2010 Nissan Fuga / Infiniti M35h Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Nissan's first internally-developed hybrid system will make its U.S. debut in the Infiniti M35h at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November but the automaker is already thinking about applications in other models. Like the hybrid system developed by the Volkswagen Group, Nissan uses a modular configuration with a disk-shaped motor-generator between the engine and transmission. The battery pack for the Nissan hybrid is also relatively compact since it contains the same type of lithium ion cells that Nissan is using in the Leaf EV.

In its current form, the Nissan/Infiniti hybrid system will fit into any of the automaker's rear-wheel-drive vehicles, including the G37 and the EX/FX crossovers. Because the G shares its platform for the 370Z sports car, even that model could potentially be hybridized. The M35h goes on sale in the U.S. in spring 2011.

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