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Nissan Fuga
NISSAN FUGA logo.png
Manufacturer Nissan Motors
Also called Infiniti M35/45
Production 2004–present
Predecessor Nissan Cedric
Nissan Gloria
Body style(s) 4-door Sedan
Related Nissan Skyline
Nissan Cedric
Nissan Gloria

The Fuga (Japanese: 日産・フーガ) is a full-size luxury car from Nissan of Japan, introduced in October 2004. First shown as the Fuga Concept at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, it is a direct replacement for the long running Cedric and Gloria series of cars. The Fuga is a rear wheel drive sedan riding on an improved version of the Nissan FM platform, used by the Nissan Skyline.[1]

The Fuga is a direct competitor to the Toyota Crown, Honda Legend, and European executive class sedans.

The name of the vehicle was inspired by the Fugue, a composition musical form.

First Generation (Y50, 2004-2009)

Nissan Fuga Y50
2007-present Nissan Fuga 450GT
2007-present Nissan Fuga 450GT
Also called Infiniti M35/45
Production 2004 - 2009
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout/AWD
Engine(s) 2.5 L V6 VQ25DE
2.5 L V6 VQ25HR
3.5 L V6 VQ35DE
3.5 L V6 VQ35HR
4.5 L V8 VK45DE
Transmission(s) 5 speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,900 mm (114.2 in)
Length 4,900 mm (192.9 in)
Width 1,805 mm (71.1 in)
Height 1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Curb weight 1,780 kg (3,900 lb)

When the Nissan Gloria was first introduced in 1959, it was based on a stretched version of the original Nissan Skyline, which was first introduced in 1957. Nissan used this approach again for the Fuga, using the Skyline platform again.

Nissan wanted to create a fresh approach started by the Cedric/Gloria and focus its efforts to compete with European executive mid-sized sports sedans, such as the BMW 5 series, Audi A6, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Jaguar S-Type.

The Fuga began with either "XV" or "GT" trim packages, equivalent to the previous "Brougham" and "Gran Turismo" versions of the Cedric and Gloria.

The Fuga's primary competitor from Toyota is the Toyota Crown Athlete Series, but also competes with the Lexus GS. The Fuga is one level below the Nissan Cima, which is a little larger.

The Fuga is used as an uplevel taxi in Japan.

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Equipment

Aluminum is used in the body, hood, trunk lid and is also used in the doors internally to reduce weight. The front suspension uses a double wishbone setup, also to reduce unsprung weight, and to improve vehicle handling. This type of suspension was previously used on the Cedric/Gloria until 1983, when that platform began to use MacPherson struts for the front suspension, but still uses the multilink rear suspension which was introduced on the Cedric/Gloria in 1979. The Fuga uses aluminum alloy extensively in both the front and rear suspension components.

The GT sports package includes Nissan's 4WS version of HICAS to improve stability and handling.

A driver aid system used in Japan, called Distance Control Assistance, pushes the gas pedal against the foot when the DVD navigation with GPS determines that an unsafe speed is being maintained. If the cruise control is being used, the Distance Control Assistance will reduce speed automatically, and will warn the driver that an adjustment is being made with an audible bell sound.

Body styles

Chassis code (CBA-)Y50 (CBA-P)Y50 (CBA-PN)Y50 (CBA-G)Y50
Engine VQ25DE(NEO) VQ35DE(NEO) VQ35DE(NEO) VK45DE(NEO)
Drive RWD RWD ATTESA E-TS 4WD RWD
Chassis code (DBA-)Y50 (DBA-P)Y50 (DBA-PN)Y50 (CBA-G)Y50
Engine VQ25HR VQ35HR VQ35HR VK45DE(NEO)
Drive RWD RWD ATTESA E-TS 4WD RWD

Engines

Engine code Years Layout Compression (:1) Power, torque@rpm
VQ25DE(NEO) ? 2,495 cubic centimetres (152.3 cu in) (85.0x73.3) V6 10.3 210 metric horsepower (154 kW) @6000, 265 newton metres (195 ft·lbf) @4400
VQ25HR ? 2,495 cubic centimetres (152.3 cu in) (85.0x73.3) V6 10.3 223 metric horsepower (164 kW) @6800, 263 newton metres (194 ft·lbf) @4800
VQ35DE(NEO) ? 2,495 cubic centimetres (152.3 cu in) (85.0x73.3) V6 10.3 280 metric horsepower (206 kW) @6200, 363 newton metres (268 ft·lbf)@4800
VQ35HR ? 3,498 cubic centimetres (213.5 cu in) (95.5x81.4) V6 10.6 313 metric horsepower (230 kW) @6800, 358 newton metres (264 ft·lbf)@4800
VK45DE(NEO) ? 4,494 cubic centimetres (274.2 cu in) (93x82.7) V8 10.5 333 metric horsepower (245 kW), 455 newton metres (336 ft·lbf)@4000@6400,

Specifications

Model 250GT, 250XV 350GT, 350XV 450GT
Layout 6-Cylinder-V-Motor (four stroke), Angle 60° 8-Cylinder-V-Motor (four stroke), 90°
Displacement 2,495 cubic centimetres (152.3 cu in) 3,498 cubic centimetres (213.5 cu in) 4,494 cubic centimetres (274.2 cu in)
Engine type VQ25DE(NEO) VQ35DE(NEO) VK45DE(NEO)
Bore x Stroke(mm) 85x73.3 95.5x81.4 93x82.7
Maximum Power@rpm 210 metric horsepower (154 kW) @6000 280 metric horsepower (206 kW) @6200 333 metric horsepower (245 kW) @6400
Maximum Torque@rpm 265 newton metres (195 ft·lbf) @4400 363 newton metres (268 ft·lbf)@4800 455 newton metres (336 ft·lbf)@4000
Compression ratio (:1) 10.3 10.3 10.5:1
Valve gear Chain driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Transmission 5 speed automatic with manual mode
Suspension front Double-wishbone axle, coil springs
Suspension rear Multi-link axle, coil springs
Brakes Power assisted disc brakes
Steering Rack & pinion, servo assisted
optional All wheel steering "Super-Hicas"
Body Steel monocoque, mit Hilfsrahmen
Track front/rear 1540/1555mm
Wheelbase 2900 mm
Length x breadth x height 4930 x 1805 x 1510 mm
Weight empty 1670 kg 1700–1760 kg 1770–1800 kg
Top speed not published
0–100 km/h not published
Consumption (L./100 Kilometer, Japanese std cycle) 9,0 High octane 10,7–11,5 High octane 12,4 High octane
Domestic price ¥ 3,969–4,200 Mio. (12/07)
EUR equivalent € 25.800–27.300
¥ 4,494–5,334 Mio. (12/07)
EUR equivalent € 29.200–34.700
¥ 5,712–6,279 Mio. (2008)
EUR equivalent € 37.100–40.800

Marketing

When the Fuga was first introduced for sale October 14, 2004 the advertising campaign used a musical composition in the fugue style, using the work "Vortex". The composer of this work was Akihiko Matsumoto, who was the composer of the music for the popular TV series Bayside Shakedown in Japan. The music was played in three movements by a full orchestra for 42 minutes and 7 seconds, and a recording was given to dealers in Japan as a promotional DVD for customers, free of charge.

Second generation (Y51, 2009-)

Nissan Fuga Y51
Nissan Fuga Hybrid (2010-)
Also called Infiniti M37/56/35 Hybrid
Production 2009-
Body style(s) 4-door sedan
Layout FR layout/AWD
Engine(s) 2.5 L V6 VQ25HR
3.7 L V6 VQ37VHR
3.5 L V6 (Hybrid)
Transmission(s) 7 speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,900 mm (114.2 in)
Length 4,945 mm (194.7 in)
Width 1,845 mm (72.6 in)
Height 1,500 mm (59.1 in)
Curb weight 1,720 kg (3,800 lb)

The next generation Nissan Fuga, to be introduced as the Infiniti M, was previewed in Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.[2] The new Fuga debuted at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show.

Fuga Hybrid (2010-)


References

  • Automobil Revue, Katalognummer 2006 (Technical data)
  • Nissan Fuga: Japanese sales brochure, Print Reference C2108-1201AAA, 2007 (Data 450 GT and Prices)

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