We Spoke To Infiniti About How It Will Become One Of The Car Industry's Biggest Pioneers

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Infiniti isn't leaving any stones unturned when it comes to exploring new technology options.

In the grand scheme of things, Infiniti isn't exactly amassive player in the global executive car market. After all, it's noticeablysmaller in terms of size and resources when compared with its arch premiumrivals, and as a result doesn't quite have the capacity to sell as manyvehicles per year. Infiniti does plan on further expanding thecompany in a sustainable manner, however, with one of the key areas behind these growthplans being its ability to keep as many technological options open aspossible.

According to Infiniti's Vice President of Product Strategy,Francois Bancon, the new variable compression-turbocharged (VC-T) engine it'sdeveloped is a key colours-to-the-mast-esque decision. By keeping internalcombustion engines relevant via a system that can be used across a variety ofengine sizes (allegedly as small as 1.5-liter units), the VC-T is seen as an"excellent opportunity" for Infiniti's foreseeable future.Likewise, hybrids and, in turn, full-on electric cars are very much a part ofInfiniti's future development path, and MonsieurBancon sees the integration of autonomous technology as an opportunityto make Infiniti's cars even more fun to drive.

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Of course, being a fairly small company, Infiniti can't be a world-leader in every powertrain option on its own - which is where Infiniti's many partnerships come into play. For instance, Infiniti has access to parent company Nissan's EV developments, and its collaborations with the Renault F1 team allows Infiniti to further refine its hybrid tech. Perhaps most interestingly, Monsieur Bancon also revealed Infiniti is interested in "certain aspects" of the Nissan-controlled Mitsubishi's plug-in hybrid systems. Of course, as Nissan only started calling the shots at Mitsubishi fairly recently, it's too early to say what elements will be adopted, but it does give Infiniti potentially a huge amount of technological flexibility.

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