China is Infiniti's second-largest market, so important to the brand that it is building its global headquarters in Hong Kong. Infiniti will also adapt to the local tastes in another way this year when it offers an M37 sedan variant that's stretched by 150 millimeters for the Chinese market.

By now the Chinese preference for extended-wheelbase vehicles is well known, Audi's A6L having left a trail of money that the BMW 5Li, Mercedes-Benz E300L and Volvo S80L were quick to follow. The longer Infiniti M will go up against that bunch. Unlike its competitors, however, the M isn't built in China, so even though it helped Infiniti nearly double its sales there last year, some suggest the price disparity will handicap its chances.

We'll know the specifics once the extended-wheelbase M debuts at the Beijing Auto Show in April. A hybrid version is expected to follow after the first model goes on sale in June.


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      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      They get stretched because most rich people who can afford cars there get driven by chauffeurs or servants.
      m2anishmathew
      • 2 Years Ago
      everything that's going to China is being stretched, which i assume means somebody is compensating for something =0
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        @m2anishmathew
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      fat kid
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's also true that Chinese planes are much bigger than American planes. J-10 is developed from F-16 but is way bigger, ditto for J-20 which is developed from F-22.
        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fat kid
        but then again China is a bigger country than America so it makes sense http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_area
          ShutoSteve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          The Americas are a sub string of Continents in the Western Hemisphere. They consist of North America and South America, as well as a series of Oceanic Islands. This is why the USA is called "The United States OF America"... Because that is exactly what it is; A group of unified states within the America's. Referring to Captain America as an example of the USA being called America is ridiculously childish.
          SloopJohnB
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          Steve-O...America is not a continent. North America is a continent.
          ShutoSteve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          America is a continent.
          fat kid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          @ShutoSteve America = the USA, the Americas = North America + South America
          fat kid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          @ShutoSteve In layman's terms, America = the USA, which is why it's Captain America not Captain the USA
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      I just find it funny how most luxury brands are "stretching" most of their models for a population that averages 5ft in height. ;)
        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I'm more like about 6 feet
          ShutoSteve
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          If you're Asian, it also has a lot to do with th American milk you drink. This also explains American-Asian women's chest size vs there homeland counterparts. In China, milk is not pasteurized, so it does not have so many hormones, and only lasts a few days at most. They also sell it in bags there.
          Alex Rodriguez MacFa
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          Were you born in America? Chinese people from China are in general much shorter than Americans. Chinese-Americans tend to be a little taller.
          fat kid
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          @Alex Rodriguez Macfa no I was born in China
          Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fat kid
          Chinese people do not average 5 feet in height, they're a bit shorter than the average American but they're not midgets.
        fat kid
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        5 ft?
      Danny Eckel
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to like the M, seems like a finely engineered machine but the styling is really ugly, I can't put my finger on exactly what, the lines are soft and the back part looks bloated. Not sharp lookin
      Cruising
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope people do realize we live in a global market and not everyone conforms to our taste in vehicles. This is part of the Chinese car culture at the moment, don't judge. Maybe they need more space for luggage or extra passengers.Maybe the cars are outfitted with custom interiors with tray tables or reclining seats we never know. All I know is Chinese take their luxury cars seriously, nothing wrong with getting more for your money.
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Cruising
        Not to mention the fact that the Chinese probably don't require separate crash and whatever testing of the extended wheelbase models, trusting to Audi and Infiniti to do their standard homework on the base models and modest changes to the L models. Unlike stupid American rules that require complete destruction of probably 10-20 cars of a new configuration such as an A6L. When testing of the A6 it compares to should be sufficient.
      Michael Walsh
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Infiniti M cars are plenty long enough in stock form, especially if we're talking about cars for diminutive Chinese dudes. I don't get it!
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car looks bloated and lumpy.... Design fail. Really dont like that grill But the interoir is nice I guess
      kontroll
      • 2 Years Ago
      who in their right mind would not only want to be seen in this bloated mess, but more importantly pay for it and even more importantly PAY A LOT FOR IT!!!!! Are people with a little extra money really that stupid???
        carboy55
        • 2 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        Do you ever post anything that isn't over the top flame broiled hate?
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      BMW ROCKS!
      • 2 Years Ago
      chinese are kinda like americans at the turn of the 19th century - gaudy and boorish. in time, they will learn.
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BMW ROCKS!
        Yeah...to stay gaudy and boorish, kind of like Americans today!!
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