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Old 02-25-12, 09:23 PM   #1
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Infiniti M to get stretched for China


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China is Infiniti's second-largest market, so important to the brand that it is building its global headquarters in Hong Kong. Infiniti will also adapt to the local tastes in another way this year when it offers an M37 sedan variant that's stretched by 150 millimeters for the Chinese market.

By now the Chinese preference for extended-wheelbase vehicles is well known, Audi's A6L having left a trail of money that the BMW 5Li, Mercedes-Benz E300L and Volvo S80L were quick to follow. The longer Infiniti M will go up against that bunch. Unlike its competitors, however, the M isn't built in China, so even though it helped Infiniti nearly double its sales there last year, some suggest the price disparity will handicap its chances.

We'll know the specifics once the extended-wheelbase M debuts at the Beijing Auto Show in April. A hybrid version is expected to follow after the first model goes on sale in June.

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makes sense, they need all the help they can get
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.......its still ugly.....................im just saying













What?!? Somebody had to say it?!
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Stretched?

They should squeeze it and put it in the dumpster where it belongs.
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It's somewhat off-putting in some angles, but absolutely beautiful and sleek in others. Overall, it's a slightly above average design for me.

Why doesn't Lexus do something similar? They need to sell more cars in China!
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Looks pretty decent, but the German Big 3 are all manufacturing their stretched 5-series, E-Class and A6 in China, so price-wise the Japanese can't really compete unless they start doing the same.
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My question, why do Chinese people like stretched cars? Not like they are all tall? What is it?
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My question, why do Chinese people like stretched cars? Not like they are all tall? What is it?
Overly compensating for something?
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Overly compensating for something?



hhaaaaaaa.... i get it
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All kinds of weird stuff is going on with this car..... First its being sold to Mitsubishi, then being stretched for China
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Once again Infiniti sold less than 100,000 cars here in 2011 with around 98,000. If China is their second largest market where they sold 19,000 units last year I can see China being the #1 seller for them in a few years. Infiniti has already moved their H.Q out of Japan into Hong Kong.

This is a no brainer, A6/5/E class all have LWB versions already in China, its a very solid market there. I just don't know how the styling could not get worse.
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