Nissan Altima Sedan History
Nissan first introduced the Altima in 1993 to contend in the extremely competitive mid-size sedan segment. Since its introduction, the Altima has given other mid-size sedans a run for their money, becoming one of the top sellers in the segment.
The Altima is a continuation of Nissan’s Bluebird line, which was first introduced to the industry in 1957. This mid-size sedan is produced exclusively in the United States, first exclusively in Smyrna, Tennessee, and now in Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi, plant. It is not only sold in North and South America, but also in the Middle East and Australia.
When it was first introduced, the Nissan Altima was offered in four different trim levels (XE, GXE, SE, and GLE). Now, it is offered with a variety of trim levels and powertrains, including a hybrid powertrain and Technoloyg packages that offer a bit of everything.
Nissan Altima Sedan Awards
Throughout its years on the market, the Nissan Altima has been named the 2002 North American Car of the Year and earned the highest possible safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of 5-Stars in 2010. Other awards the Altima has won include:
- Edmunds.com 2013 “17 Best Cars You Can Buy”
- AutoPacific 2013 Most Ideal Mid-Size Car
- Kelley Blue Book’s Ten Best Sedans Under $25,000
- Kiplinger’s 2013 Buyer’s Guide Best New Car in the $25-30K Segment