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2013 Infiniti M Sedan Combines Inspired Performance, Welcoming Interior, Crafted Feel and Advanced Technology

Now in its third year of the current generation design, the 2013 Infiniti M once again sets the bar high for mid-size performance luxury sedans. As Infiniti's halo sedan, the Infiniti M embraces the essence of all things Infiniti – style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology.

Designed to deliver a performance luxury experience crafted to a higher standard, it is offered in five inspired models: M37, M37 AWD, M56, M56 AWD and the Infiniti M Hybrid (designated M35h). As Infiniti's first-ever hybrid, the 2013 Infiniti Hybrid delivers fuel efficiency of 27 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway, wîth combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg.

Enhancements to the Infiniti M for the new model year include the addition of standard auto-dimming sideview mirrors and an auto-trunk cincher, a new Performance Tire & Wheel Package wîth 20-inch wheels and tires and Sport Brakes, additional content to various packages, and the availability of the popular Sport Packages wîth all-wheel drive models (previously offered only wîth rear-wheel drive). The Premium Package adds the Infiniti Connection™ telematics wîth available safety, security and convenience services.

A Showcase of Advanced Technologies The 2013 Infiniti M is offered in both M37 and M56 model designations. The M37 features a refined 330-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine, while the M56 utilizes a 420-horsepower 5.6-liter V8. Both engines feature Infiniti's advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) system and the M56 engine also utilizes Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) technology. All models are equipped wîth a standard 7-speed automatic transmission and are available in both rear-wheel drive and wîth Infiniti's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system.

The Sport Package, offered on both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive models for the first time, offers sport-tuned suspension, Sport Brakes and 20-inch wheels and tires, and 4-wheel Active Steer (4WAS) on RWD models.

The 2013 Infiniti M also continues as a showcase for Infiniti's advanced, user-focused technologies, including:
•Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, a four-mode driver-selectable control of throttle and transmission mapping that helps optimize vehicle performance
•Active Noise Control, which reduces undesirable engine harmonics, providing a quieter cabin
•Blind Spot Warning (BSW), which helps alert the driver if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area
•Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI), a world's first system that, provides selective braking if the vehicle approaches an adjacent lane while another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area to help the driver return the vehicle back toward the center of the lane of travel
•Forest Air® system, which helps reduce the intrusion of unpleasant odors into the cabin and provides a more natural breeze-like airflow
•Eco Pedal, which provides driver feedback to encourage eco-driving behavior
•Active Trace Control, which adjusts engine torque and braking at each of the four wheels to help enhance cornering performance
•Double-piston Shock Absorbers that control damping force according to frequency of input from the road surface
•Enhanced Intelligent Key that remembers last used audio, navigation and climate control settings for each key (in addition to linking to seat, §teering wheel and side view mirror positions through the dual occupant memory system)

Also offered are an advanced Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System, Bose® Studio Surround® premium audio system, Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems, Distance Control Assist (DCA), Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) wîth Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

Expressive Styling, Meticulous Hospitality

The Infiniti M's multi-layered exterior combines balanced, rear-wheel drive proportions and stance wîth a long, low hood and high rear deck to create an efficient aerodynamic shape – while also providing a roomy cabin. The M Sedan's sporty appearance is highlighted by the deep body shape of the fenders and doors, which give it a powerful look unlike anything on the road. The wave-style doors are constructed from aluminum for lighter weight, despite the material's difficult formability. The stamping dies for each door are hand polished to maintain their precision and every door undergoes an exacting human inspection, providing a handcrafted level of quality.

The Infiniti M exterior optimizes both luxury and sport styling cues – wîth an expressive, signature Infiniti double-arch upright low grille and crystal-look headlight clusters, large aluminum-alloy wheels, and a wave-like trunk wîth a high aerodynamic performance that works like a spoiler to increase downforce. Infiniti M37 and M56 models equipped wîth the optional Sport Package also feature a unique front fascia, dark finish grille, dark headlight housings and 20-inch wheels and tires. Contributing to the low coefficient of drag of just 0.27 (0.26 for M Hybrid) and zero lift front and rear are a series of aerodynamic enhancers, including front tire deflectors, engine under cover, center floor cover, rear tire deflectors, exhaust cover, floor side fairings and rear diffuser.

Standard exterior features include a power sliding tinted glass moonroof wîth one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade, automatic on/off High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights wîth windshield wiper interlock, dual exhaust wîth polished tips, power-folding heated outside mirrors wîth reverse tilt-down feature, rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers and courtesy lamps built into the outside door handles. An Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) wîth auto-leveling headlights is available as part of the Technology Package.

The 2013 Infiniti M is available in six exterior colors: Malbec Black, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Storm Front Grey, Black Obsidian and Moonlight White.

Únlike other performance luxury brands that prioritize the impression their vehicles make on others, Infiniti's intention is different – wîth the focus centered on the individual driving the car. The goal of the Infiniti M interior is to present an elegant yet functional design that combines artistry wîth precision, comfort wîth innovation – all in support of enhancing driving performance and passenger enjoyment.

The M instrument panel features Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters, a 7.0-inch color vehicle information display and Infiniti analog clock. Leather-appointed, heated 10-way power driver and front passenger's seats including 2-way power lumbar support are standard, along wîth a dual occupant memory system for the driver's seat, §teering wheel and outside mirrors – which can be linked to the individual Intelligent Keys. In addition, each Intelligent Key remembers the last used climate control, audio and navigation settings. An entry/exit assist system for the driver's seat and §teering wheel, heated front seats, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and dual-zone automatic temperature also contribute to the M's outstanding level of standard luxury appointments.

Standard technology equipment includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Infiniti Intelligent Key wîth Illuminated Push Button Ignition, HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver and RearView Monitor. Other interior highlights include a large center console, power windows wîth one-touch up/down and auto-reverse feature, power door locks wîth automatic locking feature, power trunk release, retained accessory power for windows and moonroof, standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and 6-speaker audio system wîth AM/FM/CD, Radio Data System (RDS), ÚSB Connection Port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, §teering wheel audio controls and speed-sensitive volume control.

Also standard on all M models is Active Noise Control, which generates 'canceling' sound from four door speakers (and subwoofer for models equipped wîth a Bose® sound system) to reduce unpleasant engine harmonics. The cabin noise levels are monitored by two microphones located in the M's ceiling, wîth no action needed from the driver and passengers except to enjoy the quiet, comfortable cabin.

For buyers seeking a slightly higher level of features and technology, the Premium Package adds the next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System wîth 8.0-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, NavTraffic wîth Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather wîth Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Zagat Survey- Restaurant Guide, and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth-. The Premium Package also adds a Bose® 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system, heated §teering wheel and climate-controlled front seats.

For 2013, the Premium Package includes Infiniti Connection™ services, including available Automatic Crash Notification, Emergency Call, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, My Schedule, and Remote Door Lock/Únlock; and Infiniti Connection Plus including Drive Zone, Speed Alert, Destination Assistance, and in-vehicle access to Infiniti Personal Assistant – a 24/7 personal concierge service that is available at no charge for the first four years of Infiniti M ownership. All Premium Package equipment is standard on the M56 and M56x AWD.

The Deluxe Touring Package adds such notable features as the Bose® Studio Surround- sound system wîth digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers (including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat), power rear sunshade, unique quilted seat pattern wîth contrasting piping and additional seat bolstering, suede-like headliner and a premium stitched meter hood.

The Deluxe Touring Package also features semi-aniline leather – full-grain leather that contains a small amount of surface coating allowing the natural character of the leather to show through. The seats are soft and firm, like premium sofa material, and offered in three available colors – Graphite, Java or Stone. Also part of the Deluxe Touring Package is specially developed soft touch material for the armrests, door inserts, center console and kneepads. The special genuine White Ash wood trim has been enhanced wîth real silver powder (Japanese Ash wood trim is offered on M models without the Deluxe Touring Package).

The Deluxe Touring Package's Forest Air® system creates a sense of the refreshing climate and natural breezes of a relaxing forest setting.

System sensors automatically open and close air intake ports to reduce the intrusion of dust, exhaust or unpleasant odors into the cabin, while the special Grape Polyphenol filter and Plasmacluster™ air purifier help filter allergens, mold and viruses out of the cabin. Humidity control prevents the over-drying of air from the air conditioner, while Breeze Mode provides a natural airflow feeling, gently and subtly varying the airflow from the upper and front air vents.

A total of four interior colors are offered – Graphite, Stone, Wheat and Java (availability varies wîth option packages). Sport Package-equipped models receive a new Stone Sport color treatment wîth high-contrast carpet and headliner, along wîth unique front seat designs, sport §teering wheel and shift knob stitching, and aluminum-trimmed pedals.

Advanced Powerplants, A Naturally Dynamic Driving Feel

The 2013 Infiniti M's 3.7-liter V6 and 5.6-liter V8 engines are equipped wîth the VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) system, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response. Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake wîth the throttle valve. The VVEL system also offers improved emissions and fuel efficiency (over non-VVEL designs) by substantially reducing the intake resistance that occurs when the engine's throttle valve opening is narrowed and output is low.

The M37's 3.7-liter VVEL, 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 is rated at 330 hp @ 7,000 rpm, 270 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm. The engine also features rigid ladder frame construction, large crank journal and pin diameters, asymmetric piston skirts, twin knock sensors, an electronically controlled 'drive-by-wire' throttle system, molybdenum coated lightweight pistons, Iridium spark plugs and a symmetric twin air intake system. The M56's 5.6-liter VVEL, 32-valve, DOHC, Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) aluminum-alloy V8 is rated at 420 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. The DIG system provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offered more precise injection control.

All Infiniti M models come standard wîth Infiniti's refined 7-speed automatic transmission wîth Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode wîth Downshift Rev Matching, which allows for sportier shifts during spirited driving. Solid magnesium paddle shifters are also included in the Sport Package.

Estimated fuel economy is rated at 18 mpg City/26 mpg Highway for the M37 and 17 mpg City/24 mpg Highway for the M37x. The M56 is rated at 16 mpg City/25 mpg Highway, while the M56x achieves fuel economy of 16 mpg City and 23 mpg Highway.

A unique feature of the 2013 M is Infiniti Drive Mode Selector, an integrated control system that allows drivers to select from four driving modes, depending on mood or driving conditions, wîth a dial switch located on the center console. Each mode, Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow, adjusts throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping to help optimize performance. The system also adjusts 4WAS settings (with available Sport Package, RWD only) and Active Trace Control and Eco Pedal (with available Technology Package). In addition to the standard mode (suitable for normal driving conditions), the fuel-efficient Eco mode utilizes green or amber indicator on the instrument panel to provide feedback on driving efficiency. Available wîth the Technology Package, the Eco Pedal system also provides feedback directly through the accelerator pedal, giving a slight pushback if driving inefficiently. The Sport mode increases throttle sensitivity and changes transmission shift patterns for sportier driving – and, wîth the available Sport Package, also adjusts 4-Wheel Active Steer settings (RWD only).

The 2013 Infiniti M again utilizes the advanced FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, which positions the engine behind the front axle, resulting in an optimized front-to-rear weight balance. Laser welding is performed at critical locations to help enhance lateral bending stiffness, torsional stiffness and suspension mounting point stiffness (versus the previous M design).

The M suspension features an independent double-wishbone design in front and multi-link independent system in the rear, along wîth front and rear stabilizer bars. The rear suspension geometry has been designed to provide a quiet, comfortable ride.

The Sport Package's sport-tuned suspension includes double-piston shock absorbers that provide a high damping force at low frequency vibrations for a flat ride and low damping force at high frequency vibrations for a smoother ride. Also available wîth the Sport Package (RWD only) is the 4-Wheel Active Steer (4WAS) system, which helps provide lower §teering effort at low/medium speeds and a more even feel at higher speeds. Depending on the vehicle speed and the §teering angle, the rear wheels are steered in-phase wîth the front wheels.

The Infiniti M's large diameter wheels and tires are positioned out near the corners of the vehicle, helping to enhance performance. Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and P245/50R18 all-season performance tires are offered on all models. Únique split 5-spoke 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wîth aggressive P245/40R20 low-profile summer performance tires are available wîth the Sport Package. In addition, a new Performance Tire & Wheel Package offers split 5-spoke 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels mounted wîth 245/40R20 all-season performance tires.

Every 2013 M utilizes standard 4-wheel power-assisted vented disc brakes (12.6-inch front, 12.1-inch rear) wîth Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA). The Sport Package includes larger 14.0-inch front/13.8-inch rear rotors wîth 4-piston front/2-piston rear opposed calipers.

The §teering system is an electronically controlled vehicle-speed-sensing variable-assist power rack-and-pinion design. Every Infiniti M includes Infiniti's advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) wîth Traction Control System (TCS). VDC automatically adjusts brake pressure and engine torque during certain situations where the vehicle is near its handling limit, helping the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. An advanced Active Trace Control system, included wîth the Technology Package, helps enhance the transition from braking into and then accelerating out of corners. The system utilizes the M's VDC system to help improve cornering feel by automatically applying the brakes so that load is increased on the front wheels. The system also modulates engine torque.

The Active Trace Control system also applies selective braking to help create increased §teering response in S-turns and other §teering operations. When Sport mode is engaged (on the Infiniti Drive Mode Selector), the level of braking applied by this feature is reduced.

For drivers seeking the enhanced performance of all-wheel drive, the M37x and M56x models feature Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. The system uses an advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes torque to the wheels (0:100 up to 50:50 front to rear) according to road and driving conditions.

Advanced Safety and Security Systems

The Infiniti M is available wîth a number of innovative technologies, including Infiniti's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. The LDW and LDP systems use a small camera installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle, calculate its position relative to those lane markers and warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure wîth a visual display and audible buzzer. If the driver does not return the vehicle back toward the center of the travel lane, the LDP system assists the driver wîth a gentle application of the brakes.

Also offered are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) systems, which are available as part of the Technology Package. BSW illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then uses the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds. BSI is another world-first safety feature from Infiniti and takes blind spot technology to the next level. If the vehicle gets close to the lane marker and another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area, the indicator flashes, an audible warning sounds, and selective braking is applied to one side of the vehicle to help the driver bring the vehicle back to the center of the driving lane. BSI operates regardless of turn signal usage.

Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) wîth Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

In addition, all Infiniti M models come equipped wîth standard Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; and standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.

The Infiniti M also includes standard 3-point seat belts wîth Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) and Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) (driver's seat ELR only), front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints wîth 4-way manual adjustments, along wîth Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children).

Five Well-Equipped Models

Vital Stats
Engine : 3.7 L., 6-cylinder
Power: 328 hp
Torque: 269 ft-lbs

Engine : 5.6 L., 8-cylinder
Power: 420 hp
Torque: 417 ft-lbs

7-speed Automatic, 7-speed Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable
The 2013 Infiniti M is offered in five well-equipped models: the M37 (V6 rear-wheel drive), M37x AWD (V6 all-wheel drive), M56 (V8 rear-wheel drive), M56x (V8 all-wheel drive) and the Infiniti M35h (3.5-liter Direct Response Hybrid™ System, rear-wheel drive).

Nine equipment packages allow owners to custom fit their vehicles to their exact tastes: Premium Package, Deluxe Touring Package, Sport Package (M37), AWD Sport Package (M37), Sport Package (M56), AWD Sport Package (M56), Sport Touring Package, Technology Package and Performance Tire & Wheel Package.

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2013 Infiniti M Sedan Receives 5-Star Overall NCAP Rating

Infiniti today announced that the 2013 Infiniti M luxury sedan has been awarded a 5-Star overall safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under the agency's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). The 5-Star Safety Ratings System is designed to provide consumers wîth information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles. Five stars is the highest possible rating. NHTSA is the only organization that rates rollover resistance.

'Infiniti's Inspired Performance encompasses the total design of our vehicles, including our goal to provide a secure, confidence-inspiring environment for driver and passengers. The NHTSA 5-Star NCAP rating is an important third-party validation of these efforts,' said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore. 'We're also proud of Infiniti's ongoing leadership in advanced safety technologies such as Blind Spot Intervention®, Lane Departure Prevention, Forward Collision Warning and the new Backup Collision Intervention that was just introduced on the all-new Infiniti JX luxury crossover.'

All 2013 Infiniti M models come equipped wîth standard Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor, standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags, and standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.

The Infiniti M also includes standard 3-point seat belts wîth Automatic Locking Retractor and Emergency Locking Retractor (driver's seat only), front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints wîth 4-way manual adjustments, along wîth Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tether for Children).

2013 Infiniti M Safety and Security Features The 2013 Infiniti M is available wîth a number of innovative technologies, including Infiniti's Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems. The LDW and LDP systems use a small camera installed behind the windshield to detect lane markers in front of the vehicle, calculate its position relative to those lane markers and warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure wîth a visual display and audible buzzer. If the driver does not return the vehicle back toward the center of the travel lane, the LDP system assists the driver wîth a gentle application of the brakes.

Also offered are Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI®) systems, which are available as part of the Technology Package. BSW illuminates an indicator light if another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area. If the driver then uses the turn signal, the indicator flashes and an audible warning sounds. BSI® is another world-first safety feature from Infiniti and takes blind spot technology to the next level. If the vehicle gets close to the lane marker and another vehicle is detected in the blind spot area, the indicator flashes, an audible warning sounds, and selective braking is applied to one side of the vehicle to help the driver bring the vehicle back to the center of the driving lane. BSI® operates regardless of turn signal usage. Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist wîth Forward Collision Warning and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

Infiniti also developed Snug Kids®, an -first program geared specifically toward safety for children in child restraints. Infiniti safety engineers spent thousands of hours evaluating hundreds of child restraints by installing them in all the rear seats of current Infiniti vehicles. The result is the Snug Kids® Child Safety Seat Fit Guide, which helps parents confidently select a child restraint that fits their vehicle while also providing valuable tips on the proper fit of a child restraint. The Snug Kids® Child Safety Seat Fit Guides for all Infiniti vehicles are available at InfinitiÚSA.com.

The 2013 Infiniti M lineup includes the Infiniti M56 and M37 luxury sedans and Infiniti M Hybrid. Every 2013 Infiniti vehicle also comes wîth Infiniti Personal Assistant™, a unique personal concierge service providing owners wîth 24-hour access to live assistants no matter where they are.

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2013 Infiniti M Hybrid Delivers 32 MPG and a Trophy – the Only Hybrid Named to 'Ward's 10 Best Engines' List

– With 360 Horsepower and 32 MPG Fuel Economy, the Infiniti M35h Challenges Drivers to Rethink Everything They Know About Hybrids –

As rookie seasons go, 2012 was a pretty good year for the Infiniti M Hybrid. As the first hybrid available to offer 360 horsepower and 32 miles per gallon fuel economy, it had the stats to get noticed. Deemed the fastest accelerating full hybrid, it also had the power to get the public's attention. And when it came to the trophy presentation, the Infiniti M Hybrid was the only hybrid named to the prestigious 'Ward's 10 Best Engines' list.

Moving into the 2013 model year, the M Hybrid receives several enhancements, including standard auto-dimming sideview mirrors and auto-trunk cincher, and the addition of rear sonar system and Infiniti Connection™ telematics – wîth available safety, security and convenience services – to the popular Premium Package.

A Únique Combination of Power, Luxury and Efficiency The selecting the Infiniti M Hybrid to the 'Ward's 10 Best Engines' list from a record field of 38 engines, Ward's judges used criteria that included horsepower, torque, noise, vibration, harshness, technical specs, relevance against others in their field, and the 'x factor' – that personally subjective feeling a judge has toward each engine as part of the overall package. That 'x factor' might be more appropriately called the 'I-factor,' the Infiniti philosophy that says luxury should always thrill – even in full hybrid mode.

Core to its success is the Infiniti M Hybrid's unprecedented balance of three attributes:
•Power – the innovative one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid system in the Infiniti M35h delivers thrilling performance and is capable of driving in pure electric mode at speeds up to 62 mph
•Luxury – maintaining the Infiniti M Sedan's engaging driving feel and extensive array of standard comfort and convenience features
•Efficiency – utilizing the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ system, wîth a powerful yet compact Lithium-ion battery pack, advanced 3.5-liter V6 engine, 50kW electric motor, connected to an electronic 7-speed automatic transmission, helps achieve fuel economy of 32 miles per gallon Highway, 27 mpg City and 29 mpg combined

The M35h's inspired – and green – performance is based on an innovative yet elegantly simple gasoline/electric drivetrain, which ensures that zero-emissions electric propulsion is used more often, for longer periods and at higher speeds than in typical hybrids. The M35h can drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 62 mph and can travel on electric propulsion for up to 1.2 miles at a time. Tests have shown that in mixed diving, the Infiniti M35h is able to drive in electric only mode for as much as 50% of the time.

Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid System

At the heart of the M35h is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout based around an innovative Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid™ one-motor, two-clutch parallel hybrid system. The electric motor is rated at 50 kW (67 hp) and peak torque of 199 lb-ft. It acts as either a propulsion unit, alone or in tandem wîth the V6, or as a power generator. As well as charging the battery in the normal way, the motor recovers energy otherwise lost during deceleration and braking.

The first of the two clutches is a dry clutch installed between the V6 engine and the electric motor. It facilitates full decoupling of the V6 when the car is in electric drive and power regeneration modes. Decoupling the V6 reduces mechanical losses and boosts efficiency of the electric motor. The proven 302-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 was chosen for torque characteristics (258 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm) that perfectly complement the electric motor's output. It combines wîth the electric motor and high-power battery to produce 360 horsepower (hybrid system net power).

Both the gasoline V6 and electric motor deliver their power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) The electric motor's high torque from zero rpm provides strong performance from a standing start and contributes to the sporting feel.

The M35h's Lithium-ion battery pack is designed to quickly alternate between charging/discharging and, size for size, offers twice as powerful as conventional Nickel-Metal Hydride batteries. Along wîth its fast charge/discharge response and 1.4 kWh capacity, the Lithium-ion battery pack is laminated to enhance the cooling performance. Temperature stability is further improved by the use of manganese positive electrodes, helping provide exceptional battery reliability. The batteries are located behind the rear seat, but the M35h is one hybrid sedan wîth practical luggage room, wîth the trunk able to accommodate four golf bags or two large suitcases.

Extra weight, the bane of many hybrids, is kept in check in the M35h by the lightweight batteries and features such as the single electric motor, no torque converter and innovative §teering and braking systems. The weight gain over the non-hybrid M37 has been kept down to just 276 pounds.

Innovative Steering and Braking Systems

The Infiniti M35h is equipped wîth world's first §teering and braking technologies, which have been designed to deliver both environmental benefits and natural driving feel. The Hybrid Electric Power Steering is an electro-hydraulic system wîth 'on-demand' assistance. It offers the advantages of both types of §teering – the natural and smooth feel of hydraulic power §teering and the improved fuel efficiency of an electric system. The assist motor cuts in only when the wheel is turned, further boosting efficiency. The system is more compact and lighter than traditional power §teering set-ups, achieved by integrating multiple parts. In addition, the Hybrid Electric Power Steering system helps reduce fuel consumption by approximately 2%.

The Electric Driven Intelligent Brake system is similarly designed primarily to suit sport sedan buyers' needs, while at the same time contributing to the M35h's efficient operation.

An electric booster motor is utilized to operate the brake cylinders, saving mass that would otherwise be added by a reserve pressure tank. The primary benefit of the system is that by controlling both regenerative and friction braking, depending on motor operation and battery condition, the Infiniti M35h operates more efficiently – recovering otherwise wasted energy. The simplicity of these elegant mechanical solutions, wîth their emphasis on compactness, lightweight and fewer parts, is made possible by advanced computerized control.

The M35h utilizes the proven FM (Front Mid-ship) platform, along wîth the M37's independent double-wishbone design in front and multi-link independent system in the rear. The suspension system also features front and rear stabilizer bars and double-piston shock absorbers that have been specially tuned for use wîth the M35h. Standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and P245/50R18 all-season performance tires are standard.

The Infiniti M35h is also the world's first hybrid to provide a standard feature to help alert pedestrians to its presence. The Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) system uses a range of distinctive sounds to help alert other road users that the vehicle is approaching. VSP automatically works from start-up to approximately miles per hour, cutting back in at approximately 15 miles per hour as the vehicle slows.

Exterior and Interior Design: Pure Infiniti M

Like the gasoline engine-equipped Infiniti M37, the 2013 Infiniti M Hybrid features an elegant yet sporty exterior and interior design. Its balanced, rear-wheel drive proportions and stance, wîth a long, low hood and high rear deck, provides a roomy cabin, uncompromised by the M Hybrid's compact battery design (located behind the rear seat).

The deep body shape of the fenders and doors give the M sedan a powerful look unlike anything on the road. The wave-style doors are constructed from aluminum for light weight, despite the material's difficult formability.

Other exterior features include an expressive, signature Infiniti double-arch upright low grille and crystal-look headlight clusters, and a wave-like trunk wîth a high aerodynamic performance that works like a spoiler to increase downforce.

Standard features include a power sliding tinted glass moonroof wîth one-touch open/close, tilt feature and sliding sunshade, automatic on/off High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional Xenon headlights wîth windshield wiper interlock, dual exhaust wîth polished tips, power-folding heated outside mirrors wîth reverse tilt-down feature, rain-sensing variable intermittent front windshield wipers and courtesy lamps built into the outside door handles. An Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS) wîth auto-leveling headlights is available as part of the Technology Package. The Infiniti M Hybrid is available in six exterior colors: Malbec Black, Liquid Platinum, Platinum Graphite, Storm Front Grey, Black Obsidian and Moonlight White.

Inside, the Infiniti M instrument panel features hybrid-unique instrument meters, meter display and IT screen displays, providing battery and other essential system information. It allows the driver to view hybrid system and available navigation system information simultaneously. Fine Vision electroluminescent gauges, gear-like rings on the instrument cluster meters and Infiniti analog clock complete the elegant design.

The M35h interior also offers standard leather-appointed, heated 10-way power driver and front passenger's seats including 2-way power lumbar support, and dual occupant memory system for the driver's seat, §teering wheel and outside mirrors. An entry/exit assist system for the driver's seat and §teering wheel, heated front seats, sequential welcome lighting illuminated entry system and dual-zone automatic temperature also contribute to the M's outstanding level of standard luxury appointments. Standard technology equipment includes Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Infiniti Intelligent Key wîth Illuminated Push Button Ignition, HomeLink® Úniversal Transceiver and RearView Monitor.

Other interior highlights include a large center console, power windows wîth one-touch up/down and auto-reverse feature, power door locks wîth automatic locking feature, power trunk release, retained accessory power for windows and moonroof, standard SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) and 6-speaker audio system wîth AM/FM/CD, Radio Data System (RDS), ÚSB connection port for iPod® interface and other compatible devices, §teering wheel audio controls and speed-sensitive volume control.

The M35h also features a standard Active Noise Control system, which generates 'canceling' sound from four door speakers (and subwoofer for models equipped wîth a Bose® sound system) to reduce unpleasant engine harmonics. Four interior colors are offered wîth the M35h depending on which options are selected – Graphite, Stone, Java or Wheat.

The Premium Package adds an Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System wîth 8.0-inch WVGA color touch-screen display, NavTraffic wîth Real-Time Traffic Information, NavWeather wîth Real-Time Weather and 3-day forecast (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), and Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide. The Premium Package also includes a Bose® 2-channel 10-speaker premium audio system, heated §teering wheel and climate-controlled front seats. The Infiniti Connection telematics system includes the Infiniti Personal Assistant, a 24/7 personal concierge service that is offered at no charge for the first four years of ownership.

The Deluxe Touring Package adds such notable features as the Bose® Studio Surround® sound system wîth digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers (including two personal speakers mounted in the shoulders of each front seat), power rear sunshade, unique quilted seat pattern wîth contrasting piping and additional seat bolstering, suede-like headliner and a premium stitched meter hood. The Deluxe Touring Package also features semi-aniline leather and specially developed soft touch material for the armrests, door inserts, center console and kneepads. The Deluxe Touring Package's genuine White Ash wood trim has been enhanced wîth real silver powder (Japanese Ash wood trim is offered on M35h models without the Deluxe Touring Package).

The Forest Air® system attempts to recreate the refreshing climate and natural breezes of a relaxing forest setting. System sensors automatically open and close air intake ports to reduce the intrusion of dust, exhaust or unpleasant odors into the cabin, while the special Grape Polyphenol filter and Plasmacluster™ air purifier help filter allergens, mold and viruses out of the cabin. Humidity control prevents the over-drying of air from the air conditioner, while Breeze Mode provides a natural airflow feeling, gently and subtly varying the airflow from the upper and front air vents.

Like the M37, the M35h is available wîth a number of innovative technologies as part of the Technology Package, including Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems and Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Blind Spot Intervention® (BSI) systems, all of which are available as part of the Technology Package. Other available safety features include Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) wîth Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Front Pre-Crash Seat Belts.

In addition, every 2013 Infiniti M35h comes equipped wîth standard Infiniti Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) wîth dual-stage supplemental front air bags wîth seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor; standard front seat-mounted side impact supplemental air bags; and standard roof-mounted curtain side impact supplemental air bags for front and rear-seat outboard occupant head protection.

Also included are standard 3-point seat belts wîth Automatic Locking Retractor (ALR) and Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) (driver's seat ELR only), front seat belts wîth pretensioners and load limiters, front seat Active Head Restraints wîth 4-way manual adjustments, along wîth Zone Body construction wîth front and rear crumple zones and LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tether for CHildren).

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October 20149,045 
September 20147,837 
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May 201410,376 
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