• Nov 7, 2006
The folks over at Winding Road who live and work in the land of test mules have caught another one with their camera-equipped Treo. This time it's a Nissan Teana, a large sedan sold by the Japanese automaker in its home market and abroad, but not in the U.S. So what's it doing in a Barnes & Noble parking lot in Brighton, MI? Your guess is as good as ours, but this isn't the first time a right-hand drive Teana has been seen in the U.S.
Many have posited that Nissan is preparing an answer to the Toyota Avalon, though most auto pundits agree that Nissan already has several smart responses for the Avalon in the Altima, Maxima and their rear-wheel drive sibling, the Infiniti G35. The Maxima is already the odd one out in Nissan's lineup, so adding the Teana would only serve to give Nissan's customers a third choice in the front-wheel drive, mid-size segment and further fragment the brand's four-door sedan sales. In our estimation the Maxima needs to go, which would instantly make more cap space for something the likes of the Teana in Nissan's lineup. There is certainly a market for large front-wheel drive sedans above a brand's mid-size offering, as not only the Avalon, but also the Ford Five-Hundred and Chevy Impala have proven. The Maxima, however, is too close to the Altima to fill that role for Nissan. The Teana, however, is demonstrably larger than the Altima, and with Buick-like suspension tuning and a powerful VQ V6 underhood could hopefully attract a different audience.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Not a very good looking car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Maxima has always been a bit of an "odd car out" in Nissan U.S.A.'s lineup. The original mid-late '70s 810...the RWD forerunner to the Maxima, was pretty much just a Nissan 610 with a longer nose for it's longer engine. It's competition from Toyota was the original Cressida...not a smaller Toyota made larger from the firewall forward, but a completely original car. When Nissan "ditched" the 610, the Maxima went slightly upmarket while the "new" (to the U.S.) 710 took a segment at or below the outgoing 610.

      All right, long story short, Nissan's Maxima only had a Toyota competitor in the early years it was on sale here...the Avalon isn't really a Cressida replacement (the Crown/Cressida) is still built and sold in Asia and once the Cressida dropped out of the market here the Maxima continued as a top line model that, notewithstanding it's shared mechanicals with the current Altima, has no direct Toyota competition. (Sorry about the run on sentence.) From what I see, the Teana is a good, solid Avalon competitor...not really a GREAT car, not a REALLY BAD one either. It might almost fit better into Nissan's current lineup...with a bit of sprucing up. If nothing else, I'd like to see Nissan come out with a top of the line sedan that doesn't look like it's just a very large version of something they already sell. Look at the Versa, Sentra, Altima and Maxima...all have the same roof line and nearly the same front end look. Big differences are the tail lights and the interior treatments. Oh, yeah, Maxima has those strange moon roofs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to Nissan's designing cues? The Teana looks like a scaled down version of the Infiniti Q45, which is perhaps the most bland/boring design for a luxury car I've ever seen. As for the current Maxima and Altima, there is almost no visual or performance difference. Every Nissan looks like a duplicate of the other (reminds me of the box shaped GM cars during the late 1980's). I think Nissan designers have lost touch with what the U.S. market finds visually interesting. Currently, GM and Mazda are supplying front wheel sedans that offer good performance with decent exterior styling. That is what the previous Nissan cars were (a lot of engine bang for the buck with sports sedan styling). I currently own a Nissan Maxima (03) and I will not buy new Maxima, which seems to be bloated version of the Altima. The exteriors leave nothing to desire. Nissan designers should go back to the drafting board and conduct more research. First step should be attending the U.S. SEMA auto show for future design ideals.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nissan would be far better served to bring the X-Trail, Cube and even the Micra here instead of yet another sedan. They also make a cool 9-passenger van that should be considered as well. This is bland and unneeded - the author is right - even the Maxima is getting squeezed between the upscale Altima and the G35 already.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what is that squarish bump on the hood in the front page pic?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Its there version of the infiniti M. I worked on a commercial for this car over two years ago. We had two in LA for the shoot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Since '04 I've read gossip and rumors on Nissan forums that the Teana was supposed to be the replacement for the Infiniti I35. There certainly is a spot in Infiniti's product line for the Teana/I35. Infiniti could really use a Lexus ES fighter.

      Now that Toyota has pushed the Avalon upscale in recent years, I'm sure the Teana would compete with that car too. VW Passat V6, Buick Lacrosse, Lincoln MKWhatever are a few more logical competitors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      YES I AM WRONG IT WAS THE FUGA.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's just a mule.
      This car has been on the market at the same time as the outgoing Altima and Maxima. It is last gen.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Totally an infiniti competitor to the ES350
      • 7 Years Ago
      Teana looks ancient and is too expensive in it's category in India. I would rather buy a Toyota Camry or a C-Class Merc.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I've seen this car driving around San Francisco several times too, a few months ago.
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