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Bye-bye to Nissan's beauty coupe

Nissan confirms it is discontinuing the gorgeous but slow-selling Altima Coupe

Published: August 1, 2013, 1:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:05 PM

2011 Nissan Altima Coupe

It comes as no great surprise, but it's still disappointing. Nissan has confirmed that it is discontinuing its gorgeous but slow-selling Altima Coupe.

The hand-writing was on the wall when the Altima sedan was redesigned for the 2013 model year but the coupe was not.

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The 2012 coupe – which was introduced to supplement the previous-generation Altima sedan lineup in model-year 2008 – carried on essentially unchanged, as a single model, for the 2013 model year. But that will be its last.

While it is arguably one of the prettiest cars currently on the market, as well as in the Nissan lineup, the coupe has never been a big seller. That sad fact is not so much a function of the car itself as the genre.

Sales of mid-size coupes, once the most desirable cars in that segment, have been on the decline since before the Altima Coupe was introduced and it couldn't buck that trend.

Toyota dropped its Solara model in 2008 and none of the North-American or Korean automakers market a current front-wheel-drive, mid-size coupe.

The only one remaining, once the Altima goes, is the Honda Accord Coupe, which was redesigned along with the Accord sedan for the 2013 model year.