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2011 Nissan Altima

2011 Nissan Altima Sedan, Nissan's Top-Selling Model, Again Provides Quality, Value, Style and Driving Pleasure

2011 Nissan Altima
The 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.2011 Nissan Altima
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 with standard 175-horsepower 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder, and the 3.5 SR CVT with a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6.

2011 Nissan Altima
'Altima has become a true standard bearer for Nissan and the mid-size sedan segment,' 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 with 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 segment once again this year. We expect great things from Altima in 2011.'


2011 Nissan Altima
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.

2011 Nissan Altima
The refreshed exterior styling embraces Altima's distinctive, iconic, sporty design. It offers a 'dynamic simplicity' with 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 with 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 with fog lights, auto on/off headlights and leather-wrapped steering wheels with audio controls.


Altima's 109.3-inch wheelbase and short front and rear overhangs (with an overall length of 190.7 inches) enhances its agile maneuverability and contribute to its sporty, aggressive appearance. Altima's chassis layout also offers roomy front and rear interior headroom and legroom, plus ample cargo storage with 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space. Altima is available with 16-inch (optional on 2.5 S) or 17-inch (standard on 3.5 SR) aluminum-alloy wheels or 16-inch steel wheels with covers (2.5, 2.5 S).

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 with 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 – with complementing fabrics and finishers for all interior colors (both cloth and leather-appointed).

Vital Stats and Specifications
Vital Stats
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


CVT6-speed Manual
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 with optional leather-appointed seating.

Along with the exhilaration provided by the driver-oriented cockpit and high levels of Altima performance, the 'entertainment factor' of Altima's interior is enhanced with an available Premium Audio Package that includes a Bose® AM/FM audio system with nine speakers, 4.3-inch color display, ÚSB port with 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 with 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 steering wheel, steering 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% with 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 with smooth, responsive, fluid-feeling performance and efficient operation, is standard on all models. The CVT has been tailored specifically for use with the Altima.

The V6 CVT features a 'Sport' mode controller with a high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift Controller with 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 with advanced geometry and shock absorbers with 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 with 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 with 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) with Traction Control System (TCS) is standard on all Altima models. Altima's standard twin-orifice vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack-and-pinion steering system provides light steering effort at low speeds and a secure feeling at high speeds, along with a balanced, 'on center' feel.

Braking for the 2011 Altima is provided by standard 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with 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 with a number of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with 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 with pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction with 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 with driver side one-touch auto up/down and more.

The Altima 3.5 SR CVT model starts with 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 steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls, auto on/off headlights, manual folding heated sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, dual illuminated vanity mirrors with 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 with auto on/off headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering 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 with the 2.5 S and 3.5 SR, includes the Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 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 with 9 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth? Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB port with 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 with tilt, sliding sunshade and one-touch open/close with 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.

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2011 Nissan Altima Coupe Blends Sporty Performance, Distinctive Interior and Advanced Technology Features

2011 Nissan Altima
For 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 with 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.

2011 Nissan AltimaThe 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 with a choice of a 6-speed manual transmission or Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission).

2011 Nissan Altima
The Altima Coupe's unique exterior design is intended to stand out in a crowd of sedan-based two-door models with magnetic, perfectly proportioned styling with 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.


2011 Nissan Altima
'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.'

2011 Nissan Altima
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, with all other panels, grille, headlights and rear combination lights unique to the Altima Coupe.


For 2011, Altima Coupe retains its signature hood, grille and front bumper, along with projector beam headlights and standard 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Altima 3.5 SR models offer standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with Michelin P235/45R18 tires.

As in previous years, the 2011 Altima Coupe's accommodating, driver-oriented interior includes unique sport-style front seats with 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 with 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 with 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 with the Premium Audio Package.


Another advanced technology is the available Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 6.5-inch VGA color display, ÚSB port with 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 with a number of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with 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 with pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS).

Exhilarating Performance
Únder Altima Coupe's sophisticated exterior design is Nissan's advanced 'D' platform, developed with 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 with 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 with 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, with 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 with Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) or 6-speed manual transmissions.

The V6 CVT features a 'Sport' mode controller with a high-speed central processing unit and Adaptive Shift Controller with 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 steering system and 4-wheel disc brakes with standard 4-wheel, 4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with 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 with P235/45R18 all-season radial tires, power glass moonroof with sliding sunshade, leather-wrapped steering wheel and steering wheels audio controls, fog lights, auto on/off headlights, heated sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals, dual illuminated vanity mirrors with 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 with 7 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB Port with 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) with 8-way power driver's seat with manual lumbar adjustment, auto on/off headlights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood grain trim finishers for Blond interior and more; and the 2.5 S Premium Package (2.5 S) with Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control, power sliding glass moonroof, Bose® AM/FM audio system with 7 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB Port with 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 with 7 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB Port with 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.

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2011 Altima Hybrid – An AT-PZEV That's Not Short on F-U-N

2011 Nissan Altima
Since introduction, the Altima Hybrid has stood out from other hybrids in its class with 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.'2011 Nissan Altima
In 2011, Altima Hybrid continues to offer the efficiency and fuel economy of a hybrid drivetrain with the performance and excitement typical of any Altima, combining true driving pleasure, distinctive and sporty design and a quality-crafted interior with 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.

2011 Nissan Altima
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.


2011 Nissan Altima
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.

2011 Nissan Altima
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 with 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.


The advanced energy drive system shares duties between the gasoline-powered 4-cylinder and the emissions-free electric motor – allowing Altima Hybrid to run solely on electric power if appropriate, especially during stop-and-go driving. If extra performance is needed, the gasoline engine starts instantly and smoothly adds power as required.

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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with 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 with iPod® connectivity, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System with 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 with available 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat and heated front seats. Leather-appointed seating is also offered, along with standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ with Push Button Ignition and Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control.

The 2011 Altima Hybrid also comes equipped with a number of standard safety features, including the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with 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 with pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints, the LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren), Zone Body construction with 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, with the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and hybrid electric components, eCVT transmission, 4-wheel power-assisted disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), electric power rack-and-pinion steering, 4-wheel independent suspension and 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Comfort and convenience features include standard Nissan Intelligent Key™ with 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, with 8-way power driver's seat, automatic on/off headlights, dual sun visors w/ illuminated vanity mirrors & extenders, leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering 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 with 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 with tilt, sliding sunshade and one-touch operation with auto reverse feature, Bose AM/FM audio system with 9 speakers, 4.3-inch color display, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System, ÚSB port with 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 with 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, steering wheel navigation system controls and VTR jack.

The 2011 Altima is assembled at Nissan North America – Smyrna Manufacturing in Smyrna, Tennessee.

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4.4 Million Altimas Later, Another First: All-New, 2013 Nissan Altima Begins Production in Tennessee

4.4 Million Altimas Later, Another First: All-New, 2013 Nissan Altima Begins Production in Tennessee

First 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 with 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....
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90,220
June 2019
113,665
May 2019
121,570
April 2019
87,207
March 2019
137,362
February 2019
103,735
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