The first-generation Laurel, the C30, was launched as Japan's first 1,800cc car in April 1968. The Laurel achieved its status as a pure "owner's car", a personal passenger car that was not to be made available in taxi or van versions.
The C33 (sixth-generation) Laurel, which was launched on the December 16, 1988, was designed as a high-quality 4-door salon that would appeal to a mature taste.
Its distinctive styling combined strong flat surfaces with generous curves in a mature form, while a bold-looking front-mask and character lines running down the sides created an impression of refinement. With ingenious use of curved surfaces and high-quality materials, the designers created an even more pleasing cabin interior.
A choice of 6-cylinder in-line engines was available. Nissan's own advanced technologies were used to good effect, as demonstrated by the DUET-EA (engine-transmission integrated control) system to ensure smooth acceleration, the multi-link rear suspension to provide both improved control and greater ride comfort, and the HICAS-II, a 4-wheel steering system for greater driving versatility.
Also, the new "Club L" and the "Club S" versions of the top-of-the-line Medalist model were equipped with an 8-way driver's power seat, genuine leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and genuine wood-grained instrument cluster as standard.