the infiniti q60 is getting the axe for model-year 2023

Almost six years after its introduction, the Infiniti Q60 is being discontinued. The automaker confirmed it would end production by the end of the year, but expected to have an abundance of units for sale well into 2023, according to Car and Driver.

The Q60 entered production in 2017 after being introduced at the Detroit auto show in 2015.

The move to axe the car isn’t a surprise to many. U.S. sales dropped from just over 10,000 units in its first year to a number in the two-thousands last year.

The brand has done a few things to stoke interest. Recently, Infiniti announced a free Apple CarPlay upgrade to Canadian owners of some of its 2020-model-year-or-newer vehicles. In 2018, the brand introduced a hybrid-powered concept based on the Q60 called Project Black S. However, Infiniti backed out of production, letting languish the Formula One hybrid technology it’d used to get 563 hp from its V6.

While Infiniti has not announced plans to drop the Q50 sedan, some believe that move could be on the horizon. Instead, they suggest, Infiniti plans to focus on its crossover and SUV segments, as well as its upcoming luxury EV division.

Expect its QX80 to be one of the major areas of focus for Infiniti in the next year or two. While the automaker has been quiet on its EV concept plans, Nissan has confirmed plans to build the vehicle at its plant in Canton, Mississippi, starting in 2025.

The Japanese brand committed to a $US500-million upgrade of its facility so it could become “a center for U.S. EV production.”

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