Speaking to the Council on Foreign Relations yesterday, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that the 2010 Nissan Maxima would be getting a diesel engine option. This will be Nissan's first US market clean diesel and should come about a year behind Honda's entry. The engine will meet Tier 2 Bin 5 requirements and be fifty-state legal. So far there is no indication of what the price premium will be or what kind of emission control technology they are using.

The engine is being developed in conjunction with partner Renault and will be built in Europe initially and shipped to the US for installation into the Tennessee-built Maxima. Around the same time Nissan is also expected to introduce their in-house developed hybrid system along with the lithium ion batteries they are building in a joint venture with with NEC.

[Source: USA Today]