YOKOHAMA, JAPAN -- Nissan Motor Co. unveiled its new six-year environmental plan, Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP 2016), which focuses on three areas: reduction of carbon footprint, a shift to renewable energy, and an increase in the diversity of resources used by Nissan.

Plan goals include reaching cumulative sales of 1.5 million units of zero-emission vehicles across the Renault-Nissan Alliance by 2016, as well as achieving 35-percent fuel economy improvement compared with 2005 on a corporate average for all Nissan vehicles sold in Japan, China, Europe and the United States.

"More consumers are demanding products in line with their values, including cars and trucks with a lower carbon footprint. At the same time, we are using technology to make our factories greener and more efficient," said Nissan President and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn. "Nissan wants to be part of the solution toward a sustainable society -- for the sake of the planet and as a significant competitive advantage and a strategic differentiator in the global manufacturing sector."

According to the plan, Nissan will lead development of an all-new fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) together with strategic partner Daimler. 

As part of Nissan's strategy to reach overall fuel efficiency goals, the automaker will introduce new products in Japan, China, Europe and the U.S. These products will include a front-wheel drive hybrid model, a plug-in hybrid model based on Nissan's technology, and a next-generation continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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