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A car that marked a generation
In the segment of large class sedans, the German charge dominates and leaves only crumbs. There are a few standouts here and there, like the Maserati Quattroporte, and we can’t blame DS for trying with the DS9. Unity also exists in some countries, such as Japan, where manufacturers have always maintained the idea of a large luxury sedan, sometimes with a pronounced taste of old-fashioned charm, intended primarily for their national market. The Toyota Century, Toyota Crown, Nissan President and even the Nissan Cima have played this role for decades. But Cima folded at the end of summer 2022.
The Cima was one of the luxury cars of the era of Japan’s inflation-driven economy, especially in the 1980s. A more luxurious and larger version of the Cedric and Gloria, the first Cima was introduced in 1988 and was based on an extended model. Cedric/Gloria chassis. With its incredible sales – about 64,000 units sold in the first year and 120,000 in four years – the car became a symbol of the “economic bubble” that characterized the Japanese economy at the time and therefore a symbol of social success.
Very high quality improvement
The interior was very luxurious with original lacquered wood inlays throughout and the upholstery was a choice of Connolly leather or silk wool blend. Born in the country at the forefront of electronic technology that invaded our lives at the time, the Cima had a Fujitsu color CRT interactive screen and a Sony CD changer that had previously been fitted to the Nissan Leopard GT coupe. The steering wheel had a fixed center hub while the steering wheel swiveled around, giving the stereo and cruise buttons on the hub no matter where the steering wheel was. An optional mobile phone was installed on the console. Cima was available with electronically controlled air suspension.
A change in style
Several generations have followed. The second, launched in 1991, sported a very British look to Jaguar, while the 3rd generation in 1997 adopted the sportier look of the German sedan. The Cima was later exported to the US as the Infiniti Q45. The Q45 was discontinued after 2006, but the Cima and Rais continued in production until August 2010, leaving the Nissa Fuga as the flagship. However, as early as 2012, the Cima was revived and regained the status of “flagship” in Japan as a long version of the base Fuga Hybrid. The latest generation, launched in 2012, was powered by a 3.5 V6 hybrid and sold overseas as the Infiniti Q70L. Cima also pleased tuning enthusiasts, with preparations that would not shock in Gran Turismo.
Nissan will also stop production of the hybrid version of the Skyline sports sedan, as well as the Fuga sedan, because their engines do not meet the noise standards that will be introduced soon. The big Japanese manufacturer will focus on the development of electric cars, for which competition is increasing, instead of putting its energy into creating engines that reach new standards.
Nissan Cima was one of the big luxury Japanese sedans, mainly intended for the domestic market, the first generations of which marked Japan a lot, being symbols of the country’s economic bubble. The production of the current and the latest generation stopped at the end of August.