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Highlighting the classic conundrum of creating a bespoke luxury car from more plebeian underpinnings is a report from Automotive News that Infiniti was forced to reject the initial designs for its version of the Nissan Leaf electric car. Apparently, those first attempts, which came in from Nissan's San Diego styling studio, were too similar to the standard Leaf.

According to Ben Poore, vice president of the North American Infiniti Business Unit, though, those problems are now long gone. "I was in Japan last week and saw the final three or four designs for the car," assures Poore. "And I can tell you without a doubt that we're going to have a uniquely Infiniti product."

So, what kind of "uniquely Infiniti" changes can we expect from the upmarket electric vehicle? Surely there will be styling updates to bring the funky little hatchback more in line with the rest of the Infiniti lineup, and we'd also expect an interior that's suitably upgraded with more luxurious appointments. Also, Poore suggests that the car must have adequate acceleration and performance in order to satisfy Infiniti's more demanding clientele.

Predictably, these improvements will bring with them an increase in the Leaf's after-federal-incentive price of around $25,000. How much more, though, remains to be seen, as does the actual release date of the Infiniti-fettled Nissan Leaf.

[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So a luxury brand is adding luxury features to a car to make it one of their own?!

      Wow, front page news right there!

      What did you want? A modern-day Cadillac Cimarron instead?
        • 5 Years Ago
        troll, hit the dictionary, find luxury.

        1. Something inessential but conducive to pleasure and comfort.
        2. Something expensive or hard to obtain.
        3. Sumptuous living or surroundings: lives in luxury.

        1. a material object, service, etc., conducive to sumptuous living, usually a delicacy, elegance, or refinement of living rather than a necessity: Gold cufflinks were a luxury not allowed for in his budget.
        2. free or habitual indulgence in or enjoyment of comforts and pleasures in addition to those necessary for a reasonable standard of well-being: a life of luxury on the French Riviera.
        3. a means of ministering to such indulgence or enjoyment: This travel plan gives you the luxury of choosing which countries you can visit.
        4. a pleasure out of the ordinary allowed to oneself: the luxury of an extra piece of the cake.
        5. a foolish or worthless form of self-indulgence: the luxury of self-pity.
        6. Archaic. lust; lasciviousness; lechery.

        EXCESS, something you may not even want, but have just to have.


        find a cliff, and jump
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's what Nissan, Ford, Toyota and Honda have been doing for decades.
        • 5 Years Ago

        "So a luxury brand is adding luxury features to a car to make it one of their own?!
        Wow, front page news right there!"

        I know right? How typical. They need to decontent a car. Sometimes more is bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Don't forget that it will have an analog clock too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, not too many people seem to like Infiniti styling. Personally, anything beyond the G or M series ranges from "meh" to "bleh!", but I really do like the direction Infiniti has been evolving with the M & G. I find them more attractive than their current competition from Lexus (IS & GS) or Acura (TSX & TL; and speaking of hideous grills...). I guess it's all relative, but when I consider what the Leaf looks like now with that bloated fish-like front end, I don't think the Infiniti will look worse than the Nissan.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ESX maybe?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Scrap that thought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "So, what kind of "uniquely Infiniti" changes can we expect from the upmarket electric vehicle"

      it's a leaf with a disastrously oversized Infiniti grill. There's your current uniquely Infiniti change
        • 5 Years Ago
        If only I had a dime for the people only on this website that pointlessly nag about touch screens, like who really cares it's not even anything to nag about.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't forget the complimentary bottle of Ambien.