Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid Exits Us Market


Nissan PathfinderNissan’s petrol-electric Pathfinder Hybrid is no longer available in the United States and, according to new reports this week, it won’t be returning.
The big American-built supercharged hybrid model joined the Australian Pathfinder line-up late last year, entering the range as a stand-in for the usual diesel option.


The Hybrid’s introduction represented a significant change in strategy: in the case of the previous Pathfinder, diesel was eventually the only option. But, with no new diesel model available anywhere in the world, Nissan Australia’s choices for a green Pathfinder option were now limited to hybrid only.

If reported changes to Nissan’s Pathfinder plan in the US are any indication, we may yet lose that option too.

Production of the Pathfinder Hybrid for the US market ended in January, with only existing inventory available until recently when stocks had at last been depleted.

Nissan USA spokesperson Dan Bedore said that the hybrid model’s absence will not have a significant impact on the Pathfinder range in the US.

“The hybrid was never a big part of Pathfinder sales,” Bedore said. “Our emphasis has been on the traditionally-powered Pathfinder, which is really the heart of the market for that segment [in the US].”
 

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