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

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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lucasworldcars 17 November 2010

Re: Infiniti readies stylish 3dr

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

FastRenaultFan 17 November 2010

Re: Infiniti readies stylish 3dr

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 .

rhw0104 16 November 2010

Re: Infiniti readies stylish 3dr

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.