2010 Nissan Altima HybridEnlarge Photo
Nissan may have killed off its Altima Hybrid model, but the company is moving forward with a range of new hybrid models.
This time, however, they'll be home-grown, based on the company's internally developed hybrid system.
Nissan's new single-motor hybrid technology is considerably simpler than the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system it licensed for the Altima Hybrid, which was sold only in a handful of U.S. states.
The new hybrid first appeared in the rear-wheel-drive 2012 Infiniti M35h luxury sedan, priced at $53,700.
The company proudly touted that car as the only one on the market with 350 horsepower that got more than 30 mpg on the highway.
2012 Infiniti M35hEnlarge Photo
Now, according to Japanese business daily Nikkei (as quoted in Autoweek), Nissan is adapting that system for use in front-wheel-drive vehicles, including the next generation of its popular Altima midsize sedan.
The new Altima, to be launched most likely as a 2013 model, will include a hybrid model that pairs the Nissan system with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a four-cylinder engine.
In the Infiniti, the hybrid system sits between a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a conventional six-speed automatic transmission.
The current Altima was redesigned for the 2007 model year, and the Altima Hybrid launched late that year as a 2008 model.