The Nissan Altima Hybrid 2011
Nissan has been selling a hybrid version of its Altima sedan since 2007, the 2011 model of the car is headed to 9 US states a little later this year – California, Oregon, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. These are the only other 8 states that have adopted California’s tougher than federal emissions rules for new car sales and as such are the only 9 states to see Altima hybrids in dealer showrooms.
The upcoming 2012 version of the Altima is widely regarded as the one to look out for, it’s said to have an in-house developed Nissan hybrid drive-train rather than the Toyota derived drive-train in the 2007 and 2011 models. Word has it that the 2012 hybrid Altima will be for sale in all 50 states from the get-go and will represent a true Nissan push into the hybrid market, a push it was reportedly less keen to make whilst it was still using Toyota parts and technology.
The Altima Hybrid is unique in that it offers a slightly sportier version of the gas/electric hybrid automobile in North America but most industry analysts are recommending holding off on a purchase until the 2012 model is released, but of course, this is only an issue for those that live in the states where the Altima is currently available.