Nissan Altima Canada
The Nissan Altima is a mid-sized sedan manufactured by Nissan since 1993, while it officially replaced the Nissan Stanza in Japan or Datsun Stanza in Canada, it was the unofficial continuation of the Nissan Bluebird which was later discontinued in 2001. The Nissan is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee at the same facility with the 4x4 Nissan Xterra. By 2003 while beating sales records, Nissan began manufacturing the Altima in Canto, Misissippi. The Altima fits in size between the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Maxima while sharing the same platform with the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Teana which is a luxury loaded Nissan Altima available in Japan only.
The first Altima was built on the compact Nissan Bluebird chassis, it was first launched as the Nissan Stanza Altima, the following year the Stanza name was dropped from the nameplate. The first Altima in Canada arrived with a 2.4L 16-valve DOHC engine with 150HP, coupled with a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission. Unlike the Bluebird, Nissan upgraded the suspension with struts and stabilizer bar improving the already sporty handling. The Altima was available in various trims with an Altima GXE Limited Edition in 1997 which included keyless entry, 15 inch alloy rims and factory installed alarm system.
The second generation Altima was designed in California and was only available in Canada and the US, the Altima grew in size with a roomier interior, adding a fully loaded luxury version the Altima GLE with leather seats and side airbags, while the sporty Altima SE trim added fog lights, rear spoiler, 16 inch alloy rims and white backlit gauges. The 2000 Altima carried over the same 2.4L engine with a few upgrades increasing the power to 155HP.
The 2002 Nissan Altima was built on a larger FF-L platform also shared with the Murano and Nissan Quest minivan, the Altima grew significantly in size moving from the compact to the mid-size segment, while upgrading to a 2.5L engine with 175HP output, shared with the Nissan Rogue; while an optional 3.5L V6 engine with 245HP shared with the Nissan Pathfinder was optional on most trims and standard on the Nissan Altima SE sport and Altima fully loaded GLE model. The 2002 Altima was named the North American Car of the Year, the larger Altima design surpassed the interior size of the Maxima, a performance version Altima SE-R was released in 2003 with a manual transmission, 260HP upgraded suspension and 5-speed manual transmission.
The last generation of the Nissan Altima made its debut at the 2006 New York AutoShow, it arrived to Canada dealers as a 2007 Altima model. Built a smaller D-platform also shared with the Nissan Maxima, the exterior is slightly smaller than the previous version while the interior space remained the same. The 2008 Altima carried over upgraded engines from the previous model with the sporty 3.5L V6 engine at 270HP shared with the Nissan Murano, while the base Altima is equipped with a 2.5L DOHC engne with 175HP also shared with the Nissan X-trail and Nissan Rogue; both engines use Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan's optional new (Xtronic CVT) continuously variable transmission, which significantly improves fuel economy by enabling the engine to run at its most efficient revolutions per minute for a range of speeds.
The 2014 Nissan Altima in Canada includes the Intelligent Key with push button ignition and tire pressure monitoring system as standard on all models while the Nissan GPS navigation system with 6.5" touch-screen and voice recognition is an optional navigation package. Other optional features include heated leather seats, Bose audio system with 9 speakers, XM satellite radio, USB connection, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming. The 2014 Altima includes Traction Control System, Vehicle Dynamic Control, 4-sheel vented disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Brake force Distribution.