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Former BMW head designer Karim Habib moves to Infiniti

Karim Habib, former Head Designer of BMW, replaces Alfonso Albaisa as Head of Infiniti Design, effective July 1. As Albaisa has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Design for Nissan.

The 47-year-old Habib, who went to the Art Centre College for Design in Switzerland, has been an automotive designer for almost 2 decades. He began his career with BMW, and spent a few years working for Mercedes, and back to BMW, before deciding to join Infiniti. Some of his works while at BMW are: the 7 Series, the X2 concept, the 3.0 Hommage concept, and his most recent one, the 4 Series (launched in January).

Albaisa seems quite ecstatic that the Canadian designer will be joining the Infiniti team as he could be an influence for the next generation. [Albaisa] even said in an interview that Habib was “skilled at capturing the heart and passion of the brand” while giving each model its unique characteristics. He is good at creating “modern and inspiring designs”.

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Top 5 concept cars seen at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

As expected, a number of major carmakers are on full force in unveiling their new concept vehicles at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. Of course, these concepts are just show cars aimed at telling the public that the auto companies are cooking something good and interesting.

Usually, concepts preview upcoming models. Sometimes, they are just design or technology studies. At times, concepts are used to gauge the interest of a public on a certain model.

Whatever carmakers intend for their concepts, these show cars are usually a sight to behold. Here are five concepts that we think are noteworthy of mentioning.

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2017 Infiniti Q50 gets refreshed style, new self-driving technologies

Infiniti has enhanced the Q50 premium sports saloon, which makes its global debut at the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show. With refreshed styling and holistic performance technologies, Infiniti Q50 was designed to empower and support drivers on the road.

Taking a fairly conservative approach to a mid-cycle refresh, Infiniti revised Q50 supercar’s lower air intakes with new driving lamps and enhanced grille with deeper detailing to the mesh pattern. New LED headlights are incorporated for a better visibility while slimmer LED tail lamps derived from the Q60 are in effect out back.

To spice things up, new model grades offer Infiniti customers a choice of two exterior designs. According to Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President for Global Product Strategy, each model grades offer a distinctive look and character. In particular, Red Sport 400 lets drivers express themselves with a more assertive design conveying the car’s performance potential.

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Infiniti and RenaultSport Formula One Team collaborate in Q60 Project Black S

A new premium performance model could be coming for Infiniti if a partnership with Renault’s Formula One team becomes a definite success. Yes, Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team have entered into a collaborative venture – Project Black S -- to create a hybrid performance model derived from the Infiniti Q60.

This collaboration between Infiniti and the RenaultSport Formula One Team will be represented by the Project Black S concept car. So far, the venture between these high-end auto personalities has taken the shape of the Project Black S concept car – featuring Formula One-inspired technology -- that will be unveiled to the global public during a special event a night before 2017 Geneva Motor Show formally starts.

According to Infiniti, the Project Black S is a radical reinterpretation of the Q60 coupe with a prominent aerodynamic design. As it is, the Project Black S provides a preview on how a hybrid powertrain derived from motorsport – not less than Formula One -- could superbly improve the overall performance of a production car from Infiniti. This performance hybrid powertrain on the Project Black S makes use of the so-called ‘energy recovery system’ (ERS) that is found in RenaultSport’s F1 car. This ERS – not yet employed by any production road car -- is designed to harvest or recover energy in the form of electric power and deploy it to significantly boost the powertrain’s output and torque. Hence, a car with ERS is able to accelerate without any lag.

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Expect the latest safety and assistance features with a new set of shiny shoes to match! As the 2017 Chicago Auto Show opens this weekend, Infiniti steps out with two new special bundles for its luxury crossover and sedan models. To stay on the game, Nissan’s luxury division has loaded the Infiniti QX80 and Q50 Signature Editions with more options at a special price.

The 2017 Infiniti Q50 Signature Edition is exclusively offered on the 300hp 3.0 liter V6 variant. The package includes a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels among other exclusive interior amenities. Inside, the new Q50 Signature edition already comes with a tinted moon roof and a new Navigation system equipped with voice recognition that you can also use when changing gears.

For the rear wheel drive sedan, pricing for the Signature Edition package starts at $39,605 after $905 destination charges. The all-wheel drive on the other hand is priced at $41,605.

Read the entire article 2017 Infiniti QX80 and Q50 Signature Editions now in Chicago

Earlier reports revealed that Infiniti was at the point of considering an electric car for the future. Prior to this, the company has in fact unveiled two concepts already--- the Infiniti LE in 2012 and the Emerg-e sports coupe in 2014.

With the increasing demand for electric vehicles, Infiniti has finally confirmed that it is now working on a high performance production EV. As a matter of fact, Nissan’s luxury division is planning to launch an electric powered sports car in 2020.

As reported by Autocar recently, the company would be using an entirely new platform aside from the one it already has. Even if that’s the case, Infiniti said that it would be using the battery technology that Nissan already uses.

Read the entire article Confirmed: Infiniti gets ready for 2020 with a new electric sports car

After showing us the QX Sport Inspiration, Infiniti will be showcasing the QX50 Concept crossover this 2017. The upcoming 2017 Detroit Auto Show slated this January will give us a good view of Infiniti’s next crossover model. Even if it’s still a concept, the QX50 is more feasible for production as compared with the previously launched QX Sport Inspiration they brought over at Beijing and Paris auto show last year.

As for the new new Infiniti QX50 Concept, the latest luxury crossover is more stylish than the QX50 currently in the market. This can be seen on the newly enhanced double arch mesh grille design in chrome finish as well as the crossover’s intersecting lines and creases. The roofline meanwhile goes all the way to the rear with an angled rear window that provides better aerodynamics and styling.

Another interesting element on the new crossover concept is the cabin-forward stance that gives the QX50 a more commanding presence on the road. It also has a pair of metal skid plates on both sides for an off-road appeal.

Read the entire article 2018 Infiniti QX50 Concept will debut at NAIAS 2017

For the first time in fifty-eight years, Infiniti registers its first US-Spec Q60 Coupe in Cuba. American products have not been allowed entry into Cuba for six decades. But it seems things are going to change and get better. We learned that Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s executive director for design, considers Cuba to be his homeland. Hmm. Suddenly this looks like a scene from a novel.

To continue along the story, Albaisa drove the Q60 to Cuba not just to find his roots but also to introduce the sedan’s highly modern design to the locals. As expected, the company has never felt as excited before for the main man and documented his journey in video. It’s more of a personal trip but since Infiniti followed him all the way there, then it makes a good place for everyone to unwind.

To some, Infiniti’s idea may appear like a stunt. But for us, it gives us a certain satisfaction to watch the stunning Q60 stand out on the street among old vintage cars and pedicabs. We love how the video showcases Cuba, an amazing island surrounded with colourful buildings influenced by Spanish architecture.

Read the entire article Infiniti Q60 makes history as first US-spec car to arrive in Cuba since 1958

A few more days to go and the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show will be opened for the public with quite a number of car manufacturers confirming their attendance. As a matter of fact, a number of carmakers have already presented a preview or have disclosed their lineup for the LA Auto Show. One of these carmakers is premium carmaker Infiniti. Nissan’s luxury division said its lineup for the LA Auto Show would include the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept, its new advanced variable compression VC-Turbo engine, the Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition and the 2017 Infiniti Q60 3.0t Sport.

Infiniti first unveiled the QX Sport Inspiration concept at Beijing Auto Show in late April and early May. This SUV concept provides a preview of how future mid-size crossovers from Infiniti might look like – such as the next iteration of QX70. As unveiled in Beijing, the QX Sport Inspiration concept shows an SUV would appear once Infiniti's contemporary design language is applied. It features a sharper front end, muscular and taut profile lines as well as a flowing roofline. For the LA Auto Show, Infiniti wrapped the QX Sport Inspiration concept in a special shade of matte grey. It rides on a set of larger 22-inch bronze wheels that come with matching brake calipers.

Meanwhile, Infiniti’s new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine – first unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show – is regarded as the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. VC-Turbo basically combines the output of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain but sans the usual emission levels. VC-Turbo could provide as much power as a six-cylinder gasoline engine -- with target output of around 200 kW (268 hp / 272 PS) and target torque of 390 Nm – while consuming much less fuel. It is also much lighter and more compact than V6 units with comparable outputs.

Read the entire article Infiniti’s lineup for the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show is nothing short of incredible!

Infiniti Le Mans 2030 Concept envisions autonomous night driving during the 24-hour race. Realistically, Le Mans could be considered as the hardest race for specialty race vehicles and production race vehicles. Quite a number of brands have boosted their image as well as credibility by taking part in this 24-hour event. As such, many car designers consider Le Mans as one of the world’s most open and relevant racing events in the world.

Thus, the theme for 2017 Michelin Challenge Design was “Le Mans 2030: Design For The Win.” This competition was conducted in collaboration with the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), organizers of the Le Mans 24 Hour race. This year’s competition allows designers to present their vision of the future.

After a strenuous selection process, the jury for the 2017 Michelin Challenge Design picked the design entered by Tao Ni of Wuhu, China -- the “Infiniti Le Mans 2030.”

Read the entire article Infiniti Le Mans 2030 self-driving concept wins 2017 Michelin Challenge Design contest

Wondering what the Fantasy Gift in Neiman Marcus’ annual Christmas Book this year could be? If you are generous enough to give others or yourself this special present, then behold the new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition!

This is not your ordinary Infiniti Q60, which – even in is base form – is already extraordinary. The new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition is derived from the Red Sport 400 model of the new 2017 Infiniti Q60 coupe. Its core is served by a 3.0 liter-twin-turbocharged V6 engine that could provide an astonishing 400 hp of output.

The luxurious appeal of the new Nieman Marcus Limited Edition Q60 is furthered by the fact that it is equipped with Direct Adaptive Steering and Dynamic Digital Suspension and is enriched further by a Bose Performance Series premium audio system as well as Infiniti InTouch infotainment system. Wrapped in gold-like Solar Mica exterior color, the new Infiniti Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition sports genuine carbon fiber accents on its fog-light finishers, fender vents, rear spoiler and mirror caps.

Read the entire article Infiniti releases Q60 Limited Edition for Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

Infiniti is providing a sneak peek on its innovative new engine – the new VC-Turbo (Variable Compression Turbo) engine – at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Considered as the first production-ready variable compression ratio engine in the world, VC-Turbo essentially joins together the power of a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine and the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain minus the usual emission levels.

The public unveiling of the VC-Turbo is accompanied by the European debut of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept that previews design of future INFINITI QX models, and the updated Q50 sports saloon that has been refreshed with new design elements and the carmaker’s InTouch in-car technology.

This new engine could be considered as significant technology for the internal combustion engine – just like how innovations like turbocharging, fuel injection, liquid-cooling and catalytic convertors have etched their importance to this conventional powerplant.

Read the entire article Infiniti previews ground-breaking VC-Turbo engine at 2016 Paris Motor Show

While the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration is expected to set the tone for future models of its Infiniti QX line, the brand reveals that it is also set to explore its vision of what the next-generation and premium-sized SUV should be.

Design-wise, the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration exhibits a powerful and elegant expression. With a profile similar to a coupe, the long bonnet, high visual center of gravity, muscular haunches, and tight lines ensure that the QX Sport Inspiration is able to stand out in its class.

Bearing the design hallmarks of the brand and inspired by the "Powerful Elegance" form language, the QX Sport Inspiration is unmistakably an Infiniti. This is clear especially with the fluid and masculine body sculpting, the focused headlamps shaped like human eyes, signature double-arch grille, and the C-pillar with the crescent-cut. Its interior is amazingly appointed and offers a lot of space characterized by advanced craftsmanship and flowing lines.

Read the entire article Infiniti displays next-gen SUV with QX Sport Inspiration Concept

The new 2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited is making its official debut ay the 2016 New York International Auto Show. QX70 Limited is a specially equipped version of its QX70 performance crossover. It is also the second vehicle to be part of the Infiniti line after the 2016 QX80 Limited.

It will be available in either the all-wheel drive or the rear-wheel drive format. Sales for the QX70 Limited are expected to start in the summer of 2016 at authorized Infiniti retailers across the U.S. Infiniti Americas vice president Randy Parker shared that the QX70 Limited has a wide range of premium treatments both for the exterior and its interior.

The QX70 in particular, he added, has long been popular in the greater New York area and it is but fitting for people to see the QX70 Limited for the first time at the New York International Auto Show.

Read the entire article 2017 Infiniti QX70 Limited debuts at 2016 New York Auto Show

Infiniti has recently revealed the pricing for the Infiniti Q50 Hybrid Premium and the 2016 Infiniti Q50 2.0t. The models can now be availed in the country starting at $47,050 and $33,950 respectively (MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license and destination & handling fees of $905). Infiniti's best-seller, the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan, has received a number of tweaks.

Modifications include the addition of three new turbocharged engines and an array of new technologies that further improve the strong dynamics of the top-selling sedan. The 2016 Infiniti Q50 is offered in a wide range of trim levels, each of which comes in choices of rear-wheel and all-wheel drive technologies.

Trim levels include the Q50 2.0t, Q50 2.0t Premium, Q50 3.0t Premium, Q50 Hybrid Premium, Q50 3.0t Sport, and Q50 Red Sport 400. The pricing for the 3.0-liter-V6 twin-turbo-equipped 3.0t and the Red Sport 400 has yet to be announced. Infiniti Americas Vice President (VP) Randy Parker explained that the expanded range will allow the Q50 to cover more markets.

Read the entire article 2016 Infiniti Q50 starts at $33,950 in the United States

Infiniti has finally unveiled its advanced engine lineup for the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The roster includes 300-hp and 400-hp versions of the 3.0-liter V6 twin turbo engines and the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.

The Q50 2.0t, Q50 3.0t, and Q50 Red Sport 400 were launched at the prominent auto show together with the QX30 premium active crossover and the 2016 QX60 crossover, marking the first time the models have appeared altogether.

Infiniti USA and Infiniti North Regional Vice President Tony Gardina claimed that the lineup is being completely redefined with all-new models and major overhauls. Moreover, Gardina believes that there is no better place to present Infiniti's entire lineup than at the Chicago Auto Show, which records over a million in attendance yearly.

Read the entire article Infiniti reveals 3 new high-tech engines for Q50 lineup

Luxury car brand Infiniti recently launched two all-new cars for European market, which will be showcased in the coming 2016 Geneva Motor Show on March 1 - the Q60 sports coupe and the QX30 premium crossover. They will later be joined by a third Infinity release, the upgraded Q50, with all three sharing the distinct iconic design, precise driving and innovative technologies Infiniti cars are known for.

With a highly-advanced new V6 twin-turbo engine capable of delivering 405PS, the all-new Q60 sports coupe promises to be a mean and powerful machine. On the other hand, the all new Qx30 premium active crossover promises an exciting driving experience with its handsomely-sculpted exterior and uniquely asymmetric cabin design.

The third vehicle to join them is the Q50 sports saloon that features extensive upgrades from the original, creating an enhanced performance and a more enjoyable experience. According to Infiniti Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa Francois Goupil de Bouille, the European debuts of these new daring cars in Geneva shows Infiniti’s expansion and plan to move into a more thrilling direction.

Read the entire article Infiniti Q60, QX30 will make European debut at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

Infiniti has released the pricing details of three models: 2016 Infiniti Q70, 2016 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid and 2016 Infiniti Q70L. The price is the same as that of the 2015 models and even includes the complimentary Premium Package, valued at $4,200. Similar to the previous year, the Q70L has its wheelbase extended but it is still $1,500 more than the Q70. 

With nine models to choose from, the lineup of the 2016 Q70 is available on sale at various Infiniti retailers across the country. The 2016 Q70 now has a Premium Select Edition that manages to combine an interior and exterior finish with sportier style and more luxurious content.

This Premium Select Edition however will only be available on the wheelbase Q70 3.7 model and the Q70 5.6 model. This is being offered at an amount of $3,300 more than the MSRPs of the Q70 3.7 and 5.6 all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive models.

Read the entire article 2016 Infiniti Q70 U.S. pricing announced

Infiniti was just one of those names that have dropped bombshells in terms of new offerings during the 2016 North American International Auto Show, but it sure did not disappoint with the release of the new Infiniti Q60.

Powered by a high-performance 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, the new Infiniti Q60 features a much higher output than any vehicles released so far by the company.

The new engine produces excellent torque and horsepower, but also excels in fuel efficiency. With a team experienced in designing six-cylinder powerhouses, buyers can take their pick between a 300-horsepower V6 or a 400-horsepower V6.

Read the entire article Boldly-designed Infiniti Q60 aimed at dominating sports coupe segment

Infiniti has commenced production of the Q30 active compact at its newly built manufacturing facilities in Sunderland, United Kingdom. Effectively, the Infiniti Q30 was the first vehicle to officially roll of the site's assembly line.

Likewise, the Q30 is Infiniti's first vehicle to be manufactured in Europe. As part of its global growth plan, Infiniti invested over $375 million (£250 million) into the Sunderland site, leading to the creation of around 300 new jobs.

The Sunderland site now has around 6,700 workers. Infiniti decided in 2012 to have the Q30 built in the UK, recognizing the quality standards achieved by Sunderland's workforce over many years. Then, the site opened the way for thousands of new workers, all trained to become Infiniti's new generation of premium car builders.

Read the entire article First Infiniti Q30 rolls off assembly line at new Sunderland facilities
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