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Infiniti IPL G Convertible

It goes without saying that Infiniti isn’t exactly what you’d call a mainstream brand. It’s lost in the shadows of parent automaker, Nissan , and hasn’t really established the kind of independent presence that Nissan had hoped.

So, it was pretty telling when Nissan Executive Vice President, Andy Palmer, told Wards Auto that Carlos Ghosn – CEO of Nissan Nissan – gave him the green light to cancel the brand altogether. However, instead of sending Infiniti to pasture, Palmer decided to not only keep the brand but also champion for more autonomy from Nissan.

Palmer cited the kind of relationship Audi has with its parent company, Volkswagen . Despite being owned by a largely mainstream, middle-market automaker, Audi has crafted its own premium identity that’s separate from the VW brand. This independence has allowed Audi to "create a series of professionals that understand the premium market in a very premium way.”

Nissan eventually hired former Audi USA chief, Johan de Nysschen, as Infiniti president and lead the efforts in bringing some structure to the luxury brand. Since assuming the position, de Nysschen has made it clear that one of his first edicts as president is to become a brand that’s "less about volume and more about becoming a ’proper’ luxury brand.”

Does Infiniti have to do the same thing Lexus did with Toyota to create autonomy from Nissan? Not necessarily, but in order for them to achieve that objective, they need to build their models separate from Nissan’s influence.

They’ll still share some platforms and underpinnings, like the Toyota/Lexus and VW/Audi teams, but if you’re a customer you need Infiniti to offer features — styling or mechanical — that separates itself from its parent company. Without those changes, they’ll always be treated as retouched Nissans with a different badge.

Source: Wards Auto
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Keeping a close eye on BMW’s strategies and launches, Infiniti is pretty adamant in competing with the Bavarian Giant. So, we were simply waiting for Infiniti to launch a model to compete with the upcoming 4-series.

Call it coincidence if you like but, apparently, Infiniti is working on a new coupe to rival the upcoming two-door coupe from Bimmer, according to Infiniti’s boss Johan de Nysschen. Softly confirmed to be called the Q60, the coupe will be designed along the lines of the recently announced Q50 sedan . The relationship between the Q50 and Q60 can be easily compared to the one between the 3-series and the 4-series.

“I think the coupe is an important part of the platform,” de Nysschen said. “Most certainly we are working right now on a coupe derivative of the car Q50" said de Nysschen.

Given the fact that the coupe will be a derivative of the Q50, expect the standard 3.7-liter V-6 engine to power this two-door beauty. Or if you are into going “Green,” you can opt for a hybrid powertrain that will combine a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and an electric motor.

de Nysschen hasn’t divulged any info on the prices, so we can only speculate the price to carry a premium over the Q50 sedan. de Nysschen did confirm that Infiniti expects to launch the Q60 as a 2015 or 2016 model year.

Already we can sense the tension between the Germans and the Japanese — at least in the automotive realm. So expect the rivalry between the two to be a fierce one.

Stay tuned, as we will update this review as more info becomes available.

UPDATE 1/25/2013: We have just release the first TopSpeed rendering of the 2013 Q60, which you can see above. This is our interpretation of the upcoming model and in no way an official image.

Source: Autospies

Infiniti Europe has launched a new special edition based on the FX luxury SUV. Called Back and White Edition, the new model is based on the FX S Premium version and will be limited to only 500 units. The model will be priced at €64,570 (about $85,000 at the current exchange rates).

This special-edition FX will be offered in Obsidian Black and Moonlight White and will be distinguished by exclusive 21-inch Turbine-style silver alloy wheels, and aluminum and chrome side air vents. On the inside, Infiniti is offering sports seats wrapped in a combination of black lacquer and soft aniline leather with light-grey stitching. The same stitching is used on the gearshift knob, in the door trims and around the steering wheel.

The model will also be offered with an impressive list of standard features, including: Around View Monitor with corner parking sensors, moving object detection and parking guidance, a touch screen display HDD satellite navigation system, Rear Active Steer and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Under the hood is a 3.0-liter V-6 engine with direct injection. This engine cranks out 550 Nm (405 pound-feet) of torque and 238 horsepower, and it hooks up to Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.

Infiniti’s new Q50 - aka the replacement for the G sedan - will be the first model to benefit from the company’s new naming strategy. The model will make its world debut on January 14th, 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show and today, Infiniti has unveiled the first teaser video for the next sedan.

All the video is reveals are the Q50’s headlamps. As you can see they appear to feature an LED accent wave and they give us a promising feeling about how the Q50 will look in its entirety. No other details have been unveiled, but we expect to see a completely new sedan with an updated look and new technologies. As for the engine, we’re coming up almost completely empty, as all we know is that is will feature a V-6 engine.

The Q50 sedan will be joined by a convertible, coupe, and a high-performance version.

Full details will be unveiled on January 14th, debut at the Detroit Auto Show.

Just yesterday Infiniti has announced a new naming strategy and rumors suggested the possibility of adding a new flagship sedan to its lineup. Today, Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen posted an official letter on Infiniti’s Facebook account confirming that such a model is indeed under development and that it could deliver up to 550 HP.

According to de Nysschen this new sedan could use a potent forced-induction V6 engine with an output of 550 HP. The new model will be placed above the current Infiniti M56 - set to be named Q70 starting 2014 model year, and taking the company’s new naming strategy into account we believe the new model will be called Q80.

Infiniti chief also confirmed that the company’s new advanced technology engines under development will be smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient yet more powerful. This might be the explanation why a V6-powered sedan will deliver more than a V8 powered one which delivers only 420 HP.

Expect to learn more about the Infiniti’s new flagship sedan in the upcoming future. Stay tuned!

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Infiniti Etherea

It has been rumored for quite some time now that Infiniti is preparing to attack the premium segment for the first time with a new compact hatchback model. While rumors are out for about three years now, Infiniti decided to keep it a secret and only today the company confirmed that such a model is indeed under development and that it will arrive in 2015.

The model will be built as a production version for the Etherea concept unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. While previous rumors suggested such a model will be offered with an electric drive, we expect it to be offered with both gasoline and diesel engines, but also with the same hybrid power train featured in the concept.

Infiniti’s new compact hatchback will be just one of the new models underlining the brand’s ambition to become a major worldwide competitor. Still, it will have to take on models likeAudi A3 and BMW 1-Series - models that are leaders on the market.

The new model will be built at the Nissan’s production base in Sunderland, United Kingdom where Infiniti plans to invest around £250mn and to create an additional 1,000 jobs.

Infiniti has just announced that starting 2014 model year its model lineup nomenclature will be significantly simplified. The company will drop the usual G , M , FX , EX and will adopt a simple naming strategy: 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 hierarchy within the range.

This decision has been made to symbolize the brand’s direction and the commitment to Infiniti under the leadership of Johan de Nysschen, but also as an heritage to the famous Q45 – Infiniti’s first iconic flagship produced between 1989 and 2006.

The first model in the new lineup - the Q50 - or the replacement for the previously G sedan will be making its world debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. It will be followed by the Q70 - formerly known as the M sedan, and according to The Car Connection, we will also see a new flagship sedan, placed above the upcoming Q70, but do not expect to see until late in 2015.

Whether you know it as the Infiniti M or the Nissan Kuga, you can’t deny that this vehicle is a certified head-turner. And that’s when it comes with its standard format.

Add Wald International’s new Black Bison program and you have a vehicle that now carries additional aesthetic and aerodynamic credentials. The new Black Bison program comes with a plethora of new components for the Infiniti M Infiniti M at a $3,900 price tag. The kit includes an aggressive front bumper with its own sporty air intakes and integrated LED daytime running lights. From there, the car’s side skirts have also been extended while a ventilated rear bumper also carries an integrated diffuser.

But wait, there’s more.

A new roof spoiler ($605) has also been added, as well as a trunk-mounted spoiler ($730) and a set of alloy wheels. Last but not least, Wald International also decided to set up the Infiniti M with a lowered suspension and a choice of two sport exhaust systems, giving the car mechanical upgrades on top of the aesthetic modifications it already sports.

Given that the Infiniti M already sports a top-of-the-line 5.6-liter VVEL direct-injected V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower, you can’t help but be enamored with Wald’s new Black Bison program that adds a touch of sporty aggressiveness to the car’s overall luxury setup.

Infiniti Q50

The next generation Infiniti G has just been caught testing close to the Nürburgring race track in Germany, and this time, it’s not a mule but the real deal. The future sedan is heavily camouflaged, but the Infinity lines, fluid shape and signature Infinity grille are all out in the open for us to see.

According to the first details on the car, the new generation Infiniti G will grow slightly in its dimensions to offer more passenger room. It will also get some new engine options thanks to the new Mercedes and Renault/Nissan alliance.

The new Infiniti G sedan will be the first model to arrive, but it will be joined by a full range of F-models, such as a convertible, coupe, and a high performance version. In order to make the line-up more attractive for its European customers, a station wagon will also be thrown in the mix.

The new generation Infiniti G will arrive in 2013 as a competitor for the Audi A4 , the BMW 3-Series , and the Mercedes C-Class .

Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

Okay, so as we all know, the automotive rumormill has a habit of bouncing back and forth before finally resting on the truth. Back in August, we heard a rumor that the Alpine would be built in a joint venture between Renault -Nissan and Caterham . Then just days later, we started exploring the possibility of the Alpine and Infiniti Emerg-E being a Renault-Nissan and Lotus project, given the Emerg-E was already built on the Lotus Evora platform and it would be simpler to build both the Emerg-e and Alpine on the same platform.

Well, it looks as if the Lotus and Nissan talk is done with, as Caterham appears to have swooped in and all but completed a deal with Renault Nissan. Sky News is reporting that Caterham boss, Tony Fernandes, is just about to put ink to paper on a $400 million production deal that will join Caterham Caterham and Renault Renault -Nissan at the hip on the Alpine project. The deal would involve a 50-50 split in cost and profits between Renault-Nissan and Caterham.

There is no mention as to whether this will also affect the Emerg-E’s production plans, but chances are that the Emerg-E will remain a Lotus and Renault-Nissan project, since both companies are already so deeply entrenched in the deal.

This also effectively eliminates the chances that the Emerg-E and Renault Alpine will share any significant DNA. It is very doubtful if Lotus would be willing to lend its platform to Caterham for a project that it back-doored from the already struggling sports car builder.

We’ll keep a close eye on this situation because it could boil over into something a little more, as the two rivals compete to snag up a little extra business. The deal is expected to be reviewed on Monday and approved in just a few weeks.

Source: Sky News

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