Year in Review: 2015 Auto Show Highlights

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
2016 Nissan Maxima — New York
When the third-generation Maxima was introduced for the 1989 model year, Nissan coined the phrase 4-Door Sports Car, putting the label 4DSC on the new Maxima. Some would argue the company lost its way with Maxima over the years, but the all-new 2016 model that debuted in New York is once again wearing the 4DSC badge. Nissan designers apparently visited the U.S. Navy Blue Angels for inspiration, resulting in a sculpted, aerodynamic body. The distinctive front end uses the Nissan “V-Motion” grille and boomerang-style headlights with LED running lights. Taillights are a similar shape, and close inspection reveals 4DSC embossed in the headlights and taillights. Helping to make the Maxima a true 4-Door Sports Car is a revised 3.5-liter V6 engine putting out 300 horsepower, teamed with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission. The changes to the engine result in a 15 percent increase in fuel economy vs. the previous version.

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