Infiniti Essence Concept Coming to Canada for Montreal and Toronto Auto Shows

Highly Revered Concept Embodies Inspired Performance

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - A celebration of Infiniti and its 20 year history as creator of performance cars and an inspiring exploration into the brand's future, the Infiniti Essence concept will make its Canadian debut at the 2010 Montreal Auto Show in January. Essence makes one more stop in Canada at the 2010 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto this February.

The Essence embodies the Infiniti brand, then takes it to the extremes to satisfy the world's most demanding car enthusiasts. The dramatic design, technology and performance statement is a 592-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive gasoline/electric hybrid coupe.

"The Infiniti Essence is a reflection of the performance and design that goes into every Infiniti we create, and it's great that Canadians will have an opportunity to see this truly remarkable vehicle," said Wendy Durward, Director of Infiniti Canada. "Essence represents the possibilities when design and technology are pushed to the limits and Canadian car enthusiasts will not be disappointed."

Essence was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year and showcases many of the technologies, including a new Infiniti hybrid system, and design cues that will distinguish Infiniti production cars of the future. By steering Infiniti's guiding principle of "Inspired Performance" into the luxury super-coupe market for the first time, Essence reaffirms Infiniti's place among the world's most exclusive and vibrant car brands.

    
    Essence Overview

    -   A front-engine, two-seat, 592-horsepower, rear-wheel drive luxury
        coupe concept measuring 4720 mm(185 inches) long
    -   A preview of Infiniti's new gasoline/electric hybrid drivetrain -
        capable of high speeds when conditions allow, zero emissions where
        they don't
    -   Fresh design language to influence future production models
    -   New safety technology, including Back-up Collision Prevention
    -   Minimalist and intensely driver-focused interior
    -   "New luxury" meets traditional Japanese craftsmanship
    -   Custom designed Louis Vuitton fitted luggage to maximize trans-
        continental capability
    

For full vehicle specs, images and b-roll of the Infiniti Essence, please visit: http://www.media.nissan.ca/newsrelease.do?id=1767&mid=40

ABOUT INFINITI

Infiniti offers a full-line of luxury performance automobiles designed to inspire at every turn, including the G37 sports coupe, convertible and sedan, M35/45 luxury performance sedan, EX personal luxury crossover, FX premium crossover SUV and the QX full-size luxury SUV. More information about Infiniti and the Total Ownership Experience(R) can be found at www.infiniti.ca.

/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/

SOURCE Infiniti

For further information: For further information: Media contacts: Heather Meehan, Cohn & Wolfe, Tel: (647) 259-3268, Cell: (416) 402-5748, Email: heather.meehan@cohnwolfe.ca; Didier Marsaud, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications, Nissan Canada, Tel: (905) 629-6400, Cell: (416) 573-7231, Email: didier.marsaud@nissancanada.com


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