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Infiniti May add Semi-Autonomous Technology for Most New Models

Next step: fully autonomous vehicles.

by on Jun.08, 2016

The Infiniti Q50 already offers a steer-by-wire system that would readily enable autonomous driving.

Luxury brand Infiniti is likely to add semi-autonomous driving capabilities to most of its new models, the Nissan subsidiary’s president said, during an appearance at a global auto industry summit in Chongqing, China.

The move would potentially put Infiniti on a par, and perhaps ahead, of key luxury rivals in the race to bring fully self-driving vehicles on the road by the early part of the coming decade. And Infiniti’s announcement would echo the aggressive goals of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who has said the second-largest Japanese automaker wants to have as many as 10 autonomous vehicles in production by 2020.

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“This will be rolled out as we are launching new vehicles one by one,” Roland Krueger, Infiniti’s president, told the Reuters news service.

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Infiniti Updates Two Key Models, 2016 Q50 and QX60

Wider powertrain line-up, more engaging performance.

by on Dec.15, 2015

The updated 2016 Infiniti Q50 gets a trio of new engines, including a 400-hp V-6.

Infiniti is driving two newly updated models into showrooms for 2016, giving us a sneak peek at the 2016 Q50 and QX60 lines before their official debut at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

Both models undergo modest exterior revisions for the new year, with the Japanese maker promising improvements to their driving dynamics, as well. But the Infiniti Q50 gets the bigger makeover, the 2016 sedan also getting a new trio of turbocharged engines, including a 3.0-liter V-6 making 400 horsepower.

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While Infiniti has decided to abandon the planned Eau Rouge line, at least for now, it appears to be hoping the new Q50 Red Sport 400 model will win over drivers looking for a bit more performance in their luxury sedans.

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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.”

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Infiniti Undergoing Another Management Shake-Up

Maker replaces head of critical U.S. operations.

by on Feb.19, 2015

One of Bartsch's last public duties was handling the debut of the Infiniti Q60 Concept.

Infiniti’s new global CEO is a man who clearly wants his own team in place. And, apparently, Michael Bartsch wasn’t on his list.

The Australian-born Bartsch has been given his walking papers as head of the luxury brand’s U.S. operations, and will be replaced by Randy Parker. The move comes as Infiniti makes some aggressive moves to position itself as a major global luxury brand.

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But while worldwide sales hit a record last year, the brand’s performance in the U.S. lagged behind the rest of the market, apparently leading to the latest shake-up. (more…)

Record Number of New Products Set to Debut at LA Auto Show

More than 30 world intros, up to 60 models to make North American debut.

by on Nov.19, 2014

The new Shelby GT350 Mustang may not be the only Shelby American-Ford Motor Co. collaboration for the new generation Mustang.

It’s going to be a busy week for automotive scribes hoping to keep up with all the news coming out of the Los Angeles Auto Show – and that means great news for car shoppers looking for the latest and greatest offerings.

Based on advance announcements, industry scuttlebutt and the LA show’s latest media schedule, there look to be at least 30 world introductions at the L.A. Convention Center, with twice that many new models on display for the first time in North America if you include those recently shown at the Paris Motor Show and elsewhere.

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The Tinseltown gathering will underscore the increasing diversity of the American automotive market, with everything from battery-cars to high-performance vehicles, entry-level crossovers to ultra-exclusive sedans. If anything, this week’s L.A. Auto Show breaks with recent history. In recent years there has been an emphasis on green machines. This time around, there’s a big push for performance and luxury. (more…)

Infiniti Names Kruger New Global Boss

Will he maintain the luxury brand's new strategy?

by on Sep.10, 2014

Roland Kruger, shown during his BMW days.

Infiniti has a new global boss, a German executive with “an accomplished track record” in the luxury car market. Roland Kruger will replace the recently departed Johan de Nysschen, who took a job as the head of General Motors’ struggling Cadillac.

The transition at Infiniti headquarters in Hong Kong comes at a crucial time for the brand, the luxury arm of Nissan preparing to launch a wave of new products designed to boost it from an afterthought to a major player in the global luxury car market.

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A major question is whether Kruger will continue the strategies outlined by de Nysschen, who had been pushing for a new flagship model, as well as a line of performance products that were expected to be dubbed Eau Rouge.

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Infiniti Prepping Flagship Concept for Paris Motor Show

A long-awaited Q45 replacement?

by on Aug.19, 2014

Infiniti offers a tease of a concept coming to Paris.

The cryptic statement reveals little beyond suggesting that Infiniti has something big coming. But TheDetroitBureau.com has learned that the maker is readying a new concept vehicle for the upcoming Paris Motor Show that could fill the yawning gap left open since the brand’s old flagship sedan, the Q45, went away.

The concept vehicle is expected to flag the grand changes coming at Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury brand, while also underscoring that the brand hasn’t lost direction or momentum despite the recent departure of its global chief, Johan de Nysschen who is just reporting for duty this week as the new head of Cadillac.

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“This will show people the vision lives on and we have a bright future,” said one of several sources who spoke to TheDetroitBureau.com on background only.

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Infiniti Brings Luxury to New Level with QX80 Limited

SUV aims for private jet-like opulence.

by on Apr.17, 2014

Infiniti is attempting to redefine the luxury SUV market with the new QX80 Limited it introduced today at the New York International Auto Show.

Sometimes having a fully loaded luxury SUV isn’t enough. Fortunately, Nissan’s luxury division, Infiniti, has a solution to this kind of dilemma: the new 2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited.

The new Infiniti QX80 Limited starts with a fully equipped 2015 QX80 – which receives a major redesign for the model year itself – then adds subtle exterior upgrades and an interior that wouldn’t be out of place in an ultra-executive boardroom or private jet, the company said.

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“The new QX80 Limited occupies a unique place in the luxury SUV market, offering an ultra-luxury interior in a three-row/seven-passenger contemporary platform,” said Infiniti Americas President Michael Bartsch. (more…)

Infiniti Muscles Up with Q50 Eau Rouge Concept v2.0

A “powerful heart” for a “blood-red beast.”

by on Mar.04, 2014

Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen with the Q50 Eau Rouge at its original roll-out in Detroit.

When Infiniti rolled out its Q50 Eau Rouge concept car at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year it suggested a bold and audacious new strategy by a brand that was long little more than an afterthought in the global luxury car market.  But the prototype left plenty of questions unanswered – notably including what might power a production version of the high-line muscle car?

We’ve gotten our answer with the debut of the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge 2.0 at the Geneva Motor Show.  Under that deep red sheet metal, the beating heart of the concept vehicle is a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 punching out 560 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of wheel-spinning torque.

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“Building on the extremely positive feedback on the Q50 Eau Rouge at its recent Detroit Auto Show launch, we decided to further whet the appetite of performance sports sedan fans by engineering this powerful heart into our blood-red beast,” said Johan de Nysschen, the president and CEO of Nissan’s luxury brand.

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Infiniti Short-Circuits EV Plans, Puts Emphasis on Performance

New muscle line-up coming as battery-car delayed til end of decade.

by on Jan.14, 2014

Johan de Nysschen, Infiniti president, said the maker pulled the plug on its LE electric vehicle, focusing instead on vehicles like the Q50 Eau Rouge concept.

Forget battery cars. Infiniti has pulled the plug on its LE electric vehicle, shifting focus to high-performance models like the Q50 Eau Rouge Concept it debuted at this week’s North American International Auto Show.

While the Eau Rouge is, for now, just a concept vehicle, it won’t be for long, promised Johan de Nysschen, president of the Nissan luxury brand. Not only is Infiniti looking to develop a production model, but others that will flesh out the brand’s already expanding line-up.

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“Can this car be put into production? I absolutely insist,” said the South African-born executive who took over the Infiniti brand in late 2012. “But,” he quickly cautioned, “We have a lot of work to do.” (more…)