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Infiniti rejects Nissan Leaf EV styling for own model range

 Infiniti rejects Nissan Leaf EV styling for own model range
2011 Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle 31.03.2010

Will feature unique styling and a luxurious interior

According to a recent report, Infiniti has rejected several design proposals for their version of the Nissan Leaf.

While details are limited, Infiniti officials thought the car was too similar to the Leaf. The rejection means the Infiniti version will feature sportier styling and a more luxurious interior.

In an interview with Automotive News, Larry Dominique, the North American vice president for Nissan and Infiniti product planning, said "... it needs to be very unique, not only in exterior design but in interior materials and in terms of its driving performance. It has to accelerate like an Infiniti. It has to be an Infiniti from the standpoint of dynamic performance."

As you may recall, the Nissan Leaf is pure electric vehicle. It is powered by an electric motor which produces 80 kW (107 hp / 109 PS) and 280 Nm (206 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to a set of laminated lithium-ion batteries, the Leaf has a range of approximately 160 kilometers (99 miles).

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Comments (6)

 MTC MTC
thankgoodness for this. man, the leaf is ugly
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April 14, 2010 11:44 am
 Alfafox5 Alfafox5
Can I get one without that ugly ass?
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April 13, 2010 3:38 pm
 9TNine 9TNine
Doesn't it come in any other colour but blue...??
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April 13, 2010 2:50 pm
 wbizarre wbizarre
how is this news? I mean, it's interesting to get an inside look at the design development, but it's just part of the process; it doesn't mean anything significant. Designs get rejected and reworked dozens of times during any development process.
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April 13, 2010 2:49 pm