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 |  Mar 30 2012, 7:32 AM

Infiniti focused on improving the M35h’s fuel economy and CO2 emissions for its 2012 model year, considering the performance aspect of the M35h are fine.

Tweaks were made to the electric motor accuracy and battery charging by the Japanese automaker, allowing the M35h to rely more heavily on electric power during a cold start. CO2 emissions drop, which also has other benefits to owners in European countries. In the United Kingdom for example, the decrease allows the M35h to qualify for a higher rate of Write Down Allowance (WDA) which allows companies to claim 20 percent of the car’s cost as capital expenditure per year, as opposed to the previous 10 percent.

Fuel consumption was also lowered, though U.S. figures weren’t available. Combined figure is up 0.5-mpg to 40.9-mpg U.K., highway is now 50.5-mpg U.K. and city is now 31.4-mpg U.K. It’s important to note, though, that those figures are based on a totally different set of standards and likely won’t reflect EPA numbers at all.

We’re guessing the improvements will be minor but are welcoming them, especially if performance of the M35h stays the same.

 

 |  Feb 12 2012, 3:05 PM

Late last month, Infiniti released a video showing off what was crowned the World’s Fastest Full Hybrid, the M35h. In that video, Infiniti pitted the M35h against the Porsche Panamera Hybrid in order to show off its acceleration skills.

Even though the clip that was released back in January was barely over a minute and a half long, it’s amazing all the preparation work, setup, and equipment that was involved in filming what seems to be a fairly simple video. Infiniti has now released a behind-the-scenes clip showing off just what it took to make the video of a Guiness World Records setting car.

The Infiniti M35h hits 100-mph in 11.54 seconds and can run the quarter mile in 13.41 seconds.

And yes, that is a Mercedes-Benz ML carrying the gear. It’s pretty common to see outside advertising agencies that film these ads to use camouflaged MLs to carry the gear. There was one that was used at the Scion FR-S commercial too, that was recently shot in Northern California.

Check out the behind-the-scenes video below:

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 |  Jan 23 2012, 9:00 PM

Chances are a burnout is pretty far from the picture when you think of a hybrid, but in this case speed is the name of the game.

Last friday we posted a story about a teaser video featuring the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid titled “World’s Fastest Full Hybrid,” but just when you thought the message was clear, an Infiniti M35h showed up in the shiny Porsches’s paint. Well, it’s official: the M35h is faster than the Porsche, meaning it’s the fastest accelerating hybrid in the world.

Just when we thought Audi had a headlock on the cheeky advertising niche, Infiniti jumped up to prove that they too could pull sneaky shenanigans over the competition. The teaser video turned out to be the first little bit of the full clip which, not surprisingly, showcased Infiniti spanking Porsche in a heads up race.

The video is a dramatization, though reading the small print reveals that the company did have Guinness World Redords there to keep things fair. In the end, the M35h scored a 13.41-second quarter mile, though there was no small print to show how Porsche fared. We get verification that Infiniti won the race, though the video isn’t a trustworthy source of the margin of victory.

Regardless, the M35h gets an impressive 39 mpg while managing to hit 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. That beats the Porsche’s maximum 30 mpg highway by a big margin, meaning the Infiniti takes a win in both columns, something all but the most brand-loyal customers will likely be concerned with. On top of that, opting for the Infiniti, which starts at $53,700 means room in the budget to buy a couple of new economy cars for the kids, versus the $95,000 Porsche price tag.

That said, you should make up your own mind. Watch the video below.

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 |  Jan 20 2012, 9:30 AM

And the world’s fastest hybrid is? The Porsche Panamera Hybrid S? Sure… that sounds believable, especially after watching the teaser video below. But wait…

The hybrid Porsche sedan isn’t the only car in the clip below. Watch carefully at the 0:15 mark and you’ll see the reflection of another car in the Porsche’s shiny paint. Why yes…. that is an Infiniti M35h.

Infiniti already pulled a stunt in the UK to promote the M35h as the world’s fastest accelerating hybrid, but since then Porsche has released its new 380 hp gasoline-electric sedan with a claimed 0-60 time of 5.7 seconds.

So which car is actually faster? You can check back on January 23rd to find out.

 

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 |  Nov 24 2011, 9:45 AM

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Consumer Reports recently compared four luxury sedans in the January issue of the magazine, pitting the Audi A6 against the Infiniti M35h, Mercedes-Benz E350 BlueTec and Saab 9-5, with the refreshed A6 receiving an overall test score of 93, tying Infiniti’s M37 at the top of the charts. The previous generation A6 had scored a disappointing 79.

For the A6, Consumer Reports raved about how agile, comfortable, quiet and quick the vehicle was. The model tested was a 3.0T Quattro Premium Plus with a supercharged 3.0L powerplant with 310-hp. Consumer Reports was able to get 22-mpg out of the sedan, enjoyed the eight-speed transmission and found braking performance to be very good.

Mercedes-Benz’s E350 BlueTec received top honors for fuel efficiency with 26-mpg, while the M35h received an excellent road test score despite reporting that its power delivery tend to be jerky and abrupt. Consumer Reports also reported that the M35h’s handling and braking wasn’t as brilliant as the M37′s.

Lastly, and probably to no one’s surprise, Saab’s 9-5 was deemed disappointing and seen as a poor value.

 |  Sep 20 2011, 10:30 AM

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Infiniti already claims the new M35h is the world’s quickest hybrid with a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds. Now the Japanese luxury automaker can add one more performance credential to the car’s list: the Guinness World Record for the fastest hybrid.

The certification was given after auto journalist Tim Pollard of CAR Magazine piloted the luxury hybrid sedan down the 1/4 mile drag course at the UK’s Santa Pod strip, setting an average time between the runs of 13.9031. Pollard’s best run clocked just 13.8960, with all trap speeds above 100 mph.

The M35h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 302-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to an electric motor that adds 67-hp more. Plus, with all this performance, Infiniti claims a 27-mpg city rating and 29-mpg highway.

GALLERY: Infiniti M35h Guinness World Record Run

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 |  Feb 23 2011, 3:20 PM

Infiniti‘s first hybrid, the M Hybrid luxury sedan, will go on sale March 16th, priced from $53,700. Also available with two gasoline-only engines, the M sits atop the Infiniti lineup as the brand’s flagship sedan.

For comparison’s sake, the M35h is $6,000 more than the base M37, but undercuts the top-level M56 by about as much.

Powering the M Hybrid is a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a 50 kW electric motor to deliver a total of 350-hp, enabling speedy acceleration. Fuel economy doesn’t suffer as a result of all that power either, with Infiniti claiming 27-mpg city and 32-mpg highway for a combined total of 29-mpg.

Standard features include leather seats, 18-inch wheels and Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, while high-tech options include Blind Spot Warning, Blind Spot Intervention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention.

GALLERY: 2012 Infiniti M35h

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Official release after the jump:

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 |  Feb 07 2011, 1:40 PM

The 2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid, the brand’s first hybrid vehicle, has been rated at 27 mpg in the city and 29 mpg highway, while returning 350 horsepower from its V6 engine.

With a net rating of 360 horsepower when the hybrid system is taken into account, the M35h should offer a good blend of power and fuel economy when it goes on sale in the spring. The 7-speed automatic transmission should also provide a nice alternative to the Lexus GS450h and its CVT gearbox.

[Source: Infiniti]

 |  Nov 18 2010, 5:53 PM

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Infiniti brought out their new M35h, a hybrid version of the M sedan, packing a big V6 motor and the ability to hit 40 mpg on the highway. With 360 horsepower and a 7-speed automatic transmission, the M35h can get up to highway speed quickly, and can even cruise as fast as 62 mph on electric only power.

Fuel economy is only so-so.  With 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, it’s not far off from the V8 powered M56′s 27 mpg highway rating, but the big V8 only returns about 16 mpg around town. All the crazy tech features, like radar guided cruise control and a blindspot warning system, are present, as well as a pedestrian warning system for when the car is operating silently.

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 |  Oct 02 2010, 6:27 AM

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Infiniti still doesn’t have much of a presence in Europe, but the brand it looking to continue to grow thanks to a strong lineup of sport-oriented luxury models on one side, and an expanding hybrid and EV initiative on the other. The latest addition to the Infiniti lineup, the M35h, has plenty of potential with a strong combination of luxury, performance and fuel economy.

On display at the Paris Auto Show, the M35h uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine to produce 302-hp and 258 ft-lbs of torque and is joined by an electric motor that adds 67-hp more. The system uses a lithium-ion battery pack that Infiniti says allows for more driving to be done under electric power. Infiniti also boasts an industry-first clutch setup that has been installed between the gasoline engine and electric motor.

What really maters, however, are the numbers, with Infiniti making some impressive claims. The car is touted to get 38.6 mpg, while also being able to hit 60-mph in just 5.9 seconds. What isn’t clear is if those mpg numbers are based on the more generous European test cycle.

GALLERY: Infiniti M35h

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 |  Aug 23 2010, 5:39 PM

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Infiniti will officially debut the production version of the M35 hybrid at the LA Auto Show later this year and it’s likely to be followed by more hybrid models from the Japanese luxury automaker. According to an Automotive News interview with Ben Poore, VP of Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury arm is currently studying what other models could use the hybrid setup.

Included in the list of most likely candidates are the G sedan, as well as the EX and FX crossovers. According to Nissan North America product planning boss Larry Dominique, the M’s hybrid system will work in all three of these platforms and was designed that way from the start.

The hybrid system that will debut in the M35 h will deliver a significant increase in fuel economy. According to Infiniti’s own engineers the M35 should deliver anywhere from a 60 percent to 90 percent improvement over the standard gasoline-powered model. Impressively, the new Infiniti hybrid powertrain is also touted to be both lighter, simpler and less expensive than, say, Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, which delivers a 30 percent improvement in fuel economy.

[Source: Automotive News]