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Last summer, Nissan announced that the hybrid version of its popular Altima sedan would be discontinued. Created to help the carmaker meet emissions requirements in select U.S. states, the Altima licensed Toyota’s hybrid drivetrain and battery technologies but was never pushed to compete with the leading hybrid models. The Altima hybrid was only ever available […]

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Last week, Nissan announced that it was dropping the Altima Hybrid model from its 2012 lineup. The the car licensed Toyota’s hybrid drivetrain and battery technology to help Nissan meet emissions requirements in the nine U.S. states, but was never available to customers outside of those states. Critics enjoyed the added performance punch that the […]

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Nissan has announced that it will stop selling its Altima Hybrid after the 2011 model year. The car served as Nissan’s first and only hybrid since its release in 2007, but has only ever been available in the nine states that follow the California Air Resources Board’s tailpipe emissions regimen: California, Oregon, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, […]

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While many carmakers spent the better part of the last decade playing catch-up in the hybrid market, Nissan was content with the limited release of just one hybrid—which was itself nothing more than the marriage of the company’s best selling model and the Toyota Camry’s hybrid system. Why the ambivalence about hybrids? Nissan had bigger […]

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