Sept 2017 Update – 2007 to Feb 2009 R35 GTR eligible for import under SEVS 2019
How to import R35 GTR for road use is perhaps the most common question we receive on a daily basis.
OK, let’s start with the current SEVS (Specialist and Enthusiast Scheme) import regulations for Australia.
SEVS doesn’t allow import of the R35 GTR to Australia as a secondhand vehicle on the basis that this model was sold here by Nissan themselves in full volume. This is one of the underlying principles of SEVS governing all vehicles manufactured from 1989 onwards — any model sold here new is blocked from secondhand import.
Yes, the R35 GTR is on the SEVS register here R35 GTR SEVS ruling because Nissan took so long to gain full volume approval (more than 18 months following release in Japan) that an application could be made to add it to the SEVS register. However, this is for new cars only with a manufacture date of February 20, 2009 or earlier. “New” means less than about 200kms and genuinely new and not used on the road. Clearly finding one of this age that meets the criteria (for any reasonable price) is now impossible. So for all intents and purposes, SEVS doesn’t currently allow this model to Australia for normal road use.
The recent Vehicle Import Regulation Changes announced for Australia on February 10, 2016 will impact on SEVS and the way models are evaluated. There are now five new criteria for this purpose instead of the previous four, and a model will only need to meet one of them to be considered eligible:
Superior environmental performance / hybrids
Rare vehicles (limited production numbers)
Left Hand Drive, where right hand drive is not available