As we prepare to flip our calendars from 2011 to 2012, it's time to say goodbye to a handful of vehicles that are being sent to the Great Parking Lot In The Sky before the 2012 model year completely takes hold. And while we're not exactly upset about having to bid farewell to things like the Mitsubishi Endeavor, Mazda Tribute or Chevrolet HHR, there are a few vehicles that we're truly going to miss.
The way Carlos Ghosn repeatedly touts the benefits of electric vehicles, you'd think he knows something the rest of the industry doesn't. For now, it appears he's right, since sales of the Nissan Leaf continue to be constrained by supply and not demand. What makes the Renault-Nissan CEO endlessly interesting is that he doesn't back off of his stance no matter what's happening in the world. The best response to the earthquake in Japan? EVs. A competitive automotive industry? EVs. Giving the custo
In 2009, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn stuck out his neck on electric vehicles when he said that he expects them to make up 10 percent of the new car market by 2020. A decade is a lot longer than ten years in the automotive industry, but Nissan remains confident in EV technology, as we can see in the Nissan Green Program 2016 it announced today.
The next-generation Nissan Altima mid-size sedan will be the first Nissan vehicle equipped with the automaker's first-ever, in-house developed, front-wheel-drive hybrid system. The hybrid setup, due in 2013, will be replace the Toyota-based system, which Nissan used in the now-axed Altima Hybrid, according to Masayuki Yasuoka, a senior exec in Nissan's next-generation powertrain group.
Nissan North America has announced that the 2010 Altima hybrid, which goes on sale October 5th (Monday), will have an MSRP of $26,780. The tweaked, fourth-generation Altima uses a 2.5L four-cylinder electronically-controlled CVT engine and puts out 198 hp. The new Altima hybrid has an estimated EPA rating of 35 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has held to his belief that hybrids are not the answer to the fuel efficiency question. The Japanese automaker came out with a very capable Altima hybrid last year, but it was Toyota technology purchased to help Nissan look good in the short term. Nissan has been betting most of its R&D dollars on electric vehicles, and the fruit of its engineering labors will be first seen stateside in 2010. It's important to note that Nissan intends to launch the technology here in
AutoblogGreen recently got to spend a week living with Nissan's first hybrid vehicle – the 2007 Altima Hybrid. The Altima uses a parallel hybrid system licensed from Toyota and is currently only available in 10 states. ABG has the full scoop with all the good and not-so-good on the Tennessee-built sedan, along with a gallery of high-res photos and video.
The Altima Hybrid is a strange bird, a very strange bird indeed. Nissan signed a deal with Toyota back in 2002 to license its Hybrid Synergy Drive technology for use in the Altima Hybrid, but will be dropping the Toyota bits as soon as an in-house team can develop its own hybrid technology. Meanwhile, the Altima Hybrid will be sold with Toyota technology in only eight states, which include California and seven other northeastern states that have adopted California's strict emissions regulations.
The Los Angeles Times' Dan Neil recently wrote a review of the new 2007 Nissan Altima Hybrid and, well, he pretty much likes it. In many respects it's very much like a new Toyota Camry Hybrid, which is to be expected since Nissan is licensing the battery and control technology for their first hybrid vehicle from Toyota. The Altima loses some trunk space to the battery and electronics, bring it down to just over 9 cubic feet. However, the Nissan's curvier styling combined with sharper steering an
Japanese newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun is reporting that Nissan is developing an all-electric subcompact car that it plans to sell by 2010. The electric car is being developed completely in-house and will use lithium-ion batteries to store its charge, which should last long enough for about 120 miles of travel. AutoblogGreen tells us that the car will have twice the range of the Nissan Hypermini EV (shown above), a small fleet of which were leased to the city of Pasadena, California back in 200