Infiniti M35 hybrid in 2011: enough power to play chicken while still being green?

Friday October 9th, 2009 at 8:1010 AM
Posted by: asgruben

2012 Infiniti M35 HybridBy Adrienne Gruben

A bit of power with your social consciousness? Infiniti says it can deliver both with its M35 hybrid to go into production on its 2012 model due for arrival in spring 2011. Based on Infiniti’s luxury performance sedan “M” series, the hybrid has a proprietary system by which the 3.5-liter V6 and electric motors are connected to the engine’s output shaft, and the implication is that the flow of power to the transmission would make Danny and Kenickie from Grease happy. Okay, maybe it would make the 40-year-old versions of them (replete with a PTA wife and ungrateful kids) happy, but still, Infiniti is obviously trying to make the M35 less like its hybrid counterparts that tend to lurch when they transition between gas and electric modes as well as quietly creep up on you all spooky-like.

The other Nissan-specific technology of note is this new “laminated” lithium-ion battery pack. No bigger than a standard battery, it lasts longer and the lamination bolsters the battery’s cooling abilities, making it more reliable, which would probably bring comfort to Danny’s bakesale-committee wife. But what about the greenies? Where are they on the “buy an old car to avoid using resources to make new products” vs “we need to transition at some point” argument?

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2010 Nissan Altima Hybrid Pricing Announced

Friday October 2nd, 2009 at 8:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Nissan Altima Coupe

The 2010 Nissan Altima hybrid, which goes on sale this coming Monday, will have an MSRP of $26,780. This is the fourth generation Altima, and apart from the hybrid drivetrain, it is only slightly tweaked from last year’s model. Speaking of drivetrains, the 2010 Altima will use a 2.5 liter four-cylinder with and electronically-controlled CVT tranny that cranks out 198 hp. Nissan says the new Altima hybrid will get an estimated EPA rating of 35 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Curiously, these figures aren’t all that much different form the 2009 model. Although the 09 also had a 2.5 liter inline four engine, it only put out 158 HP, and the fuel economy numbers of 35/33 city/hwy mpg were identical.

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2009 Nissan Cube Review: Autobots, the Allspark has been located!

Monday August 17th, 2009 at 8:88 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2009 Nissan Cube
>> Review by Danny Chang | >> Photographs by Derek Mau

Pros

  • Love-it-or-hate-it looks
  • Massive headroom
  • Uncontrollable urge to pretend you’re 18

Cons

  • Love-it-or-hate-it looks
  • Failure to impress young ladies
  • Uncontrollable urge to pretend you’re 18

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Nissan Leaf Reveal Video

Tuesday August 4th, 2009 at 7:88 AM
Posted by: Derek

Zero Emission logoNissan Motor Co., Ltd. unveiled Nissan LEAF, the world’s first affordable, zero-emission car.  Designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis, Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback that comfortably seats five adults and has a range of more than 100 miles (160km) to satisfy real-world consumer requirements. Slated for launch in late 2010 in Japan, the United States, and Europe, Nissan LEAF ushers in a new era of mobility – the zero-emission era.

“Nissan LEAF is a tremendous accomplishment – one in which all Nissan employees can take great pride,” said Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn.  “We have been working tirelessly to make this day a reality –  the unveiling of a real-world car that has zero – not simply reduced – emissions.  It’s the first step in what is sure to be an exciting journey – for people all over the world, for Nissan and for the industry.”

Video of the Nissan Leaf reveal event after the jump.

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Nissan Might Make Batteries & EVs In U.S.

Monday July 20th, 2009 at 7:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Now that it seems every car maker from Mercedes on down is going to be getting into the hybrid or electric vehicle business, word is starting to filter out about not just the “whys” but more importantly, the “wheres” concerning production of the new generation of cars. The good news for autoworkers that might be looking for jobs, is that Nissan is rumored to be considering a battery or EV facility here in America.

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VIDEO: Nissan GT-R's Record Lap Time At The Nürburgring

Wednesday July 15th, 2009 at 8:77 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan GT-R

Two good things meant to go together: Nissan’s highly impressive GT-R and Germany’s even more impressive Nürburgring Nordschleife. It would seem that Nissan have bested their own lap record, and we have the video to prove it, after the jump.

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2009 Nissan 370Z Review – Z be nimble, Z be quick…

Friday June 12th, 2009 at 7:66 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2009 Nissan 370Z
>> Review by Holly Roberts. | >> Photographs by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Stiff, sports-car suspension
  • Blazing acceleration
  • Seriously comfortable seats
  • Excellent handling ability
  • Simple, clean interior (not a lot of bells and whistles)

Cons:

  • Stiff, sports-car suspension (seemed to have been tuned for the track, because it barely budged)
  • Blind spots that you could miss a bus in
  • Not much more room inside for anything but an extra passenger, a purse and a briefcase in the back

Ruling: Z can spin doughnuts around a candlestick!  Heck, who needs a candlestick, let’s DRIVE!!!!

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2009 Nissan Maxima 3.5 SV Review – the original 4-door sports car continues to deliver

Tuesday May 19th, 2009 at 9:55 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Power
  • Lots of amenities and luxury features
  • Roominess
  • Weird styling

Cons

  • Weak MPG
  • Complex navigation system
  • Light steering
  • Weird styling

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2009 Nissan Altima Review – A young attitude with a mature demeanor

Wednesday April 8th, 2009 at 10:44 AM
Posted by: mash

2009 Nissan Altima Coupe

Review by Mary-Ellen Ash | Photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Good suspension and steering = smooth handling
  • Very spacious interior for driver and passengers
  • Well insulated cabin keeps out the engine and road noise
  • Convenient cup and bottle holders
  • Nissan Intelligent Key system
  • Good fuel economy with the 4-cylinder engine

Cons:

  • Small trunk space
  • Slow acceleration with 4-cylinder engine
  • Hard to drop rear seats
  • Nasty blind spots

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Nissan’s Cube Gets Pricing Info

Friday February 27th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Nissan Cube

The Cube, Nissan’s answer to Toyota’s Scion xB, has finally gotten some pricing information. The imaginatively named Cube will start at just under 15 grand, which is plenty cheap, and seems like a direct financial bull’s-eye for the target market.

The Cube, which is expected to reach US showrooms by early May, and come in an assortment of trim levels.

They will all be front-wheel drive, and share the same 1.8 liter, 122hp engine. The base model, using a 1.8 liter mill, starts at $13,990, a 6-speed manual is its only tranny option. The 1.8S comes in at $14,690, also with the 6-speed, but a CVT transmission is an option. The 1.8SL, at $16,790, and Krom, at $19,360, are only available with the CVT. The Krom, by the way is pronounced like the word “chrome”

Available niceties on the Cube include Nissan’s Intelligent Key system with push button ignition, Bluetooth, audio from Rockford Fosgate, XM Radio and an iPod interface. There will be 40 individual accessories to personalize your Cube, similar to what Scion puts forward to its buyers.

Source: The Garage Blog

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