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Infiniti ’s M Line is in a tricky spot as the Japanese brand’s resident mid-size, performance luxury sedan.

On one hand, it has all the makings of a car that exudes style, performance, luxury, craftsmanship and technology, hallmarks of what makes for a really impressive luxury car. But on the other hand, it’s very classification as a luxury car means that it’s in the cross hairs of some of pretty stiff competition, including the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class , two German luxury sedans that are pretty much synonymous in the market.

That’s the challenge Infiniti has with the M Line . Build it up as a unique luxury sedan with a multitude of features attached to it, all while trying to establish the car as something that can go head-to-head with the BMWs and Mercedes of the world.

It’s an unenviable task that Infiniti hopes the 2013 M Line can live up to.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Infiniti M Line

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Infiniti and Red Bull continue its series about how to make an F1 car with the third part of the series that explains the manufacturing process. This new video reveals the process the team uses to construct actual pieces of the car and how each F1 car is hand-build by a team of workers.

The RB9 has more than 6,500 unique parts and over 100,000 different components, so you can imagine that the development process is quite complicated, and that each member of the team needs to know exactly what he has to do. Seventy percent of these parts are developed in-house and there are 20 milling machines that develop nearly much every component.

Check out the video (above) if you want to learn the development process behind this great F1 car.

If you are interested, you can also watch Part 1 and Part 2 of the series after the jump.

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In the 2008 model year, Infiniti released the G37 coupe, as the replacement for the G35 that it initially unveiled in 2003. The model received a small facelift for the 2011 model year, but nothing else has changed since.

For the 2014, Infiniti renamed it according its new naming strategy. The "Q" refers to it being a coupe and the "60" indicates that is sits just above the Q50 sedan in Infiniti’s lineup. The model didn’t receive any major updates, with exception of some updates to the exterior and interior colors, and some new standard features.

Everything else remains pretty much unchanged, including the powerful V-6 engine found under the hood.

As expected, Infiniti offers the 2014 Q60 in three different configurations: Q60, Q60 AWD and Q60S Coupe 6MT, with prices starting at $40,400 for the base model.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti Q60.

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At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced a new naming strategy where the letter Q would indicate sedans, coupes and convertibles models, and QX would indicate crossovers and SUVs.This new naming system takes over for the 2014 model year, ushering in the "new" QX60.

As of now, Infiniti offers four different crossovers and SUVs, including the QX50 (previously the EX35), QX60 (previously the JX35), QX70 (previously the FX35) and QX80 (previously the QX56). With the previous naming strategy, the numbers in the model’s name referred to the engine displacement, but now it indicates the model’s place in the lineup — the higher the number, the more expensive and luxurious the model; easy enough.

The QX60 carries over pretty much everything from the JX35 that Infiniti unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show , including the engine, exterior and interior look, and all the accessories. In fact, the new QX60 is little more than the 2013 JX35 with "QX" badges.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Infiniti QX60.

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Infiniti’s name change is starting to take hold with the QX50 and QX80 officially carry over from their previous nameplates aside from the new badges. The name change is hard to swallow. Let’s just get that in the open.

Not only are the new names confusing, but they ditch all the old short-hand for model and engine size. One upside I know from starting my career as an Infiniti dealer runner is to call the pronounce the name differently. QX4 became "Q by four" - and so QX50 could be called "Q by 50." Still not exactly peachy to say, but I digress.

The EX37 is now the QX50 for 2014, and comes in four flavors of trim and rear- or all-wheel-drive traction from about $35,000. Where does this model fit with the new Infiniti Q50 that is leading the brand?

Style-wise, the crossover QX50 was never really the centerfold of its first-gen FX cousins. Even so, it is an even closer replica of a G35 wagon that was never offered stateside. Near-perfect weight distribution, a 325-horsepower engine and a swanky seven-speed automatic are still the main benefits of this sporty crossover.

Quality and interior luxury is up there as well, but certainly not space, with no quoted figure for the seats-down luggage capacity, one has to fear the worst.

How does the 2014 QX50 stack up versus the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class , the Audi A4 Allroad or the cute BMW X1 ?

Updated 05/22/2014: Infiniti announced today prices for 2015 QX50 which continues to offer the same features as the 2014 model year. The only change is the Bluetooth Hands-free Phone offered as standard feature on the base models. Prices for the 2-15 QX50 will start from $35,000.

Click past the jump for all the details from Infiniti on the freshly-renamed QX50.

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Earlier this month Infiniti and Red Bull announced plans to reveal a four-part video series that guides us through the development of an F1 car. The two companies promised to reveal part of those "beyond-your-clearance," "need-to-know basis" secrets that transform an F1 car into an amazing piece of engineering.

In the first episode they explained the design and development processes of an F1 car.

Today the second episode called "Composites" was released, and it explains the process the team goes through to construct actual pieces of the car. As usual, the video brings exclusive interviews with team members, but also detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedures required to make an F1 car.

In the next two episodes you will learn about manufacturing and will discover how the build of the car itself takes place in the assembly bays of our Milton Keynes HQ.

You can see the first episode after the jump.

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At the end of 2012, Infiniti announced plans to change its naming strategy once again. The usual G, M, FX, EX names were dropped and all models will get new names prefixed by Q for sedans, coupes and convertibles, and QX, for crossover and SUV models.

Next to the Q or QX lettering, each model will also get a double digit representing its level within the range. The first model to adopt the new strategy was the Q50 — a sedan that replaced the G37. It will be followed by the Q30 Coupe, plus there are rumors that suggest there will also be a flagship model called either Q70 or Q80.

Now, Infiniti released a video that explains why the company opted for this new naming strategy. The company launched its first model in 1989. It was named Q45 and the new naming strategy pays tribute to this original model.

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Developing a racecar suitable for Formula 1 competition can be a pretty difficult task, but it looks like for the folks over at Infiniti and Red Bull, it is a piece of cake, as the two companies teamed up and developed a very successful F1 car.

Infiniti and Red Bull prepared a four-part video that helps us understand how they developed such an amazing car, and we have the first part here.

This first video presents the design and development processes of an F1 car, which normally takes up to five months to complete. You will see exclusive interviews with team members and enjoy detailed and artistic footage of the intricate procedure required to develop a racer.

The development is a pretty complex process, and it starts with the design stage, then moves to the development of a 60-percent scale model, numerous wind tunnel tests and finally, the built of the actual car.

Check out the video above to see it for yourself.

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Infiniti in cooperation with Gilt.com developed two special editions Q50 luxury sedans : one developed by Thom Browne and the other by Zac Posen. Both models will be put on sale on Gilt on Thursday, December 12, 2013. Each unit will be offered with an exclusive ZAC Zac Posen Smartphone Clutch.

The Q50 by Thom Browne features an exterior finished in chrome, while the interior gets Thom Browne signature red, white and blue stripe on the seats and in other areas. For the trunk Browne is also offering a special designed luggage set.

The unit designed by Zac Posen is painted in a ombré effect, starting with a light silver in matte finish up front and up to a dark grey a high-gloss finish at the rear. For the interior Posen opted for exclusive materials like velvet, shagreen, and leather, in rich shades of red.

Click past the jump to read more about the Infiniti Q50.

Infiniti unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the Q30 concept - a mixture between a coupe, hatchback and crossover set to be put into production in 2015.

The design of the Q30 Concept looks sharp and appears to have been designed with plenty of inspiration from other Infiniti concepts from previous years, including the Etherea . Incidentally, the latter was also a compact concept that was introduced a few years ago.

One of the few details we have of the Q30 Concept is that it will carry the same front-wheel-drive platform that you can find in the new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class . That’s not a coincidence, considering that the two brands joined forces a few years ago to share some of its technology and development know-how with each other.

The engine for the concept will likely come in the form of a hybrid although don’t be surprised if the production version opts for the more traditional four-cylinder engine.

Another curious tidbit about the Q30 Concept is the involvement of Infiniti’s director of performance, Sebastian Vettel. Yep, the reigning F1 world champion will be heavily involved in the development of the production model so that’s something we can all look forward to as well.

Updated 09/11/2013: The new Infiniti Q30 made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and the production version is expected to arrive in 2015. Check out the picture gallery to see the new Q30 in all its glory.

Click past the jump to read about the new Infiniti Q30 Concept.


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