• Oct 20th 2009 at 2:31PM
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According to British auto mag Auto Express, Infiniti is in the midst of designing a new small car that would potentially go up against the BMW 1 Series, Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Soon, we'll likely be adding a small hybrid hatchback to that mix from Lexus in the vein of the LF-Ch concept shown last month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

If there's any truth to this rumor, Infiniti is joining Lexus in going green, but instead of adopting a hybrid drivetrain, Nissan's premium brand will reportedly use a fully electric platform. Logic would seemingly dictate that the entry-level Infiniti would be based on the Nissan Leaf electric car, which is slated to begin sales late in 2010.

While we're not convinced the electric Infiniti hatchback is indeed in the offing, it's certainly possible Nissan would extend its small electric platform to its premium nameplate in order to recoup a bit more of its sizable investment into the electric car's technology. If so, expect to see the battery-powered Infiniti hit the market around 2012.

[Source: Auto Express]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The car better somewhat cool to drive, or else they will lose money, no Micra. I think VW has the market on this one with the Jetta and Golf/Rabbit. We will have to wait and see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Smart move, in 7 years Nissan could be bigger than Honda here if Honda keeps dragging their feet on EVs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have you guys already forgotten about yesterday's rumor?
      • 5 Years Ago
      1. Make it RWD or RWD-based AWD.
      2. Bring a new Q already!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What they should really be working on is a Big bold new Q45 to hold the helm
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think "electricity" is the least of Infinitis worries at the moment.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll buy it as long as it comes with an Infiniti G computerized exhaust note!
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