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It’s amazing what this hybrid drive can do

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Infiniti shares the same fate as Lexus in Germany. Similar to the Toyota premium subsidiary (Lexus), the premium Nissan brand (Infiniti) also has a difficult time in this country, especially since only six dealers carry the brand. The Infiniti Q50 is still an eye-catcher, especially because of its aggressive front.

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Viewed from the side, however, many initially think of the BMW 3 Series, even if the Infiniti is 4.78 meters longer and 15 centimeters longer.

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The rear, however, is more stubby than that of its Bavarian competitor. In terms of acceleration, however, the Infiniti can certainly keep up with the 3 Series. Err in just 5.4 secondsThe Q50S Hybrid Tempo 100 is calibrated.

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The 300 hp V6 petrol engine with a displacement of 3.5 liters works together with a 67 hp electric motor.

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If you open the trunk, you are a little disappointed. Since the batteries of the electric motor are placed between the trunk and the rear seat bench, the luggage space is reduced by 100 to 400 liters.

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The cockpit with the two touchscreens arranged one above the other is an eye-catcher.

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However, the operation is anything but intuitive. You need a certain amount of time to become familiar with the individual functions and to learn how to control them.

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The base price for the Q50 2.0 Turbo is 42,000 euros. Those who opt for the most powerful variant – the Q50S Hybrid AWD – have to pay at least 55,250 euros.

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We like to equate hybrid technology with fuel-saving technology. The opposite is the case with the Infiniti Q50S Hybrid. The additional electric motor does not make the sedan economical, but rather fast.

D.his look was more critical than usual. "What kind of car is THAT?" asked my father-in-law and pointed to the car in his driveway. “An Infiniti Q50S Hybrid,” I replied – and saw his incredulous look. At first he didn’t say anything, then: “Infiniti ?! What should it be? There is no such brand. Have you made that up now? ”I would never do that, I assured him.

If you had asked passers-by in any German pedestrian zone what they thought of “Infiniti”, very few would probably have answered: “A Japanese car brand”. For some, the hit "Infinity" by DJ Guru Josh would be more likely invaded from 1990.

My father-in-law’s lack of knowledge led his knowledge gap to the car, then directly to the computer and shortly afterwards back to me: Infiniti has been around since 1989 as a luxury offshoot of the Japanese brand Nissan, but these vehicles have only been available in Germany since the end of 2009.

This is what the new E-Class looks like

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“The most intelligent car in the world,” enthuses Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche when he talks about the new E-Class.

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With the new edition, the E-Class is even longer and now measures 4.92 meters. Because the wheelbase will also grow by almost seven centimeters, the company promises me insideyour place.

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The front section, scolded as too martial and aggressive by the predecessor, is now more restrained, almost gentle.

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Viewed from the side, the new one looks even more delicate than it actually is. The lack of a tangle of folds and edges shows the close relationship to the successful C-Kl modelaces. Only a horizontal line is left. “Sensual clarity,” says Head of Design Gorden Wagener.

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Seen directly from behind, there could also be an S-Class.

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The four-cylinder petrol engine with 184 hp (E200) known from its predecessor and a brand new diesel (E220d) will be available for the market launch. The engine range is later expanded; ouchf Diesel side, among other things, by a further four-cylinder diesel (150 hp) and a six-cylinder diesel (258 hp). The gasoline engines will have a four-cylinder with 245 hp and a new six-cylinder with 333 hp. The plug-in hybrid model is also inevitable, at Mercedes powered by a combination of a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor with a total output of 279 hp.

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In the interior, elements from the C- and S-Class are mixed. From the S-Class, the E-Class takes over the large display that extends from the instrument panel to the center console pulls.

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However, the new one can trump its big brother when it comes to the operating concept: In addition to a touchpad with handwriting recognition in the center console, there is now also a touchpad in the steering wheelsensitive surfaces that are supposed to make the infotainment system easier to use.

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During this time, the brand seems to have moved under the radar of many motorists; Until recently, they had a very prominent advertising medium in Sebastian Vettel; when he was at Red Bull, the Infiniti lettering was bold on his Formula 1 car.

Similar to the Toyota premium subsidiary Lexus, the Nissan premium brand Infiniti is in a difficult position in Europe and especially in Germany, especially since only six dealers currently carry the brand. The self-set claim is still high: The Infiniti Q50S Hybrid (base price with all-wheel drive: 55,250 euros), for example, is to compete with the Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class and BMW 3 Series.

And it is precisely with the latter that it is often confused, especially when you look at the 4.79 meter long sedan from the side. The rear, however, is stubby and the front more aggressive.

Two screens on top of each other

My father-in-law also seemed to like the looks. After circling the car a second time, he took the passenger seat. His fingers wandered over leather, stitched seams, and checker plate. The inconsistency of the materials didn’t bother him. I told him that the driver and front passenger seats were said to have been developed with NASA findings so that you can get out of the limousine in a relaxed manner even after a long journey.

However, he found the two screens arranged one above the other in the center console much more interesting. The navigation runs at the top, below is a kind of tablet computer, which can be used to control the infotainment or air conditioning and manage numerous apps from the on-board computer to the restaurant search. The operation is confusing.

It takes a while to understand how to control which function. However, once you have familiarized yourself with the system, all functions are good and useful. My technically well-versed father-in-law was impressed, but rightly complained about the many ugly fingerprints on the two screens.

The lifted RAV4 is available with a hybrid drive

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Toyota only used a minor facelift of its RAV4 to equip the compact SUV with the technology that has been tried and tested in the group.

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The data: RAV4 2.5 Hybrid with 197 hp at 31,990 euros with an average NEDC consumption of 4.9 l / 100 km.

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So that there are no illusions – we are not talking about a plug-in hybrid with a real electric range. The combustion engine hardly ever takes a break here.

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"EV" only lights up in the display when pushing or going downhill when the load is low. Otherwise, the front electric motor, which is blessed with 143 hp, provides support, especially when it comes to gas-guzzling accelerationnigen.

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The all-wheel drive version of the hybrid, which instead of the cardan shaft and transfer case simply carries another electric unit (68 hp) in the rear, takes 1650 kilograms on the hook.

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If you pull often, you should take this into account, because the front-wheel drive version (from 31,990 euros without a discount) can only move a maximum trailer load of 800 kilos. But there is noch the all-wheel drive variant, which costs 34,990 euros.

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We hummed almost silently through the streets for a few minutes. As is usual with hybrid vehicles, only the electric motor works first, in this case a 67 hp engine; to demonstrate how long the sedan can hum through traffic electrically, I used the accelerator very carefully. Then I pressed the gas pedal towards the floor pan, and the 300 hp V6 petrol engine with a displacement of 3.5 liters intervenes. "This suit is not bad," said the person sitting next to me.

The combination of a powerful conventional engine with an electric motor clearly has nothing to do with saving fuel in this case. The engineers used the electric auxiliary turbine to enable the 1.7-ton car to accelerate like a sports car: it reaches 100 km / h in 5.4 seconds.

The engine growls pleasantly. The quiet hum of the electric motor, on the other hand, is seldom heard. This is reflected in fuel consumption. Infinti gives the standard consumption of 6.2 liters, but when I drove to my in-laws, 9.2 liters were on the clock.

Steering commands are transmitted electronically

Thanks to the electric motor on the rear axle, the Q50S Hybrid has a system output of 364 hp; However, it also has a disadvantage: the batteries are placed between the trunk and the rear seat bench. This reduces the luggage space by 100 to 400 liters. Too little for such a big car, criticized my father-in-law; in addition, the seats cannot be folded down.

In the Infiniti, not only is part of the drive electrified, but also the steering. The steering wheel is no longer directly connected to the wheels, the commands are transmitted electronically. It doesn’t feel artificial while driving, but always gives exactly the right feedback.

You don’t have to worry about losing control of the car in the event of an electronics failure: if an error message occurs, the steering automatically reconnects to a mechanical system.

Audi’s first SUV with a plug

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Economical SUV – isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Actually yes, but Audi is trying to teach us better with the Q7 E-Tron.

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It is the world’s first plug-in hybrid car with a six-cylinder diesel and permanent all-wheel drive.

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Thanks to a system output of 371 hp and 700 Newton meters of torque, the Q7 E-Tron accelerates to 100 km / h in just six seconds and reaches a top speed of 225 km / h. Not bad for a colossus that weighs 2.5 tons.

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The MMI navigation including internet connection should be integrated into the hybrid management of this SUV. According to Audi, fuel consumption should be just 1.7 liters. At the first test caseheard the car swallowed more like five liters.

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Above all, customers who want to buy this SUV have to save. The Audi Q7 E-Tron will hit the market in spring 2016 and will cost at least 80,500 euros.

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And how do Infiniti cars sell? Global sales of the Japanese brand rose by around 16 percent in 2015 – to more than 215,000 new vehicles. The manufacturer expects a further increase in the Q30, the brand’s first compact car to share the platform with the Mercedes A-Class.

But it’s no wonder that you hardly ever see Infinitis on the road in this country: The Japanese manufacturer sells more than two thirds of its vehicles in America. The second largest sales market for the luxury Nissan brand is China.

In Germany, however, exactly 1,057 infinitis were newly registered in 2015. My father-in-law also has an idea how to boost sales – at least in Germany: "We urgently need a station wagon!"

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