Nissan has tasked its engineers with the job of getting more miles for gallons out of its vehicles to attract more buyers that are interested in the government’s Car Allowance Rebate System “Cash-for-Clunkers”. The program offers more of an incentive for vehicles with greater efficiency.
“We want as many of our products as possible to pop up on the shopping list,” Nissan North America spokesman Brian Brockman told Automotive News.
Since the program is supposed to be done by November, that is not enough time for automakers to make drastic changes. Instead engineers are forced to use lighter wheels, and make small engine tweaks to squeeze out the smallest improvements.