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SYDNEY, Australia (May 27, 2015) – Nissan NISMO athlete and Altima V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly recently spent some time with a vintage Nissan Skyline GT-R at Sydney Motorsport Park in Australia. In this four-part video series, former Bathurst ...
The first-generation Nissan Maxima featured the engine of a 240Z, standard 5-speed transmission and rear-wheel drive. It also included a feature that would notify you by talking if you left your lights on.
The second-generation Maxima was assigned "compact" status in the U.S. market and adopted a transverse-mounted V6 with front-wheel drive. This generation was also the last to be available as a station wagon.
The third-generation Maxima was assigned "mid-size" status in the U.S. market due to its larger dimensions and was branded the "4-Door Sports Car" ("4DSC").
The fourth-generation Maxima saw a new engine, rear suspension and interior upgrades. In 1995, it was chosen as Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year and was included on Car and Driver’s 10Best list.
The fifth-generation Maxima was designed at Nissan Design America and received the legendary VQ35 V6 engine in 2002, which also went into the 350Z when it debuted a year later.
Nissan moved production for the sixth-generation Maxima from Japan to Smyrna, Tennessee. This generation was also placed on a stretched Altima platform and repositioned as a more premium sedan.
The seventh-generation Maxima provided unique and aggressive styling with the sophistication of a luxury sedan—and performance that paralleled a sports car.