Nissan plans Leaf-based Infinity

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  1. Rybold

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    March 29, 2012: Bottom Line - Infiniti finally gets serious about hybrid cars

    March 6, 2012: GENEVA: Nissan plans Leaf-based Infiniti

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    Good - this will give the parent company a chance to redeam itself. It's cousin, the Leaf (IMO) is on par with American Motors' Gremlin. Looks-wise . . . it is one funky looking ride. What I won't do, in order to not buy gas ... :p
     
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    AMC Gremlin? no way, it's a good kinda funky. The Gremlin had it's chance...let's not get crazy here, ha, ha.
     
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    Looks and power:D Can infinity improve both, give it an upgraded interior and keep the price after rebate under $30K? If they do they will sell a lot more.
     
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    I thought you said you own a Leaf. :confused:

    All EVs should have a Sport/Power button and an Eco button. When the user puts it in sport mode, they understand they will only get 50% battery range, but when they want it, they'll have it - and it can be advertised, and the magazine editors can have their power.
     
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    Ugh, like Lexus' version of the Prius. Do not want. I hope, but do not expect, that this thing gets a serious performance boost. Instead it's almost certainly just going to be a Leaf with leather seats, some better interior trim, and a new badge. Plus maybe they change the shocks to pretend it has gotten a performance boost.
     
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    The CT200 wasn't a bad alternative to a little more comfortable better handling prius. No one has complained about the leaf's handling, but the stying IMHO is pretty bad. New sheet metal could do wonders. Adding supercaps, lowering the battery warranty, or even just a different motor could add better acceleration at higher speeds.
     
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    supercaps? yeah right.

    as to the Infiniti, I think it would be great. More competition, better.
     
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    Lowering the battery warranty? I doubt that. The Warranty thing was sort of pushed upon them by California, if I recall correctly.
     
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    Could be because there's hardly anybody who's ever experienced it :D

    I really do want Nissan to have a true honest competitor to the Prius, but coming into an market more or less owned by Toyota and leapfrogging their offering seems quite hard, even matching it is.
     
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    Right now, I think Leaf's issue is going to be the battery pack range, cost and weak infrastructure. Well, the range mostly for people who want to use the car beyond a short commute range or beyond a 37mi one way trip.
     
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