PAUDI NISSAN TEANA/ALTIMA
1: 18 | $119.95 by Joe Kelly, Jr.
Above: ;e cabin is surprisingly
plush, with wood grain, a hefty
center stack, and a nice carpet
on the floor. Who says mid-size
economy has to be déclassé?
Far Above: Paudi uses a “plate”
casting to replicate the tight
engine bay of the Teana.
Almost anyone can make a buck tooling up rare or exotic
machinery in scale, but if relative newcomer Paudi Models is proving one thing, it’s
that there’s also room in the
barn for high-detail, highly
featured models of late-model import street cars.
We liked their 1: 18 Infiniti G37
Coupe (in “Showroom” of
the summer 2013 issue),
and their heavy-as-a-brick
FX50 crossover pushes
the gizmo-per-square-inch envelope almost to
the bursting point. So far,
each image this maker has
brought forth has been
uniformly well done, highly
enjoyable, and detailed like ...
well, this Nissan Teana.
Ever seen a Teana? Sure
you have, in cicada-like
numbers. Around here, the
car is called the Altima — a
name also used in Australia,
New Zealand, and Canada
for this same fifth-gener-
ation “L33” platform. Pow-
ered by a 182-horsepower,
2.5-liter 4 or an available
V6, these ubiquitous sedans
can be optioned out for ev-
erything from thrifty family
duty to near-Infiniti levels of lux and thrust.
Paudi has twisted up an Asian market version of
the Teana that compares to the nicely equipped North
American 2.5 SL, and save for di;erent wheels, a couple of
chrome trim bits on the doors and rear bumper, and Chi-
nese hánzi characters on the front license plate and deck
lid, this advance sample is a dead-on match to the images
we created while cyber-building our own example on
Nissan’s “Build Your Own Altima” web page. With leather
seats and wood grain trim, it’s actually a fairly plush ride;
if our math is correct, this penultimate member of the
Altima lineup would tag north of thirty grand in the U.S., as
equipped with the optional moon roof and “Technology
For a whole lot less, this early deco sample of the L33
displays as almost ready for prime time,and looks just like
the real Teana/Altima from every angle. ;e assembly is
great, and though the shut lines on the opening doors,
hood, and trunk are a bit uneven here and there, the overall
impression is very good. It’s also very heavy: rolling well
on a spring-suspended full metal chassis, the mid-sizer
makes for a model capable of an alarming thud (not to
mention damaged tarsals) if dropped.