Nissan Aims for Double Mileage with Infiniti M35 Hybrid
Nissan Motor Co. announced on Tuesday that their new gasoline-electric hybrid engine on the Infiniti M35 luxury sedan will likely be up to 90% more fuel efficient than it’s gasoline-powered counterpart.
“We expect (fuel efficiency) to improve by 60%-90%” over the conventional model, Koichi Hayasaki, chief engineer of Nissan’s hybrid system, said at a meeting briefing. The M35 Hybrid, known as Fuga in Japan, will have mileage in the range normally seen in compact cars, Hayasaki added.
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The hybrid will be able to travel roughly 45 MPG, compared to the gasoline version which gets about 23 MPG. Nissan says that their hybrid will outdo the Toyota and Lexus luxury hybrids which get between 33 and 38 MPG.
Unlike the hybrid Nissan Altima, which is powered by Toyota’s hybrid technology, the M35 runs on Nissan hybrid technology and will be the company’s first full scale roll-out of its own hybrid engine.
Nissan’s hybrid system contains fewer components than Toyota’s system, which therefore makes it lighter and less expensive than Toyota’s, according to Hayasaki. He attributed this to a simple design structure in the 3.5 liter V6 engine and electric motor that make up Nissan’s hybrid system.
The hybrid will go on sale as the Fuga in Japan later this year and as the M35 in the U.S. and Europe next year.