Reluctant hybrid-maker Nissan has debuted its first gasoline-electric hybrid, the Altima hybrid 2007. The powertrain is partly based on licensed Toyota technology (more on the electric than gasoline side, apparently): The Nissan-made QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is coupled with a 30 kW (40 hp) electric motor and an electronic Continuously Variable Transmission (eCVT). The Altima Hybrid’s hybrid system is rated at a net power of 198 horsepower (148 kW) with fuel economy estimated at 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway (39 mpg combined) and emissions rated Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV). "Combined with Altima’s standard 20-gallon fuel tank, the Altima Hybrid has a projected driving range of up to 700 miles between fill-ups." As we reported before, the Altima hybrid will be made in Nissan's Smyrna plant in Tennessee and the company wants to sell 50,000 units a year at first.
the new Altima Hybrid will be available in eight states. The vehicle has been certified to meet California emissions requirements and will be sold beginning in early 2007 in those states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey. These states are among the strongest markets for hybrid vehicles. [...]
The 2007 Altima Hybrid will be available in early 2007, following the November 2006 introduction of the 2007 Altima 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter V6 gasoline-powered models.
Unfortunately, there are apparently no plans from Nissan to expand the sale of Altima hybrids to other states than the 8 above. We wouldn't be surprised if strong sales and good publicity for the company changed that position, though.
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