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April 26, 2006

Nissan to Sell the Altima Hybrid in Only Eight States

Nissan is preparing to enter the U.S. hybrid vehicle market for the first time, but the company will limit the sales of its Altima Hybrid to the eight states that have adopted California's emissions standards: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. When it goes on sale early next year, the Altima Hybrid will feature a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission. It will be assembled at Nissan's manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, making it the first hybrid vehicle from a Japanese company to be built in the United States. Currently, only Ford's hybrid vehicles are built domestically. See the Nissan press release.