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Infiniti Goes Forward into the Past with Retro-Futuristic Prototype 9.

Modern take on old racer integrates future electric drivetrain.

by on Aug.14, 2017

The Infiniti Prototype 9.

Grand prix racer or classic Indy 500 entry? You might get to wondering when you get your first look at the Infiniti Prototype 9, especially if that happens out at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next weekend.

But despite going to the world’s most famous classic car event to reveal one-seat racer, this is not a competitor to one of the original Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. What Infiniti is calling “a journey back in time,” is actually a completely modern take, down to its fully electric drivetrain.

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“Prototype 9 celebrates the tradition of ingenuity, craftsmanship and passion of our forebears at Nissan Motor Corporation, on whose shoulders we stand today,” says Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Senior Vice President, Global Design.

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First Drive: 2018 Infiniti Q50

A few new tricks from a not-that-old sedan.

by on Jul.21, 2017

Once known as the G model, the Infiniti Q50 remains the brand's top-selling model.

There always seems to be that one product that truly represents a brand: in the luxury category the list is likely to include the BMW 3-Series, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A6. Despite its rapidly expanding line-up and the growing shift from passenger cars to SUVs, the Q50 is the model most folks are likely to think about when talk turns to Infiniti.

In various incarnations, it dates back to the earliest days of the brand and has been the brand’s best-seller since the days when it was known by such designations as the G30 and G35. Now dubbed the Q50, the sedan has remained Infiniti’s top model since undergoing a complete makeover in 2016. And now, just two years later, it’s getting a welcome, if not extensive, mid-cycle update.

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The 2018 refresh of the Infiniti Q50 isn’t going to deliver any major surprises. There are some modest exterior and interior visual updates, some additional technology and subtle changes to the unique drive-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering System. There’s also a new hierarchy of trim levels, starting with the now base-level Q50 Pure, and running up to the top-line Q50 Red Sport 400.

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Infiniti Testing Luxury Utility Water with QX80 Monograph

Concept likely to translate closely into luxury maker's next full-size SUV.

by on Apr.11, 2017

The Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept debuted in New York, revealing some potential future plans for the brand.

Infiniti is making some big news coming in the Big Apple with the debut of its largest and most luxurious SUV ever, the QX80 Monograph.

Officially just a “concept,” company insiders don’t hide the fact that it’s likely to translate into a production model in the not-too-distant future. The Monograph is meant to give the big ute a bit more modern presence while also moving the QX80 more up-market.

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“The QX80 represents a detailed study into our expertise of exterior design,” said Roland Krueger, the president of the Infiniti brand. It “shows our concept of luxury and style on the road, and is an exploration of how we could enhance our Infiniti offering in the luxury SUV segment.” (more…)

Infiniti Teases NY Debut of QX80 Monograph Concept

Concept in name only; production model on the way.

by on Apr.03, 2017

The mysterious Infiniti QX80 Monograph will make its debut in New York next week.

Infiniti has some big news coming at next week’s New York International Auto Show – big as in its largest SUV, the QX80.

An all-new version is reportedly on its way for the 2019 model-year, and the luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co. has confirmed it will be revealing a show car version in the Big Apple that it has dubbed the Infiniti QX80 Monograph.

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The Japanese maker isn’t saying much about the Monograph, it’s press release even shorter than the latest White House tweet, simply declaring, “Huge unveil. 11 April 2017. New York.” But the teaser image and a little detective work offers a few hints of what’s to come.

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Major Management Changes Coming at Nissan

Nakamura retires, Albaisa gets promoted, BMW’s Habib to take on Infiniti styling.

by on Mar.14, 2017

Nissan's Shiro Nakamura helped build the maker's reputation for strong designs.

More big managements changes are in the works at Nissan Motors Corp., barely three weeks after Carlos Ghosn relinquished his title as CEO of the Japanese automaker.

The latest wave impacts Nissan at a variety of senior levels, both at its headquarters in Japan and in the critical U.S. market. That starts with the announcement that Shiro Nakamura, the well-respected Nissan Chief Creative Officer, will be retiring. He will be replaced be Alfonso Albaisa, who had been overseeing design at the maker’s Infiniti division. In turn, Albaisa will be replaced by former BMW Design director Karim Habib.

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Still other major management shifts come as Nissan moves to cement its control over Mitsubishi, the long-troubled Japanese automaker that was rescued by a Nissan bailout late last year. Four more Nissan executives will move over to the smaller maker starting in April.

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Infiniti Taking F1 to the Street with Project Black S

“I want to make it,” says CEO.

by on Mar.08, 2017

The Infiniti Q60 Black S is just a concept - for now, but company officials want to build it.

Infiniti has long been envious of rivals like Mercedes and BMW, with their high-performance sub-brands AMG and M, but the Japanese maker hasn’t been able to come up with the right formula for its own sports line.

It spent a couple years toying with the Eau Rouge concept, but now it’s moving from red to black – Project Black S, that is – and may have found a performance concept it can call its own. The Geneva Motor Show marks the debut of Infiniti’s Project Black S, with a specially modified version of its Q60 using an electric boost system derived from the maker’s Formula One program.

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“The future of performance cars involves electrified drivetrains because they offer instant torque,” Infiniti President Roland Krueger told TheDetroitBureau.com, following the Q60 Black S Concept’s Geneva debut.

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Infiniti Reveals Project Black S

Luxury maker looking to add hybrid-based performance sub-brand.

by on Mar.02, 2017

Infiniti will show off a hybrid-powered concept version of the Q60 coupe in Geneva.

Infiniti is going from red to black – not on the bottom line but on the street.

It plans to introduce what it is describing as a “radical reinterpretation” of its Q60 coupe at the Geneva Motor Show next week, a vehicle that marks the debut of what it calls “Project Black S,” an “exploration” of a new high-performance brand-within-a-brand.

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While Nissan’s luxury marque isn’t tipping its hat much in advance of the Swiss car show, Project Black S appears to be a reincarnation of another high-performance sub-brand project Infiniti had explored a few years ago, called Eau Rouge. But it will take a very different approach under the hood.

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Infiniti Rolls out New Sedan, SUV in Chicago

New ute plays to growing demand.

by on Feb.08, 2017

Infiniti's new QX80 Signature Edition gives luxury ute buyers a vehicle with all of their must-haves for power, safety and technology.

Infiniti is looking to carve out a little bigger spot in the fast-growing luxury utility segment while still catering to the more traditional luxury buyer with a sedan at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

The luxury maker’s 2017 QX80 5.6 Signature Edition reflects the ongoing allure of blinged out sport-utes and crossovers and makers are scrambling to fill that demand. However, the 2017 Q50 3.0t Signature Edition leaves room for more traditional sedan buyers.

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“Infiniti’s Signature Editions signify something special for our customers and deliver on our promise to provide an unparalleled level of sophistication with exclusive new content,” said Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas. (more…)

QX50 Concept Takes Infiniti Style to Next Level

Crossover shows what's possible.

by on Jan.09, 2017

Infiniti takes the QX Inspiration one step closer to reality with the QX50 Concept in Detroit.

The Infiniti QX50 concept isn’t what one has come to expect from concept cars at the world’s auto shows. It doesn’t feature revolutionary materials or space-age polymers, it’s just an example of what happens the best of everything is applied to one vehicle.

In reality, the QX50 is simply the next step in bringing the 2016 Infiniti QX Inspiration concept to reality. It moves the Inspiration closer to what a real crossover may retain from the pie-in-the-sky ideas applied to its predecessors.

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“With the unveiling of the QX Sport Inspiration at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, we showed the future of Infiniti QX models,” said Roland Krueger, Infiniti’s president. (more…)

Infiniti Unveiling QX50 “Concept” at NAIAS

New CUV loads up the tech, including new AutoPilot and variable-compression engine.

by on Dec.30, 2016

The Infiniti QX50 Concept will reappear in 2017 -- largely unchanged -- in production trim.

It may be called a “concept,” but what you’ll see when the Infiniti QX50 debuts at the North American International Auto Show is darned close to what you’ll be getting in showrooms next year.

Heavily influenced by the earlier Infiniti Sport Inspiration Concept, the crossover coming to Detroit in little more than a week is meant to strike a “perfect balance between lust and logic,” according to the luxury marque’s chief designer, Alfonso Albaisa.

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But the Infiniti QX50 Concept is more than just a styling exercise. It will introduce a variety of significant technical innovations, including the breakthrough variable-compression engine developed by parent Nissan, as well as Infiniti’s next-generation steer-by-wire system and near-autonomous driving capabilities.

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