Beijing, China – I was talking to my buddy, Warren Brown from the Washington Post. I told him I was going to Beijing and Portugal and asked him what he wanted me to video. “The Nissan Teana”, he replied.

After Beijing I went to Portugal for Nissan’s 360 global product introduction and the Teana was there and everyone wanted to drive it. I came home and called Warren and asked him why he was interested in the Teana. “It’s the most like the Altima and I think Nissan maybe thinking of expanding sales into China.”

I didn’t ask Nissan, but what I did find out was currently the Nissan Teana is being produced in Japan. Beginning in 2009 the Teana will be manufactured in Russia for the Russian market. The largest market for the Teana is Eastern Europe: Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan.

The Teana is built on the same D-platform as the Altima and uses the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine with CVT, continuously variable transmission.

The one big difference is the length: the Nissan Teana is 106 inches long, while the Altima sedan is 189 inches and the coupe is 182 inches. The Altima sedan and coupe were both at least 1,200 pounds lighter than the Teana, at 4,541 pounds.

It explains why the Altima gets a couple more miles to the gallon.