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Infiniti Planning Q30 Concept for Frankfurt

by on Aug.08, 2013

The Infiniti Q30 Concept will make its formal debut at the Frankfurt Messe on the morning of September 10th.

Infiniti has rolled out a number of intriguing show cars in recent years, and one might be tempted to dismiss the Q30 Concept as nothing more than another styling exercise when it makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.  That would probably be a mistake.

The maker has released a preliminary rendering of the Infiniti Q30 concept which, it notes, continues the styling evolution it has signaled with earlier prototypes like the Essence, Etherea and Emerg-e. But the fact that the Frankfurt show car will adopt the new Infiniti model nomenclature is probably a strong signal of what it really represents.

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“This Infiniti Q30 Concept is a prelude to the product portfolio expansion which underpins our aggressive global growth strategy,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. “In our quest to appeal to the modern, young-minded premium customer, the Infiniti Q30 Concept has a distinctive style and reaches new levels of product quality.”


Can Luxury Concept Help Infiniti Emerg-E from the Shadows?

Striking supercar-like design a standout in Geneva.

by on Mar.07, 2012

Infiniti's Emerg-E concept car is getting plenty of attention in Geneva.

It’s barely five years since Infiniti belatedly made its entrance in the crowded European luxury market, and gaining traction hasn’t been easy, company officials acknowledge – which is why they’ve made a point of bringing some eye-catching concepts to the annual Geneva Motor Show.

What global design chief Shiro Nakamura dubbed the “third part of the Infiniti trilogy” is now on display and takes the Nissan luxury brand to a new extreme.  Following on the original Essence and the more recent Etherea, the Infiniti Emerg-E concept provides a glimpse at what the maker might do if it were to push into supercar territory.

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But not just a conventional challenger to an establishment dominated by the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini, but one using a high-performance, battery-based drivetrain.

The heart of the striking 2-door is a plug-in driveline that can make 400 horsepower – enough to launch from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds.  But with a little less aggressive use of the throttle, Emerg-E will deliver up to 30 miles on lithium-ion battery power alone.  Once the gasoline engine kicks in, it will get a total of 300 miles before having to recharge or refuel.