Reaching the eighth generation, the restyled Nissan Maxima 2016, slated for sale next June in the United States, almost went out of business four years ago, according to Pierre Loing, vice president of US product planning for the publication Automotive News. Loing said the brand was about to cut Maxima in 2011, but ultimately it was decided that the model would continue online once it enjoys prestige in the US, being an important part of the brand’s history in the country. The carwasreleased in 1981 in the United States.
Loing joining Nissan in 2012, he was responsible for preparing a new Maximo, The Japanese automaker focused on making cost-effective global platforms. According to Maxima’s marketing manager, the model began to attract some customers who would probably buy a premium model from BMW or Acura.
The company’s global chief engineer for the D platform described the new Maxima as being even more sporting than before and with an increase in luxuries thanks to extras such as suede seats and heated steering wheel. The eighth generation of Maxima is expected to hit US stores beginning June 2, with prices starting at $ 32,410. The model comes exclusively equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine of 300 hp with a newly developed Xtronic transmission. Production of the new generation began more than a month ago at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.