Auto Highlights of the Month
By: Jay Chen
2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
The Ford Escape Hybrid is still the cleanest and most
fuel-efficient SUV in the world, combining the fuel economy and emissions
benefits of a “full” hybrid with the go-anywhere capability, toughness and
spaciousness of the Ford Escape – America’s favorite small SUV.
For 2007, The Escape Hybrid offers
customers the choice of four new packages, combining a fresh look with
infotainment and safety features and three new exterior colors.
The Escape Hybrid is a “full” hybrid,
meaning it automatically switches between pure electric power, pure gasoline
engine power or combined operation to maximize efficiency and performance. Its
gasoline engine and electric motor work in concert, providing performance
similar to that of a V-6 engine. In less demanding situations, the Escape
Hybrid can run on its electric motor alone, (at speeds up to 25 mph) its
gasoline engine alone or the most efficient combination of the two.
Full hybrids achieve their greatest
improvement in fuel economy during stop- and -go driving, when the electric
motor is most efficient. In fact, the Escape Hybrid provides approximately 80
percent better fuel economy in city driving than the conventional V-6 Escape.
Escape Hybrid can travel more than 400-500 miles in city driving on a single
tank of gasoline.
The Escape Hybrid offers
four-wheel-drive and towing capability of up to 1,000 pounds when properly
Escape Hybrid is available in either FWD
or Intelligent 4WD.
2007 Infiniti M45
The 2007 M45 features a standard 325-horsepower 4.5-liter
aluminum-alloy DOHC V8 (shared with the Infiniti FX), titanium intake and
exhaust valves, climate controlled seats and High Intensity Discharge (HID)
auto-leveling xenon headlights with Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS)
The 2007 M35 features a 275-horsepower
3.5-liter V6 and is available in all-wheel or rear-wheel drive. All Infiniti M
models enhance performance with a Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control
System (CVTCS) and an electronic throttle actuator. An electronically
controlled 5-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, Brake Assist
with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Vehicle Dynamic Control
(VDC) are all standard on all Infiniti M models.
The 2007 Infiniti M also offers an array of standard
luxury features including Bluetooth® Wireless Connectivity, Push Start
Ignition, and 10-way power driver and front passenger seats with power lumbar
adjustments and a drivers seat memory system.