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Nissan celebrates almost-win with 20th anniversary Altima

Posted by Bill Griffith  November 22, 2011 03:10 PM

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Nissan came within 205 units of topping the Toyota Camry in October. That’s the closest Nissan has come to being No. 1 in this country. The crown has been dominated by Camry in recent years, and before that, by the Honda Accord and the Ford Taurus.

With the new 2012 Camry and the end of Toyota’s earthquake-induced shortages, Nissan may have just missed its best shot at outselling the Camry. However, being ahead of the Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and the Ford Fusion is a prestigious accomplishment.

To celebrate, Nissan is offering a 20th anniversary edition package that will include special badging, 16-inch aluminum alloy wheels, fog lights, spoiler, automatic headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Bluetooth for $950, a savings of $900.

Nissan seemingly introduced the Altima out of nowhere in 1992, wedging it between the compact Sentra and mid-sized Maxima.

The move worked. Now, as the product line has evolved, the Maxima has grown to a near-luxury full-size vehicle and the Versa has joined a four-car Nissan parade as a spacious subcompact with the Altima becoming force in the midsized market.

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