20 April 2007

Nissan announced plans to launch its first clean diesel engine in the United States for use in the Nissan Maxima in 2010. The all-new Alliance engine co-developed with Renault will meet the US EPA Tier 2 Bin 5 emissions requirements.

Nissan will also introduce more diesel engines in its product lineup in Europe, Japan, North America and China. Nissan already has diesel engines in Europe. During the first half of fiscal year 2007, Nissan will introduce a new Euro 4, 2-liter-class diesel engine in Europe. By fiscal year 2010, Nissan will launch diesel vehicles in Japan, the United States and China.

This initiative is part of Nissan’s plan to reduce CO2 emissions for the future as outlined in Nissan Green Program 2010, the company’s mid-term environmental strategy. Nissan will be investing in a variety of technologies including fuel cell cars, hybrid cars, biofuel-based cars, electric vehicles, improvement in gasoline engines and clean diesels.

Other manufacturers that have announced Tier 2 Bin 5 diesel cars for the North American market, to be launched over the period 2008-2010, include Mercedes-Benz, Honda, BMW, Volkswagen and Audi. All of the Tier 2 Bin 5 models are expected to be equipped with particulate filters, while NOx emissions will be controlled using urea-SCR or NOx adsorbers, the latter technology expected to be used mostly in smaller size engines. As progress in advanced combustion technologies continues, the Tier 2 NOx emission standards may be also met without NOx aftertreatment in future diesel cars.

Source: Nissan