Nissan Cefiro – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Nissan Cefiro

The Nissan Cefiro is a mid-size car that was produced by the Japanese automobile manufacture Nissan Motors. Introduced to Japan in 1988 as the A31 series four-door sedan. and exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealerships called Nissan Satio Store . the Cefiro initially shared its basic rear-wheel drive chassis with the Nissan Laurel (C33), Nissan Leopard (F31), and the Nissan Skyline (R32).

After production of the A31 stopped, the Cefiro dropped its sporting pretensions and essentially saw the standalone Cefiro model deleted from the lineup. This came with the introduction of the A32 and A33 Maxima, which took on the Cefiro nameplace in the Japanese domestic market although it bare no mechanical relation to the A31. The A32 and A33 closely follow the lineage of the J30 Maxima which was produced at the same time as the A31 Cefiro.

The second generation (A32) and third (A33) generation Cefiro saw the switching to the front-wheel drive layout with a V6 engine. In Europe, New Zealand and Australia, the A32 and A33 series models were sold new as the Nissan Maxima . It is also badge engineered as the Renault Samsung SM5 .

In North America, the Middle East, and Africa, Nissan retailed the A32 and A33 series Cefiro sedans through the Infiniti brand as the Infiniti I30 and later as the Infiniti I35 . While the styling of the Infiniti versions was essentially identical to the Cefiro sold in other markets, the same car with revised front- and rear-styling was also sold in North America as the Nissan Maxima as cheaper, lower-specification model.

A31 (1988–1993) [ edit ]

Nissan Cefiro A31, Malaysia

Nissan released the A31 series Cefiro sedan to Japan in September 1988. It shared its transmission, engine and rear suspension setup with the R32 Skyline. F31 Leopard. and C33 Laurel with the exception of the diesel engine which was available only in the Laurel. The chassis platform and front suspension (strut type) was shared with the Laurel with the one exception of the 4wd Cefiro, which used the Skyline GTS4 front suspension (multiple link type) and front drive train.

The chassis was shared with the Laurel only, as it had a slightly longer wheelbase than the skyline chassis. It was also one of the first Japanese production vehicles to be equipped with a 5 speed automatic transmission, which was available in the 2.5L non turbo.

The Cefiro was introduced as a result of cross-town rival Toyota expanding its Mark II platform with the Toyota Cresta and Toyota Chaser triplets, with Nissan offering the Cefiro as a comparable fourth alternative to the Skyline and Laurel models, selling each vehicle at a separate Nissan dealership ( Nissan Prince for the Skyline, Nissan Motor for the Laurel, Nissan Bluebird for the Leopard, and Nissan Satio for the Cefiro). The model code A31 was chosen as the number combination A30 was previously used by the 1967-1971 Nissan Gloria soon after Nissan had merged with the Prince Motor Company .

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Brand new, the Cefiro was slightly more expensive than the equivalent Nissan Skyline and had many modern features available for the first time. They included projector beam headlights, automatic tinting rear vision cabin mirror, electric seats, automatic headlights, steering wheel mounted radio controls, HICAS four-wheel steering, electronically adjustable (damper) suspension and Nissans proprietary 4wd system, ATTESA E-TS.

Nissan took the unusual step of making a left-hand drive version of the Cefiro A31, sold in Latin America, Turkey and other Eurasian countries as a Nissan Laurel Altima – in most export markets this slot was filled by the Nissan Maxima. Unlike the Japanese versions, export models are fitted with a carburetted single cam CA20S inline-four producing 102#160;hp (76#160;kW) and RB24 engine which was a single-cam 2.4-liter RB inline-six producing 141#160;hp (105#160;kW). Left hand drive Laurel Altimas was the flagship vehicle of Nissan’s Turkish lineup for early 1990’s.

From 1990, the A31 was facelifted and given a softer look with revised tail lights, center console, grill and cabin fabrics. Also available from 1990 was the line up of SE models, these featured yet another revised tail light, silver grill, revised bumpers, center console and updated interior. The exterior dimensions and engine displacement were in compliance with Japanese Government regulations for vehicles classed as compact helping to ensure strong demand in Japan.

A32 (1994–1998) [ edit ]

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