Common Name: Cima
Model Number: 104
Made In: China
The Nissan Cima is a large luxury sedan produced by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. for the Japanese market. The car’s name is derived from Spanish for “summit”. The hood ornament uses an image of an acanthus leaf. The acanthus leaf was commonly used by classical Greeks to make a wreath for use as a crown. The Cima eventually replaced the venerable Nissan Cedric / Nissan Gloria as Nissan’s premier sedan, just below the limosiune Nissan President, on which the current Cima is mechanically related.
Following the Y32 Cedric/Gloria’s June 1991 launch, the Cima was redesigned and introduced in August 1991. The car is now simply known as the Cima. The styling was more luxury-oriented with Jaguar overtones, noticeably different from the sporty first-generation Cima.
Initially the Cima was only available with the VH41DE, a short-stroke version of the VH45DE found in the first Infiniti Q45. The air suspension introduced in the previous generation was retained along with active suspension that was available on the USA-spec Infiniti Q45. Its appearance was said to reflect a more British appearance, both inside and out. An analog clock, found on most USA-spec Infinitis during the same time period, also appeared in this vehicle. AWD and a V8 engine were also added to the options list.
The primary competitor for this version is the Toyota Crown Majesta which also has a V8 engine.