New Altima hybrid could arrive by 2012
The current Nissan Altima hybrid, built using licensed Toyota hybrid technology, is currently being phased out. While the Altima hybrid is still available, new production has been stopped.
However, by 2012 the Nissan Altima hybrid should rise again.
According to the Automotive News Nissan is currently redeveloping its new, proprietary real-wheel hybrid drive, currently found in the Infiniti M35 hybrid, into a front-wheel hybrid drive for cars like the Altima hybrid.
Like the M35 hybrid, the Altima hybrid will utilize one-motor, two-clutches and a four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission. Additionally, the Altima hybrid will also utilize a lithium-ion battery pack that will probably be built in the US in the same factory that will soon produce battery packs for the Nissan Leaf electric car.