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Japanese Car Auction Find – 2012 Nissan Teana 250XL

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Since Nissan has just showed us official images for the 2016 Nissan Maxima, we thought today would be a good day to showcase an older Maxima model up for auction in Japan.

Anytime you’re looking for a specific model in our Integrity Exports Japanese car auction database, it’s always a good idea to double-check the Japanese production name. In this case, the Maxima is sold as the Teana in Japan. So, today we’re looking at a 2012 Nissan Teana:

2012 Nissan Teana auction find

The Nissan Teana is sold in Japan as a luxury midsize sedan. Today’s model is a badge-engineered Japanese version of the US Altima, but back in 2012, the car was its own distinct model. This would’ve been the last model year in the Teana’s second generation of production. Codenamed J32, the second-gen Teana was built on the same Nissan D platform used in the Maxima and Murano.

As you can see on the auction sheet at the bottom of this post, this particular auction find is a Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection. That means it features a special high-torque 2.5L petrol engine paired with a DOHC supercharger that, all told, outputs 165 bhp at 5600 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. This is more torque at a lower rev than every other 2012 Teana model except the top-of-the-line 350XV version.

2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection

Looking at the car’s design, you can clearly see that this is an entry-level premium sports car. The body is smooth and refined, with clean-cut chrome accents that extend back from the fog lights along the side of the car. The grille is a 2012 classic – the thick horizontal grille that was a Nissan favorite just a couple years ago.

The second-gen Teana’s aesthetics may be a bit on the plain side by today’s standards, but the car looks good and this auction find is in great shape, so it’s hard to complain.

2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection interior

The interior is a fitting follow-up to the exterior design. It’s very, very spacious with oodles of leg room for both front and rear passengers. The seats are comfortable with leather upholstery, and the dashboard is simple and easy to navigate. It doesn’t have any fancy LCD screens, but it does have a digital display for music and vehicle information.

All in all, this 2012 Nissan Teana 250XL Sport Selection is in great shape with an interior grade of B and an overall rating of 4.5. For more details, continue reading below the auction sheet:

2012 Nissan Teana auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered August 2012, FAT, AAC, 250 XL Sporty Selection model, service book, original alloy wheels, power steering, power windows, leather, airbag, seats and steering wheel worn, scratches and dents and repairs, replaced panel and other marks as per map”

Redesigned 2015 Toyota Camry Coming to New York Auto Show

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Toyota Camry

Toyota has just announced that their best-selling Camry sedan will receive its first major design changes since 2011 for the 2015 model year. Furthermore, we will see those changes in-the-metal at the upcoming 2014 New York Auto Show, where the new sedan will make its official debut.

We first heard rumors about a Camry facelift towards the end of last year when the Corolla and Avalon were seeing their own major changes. Toyota had said that they would be paying “significant attention” to the Camry in 2014, so this isn’t a major surprise. However, while the surprise isn’t major, the redesign is alleged to be.

Apparently, another automotive blog, AutoGuide, has an informant inside Toyota’s Design Research team, and they’ve hinted at some of the specific changes we can expect from next year’s model. But let’s back up a bit first…

Toyota Furia Concept

In January, Toyota’s US Head of Design, Kevin Hunter, readily admitted that the current Camry is, frankly, boring. As such, Toyota told us that the new Camry would be more “emotional” and “impactful” than its current iteration. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re remembering the Toyota Furia Concept (above), which eventually led to the new Toyota Corolla.

We now know exactly where the new Toyota Camry will take its “emotional” and “impactful” inspiration from – the highly acclaimed Scion FR-S / Toyota GT 86, pictured below:

Toyota GT 86

Since 2011, the Camry’s year-to-year design updates have been limited to new headlights and taillights, or maybe a slightly altered grille on a good year. However, it looks as if the new Camry will be an all-around more aggressive-looking car. And a more competitive car too – AutoGuide’s source specifically claimed that the new Camry will have “much better styling and technology than the Accord.”

Specific aesthetic changes that the informant confirmed include a front-end design reminiscent of the Scion FR-S, featuring a large, low-hanging mesh grille with the iconic Toyota logo situated just above. He also hinted that the rear-end styling will evoke the Lexus ES sedan.

2014 Lexus ES Rear View

 In addition to the numerous exterior changes, the 2015 Toyota Camry will apparently receive extensive interior updates. This is to be expected, since Honda and Nissan have both been able to deliver high-quality, premium interiors in their current iterations of the Accord and Altima. The onus is on Toyota to surpass their competitors with a luxurious and high-tech interior of their own. Early rumors hint at a completely overhauled interior trim, along with new technologies like a customizable thin-film-transistor (TFT) display for the front dash.

Mechanically, the new Camry might not get any new powertrain configurations (we still don’t know one way or another), but it definitely will offer better driving dynamics through a retuned suspension.

The new Camry can’t come soon enough for Toyota, as their 12-year best-selling sedan is in danger of losing its title for the 2014MY. In the first two months of the year, the Camry has actually fallen behind the Nissan Altima in total sales. It seems that drivers are finally tired of the boring-but-reliable Camry, so we’re definitely looking forward to seeing what Toyota can bring to the table to spice up their currently bland sedan.