We’re Nis­san out here

The global slump has put plans for the new lux­ury In­finiti Con­vert­ible on hold, writes NEIL DOWL­ING

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AN ETER­NITY is a long time and, un­for­tu­nately for Nis­san Aus­tralia, the same could ap­ply to In­finiti. Nis­san’s global par­ent has just ticked off its right-hand drive In­finiti G37 Con­vert­ible — the fifth model for the right-hand drive UK mar­ket — which launches in Septem­ber.

But Nis­san Aus­tralia says it has placed In­finiti on hold.

Spokesman Jeff Fisher says the lux­ury brand was not in Nis­san Aus­tralia’s ‘‘action box’’ be­cause of the global eco­nomic slow­down.

‘‘It’s com­ing but we’d term it a work in progress,’’ he says.

‘‘In­finiti is an in­ter­na­tional brand, but is built in very small vol­umes. Europe, for ex­am­ple, would get only 25,000 units.

‘‘Aus­tralia has to make a busi­ness case work and that’s not go­ing to hap­pen just yet.’’

The lat­est In­finiti Con­vert­ible gets many high-end fea­tures, in­clud­ing Con­nec­tiv­iti+ — the brand’s in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with HDD nav­iga- tion and the Miche­lin Green Guide for Euro­pean con­nois­seurs. It can also add Bose Per­sonal speak­ers with out­side noise re­duc­tion, air­con­di­tioned seats and adap­tive cli­mate con­trol.

The Con­vert­ible comes in two mod­els — the GT and GT Pre­mium — each with a fold­ing three-piece metal roof.

The GT gets 48-cm al­loy wheels with sports brakes, a wind de­flec­tor, leather seats, ac­tive cor­ner­ing bixenon head­lamps and LED rears, dual-zone adap­tive cli­mate con­trol with au­to­matic air re­cir­cu­la­tion, the In­finiti In­tel­li­gent Key, heated and elec­tri­cally ad­justable front seats and In­finiti’s ‘‘self-heal­ing’’ Scratch Shield Paint.

The GT Pre­mium adds Con­nec­tiv­iti+, which up­grades the sys­tem to 30Gb, and a 3D Points of In­ter­est in­for­ma­tion bank sup­plied by Miche­lin Green Guide. That’s claimed as a world first. Op­tions are few, topped by a seven-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion with mag­ne­sium pad­dle shifters.

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