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Old 21st February 2007, 08:50   #1
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Default Nissan Teana(Maxima in US) coming in March 2007

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Buying a new car? A big one? Can’t decide among the countable options available: Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and the likes! Wait a month, and you will have another one in the line to choose from. Teana, from the Japanese automobile major Nissan, is all set to sink its teeth deeper in to the Indian market. The Carlos Ghosn-led company already has its Nissan X-Trail in the SUV segment. Teana, the company’s first sedan in India, is all set to hit the road in March.
The car will be pitted against Toyota Camry and Honda Accord in the Indian market. ]With a price tag of Rs 21-22 lakh, the gasoline motor car is billed as vehicle that could make Nissan a household name in India, automobile market sources told the Nissan was originally scheduled to launch the sedan in January 2007 under the brand name of Cefiro, as it is known in some of the markets around the world. ]However, later the company felt it was better to roll-out the car under the Teana brandname, the way it is known in Japan. Nissan Teana is a mid-sized front-wheel drive introduced in 2003. It is exported as Nissan Maxima and Nissan Cefiro to certain markets. The car shares platform with the North American Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima. Nissan Teana is powered by a 2.3-litre engine which pumps out 173 horsepower, say market sources. The engine may couple to a 4-speed automatic for the Indian market. ]Externally, Teana looks like a Volkswagen Passat and Audi A6, having the same modern shape and solid feel. A major plus in Teana is its large wheelbase of 2775mm. In China, Teana is manufactured by the Dongfeng Motor Company, under a joint venture operation with Nissan.Nissan had opened its India office in 2005, since then the company has sold over 200 units of X-trail and its variant, the Elegance. The company also launched a limited edition version of the X-Trail called X-Special. After launching Teana in Indian market, Nissan has plans to introduce another SUV called Patrol by June 2007, as per sources. The company plans to be a volume player in India by selling 1,00,000 cars by 2009.

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the Teana, which is equivalent to the Maxima in the US. this car is gangsta in the US market. the 3.5L V6 version of the maxima is a beast. lets just pray that nissan gets the pricing right for this car and it will definitely give the Accord & Camry some sleepless nights. this car is definitely in my book.

the Nissan Patrol which is tentatively slated for being launched in June, is not a good looking car to be honest. it looks just like the Toyota Landcruiser, infact a copy. thats why its not available in the US market. instead Nissan should consider the Pathfinder or the Murano for the indian market. these SUVs are great looking cars and are well appreciated by the SUV loving US market. if the Patrol is launched here, im afraid it wont sell that much and will be discontinued.
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Dont you think they should have introduced the Altima instead. Teana is not really that distinctive looking as Altima is also overpriced for the Indian Market (Well, for any market).
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ACI February has got a detailed cover story on the Nissan Teana.
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Well, firstly...it looks W-E-I-R-D, especially the front end.

Second, for a brand thats relatively unknown in India they ought to be having some USP...something different. Like Skoda and their efficient diesel engines or the Accord as a fully-loaded value-priced all rounder. What really differentiates the Teana from the rest of the D-brigade? Except for the weird front end and limited service support?
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wish Nissan also introduce their Centra here in india. In US, it is more competitive when compared to civic and corolla.
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Met Somebody at Nissan The other day, the car is set to launch On March 15th In New Delhi, then Mumbai. Autocar cover says expected Price around 20lakhs.
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