The premium brand of Nissan continues to take the position and will soon lose its flagship Q70 sedan. The successor will be, but not until 2021, and most likely will be electric vehicles.
Q70 is the oldest and most poorly-selling Infiniti model: for the first three quarters of this year in the US (which is the main market for the brand) sold a total of 2196 specimens, 36.8% less than the same period last year. For comparison, the most popular American sedan business-class Lexus ES – sold during the same period, with a circulation of 37 896 PCs (+10.3 per cent), “five” BMW – 30 364 (-2,6%), Mercedes-Benz E-Class/CLS – 29,649 (-7,4%), Lincoln MKZ – 13 646 (-8,6%), Audi A6 – 13 165 (+128%), Cadillac XTS – 10 of 243 (-19,1%). The production Cadillac XTS GM ceased in October within the framework of the plan for major restructuring.
Plan to overcome the crisis, Nissan is still not fully formed, much will depend on the decisions of the new head, but “head” is called, already flying: recently it became known about the withdrawal from the production model of the Cube cuts the modifications of the Titan pickup truck, there were rumors about closing the budget brand Datsun, and the sale of the European car factories. What to Infiniti, the brand had already left the markets in Europe and Australia and is now experiencing a dramatic drop in sales on the home, that is the American market.
In any case, recall that the Infiniti brand was created for America, in opposition to toyotovskogo the premium Lexus brand and Honda’s Acura. Sedan, M30 was one of the two models, which Infiniti debuted in the US in 1989, and since then, the “emka” has changed four generations. Best year of sales for the model was 2006, then was sold to 25 of 658 copies. The current fourth generation introduced in 2009, and in 2013 it experienced a facelift and changed the name to the Q70. Now the sedan is offered with standard (2900 mm) or long (3051 mm) wheelbase, rear or all-wheel drive. The engine – naturally aspirated 3.7 l V6 (335 HP) or atmospheric 5.6 l V8 (425 HP). Transmission – only 7-speed hydromechanical “automatic”. Was previously available as a hybrid version on the basis of the 306-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine, but it has already been removed from production. And next year, Infiniti will not offer a model Q70, announced the publication Motor Authority with reference to the representative of the brand.
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About a successor yet officially unknown, but most likely, it will be a great electric sedan based on the Q concept Inspiration sample 2018. Wait for the machine serial can be no earlier than 2021, and then, provided that the company Nissan will go smoothly.
It is a pity that Q70 did this happen?