The Infiniti M35h will become the world’s first hybrid to feature an audible pedestrian warning system as standard when it goes on sale in six months’ time. The approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) system automatically works from start-up to 30 km/h, cutting back in at 25 km/h as the vehicle slows. At higher speeds the car movement generates enough noise.
The noise sweeps from high to low frequency whether the car is accelerating or decelerating. The M35h can travel at speeds of around 80 km/h on engine noise-free electric power alone. In mixed driving conditions, the M35h was able to drive in electric-only mode for as much as 50% of the time.
Not an option the Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians will come ready installed on every M35h in Europe when sales commence from spring 2011 (depending on country).
Combining a potent 306 PS (225 kW) 3.5-litre petrol V6 with a 68 PS (50 kW) electric motor. The surprising result for the driver of the M35h is 0-100 km/h in under 5.9 seconds and combined fuel consumption of 7.3 l/100 km (both figures subject to final homologation), making it Infiniti’s fastest as well as cleanest and greenest model.