2011 New Cars: Asia

Brian Konoske

Infiniti M37/M56

New: The completely revamped M gets lots more power and voluptuous new sheetmetal.

Noteworthy: For Infiniti, the G37 is the franchise, but the redesigned new M is special enough to fulfill its role as flagship. Curvaceous new styling looks like no previous M and carries into the richly appointed interior. The V-6 (3.7 liters) and V-8 (5.6 liters) engines are larger and much more powerful than before but still manage to be more economical. Both again offer the choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. A plethora of high-tech features are on hand, ranging from the useful (Infiniti's excellent navigation system) to the dubious (the available four-wheel steering, which makes for oddly abrupt turn-in).

On sale: Now
BASE PRICE RANGE: $47,115-$60,915
SPECS: 3.7L V-6, 330 hp, 270 lb-ft; 5.6L V-8, 420 hp, 417 lb-ft; rear- or 4-wheel drive

The Twitter Feed:
The third iteration of Infiniti's M sedan should be the first to emerge from obscurity.

The best execution to the completely the wrong solution. I hope Nissan will build us a new power plants in every state, to recharge the thousands of cars and upgrade the distribution grid, the transformer stations, the transformers on the streets and upgrades the electric meter and service in every household, where cars have to be charged up.
Misguided design, looking for misguided buyers.
It should be a prudent to be detached from the brainwash and false promises politicians disseminate about the auto industry. The Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are NOT the cars of the future, they are the cars of the misled designers and less than 15 years from now, the statement will look stupid. Vehicles carrying heavy batteries with very limited energy density are PRIMITIVE. The cars of the future either pick up energy from a grid in the streets or have energy storage density at least comparable to the present gas or diesel cars.
First of all, there is no such word as "weaved". The correct word is "woven". With the LFA, Toyota builds a car that virtually no one can own. There hasn't been a well designed, sporty Toyata since the baby Ferrari-looking MR2. Granted, cars are tools, but do Toyotas have nothing in their design kit bag? Their cars are bland and unexciting.
AGAIN, the US doesn't get the best model, the GT. The UK has been getting hot rodded Hondas for a long time. Who is telling Honda Americans won't buy it if they bring it? I assure you, I won't even consider this car until it is equal to it's own UK sibling.

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