Re: 4 Nissan Tinos spotted in Phoenix, Arizona..
- 21st Century : Cars : Nissan Tino HybridNissan Tino Hybrid
A new hybrid version of the soon-to-be launched Nissan Almera Tino will go
on sale in Japan from mid-April. Compared with a standard petrol-engined
vehicle of the same class, the newly released Tino HYBRID will improve fuel
economy by more than twofold while cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by
The Tino Hybrid adopts Nissan's NEO HYBRID system - a highly efficient
system that selectively uses a petrol engine and an electric traction motor
for maximum efficiency. Customers will also benefit from Nissan's HYPER CVT
continuously variable transmission system, which combines excellent fuel
economy with smooth, powerful acceleration.
The vehicle is powered by the electric motor alone under conditions where
the engine operates inefficiently, such as when starting off or travelling
at low speeds, and uses only the petrol engine at intermediate to high
speeds. Under certain operating conditions, such as rapid acceleration, the
motor also provides power to assist the engine. Additionally, the motor
regenerates electricity during deceleration to charge the batteries. The
engine is turned off automatically when the vehicle is stationary.
The Tino Hybrid uses a compact, lightweight lithium-ion battery specially
designed for hybrid vehicle application. The use of this battery
substantially reduces the battery pack weight. Moreover, positioning the
battery pack under the floor near the vehicle's centre of gravity has made
it possible to achieve the same comfortable interior spaciousness,
impressive handling and stability that distinguish its base model, the Tino.
A multifunction display is provided via a 5.8" liquid crystal monitor that
enables the driver to know at a glance the operating conditions of the
engine and motor as well as instantaneous and average fuel consumption
figures. The latest car navigation functions are also provided through the
Year:2000Engine:1.7 Litre petrol / synchronos ac electric
Power:74/17 kW Transmission:Continuously Variable (CVT)
So have you noticed the price of gasoline recently? Times like these make
people think twice about buying that hunk of steel and iron known as an SUV.
Now compact cars with sublime EPA gas mileage ratings seem much more
appealing. An alternate to dinosaur-oil driven vehicles are electric
vehicles like GM's EV1...but GM? Okay how about Honda's hybrid Insight.
gasoline-electric? Tell me more....oh wait, you're a Nissan fanatic...ya don
't really care about Honda...instead here's yet another Nissan that most
Americans aren't aware of.
It's a mini-compact called the Tino. It's a stylish little compact perfect
for the crowded narrow streets of Tokyo. Yet like the Focus or Echo, there's
a ton of space in there. As for the hardware, the car is normally powered by
an already efficient gasoline 4-cylinder 1.8L QG engine series (also found
in our Sentra) - good for around 100 horsepower in Hybrid form. The Tino
Hybrid adds a synchronous AC motor to the mix which yields around an
additional 22 horsepower. Maximum torque from the motor is 114 lb-ft from
The AC motor is powered by Lithium Ion batteries like the ones in the old
school Altra EV. Because of Lithium Ion's ability to hold more energy in it'
s cells than competing technologies like nickel metal hydride, Nissan was
able to reduce the vehicle's weight.
When the vehicle starts up the electric motor initially powers the wheel,
it's only when you forcibly jab your foot into the throttle does the
gasoline engine make it's self apparent. Nissan also threw in another
innovative piece of hardware called a CVT (Continuously Variable
Transmission) that ditches the old school fixed gear ratios for a
continuously variable set of pulleys for an infinite number of ratios;
allowing for smooth acceleration and improved fuel economy on top of the
hybrid engine setup.
In the upcoming days, we'll dive further into more details about the Tino
Hybrid. If you interested in one, you'll need to do a couple of things...one
is hop on the next trans-pacific flight to Japan. And the other be really
fast with the mouse as Nissan is selling only 100 units on the internet on
And so on... google with nissan tino hybrid
----- Original Message -----
> Date: Mon, 31 May 2004 11:05:16 -0700
> From: "Michael F. March" <march@...>
> Subject: 4 Nissan Tinos spotted in Phoenix, Arizona..
> I was driving down the road today and line of four Tinos
> passed by me. Here are pics of two of them:
> I waved down one of the vehicles and the driver told me that
> he worked for a company that did contract work for Nissan to
> test features of their cars. To get rid of me, he informed me
> that there are a lot of web sites on the car so I should get
> further information on the car on the net. Just a quick glance
> at the web shows me there is no where as much information on the
> car as he indicated.
> BTW.. it is not very obvious from my pictures but the steering wheel
> of the car was on the right hand side so these are obviously not
> American versions of the Tino.
> And so on... google with nissan tino hybridYeah.. did the two articles you quoted above tell you anything
you didn't already know? Most stuff out there on the Tino is basic
"here is how hybrid technology works" and there is almost no specifics
about the car itself.
Anyway... The Tino seems like it is a day late and a dollar short
coming into the US market unless is it super inexpensive to buy.