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Nissan Note spells beginning of end of internal-combustion engine

Japan automaker moves to stay ahead of globe's tightening clean-air rules

The hybrid-only Note spearheads Nissan's efforts to meet demand from a zero-emission society, according to Executive Vice President Asako Hoshino. (Photo courtesy of the company)

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor has shifted gears in the electrification of its vehicles with the unveiling of its all-new Note compact, exclusively available as a hybrid.

"We will concentrate [management resources] on electrification to lead a zero-emission society," Nissan Executive Vice President Asako Hoshino said on Tuesday during an online news conference. "The Note symbolizes the move."

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