Infiniti is poised to announce a new performance division to rival BMW’s M department and Mercedes’ AMG unit.
The firm has trademarked the names ‘Infiniti Performance Line’ and ‘IPL’ with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
According to the application, the trademark is also said to cover “high-performance motor vehicle parts”, including turbochargers, suspension and braking systems and interior equipment including sports seats.
An Infiniti spokesman didn’t comment on the reports, but did say the firm would be revealing additions to its G saloon and G coupe ranges at Pebble Beach this summer, although these are not believed to be destined for Europe.
Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti’s business unit, said earlier this month that the firm would reveal a performance-orientated model in the summer, but refused to elaborate any further.