Nissan Lafesta is First Produced

The Nissan Lafesta is a seven-seater minivan built by Nissan Motors for the Asian market.

The name was derived from the Italian word festa, meaning holiday, festival or party, and according to the manufacturer "expresses a desire to spend an enjoyable time in the car together with family members or friends." It was first released on December 2, 2004 priced between ¥1,785,000 and ¥2,310,000 in Japan, with a sales target of 5,000/month. The Lafesta shares a platform with the Renault Scénic and Renault Megane.

The Lafesta is the successor to the Nissan Prairie / Nissan Liberty and currently competes with the Toyota Isis, Honda Stream, Toyota WISH, Subaru Exiga, and the Mazda Premacy. The Lafesta also takes the Nissan Avenir's former role as the estate version of the Nissan Bluebird.

The vehicle offers sliding doors on both sides (one of which is power-assisted), Nissan's Intelligent key system, GPS navigation system, reverse camera and a panoramic roof. The only engine option available is a 2.0 L MR20DE straight-4. Both front- and four-wheel drive transmissions are available; the former uses a torsion beam suspension at the rear while the latter has a trailing arm multi-link arrangement.

The Lafesta it built at the same factory that produces the larger Nissan Presage.

The 2007 Lafesta received a minor facelift from the 2004 model.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the nationwide sales release of the new Lafesta minivan in Japan. Lafesta, originally introduced in 2004, receives a number of significant refinements, including new grille, bumper and light designs; revised seat shape, seat fabric and gauge designs; and availability of an advanced HDD-based CARWINGS navigation system.

The Lafesta model lineup has also been revised. The Highway Star model again provides customers with a more sporty derivative, while the Playful model has been discontinued.

Easy to drive

The new Lafesta continues to offer an easy-to-drive combination of agile maneuverability and superior outward visibility, as well as excellent acceleration, quietness and fuel economy.

For those spending time in the city, Lafesta offers a class-leading 5.1-meter minimum turning radius and large windows that provide outstanding visibility to all corners of the vehicle.

Also contributing to Lafesta`s reputation as one of the best-driving minivans on the market is its standard MR20DE 2.0-liter engine. Mated to the XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), Lafesta delivers class-leading*1 fuel economy, quick throttle response, smooth acceleration and quiet overall operation.

5 number minivan of Nissan and the succeeding vehicle of LIBERTY are LAFESTA. The greatest feature that is, based on the view of the brightness which can experience an open feeling, and pleasure. The panoramic roof with UV cut function which has the largest opening (1500mmx800mm) of the domestic car is equipped with all grade. Furthermore, By making the window of the circumference large, many bright light can be taken in the car, and a view is also good.

The body has adopted the both-sides slide door convenient for getting on and off or shipping and discharging of a load. Interior design has been arranged focusing on a pleasant round cluster that it is easy to use, and was taken as the bright comfortable space which the outer skin of the fabric style wraps in. It boasts the various seat arrangement that is, baby-friendly mode which communication with the child of a second seat makes easy, and the full-luggage mode which lays down the 26 inches bicycle and stacked one set perpendicularly.

Engine is newly developed straight4 of 2L. DOHC which has Electoronic CVT (20M with 6speed manual mode) of a gearless drive mechanism. All cars acquire authorization of a "Heisei 17 year standard discharge gas 50% reduction level".