December 22, 1998
Nissan Releases All-New Cefiro
Tokyo ] Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the domestic release of the new-generation Cefiro following the implementation of a full model change.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Cefirofs debut, and this latest model is the third generation of this distinguished series. With the Cefiro, Nissan has aimed to provide a superior-quality, highly rational sedan that is distinctly different from currently available large sedans, which have tended to push luxuriousness to the forefront. Over the years the Cefiro has been highly acclaimed by customers not only in Japan but also in approximately 130 countries worldwide as a car that always provides new value in accord with the times.
This newest Cefiro model has been developed around the concept of gall-around relaxing performanceh in an eminently comfortable new-generation sedan that everyone will always find pleasing and enjoyable in a variety of situations. To accomplish that aim, the Cefiro embodies the concept of a universal design to enable ease of use by everyone, regardless of age, gender or individual differences, as well as an array of cutting-edge technologies, including a direct-injection engine.
The exterior design has been executed with a dolphin motif, symbolizing intelligence and peace of mind. Moreover, the design pursues the concept of a gvisual bodyh to enable the driver see the four corners of the vehicle and to sense its position easily at all times.
On the inside, the Cefiro has the roominess of a Cima-class sedan, thanks to its longer wheelbase, and comes with a long roster of convenience and comfort features for full relaxation. The universal design concept has also been utilized extensively to create an interior that will be easy for anyone to use with complete satisfaction.
In the area of driving performance, the 2.5-liter models are fitted with the NEO Di VQ25DD direct-injection V6 engine that has been newly developed to provide greater power while simultaneously improving fuel economy substantially. Featured on the 2.0-liter models is the NEO VQ20DE lean-burn V6 engine that also improves both power output and fuel economy. Moreover, ride comfort, handling and stability have been further enhanced by adopting a newly developed rear Multi-link Beam Suspension with Super Toe Control (STC).
Safety performance has also been vigorously pursued. In addition to its high-strength Zone Body construction for excellent crashworthiness, the Cefiro comes with Front-Seat Active Head Restraints designed to help mitigate whiplash injuries in rear-end collisions. It also adopts the Occupant-Friendly Upper Interior that helps cushion secondary impacts in a collision. Another newly adopted safety feature is a Pedestrian-Friendly Front Bumper that helps reduce lower leg and knee injuries in the event of an impact.
On the environmental front, the direct-injection engine and the lean-burn engine reduce CO2 emissions under Japanfs 10-15 test mode by approximately 20% and 10%, respectively, compared with the previous model. In addition, all 2.5-liter models are available with a low-emission vehicle (LEV) specification that achieves notably cleaner exhaust gas by reducing emissions, including carbon monoxide (CO), to around one-tenth of the average values required under Japanfs current exhaust emission standards.
Overview of New Cefiro
The treatment of the headlamps accentuates the four lamps and imparts a fresh, premium-quality image.
2. Interior and packaging]relaxing to ride in
The interior has a host of handy storage places and is fitted with a host of appointments for complete relaxation, including a rear power sunshade and a pop-up center armrest.
Boasting a VDA storage capacity of 540 liters, the trunk ranks as one of the largest in the Cefiro's class. All models come with a trunk pass-through feature with the 60/40 split rear seatbacks folding down to allow convenient access to the luggage area. Moreover, a multi-use trunk net is standard for easily securing both small and large items as desired.
User-friendly interior resulting from universal design concept
3. Driving performance]relaxing to drive
For enhanced environmental friendliness, the NEO Di VQ25DD engine is provided in a low-emission vehicle (LEV) specification package that emits approximately 20% less CO2 than the previous model and also reduces exhaust emissions, including CO, to approximately one-tenth of the levels currently required under Japan's exhaust emission regulations.
New NEO VQ20DE lean-burn engine
New rear Multi-link Beam Suspension with STC
4. Safety and environmental performance]relaxing for people and the Earth
Vigorous environmental protection
To prevent air pollution, all 2.5-liter models are available with a low-emission vehicle (LEV) specification that reduces carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbon (HC) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions to around one-tenth of the average values currently specified under Japanfs exhaust emission regulations.
Steps have been taken to reduce the use of lead by adopting lead-free materials for the radiator and heater cores, fuel tank and other parts. In addition, vigorous measures have been implemented to improve overall environmental friendliness, including the preservation of water quality.
Price Range and Sales Target
Grade 25Excimo (2WD)