Nissan Fuga is First Produced
The Fuga (Japanese: 日産・フーガ) is a full-size luxury car from Nissan of Japan, introduced in October 2004.
First shown as the Fuga Concept at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, it is a direct replacement for the long running Cedric and Gloria series of cars. The Fuga is a rear wheel drive sedan riding on an improved version of the Nissan FM platform, used by the Nissan Skyline.
The Fuga is a direct competitor to the Toyota Crown, Honda Legend, and European executive class sedans.
The name of the vehicle was inspired by the Fugue, a musical form.
When the Nissan Gloria was first introduced in 1959, it was based on a stretched version of the original Nissan Skyline, which was first introduced in 1957. Nissan used this approach again for the Fuga, using the Skyline platform again.
Nissan wanted to create a fresh approach started by the Cedric/Gloria and focus its efforts to compete with European executive mid-sized sports sedans, such as the BMW 5 series, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Jaguar S-Type.
The Fuga began with either "XV" or "GT" trim packages, equivalent to the previous "Brougham" and "Gran Turismo" versions of the Cedric and Gloria.
The Fuga's primary competitor from Toyota is the Toyota Crown Athlete Series, But also competes with the Lexus GS. The Fuga is one level below the Nissan Cima, which is a little larger.
The Fuga is used as an uplevel taxi in Japan.
Aluminum is used in the body, hood, trunklid and is also used in the doors internally to reduce weight. The front suspension uses a double wishbone setup, also to reduce unsprung weight, and to improve vehicle handling. This type of suspension was previously used on the Cedric/Gloria until 1983, when that platform began to use MacPherson struts for the front suspension, but still uses the multilink rear suspension which was introduced on the Cedric/Gloria in 1979. The Fuga uses aluminum alloy extensively in both the front and rear suspension components.
The GT sports package includes Nissan's 4WS version of HICAS to improve stability and handling.
A driver aid system used in Japan, called Distance Control Assistance, pushes the gas pedal against the foot when the DVD navigation with GPS determines that an unsafe speed is being maintained. If the cruise control is being used, the Distance Control Assistance will reduce speed automatically, and will warn the driver that an adjustment is being made with an audible bell sound.
FUGA was developed as a succession model of Cedric/Gloria which was the luxury car of Nissan. The crown naming it says that it is an origin that grace that is the maximum feature of this car harmonizes with dynamic form "Fugue" of music that piles two or more melodies. It has the peculiar world that a preeminent, driving feeling and a colorful interior cause exceeding the frame of a traditional current luxury car. A high-level, sporty sedan that stimulates the mind of the person is a theme of development. A steering wheel response excellent by the addition of a further improvement to the platform in FM package adopted by SKYLINE and FAIRLADY Z, and improving the rigidity and high control stabilities were achieved. In the key word, a sporty design is adopted by the quality after grace is harmonized with powerful, the interior expresses three (Invigoration, roomy, and the luxury) in externals, and fine quality like the mild flow system devised to set the special balloon entrance on the dashboard, and so as not to apply the wind directly to the body is expressed. The spaciousness of composure by 1880mm of a top-level sedan in effective room length is a boast.
Engines are 2.5L and 3.0L of V6. The combination with 5 electronically controlled AT with the manual mode becomes basic. V8 4.5L engine is installed in 450GT system added in August, 2005.
The new Nissan Fuga Concept is a combination between a sporty exterior and a roomy interior. The space from interior surpasses all other sedans in this class. Fuga has s tall overall height that provides ample headroom, and legroom is expanded for rear-seat occupants.The interior's overall tone is unified in Japanese imagery and a modern design.
The FR-L Platform (FM Package), which is also used on the new Skyline, delivers superb driving performance.
Human-machine interfaces (HMI) that are simpler and easier to understand and operate are located in the middle of the centre console. Control switches mounted on the steering wheel reduce the driver�s workload substantially while providing multifunctionality.