Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Nissan�"s New Hybrid Doubles Mileage, Part of Broad Green Strategy

Nissan Fuga Hybrid

The Nissan Fuga Hybrid, marketed in the United States as the Infiniti M35 Hybrid, is due late this year.

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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