• Mar 25th 2011 at 7:00AM
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Infiniti has big plans to expand beyond North America, and Drive reports that the Japanese luxury automaker intends to include Australia in its expansion. The site says that officials at Nissan have officially announced that Infiniti would head Down Under by September 2012, adding that the brand would start off with three stand-alone dealerships in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

When those dealerships launch, there will only be three Infiniti products from which to choose. The G37 coupe and convertible, the M sedan and the FX crossover were chosen in part because of their freshness in the market. Infiniti has reportedly decided against exporting the high volume G37 sedan to Australia, opting instead to wait until the next generation model goes prime-time. The Australians will be able to choose from the same 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 options we have here in the States, and they'll also be able to pick a 3.0-liter diesel that we aren't afforded.

The folks at Infiniti also hinted at their strategy for the brand. Infiniti brand GM Kevin Snell reportedly told the press at a launch event that the brand wouldn't try to be the "cheapest" make Down Under, adding that Infiniti models are often better-equipped than the competition from Europe.

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[Source: Drive]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great idea. Expanding to Europe has been super successful so far, why not try more marktes.

        • 4 Years Ago
        you're kidding right?
        because if you're serious you are a total ignorant of hings in Europe.
        I am from Europe and the infiniti is a total FLOP here. I wish for uninformed Americans not to comment about Europe. Shame on you for misinforming the public, not that those who write in for this subject really care how infinity is doing in europe.
        It's a terribly ugly car and the Europeans will not lower themselves to the aesthetic levels of the American Infiniti crowd.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know where all of you are coming from ... But Infiniti's make the Best looking cars on the market right now. The lines of Infiniti came from the natural line of a paint brush. Don't you see tons of companies are copying Infiniti's design language now days? I mean come on, Even Ferrari's are curvly these days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They might want to consider a new design language before they try selling their wares over here. I'm yet to see an Infiniti that hasn't offended my eyes in some way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If by design language you mean pickup trucks, it's not happening.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is O/T, but where are they getting these boring designs from? That G37 looks like someone was staring at a melted Hershey's Kiss and thought it might translate into a car design. And in that shot, from the B-pillar back, it looks like a 5-door Hyundai Elantra, ca. 2005.

      The Charlie Daniels Ultra Patriotic Express

        • 4 Years Ago
        That is an M37/56. Also, shame on all you armchair car reviewers. Go to a showroom and take a look at the new Ms. They are striking and MOST importantly UNIQUE designs that aren't just a derivative of every other car design out there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is this news? That they decided over 20 years later to sell there? Lexus, BMW etc have been there for decades.

      No one cares about their ugly rebadged cars. Aussies won't buy them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      nowadays it is very difficult to find an uglier car line than these infinitis.
      i researched, googled, wikipediaded but just couldn't find an uglier car
      Maybe jdpower should have a rating for the ugliest cars
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car reminds me of an older Buick Park Avenue with a ugly front clip.
      Nissan get some style.
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