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Infiniti is planning to unveil their performance EV at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

We are expecting to see American brands like Chevrolet and Ford at the upcoming 2018 Detroit Auto Show, but Japanese automaker Infiniti plans to reveal something of their own. Reports suggest that this will be an electric performance model that is similar to the hybrid Emerg-E Concept from back in 2012.

Alfonsa Albaisa, design boss of Infiniti, said in his statement that the electric vehicle will not be a variation of the company's current models, and it also will not share the same platform with an already existing vehicle like the Nissan Leaf, according to Autocar. Just like VW and Mercedes, Infiniti will be developing its own pure electric lineup, where future EVs will ride on their own platform.

It is too early to determine whether the EV will be a pure performance model, or something more mainstream like an SUV or a sporty sedan. What we will be seeing in Detroit is an EV that will borrow some of its technology from the Prototype 9, which we have seen earlier in Pebble Beach at the Quail. Albaisa explained that it will be part of the Prototype 9 in a different context.

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Infiniti halts production of QX60 hybrid, skips 2018 QX50 for new 2019 model

The Infiniti QX50 compact crossover has been in the market since 2014, and has not been given a facelift since then. After being in the market for almost four years, the SUV will be needing some updates to keep up with its competitors, though the company did say that the update will come in 2019, and that they will completely skip the 2018 model year.

This statement was confirmed by Infiniti on Tuesday when they said that they are not considering a 2018 model year QX50, but will focus on a better version of the vehicle for the 2019 model year, says Motor Authority. Engineers and designers will make sure that the new SUV will resemble the QX50 Concept we saw earlier this year at Detroit.

Right now, you are probably wondering what to expect from the 2019 model year. Well, sources say that it will come powered by Infiniti’s new Variable Compression-Turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine that they refer to as VC-Turbo - this was first previewed last August. For improved performance and fuel economy, the technology changes the cylinder compression ratio. As for performance, the first production unit is unfortunately less powerful than the 3.7-liter V6 found on the outgoing QX50 with 325 horsepower (242 kilowatts). That being said, it has 268 horsepower (200 kilowatts) and 288 pound-feet (390 Newton-metres) of torque.

Read the entire article Infiniti halts production of QX60 hybrid, skips 2018 QX50 for new 2019 model

9 major automakers will not attend 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show

Recently, we have been hearing news that some of the biggest automakers will not make an appearance at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Despite being one of the biggest motor shows, they seem to not be getting majority of the best brands - for this year’s event at least.

Normally, we would expect most brands to showcase their new cars here. But according to Automotive News Europe, companies like DS, Infiniti, Peugeot, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Mitsubishi, Volvo, and Nissan will not be attending the grand event this year. And these brands take up about 20 percent of total sales in Europe.

You must be wondering why then? Firstly, taking part in the biggest shows means spending more too. And the Frankfurt event is probably one of the most expensive events for automakers to attend. Furthermore, spending a lot of money to put your cars on display in these events doesn’t necessarily translate to more sales. So sometimes, these companies lose more money than they expect to earn.

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Infiniti Prototype 9 stirs excitement ahead of 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Infiniti revealed its retro Prototype 9 race car before its slated debut at 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance next week. In a recent press release, the company not only disclosed further details about the history of its prototype vintage racing machine, but also released more photos of the new concept car prior to the upcoming event.

While the brand only came into existence in the late nineteen eighties, Alfonso Albaisa, Senior VP for Global Design at Nissan’s luxury division found inspiration from the vintage race cars of the 1930s and combined the brand’s past and current design language into the Prototype 9.

Creating the Japanese Grand Prix inspiration into a real concept actually involves several designers and engineers out to prove their expertise both in car design and manufacturing highly advanced powertrains. What began as a “simple thought” gave way to an undertaking no one else had ever quite expected. The team consists of Nissan’s Autech division, the designers from Japan’s Atsugio studio and the heads of the factory in Oppama with each one of them volunteering their own time for the project.

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Infiniti has just given the 2018 Q50 an upgrade - making it look fresher with a modern twist inside and out. The company had also given the sedan their ProPilot autonomous driving technology. With all the upgrades, we should not be surprised that the 2018 Infiniti Q50 gets a price hike too - now starting at $34,200 excluding the $905 destination and handling fee.

Under the hood of the updated model is the same engine you will find from the 2017 model. The entry level 2.0t Pure still gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that generates 208 horsepower (155 kilowatts). The 2018 model costs $250 higher than the previous generation. Customers can go for an all-wheel drive option for an additional $2,000.

What comes after the base model would be the Q50 2.0t Luxe, previously known as the Premium trim. It still gets the same 2.0 liter turbocharged engine, but is pricier at $36,550, or $38,550 for the all-wheel drive option. The AWD Luxe is the most expensive 2.0 liter variant that one could get. Next in line is the beefier Q50 3.0t Luxe, with a 3.0 liter turbocharged engine generating 300 horsepower (223 kilowatts). The most affordable variant with this engine starts at $38,950, and you can get it in all-wheel-drive for $40,950.

Read the entire article Facelifted 2018 Infiniti Q50 costs slightly higher, with base price of $34,200

INFINITI has presented the design of the QX80 Monograph. This is a design study that hopes to look into upscale luxury. It also showcases the plan of INFINITI to raise its position in the full-size luxury SUV class. The brand disclosed that the QX80 Monograph will be officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

This latest model utilizes the most current design language of the brand but does it in an artistic and sculptural manner. What the design does is use organic shapes and combine this with geometric forms. The result in a form that shows elegance and power, giving it a more sophisticated and commanding presence.

The trademarked design elements the brand is known for are still present like the double-arch grille. However for the QX80 Monograph, the grille has been made wide and taller giving it a new and powerful face. Present as well is the D-pillar and its crescent-cut though it comes in a new shape.

Read the entire article Infiniti unveils the QX80 Monograph at the 2017 New York Auto Show

The Frankfurt Motor Show is considered as one of the major auto shows, not just in Europe, but also in the world. Despite being one of the biggest events in the auto industry, the Frankfurt Motor Show will be missing at least nine major auto brands when it opens its latest edition in September 2017.

All German brands – volume or premium marques – are expected to be on full force on what is considered as one of the major shows in their home country. Sadly, though, two of PSA Group’s brands won’t take part in the 2017 edition of the show. While PSA Group has just reached an agreement to acquire German brand Opel – and its twin Vauxhall marque -- from General Motors, it has decided not to field any vehicles from its Peugeot and DS brands. However, PSA Group’s Citroen brand will be going to Frankfurt in September, since the marque is supporting a product launch, according to a spokesman from the French manufacturer.

Also skipping the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show are three brands from Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Italian brands Fiat and Alfa Romeo as well as American brand Jeep won’t show their wares at Frankfurt this year.

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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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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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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.

Read the entire article 2017 Infiniti Q50 gets refreshed style, new self-driving technologies

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.

Read the entire article Infiniti and RenaultSport Formula One Team collaborate in Q60 Project Black S

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

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