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Ford, Nissan Abandon Key Hybrid Programs

Are manufacturers rethinking gas-electric advantages?

by on Apr.10, 2012

The 2013 Nissan Altima with CEO Ghosn.

Both Ford and Nissan are abandoning major hybrid-electric vehicles that might seem perfectly suited for a time when fuel prices are rapidly approaching record levels and consumers are looking for higher-mileage alternatives.

Nissan will no longer offer a hybrid Altima when it launches an all-new version of the midsize sedan for 2013.  Ford, meanwhile, is scrapping the hybrid version of its Escape, which had the distinction of being the first-ever gas-electric SUV.

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Though such decisions actually were made quite some time ago they impact new products coming to market during one of the fastest run-ups in fuel prices ever experienced in the U.S. market.  And the two gas-electric models are dropping out just as hybrids – notably including the Toyota Prius – are setting all-time sales records.

So, why pull two hybrid versions of popular models like the Altima and Escape?


Infiniti Teases New JX Crossover

But full introduction will wait for later this year.

by on Apr.20, 2011


Infiniti's new JX won't get a formal reveal until late Summer, with sales starting in 2012.

There’ll be plenty of products rolling out over the next few days at the New York Auto Show – on top of the scores of introductions in Shanghai, earlier this week.

So, maybe it makes sense that Infiniti is only offering up a tease to whet our appetite for its new crossover, which it says won’t have its formal debut until late August.

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Dubbed Infiniti JX, it’s a three-row luxury CUV that “will allow us to continue to expand the Infiniti brand’s presence in the Americas,” suggests Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas.

The sketch shown here hints of a “crescent cut” greenhouse, with Infiniti suggesting the overall styling theme was “inspired by nature.”