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Hybrid vehicles aren’t generally looked at as fast machines capable of break-neck speeds. In truth, hybrids aren’t even marketed as such. Their true calling card is the promise of better fuel economy and improved CO2 emission ratings.

Unless of course you can find a way to marry all three elements the way Infiniti managed to do with the new M35h. Nissan’s luxury division has released a video of their new M35h sedan taking on the equally irrepressible 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

Not one to back down from a German challenge for full-on hybrid supremacy, the M35h and the Panamera S Hybrid engaged in a quarter-mile drag race - with surprising results.

Not only did the 360-horsepower M35h complete its time in just 13.4 seconds - impressive for a hybrid! - but it also managed to spank the Panamera S Hybrid by a good second. On top of that, the time is also a marked improvement from their previous record time of 13.9031 seconds , eclipsing the Guinness World Record by a tidy half-a-second.

Check out the video and watch the Infiniti M35h show up the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

UPDATE 02/13/12: Infiniti has released a behind-the-scenes look at all the preparation work, setup, and equipment involved in filming the video showing the M35h’s record-breaking acceleration time. It sure looked like it took a lot of complicated equipment just to shoot a video on how the M35h became the fastest accelerating hybrid in the world. Check out how the magic unfolded after the jump!

It’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla surrounding the 2012 North American International Auto Show , but that doesn’t mean that we’re closing our eyes and ears to everything else going on in the automotive world. Especially when it comes to the Geneva Motor Show this March.

One automaker that’s looking to kick-start some buzz is Infiniti . Nissan’s luxury brand has officially released the first teaser image of a new electric sports car concept that’s going to break cover in Geneva.

Details are limited at this point, although we’ve been told that the car will carry a mid-mounted powertrain that will provide weight distribution and handling for the extended range vehicle. According to Infiniti, the still-to-be-named concept car will be an electrically-propelled vehicle that will make for a "vivid, engaging and sophisticated driving experience" for drivers everywhere.

It’s been no secret that Nissan is looking into bringing a new electric car in the US for some time now. This concept car could very well be the precursor to that car, and if we do say so ourselves, we’re looking forward to seeing what Infiniti has up its sleeve when the covers are pulled on this concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.

After displaying the JX Concept at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Infiniti has finalized the ideas behind the SUV with a production version unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The new crossover will be offered in two models - the Infiniti JX35 FWD and Infiniti JX35 AWD - and will go on sale in the spring of 2012 at a starting price of $40,450 and $41,550 respectively.

The 2013 Infiniti JX has received emotive styling and craftsmanship, featuring the new Infiniti design language direction initiated with the Essence concept. It utilizes a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers
265 HP at 6,400 rpm and 248 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is mated to a sport-tuned Continuously Variable Transmission to provide high responsiveness and seamless, efficient shifting feel.

One new technological feature that stands out from the rest is the Backup Collision Intervention system. This new system warns the driver if another vehicle is entering his path and, if needed, can even apply the brakes to help avoide the collision if the driver does not properly react in time.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Infiniti JX.

Infiniti has officially given the go-signal to produce the FX Sebastian Vettel Edition SUV . The announcement was made by Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, stating that the successful relationship between Infiniti and Red Bull Racing was one of the key factors in green lighting the production of the special edition SUV on a limited basis.

In the interview, Palmer said that the collaboration between Infiniti and the now two-time F1 World Champion was not only fun for everybody, but it also brought into light the capabilities of the Infiniti Performance Line as a potential competitor for the likes of Mercedes AMG class and BMW ’s M-Series .

"This is one of the first versions that will go to market," Palmer said.

"It’s not as an IPL—it’ll obviously go as the Sebastian Vettel special version, but it demonstrates we’re able to do these low volume, very special versions and be able to charge a premium for that kind of work. Again, hopefully, with Sebastian now the world champion, the demand for his special version is going to be that much higher," he added.

Nissan, Infiniti’s parent company, released a segment of the interview with Palmer, which you can watch by checking out the video above.

Leading up to the Frankfurt Motor Show, there were a few concepts that we were really looking forward to seeing, one of them being the Infiniti Sebastian Vettel Edition.

Quite frankly, we knew very little about the car other than the fact that it was a concept Infiniti FX . Well, Frankfurt has come and gone, and if we do say so ourselves, the FX Sebastian Vettel Concept completely blew us away.

It’s not just that it’s one of the few cars on the market that has been designed and built with Formula One knowledge, but Infiniti and Red Bull took all that information and put it into an SUV that’s looking to blow away the rest of the field.

In the decision to build the FX Sebastian Vettel Concept, the Japanese automaker wanted more than just Vettel’s input; they wanted him to have significant say on what the car will be built on. That meant a premium on performance and improved downforce, as well as being stylishly sexy.

In the end, the result was even better than any of us even anticipated.

UPDATE 10/11/2011: Infiniti has officially given the go-signal to produce the FX Sebastian Vettel Edition SUV. The announcement was made by Nissan Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer, stating that the successful relationship between Infiniti and Red Bull Racing was one of the key factors in green lighting the production of the special edition SUV on a limited basis.

In the interview, Palmer said that the collaboration between Infiniti and the now two-time F1 World Champion was not only fun for everybody, but it also brought into light the capabilities of the Infiniti Performance Line as a potential competitor for the likes of Mercedes’ AMG class and BMW’s M-Series.

Nissan, Infiniti’s parent company, released a segment of the interview with Palmer, which you can watch by clicking on the photo above.

UPDATE 05/13/12: Infiniti has officially announced pricing details for the FX Sebastian Vettel Edition. Check out how much it’s going to cost after the jump

UPDATE 10/28/12: Evo Magazine takes a turn putting the paces on the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Concept. How did they take to the ultra special edition SUV? Hop on over after the jump and find out!

UPDATE 11/15/12: Infiniti is dropping a nice surprise for all of us with a new batch of photos of their uber-luxurious, special edition FX Sebastian Vettel Edition SUV. Check out the gallery to find all the photos, all 50+ of em.
Find out more about the Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Concept after the jump.

Infinitis and world records aren’t usually associated with one another, but all that has changed with one swooping quarter-mile run from the Infiniti M35h.

Recently, the Japanese luxury sedan took a blistering lap time at the Santa Pod drag strip, setting a world record time of 13.9031 seconds in a quarter-mile with a passing speed in excess of 100 mph. The 373-horsepower luxury sedan was driven by CAR Magazine journalist, Tim Pollard, etching his name in Guinness lore as the driver of the world’s fastest accelerating full hybrid vehicle.

The M35h may not belong in the conversation of being one of the fastest machines on the planet, but as far as full hybrids are concerned, it can now stake a serious claim as being on top of that list. The M35h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower with an electric motor that adds 68 horsepower, hitting a total output of 373 horsepower with an 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds.

“The Infiniti M35h proves that hybrids can be fast as well as frugal,” said Pollard.

“At Santa Pod you could feel the instant torque of the electric motor away from the standstill – the car just leapt of the line."

Congratulations to Infiniti for their record-breaking attempt. Here’s to more records being broken by the Japanese automaker in the future.

Hit the jump to watch the record lap video courtesy of Car Magazine.

Infiniti in cooperation with Swiss specialist time instrument maker Bell & Ross has unveiled the limited edition BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial wristwatch. There will be only 200 units built, each carrying a price tag of £3,090, about $5,000 at the current exchange rates.

The watch features a matte black dial and sports a photo-luminescent finish in the same distinct purple color employed by Infiniti across the globe. The steel case will be engraved with the Infiniti signature.

Also, you should be feeling very lucky while wearing this watch as it feature the number "8" - a symbol of luck in Asia and of course the mathematical sign of infinity.

Andy Palmer, Infiniti’s Executive Vice President said: "The Limited Edition BR02-8 Infiniti Carbon Case Purple 8 Pro Dial wristwatch is a true celebration of our continued association with Bell & Ross, for which we are very proud. The new timepiece effortlessly embodies the unique qualities of both brands to offer discerning customers a rare and highly sought-after addition to their collection."

Infiniti is preparing to enter a new market segment with the launch of the JX crossover, a 7-seater luxury model. The vehicle officially made its official debut at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with the production version scheduled to be revealed in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. That being said, the vehicle won’t be going on sale until Spring 2012 as a 2013 model.

Like we said before, Infiniti hasn’t dished out any extravagant details for their new SUV model, but they have confirmed that the JX will have three rows of seats with room for seven passengers. The crossover’s exterior design will follow along the lines of the Infiniti Essence Concept revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and the interior will feature the next generation of Infiniti’s telematics and infotainment technology.

"There aren’t a lot of choices for luxury families today. The all-new Infiniti JX is the 7-passenger antidote to the ho-hum luxury crossovers that are out there right now," said Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti Americas.

Find out more about the Infiniti JX Concept after the jump

The Infiniti FX is the Nissan Nissan -owned company’s mid-size luxury crossover SUV. It was released back in 2003, along with its main competitors, the Porsche Cayenne and Volvo Volvo XC90. Its first generation lasted six years on the market before it was revamped and given another chance at increasing sales for the Japanese automaker.

The second generation Infiniti FX was launched on the market in 2009, and despite the fact that it has had a less than stellar performance, its sales are still stable and have lead Infiniti in their expansion to new markets all over the world. For the 2012 model year, the FX has been revised with subtle styling changes inspired by the Essence Concept and has received an extra version in the "Limited Edition" for the FX35 AWD.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2009-2012 Infiniti FX.

We’ve heard this rumor for a few years now, but nothing seemed to get any traction apart from the cursory whispers here and there. Well, if you take Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn’s recent word for more than just a grain of salt, it does open the door a little in seeing a GT-R version for Infiniti down the road.

Now, like we said, this isn’t the first merry-go-round we’ve ridden with regards to a proposed Infiniti GT-R and Ghosn stopped short of saying that there will be, in fact, a car that’s going to be built. But as the glass-half-full optimists that we are, the words that came out of the mouth Nissan’s CEO during a recent interview with Car Magazine were like music to our ears.

During the interview, Ghosn told Car that it would be easy to build an Infiniti GT-R because the "technologies developed for Nissan are all in place and is at the disposal of its sister company, Infiniti."

"The idea makes sense," he said. "The technology is here; the platform is here. It’s a great car, the GT-R. Is it a project now? No. But I don’t want to give you the impression we’ll never do that. But I don’t want you to think that it’s coming in the next two to three years either."

Full story after the jump.

Source: Car Magazine

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