After four years, Nissan will disconnect the gas-electric version of the Altima. So no more Altima Hybrid after this year.
The Altima Hybrid officially launched in 2007 and featured Nissan’s first gas-electric engine, thanks to technology licensed from Toyota.
It was able to achieve 33 mpg (7.1 L/100 km), which is still a respectable number.
Why? Apparently, Nissan is concentrating its alternative vehicle marketing strategy and funding on the nationwide rollout of the Nissan LEAF.
“Nissan has decided to focus on those models which will remain in Nissan’s lineup for the next model year,” said Josh Clifton, a Nissan communications manager.
Nissan will continue to sell down existing Altima Hybrid inventory in the meantime.
Nissan launched its home-grown hybrid technology on the 2012 Infiniti M35 hybrid, which went on sale in March.