The Nissan Altima is an extension of the Nissan Bluebird lineup, manufactured by the Japanese automaker, Nissan. The Nissan Altima is a mid-size sedan that was constructed in 1957, and it is the leading selling car among the products of Nissan. The Nissan Altima chiefly contends in the mainstream mid-size car category in the United States in opposition to its major competitors, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, managing to turn out to be the second top-selling sedan in the United States during 2011.
The Nissan Altima has traditionally been bigger, more influential, and more comfortable than the Nissan Sentra, but it is less powerful and luxurious than the Nissan Maxima. The Nissan Altima is solely manufactured in America and legitimately sold in South and North America, in company with Australia and the Middle East. For other automotive markets, Nissan sells an associated mid-size car called the Nissan Teana, which slots between the Maxima and Altima in terms of dimensions.
The word Altima in the name Nissan Altima indicates a leading trim lineup of the Nissan Leopard for the Japanese automotive market in 1986, which is followed by the Nissan Laurel medium-size sedan sold in the Caribbean and Central America before 1992. Nissan stopped manufacturing its much-condemned Stanza in 1992, changing it with the US-constructed Altima and also the Bluebird, though remaining a compact sedan. The very first Nissan Altima rolled off the assembly line on November 15, 1992, as a 1993 model. All models of the Nissan Altima had been constructed in Smyrna in Tennessee, pending June 2004, when the Nissan's Canton plant in Mississippi started constructing supplementary Altima models to meet the towering demand.
The new Altima was derived from the Nissan Bluebird, although its original styling was originated from the California design studio of Nissan in 1989. Initially, the official name of the car was the Stanza Altima that appears on the previous car owners’ manuals. The 1993 models of the Nissan Altima are marked with the sticker, holding the word "Stanza" in small writing to the left of the ALTIMA symbol on the trunk cover.
After coming across four generations up to 2012, the 2013 model of the Nissan Altima is the fifth generation model is derived from the concept of the Nissan Ellure sedan, and a revamped Altima was released for sale during the 2012 summer as the 2013 model year vehicle.
In spite of the bigger size of the current Nissan Altima when compared to the size of the earlier model, the fresh Nissan Altima is more frivolous than its predecessor, as well. This current Altima model continues to be the most frivolous midsize vehicle in its category, which is mostly because of its efficient application of high strength aluminum and steel in areas, like the hood, trunk, and in the roof. The front part of the current Nissan Altima shares the identical innovative corporate grille as the 2012 model Versa with extra angular headlights than the rounded ones of the Versa. The Nissan Altima draws a lot of styling impacts from the style of a coke bottle, a look that was popular during the period between the 1960s and the1970s, a return to an emergence Nissan employed during that time.