GENEVA, March 3 Nissan Motor Co (7201.T)
unveiled on Tuesday a concept car under its Infiniti luxury
brand that it plans to adapt for production as a hybrid car
twinned with a diesel engine for the European market next year.
Japan's third biggest automaker unveiled the Essence
concept, a sporty coupe equipped with luggage in the trunk
custom-designed by Louis Vuitton (LVMH.PA), at the week-long
Geneva International Motor Show which opened on Tuesday.
The concept car is fitted with Nissan's proprietary hybrid
system that twins a 3.7-litre, turbocharged V6 petrol engine.
But a Nissan spokeswoman said Nissan's priority for the
European market was to launch a production version of the car
with a V6 diesel hybrid system in what could be one of the
world's first cars to hybridise a diesel engine.
Nissan gave no indication of the car's price range. A diesel
hybrid would theoretically be more fuel-efficient than a petrol
hybrid but is more expensive to build.
"Customers willing to pay for a diesel hybrid would be in
the luxury segment," the spokeswoman said.
Toyota Motor Corp's (7203.T) Lexus luxury brand is also due
to unveil a new hybrid car, the RX450h, at the Geneva show.
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Greg Mahlich)