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    Infiniti QX80 Monograph Concept Is A Possible Preview for the Next QX80

      Large and proud of it


    The Infiniti QX80 SUV is already a brazen SUV in terms of its looks. If the QX80 Monograph concept that debuted on the eve of the New York Auto Show is any indication, it seems that next-generation will become more brazen.

    With measurements of 16 feet long and 6.5 feet tall, the QX80 Monograph is an imposing vehicle. The girth is further accentuated by the gold paint and chrome accents. A set of 24-inch wheels feature a design that overlaps the tires, making them look larger than they really are.

    The front end is reminiscent of the QX50 Concept shown this year at Detroit with a tall and wide version of Infiniti's double-arch grille and a prominent bumper with deep chiseling. The slim headlights extend into thin light bars along the front fenders. Along the side is some sculpting for the doors and handles pop out whenever you want to get in. At the rear, thin taillights and extended exhaust outlets help underline the width of the concept.

    “The QX80 Monograph is an exploration of how we plan to take a step forward in the large SUV segment. This is an important initiative for INFINITI, as the QX80 is popular with buyers in a number of markets — particularly in North America and the Middle East,” said Francois Bancon, Infiniti Vice President of Global Product Strategy.

    Source: Infiniti
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    INFINITI QX80 Monograph: a design study exploring 'upscale luxury' with commanding presence

    • QX80 Monograph is the ultimate expression of futuristic luxury SUV design
    • New design study signals INFINITI's intention to evolve its presence in the large SUV segment
    • "Monograph" – a detailed study into a single area of expertise

    NEW YORK – INFINITI has unveiled the QX80 Monograph, a new design study exploring upscale luxury and signaling INFINITI's intention to further develop its standing in the large SUV segment.

    The QX80 Monograph combines luxury with a commanding presence, and demonstrates the high levels of space and utility for which the QX80 production car is renowned. It illustrates how the design of INFINITI's large SUV could evolve in future. Originating at INFINITI's design studio in Atsugi, Japan, and unveiled for the first time in New York, the QX80 Monograph is the ultimate expression of futuristic luxury SUV design.

    "The QX80 Monograph represents a detailed study into our expertise of exterior design. QX80 Monograph shows our concept of luxury and style on the road, and is an exploration into how we could enhance our future INFINITI offering in the luxury SUV segment."

    Roland Krueger, President, INFINITI

    The ultimate expression of futuristic luxury SUV design

    • Hints at a forward-looking new design for INFINITI's large SUV
    • Applies INFINITI's latest signature design cues on a new scale

    "The QX80 Monograph provides the opportunity to reimagine INFINITI's signature design DNA on a totally different scale. We sculpted our body pure, straight and horizontal, the muscularity both brute and sensual; part Rodin's Thinker, part Michelangelo. INFINITI 'carrozzeria' used svelte satin copper skin, set off by an ultra-powerful double arch grille with abstract structural mesh, distinctive and focused human eye signature headlamp, and iconic fender vent. Our designers continue to impress by finding new avenues for INFINITI artistry."

    Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

    The QX80 Monograph hints at a forward-looking new design for INFINITI's flagship large SUV. The concept applies the brand's latest design language in a sculptural and artistic way, incorporating a mix of geometric and organic shapes to combine power with elegance, creating a commanding and sophisticated presence.

    The QX80 Monograph is over five meters long, almost two meters tall (including roof rails), and more than two meters wide (door mirrors folded). It appears longer thanks to defined character lines, in particular the strong, straight shoulder line that runs from the grille all the way to the rear of the car.

    The headlamps extend into thin lights that wrap around the front corners of the hood and run along the wings, for a unique light signature from the front and in profile. The light bars running along the front wings end in sculptured rear-view cameras at the leading edge of the two front doors.

    The face of the QX80 Monograph appears more powerful and purposeful, with large, functional fender vents delivering more air to the engine, flanking an aluminum chin guard. Enhancing its SUV credentials, an underbody cover runs the length of the floor, protecting the car's undersides and aiding aerodynamic performance.

    A thin strip of aluminum below the grille emphasizes the car's width and incorporates razor-sharp LED fog-lamps at each end for a modern, high-tech appearance. At the rear, defined horizontal lines highlight the car's wide and powerful aura. The appearance of the sharper, thinner tail-lamps are mirrored in the wide twin exhausts, which feature a gloss-black aerofoil in between to encourage smoother air flow off the back of the car.

    The doors open to reveal an integrated, brushed aluminum sill step to ease ingress and egress, while vents aft of the front and rear wheels provide a further distinctive metallic accent to the design. These vents could also perform a valuable aerodynamic function, evacuating turbulent and drag-inducing air from the wheel arches.

    The QX80 Monograph's design details express INFINITI's approach to high quality, high precision car manufacturing. Notably, the QX80 Monograph's blacked-out A-pillar sits flush with the side windows and windscreen, while the pop-out door handles are also flush with the bodywork. These elements give a cleaner appearance and help to minimize drag and wind noise.

    Unmistakable INFINITI signature design elements are taken from the company's latest concept and production vehicles. QX80 Monograph features the latest incarnation of INFINITI's hallmark "human-eye" headlamps, raised high up in the front of the car, as well as slimmer, sharper rear combination lamps. The unique piano key design of the head- and tail-lamps enables individual LED elements to light up independently, providing an artistic application of the latest adaptive lighting technology.

    The new interpretation of INFINITI's double-arch grille is taller and wider, giving it a powerful new face, while a new grille mesh suggests a highly sculptural and technical form. The new mesh adds greater visual depth with a series of individual sculptures that appear linked together in a lattice. The crescent-cut D-pillar has been reshaped, its sharper and higher trailing edge enhancing the horizontal aspect of the QX80 Monograph's upper body.

    The QX80 Monograph features a frosted-effect paint finish, following positive feedback from recent INFINITI concepts completed with a similar effect. The desaturated color and satin-like surface each suggest an unusual treatment of the metal beneath, providing a textured contrast to the gloss chrome and brushed aluminum elements around the concept.

    Straight-spoke, two-tone wheels – 24 inches in diameter – are finished in chromium black with contrasting brushed copper elements. The outer edges of the wheels overlap the tires, presenting the appearance of a 26-inch wheel and low profile tires to complement the scale of the QX80 Monograph.

    "Earlier INFINITI show cars have started conversations with our customers, which gives us the chance to talk about the brand's future direction. We have listened to our customers to discover their expectations for a large SUV from INFINITI in 2017 and beyond. The QX80 Monograph illustrates how INFINITI's 'powerful elegance' design language could be used to develop our luxury SUVs in future."

    Alfonso Albaisa, Senior Vice President, Global Design

    Evolving INFINITI's presence in the luxury SUV segment

    • INFINITI QX80 Monograph: a modern interpretation of luxury SUV design

    "The QX80 Monograph is an exploration of how we plan to take a step forward in the large SUV segment. This is an important initiative for INFINITI, as the QX80 is popular with buyers in a number of markets – particularly in North America and the Middle East."

    Francois Bancon, Vice President, Global Product Strategy, INFINITI

    The INFINITI QX80 Monograph is a forward-looking interpretation of the QX80's exterior design, offering the size, utility and luxury appeal expected of cars in this segment.

    As the brand's largest SUV, the QX80 makes an important statement for INFINITI, combining supreme space and utility with luxury and sophistication. INFINITI's full-size SUV serves as a private jet for the road; it meets the uncompromising needs of a target buyer who wants for nothing.

    "Monograph" – a focused and detailed study

    • QX80 Monograph represents a focused examination of a singular theme – exterior design in the luxury SUV segment

    INFINITI defines a "monograph" as a detailed study into a single area of expertise. In this context, the INFINITI QX80 Monograph is a detailed examination of how the exterior design of the QX80 may evolve in the future.

    The QX80 Monograph is the first model from the brand to bear the "Monograph" nomenclature. Monograph studies explore ways INFINITI can develop specific elements of its cars. 

    Edited by William Maley

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    Nice that they are keeping the family look and the brick look of a real SUV. Much better than the stupid Coupe look Germany seems to be falling over to do over and over and over again.

    Be interesting to see where this ends up.

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      2018
      % chg
      2019
      2018
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
      11,243
      18,065
      -37.8
      117,708
      149,280
      -21.1
      Infiniti Q50
      2,165
      3,690
      -41.3
      25,987
      34,763
      -25.2
      Infiniti Q60
      430
      662
      -35.0
      5,043
      9,017
      -44.1
      Infiniti Q70
      90
      329
      -72.6
      2,552
      4,479
      -43.0
      Infiniti QX30
      50
      647
      -92.3
      3,229
      8,101
      -60.1
      Infiniti QX50
      1,815
      3,329
      -45.5
      18,616
      25,389
      -26.7
      Infiniti QX60
      4,113
      7,032
      -41.5
      43,162
      47,370
      -8.9
      Infiniti QX70
      0
      4
      -100.0
      6
      954
      -99.4
      Infiniti QX80
      2,580
      2,372
      8.8
      19,113
      19,207
      -0.5
      Total Car
      2,685
      4,681
      -42.6
      33,582
      48,259
      -30.4
      Total Truck
      8,558
      13,384
      -36.1
      84,126
      101,021
      -16.7
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      NISSAN GROUP
       
      TOTAL VEHICLE
      DECEMBER
      DECEMBER
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
      2019
      2018
      % chg
      2019
      2018
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
      104,781
      148,720
      -29.5
      1,345,681
      1,493,877
      -9.9
      Total Car
      40,904
      53,546
      -23.6
      544,146
      608,049
      -10.5
      Total Truck
      63,877
      95,174
      -32.9
      801,535
      885,828
      -9.5
      Selling days
      25
      26
       
      307
      307
       
       
      # # #
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Dec
      Dec
      Monthly
      CYTD
      CYTD
      CYTD
       
      2019
      2018
      % chg
      2019
      2018
      % chg
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
      INFINITI Total
      11,243
      18,065
      -37.8
      117,708
      149,280
      -21.1
      Q50
      2,165
      3,690
      -41.3
      25,987
      34,763
      -25.2
      Q60
      430
      662
      -35.0
      5,043
      9,071
      -44.4
      Q70
      90
      329
      -72.6
      2,552
      4,479
      -43.0
      QX30
      50
      647
      -92.3
      3,229
      8,101
      -60.1
      QX50
      1,815
      3,329
      -45.5
      18,616
      25,389
      -26.7
      QX60
      4,113
      7,032
      -41.5
      43,162
      47,370
      -8.9
      QX80
      2,580
      2,372
      8.8
      19,113
      19,207
      -0.5
      Car
      2,685
      4,681
      -42.6
      33,582
      48,259
      -30.5
      CUV/SUV
      8,558
      13,384
      -36.1
      84,126
      101,021
      -16.7
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Fiat is bringing the Concept Centoventi to the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.  The concept previews the next generation Panda and the name means 120 in Italian in honor of the brand's 120 year history.  The Panda is the mini-car platform used by the Fiat 500 in the U.S. 
      The Concept Centoventi is designed to be a "blank canvas" ready to be painted to suit owner's needs and desires at any time, without being stuck with the color chosen at purchase. It is produced in only one color and then the customer "paints" the vehicle using Fiat's 4U program that allows for four roof options, four bumper cover options, four wheel cover options, and four exterior wrappings.  Various interior options like storage compartments, seats, and child-restraint systems are interchangeable and installed in a plug-and-play fashion by the customer. 
      The powertrain is electrified and can be equipped with different batteries to vary the range from 60 miles to 300 miles. 
      The Concept Centoventi has a small screen in the windshield facing outward to display messages while a larger rear tailgate display can also display messages or while in motion, just the Fiat logo. 


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