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2016 Nissan Sentra Gets Heavy Mid-Cycle Redesign

Refresh meant to give the sedan a more upscale appearance.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Sentra's redesign is meant to give it a sleeker, more up-market appearance.

It’s long been the “other” Nissan sedan, the midsize Sentra often ignored in favor of the more upscale and better-selling Altima.

But the once vanilla sedan has earned some new fans in recent years for its mix of features and an affordable price tag, and the Japanese automaker is hoping to gain a bit more traction as it launches the updated 2016 Nissan Sentra.

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While this is, in many ways, the year of the SUV, the second-largest Japanese maker has made a major push to build its presence in the American sedan market, updating both the Altima, the bigger Maxima and now the Sentra.


Nissan Weighing NISMO Edition Maxima

Making the numbers “pencil” in.

by on Jul.09, 2015

The Nissan Maxima with CEO Carlos Ghosn.

With sales of the all-new Maxima off to a good start, Nissan is weighing options to broaden the sports sedan’s appeal, a senior program executive told

While a coupe or some alternative body style isn’t in the works, Nissan is looking at ways to put even more emphasis on the sport side of the sedan, and one possibility getting serious consideration would be to add the Maxima to the growing list of products getting the NISMO treatment.

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“We’re trying to gauge reaction to the car,” said 2016 Nissan Maxima product planner Vishnu Jayamohan, who confided that “We have our NISMO brand which would be a great outlet for this car.”


10 Hottest Debuts at the 2015 NY Auto Show

Compacts and full-size luxury; hybrids and high-performance supercars.

by on Apr.06, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 makes its NY debut.

The turnstiles are now open at New York’s Jacob Javits convention center, spinning rapidly as the crowds rush in to check out all the new sheet metal on display at the annual NY International Auto Show. team was on hand for all the unveilings at last week’s media preview, a two-day extravaganza that saw more than two dozen different unveilings. Some of the new models played it safe, others are simply forgettable. But there also were plenty of surprises and significant debuts.

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Here’s our list of the Top 10 Debuts at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. Click on the product names for more complete coverage.

First Look: 2016 Nissan Maxima

New version builds on sedan’s sporty past.

by on Apr.02, 2015

Carlos Ghosn, Renault-Nissan chief, introduces the new Nissan Maxima at the New York Auto Show.

It may not be a pocket rocket, like the GT-R, but the Nissan Maxima has traditionally targeted buyers looking for a midsize to slightly larger car delivering a spirited ride and performance. And Nissan is hoping to up that appeal as it rolls out the latest version of the sedan at this year’s New York International Auto Show.

The 2016 Maxima has been “reimagined and re-energized,” the maker suggests, with a more sporty and distinctive design, a lighter and more rigid platform, features such as its Active Ride Control and, under the hood, an updated version of Maxima’s 300-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine.

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The 2016 Nissan Maxima “was designed and engineered here, primarily for U.S. customers,” said the maker’s CEO Carlos Ghosn, during a NY presentation. A key goal, he added, was delivering “a level of performance that moves it closer to its little brother, the GT-R.”


Nissan Slips New Maxima into Super Bowl Ad

New sport sedan overshadowed by Nissan’s new Le Mans racer.

by on Feb.03, 2015

Nissan gave us a well-disguised tease for its 2016 Nissan Maxima in its Super Bowl ad this year.

When we first glimpsed Nissan’s extended-length Super Bowl spot on Sunday night, our attention was focused on the GT-R LM P1 NISMO racer debuting in this year’s Le Mans endurance series. But a second viewing reveals the Japanese maker had at least one more surprise revelation.

It turns out the 90-second commercial also offered a first glimpse of the next-generation 2016 Nissan Maxima that will take its official, public bow at the New York Auto Show a couple months from now.

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The big Maxima has always tried to add a more sporty note to Nissan’s passenger car line-up, and the two images the maker is now offering up show that the 2016 remake goes for a more chiseled and angular look – albeit one that appears to borrow heavily from the design of the latest-generation Nissan Murano. (more…)

Hyundai, Nissan Combine to Recall 1.1 Million Vehicles

Latest actions push number of recalls to 45 million in 2014.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is subject to a safety recall.

Add another million to the running tally of vehicles in a record-setting 2014 as Hyundai and Nissan announced actions totaling 1.1 million cars today: Hyundai recalling 889,000 vehicles and Nissan more than 226,000.

Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans from 2011-2014 due to a faulty shift cable. The cable may disconnect allowing the car to roll away after parking or preventing it from being shifted out of park.

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The maker received nearly 1,200 warranty claims due to the problem. Dealers will inspect the cable and repair the connection between he shift cable and shift lever at no cost to the owner. It also recalled nearly 5,700 2015 Sonatas for brake problems, asking owners to park the vehicles. It was the second time this year the 2015 model has been recalled. (more…)

Nissan Sport Sedan Concept Hints at Next Maxima

IDx Freeflow and IDx NISMO also coming to Detroit.

by on Dec.31, 2013

The Nissan Sport Sedan Concept.

Nissan will lift the covers on the new Sport Sedan Concept next month – but don’t be surprised if the name, “Maxima,” immediately comes to mind.  While the Japanese maker isn’t offering many details, the striking show car is expected to give a good idea of what’s to come when the next production Maxima reaches market in the coming year.

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That would be a welcome move considering Nissan’s corporate design language has evolved significantly since the current Maxima was introduced in 2008. Traditionally the sportiest of Nissan’s sedans, it has undergone little change in the following years.

“The Sport Sedan Concept previews a new energetic design direction that amplifies Nissan’s legendary approach of applying sports car principles to a sedan,” suggests a statement from Nissan accompanying this teaser image.


Nissan Concept Due in Detroit – Will Reveal “Future Design Direction”

Prototype likely hints at next-gen Maxima.

by on Aug.21, 2013

Nissan offers up a hint of where its future products' designs will be evolving.

Nissan has been rolling out an assortment of new products and doesn’t show any signs of easing off on this vehicle blitz anytime soon, not according to senior executives gathered this month to give automotive journalists a heads-up on the company’s plans.

That includes a quick look at one particularly intriguing model that Nissan’s global design and creative director Shiro Nakamura revealed will make its formal debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next January.  Nakamura said the concept vehicle will reveal the “future design direction” for the Nissan brand.

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Though shown only as a rendering, the brief glimpse came as a surprise not only to the journalists assembled in Southern California but apparently to other Nissan staff who had no idea what Nakamura had in store.


Nissan Opens US Leaf Battery Plant

Automaker still betting big on EVs despite poor sales of Leaf.

by on Dec.13, 2012

A worker assembles a Leaf battery pack at Nissan's new facility in Smyrna, TN.

Nissan took a major step toward U.S. production of its Leaf electric vehicle with the beginning of lithium-ion battery production in at its plant in Smyrna, Tenn.

Smyrna is the third location for production of Leaf batteries. The new battery facility is located right alongside a new assembly line that will shortly begin producing the Leaf itself for the U.S. and other markets

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“Opening this U.S. plant is an important milestone in Nissan’s overarching strategy to foster sustainable mobility around the world,” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan president and chief executive officer. “The opening of this facility in Tennessee supports our goal of making zero-emissions mobility a reality through American jobs and American manufacturing.”