It’s still a few years away from arriving in showrooms, but Nissan has already begun to build prototypes of the 2007 Altima Hybrid.
Nissan will be focusing on performance with the Altima Hybrid. The prototype combines the powerful 2.5-liter engine used in the current Altima, with a 100kw electric motor. For comparison, the Prius uses a 50kw electric motor. Still, the Altima Hybrid is expected to get high fuel economy and produce very low emissions.
To produce the Altima, Nissan is buying Toyota’s hybrid technology rather than developing its own. The second largest Japanese automaker will base the hybrid offering on its best-selling Altima, giving buyers another powertrain option on its popular model rather than creating an innovative new model.
The 4-cylinder Altima Hybrid will debut in 2006 as a 2007 model vehicle. Plans for the creation of the Altima Hybrid date back to 2002, when Nissan committed to producing 100,00 hybrid vehicles over five years using Toyota's transaxle, inverter, battery and control until with an engine developed by Nissan. The company will spend over $10 million to ready its Smyrna, Tennessee plan for the hybrid Altima assembly.
Man you should read all the forums online about all the new hybrids coming out (try saturn vue green line). So many people are getting into it and the marketing hype is huge. But people who actually read about it know it is hype (yes they actually do get better mileage, but it doesn't warrant the extra cost, complexity, and damage to the environment). They will still sell like hot cakes. Amazing.