(from Infiniti Press
Release) Infiniti today unveiled a dramatic new concept
vehicle, the Infiniti Coupe Concept, at the 2006 North American
International Auto Show. Infiniti also showed the new 2006 FX luxury
crossover SUV, which has been refined with exterior and interior
enhancements and greater differentiation between the V8-powered FX45
and V6-equipped FX35 models.
The Coupe Concept continues the Infiniti tradition of merging design
and performance. It takes Infiniti’s vibrant design vocabulary,
which has helped establish Infiniti as one of the most dynamic
brands in the luxury market, and elevates it to the next level.
Among the Coupe Concept’s exterior design features are a full-length
glass panel roof, modulated front fenders and hood, deep front
spoiler and large projector headlights, polished bare metal-look
paint, compact camera outside rearview mirrors, hidden door handles
and large 20-inch, 9-spoke painted aluminum-alloy wheels.
The Coupe Concept interior combines a performance-inspired cockpit
with a luxurious passengers’ space featuring a “double wave”
instrument panel design, with large, violet-color gauge illumination
and a dramatic, full-length center console. Specially textured
aluminum accents project the image of traditional Japanese “Washi”
paper, providing an added sense of warmth and crispness.
“The Infiniti Coupe Concept embraces the continuous advancement of
Infiniti design with a unique combination of passion, imagination
and creativity,” said Mark Igo, vice president and general manager,
Igo also provided an update on Infiniti business issues, including
the fourth straight year of sales records. In 2005, Infiniti sold an
all-time high of 136,401 units, an increase of 4.5 percent over
calendar year 2004 sales.
“Infiniti sales have been strong across the entire model range,”
said Igo. “We’re especially pleased with the acceptance in the
marketplace of the all-new 2006 Infiniti M.”