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Nissan Saves the Altima Hybrid

The Nissan Altima Hybrid was said to be going out of production. It turns out that, according to Japan's Nikkan Kogyo newspaper, Nissan will be continuing the Altima Hybrid in a new generation model. Currently, Nissan relies on Toyota for its front-wheel drive hybrid technology (which was licensed through 2012), but now Nissan is developing their own in-house gas-electric technology for the next generation of the Altima sedan. Nissan is trying to adapt its 2012 Infiniti M35h rear wheel drive hybrid for the next generation Altima.

Nissan's next Altima Hybrid is said to have one electric motor paired to a four-cylinder gas engine via a two-clutch system. The power will be provided by lithium-ion batteries. The 2011 model year will be the last go-around for the old version of the Altima, while the newer models are in production now and should be done in time to replace the outgoing 2011 model.

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