First-ever Nissan Hybrid blends performance/style
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Nissan’s first entry into the hybrid gasoline/electric vehicle segment will arrive at Canadian dealerships in the near future.
The mid-size Altima Hybrid offers all the style, convenience, comfort, quality feel and performance technology features and highlights of the all-new, next-generation, conventionally-powered 2007 Altima sedan — while offering the added benefits of enhanced fuel economy and reduced emissions.
The Hybrid version’s powertrain mates the 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine and electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT) with an electric motor and generator that increases fuel economy while maintaining low tailpipe emissions. The car’s hybrid system is rated at a net power of 198 horsepower (148 kW), with fuel economy estimated at 5.6 L/100km in city driving and 5.9 L/100km on the highway.
Pricing will be set below $35,000 with final details yet to be released.
Classified as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), the new Altima Hybrid joins Honda’s Accord Hybrid and the Camry Hybrid from Toyota in this increasingly popular market segment —passionate driving that takes care of the environment
Nissan believes its commitment to the environment takes a different form than might be found at other automakers.
While it strives to offer the most advanced fuel-saving technology available, the company also believes that drivers should not have to sacrifice any of the style or performance attributes that appeal to Nissan buyers.
For that reason, the Altima Hybrid is marked with the same expressive styling as its non-hybrid brethren — inside and out.
The engine and suspension deliver the same spirited performance as its more conventional siblings.
The Altima Hybrid is the latest in a long line of Nissan environmental automotive initiatives.
It was the first automaker to introduce a partial zero emission vehicle (PZEV) with its US-market Sentra CA in 2000. In many areas of California the air leaving the Sentra’s tailpipe is cleaner than the air going into the engine.
Nissan expanded its PZEV offerings to include Altima’s 2.5-litre engine in 2005.
The automaker’s Xtronic CVT transmission, introduced originally in March 1992 in Japan, is now available to increase fuel efficiency in small, medium and large passenger vehicles. Nissan expects to produce 1 million CVTs annually by the end of 2007.