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The Skyline name has been a part of the Japanese automotive world for the past 56 years, and with that history comes a certain amount of pedigree. As Nissan brings its Infiniti brand to Japan as a part of its plans for worldwide expansion, it also had to decide what to do with the Skyline nameplate.

Turns out, Nissan decided to keep the Skyline name, but it will change the front badge to an Infiniti crest, instead of the Nissan emblem. The reason for the change, according to Nissan, is to remind Japanese consumers that they are purchasing a world-class automobile. Nissan has no plans right now to create a separate Infiniti dealer network, so one assumes that Infinitis will be sold in Nissan dealerships until Nissan decides otherwise.

Nissan probably felt that the Skyline name was too valuable to axe. Its origins date back to before its association with Nissan Motor Co. The model was originally part of the Prince Motor Company's lineup, where the development of the high performance version that would become the legendary GT-R was well underway before PMC's mid-1960's merger with Nissan. Interestingly, the GT-R was separated from the Skyline name in 2007 when it became its own model, giving Nissan two hallowed nameplates to add to its roster.
 

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The Skyline name has been a part of the Japanese automotive world for the past 56 years, and with that history comes a certain amount of pedigree. As Nissan brings its Infiniti brand to Japan as a part of its plans for worldwide expansion, it also had to decide what to do with the Skyline nameplate.

Turns out, Nissan decided to keep the Skyline name, but it will change the front badge to an Infiniti crest, instead of the Nissan emblem. The reason for the change, according to Nissan, is to remind Japanese consumers that they are purchasing a world-class automobile. Nissan has no plans right now to create a separate Infiniti dealer network, so one assumes that Infinitis will be sold in Nissan dealerships until Nissan decides otherwise.

Nissan probably felt that the Skyline name was too valuable to axe. Its origins date back to before its association with Nissan Motor Co. The model was originally part of the Prince Motor Company's lineup, where the development of the high performance version that would become the legendary GT-R was well underway before PMC's mid-1960's merger with Nissan. Interestingly, the GT-R was separated from the Skyline name in 2007 when it became its own model, giving Nissan two hallowed nameplates to add to its roster.

I have never in my life seen any automobile manufacturer bring so much ridiculous confusion among its product naming...

So Infiniti decides to change all their model names to Q's and QX's....YET they decide to keep selling the G37 alongside all the Q's...they then rename their G37 coupe to a Q60 but its still the same exact model....

And then in Japan, they go ahead and rebadge the car to an Infiniti yet they keep the Skyline name.

Brooooo talk about having wayyyyy too many fingers in the soup, and not a single person fully in charge of the recipe.

As I stated in another thread, unless the all-new 2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe is an absolute polished masterpiece of excellence, I am done with new Infiniti cars...
 

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Chili, you need to chill.

When Datsun changed its name to Nissan (in the US) they overlapped the names for a couple of years. This is kinda the same thing.

Anyway, what's all the consternation with the Q moniker. G sounds ordinary. Q sounds exotic. Maybe it's because I was never a G fan. Actually, for years I thought the car was called the 35, and the G was the trim line.

Even today, if you refer to an M car, everyone thinks of BMW, even though that's a trim line.
 

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I have never in my life seen any automobile manufacturer bring so much ridiculous confusion among its product naming...

So Infiniti decides to change all their model names to Q's and QX's....YET they decide to keep selling the G37 alongside all the Q's...they then rename their G37 coupe to a Q60 but its still the same exact model....

And then in Japan, they go ahead and rebadge the car to an Infiniti yet they keep the Skyline name.

Brooooo talk about having wayyyyy too many fingers in the soup, and not a single person fully in charge of the recipe.

As I stated in another thread, unless the all-new 2015 Infiniti Q60 Coupe is an absolute polished masterpiece of excellence, I am done with new Infiniti cars...
Seems a little extreme to be done with a particular manufacturer's vehicle line because of naming. If you've got other issues with Infiniti automobiles, then you should probably explain them. But, unless they are legitimate informative issues, they'll likely fall on deaf ears on a website/forum dedicated to Q50 enthusiasts. Just sayin'
 
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Seems a little extreme to be done with a particular manufacturer's vehicle line because of naming. If you've got other issues with Infiniti automobiles, then you should probably explain them. But, unless they are legitimate informative issues, they'll likely fall on deaf ears on a website/forum dedicated to Q50 enthusiasts. Just sayin'
Listen bro, if the Q50 would have really hit the home run I was looking for, I would have been leasing one in February 2014.

In my opinion, Infiniti’s G series has the absolute best balance of luxury, sport, and great looks for the price point. The raw-ness and liveliness of the G is just undisputable. I feel as if with this Q50, the "Skyline" has lost a good quite bit of its soul.

Ive driven the Q50. I am in love with the interior, I love the front end with every inch of my heart, and the side profile is awesome too, but the rear-end really leaves a lot to be desired. Its just so generic and uninspiring. Sure, I believe the design of the LED’s inside the taillights is amazing…but the shape of the exterior lens is just so soft and not that of a sporty Infiniti.

Also, add to the fact that they dropped the most favorable option of a sports car…the 6MT. Yeah yeah yeah, they said it will be coming, but I would say it is way too late to the party. Infiniti has lost 2-3…maybe even 5% of sales simply due to this being a case. BMW is gonna suck up all those manual lovers.

Runflats? Really? On the Sport model? Another absolutely stupid design choice. The “S” model should start coming with Potenza RE-11’s by now….specially with the new pricing.

The Hybrid is really cool but the fact that I have to have it with the DAS does not help the deal either, specially because I am infatuated with the steering in my G. No other car has such a direct and positive feel. DAS should have been a separate option, not included in the Hybrid and maybe could have charged cheaper for the Hybrid.

Like I said, if the new Q60 is the car the Q50 should have been, you will see me in a Q60 6MT at the end of 2015. Hopefully Intouch is in its production stage, and not in its alpha stage.

Just my 2 cents.
 

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FYI: Infiniti has copy right ownership on "Q" as car models.
The business decision to take advantage model name ownership.
 

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I saw this a few days ago and am surprised this is the first mention I have seen on this forum. I was expecting a half dozen threads asking how to order and if it will fit. And I am surprised I have not seen any pics of a Q50 sporting a "Skyline" badge yet either. WTF is wrong with you people?
 

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Finally...
 
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