In 1960 Nissan began the production of a 4-door sedan and named it ‘Nissan Cedric’. When Nissan and Prince Motors merged, the Prince Skyline (Nissan Skyline), Prince Gloria (Nissan Gloria), and Nissan Cedric were almost the same models competing against each other, this led to some restructuring whereby the Skyline was positioned as a sports-oriented car, the Gloria became a luxurious version of the Cedric, while the Cedric remained as it was. As years passed Cedric and Gloria were made as identical twins, very difficult to tell which is which.
Third Generation Cedric
The Cedric 230 series was built between 1971 and 1975. The coke-bottle-designed Cedric also known as the Datsun 200/220/240/260/300C is a four-door sedan with round headlights, a chrome bumper, and fender-mounted side mirrors. The Cedric 230 is a six-seater (or five-seater) with a bench at the front that accommodates three passengers and a bench at the rear that accommodates three passengers as well. The dash is simple featuring three squarish instrument panels, a radio, fan controllers, and fan vents underneath.
The Cedric came fitted with either a 4-cylinder 99 HP 2.0-liter H20 petrol engine or a 6-cylinder 120 HP 2.0-liter L20A petrol engine. These engines were attached to either a 4 or 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmission.
Fourth Generation Cedric
In 1975 Nissan unveiled the Cedric 330. The 330 was available in Deluxe, Custom Deluxe, GL, GL-E, SGL, SGL-E, 2800SGL, and 2800SGL-E trims. The interior has changed compared to the 230, with the gear column placed at the floor, not the column, air conditioning was introduced, four van vents two at the center and two on either side were introduced, while on the roof you find a dome light and fluorescent light attached. For storage, you get a glove box, a small tray and a deep bin on the center console and a boot at the rear.
The engine and transmission options for this release remained the same 2.0-liter L20 V6 and 2.0-liter H20 I4 petrol as in the 230 series.
Fifth Generation Cedric
The Cedric 430 was released in 1979. This release was designed with assistance from the Italian car design powerhouse Pininfarina with slight upgrades and a clear image. This would be the first model with four-wheel disc brakes and rigid coil links.
The interior received some upgrades as well with the instrument panel enlarged and much clearer, a digital clock placed in between the center air vents, an angular adjustable dome light, and front door pockets.
The engines used on this release remained the same as on the 330 series.
Sixth Generation Cedric
The Cedric Y30 was unveiled in 1984. It was available in the following trim packages the Standard, the Deluxe, the Custom Deluxe, the Brougham, the SGL, Brougham, and the Brougham VIP. The interior was well designed with moquette cloth upholstery; manual and power-adjustable front seats, tilt-adjustable steering wheel, power steering, privacy glass, A/C, and a stereo radio (LW/MW/FM) cassette player.
With the release of the Y30, Nissan introduced the VG series engine. The Y30 came fitted with the 6-cylinder 128 HP 2.0-liter VG20E petrol engine as standard, and the turbocharged 6-cylinder 170 HP 2.0-liter VG20ET and the 6-cylinder 153 HP 3.0-liter VG30E petrol engines as options. These engines transferred power to the wheels via a 3-speed and 4-speed automatic or 4-speed and 5-speed manual transmissions.
Seventh Generation Cedric
In 1987 the Cedric Y31 was released. Unlike the previous models that were a bit edgy, this model is a bit roundish on the edges. This release was available in the following trims, the standard Super Custom, Classic, Classic SV, Brougham, Turbo Brougham, and Brougham VIP.
The Y31 is fitted with a cellular phone and hands-free functionality, a radio cassette player (a Sony CD player with JBL speakers on other models), and a rear humidifier.
The Y31 continued using the VG20E, VG20ET, and VG30E engine as the Y30. These engines were attached to either a 4-speed auto or manual and a 5-speed auto or manual transmission, with the 5-speed automatic being the first full-range electronically-controlled automatic transmission at the time.
Eighth Generation Cedric
The Cedric Y32 was released in mid-1991. Several changes are observed in this model like the removal of the hand parking brake replaced by a foot parking brake, 6-cylinder only engines, and no manual transmission.
The Y32 like previous Cedric models is so neatly finished, the interior is pleasant and quiet even when the car is moving, the seats are comfortable; the instrument panel is large and clear. At the top of the center console, there are two are vents with an analog clock between them followed by a digital climatic controller and the radio cassette player after it.
When it comes to storage, you get a glove box, a push to open tray under the radio, front door pockets, front seat jacket pockets, and a large boot.
The available trims are the Brougham, Brougham G, Brougham VIP, Classic SV, ClassicGran Turismo SV, the performance-oriented Grand Turismo, and Gran Turismo ULTIMA.
The Y32 came fitted with one of these 6-cylinder engines. The 2.0-liter VG20E, the 3.0-liter VG30DE, or the turbocharged 3.0-liter VG30DET. The engines were attached to a 4-speed or 5-speed automatic transmission.
Ninth Generation Cedric
In June 1995 Nissan released the Cedric Y33. This follow-up to the Y32 is incredible with lots of nice features including a digital display that serves as a navigation screen, rearview camera display, DVD player, and audio function selector. On the center console DVD/CD Cassette player, with the option of a 6 CD changer. The steering comes with several audio and driving controls; the instrument panel is bright and very clear. The upholstery can be either nice fabric or leather, the front seats are power seats, with the driver’s seat automatically adjusting when the key is inserted on the switch making room for the driver to get in.
The Y33 came fitted with Nissan’s newly introduced VQ series engines. The standard engine is the 6-cylinder 190 HP 3.0-liter VQ30DE petrol engine. Other engine options are the 6-cylinder 2.0-liter 158 HP VQ20DE, 2.5-liter 183 HP VQ25DE, and the turbocharged 3.0-liter 276 HP VQ30DET petrol engines. The engines transfer power to the wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission.
Tenth Generation Cedric
The tenth and last Cedric was unveiled in 1999 as the Y34. The interior of the Y34 is more or less the same as that of its predecessor; the same applies to the exterior with exception of some models coming fitted with fender-mounted side mirrors.
The Y34 is available in the following trims, 250L, 250LV, 300LV, 300LX/300VIP, and 250 L/LV. The 250L and 250LV were fitted with the naturally aspirated V6 212 HP 2.5-liter VQ25DD, the 300LV was fitted with the V6 255 HP 3.0-liter VQ30DD, the 300LX/300VIP was fitted with the V6 276 HP 3.0-liter VQ30DET petrol engines. The AWD 250L/LV comes fitted with the V6 250 HP 2.5-liter RB25DET petrol engine. The power from the engine to the wheel was transferred via 4-speed automatic or CVT transmission.
The Nissan Cedric was in production for about 44 years, and out of those years, we have witnessed so many great cars coming out of the production line bearing the Cedric name. Cedric does not need to be introduced, it is well established and has garnered so many loyal fans who behave like brand ambassadors. The Cedric is a neat, spacious, comfortable, quiet, and luxurious Sedan built by those who have proved time and time again that they are masters at building such cars, Nissan. Regardless of your age, social status, or geographical location, if you feel like buying yourself or your loved one a Cedric, go ahead and do it and we assure you that you’ll never regret it.
Written by: Samuel H. Mponezya