Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Nissan Altima Hybrid
The Nissan Altima Sedan Hybrid is a greener alternative to the standard Altima Sedan. It's Nissan's first gas/electric hybrid and uses technology that was first used by Toyota. Driving at lower speeds, the car is powered by an electric motor, but when the car speeds up, a four-cylinder 158 horsepower gas engine takes over. The CVT (continuously variable transmission) adds to the car's fuel economy and is available with a slightly different programming than the other Nissan models with CVT. Powered by a 158 horsepower 2.5 liter four-cylinder and a 40 horsepower electric motor, the Altima Hybrid offers an impressive 35/33 mpg city/highway. When the car come to a stop, the gas engine shuts off and, if the car needs more power, the electric motor can add another 40 horsepower to the gas engine. An electric air-conditioning compressor is used instead of a belt-driven compressor so that the AC stays on when the engine shuts off. The Altima Hybrid comes with electronic stability system, traction control, electronic power steering, and antilock brakes. Also standard is Nissan's Intelligent Key Feature that permits the engine to start as long as the key fob is inside the car. A convenience package adds power windows in the front, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and rear spoiler, among other features. A connection package will get you satellite radio, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a sound system. A navigation system is optional, and it has the added novelty of display how much work is being done between the electric motor and the gas engine. As of 2008, the Altima hybrid is only available in California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Jersey.



2.5L DOHC 16-valve I4 engine w/40-hp electric motor
Hybrid system power
244.8V nickel metal hydride (NiMH) hybrid battery
Electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (eCVT)
Shift interlock
Front wheel drive
Traction control system (TCS)
Vehicle dynamic control
Independent front strut suspension w/stabilizer bar
Independent multi-link rear suspension w/stabilizer bar
Electric pwr vehicle speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering
Pwr front vented & rear solid disc brakes
Integrated regenerative braking
Anti-lock braking system
Electronic brake force distribution
Brake assist
Dual chrome-tipped exhaust finishers

16" x 7.0" alloy wheels
P215/60R16 all-season tires
Compact spare tire
Body color bumpers
Body color side molding
Body color door handles
Splash guards
Halogen headlights
Body color pwr mirrors
UV reducing glass w/dark upper windshield band
Variable intermittent flat blade windshield wipers w/mist function
Speed-sensitive variable intermittent windshield wipers w/mist function

Cloth seat trim
Contoured reclining front bucket seats w/adjustable head restraints
Fixed rear bench seat
Front console w/integral armrest, storage compartments
Front door map pockets
Triple bottle holders in center console
Coin holder
Floor & trunk carpeting
Tilt & telescopic steering column w/mounted cruise controls
Intelligent Key system w/push-button ignition
Vehicle immobilizer system
Vehicle security system
Instrumentation-inc: hybrid power/charge display, battery state-of-charge, fuel gauges
Warning lights-inc: door ajar, low fuel, low washer fluid
Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
Pwr windows w/driver side auto up/down
Retained accessory pwr
Battery-saver timing device
Pwr door locks w/driver & passenger door lock switches, auto-lock feature
Remote hood/fuel-filler door & pwr trunk releases, trunk cancel switch
Dual zone auto temp control w/rear-passenger floor vents
Front side window demister
Rear window defroster w/timer
AM/FM stereo w/CD player & (6) speakers
Auxiliary audio input
Roof mounted/diversity radio antenna
Dual cup holders in rear center armrest
Dual 12V DC pwr points
Dual sunvisors w/vanity mirrors
Interior courtesy lamps-inc: glove box, trunk
Overhead console w/sunglass holder, front map lights, rear reading lights
Rear coat hook

Anti-lock braking system
Traction control system (TCS)
Vehicle dynamic control
Shift interlock
Driver & passenger supplemental dual-stage front airbags w/occupant classification sensor
Front side-impact airbags
Front/rear roof mounted side curtain airbags
Front seat belts w/pretensioners, load limiters, adjustable upper anchors, seat belt sensors
3-point seat belts in all seating positions
ELR seat belt system for driver seating position
ALR/ELR seat belt system for passenger seating positions
Front seat active head restraints
Child safety rear door locks
Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
Child restraint upper anchors
Energy absorbing steering column
Front & rear crumple zones
Side-door guard beams
Emergency inside trunk release
Zone body construction


EPA Classification---- Midsize

Engine Order Code---- QR25DE
Engine Type---- Gas/Electric I4
Displacement---- 2.5L/152
Fuel System---- SMPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM---- 198 @ 5200-6000
SAE Net Torque @ RPM---- 162 @ 2800-4800/199 @ 0-1500

Drivetrain---- Front Wheel Drive
Trans Type---- 1
Trans Description Cont---- Continuously variable
First Gear Ratio (:1)---- - TBD -
Reverse Ratio (:1)---- 1.78
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)---- 3.54

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)---- 35
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)---- 33

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary)---- 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)---- 110

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)---- 8.0

Base Curb Weight (lbs)---- 3471

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)---- 1000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)---- 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)---- 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)---- 100

Suspension Type – Front---- Independent Strut
Suspension Type – Rear---- Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)---- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)---- - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)---- - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)---- 0.86
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)---- 0.68

Brake Type---- Power
Brake ABS System---- 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or )---- Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )---- Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)---- 11.7 x 1.02
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)---- 11.5 x 0.35

Front Tire Size---- P215/60R16
Rear Tire Size---- P215/60R16
Spare Tire Size---- T135/90D16

Front Wheel Size (in)---- 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Size (in)---- 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)---- Compact
Front Wheel Material---- Aluminum
Rear Wheel Material---- Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material---- Steel

Steering Type---- Power Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall---- 16.2
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)---- 2.83
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)---- 36.1

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)---- 20.0

Wheelbase (in)---- 109.3
Length, Overall (in)---- 189.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)---- 70.7
Height, Overall (in)---- 57.9
Tread Width, Front (in)---- 61.0
Tread Width, Rear (in)---- 60.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)---- 5.6
Liftover Height (in)---- 27.6

Trunk Volume (ft)---- 10.1

Passenger Capacity---- 5
Passenger Volume (ft�)---- 100.7
Front Head Room (in)---- 40.6
Front Head Room (in)---- 40.1
Front Leg Room (in)---- 44.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)---- 55.7
Front Hip Room (in)---- 56.8
Second Head Room (in)---- 36.8
Second Head Room (in)---- 35.9
Second Leg Room (in)---- 35.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)---- 55.5
Second Hip Room (in)---- 52.5

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