The Altima Hybrid is built off Nissan's redesigned 2007 Altima sedan. It is being introduced for the 2007 model year and expected to be released early in the 2007 calendar year. The hybrid version will give better fuel economy and lower emissions.
Nissan is licensing the drive system technology from Toyota; however they will offer the same 2.5-liter engine from the current 4-cylinder Altimas. Although they are rivals, using Toyota's technology will move the Altima Hybrid to market faster and Toyota can recapture some of their technology investment.
The standard and options on the Altima Hybrid and the current Altima are expected to be the same. The only difference for the customer will be the gasoline-electric engine and the advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) combination.
The Smyrna, Tennessee plant is being readied to assemble the new hybrid. Estimated U.S. sales are 50,000 units in its first year of production. The plan is to roll these vehicles out in 8 states where the market for hybrid vehicles is higher and across Canada as well. These include California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New Jersey.
The Nissan Altima Hybrid's base price is $24,400. Destination charges are $615.
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