SAN FRANCISCO – In the advanced powertrain technology competition, Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. took an early lead with both gas-electric hybrid and fuel cell entries. Now, the third member of the Japanese Big Three is working furiously on production vehicles of its own. Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. gives journalists here an early drive of a prototype version of its Altima hybrid, slated to go on sale in the U.S. in 2006 as an ’07 model. Nissan Altima goes hybrid for ’07. ...

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