The Infiniti marque was formally introduced to its homeland of Japan in 2013, with the first Japanese-market Infiniti vehicle to be a hybrid-powered variant of the Infiniti Q50 to go on sale in 2014, with gasoline-powered versions of the Q50 retaining the historic Nissan Skyline name.
Despite strong performance from a powerful V-8 and an athletic suspension setup, confusing advertising and a daring styling treatment limited the Q45's initial sales. Efforts to tone down the Q45's distinctiveness muddled the message of a high-performance luxury sedan, and the Q45's less expensive siblings, the M30 and G20, failed to establish Infiniti as a premium brand.
- Founded : 1989
- Headquarters : Hopewell Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Website : http://www.infiniti.com
Infiniti's models are designated by one letter for coupes and sedans, or two letters for SUVs--followed by two numbers that indicate engine displacement. A M35, for example is a luxury sedan with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, while a FX50 is a luxury SUV offering a 5.0-liter V8.
Infiniti's current lineup of sedans and coupes includes the entry-level luxury G37, available as a sedan or a coupe, named one of Car & Driver's "10 Best;" the mid-range M series, which won the "Highest Ranked Luxury Mid-Size Premium Car in Initial Quality" from J.D. Power. The roomier M Sedan is available as either a V-6-powered M35, or a V-8-powered M45. New in 2009 is a G Convertible offering a 325-hp V-6 engine and featuring a three-piece, fully-automatic folding top.
The Infiniti EX35 is a small SUV that offers rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive with a powerful V-6 engine. Infiniti's mid-size SUV is the sporty FX, which is related to the Nissan Murano and offers sports car performance and handling. The FX35 offers a V-6 engine, while the FX50 offers a V-8. All-wheel drive is standard on the FX50 and optional on the FX35. The Infiniti QX56 is the large luxury SUV based on the Nissan Titan, offering seating for 7-8.