Nissan Gallery Yokohama

Hello everyone and welcome back to Tiro Finale for a short petrol-head update. From time to time, we here at Tiro Finale would digress from our usual anime-related content to bring you a little something from our other hobbies. In my case, another passion close and dear to my heart since I was child has always been automobiles. As evident from the various articles I have written regarding these four wheeled machines.

One of my long standing traditions when it comes to visiting Japan is to always pay a visit to the Nissan Gallery in Yokohama nearing the tail end of my stay. For Nissan fans, this is one of the best ways to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest available from Nissan all in a single spacious showroom. 

Just like Toyota has its Mega Web showroom/museum in Odaiba, Nissan has its HQ Gallery in Yokohama. If you did not know, Yokohama is actually the birthplace of the original Datsun which subsequently evolved into the Nissan that you and I know today. More recently, Nissan has opened another major showroom in Ginza known as the Ginza Crossing.

Aside from having all of Nissan's flagship models on display, including the MY2017 Nissan GT-R, the Gallery is also home to several other unique exhibits that are only otherwise found in museums or car shows. Periodically, Nissan would change up its temporary exhibitions to feature anything from concept cars, race cars and iconic classic machines. As such, it is always refreshing and surprising to see what Nissan has on show aside from the usual. 

That is not to say that their usual collection is any slouch either as Nissan remains one of the few manufacturers in Japan to have a supercar you can buy be displayed in showrooms. Toyota may be closing in with the new Supra and Honda with its NSX but, otherwise nothing quite competes when it comes to sheer horsepower on display in showrooms. 

Being a fan of automobiles in general and Nissan specifically though, I do share the sentiment that many others have about the Japanese automobile industry having gotten rather stale over the past decade. Even the GT-R is a decade old model this year and the 370Z is no maiden either. While I am not pushing for a successor, a clear lack of an affordable sports car to compete with the likes of the Civic Type-R or GT86 is a clear sore point for Nissan. Nissan if you are reading, it is high-time you brought the S-chassis back!

With that, we have come to the end of our little tangent. I hope you have enjoyed this little break from the usual that we do every so often to keep things fresh here on Tiro Finale. As usual, if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask them in the comments section below. Until the next time, thank you so much for reading and have yourself a wonderful day ahead!


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