2007 Nissan Altima to be available as a Hybrid

Nissan is entering the hybrid market.

Early in the new year, the 2007 Nissan Altima will be available as a gasoline/electric vehicle for Canadian drivers and will include all features to be found in the 2007 generation of Altimas.

The Altima Hybrid will marry the 2.5 litre, 4-cylinder engine and electronic Continuously Variable Transmission
(eCVT) to an electric motor and generator. This union will increase fuel economy while allowing low exhaust emissions.
Nissan scores its hybrid to deliver a net power of 198 horsepower (148 kW), with fuel economies estimated at 5.6L per 100km City and 5.9L per 100km Highway. The vehicle will be classified as an Advanced Technology-Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV).

Additional details on the new hybrid will be released in January 2007 but pricing should fall under $35,000.

Nissan prides itself on anti-pollution initiatives which began in Japan in 1992 when the eCVT debuted. In 2000, Nissan was the first automaker to introduce a PZEV with its Sentra CA. Nissan expanded its PZEV offerings to include Altima’s 2.5-liter engine in 2005.