Infiniti M35 Hybrid Debuts, More Infiniti Hybrids Follow

Infiniti will debut the company’s first hybrid model at this fall’s Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid goes on sale this spring.

The Infiniti M35 hybrid uses a front-engine rear-wheel-drive approach—with a one motor-two clutch system. The first clutch is installed between the engine and the electric motor. This clutch allows the full decoupling of the V6 when running in electric modes—in order to reduce mechanical drag and boost the efficiency of the electric motor. The M35 is one of the first hybrids to use lithium ion batteries.

Pricing, MPG and other details are not yet available. The base MSRP for the 2010 conventional M35 is $45,800. The M35 Hybrid should be priced just below $50,000 and will likely qualify for a tax incentive of about $1,000. Nissan first unveiled the Infiniti M35 Hybrid at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show in March 2010

Infiniti touts the new luxury hybrid as giving V-8 performance with four-cylinder fuel economy.

Rear-Wheel-Drive Hybrids on the Way

As Infiniti prepares for the unveiling of the M35 Hybrid, Nissan engineers are already planning other hybrid models. Larry Dominque, Nissan North America’s vice president of product planning for the Americas, says the M hybrid system was designed to fit all of Infiniti’s rear-wheel-drive models, including the G sedan and coupe and the EX and FX crossovers.

Nissan’s leadership has repeatedly made the argument that hybrids are not the answer to the environmental challenges facing the automobile industry—and that only pure all-electric cars represent the necessary shift to oil- and emissions-free motoring. The company’s small all-electric Nissan LEAF will debut in late 2010. The Nissan showroom will soon be transformed by its hybrid and electric offerings.

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  • JamesDavis

    What is it with these American auto makers grossly over inflating the prices on hybrids? You can get a Japanese hybrid that gets double the gas millage and almost three times the distance on the electric charge for half the price American auto makers want for their hybrids.

    Are the American auto makers trying to price themselves out of the hybrid and electric car market?

  • FamilyGuy

    It’s nice to see choices. But I don’t see anytime in the near future where I’ll be making a choice in the $45k to $50k range.

  • Charles

    “Infiniti touts the new luxury hybrid as giving V-8 performance with four-cylinder fuel economy.”

    Sounds like the failed Honda Accord Hybrid.

    “Utilizing a next-generation hybrid powertrain, the Accord V6 Hybrid will deliver power and performance above the current 240-horsepower Accord V6 with the fuel economy of a compact-class, four-cylinder Civic sedan.”

    We all know how well that turned out.

  • Shines

    JamesDavis – can you give an example of what you are talking about? The Ford Fusion and Escape hybrid are both competitively priced and get mileage as good as or better than their Japanese counterparts.

  • Ando

    WOW! Nice car!!!!!!!!!!

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