The Infiniti Q45, relaunched to attain flagship status in the U.S. for the Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. luxury division, has not lived up to expectations. Its weak sales are in contrast to several recent successful launches by the Japanese car maker that has made few wrong moves of late. The auto maker relaunched the V-8 powered Q45 in March 2001, with promises to elevate the status of the luxury sedan. The “new Q” was to be emblematic of Infiniti’s future and revitalized direction – the first ...

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