May 31, 2005


-Also releases Rider series and LV series models-

TOKYO (May 31, 2005)--Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced the launch in Japan of the all-new Serena minivan. As its tagline “SHIFT_capacity” implies, the Serena dramatically transforms the potentialities of a one-box vehicle by accommodating users’ diverse driving needs.


20RS (left) and 20S (right) <2WD, fitted with optional equipment>

20RS (left) and 20S (right) <2WD, fitted with optional equipment>

The exterior design is built around the themes of “active” and “spacious” and features large side windows rendered with a distinctive, step-like spur character line and a modern-looking cubic body form that conveys a feeling of stability. 

The body-colored grille is smoothed out with the bumper and hood to give the front end a distinctive look. 
The stable-looking 3-D form is accentuated by the bumpers and the colored accent belt around the bottom of the body.

The chrome-plated grille is designed with a wide, clear-cut look.
The spoiler-like flare of the body panels around the fog lamps projects an aerodynamic impression and a sense of unity with the body sides.

Designed around the themes of “active” and “roomy” themes, the interior has a bright, open ambience, thanks to the large windows, low waistline and expansive-looking instrument panel.

Thanks to the combination of Nissan’s 2.0-liter MR20DE engine and XTRONIC CVT (continuously variable transmission), both two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD) models deliver outstanding start-off acceleration and fuel economy in the practical speed range of everyday driving.

The project concept for the all-new Serena is focused on three unique attributes:

“Looks big”
The Serena’s big interior is among the roomiest in its class. Thanks to the roomy space and large windows, passengers in all seating positions can travel comfortably and pleasantly to their destination. Class-leading legroom and headroom ensure comfortable spaciousness in all seating positions.
Moreover, the cargo area readily accommodates large leisure equipment without any problem. 
When configured for maximum cargo carrying capacity, the large cargo area accommodates four mountain bikes. It also provides plenty of luggage space even when the third-row seats are in use.
The cargo area has a large-capacity underfloor compartment capable of holding various items such as a 9-inch golf bag.

“Feels easy”
Wide dual sliding side doors and the low step and floor height allow smooth, effortless ingress and egress. The big windows also provide excellent outward visibility to make driving easier.
The large opening of the dual sliding side doors combines with the low step height to facilitate easy entry and exit.
The seatback of the third-row seats unlocks and simultaneously flips forward at the pull of a release strap. An assist spring is also provided to lighten the effort of folding up the seats to the side.
The electronically controlled power-assist shifter reduces shifting effort for improved driving ease.
Thanks to the large side windows, the road surface areas invisible to the driver at the front and along the sides of the car have been shortened.

“Fun to use”
The seats can be reconfigured in various seating patterns in simple, easy operations. In addition, the Serena comes with a wide variety of convenient features for more enjoyable travel, including a car interphone system and a rear-seat entertainment system comprising a wide 9-inch power liquid crystal display monitor and a DVD-video player for rear-seat passenger enjoyment.
The second-row seating system includes a multifunction center seat with a seatback that folds down for use as a table. Sliding the center seat forward in that condition also allows it to be used as a table by the front-seat occupants.
A "cool tray" in the instrument panel uses cooling air from the air-conditioning system to prevent cold drinks from becoming warm or chocolate from melting.
Dedicated microphones and speakers are installed in the front- and third-row seat areas to form a car interphone system that enables these seat occupants to enjoy smooth, two-way conversations.

Additional information on power and handling

Nissan’s high-strength Zone Body, which is built on the C platform, achieves world-class safety performance.
A front strut suspension is combined with either a torsion beam rear suspension on 2WD models or a multi-link rear suspension on 4WD models to provide excellent handling and stability along with superb ride comfort.
Four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated discs at the front) are standard on all models for braking performance characterized by a feel of superior braking ease and peace of mind.

Safety and environmental friendliness
Standard safety features on all models include front-seat Active Head Restraints and dual SRS airbag systems for the driver and front passenger.
All Serena models are certified as ultra-low emission vehicles (U-LEVs)*1 because they emit 50% fewer exhaust emissions than the levels mandated by Japan’s 2005 exhaust emission regulations. All models also qualify for tax reductions*2 under the Green Tax program in Japan by attaining the 2010 fuel economy standards plus an additional 5%.
*1 The low-emission vehicle certification system of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport was inaugurated in April 2000 to encourage the penetration of low-emission vehicles through their selection by ordinary consumers. Following the adoption of the 2005 new long-term exhaust emission regulations in September 2003, the system was revised in October of that year to establish two certification categories. U-LEV certification requires an additional 50% reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHC) emissions from the levels mandated by the 2005 exhaust emission regulations and super ultra-low emission vehicle (SU-LEV) certification requires an additional 75% reduction of these exhaust gas constituents.
*2 For vehicles complying with the requirements of the Green Tax program, the automobile acquisition tax is reduced by 10,000 yen on personal-use vehicles that are newly registered by March 31, 2006, and for U-LEVs the automobile tax is reduced by 25% for one year beginning from the next fiscal year after a vehicle is registered. However, these tax reduction measures do not apply to Autech models because they require on-site registration at a vehicle inspection and registration office.

Sales target: 6,000 units/month

Dealers selling the Serena: All Nissan dealers

Sales launch events: Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2005




Autech Japan, Inc., a wholly-owned Nissan affiliate, today announced the release in Japan of the Serena "Rider" and "Rider S" as well as Serena lifecare (LV) models in the Enchante series and Personal Chair Cab series. Autech has newly customized all of these models in conjunction with the launch of the new Serena.

Nissan group companies use the term lifecare vehicle (LV) to refer to vehicles that are specifically design to assist persons with special mobility needs in their everyday lives.

Serena Rider (2WD) <fitted with optional equipment>

Serena Rider (2WD) <fitted with optional equipment>

Overview of Serena Rider and Rider S
The Serena Rider has been created around the concept of a "factory customized vehicle that strongly asserts its unique presence." Featuring exclusive aero parts and an exclusive grille, the car is designed to make a distinctive styling statement. On the inside, the Serena Rider features Alacantara* seat upholstery and other fine trim materials to create an ambience of premium quality. The Serena Rider S, meanwhile, comes with a smoky chrome-plated grille for an accentuated look of boldness, an exclusive suspension system tuned for enhanced driving performance, and an interior trim package with a black motif for a heightened impression of sportiness.

*Alcantara® is suede-like artificial leather manufactured by Toray Industries, Inc.

Serena Enchante Slide-out Lift Second-row Seat Model (2WD)<fitted with optional equipment>

Serena Enchante Slide-out Lift Second-row Seat Model (2WD)
<fitted with optional equipment>

Overview of Serena LV Models
A new addition to the lineup of the highly popular Enchante series is the "Auto Step Driver's Seat Type" that features an automatic step and an assist grip for the driver's seat to enable easy ingress/egress by persons of small stature. Four variations of the Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type, including a model that accommodates two wheelchairs, have been customized to meet users' wide-ranging needs.

● Enchante Slide-out Lift Seat Models
These models are offered with three types of specifications: a slide-out lift front passenger's seat, a slide-out lift second-row seat and a removable slide-out lift second-row seat that can be used as a wheelchair outside the vehicle. In each case, the seat can be swiveled to the outside of the vehicle and lowered/raised by motor power via a wireless remote control to facilitate effortless ingress and egress.

● Enchante Auto Step Driver's Seat Type
An automatic step and an assist grip are provided for the driver's seat to enable easy ingress and egress for persons of small stature, among other users. This model is also advantageous for smooth entry and exit in tight places.

● Enchante Courtesy Vehicle Type
An automatic step and an assist handle are installed at the sliding side door for effortless entry/exit, and a special fold-up auxiliary seat is also provided at the end of the second row for smoother access to the third-row seats. Besides being an ideal courtesy vehicle for nursing homes and other similar facilities, this model also ensures easy ingress/egress by senior citizens and children.

● Personal Chair Cab Lift Type
This vehicle is equipped with a fully automatic wheelchair lift that can be raised or lowered in a simple operation via a remote control. A wheelchair can be securely fastened to the platform for easy entry and exit by someone in the chair, while also reducing the caregiver's workload.

● Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type
The ramp deploys and retracts by motor power via simple switch operations on a remote control, and the adoption of a kneeldown system gives the ramp a gentle slope. Both the wheelchair user and caregiver can enter/exit the vehicle together easily. A "two wheelchair specification" has been newly added this time for accommodating two wheelchair users simultaneously. Other specifications include a "second-row seat specification for one wheelchair," a "third-row seat specification for one wheelchair," and a "courtesy vehicle specification for one wheelchair." These four different types can accommodate diverse needs, ranging from those of individual families to the requirements of nursing homes and other similar facilities.

Enchante series models and the Personal Chair Cab Lift Type model are scheduled to go on sale in June and the Personal Chair Cab Ramp Type models in August.

Dealers selling Autech models: All dealers