The US market may have made Infiniti
what it is today, but Nissan's
luxury arm is putting more power and better equipment into its vehicles destined for sale in Europe later this year. Engineers have made 300-500 changes per car, including tweaked styling, high-end knobs, bigger brakes, better windshield wipers, improved stability systems, and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Infiniti is also planning to add the 3.7-liter V6 to the overseas 2009 FX
, which is more powerful than the 3.5-liter engine we'll receive Stateside. With no four-cylinder or diesel
models planned until 2010, Infiniti will still be playing catch-up with its European competitors for the near-term.
The reason for the many improvements is that Infiniti is facing an up-hill battle to woo luxury customers away from very entrenched Euro brands like Mercedes
. That's all well and good, but why not just make most of these improvements in the US market as well? Infiniti is a very good luxury brand, but it's getting its butt kicked in sales by the likes of Lexus
, Mercedes, BMW, and Cadillac
. We like fancy knobs and seven speed automatics, too.
[Source: Automotive News
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