China cho­sen for Teana de­but

The new Nis­san Teana will re­place the Max­ima, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

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CUL­TUR­ALLY and his­tor­i­cally, China and Ja­pan have sel­dom agreed about any­thing, but con­sumer goods may have re­solved that im­passe.

Ja­pan, one of the world’s big­gest sup­pli­ers of con­sumer goods to the world, has what the Chi­nese want and are now pre­pared to pay for.

It’s the same with cars, which is why Nis­san Ja­pan de­cided the global de­but of its front-wheel-drive Teana V6 sedan would be in China, at this week’s Bei­jing Mo­tor Show.

Nis­san vice- pres­i­dent Car­los Tavares, who is also in charge of prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, de­sign and cor­po­rate strat­egy, says more than half of the old Teanas went to China.

‘‘So it makes per­fect sense to launch the new car here,’’ he says.

The Teana will re­place the Max­ima when it ar­rives in Nis­san show­rooms late this year. The cur­rent Max­ima is built in Ja­pan, but Tavares says Nis­san may im­port the new car to Aus­tralia from Thai­land ‘‘if the fi­nan­cial as­pect adds up’’.

Thai­land has a free-trade agree­ment with Aus­tralia that af­fords cost sav­ings for Nis­san and buy­ers.

The new Max­ima fol­lows what Nis­san calls an ‘‘evo­lu­tion­ary’’ approach to styling. Oth­ers call it dreary, per­haps be­cause the Teana was rolled out af­ter the funky Pivo2 elec­tric car.

Based on Nis­san’s D-plat­form tech­nol­ogy shared with the Mu­rano, the Teana uses a fourth-gen­er­a­tion ver­sion of the 3.5-litre V6 en­gine, which is mated to a six-speed, con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion.

Nis­san has paid at­ten­tion to the car’s noise, vi­bra­tion and harsh­ness lev­els and claims the Teana is one of the qui­etest cars in its class.

Also new is the multi-link rear sus­pen­sion, speed sens­ing power steer­ing and what Nis­san calls ‘‘multi-layer bionic seats’’.

Nis­san Aus­tralia’s Karl Gehling says Aus­tralian spec­i­fi­ca­tions are still be­ing fi­nalised, and the car may have some mi­nor trim changes be­fore it goes on sale lo­cally.

Nis­san is also us­ing the Bei­jing show to show off its Liv­ina C-Gear cross­over wagon.

The car, which is des­tined for left­hand-drive mar­kets, has the in­te­rior space of a mid-size wagon.

Mat­ter of taste: Nis­san says the Teana is an ‘‘evo­lu­tion­ary’’ approach to styling. Oth­ers call it dreary.

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