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2011 Nissan Altima Sedan, Nissan's Top-Selling Model, Again Provides Quality, Value, Style and Driving PleasureThe Nissan Altima Sedan, the best selling individual model in the Nissan lineup, received a number of enhancements for the 2010 model year – helping keep the design fresh, the quality high and the value unmatched in the mid-size sedan class. For 2011, Altima Sedan again provides a unique combination of exhilarating driving pleasure, distinctive and sporty design and a wide range of available features and technology. Enhancements for the new model year include revised package content and three new exterior colors.
The 2011 Altima Sedan is available in three well-equipped models designed to appeal to a broad range of buyer needs and budgets: the 2.5 CVT and 2.5 S CVT wîth standard 175-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder, and the 3.5 SR CVT wîth a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6.
'Altima has become a true standard bearer for Nissan and the mid-size sedan §egmènt,' said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manger, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. 'It offers an unexpected level of refinement and attention to detail for its class, along wîth a truly pleasurable driving experience that has become an Altima hallmark. We're also dedicated to keeping Altima's quality at the top of its §egmènt once again this year. We expect great things from Altima in 2011.'
Exterior Styling That Stands Out In Class
The Altima Sedan received a number of significant refinements just last year – including a restyled hood, grille, front bumper and aluminum-alloy wheel designs. These changes added a greater visual volume to the front end, especially the hood. The changes also provide greater differentiation between the Altima Sedan and Altima Coupe.
The refreshed exterior styling embraces Altima's distinctive, iconic, sporty design. It offers a 'dynamic simplicity' wîth an aggressive stance, distinctive Nissan 'T-shaped' grille, powerful front fenders, strong wedge character line, forward A-pillars and Nissan-family roofline. High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights and front fog lights are optionally available wîth the Sport Package (3.5 SR), while Altima-style taillights and dual exhaust finishers are found on all models. An aerodynamic rear spoiler is offered as part of the new Special Edition Package, along wîth fog lights, auto on/off headlights and leather-wrapped §teering wheels wîth audio controls.
|Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 175 hp
Torque: 180 ft-lbs
Engine : 3.5 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 270 hp
Torque: 258 ft-lbs
Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 158 hp
Torque: 162 ft-lbs
CVT, 6-speed Manual
Eight exterior colors are offered, including three new colors – Metallic Slate, Saharan Stone and Brilliant Silver. The other available 2011 colors are Tuscan Sun, Navy Blue, Super Black, Ocean Gray and Winter Frost.
A Refined Interior wîth a Focus on Entertainment
The 2011 Altima continues to emphasize refined workmanship and the use of soft materials, such as padded armrests, and stylish chrome accents – wîth complementing fabrics and finishers for all interior colors (both cloth and leather-appointed).
Altima's instrument panel features a Fine Vision gauge display for precise readability and the L-shaped flow of the instrument panel to the center console adds to a driver-oriented cockpit feel. The center console includes a triple front cupholder design, among the many convenient cup and bottle areas (up to nine total, including 20-ounce bottle holders in the door panels) and storage compartments, many of which are covered. The volume of the glove compartment is also substantial, measuring an accommodating 0.46 cubic feet.
Three interior colors are available – Charcoal, Blond and Frost. The interior is offered in both high quality soft-touch suede-like fabric and wîth optional leather-appointed seating.
Along wîth the exhilaration provided by the driver-oriented cockpit and high levels of Altima performance, the 'entertainment factor' of Altima's interior is enhanced wîth an available Premium Audio Package that includes a Bose® AM/FM audio system wîth nine speakers, 4.3-inch color display, ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and RearView Monitor.
Also offered is a next-generation Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System wîth 6.5-inch VGA color display (replaces the 4.3-inch display), 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive for music storage and playback, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat® Survey restaurant guide, XM NavTraffic® and XM NavWeather™ (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, DVD player and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity.
Other available convenience features include an 8-way power driver's seat, automatic on/off headlights, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, §teering wheel-mounted audio controls, power sliding glass moonroof, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver, heated front driver and passenger seats, dual-zone automatic temperature control and rear-passenger air conditioning vents.
A Choice of Two Efficient Powerplants
Altima's exhilarating driving pleasure comes from a tuned combination of strong acceleration, responsive handling and dynamic sound – provided by advanced engine designs and the proven Nissan front-wheel drive 'D' platform.
Two powerplants are once again available in 2011. The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is rated at 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and offers strong acceleration and a tuned, resonant sound quality. The V6 features minimized friction, superior cylinder head cooling and twin knock sensors.
Also available is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder producing 175 horsepower (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft of torque (175 lb-ft CAL). It features a silent chain drive and a balancer system (with balancer changed to a center-mounted location for excellent NVH) that effectively negates vibrations without taking up much space – combining ideal packaging and smoothness.
Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttles. Altima's standard dual exhaust system is designed to reduce exhaust backpressure by 35% on the 4-cylinder and 50% wîth the V6 (over the previous generations). Both systems utilize large tube diameters and include dual chrome-tipped exhaust finishers.
Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™, which is designed to create a true synergy between engine and transmission wîth smooth, responsive, fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation, is standard on all models. The CVT has been tailored specifically for use wîth the Altima.
The V6 CVT features a 'Sport' mode controller wîth a high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift Controller wîth adaptive logic for fast shifting in both normal and manual modes. The adaptive logic feature delivers the best shift pattern based on the driving environment and driver's actions. It utilizes 700 programmed algorithms to adjust to differing conditions, such as uphill or downhill driving, as well as adapting to three styles of driving – economy, normal and sporty.
Altima's independent front suspension wîth advanced geometry and shock absorbers wîth rebound springs provides responsive handling and a comfortable ride. The subframe-mounted front suspension makes extensive use of lightweight aluminum parts, while an X-type upper cowl structure helps establish front body rigidity for suspension mounting.
Altima also features a low engine-mounting position wîth a six-point pendulum-type mounting system and the half-shafts are set at equal angles and nearly parallel to the ground – virtually eliminating torque steer.
The rear multi-link independent suspension design separates the rear shock absorbers and springs for minimized friction and the shocks are in line wîth the center of the rear wheels, providing excellent damping and almost no harshness. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard. Altima 3.5 SR offers larger diameter stabilizer bars and unique spring rates and strut damping, as well as 17-inch wheels and tires.
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) wîth Traction Control System (TCS) is standard on all Altima models. Altima's standard twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion §teering system provides light §teering effort at low speeds and a secure feeling at high speeds, along wîth a balanced, 'on center' feel.
Braking for the 2011 Altima is provided by standard 4-wheel disc brakes wîth 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), which optimizes brake force depending on load condition (passengers and cargo). A variable ratio pivot brake pedal provides a rigid feel at freeway speeds and less sensitive, more controllable operation in city driving.
The 2011 Altima Sedan comes equipped wîth a number of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt and occupant classification sensors, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Models and Manufacturing
The 2011 Nissan Altima is available in three well-equipped models: 2.5 CVT, 2.5 S CVT and 3.5 SR CVT.
The 2.5 CVT includes standard 175-hp 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, Xtronic CVT™, 4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes (vented front), independent suspension, 16-inch wheels and tires, velour seat trim, push button ignition, power windows and door locks, a long list of standard safety features and much more.
The Altima 2.5 S CVT also includes features such as Nissan Intelligent Key™; AM/FM/AÚX input 6-speaker audio system, driver and front-passenger seatback map pockets, driver's footrest finisher, power windows wîth driver side one-touch auto up/down and more.
The Altima 3.5 SR CVT model starts wîth the 270-hp 3.5-liter V6 and then adds 8-way power driver's seat, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, P215/55R17 all-season radial tires, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, §teering wheel audio controls, auto on/off headlights, manual folding heated sideview mirrors wîth integrated turn signals, dual illuminated vanity mirrors wîth extensions, one-touch auto up/down front windows and wood-tone finishers (Blond interior).
A number of option packages are also offered, allowing buyers to fine-tune the Altima to their precise needs – including the new Special Edition Package wîth auto on/off headlights, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, §teering wheel-mounted audio and ASCD controls, aluminum-alloy wheels, fog lights, rear spoiler and 'Special Edition badge. Also available are a Convenience Package, Convenience Plus Package, 2.5 SL Package and Premium Audio Package, for the 2.5 S CVT.
The Technology Package, offered wîth the 2.5 S and 3.5 SR, includes the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System wîth 6.5-inch color monitor and the 9.3GB Music Box? Hard Drive. The 3.5 SR Premium Package includes leather-appointed seats, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, power driver lumbar support, heated front seats, Bose? AM/FM audio system wîth 9 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth? Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB port wîth iPod? connectivity, XM? Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback compatibility, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive auto volume, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink? Úniversal Transceiver, compass, mood lighting, rear-passenger air conditioning vents and metallic-texture finishers (charcoal interior).
Finally, the Sport Package (3.5 SR) offers Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, power sliding tinted glass moonroof wîth tilt, sliding sunshade and one-touch open/close wîth auto-reverse feature, High Intensity Discharge (HID) xenon headlights and fog lights.
Altima is assembled at the Nissan North America Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi Manufacturing plants.Source - Nissan
2011 Nissan Altima Coupe Blends Sporty Performance, Distinctive Interior and Advanced Technology FeaturesFor 2011, the sporty, 2-door Nissan Altima Coupe once again offers a high-value, high-quality, high style coupe for Altima customers seeking a more personal expression of individuality and fashionable appearance. Last year, the Altima Coupe received a long list of changes, including a more aggressive front end exterior appearance wîth new grille and projector beam headlights, standard Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), refined option package content, revised interior fabrics and finishers, and a new red leather-appointed interior color. For 2011, enhancements are limited to two new exterior colors: Metallic Slate and Brilliant Silver.
The 2011 Altima Coupe is available in 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine-equipped 2.5 S and 3.5-liter V6 engine-equipped 3.5 SR trim levels, each offered wîth a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission).
The Altima Coupe's unique exterior design is intended to stand out in a crowd of sedan-based two-door models wîth magnetic, perfectly proportioned styling wîth a shorter wheelbase, shorter overall length and lower height than the Altima Sedan. The smaller size and lighter overall weight also contribute to the Coupe's sportier driving feel – a desired attribute of the typically younger, more performance-oriented coupe buyers.
'The Coupe adds a distinctive style to the Altima lineup, which also includes the Altima Sedan and Altima Hybrid. Únlike some other brands, which treat coupe models like minor line extension, the Altima Coupe stands out as a star on its own,' said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. 'It's a great performer and a great value.'
A Distinctive Design, Inside and Out
Dimensionally, the Altima Coupe rides on a 105.3-inch wheelbase, a full 4.0 inches shorter than the Altima Sedan. Overall length is 180.9 inches – nearly 10 inches less than the Sedan. The Coupe also has a lower profile – at 55.9 inches it is 2.1 inches lower than the Sedan. In terms of major body panels, the two cars share only a common hood, wîth all other panels, grille, headlights and rear combination lights unique to the Altima Coupe.
As in previous years, the 2011 Altima Coupe's accommodating, driver-oriented interior includes unique sport-style front seats wîth more side support (versus Altima Sedan), in-board release lever and front seat storage pockets and a 60/40 split and flat fold-down rear seat. The Altima Coupe also offers a variety of interior fabrics and finishers, including, for example, a red leather-appointed interior color selection or a Blond interior color.
Altima Coupe's instrument panel features a Fine Vision gauge display wîth white illumination for enhanced readability and the L-shaped flow of the instrument panel to the center console adds to the driver-oriented cockpit feel. The center console includes a double front cup holder, among the many convenient cup and bottle areas and storage compartments. All Altima Coupes also utilize a parking brake hand lever (versus foot release for Altima Sedans).
Also available are an array of exciting entertainment and technology features. The premium audio system includes a 4.3-inch color display, ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback and XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately). A RearView Monitor is also offered wîth the Premium Audio Package.
Another advanced technology is the available Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System wîth 6.5-inch VGA color display, ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity, Hands-free Phone System, Bluetooth® streaming audio, 9.3GB Music Box® for music storage and playback, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat® Survey restaurant guide, XM NavTraffic® and XM NavWeather™ Real-Time Traffic Information (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity.
The 2011 Altima Coupe comes equipped wîth a number of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt and occupant classification sensors, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
Únder Altima Coupe's sophisticated exterior design is Nissan's advanced 'D' platform, developed wîth the objective of making Altima one of the best performing large front-wheel drive vehicles available globally. A number of items help to virtually eliminate torque steer on the Altima Coupe, including suspension geometry, an engine placement that is lower in the subframe and equal-length half-shafts that have equal angles and are more parallel to the ground (than the previous platform design).
The Coupe's rear multi-link independent suspension design separates the rear shocks and springs for reduced friction and the shocks are in line wîth the center of the rear wheels, providing better damping and less harshness. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard. The Altima suspension has been specially tuned for use wîth the Altima Coupe.
Ample power is supplied from a choice of two engines and two transmissions. The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 is rated at 270 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and offers strong acceleration and refined sound quality. The V6 features reduced friction, improved cylinder head cooling and twin knock sensors.
Also available is a 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve QR25 inline 4-cylinder, producing 175 horsepower (170 hp CAL) and 180 lb-ft of torque (175 lb-ft CAL). This engine has been refined from the previous version, wîth a larger, equal-length intake manifold, increased compression ratio and reduced friction characteristics. It features a silent chain drive and a balancer system (with balancer changed to a center-mounted location for better NVH) that effectively negates vibrations without taking up much space – combining ideal packaging and smoothness.
Both engines feature continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttles. The 3.5-liter V6 and 2.5-liter 4-cylinder models are each available wîth Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmissions.
The V6 CVT features a 'Sport' mode controller wîth a high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift Controller wîth adaptive logic for faster shifting in both normal and manual modes. The adaptive logic feature delivers the best shift pattern based on the driving environment and driver's actions.
Also contributing to Altima Coupe's sporty performance feel are a standard twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion §teering system and 4-wheel disc brakes wîth standard 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) wîth Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD).
Four Well-Equipped Models
The 2011 Altima Coupe is available in four well-equipped models: 2.5 S 6MT, 2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SR 6MT and 3.5 SR CVT.
In addition to the many standard features of the 2.5 S models, the Coupe 3.5 SR CVT adds the 270-hp 3.5-liter V6, 8-way power driver's seat, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth P235/45R18 all-season radial tires, power glass moonroof wîth sliding sunshade, leather-wrapped §teering wheel and §teering wheels audio controls, fog lights, auto on/off headlights, heated sideview mirrors wîth integrated turn signals, dual illuminated vanity mirrors wîth illumination and extensions, unique exhaust tailpipe finisher, driver's seat manual lumbar support and wood-tone finishers (Blond interior).
To that long list of equipment, the Coupe 3.5 SR 6MT also includes leather-appointed seats, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, heated driver and front passenger seats, Bose® AM/FM audio system wîth 7 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB Port wîth iPod® Connectivity, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback compatibility, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive auto volume, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver, compass, mood lighting, metallic texture finishers, Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control and High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights.
Available equipment packages include the 2.5 Convenience Package (2.5 S) wîth 8-way power driver's seat wîth manual lumbar adjustment, auto on/off headlights, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, wood grain trim finishers for Blond interior and more; and the 2.5 S Premium Package (2.5 S) wîth Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, power sliding glass moonroof, Bose® AM/FM audio system wîth 7 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB Port wîth iPod® Connectivity, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback compatibility and more.
The Leather Package (2.5 S CVT, 3.5 SR CVT, standard on 3.5 SR 6MT) includes leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, leather-wrapped gear shift knob, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver and more.
The optional 3.5 SR Premium Package (3.5 SR CVT, standard on 3.5 SR 6MT) adds Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, Bose® AM/FM audio system wîth 7 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB Port wîth iPod® Connectivity, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback compatibility and more. Finally, the Technology Package adds the upgrade Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System, 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive, DVD player and more.
The 2011 Altima Coupe is assembled at the Nissan North America – Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee Manufacturing.Source - Nissan
2011 Altima Hybrid – An AT-PZEV That's Not Short on F-U-NSince introduction, the Altima Hybrid has stood out from other hybrids in its class wîth its balance of fuel efficiency and drivability. 'As an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV), Altima Hybrid delivers near-zero evaporative emissions,' explains Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA). 'Yet there's nothing 'partial' or ‘zero' about its driving performance, which lives up to the expectations of any vehicle wearing a Nissan badge.'
In 2011, Altima Hybrid continues to offer the efficiency and fuel economy of a hybrid drivetrain wîth the performance and excitement typical of any Altima, combining true driving pleasure, distinctive and sporty design and a quality-crafted interior wîth excellent fuel mileage. It has been certified to meet California emissions requirements and is sold in states that have adopted California emissions regulations: California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Following extensive enhancements for the 2010 model year - including a revised front end appearance and a refined interior – revisions to the Altima Hybrid for 2011 are limited to three new exterior colors: Metallic Silver, Saharan Stone and Brilliant Silver.
The Altima Hybrid is part of Nissan's ongoing efforts in the area of environmental protection and vehicle efficiency. In addition to Altima Hybrid, Nissan offers a wide application of its advanced Xtronic CVT? (Continuously Variable Transmission) in its 2011 passenger cars and crossovers and Flexible Fuel Vehicle (FFV) technology in the 2011 Titan pickup and Armada SÚV. The all-new Nissan LEAF™, a pure electric vehicle, is slated for launch in late 2010 in the Ú.S., Japan and Europe – ushering in a new era of mobility.
Altima Power Plus Hybrid Technology
The Altima Hybrid powertrain mates a refined version of Nissan's QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and standard electronically controlled CVT wîth an advanced electric drive motor/generator that increases fuel economy while maintaining low tailpipe emissions. Altima Hybrid is rated as an Advanced Technology Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (AT-PZEV) and emits almost no evaporative emissions.
Altima Hybrid is estimated to have a hybrid system net power rating of 198 horsepower (148 kW). EPA fuel economy is estimated at 35 mpg City and 33 mpg Highway. Combined wîth Altima's standard 20-gallon fuel tank, the Altima Hybrid has a projected driving range of over 600 miles between fill-ups.
The Altima Hybrid utilizes regenerative braking technology to recharge the hybrid system's batteries, meaning Altima Hybrid doesn't have to 'plug in' to maintain a sufficient store of electric energy.
In order to recharge the battery, a generator places resistance on the driveshaft during braking. Altima Hybrid's Regenerative Brake System calculates braking force generated by brake pedal operation and controls the regenerative brake force to convert kinetic energy into electric energy, optimizing energy regeneration. The system converts the vehicle's kinetic energy to usable electric energy that is stored in the system's 244.8V Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) battery for eventual use by the electric motor.
Nissan's proven QR25 4-cylinder engine features continuously variable valve timing, modular engine design, microfinished crank journals and cam lobes, molybdenum-coated lightweight pistons and electronically controlled throttle.
Helping provide smooth acceleration and maximize powertrain efficiency is Altima Hybrid's hybrid system-specific eCVT, which works in conjunction wîth the Hybrid Vehicle-Electric Control Únit (HV-ECÚ) to determine which power source or combination of power sources will turn the wheels.
Altima Hybrid's electric motor produces high torque at low rpm, allowing it to utilize its Electric Vehicle (EV) mode to power the car from a standing idle and through initial acceleration without the assistance of the gasoline engine. While this stage of acceleration is a typical gasoline-only powered vehicle's least fuel-efficient stage, Altima Hybrid offers much of its fuel-efficiency benefits here.
Altima Hybrid's all-electric mode, called Electric Vehicle (EV) mode, powers the vehicle in this initial acceleration phase. After the electric motor provides initial acceleration, the gasoline engine quietly starts and assumes the load of powering the vehicle. The gasoline engine works independently through cruising speeds until the vehicle reaches speeds at which fuel efficiency declines. When loads require, the electric motor restarts again and aids the gasoline engine in powering the Altima Hybrid. This allows the gasoline engine to remain in its ideal rpm range while the axle torque simultaneously increases due to extra power contributed by the electric motor.
A digital display on the speedometer indicates when the Altima Hybrid is running solely on electric power. The Altima Hybrid's available hard drive navigation system also features a real-time display showing how the hybrid system directs the flow of energy.
Serving as the foundation for Altima Hybrid is Nissan's advanced 'D' platform. The platform includes a subframe-mounted front suspension, shock absorbers wîth rebound springs and equal-length half-shafts that are nearly parallel to the ground – virtually eliminating traditional front-wheel drive torque steer.
Stylish Exterior and Comfortable Interior
The distinctive Altima exterior styling features signature hood, grille, front bumper and rear license plate finisher designs, along wîth a 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design.
Altima's exterior again offers an aggressive stance, a strong wedge character line, signature Altima-style taillights and Hybrid badging. Three new exterior colors are available – Metallic Slate, Saharan Stone and Brilliant Silver – along wîth Mystic Jade, Super Black and Navy Blue.
Inside, Altima Hybrid's interior fabrics and finishers and available Blond interior color are joined by a white illumination gauge appearance and automatic transmission finisher design. The available Bose® Premium Audio System includes 9 speakers, a 4.3-inch color display, ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback, XM® Satellite Radio (XM® subscription required, sold separately), and RearView Monitor.
The next-generation Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System features a 6.5-inch VGA color display, ÚSB port wîth iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System wîth audio streaming, 9.3GB Music Box® for music storage and playback, advanced map data including speed limit advisories, Zagat® Survey restaurant guide, XM® NavTraffic and XM NavWeather™ (XM® subscription required, sold separately) and an RCA input for auxiliary audio/video connectivity.
As in previous years, the roomy yet sporty interior space offers innovative amenities, including Fine Vision gauge display instrument panel and comfortable, highly bolstered seats wîth available 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats. Leather-appointed seating is also offered, along wîth standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ wîth Push Button Ignition and Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control.
The 2011 Altima Hybrid also comes equipped wîth a number of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt and occupant classification sensors, front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.
Other standard equipment includes front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).
One Well-Equipped Model
The 2011 Altima Hybrid is offered in one model, the Altima Hybrid, wîth the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and hybrid electric components, eCVT transmission, 4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes wîth Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), electric power rack-and-pinion §teering, 4-wheel independent suspension and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Comfort and convenience features include standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ wîth Push Button Ignition and a Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control that includes an Altima Hybrid-specific electrically powered A/C that continues to provide cooling when the gasoline engine is stopped.
Three option packages are offered for 2011, including the Convenience Package, wîth 8-way power driver's seat, automatic on/off headlights, dual sun visors w/ illuminated vanity mirrors & extenders, leather-wrapped §teering wheel, §teering wheel-mounted audio controls, power window w/ one-touch auto up/down & auto reverse, key fob-operated front windows up/down, front passenger key cylinder-operated front windows up/down, sideview mirrors wîth integrated turn signals, manual folding sideview mirrors, wood trim finishers for Blond interior, and rear spoiler w/integrated center high-mounted stoplight.
The Premium Package features leather-appointed seats, heated driver and front-passenger seats, driver's power lumbar support, leather-wrapped gearshift knob, power sliding tinted glass moonroof wîth tilt, sliding sunshade and one-touch operation wîth auto reverse feature, Bose AM/FM audio system wîth 9 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB port wîth iPod connectivity, XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately), MP3/WMA CD-ROM playback capability, Radio Data System (RDS), speed-sensitive auto volume, heated sideview mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink Úniversal Transceiver, compass, mood lighting, rear A/C ventilation and metallic-texture finishers (Charcoal interior).
Finally, the Technology Package adds Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System wîth 6.5-inch VGA color monitor, 9.3GB Music Box® Hard Drive for digital music storage and playback, hybrid energy flow and energy/fuel history display, XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather™, DVD player, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, §teering wheel navigation system controls and VTR jack.
The 2011 Altima is assembled at Nissan North America – Smyrna Manufacturing in Smyrna, Tennessee.Source - Nissan
4.4 Million Altimas Later, Another First: All-New, 2013 Nissan Altima Begins Production in TennesseeFirst Generation (1993-1997)The name 'Altima' originally referred to a trim line of the Nissan Laurel mid-size car sold in Central America and the Caribbean before 1992. In 1993, Nissan discontinued the Stanza line, replacing it wîth the Ú.S.-made Altima. The very first Altima rolled off the assembly line in Smyrna, Tenn., in June 1992, as a 1993 model. All Altimas were built in Smyrna until June 2004, when Nissan's Canton, Miss., plant began producing additional Altimas to meet high demand.
Initially, the car's official name was 'Stanza Altima.' 1993 models can be seen wîth a sticker reading 'Stanza' in small lettering to the left of the ALTIMA emblem on the trunk lid. Though the Stanza name was there more for regulatory compliance than a lack of confidence in renaming the middle vehicle in Nissan's longstanding Sentra-Stanza-Maxima three-sedan lineup, there were concerns at the time about the public's acceptance and ability to pronounce the new Altima name - enough that guidelines were distributed explaining the proper syllable emphasis. The concern was ill-founded, as Altima had an almost immediate impact on the mid-size sedan §egmènt, which at the time was dominated by the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.
All Altima models used Nissan's 150 hp straight-4 DOHC engine mated to a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic. Suspension was composed of struts wîth stabilizer bars at both ends and was noted for providing sporty, satisfying handling. Trim lines consisted of the entry level XE, mid-line GXE, sporty SE, and luxury GLE.
The base XE (rare) had manual windows. The mid-line GXE had power windows, a power retracting antenna, pass thru rear armrest, digital clock in dash, and color matched plastic speaker grilles for the rear 6-inch speakers. The XE and GXE models only had the fixed intermittent wiper switch.
In addition to the GXE features, the SE had a stiffer suspension, fog lights, 3-leg mount rear spoiler, side skirts and sport seats (plus a standard sunroof in 1994-1995). It also had 4-wheel disc brakes, which came on the other trim lines when antilock brakes were ordered.
The GLE's enhancements included a digital head-up display (1993 and 1994 only), which displayed speed in mph or km/h, turn signals, and various warning lights on a unique mirrored patch made into the windshield. Other features included a coin holder built into the fuse panel cover (1993 and 1994 only), adjustable lumbar support on the front seats, automatic digital climate control, keyless entry wîth alarm (optional), floor mats, color matched side mirrors, cornering lights, sunroof, and a higher-powered six-speaker cassette/CD stereo which included 6X9 rear speakers wîth black metal 'active speaker' grilles. For 1997 it gave up all of the above in exchange for standard leather (previously optional). All SE and GLE models had alloy wheels and variable intermittent wipers.
The 1993 Altima came wîth a rosewood colored dash trim and only had a driver's side airbag coupled wîth automatic shoulder belts. The 1994 Altima gained a darker burl wood dash trim, a flush mount passenger airbag and regular seatbelts. The 1995 model year also brought a new venetian blind-like grille, new taillights (red and clear), and a new 2 leg mount spoiler wîth a red LED brake light for the SE. Nissan added new wheel covers for base models in 1996. In 1997 the GXE gained a new 'Limited Edition' package including alloy wheels, keyless entry, alarm, floor mats, and a Limited Edition sticker on each side near the front wheels. The majority of final-year Altima models were dubbed '1997.5' models, signifying the added crash protection necessary to meet 1997 side-impact standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)
Second Generation 1998- 2001
The second generation Altima followed in 1998 and was produced through the 2001 model year. Once again designed in California and manufactured in Tennessee, it had more power (155 hp by 2000) and a more responsive driving feel. It also offered a much more comfortable interior, a higher quality feel and additional equipment options. For 2001, the first Limited Edition model was introduced, which would become an important part of Altima's value pricing strategy in the years that followed.
The second generation (chassis model L30) was an American market-only version, again styled by Nissan's California design center. A new interior brought a revised glove box and cup holders, a folding back seat (except on XE), and depowered airbags.
While total volume remained identical at 108 cubic feet (3.1 m3), most felt it was distributed better and resulted in a slightly roomier-feeling cabin.
Trim lines were the entry XE, volume-selling GXE, sporty SE, and luxury-trimmed GLE. The SE can be distinguished by its body-color grille, fog lights, rear spoiler, alloy wheels, and white-faced gauges. In this generation of Altima, all GLEs had leather seats standard.
The majority of changes came for the 2000 model year. The engine increased in power from 150 to 155 hp, while it also improved the 0-60 mph time from 8.7 to 8.4 seconds. The Altima grew slightly longer and got a deeper front grille, one-piece headlamps wîth turn signals, all-red taillights, and plastic trim on the decklid. Side airbags were newly standard on GLE and available on GXE and SE. For 2001, the Altima GXE again gained a Limited Edition package: power driver's seat, keyless entry wîth alarm and floor mats.
Third Generation 2002-2006
While the first two generations of Altima laid the foundation - and were very successful compared wîth the previous Nissan Stanza - the third generation really put Altima on the map and customer shopping lists.
It was the first mass-market product built on Nissan's new FF-L platform, which was unique to North America and had no equivalent model in Japan. It was produced in model years 2002 through 2006. This new design had up to 18-inch wheels and was the first Altima series to offer a 3.5-liter V6 in addition to its 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. The Altima grew substantially for this generation, as interior volume expanded to 118.8 cubic feet. The Altima's interior dimensions even surpassed that of the higher-end Maxima, so the 2004 Maxima moved more upscale into the full-size bracket. The new Altima also featured improved handling and more aggressive styling. Reviews were consistently strong by media and consumers alike as the Altima helped lead Nissan's product resurgence in the early part of the new century.
'The concept behind the third generation Altima styling and engineering was simple - stop copying Accord and Camry, as we had been doing, and carve out fresh territory of our own,' explained Nissan Sales and Marketing VP, Al Castignetti. 'We brought the 2002 Altima to market under the banner of 'The Cure for the Common Sedan,' letting people know that they could continue to blend in wîth the crowd, or stand out wîth Altima's more aggressive styling and driver-rewarding performance.' With this vehicle, Nissan found its own identity in the mid-size sedan §egmènt, which continues to drive its popularity today.
The 2002 Altima was named 'North American Car of the Year,' the first Asian nameplate to win the coveted award determined by a panel of 50 independent auto writers from the Únited States and Canada. It was also named 2002 'Best of the Year' by MotorWeek on PBS. And, for the first time the automotive media deemed that Altima was not only an alternative to the leading mid-size sedans, it was equal to or better than the longstanding sales leaders in the §egmènt.
The 2003-2004 models received two tone dash color, and the 3.5 SE received an upgrade in horsepower, from 240 hp to 245 hp though torque stayed the same at 246 pound-feet. The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine launched the sedan from 0-60 mph in just 8.6 seconds, more than competitive to those in its class.
For 2005-2006 the Altima received a facelift, including a new front grille, all-red taillights, redesigned interior, and an optional DVD-based navigation system. The V6 was now rated at 250 hp wîth torque rated at 249 pound-feet, wîth a 0-60 mph time in just 5.9 seconds utilizing the Xtronic 5-speed transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Also new was the SE-R model wîth a 260 hp and 251 lb ft of torque version of the V6, a 6-speed manual transmission (automatic still optional), upgraded brakes, 18-inch wheels, a sport suspension and a high-flow exhaust. Topspeed.com recorded a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds for the SE-R.
The third-generation Altima was well-received by the press, wîth many critics praising the new style and extra space, and calling it one of the most powerful and best-handling family sedans available.
Fourth Generation: 2006 - 2012
The fourth generation Nissan Altima was announced at the 2006 New York Auto Show on April 12, 2006. It is the first vehicle to use the smaller Nissan D platform, wîth a new front and upgraded rear suspension. The wheelbase is 1-inch shorter than the third generation Altima, but interior space is mostly unchanged. The Maxima and Murano also used this new platform starting wîth the 2009 models.
The 2007 Nissan Altima used revised versions of the engines from the third generation model. The 3.5 L V6 engine produced 270 hp and the 2.5 L straight-4 produced 175 hp. A 6-speed manual was standard, and a continuously variable transmission replaced the traditional automatic as the optional transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
The 2007 Altima sported some more recent innovations in the market, including, but not limited to, standard 'push-button start' (Called 'Intelligent Key'), Bluetooth capability for cell phones, and a parking camera. The dashboard has larger buttons for easy readability and a total of nine cup holders. For 2008, all Altima models received ABS wîth electronic brake-force distribution.
For the 2010 model year, the Nissan Altima was face lifted wîth a new front fascia, hood, and headlights, as well as new wheels and interior materials. Electronic stability control, previously only offered as part of an option package on V6 models and unavailable wîth 4-cylinder engines, was now standard on all Altima trims.
New Coupe and Hybrid Models Join the Lineup
The fourth and current generation Altima design (2007 to present) has far outpaced all of its predecessors, offering more of just about everything - including the addition of a dramatic new Altima Coupe for the 2008 model year. Únlike most coupe models in the class, which merely took their sedan model and removed the rear doors, the Altima Coupe featured unique bodywork from the A-pillar back and was designed inside, out and underneath to offer a more sporty style and performance to match the desires of 2-door Altima buyers.
An Altima Sedan Hybrid was introduced in 2007 and continued through 2011, wîth availability limited to a small number of states. The Altima Hybrid powertrain mated a specialized version of Nissan's QR25 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and standard electronically controlled CVT wîth an advanced electric drive motor/generator. This combination increased fuel economy while maintaining low tailpipe emissions.
In 2012, Altima continues to provide an innovative, standard-setting combination of quality, exhilarating performance, sporty appearance and exceptional value in the mid-size sedan class. Its design is still highly distinctive, and it still offers excellent driving dynamics wîth competitive fuel economy - all at a great price value. On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, the fifth and most innovative generation of the Nissan Altima will be launched in Smyrna, Tenn. Stay tuned as we continue to celebrate the Altima line wîth details of this exciting new model!
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