In­finiti re­veals elec­tric QX con­cept vehicle

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NBA bas­ket­ball su­per­star Stephen Curry got the Detroit auto show re­veals rolling from Cal­i­for­nia on Fri­day with a sneak peak of the In­finiti QX In­spi­ra­tion con­cept that will de­but in Cobo Cen­ter Mon­day.

The vi­ral selfie — which the Golden State War­rior guard posted to his Face­book and Twit­ter pages — is an in­di­ca­tion of how so­cial me­dia is chang­ing auto shows. Au­tomak­ers are in­creas­ingly de­but­ing prod­ucts way be­yond the tra­di­tional show floor in order to get ex­clu­sive at­ten­tion. Like In­finiti’s as­sist to Curry and his 8.2 mil­lion Face­book fol­low­ers and 13 mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers.

“I got a nice lit­tle sneak peek of the QX In­spi­ra­tion — they brought it in my drive­way. This is ab­so­lutely in­sane,” said Curry. He’s an In­finiti spokesman who has done a TV ad with a QX50 cross­over.

The QX is an elec­tric con­cept that fol­lows the sexy Q In­spi­ra­tion sedan that In­finiti brought to the Detroit show a year ago. In­finiti says the models rep­re­sent a new era of elec­tri­fi­ca­tion for the brand. With its bat­ter­ies in the floor, the QX In­spi­ra­tion show­cases a pala­tial, lounge-like in­te­rior. Curry was im­pressed.

“An amaz­ing fu­tur­is­tic ap­proach that looks like you’re in first class in a nice air­line,” Curry said. An In­finiti rep couldn’t have said it bet­ter on a Cobo stage.

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NBA star Stephen Curry un­veils the In­finiti QX In­spi­ra­tion con­cept vehicle.

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