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Infiniti May Add Front-Wheel Drive To Its Lineup

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2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan

2010 Infiniti G37 Sedan

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Angular Front Exterior View - 2004 Infiniti I35 4-door Sedan Luxury

Angular Front Exterior View - 2004 Infiniti I35 4-door Sedan Luxury

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People buy luxury cars for a variety of reasons -- notably, the status, style, and comfort they provide. Performance is also important to many upscale buyers, and accordingly, luxury lots are full of rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles.

Infiniti, however, insists that high-end shoppers are also comfortable with front-wheel drive, and there are hints that the company might return to that configuration for a new vehicle or line of vehicles. (The company's last front-wheel drive was the Infiniti I35 at left.) These rumors could be associated with a less-expensive, intro-level line, or perhaps with a new A/B-class vehicle Infiniti has in the works. For more info, check Viknesh Vijayenthiran's article at Motor Authority.

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  1. the horror! I would hate to have my g sitting next to another maxima clone like the I30/35. Would dilute the brand, which has had a tight focus on driver oriented vehicles
     
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  2. Considering the success of the TL & ES, among others, I think that this was long overdue. Performance & prestige is nice but in the end Infiniti also needs sales to keep itself profitable.
     
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  3. I agree with Matt. 5 years ago they decided to abandon the front drive Maxima clone and focus on only RWD platforms to be considered a "real" player in the luxury market. I think they were headed in the right direction considering how little cred Acura has at the moment. If they adjusted their oddly designed FX and EX CUVs and just produced a nice looking spacious performance CUV, they would have better success in the market. Really is there even a size difference in those two vehicles? FX - butch EX -wuss is how i see it.
     
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  4. I agree with Matt. 5 years ago they decided to abandon the front drive Maxima clone and focus on only RWD platforms to be considered a "real" player in the luxury market. I think they were headed in the right direction considering how little cred Acura has at the moment. If they adjusted their oddly designed FX and EX CUVs and just produced a nice looking spacious performance CUV, they would have better success in the market. Really is there even a size difference in those two vehicles? FX - butch EX -wuss is how i see it.
     
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  5. Spot on Matt. If Infiniti start making FWD cars, they'll start treading on Lexus' toes, and Lexus' target demographic is TOTALLY different from the nice BMW-clone niche they have now...
     
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