2011 Infiniti M56: Forest Air
May 10, 2011
See that button with the pine trees on it? That's the button used to activate a feature that Infiniti calls "Forest Air." And they're thinking of clean, bracing forest air, not the skunk-sprayed kind.
Forest Air includes a high-tech air purifier that deodorizes bad smells and Infiniti says it even works to deactivate viruses and bacteria. So the next time an editor comes down with a cold, this is the car they're getting. There's also a humidifier designed to tweak and optimize the air's moisture levels.
I couldn't tell you if the air purifier and humidifier are doing their jobs, but there's another aspect of Forest Air that's easier to gauge: its air delivery, which is designed to mimic that of a gentle breeze. The air from the M56's vents is modulated, so it feels more natural and less mechanical. It's a nice touch, one that adds a measure of refinement to an already pleasant cabin.
Does your car have an air purifier and/or humidifier? Have these features made a big difference for you?
Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor