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2009 Nissan Sedans and Coupe Lineup

Nissan continues to be a strong force in the North American sedan segment with four high-quality, locally produced (U.S. and Mexico) models – the flagship Maxima, best-selling Altima, high-value Sentra and high-mpg Versa. Here are highlights of the changes and refinements for the 2009 model year.

2009 Nissan Maxima

The 2009 Nissan Maxima, the seventh generation of Nissan’s flagship sedan, is offered as two well-equipped models, Maxima 3.5 S and Maxima 3.5 SV, and is scheduled to arrive at Nissan dealers nationwide in June 2008.
Designed as a commanding four-door sports car, Maxima is unique in both appearance and driving feel. The breakthrough exterior design of the new Maxima combines an aggressive stance and powerful fender design – not unlike many exotic sports cars on the market today. Maxima’s new stance comes, in part, from a slight reduction in wheelbase and overall length, along with a wider front and rear track.

The new Maxima’s interior imparts the feeling of sports car with controls ergonomically close, yet with ample roominess and comfort for both driver and passengers. The interior includes a special driver’s sport seat, available leather-appointed seating, offset shifter lever that is closer to the driver, “Daylight Illumination” gauges and a wide range of available technology – including a premium audio system, RearView Monitor and Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic® real-time traffic information (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Voice Recognition and 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive.

The 2009 Maxima features a standard award-winning 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve VQ-series V6 engine, enhanced and refined to take driving performance to new levels. The revised engine is now rated at 290 horsepower and 261 lb-ft of torque, increases of 35 horsepower and 9 lb-ft of torque over the 2008 Maxima engine.

All 2009 Maximas come equipped with a revised standard Xtronic CVT™ with manual mode, tuned specifically for Maxima’s sporty driving character, and available paddle shifters. A new “Ds mode” (drive sport) is added to the CVT for 2009.

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2009 Nissan Altima Sedan

Following its total redesign for the 2007 model year, the Nissan Altima Sedan continues to set individual sales records. Designed with the goal of being the best-performing front-wheel drive sedan available globally, the latest generation Altima is built on Nissan’s advanced “D” platform. For 2009, Altima Sedan is again available with a choice of two engines: the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 or the powerful 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder.

Refinements for the new model year include revised standard features for the base grade, revised option package content and three new exterior colors. Here’s some of what’s new:

· New standard features on Altima base model:
– Improved manual transmission operational feel
– New 16-inch wheel cover design
– Black grille highlights
– Dual power remote-controlled sideview mirrors
– Trip computer and outside temperature gauge
– Power door locks with auto speed-sensing door lock system
– Air conditioning with in-cabin microfilter and front side window demisters
– Trunk cancel switch and rear seat lock
– Dual sun visors with driver’s side vanity mirror
– Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers
· Revised 2.5 S equipment (standard Xtronic CVT™, dual zone automatic temperature control)
· Revised 3.5 SE Sport Package content (Vehicle Dynamic Control, HID bi-xenon headlights), standalone Moonroof Package
· New stand-alone 3.5 SL Vehicle Dynamic Control Package
· Three new exterior colors: Sonoma Sunset, Majestic Blue and Sonoran Sand

The 2009 Nissan Altima Sedan is available in four models: 2.5 (6MT), 2.5 S (CVT), 3.5 SE (6MT, CVT), 3.5 SL (CVT). It goes on sale in August 2008.

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2009 Nissan Altima Coupe

Introduced as an all-new design for 2008, the 2009 Altima Coupe receives just minor refinements for the new model year, including:

* 6-speed manual transmission refined for improved operational feel
* New 16-inch wheel cover design
* New standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design for Altima Coupe 3.5 SE model, along with standard 235/45R18 Michelin tires
* New high-gloss grille finish (previously medium gloss)
* New auto speed-sensing door locks

For 2009, Altima Coupe is available with a choice of the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 rated at 270 horsepower or 175-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engines, each offered with either a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Also offered is a long list of user-friendly technology features – including standard Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ with Push Button Ignition, available Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, available advanced touch-screen navigation system with XM NavTraffic® with real-time traffic information (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.

The 2009 Altima Coupe is offered in two models: 2.5 S and 3.5 SE. It goes on sale in August 2008.

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2009 Nissan Altima Hybrid

Introduced in 2007, the 2009 Altima Hybrid mates a refined version of Nissan’s QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with an advanced electric drive motor/generator. Together they give Altima Hybrid a net power rating of 198 horsepower (148 kW). With its standard electronically controlled eCVT, the Altima Hybrid achieves an EPA estimated fuel economy of 35 mpg City and 33 mpg Highway and is rated as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).

For 2009, enhancements to the Altima Hybrid include:

* New auto speed-sensing door locks

· Four new exterior colors: Red Brick, Navy Blue, Sonoran Sand and Mystic Jade

The 2009 Altima Hybrid is offered in one model, with available Technology and Moonroof Packages. It goes on sale in August 2008.

2009 Nissan Sentra and Sentra SE-R

The sixth generation Sentra, which debuted in 2007, offers style, space, quality, performance and interior flexibility for active lifestyles. For 2009, Sentra is again available with standard 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, standard 6-speed manual transmission or available fuel-efficient Nissan Xtronic CVTä (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Sentra is also available in Sentra SE-R and Sentra SE-R Spec V models – both featuring sporty styling, enhanced performance and additional standard equipment versus non-SE-R models. Sentra SE-R features Nissan’s refined QR25DE 4-cylinder engine rated at 177 horsepower and 172 lb-ft of torque (on regular unleaded fuel), matched with an Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with paddle shifters for smooth, sporty performance. The 6-speed manual-equipped Sentra SE-R Spec V features a high-output version of the QR25DE engine, with top end engine modifications that help it achieve 200 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Contributing to the Spec V’s outstanding performance is unique suspension tuning, larger diameter brakes and an optional Helical Limited Slip Differential.

For 2009, Sentra offers minor revisions, including:
· Revised trunk lid design
· New velour charcoal and beige seat cloth and door trims (2.0 and 2.0 S models)
· Revised driver-side and passenger-side seatbacks (2.0 SL)
· Additional (two total) 12-volt power points (2.0 S, 2.0 SL, SE-R. SE-R Spec V)
· MP3 playback capability (2.0 S, 2.0 SL, SE-R, SE-R Spec V)

* New auto speed-sensing door locks

· New 2.0 SL Premium Package with moonroof and heated driver and front passenger’s seats
· New SE-R Upgrade Package (moonroof, Nissan Intelligent KeyÔ)
· New SE-R/SE-R Spec V Premium Audio Package
· Five new exterior colors: Red Brick, Metallic Blue, Sonoran Sand, Midnight Sky and Artic Blue

The 2009 Nissan Sentra is available in five models: 2.0 (CVT), 2.0 S (6MT, CVT), 2.0 SL (CVT), SE-R (CVT) and SE-R Spec V (6MT). It goes on sale in October 2008.

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2009 Nissan Versa Hatchback and Sedan

Introduced in the 2007 model year, Versa remains one of Nissan’s hottest-selling models. Versa comes with a standard 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine and a choice of three transmissions, including Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVTä (Continuously Variable Transmission). The 2009 Nissan Versa goes on sale in June 2008. There are no significant changes from the 2008 model.

A series of revisions will be introduced later in the 2009 model year, including:
· Power automatic door locks (standard on 1.8 SL, optional on 1.8 S)
· Four new exterior paint colors: Red Brick, Metallic Blue, Sonoran Sand, Artic Blue (Hatchback models only)

The 2009 Nissan Versa is available in four models: 1.8 S Hatchback (6MT, 4AT), 1.8 SL Hatchback (CVT), 1.8 S Sedan (6MT, 4AT) and 1.8 SL Sedan (4AT).

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