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Currently, Nissan’s ‘green’ strategy is all about the all-electric LEAF. The Nissan LEAF has been stealing headlines away from the Prius, Chevrolet Volt and many other green cars and Nissan plans to keep the momentum going until the car starts being delivered in December. But what about Nissan’s hybrid lineup?

The only hybrid from Nissan right now is the Altima Hybrid and if you’re expecting something totally new for the 2011 model year… don’t. According to Green Car Advisor the 2011 Nissan Altima Hybrid will hit streets later this year and will still be sold in just nine states and will still be build using technology licensed from Toyota.

Reports suggest that come 2012, Nissan will debut a totally new Altima bringing its current 5-year architecture to its end. After that, a brand new Nissan Altima Hybrid will debut with a in-house produced hybrid system like the one coming up in the Infiniti M35 Hybrid sedan. The Altima Hybrid is also expected to be offered in all 50 states.
 

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After sifting through Nissan’s 2012 press information, we noticed 1 glaring omission: no Nissan Altima Hybrid. We have confirmed that the Altima Hybrid will be no more after the 2011 model year.

“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.

The Altima Hybrid was Nissan’s 1st gas-electric hybrid, debuting in 2007. Built primarily around Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology, the Altima Hybrid was capable of achieving 33 mpg in combined EPA cycles.

Despite nationwide availability from competing hybrid midsize sedans like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, the Altima Hybrid was sold only in a handful of states during its tenure: those that had adopted California’s stringent emission regulations, such as New York and Oregon.

Nissan will continue to sell down existing Altima Hybrid inventory in the meantime. Cars.com is currently listing more than 200 2011 models in the states where the model is sold.
 

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Every automaker is intent on downsizing its engines and adding some kind of hybrid component to its vehicles, and Nissan is no different. Today in Japan, Nissan introduced its latest in-house-developed hybrid drive system, comprised of a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and a compact lithium-ion battery pack. But here's the kicker: it's packing a twin-screw supercharger on top.

According to engineers we spoke with, that means the same output as Nissan's tried-and-true 3.5-liter V6 – somewhere in the neighborhood of 260 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque – all while returning fuel economy improvements of up to 10% when mated to Nissan's all-new continuously variable transmission (expect more on that later).

Engineers claim that the torque curve of the new supercharged mill is nearly identical to the V6 and that power delivery will be just as seamless as the 3.5-liter. Officially, Nissan says that a model packing the new engine is due to arrive in 2013 in North America, and it's safe to assume that's going to be the next-generation Altima.

Nissan reps confirmed that the combination of superchargers and hybrids will proliferate throughout the automaker's lineup in the coming years, and that's sure to extend to Infiniti, as well. That last bit has us pontificating that the mystery mid-engine Infiniti concept coming to the Geneva Motor Show could be packing a variant of this same mill, but augmented with plug-in tech. We'll find out soon enough...
 
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