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     Infiniti M sedan and Infiniti QX56 SUV Recalled for Potential Fuel Leak
    Infiniti M sedan and Infiniti QX56 SUV Recalled for Potential Fuel Leak

    Nissan Motor Co. is recalling about 79,275 Infiniti sedans and SUVs along with Nissan Jukes due to fuel-pressure sensors being improperly tightened in the models' fuel tanks. As stated by NHTSA, the fuel pressure sensors might loosen because of heat and vibration resulting in a fuel leak and therefore the possible fire. The automaker states that the defective M sedans were manufactured from Oct. 5, 2009 to Dec. 16, 2011. As for the QX SUVs, they were built from Oct. 27, 2009 to Dec. 24, 2011.

    Since the first fuel defect was detected on November 3, 2011 when a customer filed a complaint regarding fuel odor coming from the cabin of the car, the investigation of the problem was carried out by Nissan technicians. According to Nissan, the owners of defective vehicles will get fuel pressure sensors replacement for free.

    This is the third recall of the automaker for the past two weeks. Nissan recalled nearly 80,000 vehicles just in a week after the company recalled about 1,000 Altima and Versa sedans for side curtan airbag problems. The other recall was regarding CVT transmission faults on 36,000 Versa sedans on February 10.

    In spite of the fact that Infiniti vehicles are recalled, the luxury brand received solid marks in their classes. While the 2012 Infiniti M ranked 5th in the U.S. News “Best Large Luxury Car” category, the SUV also got the 5th place in class.

    Infiniti Decides to Sponsor Red Bull Racing Team
    Infiniti Decides to Sponsor Red Bull Racing Team

    Infiniti has signed a sponsorship deal with Red Bull Racing team after the team has won championship last season. As soon as the deal was announced, there was a probability of the automaker providing the team with the engines. Taking into consideration that Red Bull race cars carry engines made by Renault (a part of the same corporate alliance as Infiniti) and that automakers which deal with F1 usually either buy their own teams or provide engines to the existing ones, Renault was expected to rebrand its engines. The team's official name would be Red Bull-Infiniti.

    This rebranding is rather predictable, as similar arrangements happened earlier. For example, McLaren once rebranded Porsche engines as TAG. Ferrari engines were rebranded as Petronas by Sauber. As for Cosworth engines, they were earlier branded as Ford.

    It won't happen in case of Infiniti's partnership with Red Bull though, to be exact it won't happen this year. The deal will result in Infiniti's logos grow in size as well as placement on next year's cars, because Infiniti makes the use of this cooperation in new ways.

    Infiniti Will Expand Its Lineup in Next Six Years
    Infiniti Will Expand Its Lineup in Next Six Years

    Infiniti will expand its lineup for the U.S. market by 2016. This is a part of the Midterm Plan, which was revealed on June 27, 2011. Thus Infiniti has a tough schedule for the coming years. As stated in this plan, one of the first products will be Infiniti JX, a three-row seven-seat luxury crossover, which is on the way to the North America. The presentation is expected to be held at the LA Auto Show, as it is the last major automotive event in 2011.

    The other four models are called “all new”. It is said, front-drive hatchback that will be aimed to compete with Audi A3. According to the strategy of the company, the future vehicle's list will also contain an electric sedan, which will use the Nissan Leaf 's platform and technologies The design of the electric Infiniti model will not be shared with Leaf. The engineering team will design a new generation of G line, including coupe, sedan and convertible trim levels. There is still a place for one more model. The Infiniti EX crossover with its low-volume sales requires a replacement. However, it is rumored that the company may prepare a new range-topping Q sedan.

    “By 2016, Nissan will have 66 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles in its global portfolio, covering 92% of segments and markets worldwide. We will consolidate some models and add others, eliminating 13 and adding 15 new models,” stated the executives of Nissan.