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News of  April 11, 2001


All-New Nissan Altima Sedan to Debut at New York Auto Show; Live Webcast Planned 

GARDENA, Calif. - On Wednesday, April 11 at the 2001 New York International Auto Show, Nissan North America, Inc. will reveal a revolutionary new sedan -- the all-new, next generation 2002 Nissan Altima.

Nissan will provide a live webcast of the announcement press conference beginning at 2:45 p.m. EST on Wednesday, April 11, 2001.  The webcast is accessible at

The all-new Altima is scheduled to go on sale in the United States and Canada in September 2001 as a 2002 model.  The all-new, third generation midsized sedan is a radical departure from the previous compact model, with a much larger, avant-garde styled exterior, a choice of powerful 4- and 6-cylinder engines, completely new, cockpit-style interior with different "atmospheres," a Bose(R) audio system with in-dash 6 CD changer, and a new, performance-tuned suspension with 16- and 17-inch wheels and tires.

"The 2002 Altima is the cure for the common sedan," said Bill Kirrane, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc.  "It's designed to shake up the affordable sedan market."

Also scheduled for the New York press conference is the U.S. debut of the Chappo Concept vehicle.  Originally unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Auto Show, Chappo features a compact, asymmetrical, "two-box" city car exterior design and an interior that is designed to be a social, mobile space -- a virtual "living room on wheels."  Chappo indicates the direction for future Nissan "city" vehicles.

(April 9, 2001)

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