Shift Exhilaration. Nissan Maxima The Nissan Maxima is a full-size car manufactured by Nissan. The Maxima models are also known as Nissan Cefiro or Nissan Laurel in various markets. The Maxima was redesigned for the 2009 model year and made its debut at the 2008 New York International Auto Show. The newest Maxima (A35) is built on the Nissan D platform sharing this platform with the fourth generation Nissan Altima and second generation Nissan Murano. The exterior and interior design are somewhat similar to the Infiniti G and Infiniti M, with an updated navigation interface and optional iPod interface system that works with the main console monitor and steering wheel controls.