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NISSAN ALTIMA AND SENTRA SEDANS NAMED FINALISTS FOR LEADING WOMEN'S MAGAZINE AWARD

 CARSON, Calif., July 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Family Circle, the world's best-selling women's magazine, has named the Nissan Altima and Sentra sedans among the 10 finalists for its 1993 Import Family Car of the Year award. Individual awards are presented annually to the import and domestic automakers whose models best meet the needs and standards of the American woman and her family.
 Now in its sixth year, Family Circle's Family Car of the Year award is the only consumer magazine-sponsored automotive award program based entirely on the opinions of new car buying families. The publication selected 10 import and 10 domestic 1993 models as finalists based on highest sales volume to households with children under 18 during the first quarter of the model year (as determined by automotive research firm R.L. Polk).
 "We are thrilled to have two products in contention for this very significant award," said Earl J. Hesterberg, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "In recent years we've paid special attention to the needs of families when designing our vehicles, emphasizing the importance of value. It's been a successful strategy for Nissan, evidenced by the tremendous popularity of our Altima and Sentra sedans."
 The Altima is currently the best-selling newly introduced model in the United States, with women representing more than 60 percent of purchases. Its sales momentum has played a significant role in an overall sales resurgence by Nissan during the first six months of 1993 -- a period in which the company regained its position as the No. 2 import brand in America.
 To determine the winners of this year's award, Family Circle will survey approximately 18,000 recent purchasers of the 20 finalist cars. Respondents must have owned their car for approximately six months to allows enough time to


rate manufacturer's warranties, assess dealership personnel and judge overall satisfaction. Other criteria include performance and handling, safety, durability/reliability, appearance, value, space and comfort, dealer satisfaction and suitability for intended use.
 Family Circle will profile the Altima and Sentra in an overview of the finalist vehicles in the Oct. 12, 1993, issue (on sale Sept. 21). The import and domestic winners of its 1993 Family Car of the Year award will be announced in the Nov. 2, 1993, issue (on sale Oct. 12).
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 /CONTACT: Lynn Folse or Mark Adams of Nissan North American, 310-719-3165; or Craig Keller of Bob Thomas & Associates, 310-314-6600, for Nissan/


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