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The 2013 Nissan Altima looks to take MPG crown from unreleased 2013 Ford Fusion

It's impossible to miss the fact that some of the hybrid vehicles on the roads today aren't offering a huge increase in fuel economy over the new breed of much more efficient traditional vehicles. Nissan is proving that with its new 2013 Altima which gets impressive fuel economy courtesy of a redesigned 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. 
Nissan promises 38 mpg on the highway from the 2.5-liter engine. The Altima is a midsize sedan that will start at $21,500 in 2.5 trim. For those that want a little more power at the expense of fuel economy, the 3.5-liter V6 models start at $25,360.
"In a segment as critical as this, with longtime nameplates and new challengers fighting for every sale, it's not enough to just target the competition. You have to think outside – and far above – the segment," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Nissan North America, Inc. "We created the new Altima to set a clearly recognized benchmark for many years to come."

The Altima is available with Advanced Drive-Assist Display and Bose premium audio. The car comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free phone calls and can be had with driver assistance technology such as Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and more. This new Altima is one of five all new models that Nissan will be introducing over the next 15 months.
The 2013 Altima also comes equipped with the oddly named “zero-gravity seats” which are designed to help reduce muscular and spinal loads and improve blood flow. The idea according to Nissan is to reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel.

The 2.5-liter QR25 engine in the new Altima includes variable valve timing on intake camshafts to help make the torque curve flatter. The engine also has new thermoplastic resin intake manifold allowing for more power. The engine has 182 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.
The fuel economy numbers for the QR25 are preliminary, so we’ll have to wait a while before the official numbers come down. BMW was quick to the gun to tout 36 mpg highway on its all-new 2012 328i, but then got smacked down by the EPA. BMW now has to shows an EPA highway rating of 33 mpg.
The 1.6-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder in the 2013 Ford Fusion is rated for 37 mpg on the highway.

Sources: VW Vortex, Autoblog

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By FITCamaro on 4/4/2012 8:03:00 AM , Rating: 1
Car companies would be attempting to get more fuel economy and power out of their vehicles regardless of what government does. Because it makes their vehicles more attractive to consumers.

What's bad about government FORCING more efficient cars is that it means automakers have to do things before they're ready. Or raise the cost of vehicles to be able to afford including technology that is otherwise too expensive to include on a particular model. It forces things on the market that are currently too expensive or not fully developed.

Ultimately consumers buy the vehicles that are best for them. If gas prices are higher, then people buy higher mileage vehicles. If they're lower, the people sometimes trade off some fuel economy for more power. Some people don't care either way. If a person chooses poorly, that's their fault. They have no one to blame but themselves. I typically see those who would be considered poor driving large SUVs with giant rims on them. Who chose to drive that vehicle?

Also the latest mileage standards are going to going prevent a number of cheaper cars that poorer people can afford, assuming they choose to purchase them, from being sold because the price will have to go up to meet the standards. We are still a long ways from even being close to the FLEETWIDE AVERAGE that the standards force. It will all but force manufacturers to try and sell vehicles that people don't necessarily want. Notice that GM has shut down Volt production due to a glut of inventory?

Regardless of what you think, Americans enjoy owning their own vehicles. Driving an electric car daily and having to rent a car for longer trips doesn't sit well with the majority of us. And I don't see battery technology vastly improving in the next 10-13 years that will allow for 300-400 mile ranges with 10 minute charging times. It has barely improved in the past 10 years even with all the advances in materials science that we've had. And if you don't think there was a focus, you're wrong. Battery life on devices has improved more as a result of more energy efficient components than it has higher capacity, lighter batteries.

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