Infiniti Q50 and G37 to Share Spot in Lineup

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If you thought the Infiniti brand's name-plate change-up couldn't get any more confusing, just wait. The automaker announced that the first car to wear Infiniti's new alphabet structure, the Q50, will be sold alongside the car it was supposed to replace, the G37.

The G37 sedan will be sold until the middle of 2015, Infiniti said, and prices will be adjusted to reflect its place below the Q50 in the lineup. The move "creates room to strategically offer the repositioned G37 at the lower end of the near-luxury segment in addition to the higher-positioned Q50. The two vehicles aim at different market segments and allow us to serve different customer needs," Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore said in a statement.

The G37 sedans will only be available in Journey and all-wheel-drive trims. But some major price shuffling was needed to make this work. Prior to this announcement, the 2014 Q50 ($37,605) started slightly less than the 2013 G37 Journey ($38,255), but today's new pricing discounts the G37 by quite a bit. The rear-wheel-drive G37 Journey now starts at $33,455 and $35,055 with all-wheel drive (all prices include a $905 destination fee).

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By Jennifer Geiger | August 6, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Infiniti Q50 Video

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Notwithstanding Infiniti's questionable new Q-for-cars, QX-for-SUVs naming convention, the 2014 Q50 appears to be an overall improvement on the outgoing G37 sedan it replaces. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays looked at the Q50's hybrid version this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, concluding that its "surprising utility complements a strong pedigree."

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The new Q50 is lower, longer and wider than its predecessor, with body-style updates that add improved interior volume to decent backseat legroom and trunk space (even in the hybrid). Features like the double-arched grille in front and rear-end style suggest classic Infiniti; meanwhile, a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with an electric motor, direct-adaptive steering system and stylish, samurai-influenced interior trim show change is also embraced.

Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Infiniti Q50: Photo Gallery

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Although the Infiniti Q50 sedan is the same size as the outgoing G37, it gets a makeover for 2014, with richer interior materials and styling cues borrowed from the larger M37 sedan.

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Under the hood, the familiar and popular 3.7-liter V-6 returns, and it's joined by a new hybrid powertrain. The Q50 Hybrid teams a 296-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with a 50-kilowatt electric motor for a combined 354 hp. Check out more photos below.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 14, 2013 | Comments (11)

2014 Infiniti Q50, Q50 Hybrid at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Audi A4, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class
  • Looks like: New look and no manual transmission ... G37 owners might stay away
  • Drivetrain: 328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, rear or all-wheel drive; 354-hp combined 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid
  • Hits dealerships: This summer

There is no question that Infiniti's entry-level G37 sedan needed an update despite its much fawned over performance chops. The interior was looking dated, and its superb handling and sporty ride alienated shoppers looking at stalwarts from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

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Now called the Q50, the sedan is completely redesigned, but it has an identical wheelbase to the outgoing G37 while overall length is marginally longer and the height is down less than a half inch. The Q50 is 2 inches wider, however.

The look, though, is radically different, mimicking the larger M37 sedan but with slightly smaller dimensions. It's not an instant hit at first glance, but it could easily grow on people.

By David Thomas | January 14, 2013 | Comments (12)

Infiniti to Rename Entire Lineup Q or QX

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Infiniti, one of the last luxury holdouts to have model numbers that actually indicate engine size — as opposed to BMW, Mercedes and Lexus — will rename its entire lineup using Q or QX monikers starting with the 2014 model year.

Luxury brands like Volvo, Audi and Lincoln have similar conventions; Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen headed up Audi of America until last spring. Citing the need for "a new identity and direction to promote consumer familiarity with our model range as we expand the portfolio," he laid out plans to begin the shift "in logical stages" starting with the 2014 model year.

Among Infiniti's SUVs, the EX35 becomes the QX50, the JX35 will be the QX60, the FX35/50 will be the QX70 and the QX56 will be the QX80.

Among the brand's cars, the G25/37 sedan becomes the Q50, which debuts in redesigned form at next month's Detroit auto show. It’s essentially the next G with a new name. The G37 coupe and convertible become the Q60, and the M37/56 becomes the Q70.

By Kelsey Mays | December 17, 2012 | Comments (15)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

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Infiniti's IPL trim is supposed to up the performance factor of the G line, but according to Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley, you don't get what you pay for. The added price you'll pay for the IPL version of the 2013 G convertible isn't worth the marginal performance upgrades, Hanley says.

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By Jennifer Geiger | October 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Infiniti G IPL Convertible Video

The Infiniti G IPL convertible adds some power, a sport-tuned suspension and a few more interior and exterior appointments compared to the regular G convertible. However, for the increased price, the marginally boosted performance doesn't make up for the existing shortcomings of the G convertible, says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.

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By Colin Bird | October 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

Cupholders Take on Starbucks' Trenta Size

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In 2011, after finding some two-thirds of iced-beverage customers already pony up the stomach capacity for a Venti, Starbucks introduced its Trenta size — a 31-ounce tribute to America's appetite for 1,000-watt stereos, quadruple burgers and Cowboys Stadium. More than a year later, Trenta is alive and well, leading us to wonder if car cupholders are up to the job of holding it. After all, the mismatch prompted 7-Eleven to downsize its titanic Double Gulp from 64 ounces to 50. Oh, the toil.

But Starbucks has the bigger footprint, with some 11,000 stores in North America compared with 7-Eleven's 9,375. What's more, cupholders and Starbucks go together like Korean rappers and YouTube. So we bought two Trenta iced teas and a Venti for comparison (pictured), and we took them to our current crop of press cars: a 2013 Infiniti G37 IPL convertible, 2012 Honda Insight and 2013 Volvo S60, plus our two long-term cars, a 2011 Chevrolet Volt and 2011 Nissan Leaf.

I'm still working through one of the iced teas. My head hurts a little.

By Kelsey Mays | September 11, 2012 | Comments (3)

Mercedes, Lexus and Audi Fail Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and two Lexus sedans — the IS 250/350 and the outgoing ES 350 — failed the latest round of IIHS frontal tests.

As we reported Monday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new offset frontal-barrier test simulates a 40-mph collision with a rigid barrier that overlaps just 25% of the car. The test simulates a front-corner collision with a tree, a pole or another vehicle, a scenario that is responsible for almost 25% of front crashes that seriously injure or kill someone in front, IIHS says. The new test will augment the agency's existing frontal test, which crashes a car at 40 mph against a deformable barrier that overlaps 40% of the front.

"Outside of some automakers’ proving grounds, such a test isn’t currently conducted anywhere else in the United States or Europe," IIHS said in a statement, noting that despite an increasing number of cars that score well in frontal crash tests, some 10,000 highway deaths still come from frontal collisions each year.

By Kelsey Mays | August 14, 2012 | Comments (30)

2013 Infiniti G Line: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: No more Infiniti G25  
  • Price change: Coupe and convertible see price increases, expect the same with the sedan 
  • On sale: Sedan in September; coupe and convertible are on sale now  
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Few significant changes and the elimination of the most affordable options makes recommending the 2012 an easy call.

For the 2013 model year, the Infiniti G line gets many changes that ultimately reduce the breadth of G offerings — most notably on the affordable end of the spectrum. The "streamlining," as Nissan calls it, points toward a possible Infiniti G replacement for next year.

Nissan dropped the Infiniti G25 sedan family and the base G coupe for the 2013 model year. The G25 originally debuted in the 2011 model year as a more affordable, fuel-efficient model to compete against the likes of the Acura TSX and Lexus IS 250. The G25 starts at $32,600, which is $3,800 less than the current base G37 sedan. The G25 sedan will stay in production until December 2012, according to Nissan.

By Colin Bird | June 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

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