Datsun Maxima

The Datsun Maxima, also seen as the Nissan Maxima, is a car manufactured by Nissan and is an upper mid-size executive and sports sedan. The Maxima debuted in 1976 as an upscale version of the Bluebird and was doing well enough that it was spun into its own line in 1980. It has been in production ever since with no end in sight. Most of the pre-2004 Maximas were built in Oppama, Japan, but that all changed when it seemed that enough Americans were purchasing the car. This inevitably made it more profitable to give the North American operations their own plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Worldwide, the Maxima sees direct competition from Japanese models such as the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry. It is also given a run for its money by Korean models like the Hyundai Sonata or the Hyundai Azera. In the United States it may also compete with the Chevrolet Impala and the Ford Five Hundred. The Maxima model line began quite some time ago by the Nissan Bluebird Maxima, which was available in the United States as the Datsun 810 as of February 1977. The Bluebird Maxima used a carburetor for the base model and fuel injection for the sporty version. The 2.0 L engine was good for 122 PS JIS (90 kW), while the bigger American engine could reach 125 hp SAE (93 kW). The sporty model did channeled power through a five speed manual transmission. In 1979 the 2-door coupe version was introduced along with an exterior change up. It was available in the Maxima lineup in the Datsun 810 only. Needless to say, the Maxima line has undergone numerous changes over the years, but given that the line is still in production, it seems that all of the changes have been worth it.