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Infiniti Chief Reaffirms Flagship Plans, Promises More Crossovers

 
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Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen (left) with Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn

Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen (left) with Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn

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In a recent interview, Infiniti chief Johan de Nysschen reaffirmed his company’s plans to launch a new flagship sedan to sit above its current range-topper, the Q70 (former M), and also revealed that it has more crossovers in the works.

“We will also in the future introduce models above where the Q70 stops today,” de Nysschen revealed to Automotive News (subscription required). "In our crossover range, we can imagine significant additions to that lineup as well.”

Only a fortnight ago we brought you news that Infiniti was still deciding on what direction it should take for its new flagship sedan and that a second model spun off the same platform, most likely a luxurious GT, was being considered.

But de Nysschen’s latest comments suggest that the flagship sedan and new crossover additions are the main priority. The long-time Audi exec explained that new additions were crucial for boosting Infiniti’s coverage of the luxury segment to around 90 percent by the end of the decade, compared to about 60 percent today.

Coming much sooner, meanwhile, is a new compact, though it’s not clear yet if this model will be offered in the U.S.

Together with these new additions, Renault Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has pledged that Infiniti’s total sales will reach half a million by 2016, up from just 170,000 last year.

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