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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.”

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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…)

First Look: 2013 Nissan Sentra

Lighter, more lavish, more fuel-efficient.

by on Aug.31, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Sentra is 150 pounds lighter - yet also larger -- than the outgoing model.

Didn’t we already see Nissan’s new midsize sedan? Well, yes – and no.  The Japanese maker continues its unusual strategy of offering two entries into this critical market segment, starting with the all-new Altima it introduced earlier this year.

Now comes Nissan’s second model, the 2013 Sentra.  Technically a compact, according to EPA guidelines, it’s close enough in size to appeal to many midsize buyers on a budget.  Though the traditionally down-market entry, Nissan is making the sort of styling and feature changes that it hopes will convince potential buyers that the new Sentra isn’t just a roomy econobox.

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As with the Altima and the other big entry for 2013, the Pathfinder ute, the redesigned Altima follows Nissan’s so-called “class-above” strategy.  That starts with a more premium design than the outgoing model.  The basic look will be familiar to those who’ve already seen the new Altima, starting with the trapezoid-shaped Nissan grille framed with large headlamps and LED accent lights – normally a luxury car detail. The standard taillights are LED, as well.

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