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jwfisher 12-17-2012 07:06 PM

My Q60...? Infiniti announces no more G
Infiniti Announces New Naming Strategy
  • Infiniti models from the 2014 model year to carry Q or QX prefix
  • New nomenclature symbolizes new brand direction and the commitment to Infiniti under the leadership of Johan de Nysschen
  • The use of Q & QX captures the inspiration within the next generation of Infiniti models, while relating back to Infiniti's roots of the Q45
  • New premium sports sedan to launch at the North American International Auto Show in January will be first Infiniti to carry new Q badge

HONG KONG - Marking another significant step in its plan to further expand its presence in the premium automotive sector, Infiniti today announced details of a new nomenclature strategy to be applied to its complete product range beginning with the 2014 model year. The first model to carry Infiniti's new Q badge will be the Q50, an all-new premium sports sedan to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in January 2013.

The premium automotive brand will see its model range simply prefixed either by Q for sedans, coupes and convertibles, or QX, for crossover and SUV models. Each model will be further identified by a double digit representing hierarchy within the range.

This strategic change reflects Infiniti's desire for clarity and cohesiveness as it embarks on ambitious growth plans, including significant expansion of the Infiniti portfolio.

Commenting on the revised naming philosophy, Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Limited, said: "Over the past few months, we have talked at length with our retailers, our customers, and our business partners about our brand. The need for a new identity and direction to promote consumer familiarity with our model range as we expand the portfolio became evident. To achieve this, we clearly needed a simple and consistent nomenclature framework. After exhaustive research and evaluation, we concluded that 'Q' captured the inspiration within the next generation of Infiniti models, as well as emphasizing our performance credentials while harking back to our heritage with the Q45 Infiniti's first iconic flagship product in 1989."

Infiniti's new nomenclature strategy will be implemented in logical stages within the existing product range, as 2014 model year variants are introduced. The brand's future plans include a range of next-generation Infiniti models that will carry Q and QX badging from the outset.

About Infiniti:
Infiniti, the premium automotive brand, reflects its brand promise "Inspired Performance" with a model line-up of sedans, coupes, SUVs and crossovers featuring exhilarating performance, emotive design and cutting edge technology. Infiniti continues to launch across the globe through a dedicated network of Infiniti Centers that share a commitment to exceptional hospitality throughout the entire period of ownership.

Infiniti was launched in 1989 in the United States. Infiniti's global footprint expanded into Canada in 1990, Taiwan in 1997, the Middle East in 2004, Korea in 2005 and Russia in 2006. Global expansion continued in 2007 with Infiniti Centres opening in the Ukraine and in one of the world's fastest growing luxury automotive markets, China. In 2008 Infiniti launched in Western and Central Europe, which has added 19 additional markets. Infiniti is sold globally in 47 markets to-date.

Since May 2012, Infiniti Motor Company Ltd.'s new global headquarters is situated in Hong Kong, headed by Johan de Nysschen as President of Infiniti on 1 July.

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BLamb 12-17-2012 07:38 PM

not a fan of this naming convention. trying to pull a bmw with 1,3,4,5,6,7 series x1,x3,x5,x6... Also can't tell what size engine the car has anymore unless they're dropping to one per line.

bluedevils95 12-17-2012 07:40 PM

WOW!!! really?!?

JPSBLACKG37 12-17-2012 07:44 PM

Yeah not a fan... I'm sure we will all have fun in our Q's lol

G35sportsedan 12-17-2012 07:48 PM

QQ my G35 is not called a Q50 =X

this is going to be confusing, bad call by infiniti.

mishmosh 12-17-2012 07:48 PM

if everything has a Q, why bother with the Q???

Once again, infiniti is just copying it's German competitors with numbers separating the lines. SAD!

LH1 12-17-2012 07:51 PM

Terrible decision. :banghead:

"we clearly needed a simple and consistent nomenclature framework"

You already have one. This just confuses people.

bluedevils95 12-17-2012 07:54 PM

I don't know why they want to change the system to be like German.

GreyG 12-17-2012 07:55 PM

sounds stupid

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bluedevils95 12-17-2012 08:01 PM

baksdak 12-17-2012 08:02 PM

This is....interesting...and very Audi like with the A moniker and Q moniker. All the other makes I can think of right now also include engine displacement in the numbers...

dkmura 12-17-2012 08:08 PM

It's not hard to figure out. This move is to keep consumer perceptions from being swayed by nomenclature. Future Infiniti products (like every luxury car maker out there) will feature smaller engines for better fuel economy. So if the new G has, say a new 2.0-liter direct injected and turbocharged engine, the marque doesn't want to call it a 'G20T' or something like that. Consumers may feel that it's a downgrade from the current G37 as an example. All of these new products will be sold worldwide and I expect Infiniti will want to maintain or increase their current pricing structure.

muyrec 12-17-2012 08:09 PM

I forsee rename mod in the near future lmao :icon17:

sniper27 12-17-2012 08:17 PM

The only German brand that have a similar naming scheme is Audi. A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5 and Q7, not including the S and RS line. But BMW and Mercedes all have different number or letters for the models. S class, E class, C class, 3 series, 5 series, etc. In any regards, I don't love it or hate it. I don't see it as any more confusing than having to remember the G, EX, FX, QX, M, JX. Now we just have to remember numbers instead of letters.

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