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Review: 2010 Nissan Maxima SV Sport is a lot of car for a lot of coin

Front-wheel drive is a funny thing. When originally introduced during the Thirties in the Cord 810 (then later in the awesome supercharged 812) and the Citroën Traction Avant, FWD was hailed as a major breakthrough, a wondrous technological innovation that allowed for lower ride height and greatly increased passenger space. Postwar consumers got a taste of the wonders of FWD with the iconic Citroën DS. At the top of its game in the Sixties, General Motors reintroduced FWD to American consumers with two remarkable luxury coupes: the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado and the 1967 Cadillac... Read More

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    Review: 2009 Nissan Maxima, return of the four-door sports car?
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    Once upon a time, labeling anything other than a two-door, two-seater a "sports car" would have been anathema to enthusiasts. And calling a mid-size sedan by the same name would have been utterly absurd. But when Nissan originally slapped the 4DSC ("four-door sports car") label on the Maxima 20 years ago, the automotive landscape was a very different ...

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    Nissan reconsidering Maxima diesel, U.S. production seems unlikely
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    Surprise, surprise. As much as many Americans clamor for oil-burning engines for their future automobile purchasers, the fact of the matter remains that diesel engines do not translate into sales in the United States. The latest example of a mainstream diesel-powered machine being killed before it even gets off the ground may very well be the Nissan ...

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    Gulf Partner: Renault's Persian-market, Maxima-based Safrane
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    Click above to view the Renault Safrane in high resolution The Persian Gulf is fast becoming a demanding market for luxury automobiles. So demanding, in fact, that some automakers have begun creating special models just for consumption there. Just days ago we brought you news that Rolls-Royce, having already shipped a golden Drophead Coupe for one special ...

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    2009 Nissan Maxima starting at $29,290
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 Nissan Maxima.You can now walk down to your local Nissan retailer and plop your backside in the 2009 Maxima that breathes new life into the old Four Door Sports Car legend of the second-generation Maxima. Like the revised Murano, the tweaked Maxima offers more than just new lights. Standard equipment is ...

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    First Drive: 2009 Nissan Maxima
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    The latest Nissan out of the gate - the sixth model to wear the "Maxima" designation - gets a significant redesign for 2009. Launched in 1985, the first Maxima was a praised departure from its predecessor, the rear-wheel-drive Datsun 810. Reconfigured as front-wheel-drive, the newly-named sedan foreshadowed the arrival of Nissan's "4-Door Sports Car" or ...

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    Correction: Diesel Maxima coming with automatic and maybe a stick
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    Click above to view high-res gallery of the 2009 Nissan MaximaYou know how it goes with the rumormill. Sometimes it tends to be spot-on in its predictions; sometimes... not so much. Such is the case with recent reports that the upcoming clean diesel engine in the Nissan Maxima would be equipped with a manual transmission only. As we reported at the time, a ...

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    U.S. will probably only get auto-trans Nissan Maxima diesel
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    The half dozen or so Americans who actually got really excited the other day about the prospect of Nissan selling its new Maxima diesel only with a manual transmission can go back to their routines. The rest of you who abhor the thought of manipulating a third pedal can now go back and re-consider the new compression ignition option. One of the crew from ...

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    Diesel Nissan Maxima may be stick-shift only
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    Click the new Maxima for a high-res gallery of 60+ photosAccording to Yo Usaba, senior veep of powertrains for Nissan, the upcoming clean diesel engine for the next Nissan Maxima may be paired only with a manual transmission. Although the stick would likely be the most efficient transmission choice, it doesn't seem all that appropriate for the American ...

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    Nissan shuffles trim level designators
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    Along with the 2009 Nissan Maxima's new styling comes new trim level designations. Apparently Nissan's classical conventions have been muddled over the years, so buyers get confused about what the GLE or SL stuck onto the trunklid means. Does it have a CVT? Leather? At least the V6 is easily discerned by the 3.5 badging. The new flavor of alphabet soup goes ...

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    Renault launches new Laguna coupe with 3.0L diesel
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    click the Laguna coupe for a high-res galleryAmongst the sun and stars of the Cannes Film Festival this weekend, Renault has unveiled the new Laguna Coupe with a pair of V6 engines. Each of the 6 cylinder powerplants uses a different fuel. One runs on gasoline, the other diesel. While Renault-badged cars haven't been available in North America for more then ...

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    Hiroshi Tamura gives us closer look at 2009 Nissan Maxima
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    When Nissan chose to begin development on the next Maxima, it originally set out to go the safe route of catering towards mass appeal, an effective plan frequently proven successful by Toyota. However, when Nissan brought on former R34 Skyline GT-R product planner, Hiroshi Tamura, to the Maxima team, he gave the company an ultimatum. He believed the ...

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    New York 2008: Nissan unveils 2009 Maxima with "liquid motion" sheetmetal
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    Click above for more high-res pics of the 2009 Nissan MaximaEver since Nissan took the Altima upmarket in both size and prize, the Maxima has suffered from an identity crisis. In the Nissan/Infiniti lineup, this premium front-wheel-drive sports sedan suffered a middle-child syndrome while slotted between the less-expensive yet still capable Altima and the ...

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    New York 2008: 2009 Nissan Maxima, coming next year with a new diesel
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    Click the new Maxima for a high-res gallery of 60+ photosAlmost a year ago, Nissan announced that they would introduce their first U.S.-market diesel engines in 2010 in the Nissan Maxima. While we still have a while to wait for the new fifty-state legal diesel V-6 to turn up, the car that will carry it is debuting this week in New York. The 2009 Maxima is ...

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    New York '08 Preview: 2009 Nissan Maxima leaked on forum
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    Click above to view high-res gallery of the 2009 Nissan Maxima var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/autos/LEAK_2009_Nissan_Maxima_back_to_sports_car_form'; Forums are fast becoming the bane of automakers that've spent a lot of time, energy and money coordinating a new car's debut. Nissan was hoping to debut the all-new 2009 Maxima tomorrow during the New York ...

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    New York '08 Preview: Nissan releases 2009 Maxima teaser shots
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    Nissan will unveil the completely redesigned 2009 Maxima next week at the 2008 New York Auto Show, but wants to whet our appetites with some teaser shots before the big reveal. Unlike most teaser shots, we can actually glean a few details from these. The shot of the headlight, for instance, shows a new shape for the Maxima's "eyes". It appears the ...

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    Spy Shots: 2009 Nissan Maxima in the snow
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    The official unveiling of the 2009 Nissan Maxima will occur at next month's New York Auto Show. Despite Nissan's efforts to hide the car away until then, it just couldn't keep its new 4-Door out of sight. If you hadn't guessed already, a thoroughly covered Maxima was recently caught by spy photographers while out for a romp in the snow. The recent spell of ...

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    Redesigned Nissan Maxima coming to New York Auto Show
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    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 ...

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    Nissan prices 2008 Maxima from $28,130
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    2007 model shownThe Nissan Maxima is back for 2008, and prices for the premium midsize sedan have jumped ever so slightly to $28,130 for the SE and $30,380 for up-model SL. Nissan for some reason felt the need to bump the price by $80 for both models. New for 2008 is a Platinum Edition Package that includes bi-xenon headlights, hands-free Bluetooth, and ...

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    Nissan Maxima to go back to its four-door sports car roots
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    Like Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront, the Nissan Maxima was once a scrappy fighter that "coulda been a contenda." In the 80s it was the car that talked to you -- the one Eddie Murphy made fun of, wishing that instead of saying things like "Your door is ajar," it would say something useful like "Hey man, someone stole your battery." Then it really found ...

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    Nissan bringing fifty state clean diesel to the US market in 2010
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    Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the 2010 Nissan Maxima would be getting a diesel engine option. This will be Nissan's first US market clean diesel and should come about a year behind Honda's entry. The engine will meet Tier 2 Bin 5 requirements and be fifty-state legal. So far there is no ...

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