AutoGuide.com News » Infiniti http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:19:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 AutoGuide.com News » Infiniti http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/wp-content/themes/autoguide-proper/img/logo_autoguide_red.gif http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news Win a Ride in the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/win-ride-infiniti-q50-eau-rouge.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/win-ride-infiniti-q50-eau-rouge.html#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:32:54 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=257202 Win a Ride in the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Win a Ride in the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge
Infiniti wants you to put  your “race face” on. The company is holding a contest where Twitter and Instagram users can submit their #InfinitiRaceFace for a chance to win a ride in the Q50 Eau Rouge concept with four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel. The contest will launch today and run until... more]]>
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Infiniti wants you to put  your “race face” on.

The company is holding a contest where Twitter and Instagram users can submit their #InfinitiRaceFace for a chance to win a ride in the Q50 Eau Rouge concept with four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel. The contest will launch today and run until November 2 though entries for the grand prize will be accepted up until October 8.

SEE ALSO: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Reveals the GT-R Inside

That’s because the winner will get to ride with Vettel in the 560-hp Q50 Eau Rouge on October 29 in downtown Austin, ahead of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. Fans are invited to submit their entries by following @InfinitiUSA on Twitter or Instagram and posting their best “Infiniti Race Face” while using the hashtag #InfinitiRaceFace.

Additional prizes for entrants through November 2 include Infiniti Red Bull Racing apparel. Winners will be determined by the Japanese automaker and judged across a panel of specific criteria, including photo creativity, fitting with the #InfinitiRaceFace theme and the clarity/quality of the image.

GALLERY: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Teased Ahead of Paris http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/infiniti-q80-teased-paris-debut.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/infiniti-q80-teased-paris-debut.html#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:53:43 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=257142 Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Teased Ahead of Paris Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Teased Ahead of Paris
Infiniti is looking to make a splash at the 2014 Paris Motor Show with its new Q80 concept.  The Q80 Inspiration previews a flagship car for the Infiniti brand in the form of a four-seat fastback. Powering the car is a hybrid-electric drivetrain that the brand says is “driver-centric.” The concept measures in at 198.9-inches... more]]>
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Infiniti is looking to make a splash at the 2014 Paris Motor Show with its new Q80 concept. 

The Q80 Inspiration previews a flagship car for the Infiniti brand in the form of a four-seat fastback. Powering the car is a hybrid-electric drivetrain that the brand says is “driver-centric.”

The concept measures in at 198.9-inches long, 79.9-inches wide and rides on 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels. The exterior style is made up of a full length glass roof made from lightweight acoustic glass sitting atop a swoopy coupe. Infiniti says the doors open “portal style,” allowing easy ingress and egress.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Paris Motor Show

On the inside, passengers will be seated in a 1+1+1+1 setup, and are greeted by a  mix of carbon fiber, aluminum and leather.

Advanced adaptive suspension is also part of the package, helping to deliver a variable drive experience.

The car will debut next week at the Paris Motor Show, and AutoGuide will be there live to fill in the details.

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New Infiniti Coupe to be Shown by 2015 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/new-infiniti-coupe-coming-2015.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/new-infiniti-coupe-coming-2015.html#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:33:56 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=257120 New Infiniti Coupe to be Shown by 2015
Nissan’s luxury brand is gearing up to launch a new luxury coupe that will go head-to-head with the new BMW 4 Series. According to a report by Top Gear, the company plans to showcase a production version of the car before next year. Currently, Infiniti still sells the old G37 coupe re-named Q60 to fit... more]]>
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Nissan’s luxury brand is gearing up to launch a new luxury coupe that will go head-to-head with the new BMW 4 Series.

According to a report by Top Gear, the company plans to showcase a production version of the car before next year. Currently, Infiniti still sells the old G37 coupe re-named Q60 to fit with the brand’s unified naming structure. Next week Infiniti will showcase its Q80 concept during the Paris Motor Show and Infiniti chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura said the upcoming coupe, presumably the next Q60, will draw styling influence from that car.

The report also said that the car may be a bit bigger than the 4 Series, but not as big as the 6 Series. Nakamura also hinted some interest in putting the GT-R powertrain in the new coupe, like the Q50 Eau Rouge.

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[Source: Top Gear]

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Infiniti Teases QX70S Design Ahead of Paris http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/infiniti-teases-qx70s-design-ahead-paris.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/infiniti-teases-qx70s-design-ahead-paris.html#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:23:45 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=256137 Infiniti Teases QX70S Design Ahead of Paris Infiniti Teases QX70S Design Ahead of Paris
Infiniti is preparing to bring a new special edition of the QX70 to the Paris Motor Show.  Dubbed the QX70S Design, this special edition will feature a dark chrome grille, foglight surrounds, side air scoops, side sills and rear license plate surround. Smoked headlights and black 21-inch six-spoke wheels, roof rails and mirror caps finish off the... more]]>
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Infiniti is preparing to bring a new special edition of the QX70 to the Paris Motor Show. 

Dubbed the QX70S Design, this special edition will feature a dark chrome grille, foglight surrounds, side air scoops, side sills and rear license plate surround. Smoked headlights and black 21-inch six-spoke wheels, roof rails and mirror caps finish off the new dark style.

On the interior, the darkened theme continues with black lacquer finish on the centre console and purple stitching for seats, steering, wheel, armrest and door trims.

This new special edition will debut at the Paris Motor Show, and AutoGuide.com will be there to cover it live.

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August 2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/august-2014-auto-sales-winners-and-losers.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/august-2014-auto-sales-winners-and-losers.html#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 23:38:46 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=255288 August 2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers August 2014 Auto Sales: Winners and Losers
Like memories of band camp August is dead and buried. Regrettably the eighth month of the year didn’t go quietly; it took summer down with it. Sure, the season’s not officially over but we’re too emotionally devastated about the loss to care. At least new-vehicle sales in the U.S. were strong. Overall deliveries for the... more]]>

Sales Winner and Loser August 2014

Like memories of band camp August is dead and buried. Regrettably the eighth month of the year didn’t go quietly; it took summer down with it. Sure, the season’s not officially over but we’re too emotionally devastated about the loss to care. At least new-vehicle sales in the U.S. were strong.

Overall deliveries for the month topped 1.3 million units, a healthy 5 percent increase compared to August 2013. All told dealers delivered about 9.3 million cars and trucks for the first eight months of the year, which is also a 5 percent uptick compared to 2013. There’s nothing to complain about with these figures. But how did individual brands fare? Which ones performed the best and which ones are knocking on death’s door? Let’s explore …

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Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Previews Flagship Plans http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/infiniti-q80-inspiration-previews-flagsip-plans.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/09/infiniti-q80-inspiration-previews-flagsip-plans.html#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:28:20 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=255239 Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Previews Flagship Plans
Infiniti’s presence at the Paris Motor Show this year will include something called the “Q80 Inspiration,” hinting at plans to sell a new range-topping sedan. The company didn’t release powetrain details or information about specific measurements, but said that the dimensions alone will place it at the top of its product range. In concept form,... more]]>
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Infiniti’s presence at the Paris Motor Show this year will include something called the “Q80 Inspiration,” hinting at plans to sell a new range-topping sedan.

The company didn’t release powetrain details or information about specific measurements, but said that the dimensions alone will place it at the top of its product range. In concept form, the low-slung sedan offers seating for four. Further information is being withheld until the concept is fully revealed, but the company said it intends to “disturb the status quo.”

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Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Showcased in Epic New Video http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/08/infiniti-q50-eau-rouge-showcase-epic-video.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/08/infiniti-q50-eau-rouge-showcase-epic-video.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:57:08 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=253984 Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Showcased in Epic New Video Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Showcased in Epic New Video
Just how exciting is the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge? Take a look here. The Japanese automaker has released a new video showcasing the Q50 Eau Rouge boasting 560 hp along with a pair of drivers looking to take on Formula 1 champion and Infiniti Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel. So what better place for an... more]]>
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Just how exciting is the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge? Take a look here.

The Japanese automaker has released a new video showcasing the Q50 Eau Rouge boasting 560 hp along with a pair of drivers looking to take on Formula 1 champion and Infiniti Director of Performance, Sebastian Vettel. So what better place for an epic showdown than the location that the high-performance Q50 is named after?

SEE ALSO: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Reveals the GT-R Inside

Prior to the actual showdown, Pan Xiaoting, who is a Nine-Ball World Champion, joined professional racer Parker Kligerman in a series of simulations to prepare themselves for the Q50 Eau Rouge. Just how did the drivers do against Vettel? Watch as the Q50 Eau Rouge takes on Spa-Francorchamps.

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GALLERY: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept

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Infiniti Lineup to Reach 13 Models by 2020 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/08/infiniti-lineup-reach-13-models-2020.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/08/infiniti-lineup-reach-13-models-2020.html#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:01:33 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=253995 Infiniti Lineup to Reach 13 Models by 2020 Infiniti Lineup to Reach 13 Models by 2020
Expect more Infiniti models to be available within the next five years. Former Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen might be at Cadillac now, but the Japanese automaker will stick to his plan for the coming future, adding five new models to its lineup over the next five years. According to Infiniti Americas vice president Michael... more]]>
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Expect more Infiniti models to be available within the next five years.

Former Infiniti CEO Johan de Nysschen might be at Cadillac now, but the Japanese automaker will stick to his plan for the coming future, adding five new models to its lineup over the next five years. According to Infiniti Americas vice president Michael Bartsch in an interview with Autoblog, Infiniti will expand its portfolio by 60 percent while adding new powertrain and transmission options thanks to its recent collaboration with Daimler.

SEE ALSO: Infiniti Q30 Concept Makes LA Auto Show Debut

Currently, the automaker has eight vehicles in its lineup but that number will grow to 13 before 2020. Though the company won’t spill details on what’s coming, it is expected that the Q30 will be one of the first new models to arrive at dealerships. In addition, Infiniti is planning a dedicated electric vehicle along with a QX30 crossover, which will be based on the Q30 compact. The company is also committed to offering a performance division, expanding on the current IPL sub-brand as well as adding a “strong four-cylinder” to its offerings.

And let’s not forget about the upcoming Q50 Eau Rouge!

GALLERY: Infiniti Q30 Live Photos

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GALLERY: Infiniti Q30 Official Photos

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[Source: Autoblog]

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Infiniti Teases Big Paris Motor Show Reveal http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/08/infiniti-teases-big-paris-motor-show-reveal.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/08/infiniti-teases-big-paris-motor-show-reveal.html#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:36:30 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=253874 Infiniti Teases Big Paris Motor Show Reveal Infiniti Teases Big Paris Motor Show Reveal
Japanese automaker Infiniti has big plans for the the upcoming Paris Motor Show.  Staying quite candid, Infiniti release the photo you see about along with a cryptic message. “Soon, Infiniti will share a vision – its soul – on a scale not seen before from the company,” reads the release. This is likely a new flagship sedan from... more]]>
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Japanese automaker Infiniti has big plans for the the upcoming Paris Motor Show. 

Staying quite candid, Infiniti release the photo you see about along with a cryptic message. “Soon, Infiniti will share a vision – its soul – on a scale not seen before from the company,” reads the release.

This is likely a new flagship sedan from the brand, which will compete with the Porsche Panamera. The car will be more about sport than ultra luxury, with some rumors suggesting it could make as much as 700-hp thanks to a new hybrid powertrain that is also destined for the next-generation GT-R.

SEE ALSO: Infiniti Flagship Sedan to Sport 700-HP Hybrid Powertrain

“À bientôt,” ends the message, which translates from French to English as “see you soon,” a clear indication that Paris is the planned venue for the reveal.

As always, AutoGuide will be live at the Paris Motor Show, which takes place the first week of October.

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Infiniti Plots Porsche Panamera Fighter, Electric Car http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/infiniti-planning-porsche-panamera-fighter-leaf-based-car.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/infiniti-planning-porsche-panamera-fighter-leaf-based-car.html#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:21:40 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=252141 Infiniti Plots Porsche Panamera Fighter, Electric Car Infiniti Plots Porsche Panamera Fighter, Electric Car
Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen surprised many when he announced that he was leaving his position and taking over the reigns at Cadillac, but the plans he put into place at Infiniti will still come to fruition.  Nissan’s luxury arm has been approved to increase its model offerings by 60 percent, and the company has a... more]]>
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Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen surprised many when he announced that he was leaving his position and taking over the reigns at Cadillac, but the plans he put into place at Infiniti will still come to fruition. 

Nissan’s luxury arm has been approved to increase its model offerings by 60 percent, and the company has a new Porsche Panamera fighter and a Leaf-based electric vehicle on the way.

The new Q80 or Q90 will be a four-door coupe that is set to arrive in 2017 or 2018, positioned above the Q70. The car will target the Porsche Panamera, and will likely ride on Mercedes-Benz’s rear-wheel drive modular architecture, getting its power from a turbocharged V6 making somewhere between 600 and 700 hp.

SEE ALSO: Infiniti, Mercedes Officially Announce Mexico Plant

The Infiniti LE, a Leaf-based electric vehicle, was originally expected to launch in 2014 but was postponed. Now, Infiniti plans to release the car in 2017 or 2018 with a next generation battery pack that will exceed the Leaf’s range of about 90 miles. The car will also have its own unique exterior style and a luxury interior.

A high-horsepower version of the Q50, previewed by the Q50 Eau Rouge concept, is also still being considered. It would use the twin-turbo V6 from the GT-R, producing 560 hp. The car would arrive in 2016 or 2017 with a price tag of over $100,000, and only be produced in limited quantities.

Refreshes are coming to a few of Infiniti’s existing products as well, with the Q70 getting a makeover in 2015 along with the QX80.

GALLERY: Infiniti LE Concept

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Top 5 Least Appealing Luxury Car Brands http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/top-5-least-appealing-luxury-car-brands.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/top-5-least-appealing-luxury-car-brands.html#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=252040 Top 5 Least Appealing Luxury Car Brands Top 5 Least Appealing Luxury Car Brands
The results for this year’s J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study are in with every luxury automaker scoring above the industry average. Based on a 1,000-point scale, the 2014 APEAL study has vehicle owners evaluate over 77 attributes, which combined into an overall score. This year, the industry average was 794 but... more]]>
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The results for this year’s J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study are in with every luxury automaker scoring above the industry average.

Based on a 1,000-point scale, the 2014 APEAL study has vehicle owners evaluate over 77 attributes, which combined into an overall score. This year, the industry average was 794 but for premium brands, that number rose to 840. Still, five luxury automakers scored below the premium average, making them the top five least appealing luxury car brands in the U.S.

5: Lincoln (835 APEAL score)

Ford’s luxury arm scored five points shy of the premium industry average but continues to impress with the MKX taking the Midsize Premium SUV category in this year’s Initial Quality Study. Lincoln is actually the most appealing luxury automaker from America and is second only to Lexus for a premium brand not from Europe. Through the first half of the year, Lincoln’s sales have improved by in recent months has seen a slight drop. The company hopes to continue its growth with new models on the horizon.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Review – Video

4: Cadillac (826 APEAL score)

Cadillac has made strides in recent years, separating itself from Japanese competitors with more refinement and performance. Currently, the American automaker is working on its next-generation ATS-V and CTS-V models which will appeal to performance enthusiasts looking for comfort and luxury amenities. The brand has also focused on sporty styling while keeping the classy lines that has made the brand such a staple in the automotive market for generations.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Lexus IS 350 F Sport vs 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T

3: Infiniti (826 APEAL score)

Considering how many Infiniti vehicles are on the road today, it might come as a surprise to see that it’s less appealing than Lincoln and tied with Cadillac. But expect things to change for Nissan’s luxury arm as the company continues to focus on innovating technologies and more additions to its lineup. The company still has a ways to go however in order to compete with Europe’s finest.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Infiniti QX70 Review

2: Acura (814 APEAL score)

Honda’s luxury brand has been more evolutionary than revolutionary in recent years, but the addition of its upcoming NSX might change things. For now, its lineup of family sedans, crossovers and SUVs may appeal to the mass market, but none of them truly excite automotive enthusiasts. As a result, Acura is the second least appealing luxury automaker with a score of 814.

SEE ALSO: 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Review

1: Volvo (812 APEAL score)

In the last few years, Volvo has gone from bankrupt to developing three new concepts for the world to see. Though it may be the least appealing luxury automaker currently, the company hopes to turn things around in the coming years with its all-new models and fuel-efficient powertrains. Known for its tradition of being safe and boring, Volvo hopes to turn things around by being sporty, luxurious and exciting.

SEE ALSO: 2015 Volvo S60 T6 Drive-E FWD Review

Discuss this story at our Volvo forum

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Infiniti, Mercedes Officially Announce Mexico Plant http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/infiniti-mercedes-officially-announce-mexico-plant.html http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2014/07/infiniti-mercedes-officially-announce-mexico-plant.html#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:02:06 +0000 http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/?p=249717 Infiniti, Mercedes Officially Announce Mexico Plant Infiniti, Mercedes Officially Announce Mexico Plant
Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz have officially announced plans for a new manufacturing plant in Mexico. The companies will be splitting the $1.4-billion cost in half and the new manufacturing plant will be built adjacent to Nissan’s existing plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Both automakers will manufacture vehicles at the new plant based on a shared platform and... more]]>
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Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz have officially announced plans for a new manufacturing plant in Mexico.

The companies will be splitting the $1.4-billion cost in half and the new manufacturing plant will be built adjacent to Nissan’s existing plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Both automakers will manufacture vehicles at the new plant based on a shared platform and an estimated 300,000 units will leave the plant annually. In addition, the new plant will add an estimated 5,700 jobs once it hits full production in 2021.

“The Infiniti and Mercedes vehicle will share production and manufacturing but the cars will retain their own independent designs and unique look and feel,” said the two automakers in a statement. “The goal is to increase economies of scale while also maximizing the brand distinctions of the two iconic marques.”

SEE ALSO: Daimler, Nissan Agree on Joint Mexico Production

Specific models being built at the new plant were not disclosed, but it will likely be the next-generation Mercedes-Benz A- and B-Class along with the new entry-level Infiniti model previewed in the Q30 concept. The first model to be produced will sport an Infiniti badge in 2017 with Mercedes following in 2018.

 

GALLERY: 2014 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive

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