Nissan’s first step into the green scene was the introduction of their Altima Hybrid back in 2007 and it saw some rather decent success. However, many did not know that it was sold in only a select number of states that have energy laws as strict as California. Additionally, Nissan decided to axe the current Altima Hybrid, which featured a Toyota-based hybrid system, to make way for the new Altima Hybrid. In order to expand the sales of their next Altima Hybrid, rumor has it that NisMoCo is in the process of developing its own hybrid system so they don’t have to consult the boffins at Toyota.
The system will supposedly be based on the current rear-wheel drive hybrid system that debuted earlier this year in the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid and will consist of an electric motor of some sort, a two-clutch system, a four-banger and a CVT transmission.
Lithium ion batteries are also rumored to be used and the system could be built overseas to keep costs down.
Although Nissan hasn’t officially given the public word about its latest hybrid system, the likeliness of this happening is rather strong as an insider source within NisMoCo reported in the past that a front-wheel drive hybrid system is part of the manufacturer’s green car strategy. Additionally, NisMoCo said at the same time that a FWD hybrid system is the most effective way to increase fuel economy in larger cars. Could this also possibly hint at a Maxima Hybrid? Only time will tell.
For now, Nissan has discontinued the Altima Hybrid for the 2012 model year.
– By: Chris Chin