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Nissan Discontinues Altima Hybrid

Nissan has decided to axe the Altima Hybrid sedan after the 2011 model year. The automaker issued a statement last week detailing its 2012 vehicle lineup, and the Altima Hybrid was not on the list. Cars.com’s KickingTires spoke with Josh Clifton, a Nissan communications manager, who confirmed the news.

The hybrid sedan was introduced to shoppers in November 2006 as a 2007 model. The Altima Hybrid was Nissan’s first hybrid vehicle and was touted by the automaker for its high fuel economy ratings and numerous standard features. The 2011 Altima Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 33/33 mpg city/highway, which is lower than the Toyota Prius' 51/48 ratings and the Ford Fusion Hybrid's 41/36 ratings.

KickingTires reports there are more than 200 new Altima Hybrids currently on sale. The Altima Hybrid is only sold in Calif., N.Y., Mass., Conn., Vt., R.I., Maine, N.J., Ore., N.M. and Md. If you live in one of these states, or can cross state lines, and want a hybrid, take advantage of the outstanding financing rate and cash back offer Nissan is offering on the Altima Hybrid in June. You can get zero-percent financing for 60 months, 1.9 percent for 72 months or $4,000 cash back. The 2011 Altima Hybrid is also available to lease for $279 a month for 39 months with $2,999 due at signing in June in these same states.

Because the car is being discontinued, shoppers may be able to negotiate a good deal on the price of a 2011 Altima Hybrid, which starts at $26,800. According to TrueCar.com, the average price paid in the Washington, D.C. area for a 2011 Altima Hybrid is $20,124.

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