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Japan version of the Infiniti M ruffles the XF, 5-Series and E-class

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What is it?

Infiniti will launch a renewed assault on the usual German premium suspects in Europe next September, with the new M37 sports saloon.

The Nissan Fuga, the car you see here, is essentially the Japanese-speaking version of that car. Out now in Tokyo, it's every inch a rival for the XF, 5-Series and E-Class in terms of spec, size and outlook.

What's it like?

The Fuga has a sleek, athletic shape and, while it seems big in the metal, at 4945mm long, it's actually a touch shorter than an XF, as well as taller but slightly narrower.

Inside, the Fuga works well for comfort and space and comes sumptuously appointed. There are clear instruments and plenty of kit, but still hints of chintzy trad Japan to the overall decor that ex-Cedric owners may relish.

Dynamically, this top grade Fuga 370GT Type S (with the same V6 engine as the 370Z), is fast and fluent, with fine body control and a sportingly firm yet well controlled ride. In short, it's a car high on driver appeal that could also give the XF a run for its money.

While the Infiniti M37 will also offer a V6 diesel in EU trim, here today, the Z-based 3.7-litre V6 makes a powerful statement. It's not the most refined engine around but is strong, goes hard and working with a seven-speed paddleshift auto with downshift blipping, gives the Fuga a real sporting edge.

On big 20-inch rims, the Fuga corners and grips keenly too. This Type S gets the works in terms of tech, including Active 4WS, and combines XF-class agility and poise with quick, accurate steering. Ride quality is taut (maybe too taut at speed) but then this the full-on sports suspension package.

Should I buy one?

Hi-res Nissan Fuga pictures

There's no question, the Nissan Fuga is a bold effort - perhaps bold enough to ruffle a feather or two when it arrives in September 2010.

The price will be key, too, and the standard kit list - if transferred to Europe - suggests the car is also going to be good value.

Peter Nunn

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11 December 2009

I dont think it will catch on no matter how great it is, its got the wrong badge on it, the average punter in the market for an executive car will not take a second glance at a Nissan whether its badged Infiniti on not. Look how long it is taking Lexus to get anything like decent sales figures. BMW, Mercedes, Audi or Jaguar, will not be worried, even if the product is superior, it does not guarantee sales. Tens of thousands buy the 1 series and that is a pile of overpriced, poorly packaged garbage, with shocking interior quality, however its a "BMW" not a Nissan or a VW or a Ford. Nissan can get away with sports cars because of the loyal customer base for the "Z" or the "Skyline", big Jap cars dont sell well, Honda Legend, Nissan Maxim, Mitsubishi Sigma.

11 December 2009

[quote Autocar]it's every inch a rival for the XF[/quote]

Although actually - if you squint and look at it, hey presto, it's the front end of the new XJ!

11 December 2009

Badge snobs are going to say even if this Nissan is superior to the usual suspects in every way it will STILL be an inferior car then refer us all to the lack of sales success of Lexus in Europe.

Will be a cracking buy at two to three years old cause used values are going to drop like a stone.

Hyundaismoke may have a point. IF and I emphisise IF (don't go wild HS) Hyundai build a better performing, smoother, better handling, more refined and better built car than Jaguar, Audi, BMW and Mercedes and IF it has a sunroof to beautifully tan my bald head my ass will be quite happy to drive it. Am sure no matter how good a car made by the wrong manufacturer could be there are those who would never ever accept it,

11 December 2009

-I love it! it looks good (i think to say it looks like the XF at the front is incorrect as the shapes are wildly different); i really like it.

-as above, for people to ignore the success Lexus has had in the luxury end of the market is crazy and i think the Infiniti brand is something different; its not a stuffed shirt german brand and its more design orientated than Lexus; the latter looking crude at the side of this.

-this is flowing and sport, its got excellent design features in a way MB and BMW have not nor Lexus; its a great car and it works well also as has been stated in the report.

-well done Inifiniti! well done Nissan! this car had looks, dynamics, excellent equipment and is keenly priced! its going to fly off the shelves.

-more trouble for BMW i feel.

11 December 2009

Should have called it the Fugly!

11 December 2009

new BMW 5 series 535i auto

0-62mph 6.1s, 34mpg, £38k on the road

530d auto

0-62 6.3s, 46mpg, £38k otr

in the real world this Datsun is not on the pace. and why is it so heavy?

11 December 2009

-Styling is subjective, but this design like all the Infiniti range is beautiful, sure it different but it was going to be and this design is wonderful

-the thinking persons luxury car, its got style and elegance, its got sportness and refinement, it feeds the eyes; its a very clever design.

-its like the e class, people hated the design that now they rave about it; the infiniti is (without doubt) even better than that e class; the thing with the e class was in places it was different like curves and straight lines; this 370GT is a much more complete design, it flows and in the flesh will look even better, its a very clever design

- you have only to look at the angles on the shots from the front and how the look of the car changes and how the lines act in a different way; its almost like pearlescent paint but in deisgn terms...its a very clever design.

-the e class (as said) was similar when it was first seen and this 370GT is even cleverer; it is a very clever design; if you appreciate design and style this is the motor, its the thinking persons car - without doubt.

11 December 2009

Only a really rich mug will buy this car. It's ugly and at the end of the day it looks like a Nissan "GL" type of car rather than a serious Jag, BMW, Merc rival. To say it looks like a Jaguar is actually insulting.

11 December 2009

[quote CapsLock]Styling is subjective, but this design like all the Infiniti range is beautiful[/quote]

Eh? A contradiction, surely? You might find it beautiful; it doesn't automatically follow that I do.

11 December 2009

@ Paul123 - would you not have just contradicted yourself? i.e. you being a singular and a forum typically but not limited to being plural?

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