Sales are on the rise for the 2014 Infiniti Q50, and the latest news from NHTSA is sure to help: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recognized Infiniti’s new sport sedan with a 5-star Overall Safety Score in testing for its New Car Assessment Program. The 5-star grade is for the 2014 Infiniti Q50 with both its gas and hybrid powertrains, as well as with rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations; individual test scores included 4 stars for frontal crash protection and 5 stars for occupant protection in side-crash and rollover scenarios.
Said Michael Bartsch, vice president, Infiniti Americas: "We're pleased with NHTSA's recognition of Infiniti's efforts to develop some of the safest cars on the road. The Q50 offers elegant design, inspired performance and ‘5-Star' safety. In particular, the Q50 is also the platform for us to introduce a number of world's first safety technologies including Active Lane Control and Predictive Forward Collision Warning."
Of course, as readers may recall, those aren’t the only industry-first technologies available in the 2014 Infiniti Q50. A chief enabler of Active Lane Control, along with safety measures such as lane-departure warning and lane keeping, is the car’s Direct Adaptive Steering. The first drive-by-wire system in a production vehicle, Direct Adaptive Steering also helped the 2014 Infiniti Q50 get named TechHive.com’s “Techiest Vehicle of the Year” and earn a Grand Award in this year’s Popular Science “Best of What’s New” rankings.
And as mentioned, this recent flurry of attention has resulted in a blizzard of new sales. Dealers delivered 5,891 Q50s in November, marking a 52.7 percent jump as compared to sales of the vehicle it essentially replaced, the G sedan, during the same month last year. Looking at this November, the 2014 Infiniti Q50 outsold rivals like the Lexus IS, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz CLA.
Finally, if you’re wondering how the 2014 Infiniti Q50 did with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), you’ll have to wonder awhile longer. The car has yet to go through the Institute’s Top Safety Pick testing regimen.