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The Nissan Serena started life as a very small people carrier, but grew larger over time. Earlier versions were FR layout with a live axle mounted on leaf springs. Later versions had a multilink independent rear suspension, and were FF layout or 4WD. The most popular versions were the 2.3 diesel engines and it was unusual as the MPV had 8 seats instead of the usual 7.


MkI C23 series (1991-1999)

Mid-90s Nissan Serena

These versions had 1.6 and 2.0 petrol or 2.3 diesel engines. Trim levels were LX, SLX, SGX and SGXi.

Until around 2002 the standard petrol engine was an SR20DE. In the early nineties, Nissan produced a version with the turbocharged SR20DET to carry people very rapidly.[1] From 2002 onwards the Serena used the QR20DE and QR25DE. A variety of other engines were used over the years, including diesels specifically the CD20 (for commercial van version) and the CD20T 1973 cc Diesel Turbo for people movers.

Models were manufactured in Japan from 1991 onwards, many have now been imported into Australasia and the United Kingdom. Nissan produced many different versions FX, SX etc. Full-Auto (full time) 4WD versions were also produced providing greater stability and better handling. The 2.3 non turbo diesel was never manufactured for the Japanese market and its seating arrangement and interior fittings are not the same as the 2.0 petrol (SR20DE), 2.0 Diesel CD20 and Turbo Diesel CD20T models manufactured in Japan for the local market.

Auto-Express once named the Serena as the slowest passenger car in the benchmark 0-60 mph (now 62 mph) test.

Had the Nissan Quest/Mercury Villager never been developed for the North American market, this would most likely have been the MPV sold in the North American market, where it would have not only competed with its most formidable and principle competitor in the home JDM market, the Toyota Estima/Previa, but also the Chrysler Corporation minivans had it ever been sold there. The engines that would have been most likely sold in the MPV in that market would have been either the SR20DE, and the SR20DET to compete with the Estima/Previa's supercharged 2TZ-FZE, in addition to competitive V6 powered minivans/MPVs by the Domestic Big Three American auto manufacturers.



Nissan Vanette
Nissan Vanette Cargo front 20071007.jpg
Manufacturer Nissan Motors
Production 1996 - 2001
Class Van
Related LDV Cub
Nissan Serena

The Nissan Vanette was a series of small vans manufactured in Spain by Nissan Motors. The van was produced in two versions, the Vanette E, which shared the basic body shell with the Nissan Serena people carrier, differing only in not having rear windows and passenger seats, and the Vanette Cargo, which was longer and had a higher roof line from behind the front seats. The British van manufacturer LDV Limited entered into an agreement with Nissan to sell a re-branded version of the Vanette Cargo, this was sold in Britain as the LDV Cub.

The van was discontinued in 2001 and replaced by a re-badged version of the Opel Vivaro called the Nissan Primastar, which is produced in Luton, England and Barcelona, Spain.


The Nissan Serena Mk1 is said to have an image problem by many, in particular former Top Gear presenter Quentin Willson, who remarked in 1997 that 'the Nissan Serena was about as seductive as a skip and as desirable as an old shoe.' The Nissan Serena also held the dubious honour of Britain's slowest-accelerating car for many years, with a 0-60 time of 20.8 seconds.

MkII c24 (1999-2005)

2nd generation

These versions had a facelift with a wider variety of engines and colours.

  • Non facelift: 2.0L engine
  • Facelifted: 2.5L engine
  • YD25DDTi 2.5 L diesel

MkIII c25 (2005-Present)

3rd generation

This model is also sold as the Suzuki Landy in Japan
In 2007 and 2008, Serena C25 is the best selling minivan in Japan.


  1. ^ Shields, Jeremy et al. (2006). High Performance Imports 67. Express Motoring Publications. p. 106.  


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