Test Driving the 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid
The 2012 Infiniti M Hybrid – the M 35h at $67,300 – is important for parent Nissan for a long list of reason, not least of which is this: here we have Nissan’s first in-house hybrid.
The current Altima Hybrid ($33,398) uses a hybrid system licensed from competitor Toyota. If the M Hybrid is the future, we can conclude that Nissan does not want to do hybrids the Toyota way.
Why? Toyota’s design is complex and locked down with a massive array of patents. Even if Nissan wanted to go down that road, avoiding patent infringement would be a big undertaking. The alternative is to keep buying Toyota’s technology and that’s completely unpalatable for Infiniti and Nissan.
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