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    LA Auto Show: Infiniti QX30


    • The new smaller crossover from Infiniti


    Infiniti revealed their newest small crossover at the LA Auto Show today. Slotting in below the recently enlarged Infiniti QX40, the QX30 arrives staying true to the looks of the Infiniti QX30 Concept shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2015.

     

    Those of you familiar with the Mercedes-Benz GLA will notice the Benz DNA in this car. That is because the QX30 is part of a joint venture with Mercedes-Benz . This is the first Infiniti built in Europe at a new facility in the UK which will be supplying the vehicle to all global markets.

     

    Much of the hardware under the hood is stock Mercedes. The QX30 in the US comes with a 2.0T matched to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Power is fed to an AWD system that can feed 50% of the torque to the rear wheels. European and other markets will have a diesel available.

     

    Infiniti expects the QX30 to go on sale in the middle of 2016.

     

     

    Press Release on Page 2

     

    Source: Infiniti
    Photos: Drew Dowdell

     


     

    Infiniti QX30: A premium active crossover for all purposes

    • QX30 debuts as a new premium offering for global markets
    • Combines crossover appearance with signature Infiniti design cues
    • Delivers a confident drive and versatile attitude, aided by intelligent all-wheel drive
    • Intuitive technologies enhance safety, comfort and convenience
    • Part of first Infiniti production in Europe, at new facilities in Sunderland, UK
    • Simultaneous world premieres at Los Angeles and Guangzhou motor shows


    LOS ANGELES – The Infiniti QX30 premium active crossover is making its simultaneous global debut at the 2015 Los Angeles and Guangzhou international motor shows – signalling the next phase of the company’s global growth strategy.
    Created for a new generation of premium buyers who appreciate category-defying design inside and out, the QX30 boasts a purposeful appearance that makes a bold visual statement as part of Infiniti’s premium model line-up.
    Remaining true to the powerful and elegant design cues that guided the original QX30 concept, the car’s highly sculpted exterior, unique crossover stance and asymmetric cabin design exemplify Infiniti’s design-led approach to product development.
    In addition to its striking appearance, the QX30 offers an elevated ride height, confidence-inspiring handling and a versatile attitude, underpinned by an intelligent all-wheel drive system. As a result, the vehicle is able to take on urban, suburban and winding rural roads in all driving conditions.
    The next step for Infiniti in the premium compact segment
    With our recent sales successes and record growth, the current product offensive will further strengthen Infiniti’s global market position. The active crossover, QX30, will broaden our offer to new customers around the world.”
    Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti
    Further fulfilling Infiniti’s promise to expand its product line-up based on popular concept car designs, the arrival of the QX30 premium active crossover comes at a moment of opportunity for the Infiniti brand. The QX30 will play an integral role in Infiniti’s promise to offer customers a broader range of premium products. The QX30 adds another dimension to Infiniti’s premium model line-up and will play a vital role in the brand’s global growth.
    In the first 10 months of 2015, Infiniti sold almost 173,000 new vehicles worldwide, representing an increase of 16 percent compared to the same period in 2014. The 32,200 vehicles sold in China means Infiniti has already exceeded its full-year 2014 figure in the world’s largest car market, while in the U.S. Infiniti sold more than 106,700 vehicles, the best sales results in the country since 2005.

     


    Global sales of 18,400 units in October represented an increase of 20 percent over the same month in the previous year, and continued a 14-month run of best individual months on record for Infiniti, including the best October sales in history for many regions and markets such as the Americas, China, Mexico, and Western Europe.
    As a member of the new premium family, the QX30 gives Infiniti a great platform from which to achieve its goals in key markets globally. It will be built at new manufacturing facilities in Sunderland, UK, becoming part of Infiniti’s first car production in Europe.
    The high demands of premium vehicle manufacturing require significant investment and a highly skilled workforce. Establishing a production base for the Infiniti QX30 represented a new $1.9 billion (£250 million) commitment in plant extensions totalling over 88,000 square feet (25,000m2). A successful recruitment program was conducted, filling over 300 new jobs to support production, while 4,000 existing production line staff members were given special training to meet exacting Infiniti standards.
    Attracting a new type of premium car buyer
    We have identified a new generation of premium buyers and have positioned QX30 as a personalized premium option to suit a varied range of needs. The car is as much at home in the city as it is outside of urban environments, inspiring confidence with its ‘ready-to-go-anywhere’ attitude.”
    Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President Product Strategy
    Infiniti is targeting a new generation of premium buyers with the new QX30. The premium crossover segment is currently among the fastest-expanding markets globally, and Generations X and Y will represent the majority of buyers in this segment by 2020. For them, the car is an expression of “self” rather than “status,” and they remain open to new, category-defying concepts.
    The QX30 will hold a unique position in the segment, bridging the gap between premium compact rivals and larger crossover models. Its crossover-style versatility extends from unique design appeal and a wide range of comfort, convenience, safety and dynamic features, including intelligent all-wheel drive. Its elevated ride height and high-stability drivetrain will give confidence to drivers.
    This more purposeful, crossover-inspired execution has been achieved without the QX30 losing the premium look and feel that buyers expect of a car in this segment. It maintains its urban appeal, premium fit and finish and seamless integration of Infiniti’s highly expressive design – requisite elements required for the car to succeed in the premium arena.
    Category-defying design
    The original QX30 concept, which made its international debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, combined the sleek lines of a coupe with the in-command stance of an all-wheel drive crossover. Consistent with Infiniti’s design-led approach to product development, the production version of the QX30 maintains these characterful attributes.
    “The category-defying design of the QX30 stays true to the inspiration behind the daring 2015 concept. Its mix of artistry in the flowing lines, and power in the elevated stance and confident look, makes a bold visual statement and challenges current preconceptions of what a crossover should look like.”
    Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director
    The combination of a low-slung roofline, elevated stance and crossover appearance creates a striking visual impact. The versatile stance endows the QX30 with a “go-anywhere” attitude, ready to take on all driving conditions – without compromising the high quality finish that buyers associate with premium rivals.
    The QX30 exterior is characterized by dramatic curves and turbulent, sculpted character lines that make an emotional statement, evolving them into new dynamic shapes for a more purposeful appearance. The double-arch grille with three-dimensional mesh draws a flowing, fluid link to the headlamps for a more organic shape.
    The lines of the QX30 flow up the double-wave hood, over the fenders, across the bodyline and into the strong shoulders of the car. The overall effect is designed to look stretched over bone and muscle, rather than the straight, “mechanical” lines seen on rival models. Infiniti’s signature C-pillar design forges a dynamic crescent shape that emphasises motion, even when stationary.
    The elevated dimensions make for a confident and relaxing drive, while ascribing to the car’s versatile character. An overall height of 60.2 inches (1,530mm) (with standard roof rails) helps improve forward visibility over its rivals, aided by a slim A-pillar design, while the elevated ride allows for a higher hip point, improving ease of ingress and egress.
    Other exterior details include newly designed front and rear bumpers and grained side sills for a rugged look, as well as bodywork finished with satin chrome-plated inserts for a premium and high quality metallic finish.
    Living in asymmetry and comfort with QX30
    “QX30’s asymmetric interior design results in an environment focused on the driver, yet encompassing passengers in such a way as to involve and cater for them, more so than the traditionally isolating designs found in the premium segment.”
    Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti Executive Design Director
    The bold approach Infiniti has taken to design continues inside the QX30, which challenges traditional standards of symmetry with its expressive, modern and dynamic interior.
    The asymmetric surfaces feature wave shapes and dynamic lines that twist apart and flow away from the driver. These give an “in-motion” feel when natural light moves over the highly sculpted lines and contrasting materials in the cabin. This “dissymmetry” creates a more pleasant environment in which to spend time.
    The most premium materials and processes available have been selected by Infiniti designers in order to create a modern-looking and luxurious cabin. A custom-designed QX30 trim delivers a personalized, self-expressive interior design. The standard interior is finished in high quality black cloth, while optional black or beige Nappa leather delivers an even more premium finish.
    Refinement and comfort is also a core appeal of the QX30’s interior. Comfort is guaranteed thanks to an advanced seat design, which makes use of Infiniti’s advanced “spinal support” research. The seat backs have been carefully engineered to match the curvature of the spine, providing consistent spinal support by more equally distributing load across the seat to minimise pressure on back muscles. Meanwhile, a wider fitting shape and soft seat cushion also provides enhanced support. Internal testing carried out by Infiniti engineers showed that the QX30 seat provides greater levels of support and comfort than rivals, reducing driver fatigue on longer journeys.
    The QX30’s supreme interior quietness adds to cabin comfort, with some of the lowest noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels in the premium compact segment.
    The extensive application of sound-absorbent materials reduces the intrusion of wind, road and unwanted engine noise into the cabin. In addition, closed sections of the high-rigidity body structure protect the QX30 from any negative noise and vibration generated by broken or inconsistent road surfaces.
    The result is an incredibly quiet and refined platform, allowing Infiniti engineers to isolate and emphasise the more pleasant and enriching tones of the QX30’s engines under acceleration, without disturbing the calm of the cabin.
    A versatile attitude and drivetrain to deal with any challenge
    The QX30 is engineered to deliver a confidence-inspiring, dynamic driving experience, aided by intelligent all-wheel drive.
    Development of the QX30 started at the brand’s technical center in Japan, before moving to Europe for final validation and testing. In total, over 750 Infiniti engineers in Japan and Europe were involved in the development and testing of the QX30 in a wide variety of roads and environments.
    “Our holistic approach to engineering the QX30 has resulted in a car that delivers a precise, ‘in-command’ experience behind the wheel. The finely-tuned chassis and suspension, plus a number of assistive driver technologies, all work together to the benefit of the driver, providing a confident drive in all conditions and surroundings.”
    Grahame Cornforth, Infiniti Chief Vehicle Engineer
    The QX30’s chassis has been developed to offer a comfortable ride and confident handling in spite of its elevated ride height and ground clearance. Development teams responsible for QX30’s ride and handling worked hard to ensure the car’s dynamic characteristics met with buyers’ expectations of a vehicle that has been engineered to bridge the gap between compacts and crossovers. Its springs and rear anti-roll bar are stiffer, continuing the engineers’ efforts to ensure a flat ride. While the slightly firmer suspension helps to counteract the dynamic effects of a higher center of gravity, the modifications to the chassis enable QX30 to remain comfortable at all speeds and over a variety of road surfaces.
    The QX30 comes equipped with an intelligent all-wheel drive system. The drivetrain is able to send up to 50 percent of the engine’s power and torque to the rear axle to maintain traction on slippery surfaces and in inclement weather, enhancing a feeling of control and confidence when driving. For example, if sensors detect wheel slip, braking is applied to the slipping wheel, while torque is sent to the gripping wheel for additional stability. Combined with the elevated ground clearance, the QX30’s drivetrain is engineered to deal with all conditions.
    Another standard feature is the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission system. The dual-clutch intelligently pre-selects gears so the next shift is always ready to go, while manual mode lets the driver control gear changes when desired. Delivering seamless acceleration at any speed and in any gear, the application of torque is almost uninterrupted during gear changes, reducing lurching while in motion and between shifts.
    Depending on market, there will be a choice between responsive diesel and gasoline engines for QX30 buyers – with specific details available closer to launch.
    Intuitive technologies enhance an involving, safe driving experience
    The QX30 will be among the safest cars in its class owing to a range of active safety and hazard avoidance technologies that enhance the driving experience and provide maximum safety to all occupants. An Around View Monitor with moving object detection and Intelligent Parking Assist makes the QX30 the easiest car to park in its segment.
    A special metal plating method allows the radar waves of the Intelligent Cruise Control to pass through the Infiniti badge without disrupting the QX30’s striking appearance with unseemly radar units.
    Infiniti’s trademark InTouch infotainment system, first introduced on the pioneering Q50, has been evolved and upgraded for the QX30 for a highly intuitive finger touch and swipe control through a seven-inch touch-screen HMI (human machine interface). Infiniti Voice Recognition interacts with the InTouch infotainment system to control audio and navigation commands.
    The Infiniti QX30 premium active crossover will go on sale in selected markets in the middle of 2016.
    Please note: All product information contained in this press kit relates to global QX30 information, including technical specifications, powertrains and standard/optional equipment and features. Please contact your country’s Infiniti PR office for product details relevant to your market.

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    Nice CUV in many ways, but I am not a fan of the rear or the huge blind spots that seem to be coming common on these types of auto's.

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      CYTD
       
      CYTD
       
      2017
       
      2016
       
      % chg
       
      2017
       
      2016
       
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Nissan Division Total
      150,566
       
      149,784
       
      0.5
       
      373,330
       
      217,760
       
      71.4
      Versa
      12,336
       
      16,244
       
      -24.1
       
      31,075
       
      36,499
       
      -14.9
      Sentra
      21,960
       
      26,201
       
      -16.2
       
      51,414
       
      62,944
       
      -18.3
      Cube
      0
       
      3
       
      -100.0
       
      0
       
      13
       
      -100.0
      Altima
      28,511
       
      34,856
       
      -18.2
       
      73,985
       
      85,332
       
      -13.3
      Maxima
      6,961
       
      6,588
       
      5.7
       
      15,597
       
      16,225
       
      -3.9
      LEAF
      1,478
       
      1,246
       
      18.6
       
      3,287
       
      2,931
       
      12.1
      Juke
      1,487
       
      2,498
       
      -40.5
       
      4,088
       
      5,871
       
      -30.4
      370Z
      500
       
      576
       
      -13.2
       
      1,248
       
      1,344
       
      -7.1
      GT-R
      75
       
      66
       
      13.6
       
      195
       
      162
       
      20.4
      Total Car
      73,308
       
      88,278
       
      -17.0
       
      180,889
       
      211,321
       
      -14.4
      Frontier
      6,973
       
      8,198
       
      -14.9
       
      15,566
       
      21,395
       
      -27.2
      Titan
      5,539
       
      1,274
       
      334.8
       
      11,295
       
      3,271
       
      245.3
      Xterra
      1
       
      0
       
      N/A
       
      1
       
      28
       
      -96.4
      Pathfinder
      10,442
       
      8,713
       
      19.8
       
      26,720
       
      22,408
       
      19.2
      Armada
      3,094
       
      981
       
      215.4
       
      7,291
       
      2,848
       
      156.0
      Rogue
      39,512
       
      27,713
       
      42.6
       
      101,421
       
      69,036
       
      46.9
      Murano
      7,317
       
      8,657
       
      -15.5
       
      17,249
       
      21,618
       
      -20.2
      Quest
      620
       
      1,763
       
      -64.8
       
      3,870
       
      5,750
       
      -32.7
      NV
      1,863
       
      1,791
       
      4.0
       
      4,533
       
      4,517
       
      0.4
      NV200
      1,897
       
      2,416
       
      -21.5
       
      4,495
       
      5,352
       
      -16
      Total Truck
      77,258
       
      61,506
       
      25.6
       
      192,441
       
      156,223
       
      23.2
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      156,223
       
       
      INFINITI
      MARCH
       
      MARCH
       
      Monthly
       
      CYTD
       
      CYTD
       
      CYTD
       
      2017
       
      2016
       
      % chg
       
      2017
       
      2016
       
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Infiniti Total
      18,266
       
      13,775
       
      32.6
       
      43,561
       
      32,660
       
      33.4
      Infiniti Q40
      0
       
      22
       
      -100.0
       
      0
       
      48
       
      -100.0
      Infiniti Q50
      3,800
       
      5,590
       
      -32.0
       
      10,450
       
      11,868
       
      -11.9
      Infiniti Q60
      1,829
       
      105
       
      1641.9
       
      3,371
       
      409
       
      724.2
      Infiniti Q70
      1,072
       
      577
       
      85.8
       
      1,962
       
      1,563
       
      25.5
      Infiniti QX30
      2,960
       
      0
       
      0.0
       
      6,532
       
      0
       
      0.0
      Infiniti QX50
      1,724
       
      1,512
       
      14.0
       
      4,318
       
      3,902
       
      10.7
      Infiniti QX60
      3,821
       
      3,905
       
      -2.2
       
      8,668
       
      9,007
       
      -3.8
      Infiniti QX70
      1,077
       
      661
       
      62.9
       
      2,905
       
      1,809
       
      60.6
      Infiniti QX80
      1,983
       
      1,403
       
      41.3
       
      5,355
       
      4,054
       
      32.1
      Total Car
      6,701
       
      6,294
       
      6.5
       
      15,783
       
      13,888
       
      13.6
      Total Truck
      11,565
       
      7,481
       
      54.6
       
      27,778
       
      18,772
       
      48.0
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      NISSAN GROUP
      MARCH
       
      MARCH
       
      Monthly
       
      CYTD
       
      CYTD
       
      CYTD
       
      2017
       
      2016
       
      % chg
       
      2017
       
      2016
       
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      TOTAL VEHICLE
      168,832
       
      163,559
       
      3.2
       
      416,891
       
      250,420
       
      66.5
      Total Car
      80,009
       
      94,572
       
      -15.4
       
      196,672
       
      225,209
       
      -12.7
      Total Truck
      88,823
       
      68,987
       
      28.8
       
      220,219
       
      174,995
       
      25.8
      Selling days
      27
       
      27
       
       
       
      75
       
      75
       
       
       
    • By cp-the-nerd
      I recently flew to the Florida Keys to get married, and our "premium sedan" rental turned out to be a 2017 Infiniti Q50 3.0T (RWD) with under 1,000 miles. At first, I was pleasantly surprised to have the sport sedan because the rental preview online was a Buick Lacrosse, but my enthusiasm faded during the 100 mile drive from Fort Lauderdale to Islamorada. I'll try to keep my impressions fairly brief and I can answer any questions in detail.

      Exterior: 7/10 - I find the Q50 completely forgettable. Infiniti has made much better looking cars, this design has some clean lines, but I think the front looks kind of melty and the rear is too generic.

      Interior Fit/Finish: 8/10 - Slick design and nice materials. Nothing mind blowing, but looked and felt appropriately luxurious.

      Comfort/NVH: 7/10 - The seats were good and highly adjustable with usable back seats, but the car had pretty bad road and wind noise. It wasn't a particularly good highway companion.

      Technology: 5/10 - Sitting in the car, you're greeted with a mess of controls and screens. There are two large screens right on top of each other in the center stack that serve separate functions, plus the gauge cluster display, all with their own controls strewn about, and none of them are intuitive. The stereo system left no lasting impression and pairing a new android phone was a pain in the ass.

      Powertrain: 8/10 - The 3.0T is the lower output version rated 300 horsepower. It made great power (albeit with noticeable turbo lag) and the 7-speed automatic was very responsive. I managed 26+ mpg on the drive pretty easily, I'd say this is par for the course. I actually think this engine is underrated to make the 400 horsepower version look better on paper. The sound at heavy/full throttle was underwhelming for an Infiniti V6, too appliance-like with practically no turbo noise.

      Steering/Handling: 4/10 - The car handled securely enough, but the EPS is simply awful. Way, way too light and completely numb with a large dead spot in the middle. I was constantly working to center the car in the lane. Sadly, I'm pretty sure this car did not have the widely panned steer-by-wire system, so I can only imagine how bad that must be.

      Brakes: 8/10 - Great pedal feel with linear response, but it was a tad touchy at the top of the pedal travel for my taste.

      Conclusion: I ended up wishing we had the Lacrosse shown on the rental website. The only major redeeming quality about this car was the powertrain, which I didn't get to play around with all that much. There's no way in hell I'd opt for this car again as a rental or recommend anyone buy one of them. Infinity needs to rediscover driving dynamics because the Q50 makes a case against investing in RWD if this is what they do with it.




    • By William Maley
      Infiniti has a habit of teasing high-performance concepts and then not doing anything with them. This trend looks to continue with the Q60 Project Black S that will be debuting next week at the Geneva Motor Show. 
      The concept is the result of a collaboration between Infiniti and the Renault Sport Formula 1 team. Starting with an Infiniti Q60 Red Sport as a base, engineers from the two groups paired the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 with an F1-style KERS (kinetic energy recover system) motor generator. Infiniti says this setup boosts horsepower about 25 percent (around 500 horsepower).
      For the exterior, Infiniti fitted a new front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser made from carbon fiber. There is also a large rear wing and a set of twin titanium exhaust tips.
      "INFINITI is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative high-performance hybrid technology to our customers. INFINITI has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we're extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S," said Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti in a statement.
      We'll have more details on this next week.
      Source: Car Magazine, Infiniti 
      Press Release is on Page 2


      Introducing Project Black S – an exploration of a new INFINITI high-performance model line
      Collaborative venture between INFINITI and the RenaultSport Formula One Team INFINITI investigating Formula One-inspired performance hybrid technology Project Black S explores the potential for an innovative new performance model line HONG KONG – Featuring Formula One-inspired technology, Project Black S is an exploration of a new INFINITI high-performance model line. Developed in collaboration with the RenaultSport Formula One Team, Project Black S will be revealed for the first time globally at a special media event on the eve of the Geneva International Motor Show.
      A radical reinterpretation of the Q60 coupe, Project Black S features a stand-out, aerodynamic design, and hints at how a unique-for-the-road performance hybrid powertrain could significantly enhance the dynamics of an INFINITI production car.
      "INFINITI is the premium car manufacturer within the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and a technical partner to the Renault Sport Formula One Team, so it is natural that we come together to explore the possibility of bringing innovative high-performance hybrid technology to our customers. INFINITI has constantly led the way in making innovative new powertrain technology available, and we're extremely excited by the potential of Project Black S."
      - Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI
      The performance hybrid powertrain being explored through Project Black S features an 'energy recovery system' (ERS) to harvest energy, deploying recovered electric power to boost power and torque. The result is instant, significant, lag-free acceleration. Inspired by the dual-hybrid system proven in Formula One, the technology does not yet exist in a current road car.
      The reveal of Project Black S in Geneva will help to gauge potential public interest in high-performance derivatives of INFINITI cars.

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