Even though Nissan remains committed to building electric vehicles, the Japanese company’s CEO, Carlos Ghosn, ruled out the possibility of building hybrid-only models like its rivals.
Both Honda and Toyota build standalone hybrid cars with the Insight, the Prius, and the Lexus HS 250h. Nissan only has hybrids based off existing car platforms such as the Altima, and has no plans to change that structure. Nissan currently offers an Altima Hybrid and recently unveiled its new Infiniti luxury M Hybrid.
In contrast to Toyota and Honda’s plans to expand their hybrid lineups to include subcompact cars such as the Toyota Yaris and Honda Fit, Nissan has no such plans. The automaker is instead betting on zero-emissions vehicles such as its new Leaf hatchback and upcoming Infiniti electric vehicle. Nissan plans on limiting its use of gasoline-electric powertrains to aiding the fuel efficiency of larger cars, where a price premium can more easily be absorbed than in an inexpensive subcompact.
“We are not intending to play a leadership role in hybrids,” Ghosn told Automotive News. “One company already assumed leadership in the technology. We want leadership on EVs.”
Source: Automotive News