Japanese carmakers are revamping their product plans to include the more fuel-efficient vehicles required by changing regulations for corporate average fuel economy.
By 2015, Nissan expects 10 percent of its U.S. sales to be electric vehicles. Nissan is not talking about just microcars; it envisions mid-sized electric cars, too.
Hybrid models will multiply, especially at Honda, Nissan and Toyota. There will be more small, light cars, even at luxury brands. Lexus will unveil a concept next month at the Frankfurt auto show that could be positioned below the IS.
There have been casualties in the push for fuel economy in the past year. Acura's plan for a V-10-powered sports car is dead, and its development of a rear-drive BMW-fighter is on hold. Infiniti stopped developing a spiritual successor to the Q45 sedan.
Automotive News highlights the vehicle plans for Japan's automakers.