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The Nissan Cefiro is an intermediate-size car manufactured by Nissan in Japan, launched in 1988 and arguably a new-generation Nissan Laurel, although both models were produced in tandem for a period of time.
Since 1994 it has the same chassis as the Nissan Maxima (A32), although prior to that was a completely separate model (A31), which uses the floorplan from the R32 Nissan Skyline and is therefore FR (Front Engine, Rear wheel drive). Nissan changed the market orientation of the Cefiro from a premium sports saloon to an executive saloon with the advent of the A32 series.
The A31 series was noted for its design innovation and incorporation of many hi-tech features, including HICAS 4-wheel steering and sonar controlled electronic damping. It is also, together with the Nissan Skyline, one of the first Japanese cars to have 5-speed automatic gearbox.
The front-wheel drive A32 and A33 series were softened considerably, lacking the sporting edge of the A31. It is equipped with the award-winning VQ series V6 engines, with the later JDM A32 and A33 versions being fitted with the direct injection versions of the VQ engines. The A32 also forms the basis to the Infiniti I30, as well as being rebadged as the Nissan Maxima QX for the European market, with two versions of the VQ engine (2.0 L and 3.0 L).
The Cefiro disappeared in 2003, but the name continues to be used in some export markets for the Nissan Teana.