Infiniti, Daimler Working on New Platform for Four Models

Infiniti, Daimler Working on New Platform for Four Models

Infiniti boss, Johan de Nysschen, revealed that the Japanese automaker, in partnership with Mercedes parent company Daimler, are developing a new platform that will result in four models.

One of those four models will be a crossover, though it’s unknown if it’ll be heading to both the Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz brands. In addition, Infiniti also shared that it will build its second North American plant this in either the U.S. or Mexico to diversify production outside Japan.

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As for the Infiniti Q30, the Japanese automaker is building a plant in England for the compact’s production. The U.K. factory will be finished next year and will serve as a worldwide hub for the Q30.

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[Source: Automotive News]

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  • “The Subaru XV is a peculiar hybrid. Unsure if it should save fuel or boost power, it meanders in the middle ground and accomplishes neither. Add the fact it comes at a price premium over the regular XV and the Hybrid’s appeal is lost; other than the self-gratifying boast that the vehicle being driven is indeed a hybrid. Subaru is a new comer to the world of hybrids and although this is a valiant effort, the manufacturer has a lot of catching up to do.”


  • SeattleTom

    Yeah, the reviewer isn’t even correct about his assessment of the power increase. It is true the electric motor kicks in at highway speeds, but the torque curve was flattened considerably in the Hybrid. Instead of needing to get over 4,000 rpm to take advantage, the hybrid only requires a bit over 2,000 to reach peak torque. So a big part of the difference is in city driving as well as the highway. The hybrid also has an improved compression ratio not mentioned by the reviewer.

    Can’t speak to his complaints about the battery, since we’ve only got to the 30s since I’ve had my car, but cold weather is awful for electric batteries and that is true of ALL hybrids. Thanks for the news flash autoguide.

    And slightly odd that Subaru’s most hyped feature – all wheel drive – is addressed in a throwaway comment about ruggedness, ground clearance and approach/departure angles (important facts too but certainly worthy of a paragraph, no?). It’s as if the reviewer doesn’t realize this is a hybrid that would chew up a Prius but must of course get 45 mpg because, well, hybrid is in the name?

    Other things were left off too (hybrid LEDs, turn signals, aerodynamic wheels, low rolling resistance tires, etc) but that data is available on more quality websites.

  • Grand Rapids Todd

    One must also consider the effect of winter blend gas and driving habits. It would be interesting to repeat this review/test in the summer or in a warmer climate.

  • Rickers

    Why are there so many Subaru fanboys piping in here. I mean, I get loving the STI or WRX… but this POS?

  • Doggie

    I agree with Rickers. Subaru drivers are an odd group.They are hard pressed to find anything wrong with the brand and you can’t speak ill of anything Subaru or else! I looked at this hybrid xv and wasn’t impressed with the mpg specs for what you have to pay in price. It really doesn’t seem very advanced for today’s world. And guess what? If it can’t deal with the cold weather than half of the country and Canada is screwed! I also think that having an awd system puts more strain on the system which in fact does not exist in most other hybrids. having said all that, only time will tell if this hybrid will make the grade.
    The end

  • danwat1234

    Toyota’s AWD Prius will totally pwn this. I don’t know why the XV Crosstek needs 3 batteries. They shouldn’t need the 12V AGM lead acid battery, they can just use the high voltage battery pack to restart the engine. But instead they put in another heavy lead acid battery.
    Alternatively they could have gotten rid of the regular 12V lead acid battery and just had the AGM battery for all 12V operations, including restarting the engine, and then add a voltage compensator so the blower fan and other cabin electronics and head lights won’t dim when the engine restarts.
    Instead it has 3 batteries. No other hybrids have 3 batteries, just 2. 1 lead acid and 1 high voltage battery pack.

  • danwat1234

    Yes but the LED lights, aerodynamic wheels, low rolling resistance tires, active grille shutters are needed to get the mild boost in MPG. The drivetrain enhancements alone would probably not get the same EPA numbers.

  • danwat1234

    The 2015 AWD Prius might be cool

  • y.b. normal

    With a 300+ lb. weight penalty over the regular XV and missing essential features such as a spare tire (it doesn’t even have a donut spare!) the XV hybrid’s purpose is completely unclear to me. I can’t even excuse it as Subaru’s experimental foray into hybrid technology, seeing as Subaru is about a decade or more late to this game. What the XV really needs is a turbo version – with the FA20 DIT engine from the Forester XT it would be the complete package.

  • practical guy


  • Joe Theplummer

    Rickers, all posters just love your choice of expressions. Learned them from your mother, right?

  • expert

    is there any tax credit available for the Hybrid?

  • Dave

    Not sure if this reveiu was the most usefull one I have read. It would be nice to read one more based on real world/average conditions, as -4°F is not a normal condition, nor have I ever read any hybrid revieu done during such extreme weather. I suspect, no Hybrid vehicle would be at it’s best during these conditions, and , as expected record very disappionting economy numbers.
    I can say, that i like the looks, function and interior appointment of this new Subaru. My wife is due for a new car, and this one tops or current list of potential sutters. I am taller (6-20 and fit very nicely in the front seat…but more importantlt, while fitting nicely in that seat, I got out and measured the back seat room. Supprisingly, I found I could hope in and be very comfortable back there, with the front seat remaining in the same position as it was when seat in the front. I have found very few vehicles that i can duplicate the experiance…very few, reguadless of price point.
    Our family has owned several Subaru’s, Myself one, a 05 Outback 2.5 XT, and my son 3-or 4, mainly Impresa’s and STI WRX’s. All have performed very well, and I simply love the Turbo power of the Outback wagon. That car does it all, and very well. From everyday errons to hardware stor runs to vactions and long cross country drives. Honestly, we were looking at many, much more expensive vehicles when we found the Outback, and it was imediately clear the choose we had to make. We will be looking at this Cross Tour, in the comming months and I hope it feels half as good as the outback. Plus, we have had nothing but excelent Subaru service over the last several years of ownership, not that we have many problems, mainly routen maintenace, but qualty service is is so hard to find, it’s very rewarding and refreshing. Happy Subau owner.

  • Northerner

    We need more reviews detailing hybrid performance in the winter…Many Southerners experience relatively warm winters which is all well and lovely… But in the winters of many places in the North of Canada (or even Michigan) we’re looking at winters where the average day is somewhere between -20 and -40. Is it even worth it to get a hybrid if that’s what you’re looking at for 6 months of the year? Yes, all cars suffer from lowered fuel economy in the winter… but I wonder if that hits hybrids harder than other vehicles?