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It’s arguably getting on years (count five since any significant update), but the Altima continues to sell quite well. And when such a formula proves successful, there’s very little reason to change it.
For 2012, updates on Nissan‘s sporty, front-drive mid-size sedan and coupe are relatively few. The biggest is the so-called Value Package, essentially a technology option that adds auto dimming headlights, rear view mirror, leather wrapped steering wheel with built in audio controls and Bluetooth functions, all for $490.
In terms of pricing, the Altima 2.5 stickers at $20,410, excluding destination charges, while the 2.5 S equipped with the CVT begins at $22,570, a hike of some $140 over last year. Meanwhile the full-tilt 3.5 SR CVT, will cost you $25,430, which is $320 more than the outgoing model.
On the coupe front things are quite interesting, buyers actually have to pay more for a stick-shift – $30,760 for the 3.5 R six-speed, versus $28,430 for the CVT equipped version.
New retail prices have been revealed for the new 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible/hardtop and CLS models.
The former, which has received a new 3.5-liter direct injected V6 with multi-spark ignition technology, rated at 302-hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, will sticker at $54,800, while the CLS, which has been extensively revamped for ’12 will start at $71,300 in 550 form, with the CLS63 AMG version will retail for $94,900.
Despite the nomenclature, both U.S. bound CLS models will receive new engines, the former a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 rated at 402 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, will the AMG model gets the 5.5-liter twin turbo bent-eight, delivering a staggering 518 hp and 516 lb-ft, likely enough to move California Redwoods.
According to an official release from Mercedes-Benz USA, the 2012 CLS is slated to go on sale this summer. The company is also keen to point out that the prices listed for these two models, exclude delivery charges, taxes and other fees.