After focusing on all-electric cars such as the LEAF
, Nissan is now giving hybrid vehicles some much-needed attention. In fact, it plans to introduce about one hybrid model a year over the next several years.
The Japanese automaker's first front-wheel-drive hybrid system developed in-house is expected to debut next year in the Infiniti JX crossover.
A plug-in hybrid will reportedly follow in 2015. Meanwhile, some of the technologies associated with hybrid vehicles, including regenerative braking systems, will trickle down to mainstream Nissan products.
"Our aim is not how can we apply it to just a single vehicle, but extend it across the lineup as much as possible, as soon as possible," Mitsuhiko Yamashita, executive vice president for global R&D, told Automotive News