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Nissan's Infiniti badge again will hold off on mass-production of its electric vehicle in order to focus on overall sales.

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"There absolutely will be EVs in Infiniti's future" - Johan de Nysschen

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An evolution in lithium-ion batteries and "interesting advances in electric technology" are said to be responsible for the delay of Infiniti's electric car, the production version of the LE concept first shown at the New York Auto Show in 2012. At the time of its introduction, Infiniti said we'd have a version we could buy within two years; that timeline became 2015, and now Automotive News Europe reports that it's "still within in our mid-term plan" but officials aren't saying how long the dela

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While we had been told it was coming in 2014, the exact release date of the production version of the Infiniti LE concept might just might hinge on something you can't see and that the Japanese automaker can't control: wireless charging infrastructure. That's the word from Autocar, which talked to Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer, who admits that wireless charging "is this technology we want to shine a light on, so while there is no world standard on methods, the rollout will be depen

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This summer, Audi CEO Johan de Nysschen made a surprising shift when he moved to join Nissan as the Senior Vice President of Nissan Motor Company in charge of the Infiniti division. His title and home base are not all that's different about the man who used to tout diesel powertrains above all others.

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Yes, Infiniti has indeed made a habit of teasing the masses with exotic and eco-friendly concepts at some of the world's largest auto shows over the past few years, notably with the Emerg-E and Essence Concepts. But, unlike those rolling showcases, the automaker claims its latest reveal, known rather cryptically as the LE Concept, will hit dealerships within the next two years in nearly unchanged form.

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Yes, Infiniti has indeed made a habit of teasing the masses with exotic and eco-friendly concepts at some of the world's largest auto shows over the past few years, notably with the Emerg-E and Essence Concepts. But, unlike those rolling showcases, the automaker claims its latest reveal, known rather cryptically as the LE Concept, will hit dealerships within the next two years in nearly unchanged form.

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We'll be able to share full details on the electric LE Concept from Infiniti when the embargo lifts later today, but our ace photographer Drew Phillips happened to be on the automaker's New York Auto Show stand when officials uncovered the shiny showcar while conducting a practice run-through of their presentation.

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We'll be able to share full details on the electric LE Concept from Infiniti when the embargo lifts later today, but our ace photographer Drew Phillips happened to be on the automaker's New York Auto Show stand when officials uncovered the shiny showcar while conducting a practice run-through of their presentation.

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Infiniti has been tight-lipped about the all-electric sedan it will unveil at the New York Auto Show this year, but The Detroit Bureau learned some new tidbits recently, including that Infiniti is designing the car to "be a luxury vehicle first and an electric vehicle second," as marketing manager Sam Chung told the Bureau.

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Infiniti is using its presence here at the Frankfurt Motor Show to not only show off its newest goodness (more on that later today coming to Autoblog), but to give us a glimpse of its electrified future. The Japanese automaker released this sketch of what we're told is a five-seat, zero-emissions vehicle set to launch sometime in 2014 (it had previously been rumored for 2013), possibly on the Leaf platform.

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Infiniti's future electric vehicle – Click above to enlarge

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Though the Leaf grabs most of the electric vehicle (EV) headlines, Nissan's luxury brand, Infiniti, will soon capture some of the spotlight as well. Last year, Nissan announced that the company had at least three EVs in the works. One was the Leaf, the others included the NV200 light commercial van and a compact four-passenger vehicle bearing the Infiniti logo. We later learned that Infiniti's first EV would be based on the Leaf's platform and also discovered that this offering would live up to

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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-fare Leaf.

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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.

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Infiniti Essence concept - click above for high-res image gallery

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Infiniti Essence concept - click above for high-res image gallery

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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.

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