Infiniti enters the 2017 model year with an expanded model lineup – anchored by the late summer U.S. arrivals of the all-new Infiniti QX30 premium active crossover and the return of the iconic Infiniti Q60 sports coupe. The new models signal the next phase of the brand's global growth strategy and come at a time when Infiniti continues to set sales records around the word.
Alfonso Albaisa is executive design director, Infiniti Motor Company, Ltd. and also a corporate vice president. A graduate of the Pratt Institute — a top American university in the areas of industrial design and architecture based in the New York City area — Albaisa has spent his entire career with Nissan and Infiniti. Here, Albasia reveals what inspires him personally, what it's like working as part of a global design team, and more.
Renault Sport Formula One Team's British Grand Prix came to a frustrating end with a double retirement. Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen stopped on lap 38 and 50 respectively both with suspected gearbox problems. The mixed track conditions presented scant opportunity for advancement from their P18 and P16 starting positions, with both Jolyon and Kevin caught in traffic before their retirements.
Infiniti finished the first half of 2016 with a new sales record. The company sold more than 110,200 vehicles, an increase of 7 percent over the same period last year. In the month of June, more than 19,300 vehicles were sold, up 15 percent versus June 2015, and in the second quarter of the year (April-June), Infiniti set a new record with almost 53,000 vehicles sold representing an increase of 4 percent.
Infiniti today reported sales of 11,058 vehicles in the U.S. during June, an increase of 10.7 percent versus prior year. The QX50 luxury crossover had its best month ever with an increase of 305 percent to 1,689 units.
The Renault Sport Formula One Team pushed all the way in the first-ever European Grand Prix on the Baku City Circuit. Different tire strategies yielded similar results with Kevin Magnussen starting from the pit lane and stopping once to finish fourteenth whilst Jolyon Palmer finished one place behind after making two pit stops.
Renault Sport Formula One Team contested a hard-fought Canadian Grand Prix with Kevin Magnussen finishing in sixteenth and Jolyon Palmer retiring due to a water leak. Kevin started from last position following yesterday’s liaison with the wall and ran to a one-stop strategy. Jolyon made a promising start; however, loss of water pressure meant the team had to retire the car with 16 laps completed.
Infiniti continues its strong momentum, setting a new global sales record in May. The brand sold approximately 18,000 vehicles around the world last month, an increase of 3 percent over May 2015 and representing the best-ever May sales performance in Infiniti’s history. Year-to-date, Infiniti sold about 91,000 vehicles globally, up 5 percent compared to the same period last year, setting another sales record for the company.