Infiniti Cars

Launched in 1989, Infiniti is a luxury brand imprint of Nissan. The brand was created as a means for Nissan to introduce premium vehicles into the American market that wouldn’t fit in with the rest of Nissan’s mainstream selection.

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Infiniti Through the Years

Infiniti began by offering cars solely to the North American market. However, since the brand started out in 1989, Infiniti continually expanded its operations and the marketing network for its vehicles to include more than 230 dealerships in 15 different countries. However, Nissan does not employ the Infiniti marque in Japan, where most of the Infiniti models are available under the Nissan brand.

The Infiniti brand was designed specifically with the American market in mind. The company’s marketing strategy was to target the premium segment of the U.S. auto market, much the way Honda did with its own luxury brand, Acura. Toyota also launched its own luxury brand, Lexus, during the same period.

Infiniti’s first offering in the U.S. market was the Q45. A full-size four-door luxury sedan, the Q45 featured a V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive. The vehicle was intended to compete directly with the Lexus LS, while also undercutting more expensive vehicles such as the BMW 7 Series and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

In 1990, the M30 debuted. Initially available as a two-door luxury coupe, the M30 was essentially a rebranded version of the Nissan Leopard, which was previously available on the Japanese domestic market. The M30 was available only briefly between 1990 and 1992. However, in the 1990s, Infiniti introduced a wider variety of vehicles into the American market. These included the 1991 Infiniti G20, and the 1993 four-door J30 sedan.

The automaker’s sales in the U.S. declined slightly in the mid-1990s. But by the late-1990s, Infiniti regained its footing. In 1997, it released its first SUV, the QX4, which was based on the Nissan Pathfinder. It was midsize and offered all the comforts of a luxury sedan on the chassis of a rugged four-wheel drive vehicle. The QX4 sold well in the U.S. market until it was discontinued in 2003 to make way for the QX56.

In the early 2000s, Infiniti found further success with the G35. A compact executive car had an entry-level price tag and caught on widely with American drivers as it enabled Infiniti to achieve a new level of sales success. While it may not have succeeded in surpassing BMW, Mercedes, or even Lexus in sales, Infiniti still commanded a respectable segment of the U.S. market.

Infiniti Models

The Infiniti G is still available as a sedan and as a coupe. The 2011 G25 sedan is powered by a 2.5 liter V-6 engine and was designed to compete with cars like the Lexus IS250 and the BMW 328i. Infiniti also manufactures a version with a 328-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 known as the G37.

The 2004 Infiniti QX56 was introduced to pick up where the original QX4 left off. As a full-size luxury SUV, it boasts a powerful V-8 engine and excellent towing capabilities. Like many luxury SUVs, the QX56 wasn’t designed as an offroad vehicle as it was a stylish urban recreational vehicle.

Infiniti discontinued the Q45 in the United States in 2006. The original M35 and M45 were sold alongside the Q45 for several years, but eventually replaced the trailblazing model completely. Those models eventually gave way to Infiniti’s current versions, the V-6 M37, V-8 M56, and the hybrid M35h. The new Infiniti M models feature more elegant, stylish lines than their predecessors, and their appearance has been compared to classic European performance brands like Jaguar and Maserati.

Another of the current models featured by Infiniti is the FX. Like the QX56, it was designed to fill the hole left by the original QX4. However, the QX is a full-size, truck-based SUV; the FX is a midsize crossover. It was unveiled in 2003, the same year as the similarly sized Porsche Cayenne and Volvo XC90.

While Infiniti didn't garner the sort of sales figures it hoped for when it entered into the U.S. market, its cars have remained popular with American drivers for more than two decades. More reliable and cheaper to maintain than many other similar luxury cars, Infiniti offer an appealing combination of style, affordability, class, and performance.

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Infiniti EX35

2012-2008 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Infiniti EX35 is a luxury compact crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was launched in 2007 at the New York Auto Show.

Infiniti EX37

2013 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti FX35

2012-2003 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Infiniti FX35 is a midsize crossover SUV that was first introduced in 2003 and discontinued in 2010.

Infiniti FX37

2013 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti FX45

2008-2003 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Infiniti FX45 was introduced along with the FX35, which is essentially the same crossover with a different engine.

Infiniti FX50

2013-2009 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti markets the Infiniti FX50 crossover SUV to performance enthusiasts.

Infiniti G20

2002-1999, 1996-1995 | Midsize, Sedan

The Infiniti G20 is a compact executive car that was first introduced back in the early 1990s.

Infiniti G25

2012-2011 | Luxury, Sedan

The Infiniti G25 serves as the American version of the Nissan Skyline 250GT.

Infiniti G35

2008-2003 | Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Sports

Released in 2003, the Infiniti G35 helped the brand establish a positive reputation and move into profits after struggling for some time.

Infiniti G37

2013-2008 | Convertible, Coupe, Luxury, Sedan, Sports

The Infiniti G37 is a rear drive drive model that comes as a sedan, a convertible, or a coupe.

Infiniti I30

2001-1996 | Midsize, Sedan

The Infiniti I30 is a midsize car manufactured by Nissan Motors and sold under the Infiniti brand in the U.S. automobile market.

Infiniti I35

2004-2002 | Luxury, Sedan

The Infiniti I30, a luxury performance sedan priced in the middle of the Infiniti sedan lineup, became the I35 in 2002.

Infiniti J30

1997-1995 | Luxury, Sedan

The Infiniti J30 is a four-door luxury sedan that was introduced in 1993 and discontinued just four years later.

Infiniti JX35

2013 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Infiniti JX35 is a midsize luxury crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV) that debuted as a concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in 2011.

Infiniti M35

2010-2006 | Luxury, Sedan

The Infiniti M35 debuted in 2006 and lasted until 2010.

Infiniti M35h

2013-2012 | Hybrid, Luxury, Sedan

First introduced in the spring of 2012, the Infiniti M35h is a hybrid version of the Infiniti M midsize luxury sedan.

Infiniti M37

2013-2011 | Luxury, Sedan

The Infiniti M37 is a mid-luxury sedan, manufactured, and sold under the Infiniti luxury brand of Nissan Motors.

Infiniti M45

2010-2006, 2004-2003 | Luxury, Sedan

Aside from an unrelated platform with the ‘M’ designation in the early 1990s, the Infiniti M45 represents the start of Infiniti’s higher end midsize luxury performance sedans.

Infiniti M56

2013-2011 | Luxury, Sedan

A midsize luxury sedan, the Infiniti M56 is a relatively new model that was first introduced in 2011.

Infiniti Q40

2015 | Luxury, Sedan

Infiniti Q45

2005-1995 | Luxury, Sedan

The Infiniti Q45 is a full-size luxury sedan manufactured by Nissan Motors under its Infiniti brand from 1990 to 2006.

Infiniti Q50

2019-2014 | Hybrid, Luxury, Sedan

Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

2017-2014 | Hybrid, Luxury, Sedan

Infiniti Q60

2018-2017, 2015-2014 | Convertible, Coupe, Sports

Infiniti Q70

2017-2014 | Hybrid, Luxury, Sedan

Infiniti Q70 Hybrid

2016-2014 | Hybrid, Luxury, Sedan

Infiniti QX30

2018-2017 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti QX4

2003-2001 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Infiniti QX4 is a luxury SUV crossover manufactured by Infiniti from 1997 to 2003.

Infiniti QX50

2017-2014 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti QX56

2013-2004 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Infiniti QX56 is a full-size luxury SUV suitable for both the suburban rider and those wanting a bit of power from their vehicles.

Infiniti QX60

2019, 2017-2014 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

2016-2014 | Hybrid, SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti QX70

2017-2014 | SUV, Utility/Offroad

Infiniti QX80

2019-2014 | SUV, Utility/Offroad