October 6, 2006

Nissan Altima Hybrid debuts at California show

Anaheim, California – The 2007 Altima Hybrid, Nissan’s first hybrid vehicle, made its debut at the 2007 Model Orange County Auto Show in Anaheim, California. Based on Toyota technology, the Altima Hybrid combines a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with a 30 kW electric motor/generator and electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). The system can develop a combined 198 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.

The Altima Hybrid uses regenerative braking technology to recharge its 244-volt NiMH battery pack. The hybrid-specific CVT works in conjunction with the system’s control unit to determine which power source or combination of sources will turn the wheels. A digital display on the speedometer indicates when the vehicle is running solely on electric power; an available DVD navigation system also features a real-time display showing how the hybrid system directs the flow of energy. The Altima Hybrid will be sold beginning in early 2007 in eight states (California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey) that have adopted California emissions regulations.

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