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Wrapping Up the 2015 Geneva Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Friday, March 13th, 2015

The 2015 Geneva Motor Show officially closes its doors this weekend on March 15, and most of the Internet had moved on by mid-last week. However, there are a few really cool concepts we have yet to highlight, so today we’re going to do a quick wrap-up to make sure you get to see everything.

Infiniti QX30 Concept

Infiniti QX30 Concept unveiling

We had really high hopes for the Infiniti QX30 Concept after the B-roll teaser we saw just a couple days before the event. Sure enough, the premium compact crossover that Infiniti showed off in Geneva was arguably one of the best-looking cars of the show.

What we really love about the Infiniti QX30, though, is that it’s a truly European model. For many years, both Nissan and Infiniti struggled to identify exactly what European drivers wanted out of their vehicles. Over the past five years, the Japanese automaker has really found their footing.

Infiniti QX30 Concept at the Geneva Motor Show

With those heavily sculpted lower bumpers, 21-inch wheels, and a functional roof rack framing the floating roof, this new premium crossover looks well-primed to take on the best of the best from European automakers. We expect the QX30 to launch shortly after the upcoming Infiniti Q30 hatchback, and our bet is that this premium compact crossover will quickly jump to the top of Infiniti’s European sales.

Goodyear Bh-O3 & Triple Tube Tire Concepts

Goodyear BH-03 and Triple Tube Tire Concepts

Bh-03 tire concept (right) and Triple Tube tire concept (left)

Tire concepts… Kind of weird, right?

That’s what we thought too, but after looking at them we’re honestly shocked these didn’t get more coverage. These innovative Goodyear concept tires are actually really cool! While they definitely won’t make it to production anytime soon, it’s good to see that car manufacturers aren’t the only ones innovating in the automotive industry.

The first tire concept is called the Triple Tube tire. It gets its name from the fact that there are three individual tubes that run around the inside of the tire, which allow the tire to literally change shape depending on the needs of the driver and road conditions.

  • Eco / Safety Mode – All three outer tubes are inflated normally. This is more or less ‘normal’ driving mode.
  • Wet Traction Mode – Here, the center tube is extra-inflated. This causes the car’s weight to be pinpointed to the middle part of the tire, which uses a raised tread to significantly reduce the chance of hydroplaning.
  • Sporty Mode – In this mode, the inboard shoulder tube is deflated (the one closest to the middle of the car), which gives drivers crisp track handling with an optimized contact patch.

The BH-03 concept tire has much more straightforward purpose. It harnesses heat created by normal driving to produce electricity, which can then be routed to the motor of a hybrid or electric car. It’s a simple goal that’s accomplished with nothing short of mechanical genius:

2016 Honda Civic Type-R

2016 Honda Civic Type-R

Honda’s new “racecar for the road” was one of the few production models to make its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. To be fair, we saw more than our share of Honda Civic Type-R concepts and prototypes, so this was certainly a long time coming.

The hot hatch Honda showed in Geneva is the same model that recently broke a Nürburgring record by lapping the track in under eight minutes – 7 minutes, 50.63 seconds to be exact. That’s thanks to an explosive 2.0L turbocharged VTEC engine that outputs 306 bhp and a full 400 Nm (295 ft-lb) of torque.

2016 Honda Civic Type-R interior

From a styling standpoint, the new Honda Civic Type-R is about exactly what we hoped for after seeing the previous prototypes. Honda has kept the car’s extremely aggressive stance intact, complete with a truly epic rear spoiler. And that interior is to die for!


Infiniti QX30 Concept Fully Revealed Ahead of Geneva [VIDEO]

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Infiniti QX30 Concept

The subcompact crossover segment has been a veritable gold rush for automakers all over the world. Its profitability seemingly came out of nowhere. In the beginning, only a few automakers – and even fewer premium automakers – had anything to offer in the segment. However, today we have an explosion of premium compact crossovers to choose from, such as the new Buick Encore, Audi Q3 and Lexus NX.

In 2016, we will add Infiniti to that growing list of automakers with an offering in the hotly competitive segment, and this soundless B-roll video shows us a conceptual take of the car that will get them there:

Although it’s a bit dry, this behind-the-scenes look at the Infiniti QX30 Concept gives us a full preview of what to expect when we see the car in-the-metal at the Geneva Motor Show. And we have to say that after seeing this, our expectations are high.

Infiniti QX30 Concept roof

Not only is this a great looking compact crossover, Infiniti looks to have done an excellent job of defining their specific brand image with this new concept. It’s the perfect mix of modern, sporty and fluid, like it’s moving even when standing still. At the same time, the double-arch grille and heavily sculpted body give it that slight quirky appeal that also set the Nissan Juke apart from the rest.

Granted, we already had some idea what the exterior of the Infiniti QX30 Concept would look like due to the previous teaser and the fact that it borrows its design language from the Infiniti Q50…

Infiniti QX30 Concept interior

However, this is our first time seeing the interior, and to say it stands out is an understatement. We love the color scheme that Infiniti has infused into the cabin with rich chestnut brown and cobalt blue being the primary colors, and neon purple and silver chrome serving as accents.

We don’t want to spend too much time nitpicking the QX30 Concept since we’ll have a lot more to talk about when it hits the floor at Geneva, but if you’re anything like us, you’re excited!

In the meantime…

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2011 BMW X1

2011 BMW X1

One of the longest standing members of the premium compact crossover segment is the BMW X1. Even still, as a 2011 model year, this would have only been the second year that the X1 was in production.

2011 BMW X1 sDrive 18

This particular Japanese car auction find is a BMW X1 sDrive 18i with a 2.0L engine outputting 150hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. With the sDrive, you’re going to get a rear-wheel drive vehicle, and it’s got a beautifully sleek design and stands as the smallest model in BMW’s lineup of SUVs.

To learn more, keep reading below the auction sheet:

2011 BMW X1 auction sheet

“Interior B, first registered December 2011, sDrive 18i model, AT, ABA emissions code, power steering, power windows, ABS, airbags, model year unknown, RHD, front windscreen scratched, stone chips in front windscreen, interior grime, seats wrinkled, light scratches, exterior paintwork, rust on muffler and suspension, marks as per map”


Official Infiniti QX30 Concept Teased Ahead of Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 20th, 2015

With the 2015 Chicago Auto Show officially behind us, automakers are looking forward to the next major automotive event – the 2015 Geneva Motor Show which opens doors on March 3. Today we have a teaser from premium automaker Infiniti previewing a new crossover concept called the Infiniti QX30 Concept.

Infiniti QX30 Concept

The name should ring a bell for anyone who’s kept up with Infiniti’s concept cars for the past couple years. You may remember the Infiniti Q30 Concept all the way back from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Infiniti Q30 (pictured below) is a hatchback concept which we expect to see on dealership floors by the end of this year as a 2016MY. Now, today’s preview is for the Q30’s big brother – a compact crossover that bears a near-identical design.

Infiniti Q30 Concept

Looking at the stats Infiniti provided in the accompanying press release, we can expect the Infiniti QX30 to be a sizeable 30mm taller than the Q30 Concept. Stylistically, while the Q30 was intended to be luscious and seductive, the QX30 is intended to be bold and safe. According to Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti’s Executive Director of Design, “The QX30 Concept has been designed to make occupants feel safe and protected inside, and customers can drive in or out of the city without worrying about nicks to the chromework.”

Infiniti has used a heavily sculpted body with their hallmark “dual wave” body lines, along with plenty of bold black accents and chrome, to create a crossover that anyone would count themselves lucky to drive. It’s extremely sporty with extra-large 21-inch multi-shaded aluminum alloys, large exhausts embedded in either side of the bumper, and a carbon fiber spoiler to top things off. We’re guessing we’d see a carbon fiber grille too if this were a front-view picture.

Mechanically, we expect the Infiniti QX30 to ride on the same Mercedes-Benz-sourced MFA platform as the previously revealed Infiniti Q30. Like the Q30, Infiniti will likely launch the production QX30 by the end of the year as a 2016MY. Both premium cars will likely be offered with the same two engine options – either a four-cylinder diesel or petrol – naturally configured for front-wheel drive with AWD as an optional upgrade.

2013 Infiniti Q30 Concept interior

Although we don’t have any official images, we expect the interior of the Infiniti QX30 to hold a similar level of diverse luxury materials as the Q30 Concept did back in Frankfurt. That means they’ll use plenty of leather, metal/chrome and even ceramics to create a cabin that’s progressive enough for today’s young, premium crossover drivers.

All in all, this newest image of the Infiniti QX30 Concept certainly tells us a lot, but we can’t wait for the full reveal in Geneva next month. Thanks for reading and stay tuned!


Infiniti QX30 Concept Teased Ahead of Geneva

Posted by Stephen On Friday, February 6th, 2015

Nissan showed us a new Maxima earlier this week, and now Infiniti is taking the spotlight with news of a new concept coming to the 2015 Geneva Motor Show next month. It’s the Infiniti QX30 Concept, and this is our official teaser of the new concept’s butt:

Infiniti QX30 Concept

Let’s start with the basics – this is a preview for a new premium compact crossover that will launch alongside the new Infiniti Q30 hatch when it hits dealership floors this fall. According to the press release, “the QX30 concept is the Infiniti design vision which will inspire a new premium compact crossover targeted at a new generation of premium customers.”

The release goes on to say that the, “QX30 Concept aims to reignite the premium compact segment with a distinctive approach to design that looks beyond the practicality and conformity expected of the segment.”

What’s this tell us?

It tells us that if you’re one of those old-fashioned utilitarians that demands functional space from your crossover, look somewhere else. On the other hand, if you’re a young hipster who wants the driving dynamics of a sports car with just enough room to pack up a ‘get-away weekend’ when you want one, this will be the car for you.

Infiniti Q30 Concept

Looking at the styling, the rear of the QX30 looks remarkably similar to that of the Q30 Concept we saw about a year and a half ago at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (above and below).

It’s got the same heavily sculpted rear-end with a nice pair of trapezoid-shaped exhaust pipes that sit inside of the rear bumper. The trunk lid looks like it boasts a small rear spoiler, and we can see racks fit to the roof of the car. The QX30 boasts a wide, high-riding drive, and we expect that this is one of the key ways Infiniti will make the small crossover feel like an SUV behind the wheel.

Infiniti Q30 Concept front

To give you a bit more context for the new concept’s design, Infiniti tells us the QX30 will effectively combine “the sleek lines of a Coupe with the rugged looks and commanding seating position of a crossover … Equally at home in the city as it is on the open road.” Those with a long memory will find that statement remarkably similar to what they said about the Q30 Study back in 2013.

Unfortunately, official details are sparse. We know that the two models – the QX30 and the Q30 – will share the same platform and much of the same design. Beyond that, we’re completely in the dark. Stay tuned for March 3 to see the QX30’s official debut in Geneva.


Infiniti Q60 Concept Kicks Off 2015 Detroit Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Infiniti Q60 Concept Debut

First, let’s get one thing clear: this car is guaranteed to reach production. Infiniti tells us it’ll hit dealership floors around either the end of this year or the beginning of next.

Great! With that out of the way, let’s look at the car itself.

Infiniti Q60 Concept Side-Rear view

We’d already seen a few photos of the car in previews, but with the official debut Infiniti has given us a full 60 photos of the car, both inside and out. Fitting, eh? 60 photos of the Q60; so clever. Of course, a lot of the photos are redundant, so we’ve selected the most informative of the bunch to show you here.

Infiniti Q60 Concept rear view

Looking at the exterior styling, we can see that the new Infiniti Q60, which will fill the shoes of the former Infiniti G coupe, looks exactly as good as expected. Updates to the styling include a totally new front fascia with larger front air intakes that dip up in the middle to draw your eyes into the enormous mesh grille. The car has an intricately symmetrical design, with three distinct sets of lines sculpted into the hood of the car. Infiniti has chosen to stick with a classy silver paintjob for the initial debut, although, of course, we expect several colors to be available by the time the car actually launches in 2016.

To give you an idea of the car’s size, it’s 184.6 inches long, 73.4 inches wide and 53.9 inches tall.

Infiniti Q60 Concept dashboard

The interior of the Q60 is where things really get interesting. We have a truly luxurious cabin with quilted white leather seats, and a similar dash to what we’d already seen in the new Infiniti Q50. It also showcases Infiniti’s new InTuition system, which basically allows up to four different “driver profiles” to be programmed into the car’s memory. Infiniti describes it as a “fully customizable digital environment, which works with the vehicle’s advanced Intelligent Keys to recognize the vehicle settings for up to four different drivers, including preferences for driving position, heating and cooling, audio, navigation, telematics.”

Infiniti Q60 Handcrafted Perfections

On top of that, Infiniti clearly wants us to know just how much love and care went into this particular Q60, as they’ve released several photos like the one above of an engineer painstakingly stitching and assembling the car by hand.

Infiniti Q60 Concept Looking Inside

Finally, along with the car’s debut, we have confirmation that Infiniti’s new coupe will ship with the same direct-injection turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain that we’d seen in the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration. They declined to release further details than that – probably because much of the powertrain is still in development. You can get a better look at the car in the video below:

Japanese Car Auction Find – 2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT

2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT

Although you won’t find any Infiniti models in up for auction in Japan (outside of grey imports), Nissan actually had a Japanese-spec G coupe alternative in the generations before the one we’re currently in. First it was the Nissan Primera, and then from 2002 to 2007 it was the Nissan Skyline. As it turns out, there are several Nissan Skylines up for auction in Japan today, and the one you see here is the best of the bunch – a 2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT.

2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT rear spoiler

Noteworthy features include parallel twin-spoke alloys, a long coupe-like front fascia, and a sport-tuned 3.5L V6 petrol engine fitting of the car’s 350GT nomenclature. The engine produces a decent 280hp and is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Being over a decade old, you won’t get built-in nav. or fine leather seating, but you will get a spacious four-seat interior with plenty of storage space, a chrome-aluminum shift lever and aluminum pedals for that extra bit of flair.

2004 Nissan Skyline 350GT auction sheet

Top Japanese Cars Coming to the 2015 Detroit Motor Show

Posted by Stephen On Saturday, January 10th, 2015

The 2015 Detroit Motor Show opens doors next Monday. It’s the first major automotive event of the new year, so it’s a big one for enthusiasts everywhere. As you continue reading, we’ll quickly review every Japanese car you should look out for at the show next week.

2016 Acura NSX

2015 Honda Acura NSX

Perhaps the most highly anticipated car coming to the show, Japanese-made or otherwise, is the next-generation Acura NSX supercar. And this won’t just be a concept either, but a full-fledged production-spec model ready for dealership floors.

However, while you might assume that we know a lot about it because it’s a production model, the exact opposite is true. All we have are four darkened teaser images, similar to the one shown above, and a vague statement by the supercar’s chief engineer and project leader, Ted Klaus:

“After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar — the Acura NSX — to the world. We’ve developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.”

The one thing we do know is what will lie beneath the hood. Acura promises a twin-turbocharged sport hybrid powertrain with three high-performance electric motors to help deliver power to the wheels. Other than that, we’ll just have to wait and find out next Monday.

2016 Lexus GS F

2016 Lexus GS F

Even though the Lexus GS F is also an extremely high performance model that will make its official debut in Detroit, for some reason there’s markedly less excitement for Lexus’ amped up saloon than the Acura NSX. Perhaps it’s because we’ve already seen a full suite of teaser images, thereby removing any mystery from the reveal…

Or, perhaps it’s because of the car’s naturally-aspirated 5.0L V8 engine with 467hp, which is borrowed directly from the Lexus RC F. Obviously, 467hp is a ton of output by any normal standards, but not when compared to the GS F’s competitors. The BMW M5, the new Cadillac CTS-V and the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG all offer anywhere from 100 to 200 more horsepower, with the best of the bunch being Cadillac’s 640hp 6.2L V8 behemoth, which can zoom from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

2016 Lexus GS F two-tone interior

Still, the new GS-F should not be counted out. Because of Toyota’s expertise with carbon fiber thanks to their previous LFA project, the car comes in at 200 to 500 pounds less than competitors, which means it can go faster with less power. Plus, it’s reported to continue the trend of truly top-notch driving dynamics from Lexus. On top of that, Lexus has once again proven their prowess for designing interiors, as you can see in the image above.

Infiniti Q60 Concept

2016 Infiniti Q60 Concept Preview

The next car to keep an eye out for, which we covered just earlier this week, is the new Infiniti Q60 Concept. You can read more about the upcoming concept here, but the short version is that this low-riding coupe is expected to compete with the BMW 4 Series with a plush interior, class-leading aerodynamics and probably the same 3.0L V6 engine that we’ve seen in the Infiniti Q80.

2016 Nissan Titan

2016 Nissan Titan spy shot

Finally, a non-sports car! Both Japanese pickups have remained relatively under wraps compared to the sports cars above, but the one thing we know about Nissan’s new Titan is that it’ll be powered by a custom-developed 5.0L V8 Cummins diesel engine. In order to appeal to the patriotic pickup niche, Nissan has put a heavy emphasis on the fact that their pickup is 100% American-made… Conceptualized in California, developed in Michigan, road-tested in the deserts of Arizona and built in the Midwest of Mississippi.

2016 Toyota Tacoma

2016 Toyota Tacoma

Alongside the Nissan Titan will be another new Japanese pickup truck, albeit a smaller mid-sized model, to compete with the likes of Chevy’s new Colorado and the new GMC Canyon. Again, Toyota has remained completely tight-lipped about the new model, but we do know what it looks like thanks to the numerous photos leaked ahead of the reveal.

We’ll find out exact powertrain specs when doors open next week, but we’re setting the bar pretty high after Toyota boldly claimed that the new Tacoma will be “better in every way” than the previous generation, which they point out was the best-selling midsize pickup for the past 10 years.

Other Possible Japanese Cars Coming to Detroit

Now, there are a couple other Japanese cars that aren’t totally confirmed for debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show, but that we highly suspect will make an appearance. Those cars include:

2016 Nissan Maxima – We know that the new Maxima will come sometime in “early 2015”, and all initial reports lead us to believe that Detroit will be that time. The car should showcase Nissan’s new design language, along with a more spacious interior and a possible new hybrid powertrain borrowed from the new Pathfinder.

2016 Lexus RX Facelift – The other Japanese car that we expect to see – but can’t absolutely guarantee that we will – is the facelift for Lexus’ 2016 RX crossover. Again, we really know nothing about this other than the fact that Lexus promised two new cars at Detroit, and this is the only other likely candidate.

Either way, you can clearly see that the 2015 Detroit Motor Show is going to be a big one for Japanese automakers. The three major Japanese brands each have multiple new cars making debuts, so you’ll definitely want to stay tuned next week to get the full reveal for each of the cars above.

Until then, thanks for reading!


Infiniti Q60 Concept Revealed Ahead of Detroit

Posted by Stephen On Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

2016 Infiniti Q60 Concept Preview

Today we’re finally getting a full look at the new Infiniti Q60 Concept that will make its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show next week. As you can see, this is a slick silver two-door coupe that is reported to seat up to four passengers in a 2+2 layout. As you continue reading, you’ll learn everything we already know about this new concept, and what more we hope to learn when the curtains come off next week.

If you’ve been following the teasers that Intiniti has already given us, then you know that the Q60 will essentially be a renamed, next-generation G coupe, which has been in its current generation since 2008. However, as far as we know right now, there will not be a sedan or convertible version of the Infiniti Q60, unlike the Infiniti G series which has a number of different iterations for drivers to choose from.

Now that we have a full picture of the new Q60 coupe, it’s much easier to identify the key design elements that will make this car stand out.

Starting from the front, we have Infiniti’s new, modernized mesh grille that characterizes their other new models. The front spoiler has been simultaneously toned down and modernized from the previous G coupe – it now has a split design that dips up in the middle to channel air underneath the car’s body. The bodywork has been beautifully sculpted in a way that almost makes the car look ethereal, as if it’s one with the air around it, and you can rest assured that those chrome accents and outlines will look much better in person than they do in this teaser (not that they look bad here!).

Personally, our favorite new design elements are the bold 21-inch twin-spoke alloys that fill the heavily sculpted wheel wells, and the pseudo-panoramic roof that arcs ever so gently back from the silver A-pillar to the uniquely designed C-pillar.

As for the interior, Infiniti tells us that the Q60 Concept will aim to offer drivers a luxurious, bespoke feel with plush materials like quilted leather seating and carbon fiber accents.

Unfortunately, Infiniti is still completely tight-lipped about the Q60’s performance. We don’t know what will lie under the hood, but we do know that the G models it’ll replace can go from 0 to 60mph in 5.7 seconds, and from 0 to 100mph in 13.1, so we’re expecting a really fast, really high-performance powertrain… Perhaps the Q80 Inspiration Concept’s twin-turbo 3.0L V6, although again, nothing is confirmed. Fingers crossed that we’ll get full powertrain specs when the Q60 Concept makes its official debut next week!


Infiniti Vision Gran Turismo 6 Concept Teased

Posted by Stephen On Friday, December 12th, 2014

2014 Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept

The Gran Turismo Vision garage is quickly becoming our favorite source of new automotive concepts. The latest automaker to release a concept for the virtual lineup is Infiniti, and their contribution to the video game’s 15th anniversary Vision challenge was teased today ahead of its full reveal at an unannounced later date. As you continue reading, you’ll get a look at each of the two infinity GT6 teasers, plus a couple good theories about what the concept could mean for the premium automaker:

Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept teaser

In case you’ve forgotten, Gran Turismo has already challenged several other automakers to contribute their version of a grand tourer sports car. Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, Mitsubishi, Audi, Honda, Chevrolet, Subaru, Toyota, BMW and even Infiniti’s parent company, Nissan, have all offered up their own answers to the GT6 Vision Challenge.

You may remember that Nissan actually manufactured a 2020 Concept show car that they brought to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed earlier this year. It’s no surprise at all that the two early teasers we’ve seen for Infiniti’s Vision Gran Turismo 6 concept bear a slight resemblance to Nissan’s model. If anything, the Infiniti Vision GT6 concept looks like a curvier Nissan 2020. Here’s a quick look at the 2020 Concept:

2014 Nissan Gran Turismo Vision 2020 Concept

There are several design elements that really stand out when looking at the teasers for the Infiniti GT6 concept. We love the deep-cut side sills and the inversely-angled rear spoiler. The whole car looks very muscular, right down to the tendon-like nature of the A-pillar; kind of like a fusion between a fighter jet and a jungle cat. Even with these limited-view renderings, there is a clear depth to the design, so that the more you look at it, the more there is to see.

We can’t wait to see a full reveal of the concept, hopefully before the end of the year!

Now, obviously a car designed for a video game probably won’t ever make it to production, at least not without some serious changes. And let us be clear that there is no word from Infiniti execs on the matter of production intent – the Vision concept that Gran Turismo 6 players will be able to download and drive via an upcoming downloadable patch should be taken as nothing more than a study until an official source tells us otherwise.

With all of that being said…

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

Infiniti’s former CEO, Johan de Nysschen, had clearly expressed that he planned to add two new high-end sports cars to the premium automaker’s lineup within the next few years. One was to be a four-door coupe; the other was a two-door mystery car. We already saw the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept (above) at the Paris Motor Show, which was a four-door coupe. Could this GT6 Vision Concept point towards a future two-door production car? It’s not guaranteed, but it’s certainly possible.

Stay tuned to Integrity Exports to see the full Infiniti GT6 Vision Concept as soon as it’s revealed.


Infiniti SYNAPTIQ & Q80 Inspiration Concepts Shown in LA

Posted by Stephen On Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

This week we’re continuing our coverage of the 2014 LA auto show. Today, we’re going to focus on Infiniti by examining both of the concepts they brought to this year’s LA event. Then we’ll finish off with another piece of Infiniti news we hadn’t expected to hear.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept

We’d already seen this concept’s world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show last month, but this was the concept’s US debut. We’re talking about it again here because it’s such a cool car that it’s impossible to talk too much about it.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept LA

As Infiniti’s first-ever premium saloon, they went all-out on an incredibly eye-catching design both inside and out. Distinguishing features include the panoramic glass roof and the sleek, aerodynamic chrome and silver color scheme. And that huge front grille does more than just catch your eye – it can open at low speeds to cool the engine and close at high speeds to minimize drag.

Inside, Infiniti went the extra mile to maximize the comfort of each of up to four passengers. Both of the rear passengers get their own touchscreen, and all passengers get individual reclining armchairs. There’s even a built-in champagne bottle holder in the backseat! Materials-wise, the cabin is luxuriously fitted with quilted leather and Alcantara, along with more accent lighting than you can shake a stick at.

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Interior LA

As we learned in Paris, the Q80 Inspiration boasts an all-new high-performance hybrid powertrain that can simultaneously pull off 150+ miles per hour and 43 miles per gallon. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 paired with an electric motor that, together, outputs a jaw-dropping 550hp.

The fact that they’re showing the Q80 Inspiration again makes that much more hopeful that it will eventually see production in some form.

Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Concept

2014 Infiniti SYNAPTIQ Concept

For the past 11 years, automakers coming to LA have been invited to contribute futuristic design concepts to the annual LA Auto Show Design Challenge. This year, Infiniti really wowed us with their SYNAPTIQ Concept. This year’s theme was, “Sensing the Future: How Will Cars Interact with Us in 2029?”

The SYNAPTIQ Concept was Infiniti Design San Diego’s contribution to the challenge, and their overarching theme was modular human-to-vehicle interaction. In fact, they invented an entire back story to support the car’s design…

In the year 2029, the SYNAPTIQ will compete in the A.R.C. race, which stands for Air Rally Circuit, demanding drivers to travel across the country over land and air in a triathlon-esque motor race. You can see a visual representation of the race below:

2014 Infiniti SYNPATIQ Multi-form Concept

The SYNAPTIQ will be capable of transforming from racecar to rally car to airplane, all through a SYNAPTIQ S.U.I.T. (Symbiotic User Interface Technology) which essentially taps into the driver’s spine and “connects the driver’s thoughts” to the vehicle. So, the idea is that you can use your thoughts to control the vehicle and to control what information is displayed on the virtual-reality liquid crystal interface that the driver is encased in.

2014 Infiniti SYNPATIQ Suit

Pretty crazy, right?

Even though it’s unrealistic even for 2029, it’s still a really cool concept that we hope Infiniti keeps tucked away for future reference.

Infiniti Q60 Confirmation

2015 Infiniti Q60

The last big piece of news to come out of the LA Auto Show is a confirmation that the Infiniti Q60 will be the first new vehicle coming to us in 2015. Infiniti tells us that we’ll see a preproduction concept in Detroit early next year, which means the car will likely go on sale by the end of Q2 2015.

Unfortunately, that’s about all we know for right now, so stay tuned for further updates as 2014 draws to a close. Otherwise, come back tomorrow for more LA Auto Show news!


2014 Paris Motor Show Round-Up – Japanese Cars You Missed

Posted by Stephen On Friday, October 10th, 2014

The 2014 Paris Motor Show is finally coming to a close, and unfortunately we didn’t have time to give you in-depth coverage for every single new Japanese car that hit the stage in France. So, today we’re going to do a round-up of all the Japanese cars you might’ve missed from this week’s automotive event.

For your information, we already covered the Toyota C-HR, Nissan Pulsar NISMO, Suzuki Vitara and Infiniti Q80 Inspiration, so be sure to check those out if you haven’t already. Otherwise, read on.

Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type-R ConceptPhotograph: James Lipman +44 7803 885275

We’d already seen a very similar Honda Civic Type-R Concept earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show. However, Honda took the liberty of divulging a few new specs for us in Paris. Some of these will sound familiar if you read our preview article, so we’ll be brief:

  • Powered by a newly developed high-revving 2.0L VTEC Turbo engine
  • Red-lines at 7,000 rpm and outputs 276hp
  • Sport-tuned six-speed manual transmission
  • Four-point Adaptive Damper System which varies stiffness with driving conditions
  • New +R button which maximizes performance from the engine and steering during intensive driving

Mazda MX-5 Miata

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata front

Again, we already knew what the 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata would look like, but we didn’t know what was hiding beneath its vibrant red hood.

Now we know that the 2015 MX-5 will get at least two engine options. Both will be gas-powered and will come from Mazda’s SKYACTIV suite. The first one is a 1.5L with 130bhp and the second is a larger 2.0L with 165bhp. Mazda is still working out the quirks in a possible diesel variant, but nothing’s been confirmed at the time of this writing. We’re guessing they’re still figuring out the diesel for their Mazda6.

If you’d like a more in-depth overview, the folks over at AutoExpress put together a splendid video of the new MX-5 taken live at the Paris Motor Show. You can check that out below:

Mitsubishi PHEV Concept S

2014 Mitsubishi PHEV Concept S

You might’ve seen this car last month ahead of its Paris Motor Show debut, and not much has changed since then. It’s a clean and stylish SUV whose simplicity betrays the complex technology beneath its hood. Up front, you’ll see the refreshed front-end complete with a chrome-lined X grille and similar chrome accents along the side and rear.

Mitsubishi did give us a few more technical details about the S Concept with its debut. It will be able to travel nearly 550 miles on a single tank and up to 34 miles on electric-only mode. This incredible fuel economy is achieved with a 2.0L petrol engine paired up with two advanced electric motors and a high-density lithium-ion battery.

Outlander PHEV Concept S black and burgundy interior

Surprisingly, our favorite part about the PHEV Concept S is its interior. Mitsubishi really outdid themselves with a classy black-and-burgundy color scheme made up of premium materials and plenty of amenities.

Infiniti QX70 S Design Package

Infiniti QX70 S Design exterior

Even though the Infiniti’s Q80 Insipiration Concept definitely stole the spotlight, the premium Japanese automaker brought another cool new car to the Paris Motor Show. It’s a brand-new design package for the Infiniti QX70 SUV.

The design package features a silver exterior with dark chrome accents in the grille, side sills and rear bumper. To match the dark chrome, the headlights have a new smoked finish and the 21-inch alloys showcase a crisp black paint job to go with the black roof rails and mirrors.

Infiniti QX70 S Design Package

Inside, the “dark side” theme continues with a black lacquer finish for the center console, and purple-stitched black leather upholstery throughout the cabin. For more images, check out Carscoops’s live photos of the QX70 S Design.

All in all, we’d say the 2014 Paris Motor Show was a great showing for Japanese automakers. Definitely a great way to kick off the end-of-year motor show season!