Nissan Maxima Canada
The Nissan Mazima is Nissan's full sized sedan manufactured since 1977, it was originally badged a performance upgrade to the Nissan Bluebird, marketed as the sporty Nissan Bluebird Maxima. The performance sedan gained popularity and was eventually spun off as its own Nissan Maxima, while the Nissan Altima replaced the Bluebird. The first Maxima was powered by a 2.0L engine which was much bigger than the 1.4L standard engine ob the Bluebird, the Maxima arrived to Canada and the EEUU with a 2.4L which was later useb by the popular street-racing Nissan Skyline, like the Bluebird the Maxima was available in a 2-door and 4-door sedan with a station wagon Maxima arrived to Canada in 1979. The 1981 Maxima dropped the Datsun Bluebird name and was the first one marketed as Nissan Maxima, the 2.0L engine was replaced by the performance 2.4L engine, with an optional 2.8L diesel engine available in Europe and China which was shared by the Nissan Patrol.
The second generation with the Maxima nameplate arrived to Canada in 1984 with a V6 3.0L engine and 154HP, coupled with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, the 1984 Maxima was built a new platform and belonged to the compact segment, this model was only available as a 4-door sedan and the station wagon Maxima. The fully loaded GXE trim included leather seats, 15 inch rims, electronic package and power seats; while the sporty Maxima SE model added dual shock suspension which improved handling. The 1989 Nissan Maxima arrived in Canada with a revamped V6 3.0L engine also used in the first generation Nizzan Z sports car, the Nissan 300ZX. The third generation Maxima was built on the same platform and grew in size, moving up to the mid-sized segment and with 160HP with the standard V6 engine, while the sport trim Maxima SE received a performance based VE30DE engine with 190HP, the sport trim also included variable intake valve timing and a limited-slip differential.
The 1995 Maxima was unveiled as the fourth generation with a new design and was named the Import Car of the Year by MotorTrend Magazine and was on the Best-10 Cars list for both the 1995 and 1996 Maxima model. Powered by a new V6 3.0L engine with an impressive 190HP, the Maxima proved it was the unbeatable sporty sedan, now competing directly with the Toyota Camry which matched the V6 3.0L engine with 192HP and the Honda Accord with a V6 2.7L engine. Nissan responded by improving the interior design with more luxury features adding a CD player, a first in 1995 and side airbags. The 1995-1996 Maxima in Canada also received an upgraded torsion bar live axle suspension system, making the Maxima lighter than the previous generation, thus improving both handling and fuel economy.
The 2000 Nissan Maxima was redesigned following the previous Maxima, with new headlights and a slightly redesigned interior, keeping a lot of the key features that made the new Maxima a top seller in the Canadian market. The Maxima GLE luxury trim added 16 inch rims and optional leather interior, while the SE sporty model featured sunroof, 17 inch rims and sport metallic pedals. The 2000-2001 Maxima received a revamped 6V 3.0L engine boosting horsepower to 222HP and later replacing the engine on the 2002 Maxima with a V6 3.5L and 255HP, this popular engine is also used by Nissan on the 2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 2011 Altima, 2006 Nissan 350Z and the Nissan Murano.
The 2004 Nissan Maxima was the first one manufactured in North America at Nissan's new assembly plant in Smyrna, TN. The now sixth generation Maxima was only sold in Canada and US, in Canada it was powered by the previous V6 3.5L DOHC engine with an impressive 265HP, in under three decades the Maxima jumped from an optional sports package with 122HP to now 265HP coupled with Nissan's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which improves fuel economy and maximizes torque. Following Toyota's initiative of sharing platforms with the Camry, Toyota Highlander SUV and Sienna minivan which improved handling in the SUV and performance in the family oriented minivan, the 2004-2008 Maxima is built on a new FF-L platform shared by the crossover SUV Nissan Murano and the Nissan Quest minivan. Nissan no longer carried a base model Maxima, the only trim models available were the fully loaded Maxima SL with 17 inch rims, CD changer and premium Bose sound system, while the performance based Maxima SE received 18 inch sport rated tires, spoiler and a sportier suspension package.
The current generation 2012 Nissan Maxima, was unveiled in 2008 at the International Auto Show in New York, the new designed is a stylish combination between the Infiniti G37 and Infiniti M35, looking more like the Nissan Altima it shares Nissan's new D-platform also used by the 2013 Murano, the new Maxima is significantly wider and longer entering the full sized segment, making room for the Nissan Altima in the mid-sized group. The new Nissan Maxima in Canada arrived to dealers in mid 2008 as a 2009 Maxima model, with a V6 3.5L DOHC engine with 290 HP and 261 lb-ft of torque, with Nissan's Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System, in Canada the Maxima is only available as the Maxima SV luxury package with various optional features, Nissan cut back on trim models while offering optional packages like the Navigation Package; which features Nissan's GPS Navigation System touch-screen monitor with voice recognition; while the Premium Package features rear-view camera, XM satellite radio, customized leather interior, paddle shifters and HID Xenon projector headlights; the Sport Package replaced the Maxima SE edition adding 19 inch rims, sport-tuned suspension with stiffer springs and sporty bucket seats, they are all equipped with Nissan's Intelligent Key with push button ignition allows you to unlock the doors and turn it on without taking the key out of your pocket.