

For more information visit the Nissan website in Japan

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Note: Some vehicles in this story are concepts and are not for sale. Features, specifications, and launch timing for Japan market production models are subject to change without notice.

News sources, photos and videos courtesy of Nissan Motor Corp., Nissan Motorsports International (NISMO), and Tokyo Auto Salon Association (TASA)

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