Nissan cracks down on car importsFirms told not to bring GT-R into UK

24 December 2007

The Nissan GTR

Nissan is cracking down on companies importing its latest sports car directly from Japan into Europe.

The Nissan GT-R was unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show in October and only went on sale in Japan this month. 

It’s not set to be launched in Europe until March 2009 and Nissan says any GT-Rs imported from Japan before that time won't be covered by its warranty.

Nissan’s lawyers have already written to a number of businesses suspected of importing the Nissan GT-R  into Europe and the car giant is threatening court action if the imports don't stop.

No warranty

Gary Frigo, Nissan Motor (GB) Limited’s Managing Director, said: ‘We have been made aware of a significant increase in activity in the import trade of certain vehicles, particularly the Nissan GT-R, which warrants immediate action.’

He added: ‘Nissan’s number one priority is to ensure that the GT-R and its dealer network are in optimal condition to facilitate and support our customers. It will take until start of sales in March 2009 to do this.

‘Until that time the UK will have no GT-R trained technicians, no established GT-R parts supply and, most crucial of all, the GT-R will not be covered by a manufacturer’s warranty.’

Nissan says the ‘specialist nature’ of the GT-R will mean only a limited number of dealers will be allowed to sell the car in the UK. It will announce further details of who these dealers are at the beginning of March.