A Pictorial Glimpse of Infiniti from its inception until now
Infiniti is the luxury car division of Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Infiniti officially started selling vehicles on November 8, 1989 in North America and its global operations have
now expanded to include China, the Middle East, South Korea, Russia, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
There are direct Nissan counterparts to the Infiniti models. The Infiniti G is the Nissan Skyline sedan and coupe and before that the Nissan Primera, Infiniti M was the Nissan Fuga and before that the Nissan Leopard, Infiniti EX was the Nissan Skyline hybrid, and Infiniti Q45 was the Nissan Cima. There is no Nissan
equivalent to the Infiniti FX and is not marketed in Japan. The Nissan Skyline and Cima were luxury Japanese vehicles before Infiniti, and were initially exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealers labeled Nissan Prince Shop, then later named Nissan Red Stage until the Japanese dealership system was disbanded.
In 2012, Infiniti moved its worldwide headquarters from the
Nissan corporate site in Yokohama and incorporated as Infiniti Global Limited, in Hong Kong with Carlos Ghosn aiming for Infiniti to have increased focus on the thriving China luxury marlet as it conjectured China to wind up as the worlds largest luxury auto market. In 2012,
Johan de Nysschen was delegated to head up the Infiniti division IN August, 2014,
de Nysschen left the organization become CEO of Cadillac. Infiniti Chairman Andy Palmer took over the responsibilities of de Nysschen. Roland Krüger was appointed president of Infiniti after Andy Palmer, resigned in 2014 to join Aston Martin.
The first two models of the Infiniti brand was the mid-size M30 and the Q45. The Q45 was based upon the all new second generation JDM Nissan President shorter wheelbase 113.2 in platform. Beginning with 1992 model year, the wheelbase matched the President's wheelbase 113.4 in platform. The Q45 featured a 278 hp V8 engine, active suspension system and four wheel steering offered on the original Q45t. The auto's features made it competitive to the full-sized " market against the Cadillac Fleetwood, Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series, and Jaguar XJ.