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About Infiniti

Infiniti is a luxury brand of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. It serves as Nissan's luxury brand in the American, Canadian, Mexican, Middle Eastern, South Korean and Taiwanese markets. Nissan also has plans to release Infiniti into many European markets (Russia & Ukraine in 2007, Germany & United Kingdom in 2008 ), China (10 dealerships by 2007), as well as in Japan sometime after 2008.

All current Infiniti coupes, sedans and crossovers are based on the Nissan FM platform. The center of the engine is placed behind the front wheels. This placement makes weight distribution more even, which is intended to improve braking, acceleration, and handling. It also reduces the polar moment of inertia. The only exception is the QX56 full-size SUV, which rides on the Nissan F-Alpha platform.

Infiniti's model name designation includes one letter for coupés and sedans (two letters for SUVs) and a number reflecting engine displacement. For example, the QX56 is an SUV featuring a 5.6 L engine. An exception to this was the QX4 SUV, which featured a 3.3 L engine (1997-2000) and later a 3.5 L engine (2001-2003). An 'x' following the engine displacement of Infiniti sedans denotes an all wheel drive model (e.g. Infiniti G35x).

History

The Infiniti brand was introduced in the United States in 1989. Its purpose back then, as it is now, was to create and sell premium vehicles in America that wouldn't have otherwise fit in with Nissan's more mainstream image. Not by coincidence, Infiniti was created around the same time as Japanese rivals Toyota and Honda's luxury brands, Lexus and Acura respectively, were introduced in the U.S. Initially, the lack of brand recognition in the U.S. and the fact that the Infiniti models were not much more than their Nissan siblings with a different nameplate, proved to be underwhelming. The brand's sales were disappointing, a fact many attribute to some of Infiniti's poorly received advertising at the time. The company's initial campaign aimed to bring about brand awareness with Zen-influenced spots that focused on nature. However, the ads didn't show the actual cars, and many believe this omission did no favors for a company that was hoping to have buyers recognize and clamor for its vehicles. Better advertising and the introduction of award-winning models eventually made Infiniti a contender in the luxury vehicle segment of the American market. Since 1989, sales have consistently grown. The company's logo is inspired by Mt Fuji, a volcano in its home country of Japan.

Infiniti began to take part of the luxury market mostly thanks to its popular Q45. The vehicle included a class leading (at the time) 278 hp (207 kW) V8 engine, four wheel steering, the first active suspension system offered on a motor vehicle, and numerous interior luxury appointments. These made it competitive against the German imports like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, which by the time of Infiniti's release had overtaken Cadillac and Lincoln in dominating the luxury segment of the American market.

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4-door
5-seat
V8 32v 4.5L DOHC A-5
253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp  451.0 N·m / 332.6 lb·ft / 332.6 lb·ft
   

Infiniti M45 (2003)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4494 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 253.5 kW / 339.9 hp / 339.9 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 451.0 N·m / 332.6 lb·ft / 332.6 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S8 32v 4.5L      A-5
250.0 kW / 335.3 hp / 335.3 hp  453.0 N·m / 334.1 lb·ft / 334.1 lb·ft
   

Infiniti M45 (2005)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve straight (inline) engine, 4494 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 250.0 kW / 335.3 hp / 335.3 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 453.0 N·m / 334.1 lb·ft / 334.1 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 32v 4.5L DOHC A-5
242.4 kW / 325.1 hp / 325.1 hp  455.0 N·m / 335.6 lb·ft / 335.6 lb·ft
   

Infiniti M45 (2006)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4494 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 242.4 kW / 325.1 hp / 325.1 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 455.0 N·m / 335.6 lb·ft / 335.6 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 32v 4.5L DOHC A-5
243.0 kW / 325.9 hp / 325.9 hp  455.6 N·m / 336.0 lb·ft / 336.0 lb·ft
13.1 l/100km / 21.6 mpg-UK / 18.0 mpg-US  

Infiniti M45 (2008)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4493 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 243.0 kW / 325.9 hp / 325.9 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 455.6 N·m / 336.0 lb·ft / 336.0 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, four wheel drive, consumption 13.1 l/100km / 21.6 mpg-UK / 18.0 mpg-US

4-door
5-seat
V8 32v 4.5L DOHC A-5
243.0 kW / 325.9 hp / 325.9 hp  455.6 N·m / 336.0 lb·ft / 336.0 lb·ft
14.9 l/100km / 19.0 mpg-UK / 15.8 mpg-US  

Infiniti M45 4WD (2008)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4494 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 243.0 kW / 325.9 hp / 325.9 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 455.6 N·m / 336.0 lb·ft / 336.0 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, four wheel drive, consumption 14.9 l/100km / 19.0 mpg-UK / 15.8 mpg-US

4-door
5-seat
V8 32v 4.5L DOHC A-5
249.8 kW / 335.0 hp / 335.0 hp  461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft
   

Infiniti M45 Luxury (2005)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4494 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 249.8 kW / 335.0 hp / 335.0 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 32v 4.5L DOHC A-5
249.8 kW / 335.0 hp / 335.0 hp  461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft
   

Infiniti M45 Sport (2005)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4494 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 249.8 kW / 335.0 hp / 335.0 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 461.0 N·m / 340.0 lb·ft / 340.0 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
V8 32v 4.5L DOHC A-5
242.4 kW / 325.1 hp / 325.1 hp  455.0 N·m / 335.6 lb·ft / 335.6 lb·ft
   

Infiniti M45x (2007)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4494 cm3 / 274.2 cu in / 274.2 cu in, 242.4 kW / 325.1 hp / 325.1 hp @ 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm / 6400 rpm, 455.0 N·m / 335.6 lb·ft / 335.6 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, all wheel drive

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