Lower CO2 brings latest Infiniti hybrid under tax threshold
- Savings for drivers and companies (depending on country)
- Changes allow even more driving in silent, emissions-free mode
- Just as fast as before – and slightly more economical
Infiniti, the luxury automotive brand from Japan, has confirmed that the 2012 Infiniti M35h’s CO2 emissions have been reduced to 159g/km. The change brings the hybrid sedan’s CO2 under a widely-used tax threshold – and joins with the model’s pace-setting speed and fuel economy to present an even more compelling proposition to company fleets across Europe.
Rather than resort to specification tweaks such as fitting low rolling resistance tyres, Infiniti engineers found the CO2-reducing solution in technology. Key enhancements to electric motor accuracy and battery charging allow the Infiniti M35h to rely more on silent electric power when starting off from cold, bringing benefits that go beyond lower running costs.
As well as reducing CO2 the changes mean a cut in the M35h’s already low fuel consumption. The combined figure for the 364PS petrol/electric model drops from 7.0 to 6.9 l/100km, highway consumption reduces from 5.7 to 5.6 l/100km, and on the urban cycle the Infiniti M35h is now 0.2 more economical at 9.0 l/100km.
“The Infiniti M35h is already popular with companies seeking a luxury sedan with no compromise on performance or fuel consumption,” said Guillaume Pelletreau,
Commercial Director of Infiniti in Europe
“Now with no-compromise on running costs, the 2012 M35h offers corporate buyers a car as enticing as it is sensible – a combination we think they will approve of.”
Faster than Porsche and BMW hybrid rivals with 0-100km/h in just 5.5 seconds, the M35h’s position as performance champion was confirmed in 2011 when Guinness World Records officially declared it the fastest accelerating hybrid sedan in the world.
The innovative Infiniti’s fuel consumption in everyday driving has similarly been independently verified. In an economy test in the UK in 2011, the M35h returned an overall 6.49 l/100km – 6% better than its combined figure – while all other hybrids taking part failed to match their official ratings, some by as much as 18%. Impressively, the Infiniti M35h cruised silently on electric power for almost half the 596km test distance.