Nissan on Wednesday said it would launch its first clean diesel engine in the United States in the Maxima in 2010.

The new car will be powered by a new Alliance engine co-developed with Renault, and will meet stringent US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier II Bin 5 emissions requirements.

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor, in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, said: “You can expect to see more diesel engines in our product line-up in Europe, Japan, North America and China by fiscal year 2010.”

Nissan already offers clean diesel engines in Europe. During the first half of fiscal year 2007, the automaker will introduce a new Euro 4-compliant, two-litre engine here – production of the two-litre diesel version of its new Qashqai C-segment crossover began here in the UK this week.

By fiscal year 2010, Nissan will launch vehicles with clean diesel engines in Japan, the United States and China.