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    417
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    5.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
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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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Video: Chris Forsberg Shreds Rubber in a Warehouse

Video: Chris Forsberg Shreds Rubber in a Warehouse

Well if you were a professional drifter, and you were given free reign inside an empty warehouse, what would you do? In this latest video from the team at Network A and Shoot First Media, Formula Drift driver Chris Forsberg gets the chance to take his drift machine through the brand new Driveshaft Shop warehouse. The results are expectedly smokey and sideways. The slick concrete floor combined with the multiple support beams make this one fun video to watch.

Chris’s weapon of choice on this occasion is not his Formula D 370Z, but an Infiniti M. It’s not stock by any means, having had the interior stripped, fitted with a roll cage and fitted with four racing buckets. It seems to be perfectly suited for the task at hand.

If we have any complaints about this piece of tire-shredding footage it has to be that it is a bit short. At 2 minutes and 25 seconds it clocks in on the quick end of the hoonage scale. If you were in the need of a quick automotive jolt for you day, this may be the perfect thing.

Just make sure you stay through to the very end. The best part is just after the 2 minute mark.

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2013 Infiniti M

2013 Infiniti M

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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2013 Infiniti M Black Bison by Wald International

2013 Infiniti M Black Bison by Wald International

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 Mat 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.

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2012 Infiniti M35h Business Edition

2012 Infiniti M35h Business Edition

In mid-2012, Infiniti added the M35 GT model to its line-up, and just a couple of months later, the company has launched the special edition M35h Business Edition built from that model. The new M35h Business Edition is priced at €54,815 ($86,900 at the current exchange rates) and comes with advanced Connectiviti+ navigation as standard.

The new Business Edition will be offered with an impressive list of technology, including a Bi-xenon Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), rear-view camera, parking sensors, and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The driver will enjoy some of the most amazing driving features currently available on the market, including heated ventilated front seats, Forest Air climate control, HDD Music Box and voice-recognition navigation, Bose 10-speaker high-performance audio system with Bose AudiPilot2 Noise Compensation Technology, Bluetooth, and USB connector.

Under the hood, Infiniti has placed a 364 HP 3.5 liter V6 hybrid drivetrain combined with a 7-speed automatic transmission. This power is just enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, adding speed to amazing comfort features.

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Infiniti Giving its V-8 Engines the Axe Treatment; Nissan Could be Next

Just recently, we reported that Johan de Nysschen left Audi USA to head up Infiniti, and it appears he is already making some necessary changes. According to Car Sales, Nysschen confirmed that it, like many other automakers, is heading away from V-8 engine configurations to help reduced CO2 emissions and help it meet the anticipated CAFE standard of 54.5 mpg by 2025. He was quoted saying: “I don’t think any car that is on Infiniti drawing boards from here onwards we should expect a V8 to be included in that plan”

This means that models like the FX50, M56, and other V-8-powered Infinitis will opt for a turbocharged or supercharged V-6 or 4-cylinder engine. Ironically enough, the sister company of Nysschen’s former employer is going the exact opposite route, cutting out its turbocharged V-8 in favor of a V-12 configuration.

It is admirable seeing luxury automakers willing to take a step forward to help meet the needs of the world, as fuel prices continue to rise. This is a sharp contrast to his former employer stance, as Volkswagen has spoken out pretty harshly against these upcoming regulations and is one of only a handful of car manufacturers that has not signed the CAFE agreement. We wonder if this was a ideological difference that helped push Nysschen away from Audi and VW.

Keep an eye out for the next generation of Infiniti cars to be lacking the all mighty Nissan 5.6-liter V-8 engine and we are now awaiting Nissan to announce a similar changeover. This would entail changes to the Nissan Titan and NV van lineups. Ford has already shown that a turbocharged V-6 engine works great in a pickup truck and we’re sure it translates well to a van too.

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2012 Infiniti M35h GT

2012 Infiniti M35h GT

Infiniti has just added a new version to its M35h line-up: the new M35h GT arrives in Infiniti dealers from July and will be priced from £41,101 - or about $65,000 at the current exchange rates. With this price the new GT model is about £3970 ($6,200) cheaper than the current Premium version.

The M35h’s hybrid system combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 68 HP electric motor mated to a 7-speed Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) automatic transmission. This system helps the sedan to deliver an impressive fuel economy of 29 mpg (combined).

The new GT version is offered with an impressive list of standard equipments including a 16-speaker Bose® surround system, Infiniti’s latest Connectiviti+ navigation/entertainment system, semi-aniline leather seat facings, heated and ventilated front seats, bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-Lighting System (AFS), alloy wheels and White Ash wood trim finished with real silver powder.

"Cost of ownership is an important consideration in any new car purchase. With the M35h GT grade it now means that the P11D values have been reduced and along with the recently improved CO2 rating there are lower bills for companies and for their drivers," said Infiniti UK Fleet Sales Manager, Simon Lewis.

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2012 Infiniti M Long Wheelbase

2012 Infiniti M Long Wheelbase

The luxury and large car market in China is supposed to be ready to grow even more in 2012 and in response, automakers are preparing to meet that demand with new, longer versions of their current models. Infiniti is ready to take on the market with the new M Long Wheelbase at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.

The new Infiniti M Long Wheelbase will be offered in two versions: M35hL hybrid and M25L. The M35h L is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an electric motor for a total output of 359 HP, while the M25L features a 2.5-liter V6 with an output of 232 HP. Compared to a standard Infiniti M, the new Long Wheelbase version features a longer wheelbase that grows by 5.9 inches to a total of 120 inches.

"The Infiniti M long-wheel-base – available in M35hL hybrid and M25 normally aspirated versions – is the first high-end Infiniti luxury sedan tailor-made for Chinese customers," said Nissan’s vice president Andy Palmer. "It strikes a perfect balance between outstanding performance and environmental sustainability and brings a new challenger to China’s premium car market."

The new Infiniti M Long Wheelbase will go on sale in China starting June 2012.

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Video: Infiniti M35h improves record acceleration time; stakes claim as fastest hybrid in the world

Video: Infiniti M35h improves record acceleration time; stakes claim as fastest hybrid in the world

Hybrid vehicles aren’t generally looked at as fast machines capable of break-neck speeds. In truth, hybrids aren’t even marketed as such. Their true calling card is the promise of better fuel economy and improved CO2 emission ratings.

Unless of course you can find a way to marry all three elements the way Infiniti managed to do with the new M35h. Nissan’s luxury division has released a video of their new M35h sedan taking on the equally irrepressible 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

Not one to back down from a German challenge for full-on hybrid supremacy, the M35h and the Panamera S Hybrid engaged in a quarter-mile drag race - with surprising results.

Not only did the 360-horsepower M35h complete its time in just 13.4 seconds - impressive for a hybrid! - but it also managed to spank the Panamera S Hybrid by a good second. On top of that, the time is also a marked improvement from their previous record time of 13.9031 seconds, eclipsing the Guinness World Record by a tidy half-a-second.

Check out the video and watch the Infiniti M35h show up the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

UPDATE 02/13/12: Infiniti has released a behind-the-scenes look at all the preparation work, setup, and equipment involved in filming the video showing the M35h’s record-breaking acceleration time. It sure looked like it took a lot of complicated equipment just to shoot a video on how the M35h became the fastest accelerating hybrid in the world. Check out how the magic unfolded after the jump!

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Infiniti M35h Hybrid earns record for fastest accelerating full hybrid

Infiniti M35h Hybrid earns record for fastest accelerating full hybrid

Infinitis and world records aren’t usually associated with one another, but all that has changed with one swooping quarter-mile run from the Infiniti M35h.

Recently, the Japanese luxury sedan took a blistering lap time at the Santa Pod drag strip, setting a world record time of 13.9031 seconds in a quarter-mile with a passing speed in excess of 100 mph. The 373-horsepower luxury sedan was driven by CAR Magazine journalist, Tim Pollard, etching his name in Guinness lore as the driver of the world’s fastest accelerating full hybrid vehicle.

The M35h may not belong in the conversation of being one of the fastest machines on the planet, but as far as full hybrids are concerned, it can now stake a serious claim as being on top of that list. The M35h is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 305 horsepower with an electric motor that adds 68 horsepower, hitting a total output of 373 horsepower with an 0-62 mph acceleration time of 5.5 seconds.

“The Infiniti M35h proves that hybrids can be fast as well as frugal,” said Pollard.

“At Santa Pod you could feel the instant torque of the electric motor away from the standstill – the car just leapt of the line."

Congratulations to Infiniti for their record-breaking attempt. Here’s to more records being broken by the Japanese automaker in the future.

Hit the jump to watch the record lap video courtesy of Car Magazine.

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2011 Infiniti M30d S by Zentrum Dealer

2011 Infiniti M30d S by Zentrum Dealer

Infiniti is one of those brands that tuning firms just skim past while deciding on their next project, so finding a decent package for Nissan’s luxury division is not something we come across on a daily - or even monthly - basis. And today isn’t going to be any different as this custom M30d comes to us from a dealer in Hamburg, Germany, and not a tuning professional.

"Infiniti Zentrum Hamburg" is offering two different stages for their M30d S. The package for Stage 1 includes painted door handles, red brake calipers with Infiniti lettering, a black radiator grille, and a black, foil covered roof. The dealer has also added an H+R suspension which lowers the vehicle by 25mm, as well as performance optimization for the V6 diesel engine. This engine now delivers a total of 280hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 235 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. Total price for the Stage 1 package is 5775 euros ($7,947 at the current rates).

For Stage 2, the dealer takes the modifications from the first package and adds a new set of 22" wheels with 265/30R22 Pirelli tires in the front and 295/25R22 in the rear. The wheels add an additional 6800 euros ($9,358 at the current rates).

The dealer also announced that the same packages can be applied to any other Infiniti model in the line-up upon request.

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2011 Infiniti M35h

2011 Infiniti M35h

We don’t talk about Infiniti all too often here on TopSpeed, but lately they have been part of our news due to their new Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) and the fact that they will be debuting two new M-based models at the Pebble Beach Concours. Now we get to talk about them for a different reason. Infiniti is now ready to introduce the technological advancements in the M35h that they have been discussing for quite some time: world-first steering and braking technologies. These technologies will be ready to roll when the car goes on sale in the USA and Europe in 2011.

The Infiniti M35H will be powered by a hybrid drive system that combines a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine with a 68 HP electric motor mated to a 7-speed Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) automatic transmission. The motor directly operates the brakes using a system called the Electric Driven Intelligent Brake. This system works by allowing the motor to charge the battery when the driver applies the brake. The steering is also unique in the M35h because it is part hydraulic and part electric. The electric portion kicks in when the wheel is turned which boosts efficiency. Both of these technologies may be found in all future Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid vehicles due to their simplicity and effectiveness.

Update 02/07/2011: Infiniti has announced today the official official EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) fuel economy figures for the M35h. The V6 hybrid sedan has a fuel economy is 27 mpg City, 32 mpg Highway, with Combined fuel economy rated at 29 mpg.

UPDATE 01/24/2012: Nissan’s luxury division has released a video of their new M35h sedan taking on the equally irrepressible 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

Not one to back down from a German challenge for full-on hybrid supremacy, the M35h and the Panamera S Hybrid engaged in a quarter-mile drag race - with surprising results.

Not only did the 360-horsepower M35h complete its time in just 13.4 seconds - impressive for a hybrid! - but it also managed to spank the Panamera S Hybrid by a good second. On top of that, the time is also a marked improvement from their previous record time of 13.9031 seconds, eclipsing the Guinness World Record by a tidy half-a-second. Check out the video to watch the Infiniti M35h show up the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid.

UPDATE 02/13/12: Infiniti has released a behind-the-scenes look at all the preparation work, setup, and equipment involved in filming the video showing the M35h’s record-breaking acceleration time. It sure looked like it took a lot of complicated equipment just to shoot a video on how the M35h became the fastest accelerating hybrid in the world.

Press release after the jump.

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2011 Infiniti M Impul 651S

2011 Infiniti M Impul 651S

Rolling into the 2011 Toyko Motor Show is an Infiniti luxury sedan that will surely create quite a stir. This is no ordinary Infiniti M. This vehicle has been done over by Japanese tuner, Impul, to create the new Impul 651S, a vehicle that boasts of an impressive aerodynamic package and some engine updates for the 37 and M25 versions.

Some of the changes are not overly obvious, but the result transforms this vehicle from an ordinary people pusher to a mean and low transporter. After all, that is usually the goal for these types of vehicles; transforming the ordinary to the aggressive and stylish.

The exterior package includes a new front bumper, front grille, side skirts, rear bumper, rear wing, and sports ducts to get that low, rough look. The car now sits on AURA SX-20 wheels and a new set of coil over springs. Bringing the gruff sound out of the engine is the new stainless steel exhaust system.

The EXTRA POWER KIT does exactly what it says it does; give the car some extra bang and responsiveness. The device consists of an IMPUL Hi Power Control Unit and big throttle valves. Needless to say, using premium gasoline for the EXTRA POWER KIT can bring out more power. Don’t worry if your Infiniti has already been equipped with an IMPUL Hi Power Control Unit, you can still boost the performance by adding the throttle valves.

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TopSpeed's Best of 2010: Sedan of the Year

TopSpeed’s Best of 2010: Sedan of the Year

Out of the all year-end lists we compiled, picking the top sedan of the year was quite honestly the most difficult of them all.

First of all, the choices are limitless compared to the other segments. Second of all, 2010 has been characterized as a year when sedans - be it entry level ones or luxury types - have become as popular as ever. And lastly, picking one over another has become a matter of preference - and to a certain extent, budget constraints.

For our list, we’ve narrowed it down to five models, all of which are worthy of being hailed as 2010’s top sedan. In this list, three are of German descent, one is of Japanese origin, while the other is British-born. From our hints, you can probably surmise which models made it, but for the sake of suspense, we’re not going to spoil anything.

Head over after the jump for the full details.

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Infiniti prepares AMG powered models

Infiniti prepares AMG powered models

Building alliances between automakers is something that has been done fairly often recently thanks to the downward spiral that was our economic state. The auto industry took a big hit and is just now starting to rebuild itself with teams coming together to reduce cost and create more powerful and more efficient vehicles. The recent Nissan-Daimler alliance is an example of this as rumors are suggesting that it will provide Infiniti with some power-boosting help.

Infiniti has already launched the IPL line, but apparently this is just the beginning. The IPL G Coupe’s 248hp will be chump change when compared with the IPL version of the Infiniti M, set to be launched in 2012. This vehicle will be carrying a Mercedes AMG sourced 6.2 liter V8 engine that will allow it to compete against models like the Mercedes E63 AMG and the Jaguar XF-R.

Along with the AMG engine, Nissan will also be replacing the current 3.7 liter engine with Mercedes’ forthcoming turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine in future G models.

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2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid

2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid

The Japanese automaker, Infiniti, has confirmed that the finer line of Nissan automobiles will indeed produce the M35 hybrid luxury sedan. The hybrid will join the rest of the conventional internal combustion only vehicles when the 2012 M arrives in showrooms. The revised fuel efficient lineup will also be available with a new high performance diesel V6 model for the Western European market where the less refined fueled automobiles are preferred due to their incredible range and the high price of petrol. The next generation hybrid powered Infiniti M will become the most fuel efficient model in the entire automakers history.

The M35 Hybrid is powered by a gas/electric power train system that combines a naturally aspirated 3.5 Liter V6 and an efficient electric motor. The electric motor acts as both a propulsion unit, boosting the V6 with a “power assist” mode when the pedal is pushed to the metal and also as a generator to power the vehicle’s accessories and improve the engine’s efficiency. However, the combination of electrically charged wound wires and powerful magnets is not the only item that charges the hybrid’s next generation Lithium ion battery pack, but it is also recharged by the luxury sedans deceleration and braking.

The M Hybrid also features an electric vehicle mode that runs solely on the motors, drastically improving fuel efficiency and allowing it to operate as a zero emissions vehicle as well. This optimizes the Inifiniti’s energy consumption across the widest array of driving conditions. The luxury automaker Inifiniti has promised to release further details about the hybrid’s range, performance, and transmission soon. No mater what they have to say about the new green Japanese sedan it will definitely be a hot item.

Updated 11/18/2010: Infiniti’s first production hybrid performance luxury sedan made its debut today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. A unique feature for the new model is a standard audible pedestrian warning system, called Approaching Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP). This system uses a range of distinctive sounds to help ensure the safety of other road users. VSP automatically works from start-up to approximately 20 miles per hour, cutting back in at approximately 15 miles per hour as the vehicle slows. Sales will begin in early 2011.

Updated 02/23/2011: Infiniti has announced that the new M Hybrid will go on sale starting March 16th, 2011 at a starting price of $53,700. The list of standard equipment includes: leather-appointed seats, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, Active Noise Control, Infiniti Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition, XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately), Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System and power sliding glass tinted moonroof.

Press release after the jump.

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Infiniti wants more hybrid models

Infiniti wants more hybrid models

TheM35 Hybrid is not the only hybrid model Infiniti will offer to its customers. Automotive News reports that three months before unveiling its first hybrid vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Infiniti is already contemplating other models that could use the hybrid powertrain.

This hybrid powertrain is actually the first system made by Nissan themselves. Before anything can be said, there are hybrid Altimas in the States, but those powertrains are created by Toyota. Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti promises that this new hybrid system will deliver "V-6 power at four-cylinder fuel economy levels" and Larry Dominque, Nissan North America’s vice president of product planning, claims that the new hybrid system was designed to fit all of Infiniti’s rear-wheel-drive models.

The M35 Hybrid is powered by a gas/electric power train system that combines a naturally aspirated 3.5 Liter V6 and an efficient electric motor. The electric motor acts as both a propulsion unit, boosting the V6 with a “power assist” mode when the pedal is pushed to the metal and also as a generator to power the vehicle’s accessories and improve the engine’s efficiency. It should be arriving in showrooms in the second quarter of 2011.

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Infiniti M hybrid aimed for double mileage

Infiniti M hybrid aimed for double mileage

Infiniti’s new M35 Hybrid is about to go on sale and it seems that Nissan is pretty confident about their new hybrid system. The company expects the new model to deliver nearly double the mileage of the gasoline-engine version.

"Typically, carmakers say the fuel economy improvement on their cars using a ’strong’ or ’full’ hybrid system is roughly 30 percent, while for ’mild’ hybrids (like Honda’s), it’s 15 percent," said Koichi Hayasaki, chief engineer of Nissan’s rear-wheel-drive hybrid system. "We’re aiming for an improvement of 60 to 90 percent," meaning the future M hybrid will have the same fuel economy of a compact car."

The M35 Hybrid is powered by a gas/electric power train system that combines a naturally aspirated 3.5 Liter V6 and an efficient electric motor. The electric motor acts as both a propulsion unit, boosting the V6 with a “power assist” mode when the pedal is pushed to the metal and also as a generator to power the vehicle’s accessories and improve the engine’s efficiency. However, the combination of electrically charged wound wires and powerful magnets is not the only item that charges the hybrid’s next generation Lithium ion battery pack, but it is also recharged by the luxury sedans deceleration and braking.

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More details on Infiniti's two new models

More details on Infiniti’s two new models

As previously reported, Infiniti will bring two M-based models to Pebble Beach. Today, in an interview with Automotive News, Ben Poore, vice president of the Infiniti business unit, offered new details on the two cars.

The two models will be revealed in October or November with the new one being referred as a new engine option, not an all-new model. Poore described the second offering as a product in a "volume segment" that is new to Infiniti. "It expands our footprint into an area where we’ve never played before," he said. Both models will go on sale before Infiniti will offer the hybrid M sedan. He also confirmed that Infiniti is preparing a four-seater hybrid model, but he offered no other details on it.

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Next Infiniti M and G to share platform with Mercedes E-Class?

Next Infiniti M and G to share platform with Mercedes E-Class?

You heard a lot people talking about the recent alliance between Daimler and Renault-Nissan, but what will this bring to the Infiniti line-up? According to Japan’s Best Car magazine the Infiniti M andInfiniti G replacements (known as the Nissan Fuga and Skyline in Japan) will share a foundation with the Mercedes E-Class. This may be a little hard to believe, but it is not completely crazy. Look at Volkswagen and Porsche. That seemed to be an unlikely pairing as well and they have done it. The platform sharing between Mercedes and Infiniti are just rumors for now, but we will keep chugging ahead until we get some sort of confirmation or refutability of this development.

What we do know about this alliance so far is that it will bring the development of a new rear-wheel drive platform for small cars and the sharing of diesel and petrol engines between the two groups. Also, a small Infiniti CUV based on the next generation of the Mercedes A-class is also a possibility.

Sounds to us like this could mark the start of a productive friendship. Especially if we get to see some high-speed Mercedes engines in cheaper Infiniti models.

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Infiniti prepares Performance Line

Infiniti prepares Performance Line

A few days ago we reported that Infiniti will bring two M-based models to the Pebble Beach Concours. Today, AutoBlog reports that the new models will be sold under the Infiniti Performance Line (IPL) nomenclature.

What is IPL? "A new catalog of in-house developed upgrades which – according to the filing – will include everything from air filters to cat-back exhaust systems, and – more intriguingly – "automotive engine parts, namely turbochargers and superchargers." Most like Infiniti’s version of the Nissan’s Nismo and the F-Sport line for Lexus.

Previously reported, the two models being brought to Pebble Beach "will extend Infiniti into an area we haven’t been before and that one of those models will be more performance oriented." Any performance orientation mixed in with some turbochargers and superchargers would definitely be a hot ticket. We can’t wait to see what specifications come out of Pebble Beach this year...namely by Infiniti.

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Infiniti will bring two M-based models to Pebble Beach

Infiniti will bring two M-based models to Pebble Beach

A few days ago we reported that Infiniti was working on a coupe and convertible version based on the new generation M luxury sedan. Today, Autoblog confirms that Infiniti will bring two M-based models to Pebble Beach.

According to Autoblog, the two models "will extend Infiniti into an area we haven’t been before and that one of those models will be more performance oriented."

The two models will be inspired by the new Essence Concept that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show last year in both design and powertrain It will be offered in a twin-turbo, direct injected V6 engine delivering more than 450 HP.

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Infiniti prepares M Coupe and Convertible

Infiniti prepares M Coupe and Convertible

There’s no rest for the weary! Automakers everywhere are trying to step up their game to compete with the drowning economy and Infiniti is no different. After Infiniti unveiled the M luxury sedan we had no idea that they were considering expanding their lineup to three; sedan, coupe, and a convertible. This is, after all, an intelligent move by Infiniti if they hope to go head to head with the future Mercedes E-Class coupe and convertible version and the future BMW 6-Series.

The design language will be inspired by the Essence concept car that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show to celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary and to provide an inside look at the brand’s future. This future is in the Infiniti M coupe and convertible that will include the concept’s unusual B-pillar and front fender side vents. Like the sedan version, the coupe and convertible models will also be offered in M37 and M56 versions. The Infiniti M56 is powered by a 420 HP 5.6 Liter VVEL Direct Injected V8 and the M37 by a 330 HP 3.7 Liter VVEL V6. The M56 sedan is priced at $58,000.

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2010 Infiniti EX30d, FX30d and M30d

2010 Infiniti EX30d, FX30d and M30d

Infiniti has launched a new 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine that will power the EX, FX and M models. The V6 engine delivers a total of 234 hp and a peak torque of 550 Nm. The engine is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The Infiniti EX30d makes the 0 to 62 mph sprint in 7.9 seconds, while the Infiniti FX30d needs 8.3 seconds o reach the same speed. The new engine cuts CO2 emissions in the EX to 224 g/kms and helps the model return a combined fuel figure of 8.4 l/100kms. The equivalent figures for FX are 240 g/kms and 9.0 l/100kms.

UPDATE 05/07/2010: Pricing for the 2010 Infiniti FX30d has been announced today. The FX30d will be £45,150 and will come with better fuel efficiency at 31.4 mpg.

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2011 Infiniti M

2011 Infiniti M

The 2011 Infiniti M made its world debut at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2011 M Class will be offered with two distinct power levels. At the top of the heap is the Infiniti M56 powered by a 420 HP 5.6 Liter VVEL Direct Injected V8 followed by the more practical Infiniti M37 with a 330 HP 3.7 Liter VVEL V6 under the hood, both models will start to arrive in dealer’s showrooms in late March 2010.

For 2011, Infiniti has updated the M luxury sedan with more aggressive body lines giving it a much sportier appearance emphasized by oversized grill and crystal like headlights, plus size aluminum alloy wheels, wave like trunk that acts like an aerodynamic aide at speed to increase downforce.

Both versions of the M Class luxury sedan will be offered with rear wheel drive or Infiniti’s Intelligent All Wheel Drive system as well as an array of advanced technology systems from the Japanese automaker like Active Noise Control, Forest Air climate control, Infiniti Drive variable driving modes, Active Trace Control, Eco Pedal and enhanced Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System.

Prices start at a $46,250 USD for the M37 rear-wheel drive and $48,400 USD for the M37x all-wheel drive. The 2011 Infiniti M56 start at $57,550 USD for the M56 rear-wheel drive and $60,050 USD for the M56x with Infiniti Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Like the M37, the new M56 includes extensive additional content, starting with the $3,350 MSRP Premium Package.

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Infiniti releases walking tour video of the M37 and M56 sedans

Infiniti releases walking tour video of the M37 and M56 sedans

Infiniti’s new 2011 M luxury sedan was recently unveiled at the LA Auto Show in two forms: the M37 and the more powerful M56.

With a 3.7-lter V6 330hp engine for the M37 and a 5.6-liter V8 420hp for the M56, the two luxury sedans are expected to pose a stern challenge to other brands in the luxury car market, the most notable of which is the newly-released counterpart, the BMW 5-Series.

To give prospective customers an idea of what they’re in store for with the M37 and the M56, Infiniti released a seven-minute video highlighting the exterior and interior details of the two cars.

Check out the video and watch Infiniti’s tour of their new pride and joy.

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Video: Infiniti unveils 2011 M Sedan and redesigned 2010 G Sedan

Infiniti is set to launch the all new 2011 Infiniti M Sedan at the SLS Hotel Beverly Hills. In addition to the launch of the much-talked about car, Infiniti will also unveil a redesigned version of the 2010 Infiniti G Sedan and discuss details surrounding the brand’s future hybrid plans.

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Video: 2011 Infiniti M drives away from its virtual debut at Pebble Beach

Video: 2011 Infiniti M drives away from its virtual debut at Pebble Beach

Just last month Top Speed reported that the Japanese luxury automaker [Infiniti would debut the 2011 M Class at Pebble Beach in a very interesting manner in which they would project the vehicle’s image onto a full sized foam model of the all new luxury sedan. At first we wondered how they would manage to pull off something so unheard of, but after watching the video of the presentation, it is hard to believe that there was any better way that the Infiniti team could have pulled off such an innovative unveiling. We especially liked the way that it appeared to drive away from the presentation at the end.

Inspired by the Infiniti Essence concept car, the 2011 Infiniti M will be offered with V8 and V6 engines. The 2011 M models will be designated the Infiniti M56 and Infiniti M37 respectively, reflecting their more powerful, larger displacement engines. While on the interior, the Infiniti M will offer innovative materials, an advanced climate control system, superior audio and an enhanced level of quality. This should get 5 Series owners something else to consider when their leases are up.

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Infiniti will bring out a hybrid M in 2010

Infiniti will bring out a hybrid M in 2010

Infiniti is preparing to show the world whatthe next generation M class, full size luxury sedan will look like at Pebble Beach, and the parent company Nissan has just shaken a few trees by introducing the all electric Leaf. So the only thing left to do until coming out with a working model of the next generation Infiniti M powered exclusively by by a laminated lithium ion battery pack is to adapt a hybrid module into what they already have. So Infiniti will soon unveil a gas/electric powered version of the sedan in 2010, followed by a European launch later in 2011.

The future hybrid M will be powered by a 3.7 Liter gas burning V6 combined with a compact electric motor powered by the NEC lithium ion batteries. This technology was revealed this past March at the Geneva Motor Show with the ultra luxurious and even more efficient Essence Concept.

The forward looking concept was powered by a combination of gas and electric motors that delivered a maximum output of 592 HP. The gas burning 3.7 Liter V6 was fitted with a twin turbocharger setup that delivers 434 HP, while the electric motor, called a 3D Motor delivers an additional 158 HP into the mix.

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Inifiniti will debut the 2011 M at Pebble Beach, sort of

It turns out that the next the rendering of the next generation Inifiniti M class full size sedan might just be what the luxury automaker is going to unveil on August 14th at the world’s greatest auto show, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey California. In a bold move, the Japanese automaker will be on the same stage as exotic car builders like Bugatti and Bentley. However the 2011 Infiniti M won’t exactly be at the show, instead Infiniti will be trying something different. Using what they call “virtual video mapping,” a full scale clay model of the Mercedes Benz E Class and BMW 5 Series competitor will be the center of attention. Infiniti’s crafty technical department will then set up a projector to shine the final design of the production model onto the clay figure.

In a recent interview with Edmunds our old friend Kyle Bazemore, head of Infiniti’s communications department said that “the car will look like it is actually there. It will be full-size, and, if you didn’t know it was a virtual mapping, you would think it was the real thing from a distance... it gives consumers a preview of the vehicle in advance of its December debut, before any actual vehicles have been built.” So if Mr. Bazemore has been honest with us, it looks like we will be seeing the a working model of the 2011 Infiniti M at the L.A. International Auto Show.

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Next Infiniti M rendered

Next Infiniti M rendered

Known as the Nissan Fuga in the Japanese market, the next generation Infiniti M is set to be unveiled at this October at the Tokyo Motor Show. Taking a healthy portion of its design inspiration from the Infiniti Essence concept car, the next M has been caught testing wearing some heavy camouflage in Arizona.

Body cues such as the pronounced and flowing front and rear fenders, the swept back headlights and the equally sharp taillights make the new M sound like a beauty. One of our favorite touches is the subtle spoiler that is molded right into the M’s trunk, just another touch taken from the Infiniti Essence Concept from Geneva.

There is no word as to the future luxury sedan’s drive train, but in the spirit of the Essence, Inifiniti is planning on adding a hybrid power train module to every vehicle in their lineup. So not only will the new Infiniti M be one of the more stylish VIP rides on the market, it also has a shot at being one of the greenest.

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2009 Infiniti M will get more power

2009 Infiniti M will get more power

The 2009 Infiniti M35 mid-size sedan will get more power. The updated 3.7L VQ-series engine planned for the G37 Convertible and for the G37 sedan will also make its way into the 2009 M35. The new engine brings a gain of 28 horsepower to the M35 and M35x for power, meaning a total power of 303 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

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2008 Infiniti M

2008 Infiniti M

Just two years after its highly successful introduction, the Infiniti M receives major upgrades for 2008 that include the first-ever availability of Infiniti’s intelligent ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system on the 4.5-liter V8-powered M45. The new model, designated M45x, joins the M35x to provide buyers with two choices in all-climate AWD performance.

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2008 Infiniti M35 and M45 Sedans pricing announced

2008 Infiniti M35 and M45 Sedans pricing announced

Infiniti announced pricing on the 2008 Infiniti M, which is on sale now at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The Infiniti M receives major upgrades for 2008 that include the first-ever availability of Infiniti’s intelligent ATTESAä E-TS all-wheel drive system on the V8-powered M45. The new model, designated M45x, joins the M35x to provide buyers with two choices in all-climate AWD performance. The 2008 Infiniti M is also offered in two rear-wheel drive models, the Infiniti M35 and Infiniti M45.

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2007 Infiniti M

2007 Infiniti M

The Infiniti M, which went on sale as an all-new 2006 model in 2005, captured essential elements of both a luxury performance sedan and an award-winning sports sedan, and developed them into a new level of engaging luxury and performance.

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Top 10 Picks list for 2007

Top 10 Picks list for 2007

Consumer Reports announced today that it has named five new models to its Top Picks list for 2007 — the Toyota RAV4, Infiniti G35, Toyota Sienna, Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the new Honda Fit. The Top Picks list is published in CR’s Annual April Auto Issue.
The Toyota Prius remains the Top Pick in the "green" car category for the fourth year in a row. The Prius demonstrated an excellent 44 mpg overall fuel economy, the best of Consumer Reports tests of any five-passenger vehicles. This (...)

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2006 Infiniti M

2006 Infiniti M

Infiniti continues to challenge the status quo among luxury brands with the upcoming introduction of yet another category-breaking vehicle, the 2006 Infiniti M. The all-new M, which went on sale in late February 2005 as a 2006 model, captures essential elements of both the Q45 luxury performance sedan and the award-winning Infiniti G35 - and takes them to a new level of engaging luxury and performance. Together with the flagship Q45 and sporty G35, the 2006 M gives Infiniti an exceptional lineup of dynamic luxury performance sedans.

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2006 Infiniti M35

2006 Infiniti M35

Offering athleticism, refinement and style, Infiniti M35 is a solid contender in the midsize luxury sedan segment.

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Infiniti Announces Pricing on 2007 M Sedan

Infiniti Announces Pricing on 2007 M Sedan

Infiniti today announced pricing on the award-winning 2007 M luxury performance sedan, which goes on sale June 21, 2006 at Infiniti retailers nationwide. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 M, which features realigned option packages and higher equipment levels, has been increased by $853, or 1.96 percent, weighted among all trim levels from the 2006 model.
The technologically advanced M sedan features a choice of engines and, with the M35, a choice of rear- or (...)

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2003 - 2005 Infiniti M45

2003 - 2005 Infiniti M45

As the latest addition to the Infiniti lineup of performance-oriented front-engine, rear-wheel drive sedans, the all-new 2003 M45 is positioned between the flagship Q45 - with which it shares many major powertrain components, including the highly acclaimed 4.5-liter V8 engine - and the new Infiniti G35 Sport Sedan. The M45 performance sport sedan comes standard with class-leading V8 performance and a long list of world-class amenities, with a price competitive with other competitors’ 6-cylinder models.

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