Nissan Teana is First Produced

The Nissan Teana is a Mid-size car produced by Nissan of Japan, introduced in 2003.

It is exported as the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Cefiro to certain markets, not to be confused with the Nissan Maxima sold in North America (with which it shares its platform). It shares a platform with the North American Maxima and Nissan Altima, as well as the Japanese market Presage.

The Teana was first introduced in late 2003 to the Japanese Domestic Market. It was introduced a month later to other Asian markets like Singapore. In 2004, the car arrived on European shores. Powering the Teana was either a 1998cc, 2349cc or 3498cc engine which matched to the automatic transmission. Trim levels were 200JK, 230JK, 230JM and 350JM. The car was based on the Nissan FF-L platform. In mid-2005, the Teana received new headlights and tailights, chrome trimming on the bumpers, enlarged foglights, front legrests and newly-designed gauges. The car was also shortened slightly, and the clear rear turn signals were replaced by amber ones. XTronic CVT was also mated to all the engines.

In the People's Republic of China, the Teana was manufactured by the Dongfeng Motor Company, a joint venture with Nissan. In the neighbouring country of Pakistan, the Teana was known as the Cefiro and was assembled in Karachi. In Taiwan it is manufactured by Yulon Motor. Additionally, it is sold in India, Russia, Ukraine as well as in New Zealand and Australia where it competes with the locally produced Mitsubishi 380 and Toyota Aurion under the Maxima badge. The first generation Teana was also assembled in Thailand for sale in the ASEAN market, competing with similar D-segment cars such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry.

The Renault Samsung Motors SM7 of South Korea is built on the Teana platform. In January 2005, Renault Samsung announced a lower-specification version of the Teana which it will sell as the New SM5.

In some countries, the 200JK was not sold. Instead, the 230JK, basically a 230JM without the VQ23DE engine was sold. In Australia, the car was sold in ST-L, Ti and Ti-L guises, but the Ti-L model was dropped after the facelift in 2005.

Dongfeng released 1/43 and 1/18 scale models on the market to promote the car during its launch in China .

In 2008, Nissan discontinued production of the J31.

The Nissan Teana is a front wheel drive, mid-size car, introduced by Nissan in 2003. The Teana shares a platform with the North American Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima. The Teana is a large sedan - essentially a competitor for the Toyota Avalon.

The car has some quirky styling, which combines the side-window design from the Infiniti M35/M45 with a Maxima-like front fascia. The rear end mimics the new 5- and 7-Series BMW's. Powering the Teana is either 2.3 or 3.5 liter engine, which matches to the automatic transmission. Trim levels available are 230JK, 230JM, 230JS, and 350JS. The engine is a V6, DOHC, front engine FWD. It has 24 valves, with 4 valves per cylinder. The car gives a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. The engine is rated at 265hp @ 6000 rpm, with a torque of 255 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm.

The Teana is only available in right-hand drive for the Japanese market, and its interior is an old-fashioned design that has some older Buick overtones. For the U.S. markets, the prototype Teana has been changed to Left Hand Drive. Also, its dashboard has been redesigned to resemble the current models in Nissan's U.S. lineup. Nissan did some extensive repackaging of the interior to left-hand drive, in order to sell the car in the U.S. Since Toyota adopted a similar strategy with its Avalon, Nissan is attempting a similar attack - adapting the up-market Infiniti platform to get a share of the large, luxury-cruiser market.

The luxury sedan for the refined adult who took Japanese feeling of luxury was put on the market to the concept as for TEANA in February, 2003. It characterizes in the interior to make modern living think in the car that proposes to choose the car in the interior. The person who adopted the seat such as a wood panels that caused settling down and freshness and luxurious sofas and got on was wrapped a comfortable tension and at ease, and new feeling of luxury was expressed. In a central console that connects the front to rear by a calm arch, the shift lever is built directly on grain, and settling down is made to be felt. Comfortable equipment such as full auto air conditioners with the except bacterium function and passenger's seat power ottoman mechanism to which person in passenger's seat can stretch his/her legs and it sit easily was adopted. The front view of externals that adopts a large grill is impressive. It was assumed the stylish one together with a rear view with the prestige feeling.

As for the engine, 2.3L and 3.5L engines are V6 DOHC newly developed for FF. and 2.5L 4 cylinders DOHC that become it only for 4WD are prepared.

Basic safety equipment such as SRS air bags and ABS is standards in all cars. The bumper in about December, 2005 and the design of the turn of the light were changed, an auto driver's seat driving position seat and active AFS were adopted besides arranging one's verbs and objects to the interior, and the enhancement of equipment was aimed at. The improvement corresponding to the security standard related to the lamplight has been being added since January, 2006 at the same time.