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Nissan launches all-new Lafesta Highway STAR minivan

YOKOHAMA (June 15, 2011) – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced the launch of the all-new Nissan Lafesta Highway STAR minivan, which will go on sale today at Nissan dealers across Japan.

The redesigned Lafesta Highway STAR is a new MPV with sleek design, high functionality and strong environmental performance.

Its exterior features a horizontal chrome grille up front and a striking aerodynamic design – expressing sportiness and a bold presence – characteristic of the Nissan Highway STAR series. Upgraded features and amenities include the adoption of dual power sliding rear doors for easy entry / exit and versatile, easy-to-use seat configurations. The Lafesta Highway STAR is also equipped with an idle stop system, which helps it achieve the best-in-class fuel economy * 1 of 16.0 km / L under the Japanese test cycle in 10-15 * 2 mode for emissions certification and fuel economy performance.

Each new Lafesta Highway STAR class achieves Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SU-LEV) certification by emitting 75% less tailpipe emissions than 2005 standards. As two-wheel drive (2WD) versions improve energy efficiency by adopting a direct injection engine, many of them benefit from the tax exemption for environmentally friendly vehicles * 3, with taxes on the acquisition and weight of automobiles being reduced by 75 % or 50%. percent, depending on rank and options.

In 2010, Nissan presented its two-pillar strategy to reduce CO2 emissions: “zero emissions” and “PURE DRIVE”. PURE DRIVE vehicles are designed to achieve best-in-class fuel economy for production models by equipping them with optimal next-generation eco-technologies such as idle shutdown, clean diesel and hybrid systems. In Japan, the new Lafesta Highway STAR * 4 is the sixth in the PURE DRIVE series of vehicles with the idle stop system to be introduced. The new Lafesta Highway Star will only be offered for sale in the Japanese domestic market.

The main features of the new Lafesta Highway STAR include:

1. Stylish design of Highway STAR

2. Excellent functionality which meets various needs of customers

3. High levels of driving and environmental performance

Presentation of Nissan Lafesta Highway STAR
1. Design


The sporty Highway STAR design projects a strong presence with its iconic horizontal chrome grille, which is widely adopted in Highway STAR models. Plus, an aerodynamic front bumper, side sill protector, and body-color rear bumper all help to emphasize the vehicle’s wide seat and low center of gravity. The side panels combine strong character lines and surfaces flowing from the nose to the side, while the rear license finish is mounted on a chrome horizontal bar stamped with the vehicle’s name. The new Lafesta Highway STAR is available in five exterior colors, including Sparkling Black (P) which underlines its sportiness.


The extensive use of black in the refined interior design provides a sense of elegance and sportiness.

With the edge of the speedometer hood as a starting point, the instrument panel is designed to hug the driver, for a cockpit feel. The use of chrome and silver finishes accentuates the sportiness of the interior. Black jacquard seat fabric available with brown piping and stitching adds to the premium feel of the interior (Highway STAR G).

2. Packaging, seats and sliding doors


The refined interior of the Lafesta Highway STAR includes theater-style seats, where each row of seats is raised slightly so that the hip point of each passenger gradually rises from the front seat to the third row seat. This helps to improve visibility for all occupants. Although it offers the ample interior space of a Class Three Series vehicle (according to the Japanese tax classification system), its small minimum turning radius of 5.3 meters is equal to that of a Class Five car. .


Flexible seats have been adopted, with captain’s chairs that can be quickly transformed into a bench seat by placing a seating surface (retracted into the tray under the seat of the second row passenger seat when not in use) between the second row seats. Versatile seating configurations are available, depending on the number of passengers and the amount of luggage, with the use of flexible seats and the third row of 50/50 split seats. The seats in the third row can also be reclined. A special seat fabric with a cleanable function – liquids and oil stains can be easily removed – is adopted for the Highway STAR G.

Double electric sliding doors

Large double power sliding doors, with an opening width of 686 millimeters, provide added convenience for entering and exiting the STAR Highway in small parking spaces or for those with small children or infants. Power sliding doors can be easily operated with the smart key or switch on the dashboard (standard on Highway STAR G, factory installed option for other trim levels). An automatic retracting touch function has been adopted for the power sliding doors to prevent anything getting stuck in the door.

3. Environmental conduct and performance


An advanced 2.0-liter direct-injection engine is offered with 2WD versions, combining strong driving performance with high fuel efficiency while delivering high torque. Fuel economy is considered best in class. For the 4WD versions, a 2.0L engine is adopted, which provides an agile and smooth ride.

A five-speed electronic automatic transmission with manual shifting mode is adopted for the 2-wheel drive versions, while the four-wheel-drive (4-wheel-drive) versions feature an electronic four-speed automatic transmission.


The Lafesta Highway STAR uses a four-wheel independent multi-link rear suspension, providing a sporty ride and safe straight-line stability at higher speeds. The high rigidity of the body also contributes to the stability and comfort of the passengers.

Idle shutdown system

The idle shutdown system is standard on Highway STAR G (2WD) and Highway STAR (2WD) grades. The idle shutdown system automatically shuts the engine off when the car is stationary, such as when you are waiting at a traffic light, for better fuel efficiency. When the car is not moving while driving on a gentle slope with the idling stop system activated, the Idling Stop Start Assist function prevents the car from rolling backwards, even if the driver takes their foot off the brake.

When the idle stop is activated, the air conditioner operates only as a fan. If it detects an increase in the cabin temperature, the engine will restart and the air conditioning will turn back on to ensure a comfortable space in the cabin.

Other key safety and environmental technologies

Automatic headlamp system (Standard on the STAR G motorway, factory-installed option on other grades)

Halogen headlights (projector type with low beam / manual control)

Xenon headlights (projector type with low beam / automatic control) (factory installed option)

Front bumper fitted with halogen fog lights (standard on the STAR G motorway)

Raised LED stop light

Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) functionality with Traction Control System (TCS) included (standard on Highway STAR 2WD and Highway STAR G 2WD)

ABS (Antilock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), Brake Assist

Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) curtain airbags, driver and passenger seats SRS side airbag system (factory installed option on Highway STAR and Highway STAR G)

SRS airbag system for driver and front passenger seats

Body construction for pedestrian protection

Each grade achieves SU-LEV certification, emitting 75% less tailpipe emissions than 2005 standards

ECO indicator installed on the dashboard, which feeds the driver information for a more fuel efficient driving, judged by the degree of depression of the accelerator and the speed of the vehicle

The new Lafesta Highway STAR is supplied to Nissan by Mazda Motor Corporation on an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) basis. Lafesta JOY X, which has been popular for its full range of equipment and affordability, will continue to be available and produced at Nissan’s Kyushu plant. With the Lafesta Highway STAR and the Lafesta JOY, Nissan strives to provide attractive minivans to meet a wide range of customer needs.

Sales target 1,200 units / month

Price range from 1,991,850 yen to 2,483,250 yen including consumption tax

Sales launch events Sat June 18 – Sun June 19 and Sat June 25 – Sun June 26 2011

* 1: 2.0L gasoline engine minivan for seven passengers (Nissan internal figures as of March 2011)

* 2: Highway STAR fuel economy (2WD)

* 3: By achieving both SU-LEV certification by emitting 75% less exhaust emissions than 2005 standards and 25% improvement in fuel consumption compared to 2010 standards, the car acquisition tax for new vehicles registered before March 31, 2012 will receive a 75% reduction. The tax on the weight of new vehicles registered before April 30, 2012 will benefit from a reduction of 75%.

By achieving both SU-LEV certification by emitting 75% less tailpipe emissions than 2005 standards and a 20% or 15% improvement in fuel consumption over 2010 standards, the tax d he car purchase for new vehicles registered by March 31, 2012 will benefit from a 50% reduction. The tax on the weight of new vehicles registered before April 30, 2012 will benefit from a reduction of 50%.

* 4: Highway STAR G (2WD) and Highway STAR (2WD)

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