The Infiniti brand of automobiles is from the luxury division of Nissan Motor Company. Nissan, the Japanese auto manufacturer, introduced the Infiniti brand in November of 1989. Infiniti was developed specifically to fuel growth in the North American market, and the brand is now sold in more than 15 countries. Nissan brought the Infiniti brand to its home market of Japan in 2013, although before the brand’s domestic launch, the Japanese market often featured Nissan-branded versions of vehicles that were sold elsewhere under the Infiniti name. (The Infiniti sport utility vehicle FX and QX lineup is a notable exception to this system, since these SUVs were never sold in Japan.) Infiniti is known for its luxury sedans and coupes, although Infiniti sport utility vehicles are an important part of the auto manufacturer’s overall global strategy.
The Infiniti SUV lineup continues to grow, becoming a bigger part of the overall Infiniti model range. For the 2013 model year, Infiniti announced a change to the brand’s naming convention. Infiniti sport utility vehicles, which used to have names such as the JX and the FX, will all have names starting with QX. This includes Infiniti SUVs as well as Infiniti crossovers. The number following the two-letter code indicates each vehicle’s place in the overall hierarchy.
Infiniti sport utility vehicles, since the renaming, are actually a little more difficult to distinguish, since the letter elements of the vehicle name no longer differentiate between crossover, mid size, and full size sport utility vehicles. Crossovers in the Infiniti SUV lineup include the Infiniti QX60, which was introduced in 2012 (and, at the time, was called the Infiniti JX). The QX60 is a mid size crossover that offers seating for seven occupants, and rests on the Nissan Murano platform, and was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2011. The Infiniti QX70 is another crossover, very similar to the QX60. More traditional, larger Infiniti sport utility vehicles include the full size QX80, which is based on the same platform as the Nissan Titan full size pickup truck and features many similarities to Nissan’s Armada full size sport utility vehicle. The Infiniti QX80 was known as the Infiniti QX56 until the 2013 renaming, and it bears the distinction of being the first Infiniti built in the United States. This Infiniti SUV is built at a Nissan and Infiniti assembly facility in Canton, Mississippi. Like many models in the Infiniti sport utility vehicle lineup, it is for limited markets, sold only in North America, Russia, China, and the Middle East.