Nissan announced plans to introduce 15 new hybrid vehicles by 2016 after years of having fewer hybrid models than chief Japanese-brand competitors Toyota and Honda.
According to the official statement from Nissan, the announcement came amid a presentation of a “slew of eco-targets” set during a press briefing at Nissan global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan Wednesday, Dec. 12. Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said the strategy is all part of an initiative the company calls the Nissan Green Program, and that the company is so far on-target with the program’s timeline for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across its fleet.
“Thanks to environmentally friendly technology and new products, we are completely in line with our targets for the reduction of C02 in the usage of vehicles,” Shiga said.
Though the statement did not reveal plans on which models might receive a hybrid version, the company claims it has improved its fleet’s average fuel economy an estimated 19% since the 2005 model year and looks to continue building on that improvement by introducing more fuel-efficient models in the future. While hybrid models including the only current Nissan-family hybrid on the U.S. market at this time– the Infiniti M luxury hybrid– have helped in that goal, traditional gasoline-powered models like the Altima have become more efficient as well to help raise the fleet average.
We’ll be keeping an eye on Nissan to see what they’ve got in store on the hybrid vehicles front. Meantime, tell us what Nissan model you’d like to see get the hybrid treatment in the comments.