9 Years agoNews
|First Drive: 2012 Infiniti M35h Japanese Spec|
|When the tachometer in the new Infiniti M35h (called Nissan Fuga Hybrid in Japan) fell while we were cruising along at 40 mph, we couldn't help but do a double take. But as the needle hit zero and the car continued to hum along, we realized there were no gremlins in the system. The engine had simply cut out and we were driving in electric-only mode.|
Why the initial surprise? The world's best known hybrid -- the Toyota Prius -- also has an electric-only mode, but the car has no tachometer. Honda's IMA hybrid system, fitted to vehicles like the Insight and CR-Z, has a tach, but when in cruise mode, the engine never cuts out, so it doesn't make such radical fluctuations. This M Hybrid is the first...