The phrase �SZero Emission⬝ is Nissan�"s clarion call for a new era of electric cars, the company�"s long-term strategy for sustainable mobility. But Nissan today announced a full range of mid-term fuel-saving technologies, including hybrids, clean diesels, stop-start systems, and continuously variable transmissions. In today�"s press release, the company used the slogan �SPure Drive⬝ to describe its �Scomprehensive suite of automotive technologies.⬝
The announcement mirrors the overall trend in the auto industry: to lead the march to greater efficiency and reduced emissions with marquee electric-drive vehicles�like the all-electric LEAF for Nissan or the Chevy Volt for General Motors�while rolling out a broad range of efficient gas and diesel technologies for at least the next decade or two.
Nissan�"s global introductions in the next year will include a hybrid gas-electric version of the luxury Fuga�marketed in the United States as the Infiniti M35 Hybrid�which the company says could almost double the mileage of its conventional counterpart. �SWe expect fuel efficiency to improve by 60 to 90 percent,⬝ Koichi Hayasaki, chief engineer of Nissan�"s hybrid system, said at a meeting briefing. Pricing has not been announced, but the M35 Hybrid is like to approach, or exceed, $60,000.
Nissan will also introduce the lightweight three-cylinder March microcar with stop-start�capable of about 60 miles per gallon�as well as a clean diesel version of the X-Trail crossover SUV.
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