Woman at the Wheel - Infiniti EX35
Valencia Muhammad | 12/31/2008, 12:58 p.m.
2008 Infiniti EX35 Uses Exclusive Technology
The all-new 2008 Infiniti EX35 offers an exceptional combination of seductive design, elegant interior and advanced technology systems. It includes the world production car debut of the advanced Around View Monitor (AVM) system, which utilizes four small cameras to give the driver a €top-down view€ of the outside of the vehicle while parking. The new EX35 also becomes the second Infiniti production vehicle to offer the new Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) system, and the first to feature €scratch shield,€ a special self-healing clearcoat paint.
The Infiniti Around View Monitor utilizes small front, side and rear-mounted cameras to project an all-around view of potential objects on every side of the vehicle €" helping reduce blind spots when parking.
€Conventional mirrors, no matter how carefully you use them, just can€t provide a view around the vehicle that the Around View Monitor€s four-camera system does,€ said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager, Infiniti Division, Nissan North America, Inc. €Rear bumper sonar systems help detect objects behind a vehicle, but again they can€t give the view of the space around the vehicle that the AVM does.€
The Lane Departure Prevention system builds on the Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system that is currently available on the Infiniti FX. Rather than just use an audible/visual warning system to alert the driver of unintentional vehicle movement outside the designated lane, the LDP system uses the vehicle€s Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) system to help assist the driver in maintaining lane position if the vehicle inadvertently starts to drift outside of the lane.
€Infiniti has taken a leadership position in offering the first production Lane Departure Warning systems for production vehicles. We€re now poised to continue the development and refinement of this technology with the EX35€s Lane Departure Prevention system,€ said Igo.
The manufacturer€s suggested retail price is $31,900. The 2008 Infiniti EX35 offers 17 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.