New Infiniti boss de Nysschen turns over new leaf, doesn't think plug-ins are for 'idiots'
Asked by his own PR department during the 62nd Annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance last weekend if Infiniti will introduce a "halo car," de Nysschen said "absolutely." He then rattled off a number of possible powertrains for this vehicle, including compact gasoline engines and diesels. Oh, and plug-in power. Specifically, he said, "The electric powertrain is a very important part of Infiniti's progressive technology attack on the future."
This might come as a bit of a shock to readers who remember de Nysschen as the guy who harshly criticized plug-in cars back in 2009 when he called the Chevrolet Volt a "car for idiots." He later dialed this back a bit, but he's never been an EV's strongest proponent. Now that he's in the house that Ghosn built, he's singing a different tune. Watch it below.
De Nysschen isn't the first auto company executive to have a change of heart when moving to a new company. Exhibit A: Stefan Jacoby.
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