i don't know what is to become of nissan's flagship. personally, i think that the '07 altima is a much better buy. hell, i'd take the current se-r over it. I think it's oversized, first of all... what ever happened to the "4dsc"? but oh well, not the point. i heard that the maxima has been redesigned for the '07 model year, so i go to www.nissanusa.com and all i notice is a new front end...ok. so then i figure hey maybe they changed some mechanicals and gave it some more hp to better compete with the avalon. nope. in fact, it has 10 less horsepower than before. wtf? so now the smaller, ligher, cheaper altima has 10 more horsepower than the flagship, and, imo, looks better as well. i dont know if the maxima is going to last at the rate it's going. i think the new altima is more of a maxima than the maxima.