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    • By William Maley
      After weeks of teasing us, Infiniti has finally spilled the details on the Q Inspiration Concept today at the Detroit Auto Show.
      The best way we can describe the Q Inspiration is the Japanese automaker's take on the Porsche Panamera. It features the classic proportions of a coupe with a long front end, sloping roofline, and short rear deck. The front is quite busy with a "double-arch" grille finished in white. Move inside to see the very minimalist and clean interior layout. The seats look quite futuristic with white leather upholstery and orange accents. 
      At first, we thought the Q Inspiration would feature an electric powertrain of some kind, due to the lack of tailpipes. Instead, the Q Inspiration uses the recently launched VC-Turbo engine found in the QX50. VC-Turbo for those who need a quick refresher automatically adjusts the compression ratio to improve performance or fuel economy. The concept also features Infiniti's ProPilot autonomous drive system that will allow for end-to-end autonomous capability.
      While the Q Inspiration will likely remain as a concept, the design ideas will be used on future Infiniti models.
      Source: Infiniti
      Press Release is on Page 2
       INFINITI Q Inspiration Concept: power beyond convention
      INFINITI reveals new form language for an era of advanced powertrains Minimalist and human-centric interior design Concept suggests future applications for world's first production-ready VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine New ProPILOT technologies liberate the driver from mundane and stressful drives DETROIT – Previewing a new generation of INFINITI vehicles, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience of drivers in the mid-size sedan segment. The Q Inspiration Concept is meant to demonstrate future technologies and will not be available for sale.
      Representing the next step in INFINITI design, the exterior of the Q Inspiration Concept features clear and concise lines with dynamic and confident proportions. It is the first manifestation of INFINITI's new form language for an era of advanced powertrains. The concept eschews classical sedan forms with its coupe-like appearance and elongated silhouette, presenting INFINITI's design vision for vehicles in this segment.
      The cabin follows a minimalist approach, with a concise and clean interior design enveloping the driver and passengers in a serene and comfortable environment. The intelligently packaged four-cylinder VC-Turbo has liberated INFINITI's designers from the constraints of powertrain architecture to realize a spacious interior. Modern technology and craftsmanship merge inside the cabin, presented in a way that enables, rather than distracts, the driver.
      Powered by INFINITI's revolutionary VC-Turbo technology – the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine – the Q Inspiration boasts a powertrain combining turbocharged gasoline power with the torque and efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine. VC-Turbo continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency, resulting in the smart application of power for greater driver control. As a mid-size sedan concept, the Q Inspiration previews other near-future applications for INFINITI's variable compression ratio VC-Turbo engine technology.
      New ProPILOT functionality liberates the driver from mundane and stressful driving situations. Realizing the next stage in vehicle autonomy for INFINITI, ProPILOT enables drivers to delegate more stressful driving tasks to the car, and enjoy an enhanced ability to respond to hazards. With the system acting as a co-pilot, the driver always retains ultimate control.
      "The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The INFINITI Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them."
      Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President
    • By William Maley
      After weeks of teasing us, Infiniti has finally spilled the details on the Q Inspiration Concept today at the Detroit Auto Show.
      The best way we can describe the Q Inspiration is the Japanese automaker's take on the Porsche Panamera. It features the classic proportions of a coupe with a long front end, sloping roofline, and short rear deck. The front is quite busy with a "double-arch" grille finished in white. Move inside to see the very minimalist and clean interior layout. The seats look quite futuristic with white leather upholstery and orange accents. 
      At first, we thought the Q Inspiration would feature an electric powertrain of some kind, due to the lack of tailpipes. Instead, the Q Inspiration uses the recently launched VC-Turbo engine found in the QX50. VC-Turbo for those who need a quick refresher automatically adjusts the compression ratio to improve performance or fuel economy. The concept also features Infiniti's ProPilot autonomous drive system that will allow for end-to-end autonomous capability.
      While the Q Inspiration will likely remain as a concept, the design ideas will be used on future Infiniti models.
      Source: Infiniti
      Press Release is on Page 2
       INFINITI Q Inspiration Concept: power beyond convention
      INFINITI reveals new form language for an era of advanced powertrains Minimalist and human-centric interior design Concept suggests future applications for world's first production-ready VC-Turbo variable compression ratio engine New ProPILOT technologies liberate the driver from mundane and stressful drives DETROIT – Previewing a new generation of INFINITI vehicles, the Q Inspiration Concept proposes how an innovative VC-Turbo powertrain, next-level autonomous drive technologies, and a unique human-centric interior could enrich the experience of drivers in the mid-size sedan segment. The Q Inspiration Concept is meant to demonstrate future technologies and will not be available for sale.
      Representing the next step in INFINITI design, the exterior of the Q Inspiration Concept features clear and concise lines with dynamic and confident proportions. It is the first manifestation of INFINITI's new form language for an era of advanced powertrains. The concept eschews classical sedan forms with its coupe-like appearance and elongated silhouette, presenting INFINITI's design vision for vehicles in this segment.
      The cabin follows a minimalist approach, with a concise and clean interior design enveloping the driver and passengers in a serene and comfortable environment. The intelligently packaged four-cylinder VC-Turbo has liberated INFINITI's designers from the constraints of powertrain architecture to realize a spacious interior. Modern technology and craftsmanship merge inside the cabin, presented in a way that enables, rather than distracts, the driver.
      Powered by INFINITI's revolutionary VC-Turbo technology – the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine – the Q Inspiration boasts a powertrain combining turbocharged gasoline power with the torque and efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine. VC-Turbo continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency, resulting in the smart application of power for greater driver control. As a mid-size sedan concept, the Q Inspiration previews other near-future applications for INFINITI's variable compression ratio VC-Turbo engine technology.
      New ProPILOT functionality liberates the driver from mundane and stressful driving situations. Realizing the next stage in vehicle autonomy for INFINITI, ProPILOT enables drivers to delegate more stressful driving tasks to the car, and enjoy an enhanced ability to respond to hazards. With the system acting as a co-pilot, the driver always retains ultimate control.
      "The premium sedan segment has become rather conservative. The INFINITI Q Inspiration previews something that could appeal to a younger audience, who seek modern design and new technologies to inspire and empower them."
      Christian Meunier, INFINITI Global Division Vice President

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    • By William Maley
      Audi of America - Up 16.3% (26,977 Vehicles Sold This Month, 226,511 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 15.1% (8,501 Vehicles Sold This Month, 103,686 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 6.4% (39,416 Vehicles Sold This Month, 375,311 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Up 3.7% (38,864 Vehicles Sold This Month, 352,790 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford Motor Company -  Up 0.9% (242,049 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,586,715 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 0.3% (63,342 Vehicles Sold This Month, 647,956 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Down 2.5% (3,913 Vehicles Sold This Month, 55,420 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      General Motors Co. - Down 3.3% (308,539 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,002,241 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 6.5% (26,893 Vehicles Sold This Month, 289,470 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Down 7% (149,317 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,641,429 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota Motor North America - Down 8.3% (222,985 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,434,515 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - Down 9% (11,394 Vehicles Sold This Month, 114,333 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan Group - Down 9.5% (138,226 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,593,464 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      FCA US LLC - Down 11% (171,946 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,059,376 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 15.8% (1,427 Vehicles Sold This Month, 13,697 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen of America - Down 18.7% (30,281 Vehicles Sold This Month, 339,676 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Down 20.8% (43,039 Vehicles Sold This Month, 589,668 Vehicles Sold This Year)

      Hyundai Motor America - 
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - 
      Brands:
      Acura - Down 12.2% (15,062 Vehicles Sold This Month, 154,602 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Up 3,812% (2,034 Vehicles Sold This Month, 12,031 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi - Up 16.3% (26,977 Vehicles Sold This Month, 226,511 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW - Up 4.3% (34,253 Vehicles Sold This Month, 305,685 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Buick - Up 4.7% (22,285 Vehicles Sold This Month, 219,231 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Cadillac - Down 28.6% (15,304 Vehicles Sold This Month, 156,440 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chevrolet - Down 2.9% (206,804 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,065,883 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chrysler - Up 3% (17,208 Vehicles Sold This Month, 188,545 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Dodge - Down 23% (27,885 Vehicles Sold This Month, 446,996 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Fiat - Down 33% (1,738 Vehicles Sold This Month, 26,492 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford - Up 1.9% (231,430 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,475,556 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Genesis - 
      GMC - Up 1.2% (64,146 Vehicles Sold This Month, 560,687 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Honda - Down 6.3% (134,255 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,486,827 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Hyundai - 
      Infiniti - Down 10% (16,379 Vehicles Sold This Month, 153,415 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar - Down 20% (3,414 Vehicles Sold This Month, 39,594 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jeep - Down 12% (73,205 Vehicles Sold This Month, 828,522 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia - Down 20.8% (43,039 Vehicles Sold This Month, 589,668 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Land Rover - Down 4% (7,980 Vehicles Sold This Month, 74,739 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lexus - Down 13.9% (35,461 Vehicles Sold This Month, 305,132 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 17% (10,619 Vehicles Sold This Month, 111,159 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati - Down 15.8% (1,427 Vehicles Sold This Month, 13,697 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda - Down 6.5% (26,893 Vehicles Sold This Month, 289,470 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 10% (35,203 Vehicles Sold This Month, 337,246 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 4.8% (4,047 Vehicles Sold This Month, 34,994 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - Down 1% (4,611 Vehicles Sold This Month, 47,105 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Up 15.1% (8,501 Vehicles Sold This Month, 103,686 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Down 9.4% (121,847 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,440,049 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Down 2.5% (3,913 Vehicles Sold This Month, 55,420 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Down 7% (49,876 Vehicles Sold This Month, 556,790 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 86% (166 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,071 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 0.3% (63,342 Vehicles Sold This Month, 647,956 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Down 7.2% (187,524 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,129,383 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Down 18.7% (30,281 Vehicles Sold This Month, 339,676 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - 

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    • By William Maley
      Audi of America - Up 16.3% (26,977 Vehicles Sold This Month, 226,511 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - Up 15.1% (8,501 Vehicles Sold This Month, 103,686 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Up 6.4% (39,416 Vehicles Sold This Month, 375,311 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Up 3.7% (38,864 Vehicles Sold This Month, 352,790 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford Motor Company -  Up 0.9% (242,049 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,586,715 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 0.3% (63,342 Vehicles Sold This Month, 647,956 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Down 2.5% (3,913 Vehicles Sold This Month, 55,420 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      General Motors Co. - Down 3.3% (308,539 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,002,241 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 6.5% (26,893 Vehicles Sold This Month, 289,470 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Down 7% (149,317 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,641,429 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota Motor North America - Down 8.3% (222,985 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,434,515 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - Down 9% (11,394 Vehicles Sold This Month, 114,333 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan Group - Down 9.5% (138,226 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,593,464 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      FCA US LLC - Down 11% (171,946 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,059,376 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 15.8% (1,427 Vehicles Sold This Month, 13,697 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen of America - Down 18.7% (30,281 Vehicles Sold This Month, 339,676 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Down 20.8% (43,039 Vehicles Sold This Month, 589,668 Vehicles Sold This Year)

      Hyundai Motor America - 
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - 
      Brands:
      Acura - Down 12.2% (15,062 Vehicles Sold This Month, 154,602 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Up 3,812% (2,034 Vehicles Sold This Month, 12,031 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi - Up 16.3% (26,977 Vehicles Sold This Month, 226,511 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW - Up 4.3% (34,253 Vehicles Sold This Month, 305,685 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Buick - Up 4.7% (22,285 Vehicles Sold This Month, 219,231 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Cadillac - Down 28.6% (15,304 Vehicles Sold This Month, 156,440 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chevrolet - Down 2.9% (206,804 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,065,883 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chrysler - Up 3% (17,208 Vehicles Sold This Month, 188,545 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Dodge - Down 23% (27,885 Vehicles Sold This Month, 446,996 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Fiat - Down 33% (1,738 Vehicles Sold This Month, 26,492 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford - Up 1.9% (231,430 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,475,556 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Genesis - 
      GMC - Up 1.2% (64,146 Vehicles Sold This Month, 560,687 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Honda - Down 6.3% (134,255 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,486,827 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Hyundai - 
      Infiniti - Down 10% (16,379 Vehicles Sold This Month, 153,415 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar - Down 20% (3,414 Vehicles Sold This Month, 39,594 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jeep - Down 12% (73,205 Vehicles Sold This Month, 828,522 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia - Down 20.8% (43,039 Vehicles Sold This Month, 589,668 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Land Rover - Down 4% (7,980 Vehicles Sold This Month, 74,739 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lexus - Down 13.9% (35,461 Vehicles Sold This Month, 305,132 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 17% (10,619 Vehicles Sold This Month, 111,159 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati - Down 15.8% (1,427 Vehicles Sold This Month, 13,697 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda - Down 6.5% (26,893 Vehicles Sold This Month, 289,470 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 10% (35,203 Vehicles Sold This Month, 337,246 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Up 4.8% (4,047 Vehicles Sold This Month, 34,994 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - Down 1% (4,611 Vehicles Sold This Month, 47,105 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Up 15.1% (8,501 Vehicles Sold This Month, 103,686 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Down 9.4% (121,847 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,440,049 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Down 2.5% (3,913 Vehicles Sold This Month, 55,420 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Down 7% (49,876 Vehicles Sold This Month, 556,790 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 86% (166 Vehicles Sold This Month, 3,071 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 0.3% (63,342 Vehicles Sold This Month, 647,956 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Down 7.2% (187,524 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,129,383 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Down 18.7% (30,281 Vehicles Sold This Month, 339,676 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - 
    • By William Maley
      Just a few weeks ago, Infiniti dropped a teaser for their showing at the Detroit Auto Show. We didn't know much aside from the deep-cut in the hood and a different grille design. Today, Infiniti dropped another picture and some more information on their concept.
      The Q Inspiration looks to be Infiniti's take on the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera with a sloping roofline and hatchback shape for the rear. Fenders are flat slabs of metal and there is a large vent behind the front wheel.
      "We aim to take traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution. The Q Inspiration offers an alternative form; something more flowing in appearance and muscular in stance, with an unusually long and balanced cabin. Experimenting with new proportions in an established segment with the arrival of smarter, compact powertrains, the Q Inspiration features a shorter hood and elongated body, with all the benefits to interior wellbeing, comfort and space that this layout entails," said Karim Habib, INFINITI Executive Design Director in a statement.
      The "smarter, compact powertrains" has us wondering if the Q Inspiration will get a version of Infiniti's variable-compression engine that debuted in the QX50 or go pure EV. We'll likely have the answer when the Q Inspiration debuts on January 15th.
      More of our Detroit Auto Show Coverage can be found here.
      Source: Infiniti
      Press Release is on Page 2
      INFINITI hints at future design with Q Inspiration Concept

      NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  INFINITI has released the first image of its new Q Inspiration Concept ahead of its debut at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
      Representing the next step in INFINITI design, the exterior of Q Inspiration features clear and concise lines and eschews classical sedan forms with its elongated silhouette. It is the first manifestation of INFINITI's new form language for an era of advanced powertrains and presents a design vision for vehicles in this segment.
      "We aim to take traditional sedan architecture to its next stage of evolution. The Q Inspiration offers an alternative form; something more flowing in appearance and muscular in stance, with an unusually long and balanced cabin. Experimenting with new proportions in an established segment with the arrival of smarter, compact powertrains, the Q Inspiration features a shorter hood and elongated body, with all the benefits to interior wellbeing, comfort and space that this layout entails."
      Karim Habib, INFINITI Executive Design Director

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