The Altima Hybrid will be offered only in California, New York,
Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine and New
Jersey. These states have their own standards for emissions, in
addition to the federal standards. You can buy an Altima Hybrid in one
of these states, and states possibly from some Nissan dealers in states
that border these "green state" (like Pennsylvania). You'd want to be
sure to notify your local Nissan dealer. They will make sure that one
of their mechanics is trained on servicing the Altima Hybrid, so your
can can be serviced at your area dealer.
Nissan is introducing a hybrid version of the
Altima. It's based on the Nissan 175 HP 2.5 liter four cylinder
gasoline engine, coupled to a hybrid system supplied under license from
Toyota. Toyota will supply the transaxle, inverter, battery, and
control unit. Testing by the press indicates that the power from the
electric motor is substantially more than most hybrids, in the range of
100 HP. The transmission is a Xtronic™ CVT (Continuously Variable
While the initial hybrids (Honda Insight and
Civic hybrid and Toyota Prius) focused more on economy, the Altima will
be a little more performance oriented, while still getting better
economy than other vehicles in it's size class. The goal appears to be
a phrase you're starting to hear a lot with hybrids: "V6 performance
with four cylinder economy".
The Altima hybrid should compete directly with
the Honda Accord Hybrid. But because the Altima uses a four cylinder
engine, instead of a V6 like the Accord, the Altima has the
potential to have noticeably better fuel economy than the Honda.
The Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee has been
chosen to produce the Altima hybrid.