• Aug 23rd 2010 at 3:32PM
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The Infiniti M35 Hybrid won't be hitting showrooms until Spring 2011, but that doesn't mean future applications of the hybrid powertrain aren't already in the works. Speaking with Automotive News, Nissan North America's vice president of product planning, Larry Dominique, says that the M35's hybrid drivetrain was designed to fit all of Infiniti's rear-wheel drive models, not just the flagship M.

Infiniti's new hybrid system is the first gasoline-electric powerplant solely designed by Nissan (the Altima Hybrid uses a Toyota-sourced unit). Once the M35 launches, we could see new hybrid versions of the G, EX and FX models, though we'd expect those to come long after the initial launch of the M35.

Currently, the market for rear-wheel-drive hybrid sedans is very small, with the Lexus GS 450h and LS 600h, Mercedes-Benz S400 and BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid making up the entire segment. More entries are expected to arrive over the next few years, and Infiniti will surely test the waters with the M35 before electrifying any more models within its lineup.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      i hope that was sarcasm.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm, G25h for the masses maybe? A G35h is fine, too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      please do it! i went from fwd to rwd and it was a awesome experince
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only hybrid i'd actually like to own.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Infiniti needs to do something, most of their cars barely beat 20mpg and I don't know anyone who owns one who gets more than 20 unless on the highway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Insideline got an early test drive of M35 hybrid prototype 1. Said it was pretty good but brake feel wasn't all that great but it was the first prototype though.

      Seems like a good execution of hybrid technology for performance. We'll have to see when it comes out ^_^.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do so many cars these days look like a fish. These wavy smooth lines are so dull and boring. Everyone has almost the same design style these days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Frankly, I feel that resembles the Tesla Model S far more than any other auto design.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This looks nothing like a 3-Series other than the fact it's a 4-door saloon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cars look like fish for the same reason AIRPLANES DO. think about it.

        A fish is designed by nature to move through fluid (water) as efficiently as possible. Therefore, using that same design logic, we design cars and airplanes to move through fluid (air) as efficiently as possible.

        The F16 = shark
        the B2 Spirit = ray

        The M37 is a damn good car and I'd take one over a 5 series BMW.
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