History of Infiniti

The Infiniti brand was developed in 1989 and was officially represented only in the US for a long time. By that year the 1973 oil crisis and following economic decline had been left behind and the generation of young and wealthy Americans was looking for luxurious high-power cars. That is why Nissan Motor Company, which had a good business history in the US, decided to manufacture vehicles for this category of clients.

At the moment of its creation Infiniti had two competitors from Japan who came up with their own subsidiary companies to produce luxurious cars - Toyota and Honda. The premiere Infiniti vehicle Q45 was shown at the North American Auto Show that originally had been a local event before the organizers decided to do it international. The Q45 was a unique car and public loved it for the combination of power, luxury and innovative design which included some approaches typical of American, Japanese and European designers. The 278 hp V8 engine and an innovatory active suspension system allowed the Q45 to be considered as one of the leaders in its class. The interior corresponded to the highest expectations of potential customers. The variety of special electronic systems helped to control the wheelspin, brake system and engine parameters.

Driver oriented sport coupe M30 was another car presented in 1989. The year after Infiniti presented a compact G20 model and in 1992 exotic J30 was released. Regardless of the fact that its design was considered a bit strange, it was rather popular.

Later Infiniti decided not to limit the model line only with sedans and coupes and developed an off-roader QX4 in late 1990-s. Its gorgeous leather interior and executive appearance attracted a lot of attention. The presentation of FX35/45 and following success of this model may be considered as one of the milestones of Infiniti. This SUV was warmly welcomed by the press and the public. Many suggested that it would become the best compact luxurious SUV of the year. Random passers-by thought they saw in the street a concept car and not a production vehicle.

Infiniti soon became a well-known, competitive and respected brand with a fair amount of sales and different J.D.Power trophies. The model range was expanding and renewing while the quality remained high. Customers in the US and Canada found out Infiniti cars to be dynamic, hi-tech, expressive, outstanding and durable. The success in this region showed that expanding to the international level was worth trying. That is why company’s management decided to launch the Infiniti brand internationally in April, 2005. This measure was also needed to improve the economic situation for the company influenced by the Japanese economic crisis. While Infiniti was trying to expand and increase its presence in North America, its parent company struggled to survive. On the other hand, competitors did rather great which made marketing experts review their approach towards the target audience.

The company came up with a decision to develop a model line of premium vehicles with sport elements. With the help of G- series the company managed to spark the interest of the people who prefer BMW 3 models. In 2007 the company presented a refined G35 sedan. Next year the world witnessed new G37. Moreover, the EX35 crossover was also shown for the first time in 2008. In addition to that, 2008 became the first year when Infinity cars were sold in Europe. Time was coming for the Infiniti to add a new engine or modernize existing ones to keep up with the rivals and in 2010 in Geneva public could meet one of the newly developed powertrains - V9X, which is installed on several model lines.

In 2011 the amount of Infiniti cars sold declined while their two main competitors did pretty well. Management came to the conclusion that the one of their largest inadvertencies was to leave out of account women’s preferences when designing their SUVs. According to the statistics, G series accounted for more than a half of all sales. The following year it was decided that henceforth Infiniti vehicles would get new nomenclature with only two letter options “Q” and “QX”. Moreover, numbers are now assigned depending on the place in the hierarchy the car occupies and not connected to the engine configuration.

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Infiniti Cars Reviews

Infiniti G

Infiniti G

Infiniti G-Series is manufactured by Infiniti department that is part of reputed car manufacturer, Nissan; they are together from two production years, from 1990 to 1996 and from 1998 to 2013. Infinity G-Series includes a list of luxury cars, its cars were mostly centered to Nissan models ...

Infiniti q50s

Infiniti q50s

Infiniti Q50S Hybrid was presented during the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. Latest version of this premium vehicle includes all the up-to-date technologies and provides the highest level of comfort for its driver and passengers.

Technical characteristics of Infiniti Models

Name Year Power Fuel
1 Infiniti M45 Luxury 2005 339HP (249 kW) @ 6400 rpm 5.9 l/100km
2 Infiniti IPL G Coup? Automatic 2010 353HP (260 kW) @ 7400 rpm n/a
3 Infiniti M45x 2007 329HP (242 kW) @ 6400 rpm 5.9 l/100km
4 Infiniti M45 Sport 2005 339HP (249 kW) @ 6400 rpm 5.9 l/100km
5 Infiniti IPL G Coup? 2010 353HP (260 kW) @ 7400 rpm n/a
6 Infiniti G20 1999 141HP (104 kW) @ 6400 rpm 5.9 l/100km
7 Infiniti G37 Coup? Sport 2007 334HP (246 kW) @ 0 rpm 5.9 l/100km
8 Infiniti M45 2003 344HP (253 kW) @ 6400 rpm 5.9 l/100km
9 Infiniti I35 2002 258HP (190 kW) @ 5800 rpm 5.9 l/100km
10 Infiniti G20 Automatic 2002 147HP (108 kW) @ 6000 rpm 5.9 l/100km
11 Infiniti M35x 2006 278HP (205 kW) @ 6200 rpm 5.9 l/100km
12 Infiniti M37 2010 335HP (246 kW) @ 7000 rpm n/a
13 Infiniti M56 2010 426HP (313 kW) @ 6000 rpm n/a
14 Infiniti FX45 V6 2002 283HP (208 kW) @ 6200 rpm 5.9 l/100km
15 Infiniti G35 Sport Coup? Automatic 2002 283HP (208 kW) @ 6200 rpm 5.9 l/100km