The Evolution of the Sports Sedan: Nissan Shows Off the 2016 Maxima
Nissan recently celebrated industry sports sedans in a unique way: a vintage car road trip. Stretching from Los Angeles to Monterey, Nissan drove a 2016 Maxima, 1967 Datsun 411, and a 1972 Datsun 510. Straight out of the museum to the hot road, these classics had no trouble keeping up with the state-of-the-art Maxima.
According to Nissan, the Evolution of the Sports Sedan rolling event took aim at Monterey largely for this year’s Monterey Motorsports Reunion. For those unfamiliar with Datsun, it is a Japanese automotive brand that dates back to 1931. Nissan owns the company, and it was recently relaunched in 2013. Famous for high-quality, low-cost vehicles, Datsun has some of the most iconic sports cars on the road, including the 411 and 510.
“The Datsun 411 and Datsun 510 helped establish Nissan in the United States, while the Maxima today continues as the flagship of our sedan lineup,” said Pierre Long, VP of Product Planning. “We think the three vehicles will attract a lot of interest and we look forward to sharing them with car enthusiasts from all over the world gathering for the weekend’s various activities.”
Fans who followed the three-car run also saw the iconic No. 75 Le Mans Nissan 300ZX racer take laps around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The new Maxima fit in well among famous performance cars like the 411, 510, and 300ZX.