Infiniti wants a more luxurious look for its version of the LEAF EV

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

Infiniti announced that they are taking pains in order to ensure that their version of the Nissan LEAF electric vehicle will be markedly different and more upscale. The design of the upcoming car was reviewed at Nissan's San Diego styling studio but it appears that the new car is just another version of the LEAF, according to the ones who saw it.

But, it appears that more recent designs solved that problem, according to Ben Poore, vice president of the North American Infiniti Business Unit.

"I was in Japan last week and saw the final three or four designs for the car," Poore says. "And I can tell you without a doubt that we're going to have a uniquely Infiniti product."

Regarding the Nissan LEAF, for those who don't know, this was recently priced at about $25,000 after government incentives for alternative-fuel vehicles are applied.

Also, it appears the LEAF and the upcoming Infiniti electric car will share lots of drivetrain components, according to Larry Dominique, North American vice president for Nissan and Infiniti product planning.

"But we think it needs to be very unique, not only in exterior design but in interior materials and in terms of its driving performance. It has to accelerate like an Infiniti. It has to be an Infiniti from the standpoint of dynamic performance. The Leaf will be a great vehicle, but it's very clearly Nissan. The Infiniti version will have to be purely Infiniti." said Dominique. [via autonews - sub. required]

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