• Jan 11, 2008
We've been wondering where Nissan was going to fit in on the docket of next week's Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS), but InsideLine confirmed our suspicions – they won't be having a press conference at all. Instead, the Forum concept will be set on stage and Nissan will turn its attention to the New York Auto Show in March. There, Nissan plans to take the wraps of the redesigned Maxima that's destined to go on sale later this year.

Darryl Harrison, Nissan's North American spokesperson, told InsideLine that the Maxima will be "all new" but he didn't go into details about what changes would be made. He also said that a "couple of other things" would be on display in the Big Apple and that Nissan's presence at the Chicago Auto Show would be minimal.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Worst case scenario: looks like a overgrown Sentra and drives like it too. Hopefully it takes its cues from the Altima.

      The Maxima is stuck in a tough position between the Altima the G35.

      Although I love the 4DSC model of the early 90s--a classic, I think the Maxima needs to move in the Avalon & Azera direction. Nissan doesn't really offer a Buick-y large sedan and that'd fill a niche.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When I was in middle school I remember seeing a '94 Maxima and wishing my parents got that instead of their bloated Caprice. Now look what happened, bloated. The Altima is more Maxima than the Maxima.

      Granted, the '07 Maxima SE (I couldn't get over the grill of the '05-06) is a nice full size car with a halfway decent price and is a lot more fun to drive than the Avalon. But the only place I can see Nissan taking this car while staying true to its 4-door sports car roots is to go RWD and tell Infiniti dealers to get bent.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They have been selling a "4 Door Skyline" here since 2003.

        It is called the Infiniti G35.

        You can go to the dealer and buy one right now.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i'm still pushing a 1992 Maxima. i told myself i was going to drive it into the ground. damn thing won't die. great car, has its pit-falls but they are all minor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I myself drive a 1991 Maxima and it's extremely reliable. I am pretty sure it will last until the Camaro comes out. i drive it like hell and it takes it all without a complaint.

        It's too bad the new maxima is stuck in nowhereville.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I used to think that going rear-drive would eat Infiniti's lunch, but with the G35 moving up in price, it might work to offer a smaller Maxima (about the size of the Altima, maybe a bit shorter) with less content to capture the under-G market. It'd differentiate the Max from the Avalon, TL, Azera and GM W-Bodies; it'd also give Hyundai's Genesis a run for it's money.

        The problem is that the Maxima has a lot of people who buy it now as a budget execu-sled akin to the Acura TL. These people aren't going to buy a G, and they're not going to step down to a smaller Maxima, or an Altima. Nissan has a tricky line to walk here.

        (of course, what I want is a four-door Skyline... )
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Nissan is definately the most exciting of the "Other Big Three". Remember that they are going to start making their cars a lot lighter so look for the next next-gen to be more along the lines of the 90's models and not as bloated.

      *sigh*

      What the heck is with Nissan? One of their greatest cars (Z) is being ignored like an awful red-headed step-child kept locked in the basement. Either that or Nissan's reputation of being tight lipped has gone to extremes. We've seen a far from done test mule and those awful renderings circulated years ago. Throw us a bone!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Leaf,
        If you are referring to the move to the VHR over the DE, they kind of painted themselves into a corner. Due to the new power standards, they would have to report a lower power for 07 then 06. Also, the FM platform was moving over to the VHR blocks and producing the two shortblocks together is far more efficient. Also, as you indicate, there is a marketing push to freshen it up, but that isn't working with large, double-digit declines in sales percentages.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Z was just given a mid-cycle refresh last year. I'm sure they aren't pulling a Honda and letting it rot away.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The new Altima is huge! How much bigger will the Maxmia become!?!?
      • 7 Years Ago
      has there been any spy shots of this?
      • 7 Years Ago
      No AWD No Care!
      • 7 Years Ago
      there are only 2 product families i care about from nissan: the skyline and renaults. unless nissan announces a new coupe that looks identical to the R34 skyline GT-R, but performs like the new 2009 GT-R, and at the same time starts selling the clio in the US to compete with the mini, nissan's presence at the auto show doesn't matter much to me.

      on the other hand, although i'm not much of a maxima person, i hope for the sake of maxima people that the redesign makes a good performance sedan.....my car is fun as heck with front wheel drive but the maxima's also a lot bigger than my car, and would need RWD to be sporty, so i hope you guys at least get that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Worst case scenario: looks like a overgrown Sentra and drives like it too. Hopefully it takes its cues from the Altima.

      The Maxima is stuck in a tough position between the Altima the G35.

      Although I love the 4DSC model of the early 90s--a classic, I think the Maxima needs to move in the Avalon & Azera direction. Nissan doesn't really offer a Buick-y large sedan and that'd fill a niche.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I will be interested to see if they mention a diesel option for the new one:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/04/18/nissan-will-sell-diesel-maxima-in-u-s-by-2010/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok, now Nissan needs to let us know about when and where the next Z debuts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this "all new" in the sense that the Murano is "all new"? Or is this really a clean sheet?

      Also..... ABOUT DARN TIME!!!! This thing was on pace with the Focus...
        • 7 Years Ago
        The new Murano is on a completely different platform that the 1st generation - I don't know how you get more "all new" that that unless you mean its design is somewhat derived from the current car.

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