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Nissan Altima (D32) Coupe 2007-2013

Next-Generation Nissan Altima Coupe Brings Style, Emotion and Sophistication to Mid-Size Coupe Market

– New Altima Coupe Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show; Offers Upscale Styling, Sporty Performance, Driver-Oriented Interior and High Quality –

The Nissan Altima is a car on the move. With its next generation design for the 2007 model year, Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in the United States is poised for even greater success as it establishes segment leadership in style, design, performance and innovation. The next-generation Altima is also expanding its model offerings with a new Altima Hybrid, set to go on sale in select markets in January 2007, and a dramatically styled new Altima Coupe, which will go on sale as a 2008 model in summer 2007.

The Altima Coupe, which made its debut in the shadows of Hollywood at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, fills a desire among target customers for a more personal expression of style, individuality and fashionable appearance. The Altima Coupe’s unique exterior design is intended to stand out in a crowd of sedan-based two-door models with magnetic, perfectly proportioned styling with a shorter wheelbase, shorter overall length and lower height than the Altima Sedan.

The smaller size and lighter overall weight also contribute to the Coupe’s sportier driving feel – other desired attributes of the typically younger, more performance-oriented coupe buyers.

“Rather than just eliminating two doors from the Altima Sedan, we gave the Altima Coupe its own style, its own dimensions and its own interpretation of Nissan’s exhilarating driving pleasure,” said Bill Bosley, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division.

Though the new Altima Coupe shares much with the latest edition of the Altima Sedan, which went on sale in early November 2006, the Coupe’s smaller dimensions, driver-oriented cockpit and unique styling give it an extensive amount of separation from the Altima Sedan.

Dimensionally, the Altima Coupe rides on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, a full 4.0 inches shorter than the Sedan. Overall length is 182.5 inches – 7.1 inches less than the Sedan. The Coupe also has a lower profile – at 55.3 inches it is 2.5 inches shorter than the Sedan. In terms of major body panels, the two cars share only a common hood, with all other panels, grille, headlights and rear combination lights unique to the Altima Coupe.

Under the new Altima Coupe’s sophisticated exterior design, this latest addition to the Altima family shares the platform, powertrain and user-friendly features and innovations of the new fourth-generation Altima.

“A strong sedan starting point, such as the new Altima, also gives you a tremendous advantage – if you get the basics right, you can focus your efforts on the unique desires of coupe buyers, including wanting a purely personal space,” said Bosley.

The Altima Coupe, as part of the fourth-generation Altima design, utilizes Nissan’s all-new, highly acclaimed “D” platform with increased body rigidity and a redesigned suspension. This new platform was developed with the objective of making Altima one of the best performing large front-wheel drive vehicles available globally.

New suspension geometry, shock absorbers with rebound springs, engine placement that is lower in the subframe and equal-length half-shafts that have equal angles and are more parallel to the ground all help to virtually eliminate torque steer.

The rear multi-link independent suspension design separates the rear shocks and springs for reduced friction and the shocks are in line with the center of the rear wheels, providing better damping and less harshness. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard. The Altima suspension has been specially tuned for use with the Altima Coupe.

The new Altima Coupe is offered with a choice of two engines and two transmissions. The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is the “next generation” version of the 12-time Ward’s “10 Best Engines” award-winning VQ-series V6. For use in the Altima Coupe, it is rated at 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and offers strong acceleration and refined sound quality. The V6 features reduced friction, improved cylinder head cooling and new twin knock sensors.

Also available with the new Altima Coupe is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve QR25 inline 4-cylinder, producing 175 horsepower (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft of torque (175 lb-ft CAL). This engine has been refined from the previous version, with a larger, equal-length intake manifold, increased compression ratio and reduced friction characteristics. It features a silent chain drive and a balancer system (with balancer changed to a center-mounted location for better NVH) that effectively negates vibrations without taking up much space – combining ideal packaging and smoothness.

Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttles.

Both the 3.5-liter V6 and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder models are available with Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmissions.

The V6 CVT features a “Sport” mode controller with a high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift Controller with adaptive logic for faster shifting in both normal and manual modes. The adaptive logic feature delivers the best shift pattern based on the driving environment and driver’s perceived intentions.

“The driving performance of the Altima Coupe is biased toward sporty feel, especially when equipped with our award-winning V6,” said Bosley. “Handling is also a strong point of the new Coupe, as is the responsiveness feeling provided by the Xtronic CVT transmission.”

Also contributing to the Altima Coupe’s sporty performance feel are a standard twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system and 4-wheel disc brakes with standard 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).

Altima Coupe models with the 4-cylinder engine are equipped with 16-inch wheels and tires, while V6-equipped Altima Coupes come with unique-design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and 215/55R17 tires.

The Altima Coupe’s performance feeling is also enhanced by a driver-centered interior. Though sharing much of the design and features with the new Altima Sedan, the Coupe includes unique sport-style front seats with more side support, in-board release lever and front kangaroo pouches. All Altima Coupes also utilize a parking brake hand lever (versus foot release for Altima Sedans with CVT). The Coupe also includes a 60/40 split and flat
fold-down rear seat.

Like the Altima Sedan, the Altima Coupe’s instrument panel features a Fine Vision gauge display for enhanced readability and the L-shaped flow of the instrument panel to the center console adds to the driver-oriented cockpit feel.

The center console includes a double front cup holder, among the many convenient cup and bottle areas and storage compartments.

The list of impressive passenger amenities includes standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition and available Bose ®-developed audio system with nine speakers, Bluetooth ® Hands-Free Phone System, satellite radio and dual-zone automatic temperature control.

The new Altima Coupe also comes equipped with a number of standard safety features, including Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones and Advanced Air Bag System (AABS), which includes dual-stage front supplemental air bags. Also standard are front seat side-impact supplemental air bags for chest protection and roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection.

Other standard equipment includes front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchors and tether system and Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS).

The 2008 Altima Coupe will be available in four well-equipped models: 2.5 S 6MT, 2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SE 6MT, 3.5 SE CVT.

Available technology features include a RearView Monitor, which utilizes a small camera to help show the view behind the vehicle when in reverse gear, and Nissan Navigation System with a 6.5-inch color monitor.

“Along with the Altima Coupe’s extensive list of available features and amenities, it offers one more thing to discerning coupe buyers – the reassurance of Nissan durability, quality and reliability,” said Bosley.

The new Altima Coupe will be assembled at the Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee plants.

Altima Coupe becomes the seventh Nissan Altima model, joining the 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 S with SL Package, 3.5 SE, 3.5 SL and Altima Hybrid (Hybrid Electric Vehicle).
“The Altima name and outstanding reputation adds great credibility to the new Altima Coupe – and the Coupe makes the Altima brand stronger by appealing to a new segment of buyers,” said Bosley. “And like the Altima Sedan, the new Coupe will be a tremendous value when it goes on sale next summer. If you’re looking for style, performance and affordability, the new Altima Coupe delivers.”

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Old 12-01-2006, 02:04 PM
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At a Glance: 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe

The next generation 2007 Altima sedan, which went on sale in November 2006, is attracting a range of new buyers – not only with its greatly enhanced styling, dynamic performance, innovative technology and available features, but also with a new Altima Hybrid (on sale in January 2007). Joining these models in summer 2007 will be yet another dramatic new member of the Altima family, the Altima Coupe.

The Altima Coupe, which made its debut at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show, fills a desire among target customers for a more personal expression of style, individuality and fashionable appearance. Its unique exterior design is intended to stand out in a crowd of sedan-based two-door models with sophisticated, perfectly proportioned styling with a shorter wheelbase and shorter overall length than the Altima Sedan.

The smaller size and lighter overall weight also contribute to the Coupe’s sportier driving feel – other desired attributes of the typically younger, more performance-oriented coupe buyers.

The Altima Coupe’s performance feeling is enhanced by a driver-centered interior. Though sharing much of the design and features with the new Altima Sedan interior, the Coupe includes unique sports-style front seats with more side support, in-board release lever and front kangaroo pouches. The Coupe also includes a 60/40 split/flat fold-down rear seat.

Along with its all-new exterior and personal interior, the Altima Coupe utilizes the all-new Nissan “D” platform with increased body rigidity and a redesigned suspension. This platform was developed with the objective of making Altima one of the best performing large front-wheel drive vehicles available globally.

The Altima Coupe will be available with a choice of the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-liter V6 or powerful 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engines, each offered with either a smooth 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission).

Also offered is a long list of user-friendly technology features – including standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, available Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, an advanced touch-screen navigation system with XM Ô RealTime Traffic updates and RearView Monitor. Standard safety equipment includes front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags, side-impact curtain supplemental air bags and Zone Body construction.

The Nissan Altima Coupe goes on sale in summer 2007 as a 2008 model at Nissan retailers nationwide.

Highlights of the 2007 Nissan Altima include:

Body

* Sporty and sophisticated exterior design, with all major exterior body panels (except hood) different from Altima Sedan
* Unique grille and front headlights design, unique rear combination lamps
* 4.0-inch shorter wheelbase than Altima Sedan (105.3 versus 109.3 inches) for enhanced style
* 7.1-inch shorter overall length, with reduced rear overhang, than Altima Sedan (182.5 versus 189.6 inches)
* 2.5-inch shorter overall height than Altima Sedan (55.3 versus 57.8 inches)
* Unique 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and tailpipe finishers (V6 models)

Engine and Driveline

* “Next generation” 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 with 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque or refined 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder with 175 horsepower (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft torque (175 lb-ft CAL)
* Standard dual exhaust with both engines
* Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) designed for fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation – V6 utilizes an all-new controller with adaptive logic and is performance-tuned
* Xtronic CVTs available with both V6 and 4-cylinder engines
* Refined 6-speed manual transmission with a short shift stroke and smooth shifting feel (available with both V6 and 4-cylinder engines)
* Standard Traction Control System (V6 models)
* Available Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)(V6 models)

Suspension, Steering and Braking

* All-new, rigid Nissan “D” platform
* Independent strut with coil springs front suspension design, with equal-length, equal-angle, near parallel to the ground half shafts – virtually eliminating torque steer
* Advanced multi-link independent rear suspension design with an emphasis on nimbleness and good ride comfort
* Front and rear stabilizer bars
* Shock absorbers with rebound springs for secure cornering feel
* Power-assisted vehicle-speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering system provides light effort at low speeds, secure feeling at high speeds
* Power-assisted front vented disc/solid rear disc with standard Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)
* Available 16-inch steel or aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/60R16 tires or unique design 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 tires

Interior Features

* Sporty, comfortable, highly bolstered front seats, kangaroo pouch on front of seats, inboard release lever (for rear seat passenger convenience)
* Rear 60/40 and flat fold-down rear seat
* High quality interior feel with refined workmanship, use of soft materials (such as padded armrests) and chrome accents, oversize vanity mirror in driver and passenger side sun visors
* Hand lever-style parking brake release (versus foot-release for Altima Sedan CVT models)
* Sporty interior space with innovative amenities, including Fine Vision Gauges display instrument panel, standard Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, convenient covered storage compartments, cup or bottle holders
* Available Bose®-developed audio system with 9 speakers, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone System, dual-zone automatic temperature control

Safety

* Standard Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage air bags and seat belt sensors, standard front-seat side-impact supplemental air bags and standard side-impact curtain supplemental air bags
* Zone Body construction
* Front seat Active Head Restraints
* Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
* LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat anchors and tether system
* Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Models and Manufacturing

* Available in four well-equipped models: 2.5 S 6MT, 2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SE 6MT, 3.5 SE CVT
* Assembled by Nissan North America Manufacturing Smyrna & Decherd, Tennessee Plants

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Old 12-01-2006, 02:07 PM
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Wow... that looks so much like a G35.

Not that it's a bad thing though. Especially the greenhouse.
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Looks like G35/Pontiac G6/Scion tC mash-up. It's pretty nice overall though.
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so its a Z with front wheel drive and a back seat?
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I just noticed it now but the steering wheel is really weird.
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Its got great lines from the rear down through the side, but somehow they aren't done justice with the front of the car. Would rather have an RSX.
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Looks like they took the seats from a G35 Coupe.
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imagine if this was rear wheel drive, bring back the days of old with siliva's
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Some cars can be completely ruined by the choice of stock wheels...this is one of those. Seriously wtf were they thinking...
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G35c meets G6 demographic.
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Some cars can be completely ruined by the choice of stock wheels...this is one of those. Seriously wtf were they thinking...
Really? I mean they're not groundbreaking, but I wouldn't say they're overly bad.
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I'd take a G35 or a tC TRD any day (but if SE-R comes out, that's another story)
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I think most people would take the G35 over this, which is essentially a poor man's version of the G35. Even an SE-R would still be FWD, and not nearly classy looking as a G35, and would be in essence, pointless.
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