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Nissan Laurel
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Large sedan and coupé line positioned above the Nissan Bluebird, originally with similar, boxy styling, but enlarged. Prince OHC units at launch. The Laurel tended to evolve with the times: swoopy, then boxy styling for the 1970s. As the 1980s dawned, the coupé disappeared (the Nissan Leopard had been launched), and the Laurel went on with four-door sedan and hardtop styles. Nissan steadfastly refused to go aero for most of the 1980s and the Laurel suffered from Americanesque styling from a decade before, and by 1988, when rectifying its mistake, the Laurel could only be had as a hardtop sedan—in fact the last production car in the world to have a true, four-door pillarless style. By then it was mostly a home-market model with limited appeal—in some export markets, it was the first-generation Cefiro that wound up with duties in this segment, and sometimes with a Laurel badge (Laurel Altima or Laurel Cefiro). Pillared hardtops followed till Nissan found itself in deep financial difficulty, and the Laurel, with virtually no export appeal, was one of the casualties as the new millennium began. Always rear-wheel drive, sometimes all-wheel drive (toward the end).

Marque: Nissan | Successor: Nissan Teana


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