Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. spent the better part of the last decade fighting two problems that hampered its Infiniti luxury division: perception and power. Almost from the day it launched its first product, the Q45 flagship, for the '89 model year, Infiniti was overshadowed by the upscale Japanese nameplate launched in the same year: Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus. Even though, when comparing those first-generation flagships, many critics at the time judged the Q45 to be dynamically superior to ...

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