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16th February, 2011

Infiniti will display its latest concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Called Etherea, it is a compact luxury model that previews how a future entry-level Infiniti could look.

The first-look sketches reveal an evolving Infiniti identity along with a profile distinctly different from anything currently available in the premium compact class.

“Etherea is about a new type of luxury for younger buyers,” said Toru Saito, Corporate Vice President and Leader of the Global Infiniti Business Unit. “It is not just a smaller version of a typically conservative and traditional luxury car.”

Designed under the direction of Senior Vice President of Design Shiro Nakamura, Etherea blends elements of coupé, sedan, hatchback and even cross-over in one highly sculptural, near-mono volume form.

At 4.4m it is compact but at the same time it is space efficient and practical thanks to a new mechanical lay out and innovative access arrangements.

Among its surprises are high-tech new interpretations of traditional Japanese materials and finishes, and several design cues set to make their mark on future production models – including the highly distinctive crescent-shaped C-pillar first seen on the Essence concept.

With Nissan's Infiniti brand expanding their global presence and with an expanding product line-up, it is only a matter of time before Infiniti returns to the Australian market.


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