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Infiniti QX30 Targets Booming Compact Crossover Crowd

More rugged take on maker’s Q30; both share platforms with Mercedes models.

by on Nov.18, 2015

The Infiniti QX30 is getting a double debut in both LA and in Guangzhou, China.

Infiniti has been doing the fan dance in recent months, dropping one tantalizing hint after another about its new compact crossover. Now, it’s finally gone full Monte and revealed the production version of the new QX30.

The new crossover, a more rugged version of the Q30 line launched earlier this year, positions Infiniti in the heart of one of the world’s fastest-growing market segments – something underscored by the decision to simultaneously reveal the new Infiniti QX30 at the L.A. Auto Show and the Guangzhou motor show in China.

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“With our recent sales successes and record growth, the current product offensive will further strengthen Infiniti’s global market position,” said Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti. “The active crossover, QX30, will broaden our offer to new customers around the world.”


Infiniti Charges into Compact Luxury Segment with Q30

Three versions of new compact hatch will be offered.

by on Sep.14, 2015

The new 2016 Infiniti Q30 will be offered in three distinct trim levels.

With the help of erstwhile competitor Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti is the latest luxury maker to target the fast-growing compact segment. The Japanese maker is giving us a full preview of the new Infiniti Q30 hatchback ahead of its formal debut at the Franfkrtu Motor Show this week.

The Q30 and the soon-to-come QX30 crossover will be the smallest offerings in the rapidly expanding Infiniti line-up. The two models share the same underlying platform as the Mercedes CLA and GLA models, but feature distinctly different interior and exterior designs. They pick up the latest Inifiniti cues, such as the distinctive boomerang kick to the back pillar.

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“Q30 makes a daring visual statement through its sculpted, concept car-like exterior, unconventional stance and asymmetric cabin design,” suggests Infiniti President Roland Krueger. “The car has been engineered to exacting standards to deliver a driving experience that is unmistakably Infiniti. Q30 will accelerate the company’s strategy to become a leading global manufacturer of premium cars.”


Picking the Hottest Debuts at 2015 LA Auto Show

Tinseltown event to bring 50 unveilings, 30 world debuts.

by on Sep.04, 2015

A first glimpse of the direction Hyundai will take with the next-generation Elantra.

The annual auto show season is just getting underway, with manufacturers set to kick things off in Frankfurt, Germany barely two weeks from now. Then the automotive circus will move on to Los Angeles, the first of the big U.S. extravaganzas.

And it looks like the 2015 L.A. Auto Show could be a big one, at least based on preliminary numbers suggesting there will be 50 vehicle unveilings, including 30 world debuts.

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With the Frankfurt Motor Show still yet to begin, most automakers are being tight-lipped about Tinseltown plans, but Infiniti has already confirmed it will reveal the new QX30 – barely two months after showing its near-twin, the Q30, in Germany. Hyundai, meanwhile, will be on hand to unveil the next-generation Elantra line.


Infiniti Offers Inside Look at New Q30 “Active Compact”

Interior features “horizontal dissymmetry.”

by on Sep.01, 2015

Infiniti opts for a cockpit-like interior for the new Q30 compact model coming to Frankfurt.

Infiniti is downsizing its ambitions, entering the booming market for small luxury cars with the new Q30. And after giving us a first look at the exterior of the new “active compact,” it is offering an inside look at the new model, as well.

Set to make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15th, the Infiniti Q30 picks up many of the design cues first seen when it unveiled a concept model in Frankfurt two years ago. That includes the long nose, short overhangs and high beltline, as well as the concept’s split grille and distinctive, almost human eye-like headlights.

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Inside, the production version of the Q30 isn’t quite as radical as the 2013 Frankfurt show car, but still should turn some heads, with a more expressive and upscale look than many entries in this near-luxury segment. That includes an Italian-made, suede-like material called Dinamica.


Infiniti Offers 1st Official Look at New Q30 “Active Compact”

Official debut set for Frankfurt.

by on Jul.21, 2015

The production Infiniti Q30.

Infiniti recently confirmed that its Q30 will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. What it hadn’t done is offer us a first look at the “Premium Active Compact,” other than an image of a heavily camouflaged model undergoing track testing. That’s an omission it now has corrected.

The debut will come four years after the original Q30 concept made its debut in Frankfurt, and the initial image from Infiniti suggests the street version will retain much of the show car’s design cues.

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The production model slots into a niche below the midsize Infiniti Q50, but even the maker’s senior designer admitted, during the unveiling of the original concept, that the Q30 “defies characterization.” That’s in keeping with Infiniti’s tradition of launching quirky designs that aren’t just me-too copies of European competitors.


Infiniti Q30 Set to Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

Luxury brand offers “spy shot” of its first-ever compact model.

by on Jun.19, 2015

The first official image of the 2016 Infiniti Q30 undergoing testing and validation in camouflage.

Exactly two years after first unveiling a concept version of the Q30 sedan, Infiniti will pull the wraps off the production model at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and the automaker is providing its own “spy shot” to give a hint of what’s coming.

The question is what, precisely, the Q30 is? The production model slots into a niche below the midsize Infiniti Q50, but even the maker’s senior designer admitted, during the unveiling of the original concept, that the Q30 “defies characterization.” That’s in keeping with Infiniti’s tradition of launching quirky designs that aren’t just me-too copies of European competitors.

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The camouflaged model appears to pick up on the basic language of the five-door show car version, with a long nose, short overhangs and a high beltline. Though the pic doesn’t show the face of the new model, it is expected to also carry over the split grille and distinctive, squinting, almost human eye-like headlights from the concept model.


Mazda or Scion or Fiat? Alliances Are Changing the Face of the Auto Industry

Automakers partner up to cut costs, expand product lines.

by on May.28, 2015

The new Mazda Miata was developed as part of a joint venture with Fiat.

When the new iA comes to Scion showrooms later this year, it will mark the first time Toyota’s youth-oriented brand has offered a sedan.

To bring it to market, Scion sought out some help, largely repurposing a 4-door model developed by smaller Japanese automaker Mazda. Toyota also will use the subcompact Mazda2 as the starting point for the next version of its small Yaris model – which will be assembled at a new Mazda plant in Mexico.

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Confused? You’re not alone.  It takes more than just a scorecard to keep up with the convoluted alliances in today’s increasingly competitive auto industry. Hoping to add more models to their line-ups while at the same time driving down costs, traditional competitors are finding advantages to working together.


Infiniti QX30 Concept Makes its Geneva Debut

Production version set to roll out by year-end.

by on Mar.03, 2015

The QX30 Concept foreshadows an entry in the premium compact segment that provides a stylish alternative to the existing offer in this segment.

Infiniti has been doing the fan dance in recent weeks, dropping one tantalizing tidbit about the new QX30 after another. Finally, at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, it has gone the full monty.

Officially, what the maker unveiled is being dubbed a “concept vehicle.” No surprise, that’s part of the process for Infiniti. But what we see is darn close to what you’ll get when the new compact crossover hits showrooms later this year.


“QX30 Concept foreshadows an entry in the premium compact segment that provides a stylish alternative to the existing offer in this segment,” said Roland Krueger, Infiniti president and CEO. “The vehicle embodies our conviction to give customers the freedom to go wherever they want, whenever they want – in a style that turns heads and makes a statement, in a way that expresses their individualized character.” (more…)

Infiniti Reveals New QX30 Concept Ahead of Geneva Debut

Production version to follow later this year.

by on Feb.19, 2015

The QX30 Concept shares platforms with Infiniti's Q30 - and several Mercedes-Benz models.

Infiniti gave us a hint of what it had in store for the compact crossover earlier this month when it released a teaser image of its QX30 Concept. Now, two weeks before the small CUV makes its formal debut at the Geneva Motor Show we’re getting a more complete look at the QX30 – which inside sources tell is “extremely close” to what the production model ultimately will look like.

The QX30 is a taller, beefier version of the Q30 concept Infiniti unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in autumn 2013. Both models will be going into production later this year. And, in a significant development, both will share their underlying platform with some of the new small cars being built by Mercedes-Benz.

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“We wanted the spontaneous fluidity of the QX30 Concept design to cut through the urban clutter and rigidity, reflecting its go-anywhere and spur-of-the-moment nature,” Infiniti’s executive design director, Alfonso Albaisa, said in a statement. (more…)

Infiniti Teases New QX30 Before Geneva Debut

Compact, all-wheel drive crossover to complement new Q30.

by on Feb.05, 2015

Infiniti is rolling out its newest concept at the Geneva Motor Show: the QX30, which is a beefier version of the Q30.

Aiming to take its place among first-tier global luxury car brands, Infiniti is in the midst of a frenetic product development program and the next fruit of its labors will take a bow at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

Dubbed the QX30, it will be a beefier, all-wheel-drive take on the Q30 that will go into production mid-year. Significantly, both models are based on a platform developed as part of a rapidly growing alliance between Infiniti’s parent Nissan, French automaker Renault and Daimler AG, the parent of Mercedes-Benz.

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“The QX30 Concept aims to reignite the premium compact segment with a distinctive approach to design that looks beyond the practicality and conformity expected of the segment,” Infiniti suggested in a news release accompanying this teaser pic. (more…)