Nissan Teana

Nissan Teana

The Nissan Teana is a luxury 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 a platform (featured also in the Nissan Altima and Japanese market Presage).It is also exported to Mauritius as the Nissan Cefiro.


J31 (2003—2008)

Nissan Teana J31
2003–2006 Nissan Maxima (J31) sedan (Australia)
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Maxima
Nissan Cefiro
Nissan Altima
Renault Samsung SM5
Renault Samsung SM7
Renault Safrane
Production 2003—2008
Assembly Kyushu, Japan
Republic of China (Taiwan)
Samut Prakan, Thailand[1]
South Korea
Predecessor Nissan Cefiro
Nissan Laurel
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Platform Nissan FF-L platform
Related Renault Samsung SM5
Renault Samsung SM7
Renault Safrane
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Murano
Nissan Quest
Nissan Cefiro

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, 2349 cc or 3498 cc 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 taillights, 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.

2006–2009 Nissan Maxima ST-L (Australia)

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 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 is sold as the second generation (A34R) Renault Samsung SM5 and, from 2008, as the Renault Safrane.

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.

Engines and specifications

The first generation Teana utilized a number of engines, namely the QR20DE, QR25DE, VQ23DE and a slightly detuned version of the VQ35DE.

Trim level Compression ratio 0–100 km/h Engine code Capacity Curb weight Turning radius Max. Power kW (PS/bhp) at rpm Torque
200JK 9.9 11.8 seconds QR20DE 1998 cc 1,430 kg (3,153 lb) 5.3 m (210 in) 107 kW (145 PS; 143 hp) at 6,000 rpm 195 N·m (144 lb·ft) at 4,000 rpm
230JM 9.0:1 TBC QR25DE S4 2488 cc TBC 5.3 m (210 in) 170 bhp (127 kW; 172 PS) at TBC 240 N·m (180 lb·ft) at TBC
230JK 9.8 4.4 seconds[citation needed] RB30DE I6 2987 cc 1,495 kg (3,296 lb) 5.3 m (210 in) 350 kW (476 PS; 469 hp) at 6,000 rpm 425 N·m (313 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
350JM (Ti) 10.3 6.5 seconds[citation needed] VQ35DE V6 3498 cc 1,540 kg (3,395 lb) 5.7 m (220 in) 256 kW (348 PS; 343 hp) at 3,600 rpm 234 N·m (173 lb·ft) at 2,800 rpm

J32 (2009-present)

Nissan Teana J32
Teana J32
Manufacturer Nissan
Also called Nissan Maxima (Australia)
Production 2008—present (J32)
Assembly Kyushu, Japan
Republic of China
Thailand (For ASEAN (except Malaysia and Singapore), Australian and New Zealand markets)
Tehran, Iran (Pars Khodro)
Angola (Late 2007 - present)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Russia (Summer 2009 - present)
Chennai, India(2011 - present)
Xiangfan, China[2]
Predecessor Nissan Teana J31
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Platform Nissan D platform
Related Nissan Teana J31
Nissan Altima (L32)
Nissan Maxima (A35)
Nissan Murano (Z51)
Renault Laguna III
Renault Latitude
Renault Samsung SM5 (L43)

Nissan revealed the new, redesigned Teana at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show.

The new Teana is based on the Nissan D platform also used by the new North American Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima. Engine choices include a 3498 cc V6, a 2495 cc V6 and 1997 cc in-line four, all with a continuously variable transmission. The car's design was based on the Intima concept car shown in October 2007.

Thus far, the car has been launched in Japan, Taiwan, India, Iran, Mauritius, Russia, China, Brunei, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia. In China, Dongfeng also released 1/18 scale models to promote the car.


The first-generation Teana was sold under the name of Nissan Cefiro in Hong Kong, Singapore, Mauritius, Brunei, Latin America & Caribbean while it was sold under the name of Teana in Japan, Thailand, Philippines, India, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia & China. The car is known as the Maxima in Australia & New Zealand, and Altima in North America. The J32 has been sold in Australia as a Maxima since June 2009 with model designations of 250 ST-L, 350 ST-S and 350Ti. The Cefiro name has been discontinued on the second-generation line. Currently, it is unknown if the new Teana will continue to be sold as the Nissan Maxima in the other markets outside of North America, excluding Australia.

Engines and specifications

The second generation Teana utilized different engines, namely the MR20DE (successor of the QR series), VQ25DE and the VQ35DE, which was tweaked to produce 20 more PS.

Trim level Max. Power bhp(kW) at rpm Max. Torque 0–100 km/h Engine code Capacity
200XL 134 bhp (100 kW; 136 PS) at 5200 rpm 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) (19.4 kg-m) at 4400 rpm 11.8 seconds MR20DE L4 1997 cc
250XV 182 bhp (136 kW; 185 PS) at 6000 rpm 232.1 N·m (171.2 lb·ft) (23.7 kg-m) at 4400 rpm 9.6 seconds VQ25DE V6 2495 cc
350XV 251 bhp (187 kW; 254 PS) at 6000 rpm 335 N·m (247 lb·ft) (34.2 kg-m) at 4400 rpm 7.2 seconds VQ35DE V6 3498 cc

See also


  1. ^ "Nissan. Nissan In Thailand". Retrieved 2010-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Nissan. Nissan In China". Retrieved 2010-07-25. 

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