Infiniti M35h wins its class in MPG Marathon

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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A couple months ago, the Infiniti M35h hybrid was awarded a Guinness World Record for being the world's fastest accelerating full hybrid vehicle. Now, the speedy hybrid is being praised for its fuel efficiency.
The M35h placed highest in its class at the 2011 ALD Automotive/Shell FuelSave MPG Marathon organized by the FleetWorld group. The two-day event, which marked its 10th anniversary this year, took place on motorways and minor roads in England. In all, 26 vehicles took part in the 596-km marathon.

Over the course of its travels along the 596 km route, the M35h achieved a fuel economy rating of 6.49 L/100km, which is more than seven percent better than the hybrid's official combined fuel economy rating of 7.0 L/100 km according to Infiniti.

An informative dashboard display and an Eco Pedal feedback feature help drivers maximize efficiency with minimum effort. (Photo: Infinity) The M35h is outfitted with an eco setting in its Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, which changes throttle response and transmission mapping and also activates the Eco Pedal feature. Eco Pedal was instrumental in helping the luxury hybrid to place highest in its class during the MPG Marathon. Eco Pedal actually modulates the pressure of the accelerator pedal and can push back when the driver is leaning down on it needlessly.

"We drove as normal and the car did all the hard economy work for us," said one of the M35h's drivers, British motoring journalist Bob Murray. "The Eco Pedal and economy warning light were invaluable aids, while the dashboard graphic showing the V6/electric power delivery made it easy to make the most of the electric motor. We were often cruising along on battery power at over 100km/h."
Infiniti's M35h is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine and an electric motor. The hybrid powertrain generates 360 net horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque which is sent to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).

"Infiniti's Direct Response Hybrid system was developed to offer a no-compromise way of providing both performance and fuel economy and this result demonstrates how successful that approach has been," said Wayne Bruce, communications director at Infiniti. "Achieving low fuel consumption in the official cycle tests might look impressive but helps no one if it is not readily achievable in real life."

The Infiniti M35h is available in Canada with a starting price of $67,300.

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Topics: Sedan, Hybrid, Infiniti, 2012, M35 Hybrid, $50,000 - $74,999, MPG Marathon,

Organizations: Infiniti

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