Common Name: Cedric
Model: Cedric Patrol Car
Engine: V6 DOHC (VQ30DD)
Dimensions: 4860 mm x 1770 mm x 1440 mm
Wheelbase: 2800 mm
Weight: 1710 kg
Model Number: 58
Made In: China
The Nissan Cedric is a large automobile produced by Nissan since 1960. It was developed to provide upscale transportation, competing with the Prince Skyline and Gloria which were later merged into the Nissan family. In later years, the Nissan Skyline was positioned as a sports sedan/coupe, whereas the Nissan Gloria was turned into a sporty version of the Cedric (with identical styling but using a different radiator grille and front & rear light clusters). In Japan, the Cedric/Gloria series was affectionately called Cedglo, and this long running series finally came to an end in October 2004, replaced by the Nissan Fuga. The Cedric name is still in use though, on the Y31 fleet vehicle, updated in 2005 and still in production. Throughout the many versions of the Cedric, it was always considered to be the prime competitor to the Toyota Crown. The hood ornament was inspired by the diamond pattern used by Lincoln but was changed to two right angles set next to each other.
According to Japanese Wikipedia, the Cedric name was inspired by the main character, Cedric, in Francis Hodgson Burnett’s novel “Little Lord Fauntleroy” by the Nissan CEO at the time Katsuzi Kawamata.
The Y34 entered production in 1998 and lasted through 2004.
The line-up consisted of the 250L and LV (naturally aspirated 2.5 litre V-6), 300LV (naturally aspirated 3 litre V-6) and 300LX/300VIP (3 litre turbo V-6), all with rear wheel drive; additionally there was the 250L/LV Four featuring all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged version of Nissan’s 2.5 litre inline six diesel. Direct injection is added to all engines for improved performance and reduced emissions, signified by the “DD” designation in the engine model number. AWD is only available on vehicles equipped with the RB25DET engine. A CVT transmission was available on the 300 VIP-Z and 300 LX-ZS trim levels. Top level Cedrics are comparable to the newly released Nissan Cima, which is similar to the top of the line Nissan President but not as long. Autech releases a special 40th anniversary of the Cedric, with the VQ30DET engine.