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Nissan confirms Infiniti QX56 and Nissan Quest, Armada to be phased out of U.S. production

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Large SUVs and minivans have fallen on the hardest of times in the industry's late downturn, and casualties of the recession mount daily. Today's trio in triage are the Infiniti QX56, Nissan Quest and Nissan Armada.

Nissan today confirmed in an email to Motor Trend that it would be bringing U.S. production of the three large vehicles to an end by 2010. The vehicles are currently built in the U.S. at the Canton, Mississippi plant. Future models of the QX56 and Quest will be built in Japan, but the Armada's future remains in doubt. Similar news regarding the QX56 and Armada had been circulating as early as December of last year.

The missive from Nissan did not rule out a future for the Armada, but its conspicuous absence from the 'future production' list hints strongly at its cancellation or replacement come the end of this generation. The reason behind the move is no doubt its calumnious fall from favor in 2008, losing 50.4% against 2007 sales. In their place, the new NV-series of commercial vehicles will occupy the Canton plant's capacity.

On the brighter side at Nissan/Infiniti, however, new versions of the M, QX and an all-new petrol-electric hybrid model have all been confirmed for production. Just a week ago John Capps, chairman of Infiniti’s National Dealer Advisory Board revealed that the cars had been green-lighted.

The hybrid model in particular will be of interest. Branded as an Infiniti vehicle, it will likely do battle with Lexus' recently-released HS 250h dedicated hybrid. Based around a G35 or G37 platform, the car is expected to feature a unique double-clutch system among other innovations. For more on the hybrid, check out the prototype spotted here.
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  1. Good riddance! The Armada and QX are by far the ugliest SUVs produced in recent memory. Even Hummer is superior to those.
     
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  2. that is the ugliest thing i have ever seen. thats up there with ssan yong and the like. YUK!!!
     
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  3. In my opinion, the QX56 and the Armada are by far the best looking SUVS produced in the U.S. It is sad that both, but almost defintely the Armada will no longer be produced in the future. I actually think these both suvs were and will always be far better looking than toyota, Lexus, and Honda SUVS. Those brands should no longer produce their SUVS instead of Nissan because they suck in quality and Nissan should still be producing.
     
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  4. I own 2008 QX56 and I can claim it is the best and most fun truck I have ever owned. I researched all competitors before buying this car, and found that QX56 offers comprehensive luxury for no additional cost as compared to others, and with spacious interior room (generous 3rd row), elegant design throughout, and impressive performance through its 320-hp engine - it is far better than any SUV in current market. As far as looks are concerned, I get complements for my car in general, so that speaks for itself.

    This news is a déjà vu for me, just like the 300ZX was taken out of production when I owned the last model Z. Similarly, it is sad to hear that this SUV will be phased out, but I am sure it will return with big bang just like the new Z-car and GTR.
     
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  5. I own a Nissan Armada LE 2007 and is the best vehicle nissan ever made, the design looks awesome, makes you feel good, tons of room inside very wide,a lots of power, looks like a tank i think Nissan will make their biggest mistake not making this suv anymore,the inside and all their features can not compare with any other suv.
     
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  6. Mike...your an idiot. These are great vehicles and are very sharp. Your just a hater. This article is bunk they are still producing the vehicles and changed up the QX.... nice job guys.
     
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  7. I love what infiniti is doing with their cars. I think that they fx line is amazing. I honestly think they are ahead of the curve as far as sports crossover cars are concerned.
     
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