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Raising Fuel Efficiency

Improved Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency

Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency

Demand for motor vehicles is expected to continue to rise along with mature market recovery and emerging market expansion. Nissan has making an ongoing effort to develop technologies to maximize the energy efficiency of vehicles with internal combustion engines and hold CO2 emissions down. The marketing of vehicles with such technologies is one way that we are helping reduce CO2 emissions. The name we give to particularly low-emitting, fuel-efficient vehicles is PURE DRIVE. Nissan has placed three core technologies at the heart of its efforts in this area: the lithium-ion battery, the one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid system and the new-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT). We will be including these core technologies in a greater range of our new vehicles. Our target for fiscal 2016 is a 35% improvement in corporate average fuel efficiency from the fiscal 2005 level (as measured by corporate average fuel efficiency standards in the Japanese, the United States, European and Chinese markets). Our result in fiscal 2012 was a 24.9% improvement from the fiscal 2005 level.

Top-level Efficiency in Various Classes

The Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima was the second best-selling car in the U.S. in 2011. In June 2012, Nissan introduced the 2013 Altima. With attributes including exterior styling with a strong presence, excellent aerodynamics, an upscale interior as well as ride comfort with best-level acceleration, the all-new model Altima delivers environmentally friendly performance. The new Altima achieves best-in-segment fuel economy of 38 mpg*1 (miles per gallon) in the U.S. mid-size sedan segment*2 thanks to the combination of a newly-designed 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine combined with the new Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), as well as a reduction in vehicle weight by around 80 pounds (36 kilograms) by utilizing aluminum hood and bumper reinforcements, expanded use of high-tensile steel, and use of high-strength steel for more than half of the vehicle body.

Other vehicles achieving class-leading fuel efficiency during fiscal 2012*3 were the Note (25.2km/l, JC 08mode) and Latio (22.6km/l, JC08 mode)in the Japanese market, and the Sylphy (6.3 liters/100km*4) in the Chinese market. Nissan will continue to introduce models with class-leading fuel economy, making use of the fuel-efficiency technologies that best match vehicles size, use and price.

  • *1: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rating for highway fuel economy.
  • *2: Comparison against internal combustion gasoline engine-equipped mid-size sedans. Excludes hybrid and diesel models.
  • *3: All figures as of time of sale in 2012. The respective classes were: gasoline vehicles with engine displacement of 1.0 liters or more (excluding hybrids and kei "minicars") for Note; 4-door sedans under 1.5 liters (excluding hybrids) for Latio; and 1.5-liter-class 4-door sedans (excluding hybrids) for Sylphy.
  • *4: As measured in the European fuel-economy mode also used in China.

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