Nissan Lafesta

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Nissan Lafesta
2004-2007 NISSAN LAFESTA Highway STAR.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerNissan
ProductionSeptember 2004 – December 2017
Body and chassis
ClassCompact MPV
Body style5-door minivan
Layout
Chronology
PredecessorNissan Prairie
SuccessorNissan Serena (5th generation)
Nissan NV200

The Nissan Lafesta is a compact MPV built by Nissan for the Asian market.

First generation (B30, 2004–2012)[edit]

Nissan Lafesta (B30/NB30)
Nissan Lafesta 003.JPG
Overview
Also calledNissan Lafesta Joy
ProductionSeptember 2004–November 2012
AssemblyKanda, Fukuoka, Japan
DesignerTetsuo Oosawa[1]
Body and chassis
PlatformNissan C platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine2.0 L MR20DE I4
TransmissionCVT
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,700 mm (110 in)
Length4,575 mm (180.1 in)
Width1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Height1,670 mm (66 in)
Curb weight1,520 kg (3,350 lb)
Nissan Lafesta (Japan-spec).

The name was derived from the Italian word festa, meaning holiday, festival or party, and according to the manufacturer "expresses a desire to spend an enjoyable time in the car together with family members or friends." It was unveiled on September 2, 2004 and first released on December 2, 2004 priced between ¥1,785,000 and ¥2,310,000 in Japan, with a sales target of 5,000/month.[2] The Lafesta shares a platform with the Renault Scénic and Renault Megane.

The Lafesta is the successor to the Nissan Prairie/Liberty and currently competes with the Toyota Isis, Honda Stream, Toyota WISH, Subaru Exiga, and the Mazda Premacy. The Lafesta also takes the Nissan Avenir's former role as the estate version of the Nissan Bluebird

The vehicle offers sliding doors on both sides (one of which is power-assisted), Nissan's Intelligent key system, GPS navigation system, reverse camera and a panoramic roof. The only engine option available is a 2.0 L MR20DE inline-four unit. Both front- and four-wheel drive transmissions are available; the former uses a torsion beam suspension at the rear while the latter has a trailing arm multi-link arrangement.

The Lafesta is built at the same factory that once produced the larger Nissan Presage.

The 2007, Lafesta received a minor facelift from the 2004 model.

The first generation Lafesta was discontinued in Japan on December 26, 2012.

Second generation (B35, 2011–2017)[edit]

Nissan Lafesta Highway Star (CWEFWN/CWEAWN)
2nd generation NISSAN LAFESTA Highway STAR.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerMazda
Also calledMazda Premacy/Mazda5
ProductionMay 2011–December 2017
AssemblyHiroshima, Japan (Hiroshima Plant)
Body and chassis
PlatformMazda CW platform
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission
  • 4-speed automatic (AWD)
  • 5-speed automatic
  • 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,750 mm (108 in)
Length4,615 mm (181.7 in)
Width1,750 mm (69 in)
Height1,615 mm (63.6 in)

Nissan Lafesta Highway STAR (2011–2018)[edit]

2nd generation NISSAN LAFESTA Highway STAR rear

The second generation Lafesta is a version of the third generation Mazda Premacy supplied to Nissan by Mazda on an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) basis. Unlike the Premacy, the new Nissan Lafesta Highway Star ditches the Nagare design.

Japan models went on sale on June 15, 2011.[3][4][5] Models available include Highway Star (J, G and G Supuremo).[6]

Production[edit]

Mazda supplied the Premacy for use in the Nissan Lafesta Highway STAR beginning in May 2011.[7][8]

Discontinuation[edit]

Following the discontinuation of the Mazda Premacy, sales of the Nissan Lafesta Highway Star ended on March 24, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Surface configuration of a vehicle body, toy, and/or replica".
  2. ^ "Nissan Press release: "Nissan Releases New Lafesta Minivan"". Retrieved 2004-12-02.
  3. ^ "Nissan Releases All-New Lafesta Highway STAR Minivan".
  4. ^ Nissan offers rebadged Mazda5 in Japan as Lafesta Highway Star
  5. ^ "Nissan Launches New Lafesta Highway Star in Japan".
  6. ^ "Lafesta grades in Japan".
  7. ^ 日産とマツダ、新たなOEM 供給契約を締結
  8. ^ Nissan and Mazda Agree on New OEM Contract

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