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Old 10-10-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
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Take a look at Infinit's first ever hybrid! Based on the striking Essence concept car, the new vehicle is hoping to combine the efficiency of a hybrid with the driving pleasure of a conventional car.

The Japanese company has developed a single electric motor/ twin clutch hybrid system for the new rear-wheel drive car. What sets this apart from other set-ups is that the first clutch is located between the 3.5-litre V6 and the electric motor, allowing for all components to act on a singleprop-shaft. According to Inifniti engineers this gives a consistent driving feel and 'direct responses'.

A new 'laminated' Lithium-ion battery pack which is half the size of a conventional battery set-up but twice as powerful will drive the electric motor. The batteries can be recharged by a regenerative braking system or by the electric motor, which can also act as a generator.

Three power modes are available to drive the car, including an electric only mode for low speed city driving and a 'power assist' option which boosts the V6 for maximum acceleration.

Conventionally powered M-models will be released in 2010, while the hybrid model will go on sale in 2011


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Old 10-10-2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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Nissan has revealed its new Fuga luxury saloon ahead of its official launch at the Tokyo motor show later this month.

The car is essentially the Japanese version of the Infiniti M saloon, which will go on sale in the US and Europe next year.
A 2.5-litre V6 and a 3.7-litre V6 will be available at launch, while a hybrid version will be offered as well from autumn 2010.

Inside, it gets “premium semi-aniline leather” seats, soft-touch trim, and wood-grain and chrome detailing.

Tech features include double piston shock absorbers, which improve ride and handling by increasing oil flow inside the shock absorber to reduce vibration from road undulations and absorb minor road imperfections.

Full details, including pricing, will be revealed at the Tokyo show.
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Old 10-10-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
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blah. not going to appeal to the green crowd since it's not going to be much over 30 mpg if that. not going to appeal to the S-class snobs. not going to appeal to the rwd streetracing-wannabe fanbois. who again is going to buy this?
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blah. not going to appeal to the green crowd since it's not going to be much over 30 mpg if that. not going to appeal to the S-class snobs. not going to appeal to the rwd streetracing-wannabe fanbois. who again is going to buy this?
Priced right, it will appeal to alot of people. If I could buy one luxury car right now it would be the GS450h. All that torque on tap. Exciting stuff. Lexus should allocate more than 2000 here.
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This car is pretty impressive. 360 hp and 27/32 (29 combined). Too bad it's going to cost ~$50,000.


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2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid - First Look
Infiniti’s 360 bhp hybrid whirs to life.

By Carter Jung

February 7, 2011

Few things in life are as unenjoyable as driving in West Los Angeles at 4 o’clock on a Tuesday afternoon. Or any weekday afternoon, for that matter. While the traffic congestion in most cities ebbs and flows throughout the day, most roads in Southern California vary from bad to worse—not exactly ideal conditions to test a new Infiniti. That is, unless it’s a hybrid.

Driving the new 2012 Infiniti M35h on the streets of Beverly Hills turned out to be a telling barometer of the hybrid’s drivability. On open highways, most hybrids minimize the transitioning from electric to gas mode, whereas on congested roads like those we were on, Infiniti’s new Direct Response Hybrid system—a first for the brand—was constantly toggling between the two. And for the most part, it did so seamlessly.
2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid

From idle up to speeds of 62 mph, the M hybrid can operate on its 50-kW electric motor (rated at 67 hp and 199 lb.-ft. of torque) for up to 1.2 miles before the gasoline-burning 3.5-liter V-6 (rated at 302 bhp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque) kicks in. Accelerating to the upper echelons of the electric mode solely on its lithium-ion batteries might be a bit of a stretch, if not dangerously slow. On the highway, the M hybrid gets an estimated 32 mpg, while the city number is expected to be 27 mpg, for a combined rating of 29. Both of these numbers make the new M hybrid the best in its class, and super impressive for a car with a net output of 360 bhp.

Stopped at a light, the M hybrid is silent. Accelerate with some fervor and the engine whirs to life with the smallest of thuds, lunging the 4129-lb. M35h forward with both motors running. The hybrid weighs 280 lb more than the standard M37 (3849 lb.), but we could hardly distinguish the difference at wide-open throttle. Hit some traffic, which we did constantly, and the gas engine shuts off a second or so after you lay off the accelerator, allowing the vehicle to coast in EV drive. Get back on the pedal, lightly, and at slow speeds the M35h will stay in electric mode, emitting a low hum via the VSP System (borrowed from the Nissan Leaf) and audibly warning pedestrians that a hybrid is driving through. Driving local—with the Forest Air system from the Deluxe Touring Package turned on, plus the pulsing cool air, dancing tachometer and rhythmic changes between engine modes—the new M hybrid seemed almost alive. Green personified?
2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid Interior

In driving a standard M37 and an M35 hybrid back to back, I did notice the latter had a micro-delay in throttle response—a twin-clutch-like characteristic due to Infiniti’s parallel hybrid system eschewing a torque converter. When I asked the engineers how the automatic transmission was as smooth as it was without being mated to a torque converter, they credited it to the high-speed control technology used on the electric motor.

Pricing has yet to be announced, but the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid is expected to cost between the $46,500 M37 and the $57,900 M56
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