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Old 01-17-2014, 05:13 PM
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Oh no! Not Again!!! Infiniti to drop name and rename.

Infiniti will reportedly pull the plug on its Infiniti Performance Line, better known as IPL, in favor of a new Eau Rouge performance range.

Infiniti launched IPL in 2010 with the hopes that the performance division would eventually rival brands like BMW's M and Mercedes-Benz's AMG, but those plans never fully materialized. The IPL treatment was offered on Infiniti's G coupe and sedan, but the performance tweaks were never enough to really stir the soul.

It appears as though Infiniti is ready to give up on the short-lived IPL sub-brand as Edmunds is reporting that all future performance Infiniti models will be sold under the Eau Rouge banner. Infiniti introduced the world to the Eau Rogue name at the 2014 Detroit auto show with a high-performance version of its Q50 sedan.

Infiniti hasn't announced when the first Eau Rouge vehicle might launch and Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, admits that the Japanese automaker doesn't quite know what to do with IPL brand. Although pure speculation at this point, it's possible Infiniti could position Eau Rogue against M- and AMG-tuned vehicles while IPL competes against brands like Audi's S-line.

The Eau Rogue concept features an aggressive body kit and a twin-turbocharged engine with at least 500 horsepower on tap, and we'd expected to see similar hardware on the road-going version of the performance sedan.

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IPL was such a failure.

As long as they got the goods to back it up, then people can overlook it.

if they offer a 500hp RWD Q50/Q60, that compete with M3/M4 and AMG. It doesn't really matter what they call it. People will remember it.
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Meh, as if people acknowledged IPL in the first place
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Infinity sucks at naming their shits. Jesus.
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Infinity sucks at naming their shits. Jesus.
Seriously. Awful.

M, RS/S, AMG, F/F-Sport, and Eau Rouge?

Red Water?
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The fark is an "Eau Rouge"...?





Person A: "Hey man, guess what I bought! I bought a Q50 Eau Rouge!"
Person B: "WTFBBQ is a Q50 Oh Rooj...?"
Person A: "........"
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Infinity getting into the cologne industry. Good for them.
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Meh, bring it if it makes power call whale shit that the sea creatures spit out as they eat sauerkraut. Just make that power, make it turn, make it stop and make it "affordable"
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Thumbs up Flagship Sedan and Coupe Plans

Cool. Let's see how they look...but, let's see if these can compete remotely with the German's Big 3 and Lexus.

From here: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1...flagship-plans

Infiniti hasn’t had a proper flagship since 2006, when the Q45 filled this role. Previous rumors had the Q45 being revived, but these were subsequently squashed. While only a year ago Infiniti was unsure of what direction to take for any new flagship, the brand is confident now that it will be able to find success with not one but two high-end models to top its lineup.

Speaking at the recent 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen said the brand would launch a high-performance sedan positioned well above the Q70, and also a more sports-oriented model. Being flagship models, sales will be limited so to spread costs de Nysschen has previously said that two models sharing the same platform made sense.

The sedan won’t be a conventional 7-Series and S-Class rival but more of a shapely four-door coupe akin to the Porsche Panamera. The sports-oriented model, meanwhile, will be a large coupe.

The sedan is expected to arrive first, with Car and Driver reporting a launch date in 2016. The coupe is expected to follow a year later. Power in either model is expected to come from turbocharged V-6 as Infiniti is no longer interested in V-8s.

Before then, Infiniti will launch a new Q30 hatchback based on its concept of the same name. A next-gen QX50 should also arrive before 2015, and the current G37 sedan (yes, it’s still on sale) is expected to be renamed a Q40 and offered alongside the Q50 as value-oriented alternative.
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Eau Rouge

wow. Just, wow.
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de Nysschen is like the Chris Bangle of Infiniti, only instead of ruining styling he's ruining the naming. In a few years he will get promoted and the next guy will rename all that stuff yet again.
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Eau Rouge

wow. Just, wow.
sounds like a musical on Broadway
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Infiniti QX50 Eau Rouge ...

The average person is going to look at that name and wonder what the hell it is.
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Infiniti hasn’t had a proper flagship since 2006, when the Q45 filled this role. Previous rumors had the Q45 being revived, but these were subsequently squashed. While only a year ago Infiniti was unsure of what direction to take for any new flagship, the brand is confident now that it will be able to find success with not one but two high-end models to top its lineup.

Speaking at the recent 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen said the brand would launch a high-performance sedan positioned well above the Q70 , and also a more sports-oriented model. Being flagship models, sales will be limited so to spread costs de Nysschen has previously said that two models sharing the same platform made sense.

The sedan won’t be a conventional 7-Series and S-Class rival but more of a shapely four-door coupe akin to the Porsche Panamera. The sports-oriented model, meanwhile, will be a large coupe.

The sedan is expected to arrive first, with Car and Driver reporting a launch date in 2016. The coupe is expected to follow a year later. Power in either model is expected to come from turbocharged V-6 as Infiniti is no longer interested in V-8s.

Before then, Infiniti will launch a new Q30 hatchback based on its concept of the same name. A next-gen QX50 should also arrive before 2015, and the current G37 sedan (yes, it’s still on sale) is expected to be renamed a Q40 and offered alongside the Q50 as value-oriented alternative.
The only understood "Q's" in that article where the Q45....the rest...well, I couldn't tell you if they were an SUV, Sedan, Coupe, small, medium, large,......the only thing I could think of is the writer is confused with Audi
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Originally Posted by charliemike View Post
Infiniti QX50 Eau Rouge ...

The average person is going to look at that name and wonder what the hell it is.
I don't even know what the hell it is.

I would think it's that massive Nissan Armada twin, fancied up Infiniti-style, that subtly injects perfume into the HVAC system to give the cabin a nice scent.

Nope, QX50 (or did the article mean Q50?) is the EX35 replacement wait, what?
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S View Post
The only understood "Q's" in that article where the Q45....the rest...well, I couldn't tell you if they were an SUV, Sedan, Coupe, small, medium, large,......the only thing I could think of is the writer is confused with Audi
I read it exactly as the emoticons showed
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damn they are screwing shit up with all the Q's
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Even after DyBangle's explanation of the new naming scheme I still think it's stupid and so does most of the public since we're confused.
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damn they are screwing shit up with all the Q's
I do not understand what was wrong with the previous model designations.

If Infiniti wasn't making their sales targets, the issue was the vehicle not the name.

I'm assuming that "X" no longer means all-wheel drive.

Otherwise you'd have someone looking at a QX50 and a Q50x and heads would explode.
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This was posted on their Instagram yesterday captioned "They said it couldn’t be built. Silence the naysayers – April 3."


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Cool it's getting the green light?
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This was posted on their Instagram yesterday captioned "They said it couldn’t be built. Silence the naysayers – April 3."

Who is they? What is it? Love pronouns
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Cool it's getting the green light?
Looks like red light to me.
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Post Infiniti Boss Hints At Using GT-R Engine in More Models

The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 in Nissan’s GT-R produces a stout 600 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque in its most potent form, so it’s understandable Nissan would be keen to drop the engine into some of its other models. While most other Nissans couldn’t command the high prices necessitated by the installation of the hand-built engine, some Infinitis certainly could.

In fact, we’ve already seen the GT-R engine installed in the Q50 Eau Rouge concept car, which is yet to be confirmed for production but almost certainly will given the positive attention it’s received. Now Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen has revealed that more Infiniti models could end up receiving the GT-R engine.

“I think that we should expect to see at least three different car lines across the Infiniti lineup that feature that powertrain,” de Nysschen told Motor Trend. “You can imagine a high-end coupe, you can imagine a real high-performance luxury four-seater…and it seems to me a logical evolution to do the new Q60.”

The Infiniti boss also hinted that we’ll likely see a new sedan slotting in between the Q50 and Q70 models, likely to be a four-door coupe version of the new Q60.

But before you get too excited about new Infinitis packing GT-R power, note that pricing for the cars are likely to match or even exceed the GT-R’s $103k starting price. When asked by Motor Trend how much a production version of the Q50 Eau Rouge might be, de Nysschen responded that “we’re probably looking at a $100,000 car."

He explained that these types of cars will be largely hand-built and have production runs numbering in the mere hundreds. Low volumes plus low expected lifespans for the special models means pricing will be high.
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i give them props to want to compete with the big boys in the niche market (4 door coupe offering)

But i would to tell the infiniti boss "learn how to walk first before you can run" Fix you god damn Q50 and Q60.

GTR can charge that much even though it is a Nissan because it is a GTR, it has its own prestige and fan base. GTR name alone will sell cars.

That will not work for a $130k Infiniti Q60GC IPL or whatever they might call it.

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This strategy will work in China, not in North America.
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https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/i...ototype-paris/

At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Infiniti unveiled the Project Black S design study, which gauged consumers' reaction to a potential trim line that merged Infiniti's road-car tech with Renault's Formula 1 tech. This year, a Project Black S prototype is headed for Paris, and it's apparently functional.

Infiniti announced that it will bring the Project Black S prototype to the 2018 Paris Motor Show next week. Initially just a design study, Project Black S relies on a bit of Formula 1 technology to create something Infiniti calls a "dual-hybrid" powertrain. The car will receive its official unveiling on Monday, Oct. 1, the day before the show opens to the press.

The Project Black S prototype charges the electric side of its hybrid system in two different ways. Like many other modern hybrids, it is capable of capturing energy during braking and generating electricity from it. But in a F1-flavored twist, it also has two generators on the gas engine's twin electric turbochargers, which harvest the heat created during acceleration to generate even more juice. Both these systems are present on modern F1 race cars.

On its own, the Project Black S prototype's 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 puts out 400 horsepower. Combined with the boost from the prototype's hybrid system, net output rises to a proper 563 horsepower. Infiniti believes the car's power-to-weight ratio is sufficient for a 0-to-62-mph run in less than four seconds.

Looking at pictures of last year's design study next to the photo Infiniti provided with its release, the two vehicles don't look all that different. The new prototype gets some yellow accents on the tires and front fascia, but otherwise it looks the same as before -- gaping-maw aerodynamics up front, big ol' air extractors on the hood and a stonking wing out back. Roadshow will be on the ground in Paris, so we'll get up close and personal with the car to see if anything else has changed.
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Hyundai called... they want their Veloster back...
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They really need to do something dramatic in 2019, they are being forgotten as we speak.... as a former owner of 3 G35/G37s, i feel very bad.

Step 1: change the naming thing back to G35 and G37. G37S sound so much better than Q50 and Q60...
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They jumped the shark on their naming convention when they changed the name of the G37 to the Q40.
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The Eau Rouge was great...until they vapored it.

Infiniti is becoming the new Acura.
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The Eau Rouge was great...until they vapored it.

Infiniti is becoming the new Acura.
Dead fish brand.
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BEIJING -- Nissan's premium brand, Infiniti, said it will exit western Europe early next year as it restructures its global operations and turns its attention to sales in China and the United States.

Infiniti said it will discontinue the Q30 and QX30 models and cease their production by the middle of 2019 at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, England. Both vehicles are sold globally but produced only in Sunderland.

The move will mean the end of 250 manufacturing jobs in Sunderland, although Nissan said it hopes to find alternative work for the employees affected.

Infiniti plans to divert its resources to markets with bigger opportunities from a region where non-European premium brands are struggling to compete against local players such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

"Western Europe remains the most challenging and competitive region for premium cars," Infiniti's chief spokesman, Trevor Hale, said. Infiniti's sales in western Europe almost halved last year to 5,800 vehicles.

Infiniti will continue selling cars in Russia and eastern Europe, it said.

Infiniti has struggled to effectively meet emissions and other regulatory requirements in Europe, Hale said, referring to stringent Euro 6 emissions requirements and other regulatory challenges.

"The commercial reality for Infiniti in western Europe is that there is simply no visibility of a viable and sustainable business, especially given the regulatory challenges," he said.

Infiniti said an exit from western Europe will allow it to focus on its initiative to "electrify" a good portion of its product portfolio from 2021 and discontinue diesel offerings.

The brand plans to focus more on its crossover/SUV lineup in North America, bring five new or significantly-redesigned vehicles to China over the next five years, improve quality of sales and residual value and realize more synergies with Nissan.

"This is all part of Infiniti's vision to become a top challenger brand in the premium segment," it said.

As it prepares to withdraw from western Europe, Infiniti said it is working to find alternative opportunities for employees who would be affected, consulting with employee representatives where necessary and identifying opportunities for transition and training support where appropriate.

Infiniti has 51 employees in its western Europe operations. There are 55 Infiniti retail stores in western Europe.

Nissan also recently scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain amid the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, saying it had taken the decision to optimize its investments by building the next generation model in Japan.

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