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The 2011 Infiniti QX56 went on display in the Middle East and some stealthy soul caught a couple of close-up pics from the front and rear three-quarter. It’s a much smoother vehicle than the one it replaces, ditching the arcs for hard angles. It also sheds finicky styling cues like the current vehicle’s slightly contorted C-pillar arrangement, going for an uninterrupted window line rimmed by a chrome strip. Head on, though, it’s grille-tastic. (more…)

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If you distill Monterey’s week-long extravaganza into a single word, it’s “luxury.” Sybaritic pleasures are the order du jour in and around Pebble, so Infiniti’s decision to reveal the 2011 M on the Monterey Peninsula is a clear indication of the brand’s interminable pursuit of recognition and respect in the world of up-market automobiles. (more…)

infiniti_essence_concept_action_mainIn a recent interview with CAR Magazine, Shiro Nakamura, design director for Nissan and Infiniti, took the UK publication around the Infiniti Essence concept, which made its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. (more…)

Two photographs of the new Infiniti G37 Convertible were released. The G37 is the roadster version of Nissan’s new 3-series fighter. The car will be formally shown at the 2008 Los Angeles motor show.

Infiniti G37 Specs:

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Nissan has announced that it will stop producing the Quest minivan, Armada full-size SUV and its Infiniti sibling the QX56 when the Mississippi factory they’re made in switches to building commercial vehicles in early 2010.

The company has not said if it will build future versions of the slow-sellers. The only word from Nissan is that final decisions have not been made, but there is the “intention” to build them.

“When we get to the end of each vehicle’s cycle, we look at the market,” a spokesperson said. Sounds to us like company speak that Nissan will not build new versions of the three. If it actually announced that fact today, though, it could impact sales of the 2009 models that will still be built and sold on new-car lots.

All three vehicles were either aging in their segment or poor performers, so seeing them go probably won’t hurt Nissan, which has seen better success with new smaller offerings like the Versa and the Rogue compact SUV.

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The new less-powerful version of the 2009 FX50 will be designated as the “FX35″ meaning it will have a VQ35HR engine and not the expected 3.7-liter 330 Horsepower G37 Coupe engine.

As reported by Michael Harley:

It is official. The all-new 2009 FX50 will not share the showroom floor with a rumored “FX37.” Instead, Infiniti has chosen to keep the less-powerful sibling designated as the “FX35.” That means the engine is the award-winning VQ35HR right out of the Infiniti G35 sedan — not the sweet 3.7-liter 330-hp gem from the G37 Coupe. Under the hood of the FX, the slightly smaller six-cylinder is rated at 303 hp (down just a few horses from the sedan’s rating of 306 hp). The 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 will be mated to a standard 7-speed automatic with Nissan’s Adaptive Shift Control (those trick magnesium paddle shifters are optional).

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