• Apr 21st 2006 at 12:35PM
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Nissan's first hybrid, the forthcoming 2007 Altima HEV will only be sold in eight states. To put a geographical point on it, the Japanese automaker will sell the eco-friendly sedan in the Northeast and California:  New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey will join the Golden State. All of the states in question have adopted versions of the latter's zero-emissions vehicle program, which in effect will force manufacturers to sell hybrids.

Nissan admits it has the ability to churn out 50,000 hybrids-- more than it expects to divvy up between the eight markets, so it can technically build for other states if demand warrants it.

What do you think, is Carlos 'Hybrids Don't Make Sense' Ghosn missing an opportunity, or just making a good business decision? Sound off in 'comments.'

[Sources: Bloomberg News; Nissan]



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      • 9 Years Ago
      "Mercedes Benz will soon sell the Bluetec diesel option on the E-Klasse...for the WHOLE 50 STATES."

      Wow, that's GREAT! But let's just be clear... please remind everyone how much a person have to spend to get a Mercedez E-Class?

      Diesel is the future, huh? Notice how cautious DCX is concerning the commitment to future diesel models? I have no doubt that Honda can come out with diesel for US. Can anyone tell me when? If it's 2008, they better announce it soon, or have something to show in the upcoming auto shows.

      So what, a new Honda diesel in 2010 and beyond? Ok, so finally some wonderful diesel option comes to US, by that time, improved batteries will boost hybrids (or even a diesel-hybrid) mileage up even further.

      [Hybrid-Haters, if you don't understand how batteries work in a hybrid, don't even bother commenting about how new batteries can't improve hybrids mileage.]

      • 9 Years Ago
      Good business decision. Those 8 states passed laws encouraging Hybrid sales and, reasonably, contain consumers more willing (motivated) to purchase these products.

      Down in Texas? Probably not as likely.

      So, see where demand lies, and then make the cars accordingly. That's likely why he says he's got the ability to manufacture 50,000 but I wouldnt commit the labor dollars without knowing if the market will pay.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Snakey, you're an idiot. The Prius gets better highway mileage than any of VW's US diesel offerings, despite being much bigger.

      That goes double for the rest of the trolls here. Diesel can't beat hybrid in the real-world; the only way you can get close is to compare a diesel compact to a hybrid midsize.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Am I crazy? Does it say on www.NISSAN.com that Nissan will be selling a AWD V8 version of this?

      http://www.nissan.com
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think Ghosen is right about this one. Hybrids are an interim solution, so if monetary resources are limited than focus on the end game, which is alternative fuel.

      Still, it is rather funny to see the Nissan PR minions preach the brilliance of this vehicle while Ghosen continues to tell the media that hybrids are lame and they're just doing it because they have to.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow there cameron Taking money for poor needy urban achivers. YOU ARE SCUM! I can't believe anyone would spew this kind of garbage. You need to check yourself before your mouth writes a check your body can't handle.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Tim: Excuse me for not reading the technical specs of an ugly hybrid that will die out in a couple years. A hundred pounds of batteries is still a lot. Regardless, those batteries have to be replaced eventually, I believe 6 years according to Toyota. And years down the road when we have new technologies, everyone who buys a hybrid now will be shit out of luck, stuck repairing an expensive, and outdated, waste of resources.

      All the toxic manufacturing processes that go into making those batteries (not to mention PLASTICS, RUBBER, and METAL) offset ANY reduction in pollution that a hybrid would provide, even over 100,000 miles. 50% of the oil consumed in the USA goes towards making plastics and other products.

      And Tim it really says a lot about you that you have to resort to personal insults. Grow up. Post something useful.
      • 9 Years Ago
      "The problem is that there is plenty of oil in the U.S."

      Oh, please, PLEASE tell me where we can drill for oil in the US. THEN, please make sure you include the estimated reserves projected over the years. Drill all you want, but you're just delaying the inevitable.

      Since the rise in oil prices three years ago, US continue to consume an extra 2% per year. Any extra production added to US supply will get sucked dry in short time. Our current administration is giving away free passes to any company that wants to drill, just about ANYWHERE! Trust me, as soon as those new supply comes online, you will only save PENNIES per gallon.

      How much is an AA NiMH batteries cost you at the store FIVE years ago? If you know that, you'd know that NiMH prices have came down dramatically. I won't lie to you, battery packs on a hybrid is EXPENSIVE. But it's not expensive because the battery pack itself is expensive, but because vendors priced them that way, to recover cause of development.

      Playstation 2 used to cost $400 a pop, now it's $129. As technology matures, prices come down. Batteries for hybrid will not only get cheaper as more is produced, it will be much much more COMPETITIVE as gas prices keep on going UP.

      10 years to get the money back? Ok, so what, you drive like 5 miles a day?
      • 9 Years Ago
      "All the toxic manufacturing processes that go into making those batteries (not to mention PLASTICS, RUBBER, and METAL)"

      Does the statement above implies that only hybrid cars use battereis, PLASTICS, RUBBER, and "gasp" METAL?

      You know, those AA batteries in your remote control pollutes the environment, right? The computer that you're using contains heavy metals, and because US is too chicken to develop strict E-Recycling rules, our landfills probably get more toxic substances from our E-Waste, rather than our automobiles.

      Since I hope you do read Autoblog, you should also be aware that automobiles is the mosted recycled product in the US? So the hybrid-haters who would like to tell everyone that hybrids pollutes, but then somehow, other cars are made out of materials that are of no consequences. What fantastic LOGIC!
      • 9 Years Ago
      "Regardless, those batteries have to be replaced eventually, I believe 6 years according to Toyota. And years down the road when we have new technologies, everyone who buys a hybrid now will be shit out of luck, stuck repairing an expensive, and outdated, waste of resources."

      You say that Toyota itself says *SIX* years, right? So that means that Toyota must be biggest IDIOTS in the hybrid game, because Toyota offers 8, I repeat, E-I-G-H-T years warranty for Hybrid Batteries.

      Boy, Cameron, you are losing credibility fast.

      Please do a little research before you put up another post.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks like I have to go with choice a from my last post after a follow-up like that...sheesh.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nissan are screw-ups and couldn't manage to get a jar of mayonnaise open. What morons.

      Just like the mid-late 1960's when Datsun (Nissan) had a chance to really do well and expand their US dealer network with Studebaker and failed to do so, allowing the stronger Toyota to pass them as top selling Japanese maker in the US, once again short-sightedness and stupidity are going to cost Nissan - big time.

      By the way I just saw a news item that gasoline is $4.05 in Los Angeles right now, and $3.09 in New York and Pennsylvania right now.

      Hybrids are the future for the time being, Nissan is not doing a proper job of this and Ghosn is not fully behind hybrids.
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