Through most of the 1990’s, Nissan was a company in very deep trouble.
Between 1993 and 1999 the company ran seven straight years of losses. However, by 2009, when most other car companies lost money, Nissan was among the few profitable concerns.
The difference between ‘99 and ‘09 can be traced to Nissan’s CEO Carlos Ghosn (pronounced Gone).
One of the first things Ghosn did to turn the company around was to take a look at all of the assets Nissan had going for it and emphasizing them in every way possible. One of Nissan’s strongest assets at the time was its V6 engine. A paragon of smoothness, it was powerful, free winding, and among the most delicious sounding devices to ever exhale through a pair of tailpipes. Ghosn set about making this engine the centerpiece of Nissan’s product portfolio and proceeded to install it everywhere it’d fit.
Another of Ghosn’s strategies was to limit the number of basic platforms Nissan worked off of to create its cars. Because of this, Nissan’s FM (front/midship) platform, underpins every rear-drive car the company produces. Thus, the Infiniti G and the Nissan Z share the same front mid-engine layout.
This configuration mounts the V6 engine behind the centerline of the front wheels, for a mid-engine design like that employed by Porsche for the Boxster and the Cayman. However, the FM platform places the engine in front of the occupants of the vehicle, rather than behind them as in the Porsche cars. This layout results in a near 50/50 front to rear weight distribution, giving the products Based off of it exceptional balance and outstanding handling characteristics.
And thus begat the contemporary Infiniti G cars, the subjects of this overview. Available as a four-door sedan, coupe and convertible, Infiniti’s G cars are world-class rear-drive Grand Touring automobiles. Introduced to market as the G35—having been preceded by the somewhat lackluster G20 in Infiniti’s lineup—there have been essentially two generations of rear-drive V6 powered, Infiniti G cars produced since 2003.