Infiniti Emerg-E Plug-In Hybrid Supercar Won't Be Built, Company Says

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Infiniti Emerg-E prototype

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Infiniti is clearly proud of its Emerg-E plug-in hybrid supercar, wheeling it out at several auto shows and even driving it up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Sadly though, for anyone hoping the concept would eventually be produced, Infiniti has confirmed it has no plans to make a production model.

Speaking with Autocar at the Paris Auto Show, Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen has confirmed the car won't be built--though it will influence future Infiniti production models.

"The Emerg-E is not planned for future production at all... but it does offer an insight into our future powertrains and design direction" he said.

The next G-Series vehicle will be the first to show influences from the Lotus Evora-based Emerg-E, particularly its luxurious and sporty interior.

It's part of Infiniti's 15-year plan to become a "tier-one luxury brand", competing with BMW, Mercedes, Audi and its Japanese rival, Lexus.

In a move to improve efficiency, the marque will also start using four-cylinder engines from the Renault-Nissan Alliance, while a Mercedes A Class-sized compact car is also on the cards.

If that car looks anything like as good as the Emerg-E, those tier-one luxury brands could have a fight on their hands over the next few years...


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Comments (5)
  1. "Johan de Nysschen"? of the Volt is for idiots infamy? Didn't know he had jumped ship from Audi.

    Too bad we will never see these on the road. But production would probably be a bad financial move for Infiniti.

  2. He left in June 2012. Sorry that it won't get made, as I thought it looked very good, but despite so many EV fans' dislike of "compliance cars" and the like, unless they see clear financial viability, many OEMs will play it safe on EV production and development, at least for a while longer. Take a long look at Nissan and ask yourself how that initial $6 billion is working out...

    Although I'm obviously an EV fan, I do understand the decision, although I'm not shocked; Infiniti has so many problems this isn't priority #1 now.

  3. I'm actually surprised by this, especially with a hybrid-based Acura NSX coming to dealerships within the next few years. Infiniti could've easily had a dead-even competition to be the first few super-car hybrids. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    Silly decision on Nissan's part to not bring this to production. Unless it's because of financials, this probably would've been a knock-out.

  4. I agree, but in this case, it clearly seems to be the financials. Too much risk, I guess, for a market that hasn't developed sufficiently yet... Yet... But keep the same designer available for the next one, okay/

  5. This is too bad, sad to see this.

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