In 2003, the Japanese automaker Nissan Motors launched a mid-sized luxury car, named the Nissan Teana. In many markets, it was exported as Nissan Maxima and Nissan Cefiro. However, it should not be confused with the North American Maxima with which it only shares its platform. In Mauritius, it is exported under Nissan Cefiro name.
The first generation J31 Teana was introduced in 2003 in the Japanese market and was based on Nissan FF-L platform. In other Asian markets, it debuted a month later after its launch in Japan. The European market received its share of Teana in 2004.
There were three engine variants used to power the Teana including: a 1998cc, 2349 cc or 3498 cc engines where all mated to automatic transmission. There were certain trim levels offered for first generation Teana including: 200JK, 230JK, 230JM and 350JM. The 2005 model, received revised headlights and taillights, chrome trimming on the bumpers, enlarged fog-lights, front leg-rests and newly-designed gauges. The clear indicators on rear were replaced with amber ones and Xtronic CVT transmission was standard on all versions.
Teana is manufactured in many different countries, for instance, the Dongfeng Motor Company in China manufacture Teana for Chinese market. In Pakistan, the Teana was marketed as Cefiro and manufactured in Karachi. Yulon Motor manufactures Teana in Taiwan. Teana is exported in many countries like India, Russia, Ukraine, New Zealand and Australia. In New Zealand and Australia, Teana has competition with locally produced Mitsubishi 380 and Toyota Aurion as Maxima. The first generation Teana was also built in Thailand from where it was supplied to all ASEAN markets where it competed with D-segment vehicles like Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
The Teana platform is shared by the South Korean Renault Samsung SM7. A lower-sped version of Teana revealed by Renault Samsung in January 2005 has been marketed as second generation (A34R) Renault Samsung SM5 and as Renault Safrane since 2008.
The 200JK trim was not offered in all countries rather a 230JM without a VQ23DE engine was offered as 230JK. The Australian market received ST-L, Ti and Ti-L trims. In 2005, the Ti-L trim was discontinued.
In China, the Dongfeng Motor Company also introduced 1/14 and 1/18 scale models to encourage the sales.
The first generation J31 Teana was called off in 2008.
The second generation which is still running in the market was launched in 2009 as J32 Teana at the Beijing Auto Show.
It shares its D platform with North American Nissan Maxima and Nissan Altima. It is available with a range of engine choices including: a 3498 cc V6, a 2495 cc V6 and 1997 cc in-line four all of which are mated to a continuously variable (CVT) transmission. The design of the car was based on Intima concept unleashed earlier in October 2007.
The car has already been introduced so far in Japan, Taiwan, India, Iran, Mauritius, Russia, China, Brunei, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia.