By Drew Johnson
Monday, Mar 23rd, 2009 @ 10:57 am
 
Nissan's Infiniti brand has pledged to exclusively offer hybrid vehicles within the next ten years, and the first step in that plan could hit our shores next year. Reports out of Japan suggest Nissan will launch a new luxury-hybrid model next year.

According to Japan's Nikkei, Nissan will launch a hybrid version of its next-generation Infiniti M in the United States in 2010. A Nissan-badged version of the car - called the Fuga - will also launch in Japan next year.

Although Nissan offers a hybrid version of its Altima sedan here in the States, Nissan actually borrows its hybrid technology from cross-country rival Toyota. However, the hybrid system set to launch next year will be completely developed by Nissan.

The M's hybrid system is expected to spread to other Infiniti models within the next few years, and could culminate in a production version of the Essence show car.