TOKYO - Nissan Motor Co. has launched a new Serena minivan in the Japanese market, but it won't reach Europe. The current European Serena will stay in production in Spain at least until the early 2000s.
In Japan, the Serena has been reworked for the first time in eight years. The former mid-engined, rear-wheel-drive layout gives way to a model with front-wheel drive and the engine in the front.
The new Japanese Serena shares a platform with the Nissan Sunny. It has sliding rear doors on both sides.
It comes with two engine choices: a 2.5-liter direct-injection in-line four-cylinder diesel unit, or a 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline version, mated to a continuously variable transmission.