Nissan Skyline importation into the United States – The FACTS

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Article by:Greg Childs and Moody #8211; 03.07.2008

With the release of the GTR in the US, interest in Nissan#8217;s supercar has an all-time high. As with any unobtainable object of fanboy the Skyline has generated countless and arguments with most and speculation centering on the importation Ads on forums, ebay and AutoTrader #8220;legalized#8221; and #8220;registered#8221; cars only to encourage false

For every rational discussion ensues, there are ten more of rumor, falsehoods, and wishful So, we have decided to delve legal briefs, interview the and create a compilation of the best on the topic for your consideration. better place to find a well-researched and accurate synopsis on the for purchasing a Skyline in the US than on the and most comprehensive online for Nissan enthusiasts on the web?

Skyline History:

In the tuner everyone knows about the Skyline, specifically the GT-R those who have heard of the but are unaware of its history, the Skyline was produced as a luxury sedan by Motors in 1957 and became a product when Prince with Nissan in 1966.However, to the merger, Prince Motors had begun racing the Skyline with a 1964 model finished 2nd through 6th places in the Grand Prix.The first version of the Skyline was released as a in 1969 (PGC-10) with a version following in 1971 next generation of GT-R was in 1972 but only lasted the 1973 model year.While were produced for subsequent the GT-R trim level was not again until the R32 release in

In 1989, Nissan re-released the R32 model which was immediately #8220;Godzilla#8221; via the Australian press, as it was a from Japan#8221;.The GT-R as a top-performance package through the R34 which ran until 2001. to the announced release of the R35 GT-R, a GT-R style supercar has been released for sale the United States.

Owning a

As previously mentioned, the Skyline has a following in the United States.From a perspective, they draw a and anyone looking to purchase a that is already in the US will be a good bit of change. The problem one with owning a Skyline in the US is the of doing so.Usually these are recognized as #8220;gray market#8221; as are obtained by channels other those which are authorized via the Government, as detailed below.

Skyline and the US Federal Government

imported into the United that are less than 25 old must comply with the Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) Federal Motor Safety Standards (FMVSS) and they must be imported via a Importer (RI). If vehicles are that do not meet FMVSS they must be brought up to by the RI within 120 days of entry the US. NHTSA also limits the of vehicles that are eligible for into the United States.

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states, #8220;to be imported of restriction, a motor vehicle than 25 years old must be manufactured to comply with all FMVSS and bear a label such compliance that is affixed by the vehicle#8217;s original Skylines, sadly, do NOT meet criteria.

What does the mean?First off, the NHTSA had determined that the 1990-1999 of the RHD Nissan GTS and GT-R Skyline eligible for importation (R32, R34 generations) as long as a HS-7 is made.At the time it enters the US, the starts ticking and the car must be up to code via the RI within the 120 days this sounds simple!

Not so fast.The question that be posed is:What is required to the vehicle up to FMVSS standards?That#8217;s a one to answer as only a few people know. Many so-called CLAIM to know, but won#8217;t their information under the of #8220;protecting their business which isa convenient way to skirt the reality they have no as to the process needed for Federal and simply dump the burden on customers.

In comes the saga of Motorex was a RI that was in business 1998 to 2002 after time they closed Motorex took the initiative to with the Federal Government in to determine what is needed to an imported Skyline #8220;up to to be legal within the US.

As part of this process, worked with JK Technologies to numerous R33#8242;s, at their for crash testing in order to the modifications needed. As a consequence, claimed a proprietary interest in the which are now covered by a confidentiality Not only did this give a corner on the market for legal it also allowed them to a premium price for each car.In effect, other do not have access to the information via the crash tests performed nor the needed, thus they not be able to get Skylines to meet requirements.

While making of money, Motorex also loads of enemies.In yet another twist, it was alleged that didn#8217;t actually comply all crash test requirements for the R32 and The US Department of Transportation, in response, rescinded importation eligibility for the R32 and R34 Skylines, therefore only R33 Skylines were still to be imported.However, since that Motorex encountered a flurry of legal challenges, ultimately its doors.As a result, there is no information available (confidential nor to legalize R32#8242;s nor R34#8242;s.

UPDATE: On March 13, 2008, the added addendums to the rules as apply to the crash tested previously mentioned Confidentiality with Motorex/J.K. Motorsports has thus the steps required to modify R33#8242;s has been only information not included in the concerns EPA required OBD modifications. disclosure is available for review:NHTSA-update.pdf

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