Infiniti could build its own Nissan GT-R: CEO

The head of Nissan says Infiniti could produce its own version of the Nissan GT-R supercar and has left the door open for a high-performance luxury coupe.
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Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn told UK publication CAR Magazine an Infiniti GT-R was not currently on the cards, but insisted Nissan and Infiniti were not in the business of closing doors on ideas.

“Are we going to [produce an Infiniti supercar], I would say ‘no’, I don’t think so,' Mr Ghosn said.“If your question is ‘could we do that’, I would say ‘yes’. The idea of using existing technologies on the body of an Infiniti, yes. All the technologies developed for Nissan are available to Infiniti."

The key question, however, is will Infiniti produce a Godzilla-style halo car, to which Mr Ghosn inferred there were more pressing matters for the brand to focus on in the short term.

"Will we do it? I think we need to go step by step,” Mr Ghosn said.“The idea makes sense. The technology is here, the platform is here. It’s a great car, the GT-R. Is it a project now? No.“I don’t want to give you the impression we’ll never do that. But I don’t want you to think that it’s coming in the next two to three years either.”

Infiniti is currently preparing an electric vehicle – due in 2013 – as well as a compact car for 2014 to rival the likes of the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class and BMW 1 Series.

The Infiniti Essence concept unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show gave us an indication of how an Infiniti GT-R-style vehicle could look if it were to materialise.

Infiniti will launch in Australia in 2012, with the FX crossover, G37 coupe/convertible and the M performance sedan.

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