April 24, 2006

Nissan to sell limited number of Altima hybrids for 2007

Gardena, California – Nissan has announced that it will sell a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its 2007 Altima in eight U.S. states beginning in 2007. The Altima will use an electric motor and generator mated to a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine with Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Nissan partnered with Toyota for the hybrid system components, combining those with its own gasoline engine technology. In September 2002, Nissan agreed with Toyota to produce 100,000 hybrid vehicles within a five-year period, with the Altima being the first to represent the effort. Nissan is reported to be continuing to focus on developing diesel engine technologies and continuing the research and development of fuel cell vehicles for the future.

The Altima Hybrid will be sold in California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey. The company says these states are among the strongest markets for hybrid vehicles. It also states that it believes drivers should not have to sacrifice style or performance, and that the hybrid version has the same styling and spirited performance as its conventional counterpart. The hybrid will be assembled at the company’s North American manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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