New small Mercedes A-class-based Infiniti will be launched at the Geneva motor show in March
18 November 2010

Infiniti’s small car project is on track to be previewed by a concept at next spring’s Geneva motor show, according to well placed sources.

Nissan’s luxury division is said to be preparing a style-led three-door, possibly mixing coupé cues with a measure of hatchback practicality in the same manner as Mercedes’ soon-to-be-discontinued CLC. It’s likely to be based on a front-drive platform sourced from the next-gen A-class as part of a tie-up between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance.

Insiders have now revealed that Geneva showgoers will be given an early sight of the car, which is regarded by Infiniti as a crucial model as it aims to crack western Europe. The car could then be revealed in production form next autumn, at either the Frankfurt or Tokyo motor show.

“Next year’s Geneva concept will be something pretty special, and pretty different,” said a source. “It’s a small car, but not what you might expect.”Insiders also say the concept will be “close” to the production car. It’s likely the styling for both is being overseen by Infiniti designers working at the firm’s studio near Paddington in London.

Meanwhile, the new diesel-powered Infiniti M30d is expected to make up about 55 per cent of the model’s sales across western Europe, but the firm admits that figure could be as high as 80 per cent in some markets. Infiniti hopes to sell around 2000 examples of the car in Europe next year.

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16 November 2010

stunning car hope it makes production unchanged.as if !!!!

16 November 2010

[quote Flash Harry]stunning car hope it makes production unchanged.as if[/quote]

Agreed - on both points!

16 November 2010

Lets hope it looks nothing like the vulgar 'M' saloon. Amazing to think this company put out the stunning Essence concept and then signed off the styling the M saloon. It just looks wrong, the yanks appear to like the styling....say no more.

16 November 2010

Is this article saying it will look something like the car in the pics?

I'd say it has rather more than 'coupe cues'..

16 November 2010

It looks aesthetically horny except for the badge on the front and the chrome rims.

And I don't mean that in a snobby low rent way.


16 November 2010

Makes a nice change to see something where the designer has spent more than 5 mins designing. I don't mean just infinity with that i mean nearly every car maker is making bland boring cars. We need more car makers to make beautiful and purposeful cars.

I suppose its all down to cost but if your going to make an all new car then make something that stands out, is beautiful and grabs peoples attention.

17 November 2010

Wow Stunning car hope they build it just like this . This is just what Infiniti need to get regoconissed and they should have had one from the beginning this should help give them some wow facteo would be great to see them do well as there is not that many other luxery choices to really threathen the Germans and I think Infiniti has the potential to make some really great high tech and great to drive cars that people want to have just give them a few years .

17 November 2010

Its a miniature Bristol Fighter! Make it! Will it sell? Your guess is as good as mine.

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