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It's official: Infiniti's 2012 M35h Hybrid is the only vehicle in North America, at least for the time being, to offer 350-plus horsepower and 30-plus miles per gallon on the highway. The M35h has received its official EPA fuel economy rating of 27/32 mpg city/highway, with a combined rating of 29 mpg.

The Infiniti M35h features a 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine, paired with a 50-kW electric motor that's powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Combined, the gasoline-fueled engine and electric motor crank out 360 horsepower.

The M35h's fuel economy rating compares favorably to that of base M37 model, which sports a 3.7-liter, 330-horsepower V6 and achieves 18/26 mpg city/highway with a combined rating of 21 mpg. Additionally, the M35h's fuel economy trumps the 22/25 mpg city/highway-rated Lexus GS 450h, a competitive hybrid model.

Pricing for the 2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid has not been announced. The gas-electric sedan is expected to hit dealer showrooms this spring. Check out the press release after the break.


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2012 Infiniti M Hybrid Officially Rated at 32 MPG Highway

- Only Vehicle in America to Offer More Than 350 Horsepower, 30+ MPG Fuel Economy -

Infiniti today announced official EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) fuel economy figures of 32 miles per gallon Highway for its first production hybrid performance luxury sedan, the all-new 2012 Infiniti M35h. It goes on sale at Infiniti retailers nationwide in spring 2011.

The Infiniti M Hybrid is the first V6 true luxury performance "driver's" hybrid – and the only such vehicle to offer more than 350 horsepower and 32 mpg fuel economy. Estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway, with Combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg.

The Infiniti M35h features the all-new Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ system, an advanced one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid design that utilizes precise, high-speed motor control technology enabled by the powerful Lithium-ion battery, allowing power to be delivered directly to the vehicle's 7-speed automatic transmission. The Infiniti M Hybrid's exhilarating driving performance also greatly benefits from use of Infiniti's proven 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, which paired with the 50 kW electric motor, provides a hybrid system net power of 360 horsepower.

About Infiniti

Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles, including the G Coupe, Sedan and Convertible, M sedan, EX and FX crossovers, and the QX full-size SUV. More information about Infiniti and its Total Ownership Experience® can be found at www.InfinitiUSA.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if the hybrid system will have the same MPG in the Maxima....

      Hopefully Nissan will use the same hybrid system in the Altima and do away with their Toyota hybrid tech!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think this 'Infiniti' hybrid drivetrain doesn't work in a FWD setup.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice car!

      But it is easy to beat the old gs 450h.
      The rx 450h is far more efficient because it is newer and uses an atkinson engine. the gs does not until the next model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God I hate sounding like Pollyanna herself, but I love all this new tech helping out fuel economy.

      I don't really care what they price this at, as I won't be in the market for a car like this, but for some affluent folks who like their power and want to tread lightly, what could be finer?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lincoln MKZ Hybrid seems to be already forgotting and although it doesn't quite compete it's still similar sized and similar segment. It gets 39 mpg combined which is quite a difference.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was wowed by your statement and google it up.

        Found out it's a FWD Inline 4 with like ~140 ish hp (I quickly gave up after seeing the 1).

        Yeah.. Nuh uh. Not going to do it if it's as big as the M.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Very interesting how it is compared to a less fuel efficient (but quicker) GS 450h. A very good way to advertise. However it failed to beat the combined fuel economy of the heavier and roomier RX 450h (FWD).

      M35h City 27 MPG
      Highway 32 MPG
      Combined 29 MPG

      GS 450h City 22 MPG
      Highway 25 MPG
      Combined 23 MPG

      RX 450h City 32 MPG
      Highway 28 MPG
      Combined 30 MPG
        • 4 Years Ago
        Two entirely different vehicles, aimed at two entirely different markets.

        The Infinity is a RWD sports sedan, 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds.

        The Lexus is a FWD SUV, 0-60 in 7.8 seconds.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, automakers are using hybrid technology to keep on pushing the same fat poorly-packaged cars.

      There are two paths to better fuel economy: hybrid and downsizing. It's unfortunate that few automakers are willing to downsize their cars.
        Noz
        • 4 Years Ago
        Indeed...just another fat pig in sheep's clothing. Well...the general population is certainly dumb enough to fall for it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Each car segment serve a purpose. If the potential buyers of the segment want better fuel why would you criticize car company for catering to it? It's a business, you build stuff that people wants and make money off of it.

        If people want a large luxury car with hybrid power train at a certain target price then so be it.

        I think this is a great car and a great idea. If I was in the market I would buy a used one. I want something luxurious, 4 doors, can carry four adults, very good safety, RWD, and good fuel. If this is as expensive as the Tesla Model S. I rather get the Model S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised to see the next generation GS hybrid to get a combined fuel economy of at least 30 MPG considering that a heavier and less aerodynamic RX 450h is already getting that much.
      • 4 Years Ago
      29 combined mileage is pretty impressive for a car this size with that much power.

      Compared to the automatic regular versions of cars (where the volume is in the US), this car has the same mileage as:
      Honda Civic, Mazda 2, Corolla...

      Better mileage than the automatic
      Cruze, Aveo, Mazda 3, Gasoline Golf and Jetta...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nissan's hybrid system looks like turning out some impressive results when used in more modest cars......
      • 4 Years Ago
      I expect the next GS hybrid to get better than 30 MPG combined taking into account that a heavier and less aerodynamic RX 450h currently gets 30 MPG combined.
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