The new Lafesta Highway Star from Nissan is the product of the collaboration between Nissan and Mazda under their original equipment manufacturing (OEM) deal last January. Back then, it was reported that the Japanese market Mazda Premacy (known as the Mazda5 MPV in Europe and North America) will be available as a Nissan in the Asian island nation.
The transformation of the Mazda5 into the Lafesta Highway Star has since been completed. Recent reports say that the new Lafesta Highway Star is large but isn’t particularly impressive.
Nissan adorned this MPV with numerous badges. It revised the lights, the hood, and the bumpers. It also smoothed out the Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom profile lines and it even added a chrome strip between the tail lamps. Customers can choose from three sets of wheels, which are far from being stylish. The body is available in five color options, including the customary white, black, and metallic grays.
Powering the Nissan Lafesta Highway Star is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine mated to an automatic transmission with five-speeds in the front-wheel drive model and four-speeds in the all-wheel drive versions.
Presently offered only in Japan, this vehicle costs between JPY1,991,850 to JPY2,483,250 ($24,650 to $30,700). Nissan expects this model to have monthly sales that average 1,200 units. In this OEM contract, Mazda will supply the Bongo Van/Truck (sold as the Nissan Vanette Van/Truck) to Nissan. Meanwhile, Nissan provides the AD/AD Expert (sold as the Mazda Familia Van).