Looks like Nissan had a pretty good reason to discontinue the Altima Hybrid last year. The Japanese automaker released EPA figures for its gas-only 2013 Altima and from the fuel economy figures, it's hard to tell the difference.

The fifth-generation, four-cylinder Altima gets an EPA-rated 27 miles per gallon city, 38 miles per gallon highway and 31 miles per gallon combined. The Altima Hybrid got 33s across the board. Nissan has just started shipping the new Altimas to dealers.

Nissan says that the car's gas tank is big enough to provide 684 miles of highway-cruising range. The company started producing the fifth-generation Altima at its Smyrna, TN factory last month and has since started production at a second plant in Mississippi. Nissan is hoping the Altima, which was the second-best selling car in the U.S. last year, can overtake the Toyota Camry. Last year, the Camry sold about 15 percent more units than the Altima.
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All-New, 38 MPG 2013 Nissan Altima Heads to Showrooms
- U.S. EPA Officially Certifies Altima Fuel Economy as Highest in the Mid-Size Sedan Segment; Altima Production Began Yesterday in Mississippi

FRANKLIN, Tenn. - The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima, the first of five all-new models Nissan will introduce in the next 15 months, is on the way to dealers as of yesterday, the same day Nissan began production at its second U.S. assembly plant in Canton, Miss. By the end of this year, both plants will operate three shifts each to maximize production of the country's second best-selling car.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also just certified the 2013 Nissan Altima as the most fuel-efficient gasoline mid-size car in America, with ratings of 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined. The 4-cylinder Altima, with a standard 18-gallon fuel tank, is capable of going up to 684 miles on a single tank of fuel - one of the best of any gasoline-only automobiles in America.

"This is a huge day for the Nissan brand as we ramp up production and begin shipping the new, fuel-efficient Altimas to our dealers," said Bill Krueger, vice chairman, Nissan Americas. "The new Altima is a game-changer for the mid-size market and our dealers can't wait to share it with our customers."

The release of the new Altima comes in advance of the vehicle's official on-sale date of late June, allowing Nissan dealers the opportunity to conduct test drives with potential customers. Nissan has experienced unprecedented interest in the new model with 1.5 million individuals visiting a pre-order website created to deliver information about the new car and gauge interest in early orders. More than 30,000 customers have expressed an interest in the car through the pre-order website, which also offers those placing an order a complimentary three-year scheduled maintenance program valued at $700 (see details on nissanusa.com).

The offer remains available on the site, www.nissanusa.com/all-new-altima through June. Prices for the 2013 Nissan Altima start at $21,500 USD.

When the all-new Altima sedans equipped with a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine and new Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission leave the assembly plants, they will carry a window sticker declaring the best-in-segment EPA fuel economy rating of 38 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. The EPA fuel economy certification is as follows:

2.5-liter I-4 Altima EPA Fuel Economy:
City - 27 mpg; Overall - 31 mpg; Highway - 38 mpg

In addition to its unprecedented fuel economy performance, Altima offers numerous segment exclusive attributes and Nissan signature innovations, including:
  • Ride comfort, control and fun-to-drive demeanor, including better 0 - 60 mph acceleration than other top-selling mid-size sedans as demonstrated in independent third party testing
  • Available Next-generation Safety Shield Technologies, including Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Moving Object Detection (MOD) systems using an innovative single rear camera
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert, which sounds the car horn to notify a person filling a tire with air when the tire reaches recommended tire pressure - no gauge needed
  • Headlights that automatically switch on when the windshield wipers are in use
  • Windshield wipers that park themselves off the windshield when the vehicle is turned off with the wipers on and in mid-cycle
  • Premium exterior styling with a powerful presence and improved aerodynamics
  • Upscale interior rivaling premium luxury sedans, including NASA-inspired "zero-gravity" seats, an Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display and BOSE® Premium Audio System
  • Standard Bluetooth® Hands-Free Phone system and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®
  • Available NissanConnectSM and NissanConnectSM Navigation with a suite of Bluetooth® phone connectivity features, including hands-free text message integration, Pandora® playback, real-time Google® POI search and more
  • Advanced Drive-Assist™ Display with 4-inch color screen standard on every model, which is customizable, easy-to-use and integrates key information right in front of the driver
  • World-first multi-link rear suspension with connect bushings and Sachs damper to deliver outstanding handling
  • Active Understeer Control, which uses advanced electronic stability control algorithms to improve cornering and provide a more confident driving experience
  • About Nissan North America
  • In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.


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      Ford Future
      • 2 Years Ago
      If the engine has sufficient torque, a tall last gear will give you those highway numbers. Just ask Vette owners.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ford Future
        They ae doing that with the equinox as well. I rented one...hit the gas at all and instant down shift. Not bad for driving in Florida, where the ground is as flat ad my girlfirend's stomach... :)
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      BTW, wouldn't 27/38mpg be 32.5 combined?
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        No, combined mileage relies more heavily on the city number because that is where most people drive their cars most of the time. The weighting is like 60/40.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          The weighting is 55c/45h by distance. But since it is by distance, it is a harmonic mean. 1/((1/27)*0.55+(1/38)*0.45) should produce exactly the figure you are looking for. And it does, 31.04mpg. If you don't do the average as a harmonic mean, then boosting fuel economy in one of the two ranges also adds weight to that range, when the split is supposed to remain 45/55.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The philosophy and reasons of the current "sea change" of pulling-off hybrids / EVs from the production lines, from another [Fords's] point of view: You can call it - if you will - the revenge of ICE on electric cars (again). "Ford Puts the Pedal to Its EcoBoost Engine" (Forbes) "EcoBoost now has become Ford’s No. 1 sub-brand... [Ford] leveraged the identity of an internal-combustion powertrain in a strategic way. .. [Its] popularity is skyrocketing because Ford brought together some pre-existing technologies — turbocharging, direct injection and variable valve timing — in a unique way to reduce engine displacement and hugely boost fuel economy... by as much as 20 percent, but the option costs only $1,000 on most vehicles — far less than the premiums of up to several thousand dollars demanded by hybrids and even the $1,500 to $2,000 extra that buyers typically pay for a diesel powertrain compared with a conventional ICE... Ford now plans to triple production of EcoBoost engines this year...  each of which delivers 40 mpg or better on the highway... For individual nameplates, the EcoBoost option is becoming practically de rigueur... Now, the company [Ford] leads in fuel economy customer satisfaction..  EcoBoost is a marketing as well as technology success  We’re [Ford] trying to change the way people think about auto engines [ICEs] and get it into the way people think about consumer electronics..." In great details here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dalebuss/2012/06/03/ford-guns-ecoboost-engine-tech-brand-and-it-races-past-sync/ Here we go again: just as before the electric motor (starter) helped  the ICE to win the battle on EVs, now consumer electronics inspire  engineers to further improve the ICE on the expense of EVs / hybrids. Bad news for EVs (and BEV / hybrid fans) whose biggest burden is the still insufficient + expensive battery technology. That's simply the reason for the renewed interest in fuel cells by automakers / authorities etc., as the next gen "battery" technology, to ultimately replace the ICE for good.
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        As far as I can tell there is No "renewed interest in fuel cells".
          Letstakeawalk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          You likely just haven't kept up with the latest news: *Major Automakers Reconfirm Commercialization Targets For Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles* "Toronto, Canada – Today at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Toronto, auto representatives from Daimler AG, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota displayed some of their new fuel cell cars. Some have announced the delivery to showrooms as early as 2013, two years earlier than originally planned. They also confirmed that they are moving ahead with plans to rollout hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by 2015. This timeline was first announced with the signing of a letter of understanding in 2009 by all the major manufacturers. Some of the highlights of today’s industry briefing include: Daimler already has 200 B-class vehicles in service with electric engines powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Three vehicles completed an around-the-world tour in 2011. Daimler will soon open a fuel cell manufacturing facility in Vancouver, British Columbia to produce fuel cell stacks for its new-generation B-Class fuel cell vehicles and the company will introduce fuel cell vehicles to the marketplace in 2014. Honda has been leasing its FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle to a limited number of retail consumers in Southern California since 2008. Hyundai announced that during 2012 to 2015, 1,000 hydrogen fuel cell Hyundai vehicles will be on the road in the United States, Europe, and Asia. By 2015, Hyundai hopes a roomy and fully-featured fuel cell powered Hyundai SUV to be provided at an affordable cost. Recently, Norwegian NGO called ZERO crossed Europe with two ix35 FCEV from Oslo to Monte Carlo using only existing hydrogen stations, showing that with additional supports on the hydrogen infrastructure will allow for fuel cell vehicles to reach every corner of Europe. Toyota will bring a fuel-cell sedan to market by 2015 and currently has more than 100 FCHV-adv vehicles on U.S. roads. Germany and Japan have committed to the construction of hundreds of hydrogen fueling stations over the next several years." http://www.whec2012.com/uncategorized/news-release-june-6-2012/
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        Honda put together DI, variable valve timing and an electric motor/battery, that saves More Money, and has higher, better economy. [ response to the Forbes quote ] Ford's solution is still only a 3mpg difference in performance. Not a 50% difference of a hybrid system.
        mylexicon
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why would ICE improvements be bad news for hybrids and BEVs? The potential energy wasted during braking is unchanged, and the manufacturers are always working to improve energy recapture. Fuel efficiency for hybrids is equal parts ICE and recapture technology. As the manufacturers work to improve battery technology and energy recapture, BEVs get better as well. People need to stop panicking every time the wind changes directions. Burning less oil is the goal so ICE-tech, hybrid, and BEV share the same fate. You can panic if hoarding and wasting oil become popular again.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mylexicon
          ICE improvements alone are not at all bad news even for BEVs and hybrids. However, being the bad news, that consumers don't really buy them (cost), therefore, automakers focusing on improving ICE, instead of BEVs / hybrids, while discontinue their development / production too. I am not panicking at all, as the solution - agreed by major automakers - is clearly in the horizon (you can read it in my new post above).
        Ford Future
        • 2 Years Ago
        And like the auto industry Fraudulent use of JUST Highway mileage, you only quote 40 mpg Highway number. Guess what? Most people will NEVER get Highway Mileage on their daily commute, as most "Highways" are Traffic Jams during regular commute hours. Again, in the REAL World it takes a Hybrid, Plugin or EV to give you Real Benefit.
          EZEE
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          I average 30mpg in my Brand New Fusion SEL, but then I do lots of highway miles and I have a gps that reroutes me if there is bad traffic. I am not picking on you, as you said, 'most drivers' - I am not most.... :) so do not feel myself included. Seriously though, those new GPS's rock...
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ford Future
          If you read the Forbes article, you can see, that I quoted it as it is (the whole sentence): "By the end of 2012, Ford will have nine EcoBoost-available models, each of which delivers 40 mpg or better on the highway." Forbes is a business magazine, thus not part of the "auto industry Fraudulent use ".
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      Using the Altima 27c, 38h as a baseline and applying the gains associated fron DIG-S and the Nissan hybrid system on other models leads to some pretty impressive numbers. DIG-S in the Micra improves city mileage by 17% and highway by 16%, while increasing horsepower by 22% http://www.nissan.co.uk/#vehicles/city-cars/micra/pricing-and-specifications/discover/specifications/consumption The hybrid system in the M gains 50% city and 23% city. http://www.infinitiusa.com/m/models-pricing/ Multiply it all up and you get 47 city 54 highway... 50 mpg combined for a car with almost twice the horsepower of a smaller Prius. Of course, we will have to wait for real numbers, but seeing gains they get from other cars and what the Altima does now, it could be pretty impressive... likely another best in class. And since the Altima Hybrid and LEAF will be made on the same assembly line in Tennessee, with batteries and motors made in the same plant, Altima hybrid sales should help increase economies of scale for LEAF components and vice versa.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        Not again lne937s (alias Laurence and whatever alter ego screen-names you are running to vote up yourself and others down) I wouldn't even bother to reply to you, but actually I looked back to ABG just 3 minutes after you posted this. At this time - 3 minutes later - your post had already thumbs up and somehow "magically" the opposing posts to your opinions i.e. Letstakeawalk's and naturally mine got suddenly 2 thumbs down (just like at a previous blog, when you forgot to sign out from one of your alias screen-names prior to replying back to me) We get it. You obsessively love batteries / hybrids, but that doesn't change automotive executives' roadmaps about fuel cell vehicles. I advised you to grow up before. Now I just say this:  You are ridiculous.
          • 2 Years Ago
          lne937s I read your reply and wasted some minutes from my life - what I will never get now back - trying to (unsuccessfully) decipher your incoherent reasoning. Case and discussion closed.
          lne937s
          • 2 Years Ago
          Comming at me and not addressing anything I said is Argument ad Hominem, aka personal attack... not to mention your name-calling at then end of your post. I never mentioned estimates how great the gains would be from the forthcomming hybrid based upon this model. This is new information. Despite your contortions, you are not on topic. And hydrogen is so foolish, I in no way feel "threatened". But through your statements, you have given away that your posting in response to people without replying to the thread directly is not simple error, but a "childish" attempt to "get ahead of" other people. And while your quoting of a puff piece in the right wing Forbes may not be outright wrong, your conclusions are. And if you haven't figured out that forward looking statement from certain individuals who have a vested interest in a specific outcome are not absolute facts, then you have some learning to do. Even I treat Carlos Ghosn's future projections with a grain of salt... even he adds caveats to his statements. Treating conjecture as absolute fact and drawing firm conclusions from twisted interpretations is wrong. But overall, I have written you off as a complete idiot and no longer reply to your fallacious posts, other than this personal attack (and this is my last post in response on that). You make enough of a fool out of yourself without me having to point out your flaws. But your attacks on me are baseless... and wrong.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Alright lne937s, I give you a "rational response" (as I usually do): First of all: I didn't attack you, I simply pointed out your continued behavior of voting yourself up (just like before, right after you submitted your posts) and others down (so not just me) multiple times who even just happen to mention anything what you - usually mistakenly - consider could "threaten" the battery (e.g. fuel cell / hydrogen, which somehow causes you great emotional discomfort). This behavior is simply immature. Let's see now the subject of your complaints: "I never said anything about fuel cells." I've already explained this. "I was actually on topic (i.e. Nissan Altima fuel economy)." You've already expressed your views here in a previous post on e-Assist /!hybrid / ICE etc. fuel economy, you just wanted to get ahead of a "battery threatening" post. "...because you are wrong... not to mention off topic." Wrong?! Off topic?! That's how I started my first post: "The philosophy and reasons of the current "sea change" of pulling-off hybrids / EVs from the production line" The first sentence of this ABG article: "Looks like Nissan had a pretty good reason to discontinue the Altima Hybrid last year" Sounds like pretty on topic to me. Now about "wrongness": If you read more attentively my posts here, you should realize, that I solely quoted a Forbes article + statements of major automotive execs, even naming them (with their actual position). I even utilized this "warning" too: "Thus, ACCORDING TO (please notice the capitalization) THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY:" So, if you say "I'm wrong", in this case, you are basically calling all Ford, Toyota, Daimler, Honda etc. high executives wrong, which - I'm really sorry to break this down for you - is simply ridiculous. Sincerely Yours
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 2 Years Ago
      fabulous
      Yegor
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is really impressive MPG. But I wonder if they will be able to achieve this in the real world? Hyundai exaggerated MPG of some of their models by 15%. It was in the news. Some consumer groups were after them for this. For example Nissan Juke get much less MPG in real world than advertised: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/mpg/MPG.do?action=browseList1&make=Nissan
        Andrew
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yegor
        Just because it's EPA cycle numbers are advertised doesn't mean they're promises. See http://priuschat.com/forums/other-cars/67235-car-driver-truth-about-epa-city-highway-mpg-estimates.html to learn about the EPA test.
      • 2 Years Ago
      @Ford Future (I reply here to your three consecutive replies on my previous post) The Forbes article is incidentally a "nomen est omen" for you, as it's about Ford's Future (+the auto industry). I understand your position and passion about EVs / hybrids (and fuel cells), but let's see some other people (major players) position on it. Random searches on the 'interwebz' from various sources (you can find them by googling the quoted texts): Ford Future: "Honda put together DI, variable valve timing and an electric motor/battery, that saves More Money, and has higher, better economy." Honda (Dan Bonawitz, head of logistics at American Honda): "the fuel-cell car is for drivers who want to be on the absolute cutting edge of gasoline-free technology.” Ford Future: "As far as I can tell there is No "renewed interest in fuel cells"." Auto Industry Executives (I'll name them soon one by one): "Wishing upon a star or throwing a coin in a well might make dreams come true, but when it comes to fuel cell vehicles, auto industry executives are hoping that chanting in unison will turn hopes into reality. The mantra from execs: “Fuel cell cars for sale by 2015.” "Ford, Toyota and Daimler have expressed and reiterated their commitment to bringing hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles to market... Honda pushing its target date to 2018." "Automakers are holding firm to their new timeline for hydrogen: • Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told Speigel Magazine, that annual production of fuel cell cars will need to reach 100,000 units to be considered commercially viable, and that vehicle prices could be comparable to “premium” gasoline cars by around 2015." • "Toyota.s spokesperson John Hanson: Toyota is planning to go ahead with its [fuel cell] program in certain world markets by 2015, if not sooner.” • "Speaking at the Edison Electric Institute conference, Ford CEO Alan Mulally saw 2015 as the date that fuel cell cars would go on sale." • "At a recent fuel cell conference, GM.s Larry Burns also agreed with the 2015 dates, commenting: “General Motors is committed to developing a hydrogen fuel cell car" • "Dave Barthmuss, GM's West Coast regional PR manager, said last week, “We don't need any more breakthroughs to bring the fuel cell cars into the commercial market by 2015." Thus, ACCORDING TO (please notice the capitalization) THE MAJOR PLAYERS IN THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY: "We don't need any more breakthroughs to bring the fuel cell cars into the commercial market" unlike the battery, which "badly needs breakthroughs" "Andreas Truckenbrodt, chief executive of the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (Daimler-Ford): “Fuel cells work fine. The number one focus is now on cost reductions, and we know how to get there. Do you really think we would be spending billions if we were waiting for a miracle?” I could continue endlessly citing similar statements - as most of them similar - but I think these would suffice for now.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      27/38mpg? holy smokes. That's amazing for a car this size, and a 2.5L engine nonetheless. This stomps all over the mid-size car competition in fuel economy ( except some hybrids ). It even bests the Buick e-assist models.
        Letstakeawalk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Wow, 2WM, I thought you'd given up on Nissans... I recall one occasion when you blasted them for their unreliability.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Letstakeawalk
          My position on that hasn't changed a bit! Except.. their V6's seem to still be pretty solid according to used reports on carsurvey.org.
        skierpage
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        Yes but that "except" includes several cars like the Camry Hybrid: 41 combined, 43 City 39 Highway, also with a 2.5 L engine but more power when the motor-generators kick in (yo!). Ford seems confident about the new Fusion Hybrid also. This Altima is an old-school primitive car that pollutes at a standstill and can't recapture brake energy. Nissan has stopped licensing Toyota HSD and they don't have a competitive system of their own, and it's weak how they're trying to hide it by redefining "mid-size sedan segment" to exclude all the better cars.
          lne937s
          • 2 Years Ago
          @skierpage
          Many people buying a midsized sedan do not want to spend $5000+ more for a hybrid, so it is not in the same market segment. And the Camry hybrid is still slower than this car. But that Miller-cycle hybrid system in the Altima hybrid next year should be pretty impressive.
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      31mpg combined is 2 mpg better than the e-Assist Malibu, while being ~$5000 less expensive. It is better than every other 4 cylinder mid-sized car that isn't a full hybrid. When the supercharged hybrid comes out next year, it should do significantly better (while being more powerful). However, by being the mainstream model of the second best selling car in America, this version is probably more important overall. But what's especially impressive is that in addition making the best fuel econonmy of non-hybrid midsized cars, it also has the fastest accelleration of non-turbo 4-cylinder midsized (and faster than the Regal Turbo)... benefits of the lightest curb weight in its class. And it isn't cutting corners to get there... still including things like a spare tire.
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lne937s
        my only disappointment is downsizing the gas tank from 20 gallons to 18. :-(
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh, nissan needs a plugin hybrid. 31mpg wont sell many units unless they sell it for cheap.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        They've got a plug-in hybrid on the way.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        A plug-in hybrid would have to be 35+ AER strong like a Volt, or 50+ mpg gas-efficient like Prius. In Nissan's case, they're pushing BEV. 27/38 is pretty good for a midsize.
          Rotation
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SVX pearlie
          No it wouldn't. 0 miles AER does just fine, it still gets the car into the HOV lane in California and that's what the primary purpose of putting a plug-on is. Sorry to be so crass, but it's true.
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      I never said anything about fuel cells. I was actually on topic (i.e. Nissan Altima fuel economy). I guess since you are incapable of a rational response you have to resort to personal attacks. There are two buttons next to each other for twitter and email when logging in. Ever think it is possible that someone accidentally click on on the wrong one. You seem incapable of hitting the right button to respond to the correct person, so hopefully even you should be able to grasp someone hitting the wrong button. The reason you are getting voted down is not some conspiracy. It is because you are wrong... not to mention off topic. So just stop pushing your ill-conceived opinions and illogically twisted information as absolute fact, especially when it is completely irrelevant to the topic at hand.
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