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Nissan may be preparing a left-hand drive version of its large, Japan-only Teana sedan, which could signal new competition for the Toyota Avalon. New spy shots, taken in the southwestern US, show a Teana (or a similar prototype) with left-hand steering as it cruised the desert looking for rattlesnakes to annoy. With Toyota's redesigned 2005 Avalon getting raves, the sub-$30,000 (base) near-luxury market — traditionally dominated by Yank Tanks — may be ripe for some new competition from Japan.

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