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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.

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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.

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Infiniti Q45 (1989–2006)

1990 Infiniti Q45
1990 Infiniti Q45
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2006 Infiniti Q45
The Infiniti Q45 is a full-size luxury car which was sold by Nissan's Infiniti brand from 1989 until 2006. It is a rear wheel drive, four-door sedan powered by a V8 engine. Early generations were based on the automaker's Japanese-market flagship sedan, the Nissan President, while models produced after 1996 were based on the slightly smaller Nissan Cima. Exports of the Q45 ceased after 2006, but the Cima continued to be sold in Japan until August 2010, when production of both the Cima and President ended.

Mid-Size

Infiniti M (1989-2013)

1990 Infiniti M30
1990 Infiniti M30
1991 Infiniti M30
1991 Infiniti M30
1992 Infiniti M30 Convertible
1992 Infiniti M30 Convertible
2004 Infiniti M45
2004 Infiniti M45
2009 Infiniti M35
2009 Infiniti M35
2010 Infiniti M30d GT
2010 Infiniti M30d GT
2011 Infiniti M37
2011 Infiniti M37
2012 Infiniti M35
2012 Infiniti M35
2013 Infiniti M37
2013 Infiniti M37
The Infiniti M is a line of mid-size luxury (executive) cars from the Infiniti luxury division of Nissan. The Infiniti M was a line of mid-size luxury (executive) cars from the Infiniti luxury division of Nissan. (M25, M30d, M35h, M37/M37x AWD and M56/M56x AWD variations, all sedans)

From the model year 2014 on, it has been marketed as Infiniti Q70: From 2013 (model year 2014) on it has been marketed as the Infiniti Q70, reflecting the company's new naming scheme.

Infiniti J30 (1993-1997)

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1997 Infiniti J30
The Infiniti J30, or Nissan Leopard J Ferie in Japan, was a rear wheel drive luxury car. The J30 went into production on April 7, 1992 as a 1993 model to replace the M30 (which was a coupe), and was launched in the United States after its competitor, the Lexus GS. The car was designed to slot between the smaller G20 and the larger Q45, as Infiniti's first mid-size sedan to compete directly with the Acura Legend. Also, it was fairly small but featured rounded styling uncharacteristic of the crowded executive car class, that is now reminiscent of a four-door coupé.

Infiniti I30 (1996-1998)

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1996 Infiniti I30
1997 Infiniti I30
1997 Infiniti I30
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1998 Infiniti I30
Infiniti launched the Cefiro in North America as the "Infiniti I30" in 1995 for the 1996 model year. All I30 models were built at Oppama, Japan (where the Maxima was built), commencing June 27, 1995. It replaced the Infiniti J30. The rear badge of the I30 used a cursive letter "I" instead of a matching font used for the "30" designation, as the "I" would have appeared as a number "1", labeling the car confusingly as the 130, in conflict with Infiniti's alphanumeric naming convention.

Infiniti G Series (2008-2015)

The Infiniti G-series is a line of compact executive car produced by the Infiniti division of Nissan for the 1991–1996 and 1999–present model years.

First generation G20 (P10, 1990–1996)

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1992 Infiniti G20
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1996 Infiniti P10
1996 Infiniti P10
The first two generations of the Infiniti G (P10 and P11) were sedans based on the Nissan Primera. Beginning with its third generation (V35), the Infiniti G have been rebadged versions of the Nissan Skyline line of sedans and coupes that were exported to the United States and Canada. The Infiniti G20 was Infiniti's entry-level luxury car in the United States from 1990 to 2002, with a two-year hiatus for model years 1997 and 1998, in which the Infiniti I30 became their entry-level car. It was a rebadged version of the Nissan Primera sedan, primarily designed for the European market. It was launched in September 1990 as Infiniti's first small car as an entry-level alternative to the Q45

Second generation G20 (P11, 1998–2002)

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1999 Infiniti G20
2000 Infiniti G20
2000 Infiniti G20
2001 Infiniti G20
2001 Infiniti G20
2002 Infiniti G20
2002 Infiniti G20
The second-generation G20 underwent several changes, including adopting the multi-link beam rear suspension very similar to the 1995–1999 Nissan Maxima with a continued use of the independent multi-link strut front suspension of the P10 (similar to the 300ZX and Skyline GT-R). Despite enthusiasts' aversion to the beam, several publications praised the updated G20, as a technically good method of avoiding lateral suspension movement (which would compromise handling) while still offering a compliant ride

Third generation G35 (2002–2007)

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2007 Infiniti G35
2007 Infiniti G35
The G35 was based on the Nissan FM platform shared with the Nissan 350Z sports car and Infiniti FX crossover SUV. The FM platform stands for "front midship" design where the engine is moved back towards the rear of the engine bay which in turn improves the weight distribution. The G35 was Motor Trend's Car of the Year for 2003 and has been well received by both the media and customers as a viable alternative to other luxury cars. The G35 was also nominated for the North American Car of the Year award that year and was on the Car and Driver Ten Best list for 2003 and 2004.

Fourth generation G37 (2007–2015)

2011 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe
2011 Infiniti G37 IPL Coupe
2012 Infiniti G37
2012 Infiniti G37
2013 Infiniti G37
2013 Infiniti G37
2014 Infiniti G37
2014 Infiniti G37
2015 Infiniti G37
2015 Infiniti G37
The Nissan FM platform, on top of which the third and fourth generations (V35 and V36) of the Infiniti G have been built, also underpins the Nissan 370Z and has shared components with the Infiniti M, Infiniti EX, and Infiniti FX.

Fifth generation Q40 (2014–2015)

2014 Infiniti G ii Sedan
2014 Infiniti G ii Sedan
2015 Infiniti Q40
2015 Infiniti Q40
The Infiniti G sedan was renamed to Q40 for the production period between June 2014 and June 2015. This was due to the creation of and gradual implementation of the new nomenclature from September 2012 through 2014. The G/Q40 sedan went largely unchanged for its final year and final production run in 2015.

Infiniti (Q50, 2014–2015)

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2014 Infiniti Q50
2015 Infiniti Q50
2015 Infiniti Q50
For the 2014 model year, the all new Q50 sedan was sold alongside the fourth generation G/Q40, marketing the Q40 as a lower cost option. The Q50 sedan was code-named "V37" and made its debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Infiniti Q60 (2014–present)

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2019 Infiniti Q60
2019 Infiniti Q60
The Infiniti Q60 is a 2 door sport luxury coupe and convertible manufactured by Japanese automaker Infiniti. It is the successor to the Infiniti G coupe and convertible. The first generation Q60 was a rebadged Infiniti G coupe. This change came about after Infiniti former president Johan de Nysschen cited the need for "a new identity and direction to promote consumer familiarity with our model range as we expand the portfolio." Beginning in 2014, all passenger cars would be "Q" followed by a two-digit number. Those numbers would correspond to the vehicle’s position in the Infiniti hierarchy.

Infiniti Q70 (2011–present

2015 Infiniti Q70
2015 Infiniti Q70
2016 Infiniti Q70
2016 Infiniti Q70
2017 Infiniti Q70
2017 Infiniti Q70
2018 Infiniti Q70
2018 Infiniti Q70
2019 Infiniti Q70
2019 Infiniti Q70
The Infiniti Q70 and Q70L are a line of mid-size luxury (executive) cars from Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance luxury division Infiniti. It's essentially an update to the Infiniti M series with minor cosmetic changes. The Q70 name was brought about to reflect Infiniti's updated nomenclature where all model names start with the letter 'Q'.

Infiniti Q50 (2014–present

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2020 Infiniti Q50
2020 Infiniti Q50
The Infiniti Q50 is a compact executive car that replaced the Infiniti G sedan, manufactured by Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand. The new model debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show and went on sale in North America in the third quarter 2013 and in Europe in fourth quarter 2013. A hybrid version is available. The design of the Q50 continues to follow the designs first shown by the 2009 Infiniti Essence concept and the production 2011 Infiniti M. The Q50 is also the first instance of a hybrid model in Infiniti's entry-level model.

Compact

Infiniti Q30 - (2016-2019)

1991 Infiniti G20
1991 Infiniti G20
2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe
2009 Infiniti G37 Coupe
2017 Infiniti Q30 Sport
2017 Infiniti Q30 Sport
2018 Infiniti Q30 Sport
2018 Infiniti Q30 Sport
2019 Infiniti Q30 Sport
2019 Infiniti Q30 Sport
The Infiniti Q30 is a subcompact executive hatchback built and sold by Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand from 2016. The Q30 is built on the third generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class platform to create a small, premium hatchback. The Q30 is a result of the Nissan and Mercedes partnership agreement to share technology. It will cease production in mid-2019

Electric

Q50 Hybrid

2016 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
2016 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
Infiniti's Q50 hybrid vehicle was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. Power for the Q50 Hybrid comes from the 3.5 liter gasoline engine combined with electric motor. Early European models included rear and all-wheel drive forms.

SUVs / Crossovers

QX4 (1996-2003)

1999 Infiniti QX4
1999 Infiniti QX4
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2003 Infiniti QX4
The Infiniti QX4 is a mid-size luxury SUV introduced in September 1996 and based on the unibody Nissan Pathfinder. It was released following Acura's introduction of the SLX and Lexus's larger LX 450. The QX4 was Infiniti's first entry into the SUV market segment. Discontinued in 2003.

QX80 (2004-present)

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2017 Infiniti QX80
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2018 Infiniti QX80
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2019 Infiniti QX80
2019 Infiniti QX80
The Infiniti QX80 (called the Infiniti QX56 until 2013) is a full-sized luxury SUV built by Nissan Motor Company's Infiniti division. The naming convention originally adhered to the trend of using a numeric designation derived from the engine's displacement, thus QX56 since the car has a 5.6-liter engine. From the 2014 model year, the car was renamed the QX80, as part of Infiniti's model name rebranding. The new name carries no meaning beyond suggesting that the vehicle is larger than smaller models such as the QX60.

QX50 (2013-present)

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2019 Infiniti QX50
2019 Infiniti QX50
The Infiniti QX50 is a compact luxury crossover SUV. The first generation QX50 is a minor model update of the Infiniti EX, while also changing the nameplate to QX50 in line with the marque's new Q and QX nomenclature, which took place for the 2013 (China) and 2015 (United States) model years. The second-generation QX50 entered production in November 2017 as a 2019 model.

QX60 (2013-present)

2015 Infiniti QX60
2015 Infiniti QX60
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2016 Infiniti QX60
2017 Infiniti QX60
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2018 Infiniti QX60
2019 Infiniti QX60
2019 Infiniti QX60
The Infiniti QX60 body code L50 (formerly called the Infiniti JX until 2013) is a seven-passenger Mid-size luxury crossover SUV produced by the Infiniti division of Japanese automaker Nissan. It is underpinned by an elongated Nissan Murano platform. In keeping with Infiniti's naming scheme for 2014, in which cars begin with Q and SUV's begin with QX, the JX was renamed "QX60." While the number previously denoted engine displacement (for example, 35=3.5L engine), the new number, 60, is largely to do with its place in the product lineup, with larger numbers usually corresponding to more expensive vehicles.[5]

QX30 (2017-2019)

2017 Infiniti QX30 Crossover
2017 Infiniti QX30 Crossover
2018 Infiniti QX30
2018 Infiniti QX30
2019 Infiniti QX30
2019 Infiniti QX30
2020 Infiniti QX30
2020 Infiniti QX30
The Infiniti QX30 is a small crossover car manufactured and sold by Nissan's Infiniti luxury brand from 2019. Based on the Infiniti Q30, it offers increased ride height. It will cease production in mid-2019.

Concept

2012 Infiniti Etherea Concept
2012 Infiniti Etherea Concept

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