We’re Nissan out here
The global slump has put plans for the new luxury Infiniti Convertible on hold, writes NEIL DOWLING
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.