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Nissan Executive Vice President José Muñoz Presents New 2016 Altima at Automotive Press Association Meeting in Detroit

September 22, 2015
By Business Wire News


Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. executive vice president and North America chairman José Muñoz today pulled the wraps off the extensively redesigned 2016 Nissan Altima. It is scheduled to go on sale in November at Nissan dealers nationwide with a starting MSRP of $22,500 USD*.

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José Muñoz presents new 2016 Altima in Detroit (Photo: Business Wire)

José Muñoz presents new 2016 Altima in Detroit (Photo: Business Wire)

“The new 2016 Altima has been transformed in one of the most extensive mid-cycle product makeovers in Nissan history – outside, inside and under the skin,” said Muñoz. “The new Altima offers class-leading** standard fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon highway for Altima 2.5-liter engine equipped models. No other mid-size sedan has shown consistent fuel economy gains over the last decade like Altima has, including a 26 percent increase since 2006.”

The 2016 Altima offers a wide-ranging list of enhancements, including a refreshed exterior following the new Nissan “Energetic Flow” design language introduced on the all-new 2015 Murano and 2016 Maxima. The redesign offers a new lowered muscular front fascia, distinctive V-motion grille, new hood and fenders with tailored character lines, and available signature LED boomerang headlights and Daytime Running Lights.

The new Altima interior design includes a new C-stack and cupholder design, available 5.0-inch and 7.0-inch displays, reshaped seats and new soft-touch seat and door panel materials and custom finishers – providing a premium look and feel throughout.

In addition, the Altima model lineup has been expanded for 2016 with a new Altima SR grade featuring 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, smoked headlights, paddle shifters, rear spoiler, unique suspension tuning and sport interior accents.

“The new Altima SR is a real sporting vehicle, not just a marketing package,” said Muñoz. “Best of all, we’ve positioned it just above the Altima 2.5 S model, so it remains attainable to most Altima buyers. And, we’re also offering an SR model with the more powerful 3.5-liter V6.”

All 2016 Altima grade levels feature retuned steering and suspension, providing greatly enhanced ride comfort, handling and quietness, and performance has been further refined with the next-generation Xtronic transmission’s third-generation D-step logic, which simulates traditional automatic transmission shift points.

Upgraded technology features include standard Siri™ Eyes Free and NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps (except 2.5 grade), available NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, and NissanConnect Services Powered by SiriusXM® telematics (subscription required, sold separately).

The list of available Altima safety features has also been expanded and includes class-exclusive*** Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), radar-based Blind Sport Warning (BSW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).

With the addition of the new SR model, the 2016 Altima is available in a choice of seven models – 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SR, 2.5 SV, 2.5 SL, 3.5 SR and 3.5 SL. The five 2.5-liter models feature a 182-horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine, while 3.5-liter Altimas offer a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6.

“Altima has experienced five consecutive years of sales growth in the segment, a feat that no other mid-size car can claim,” added Muñoz. “And, Altima sales have grown more than 60 percent since 2009, the start of the economic recovery. We have every reason to believe that with the arrival soon of this new 2016 Altima, those trends will continue upward for the foreseeable future.”

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About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at and, or visit the U.S. media sites and

About Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014.

Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at

*2016 Altima 2.5 base model. MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and $825 USD destination charges. Dealer sets actual price. Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.
**JD Power Segmentation. MY16 Altima 2.5 SL with Tech Package or 3.5 SL with Tech Package vs. in market MY15/16 competitors in mid-size car segment. Information from manufacturers’ websites.
***2016 EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 39 (Highway). Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

Dan Bedore, 615-725-5238
Director, Nissan Division U.S. Communications
Wendy Payne, 248-488-4227
Manager, North Central Region Communications