Nissan looked to Toyota when it offered its first hybrid on the market, the Nissan Altima Hybrid. Engineers have now been working on the company’s own proprietary hybrid system which will be mounted in an Infiniti in order to make its ‘green’ business profitable.
According to Executive Vice President Mitsuhiko Yamashita, Nissan’s first hybrid will be an Infiniti in 2010.
“It’s easier to absorb the cost of the system with more expensive cars,” Executive Vice President Mitsuhiko Yamashita told Reuters in an interview at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.
Yamashita added that it makes more sense for Nissan to offer hybrid technology for its rear-wheel-drive cars first since they generally get worse mileage than front-wheel-drive.
He did not say which Infiniti model will go hybrid first, but we’d put our many on the ‘M’ or the ‘G.’
Source: Reuters (via Automotive Blogs)
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