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The perfect car for a cruise in nature: The Infiniti QX30

A long winter reigned over Lebanon this year, it wasn’t until April that the weather cleared out. This weekend, I looked outside my window and I could clearly see the birds singing, flowers blossoming and the aroma filled the air; it was definitely springtime.

I had to hit the road and was in a mood for a cruise alongside trees and the beautiful scenery of the Lebanese mountains and what would be the perfect car for such a cruise other than the Infiniti QX30.

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The Infiniti badge on the front grille defines the nature of the car, it is the definition of Japanese premium cars, QX means that this car is made for on-road driving with an adventurous side hidden in its gems, it may not be an extreme off-road vehicle but it has capabilities to give you the pleasure of discovering nature in its fine formats.

This small crossover equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged engine producing 210 horsepower delivered a smooth ride uphill while I was enjoying my favorite tunes on the Infiniti Infotainment System displaying all the info I needed on my 7” screen and pumping my beats on the clear sound 10 Speakers Bose system.

All of a sudden, an herb of sheep crossed my path and gazed into the human eye-shaped headlights “Infiniti signature lights” and I felt like nature is calling and had to take that turn into the offroad path at that specific moment for that sense of freedom that you can only get with unplanned trips.

Entering that pathway, I couldn’t but think out loud, discovering new roads in nature is simply satisfying but doing so indulged with premium leather, stitching, and the premium material cabin is another Infiniti experience.

One thing I regretted while driving the Infiniti QX30, is the fact that I was alone enjoying that spring experience as despite the fact of being a small crossover, this vehicle is more than capable of fitting a group of friends into its cabin sitting comfortably and still have enough space to carry their backpacks needed for a hiking ride or some time alone away from the noise of the city.

On my way back to civilization, I came to realize that the Infiniti QX30 is not just made for off-roading and adventure seekers, it is also the perfect car for the city with a very comfortable steering and suspension systems turning your ride into a joy able experience, adding to it the tons of technological features that will surely make your life easier such as Start/Stop function, Cameras….

If you are looking for a small premium crossover and love that aggressive yet elegant looks of an Infiniti then the QX30 is your choice.

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INFINITI’s new Driver’s Guide app upgrades the driving experience

RYMCO, the official distributor of INFINITI cars in Lebanon, announces the release of the INFINITI Driver’s Guide, a new, free, mobile app supported by augmented reality (AR) technology, which completely transforms the experience of driving INFINITI cars.

INFINITI’s user-friendly Driver’s Guide helps customers gain an unprecedented understanding of their vehicles in real time, through three main features: 3D augmented reality, warning lights and messages, and a quick user guide.

Launching in two phases, phase one of the app will cover the Q50, QX50, Q30, and the QX30, while phase two will cover all remaining models. The app launch represents another step in INFINITI’s commitment to providing unrivalled customer service and is a testament to the brand’s ongoing efforts to connect with customers and exceed their expectations.

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An in-depth look at the features:

The 3D augmented reality feature is designed to scan any button to instantly access more information and functionalities. The feature has the ability to communicate with the steering wheel, audio, air-conditioning, INFINITI control, drive mode, combination meter, TRIP-reset, multi-switch panel, center console buttons and the start and stop buttons.

The warning light explanation provides information on any light that appears in the vehicle. Should a warning light on the vehicle’s cockpit turn on, for example, a warning light signal will also appear on the app, allowing the driver to tap on it to access a detailed explanation.

And, finally, an electronic version of the Quick User Guide is available on the app, providing an overview of some of the most important vehicle features that all drivers should be aware of. Drivers can use this app to freely search for information by typing the keywords in the search bar provided.

“The Driver’s Guide will put all the information customers in Lebanon need at their fingertips, giving them full awareness of what their vehicles have to offer,” said Gaby Dib, INFINITI Sales Director at Rasamny Younis Motor Company (RYMCO) “It’s an integrated, advanced solution aimed to enhance every journey,” he added.

RYMCO encourages its INFINITI customers to download the free app, which is available in both English and Arabic on Google Play and the Apple Store. Once the app has been downloaded, customers can simply select their specific INFINITI model, to stay in sync with their cars, every step of the way.

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INFINITI TAKES A SPOT AMONG LEBANON’S TOP 3 LUXURY CAR BRANDS

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2018 was a bumpy year for the automotive market in Lebanon, according to the report of the Association of Automotive Importers in Lebanon (AIA). Despite the overall market hitting a slump, with an 11% decline in the total industry volume and a 2.8% regression in the luxury segment specifically, INFINITI’s sales grew remarkably by 13% vs. 2017.

INFINITI, the luxury automotive brand, closed 2018 with a total 461 units sold, reaching an impressive 12% market share of the luxury vehicle segment. This shifts rankings around, placing INFINITI among the top 3 luxury car brands in Lebanon.

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Though a young comer to the Lebanese market and the industry overall, INFINITI has managed to overtake legacy automakers that have traditionally occupied the top positions in sales in the country.

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Arab Motor World takes the Infiniti QX50 for a spin

When we’ve heard that the all-new INFINITI QX50 has arrived at RYMCO INFINITI showrooms across Lebanon. we had to take the car for a spin just to get it to know it better but we promise you a more in-depth drive very soon.

The all new QX50 has been created to fully meet the needs of today’s premium car buyers and to deliver on their desire to own the latest masterpiece of technology. The QX50 introduces what is possibly the most innovative internal combustion engine on the market at this time. Considered by many industry observers the holy grail of internal combustion engines, the company’s engineers succeeded in bringing a world’s first to the market for INFINITI: variable compression technology. The VC-Turbo engine delivers the strong and convincing performance of a V6 and the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder engine, transforming on demand and based on the input of the drivers. Instantly adapting to their needs, the VC-Turbo lets them harness the exhilarating performance of 268 hp and 380 nm at 4,400 rpm of torque.

The QX50 appeals to buyers who seek a unique combination of interior space, power, efficiency, hand-crafted quality, modern design and effortless on-road performance.

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Developed on an entirely new platform, the QX50 features the sophisticated and assuring INFINITI Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. Drive Assist technologies react instantaneously to critical driving situations, supporting drivers with a range of empowering ‘co-pilot’ features and enabling them to be in total control at all times.

The aerodynamically efficient exterior remains true to the QX50 and QX Sport Inspiration concepts, bringing a fresh interpretation of INFINITI’s distinctive ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language to the SUV segment.

Combining a confident SUV stance with intelligent packaging, and deep character lines with INFINITI signature design cues, the appearance of the QX50 highlights the influence of human artistry in the design process and emphasizes the car’s premium quality.

The unrivalled interior space, artistic application of high quality materials and advanced craftsmanship make the cabin as welcoming and comfortable as it is flexible. Driver-centric, yet passenger-minded, the QX50 offers a package of technologies to enhance the driving experience, while a calm, connected and relaxing cabin features an asymmetric layout – designed to meet different needs of the driver and the passengers.

Our Test drive for the Infiniti QX50 this time was a 24-hour cruise and we were really impressed with what we saw and drive.

The full review and the journey onboard the Infiniti QX50 is yet still to come so wait for it very soon.

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Al Masaood Automobiles reveals availability of new INFINITI QX70 Limited

Al Masaood Automobiles has announced the availability of the all-new INFINITI QX70 Limited. The specially equipped version of the iconic QX70 performance crossover, which is highlighted by unique design elements that are expected to be available at a later stage in other INFINITI models, is being offered by Al Masaood Automobiles in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.

The regional release of the new model proves to be both timely and strategic as auto enthusiasts have pointed out that the QX70 model has proved to be a very popular and highly demanded car in the Middle East market.

Irfan Tansel, CEO of Al Masaood Automobiles, said “We are proud to announce that the new INFINITI QX70 Limited is now available across all of our showrooms in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and the Western Region. This highly-awaited limited edition model is being presented with all-wheel drive configurations and a wide range of premium exterior and interior treatments–offering customers that classy touch of exclusivity to a much anticipated popular INFINITI model.”

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The QX70 Limited model’s exterior enhancements begin with a unique front fascia, LED daytime running lights replacing the standard QX70 fog lights. The design enhancements include body-color side air vents and the dark-finish outside mirror housings. Capping off the exterior are a rear hatch-mounted “Limited” badge and unique 21×9.5-inch multi-spoke premium paint-finished aluminum-alloy wheels mounted with 265/45R21 V-rated all-season tires.

Inside, the QX70 Limited features a special high-contrast Graphite and Stone-colored interior treatment. Among the transformative interior elements are a special open pore wood trim with aluminium flake trim on the console, deep pillow quilting on the center console and aluminium-trimmed pedals.

The seats themselves include high-contrast leather appointments with Graphite outside sections and Stone inserts. The seats include deep pillow quilting and Stone color stitching and piping. The steering wheel and shifter boot also feature Stone color stitching. Climate-controlled (heating and cooling) front seats are standard with the QX70 Limited.

Like all INFINITI QX70s, the new QX70 Limited will be powered by a 329-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 with VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift). The engine is matched with a 7-speed automatic transmission featuring Adaptive Shift Control (ASC).

The new QX70 Limited is now available across the three Al Masaood Automobile Showrooms in Abu Dhabi and the Al Masaood Automobile Showroom in Al Ain. The model starts at AED 206,000 including the five per cent VAT and five-years unlimited mileage warranty.

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INFINITI INTRODUCES ITS PREMIUM EXPRESS SERVICE TO DELIVER A SEAMLESS EXPERIENCE FOR PERIODIC MAINTENANCE

Through the INFINITI Express Service, two trained technicians will be working on the same car simultaneously to ensure fast delivery and high standards of quality.

Customers will be offered a full periodic maintenance that includes replacements of periodic maintenance parts, comprehensive multipoint inspection to identify if additional work is required, thorough cleaning of brakes, wheel rotation along with a complimentary car wash, all in less than 60 minutes.

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“The new INFINITI Express Service will provide our customers with a hassle free experience when their vehicle undergoes routine maintenance,” said Markus Leithe, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East.

“Through this premium service offering, we have revamped the service with dedicated specialists tending to the vehicle, reducing the time taken of a periodic maintenance service by three hours. At INFINITI we’re committed to offering a premium experience to our customers in all steps of their vehicle life cycle; from the moment of purchase, to maintenance, our dedicated teams of professionals will support the customers throughout. ” he added.

The INFINITI Express Service will be available on all periodic maintenance service in UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. The service will exclude major services such as the 40K KM and 80K KM services.

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The first ever INFINTI QX30 arrives in Lebanon

With its striking appearance, agile handling and daring design cues, the first ever INFINITI QX30 is set to create a new generation of explorers on Lebanese roads when it goes on sale in May.

The INFINITI QX30 holds a unique position in the segment, bridging the gap between premium compact rivals and larger crossover models, created for a new generation of premium buyers who appreciate category-defying design inside and out.

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“We are so eager to add the QX30 to our existing INFINITI family,” said Zeina Bishara, INFINITI Sales Manager at Rasamny Younis Motor Company (RYMCO). “The car’s reputation has surpassed all measures, we are currently receiving bookings before its actual arrival to the market. This is an indicator that the QX30 will write its own success story soon.”

Remaining true to the powerful and elegant design cues that guided the original QX30 concept, the car’s highly sculpted exterior, unique crossover stance and asymmetric cabin design exemplify INFINITI’s design-led approach to product development.

First unveiled at the Dubai International Motor Show in November last year, the QX30 is characterised by dramatic curves and turbulent, sculpted character lines that make an emotional statement, evolving them into new dynamic shapes for a more purposeful appearance. Its crossover-style versatility extends from unique design appeal and a wide range of comfort, convenience, safety and dynamic features, along with an elevated ride height and high-stability drivetrain designed to give drivers an added level of confidence.

The bold approach INFINITI has taken to design continues inside the QX30, which challenges traditional standards of symmetry with its expressive, modern and dynamic interior. The QX30 is equipped with the premium Café Teak theme package option that offers brown Nappa leather seating and dash insert, brown leatherette console and door trim, black contrast stitching and genuine wood center stack.

The QX30 is engineered to deliver a confidence-inspiring, dynamic driving experience, aided by Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. It is among the safest cars in its class owing to a range of active technologies that enhance the driving experience and provide maximum safety to all passengers.

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INFINITI NEW ELECTRIFIED VEHICLE

INFINITI Chairman and Global President Roland Krueger announced at a special preview event in Beijing that they are developing an all-new electrified vehicle platform influenced by the stunning Q Inspiration concept car.  Along with the recently announced QX50 this will be another one of five new vehicles that will be built in China over the next five years.

Whilst no further details have been revealed, vehicles leveraging this new electrified platform are expected to be sold in global markets.

The Q Inspiration represents INFINITI’s new form language for an era of advanced powertrains. It features clear and concise exterior lines with dynamic and confident proportions based on classical saloon forms with a coupe-like appearance and an elongated silhouette. The interior follows a minimalist approach, with a clean design enveloping the driver and passengers in a serene and comfortable environment.

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INFINITI QX80 makes Lebanon debut

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Beirut, Lebanon – INFINITI QX80 has finally arrived to Lebanon. Further advancing INFINITI’s market-leading presence in the full-size luxury SUV segment, the QX80 takes INFINITI’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language in a bold new direction, creating a powerful, contemporary and commanding aesthetic.

The new model has been created to meet the needs of today’s luxury car buyers, and introduces a more modern interpretation of upscale luxury to the full-size SUV segment. It will appeal to a buyer that wants for nothing: affluent, high-achieving entrepreneurs and business leaders, often with families, who demand space and utility, hand-crafted quality and modern design, and effortless on-road performance.

The QX80 has a refined and spacious cabin that features high-quality materials, a hand-crafted finish and advanced drive-assist technologies. With a taut yet comfort-oriented suspension, and ample performance from its 5.6-liter V8 engine, the new QX80 gives drivers an assured feeling of control and confidence at the wheel.

The QX80’s rear entertainment system has also been upgraded. Higher-resolution screens provide the interface for connectivity and entertainment devices. The system also now supports 31 languages, up from three in the outgoing QX80.

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The QX80 is newly-available with a range of technologies to inform the driver of their surroundings, help them avoid potential hazards and ease the monotony of driving in certain conditions. These technologies include: Lane Departure Warning and Prevention, Intelligent Cruise Control, Distance Control Assist, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning and Intervention and Backup Collision Intervention.

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Join the quest for the best Dynamic Businessmen’s Vehicle onboard the Infiniti Q50 2018

Our Journey begins today with our quest to find the best Small Luxury Sedan suitable for the dynamic businessman. We wanted a unique vehicle, out of the ordinary selection of American and European cars, capable of fulfilling the active life’s needs, stylish and suitable for everyday drives and the energetic lifestyle of the on the rise executives.

Usually, businessmen and executives take bold and quick decisions every day that affects the lives and the progress of their corporation. These decisions tend to lay the pressure of daily work on their shoulders.

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Thus, their selection of cars has to be reflective of their lifestyle and everyday routine. The chosen vehicle has to reveal their dynamic personality and be at the same time elegant, distinctive, connected, comfortable and more. For this occasion, we chose the 2018 Infiniti Q50 from the Japanese manufacturer to join us on our quest for the best Dynamic Businessmen’s Vehicle.

At first glance, you will notice that the Japanese manufacturer didn’t perform any overhauling on the exterior design of the 2018 Q50. However, a quick face to face comparison with the previous generation will reveal a different opinion.  The front of the facelifted 2018 Infiniti Q50 is characterized by a larger, three dimensional design grille centered by the Infiniti logo, the Infiniti Signature headlights resembling the human eye are now slimmer and more swept to the sides, the fog lights are now standards and perfectly positioned under the headlights coping with the new front bumper small modifications for that aggressive, sporty yet elegant front design. On the side, Infiniti has maintained the lateral lines that connect the front of the car to its rear, paving the way to a more athletic rear end with twin exhaust tips, rear diffuser, and slimmer taillights.

On another note and because entrepreneurs have different visions and requirements, the Japanese manufacturer has released the 2018 Q50 in four trims, each with different features: Luxe, Sport, Blue Sport, Red Sport 400 that can reach 400 Horsepower. The distinguished engine used is the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo from the “VR” family of engines. This engine was chosen among the top 10 engines for 2017.

After this quick round-up of the Infiniti Q50 exterior design and various lineup, I think it is time to put the Q50 to the road test and start touring the Lebanese roads and enjoy the various features on this car, and eventually get the answer for the most important question: does the 2018 Infiniti Q50 have all the requirements of the dynamic businessman?

As soon as we entered the inside cabin of the 2018 Infiniti Q50, we were captivated by the stylishness and modernity that the Japanese engineers adopted when designing the interior of the Q50. They integrated enhanced technology and upgraded quality materials all over the cabin, whether in the improved Infotainment technology or the leather-like materials with dual-stitching providing elegancy, comfort and connectivity.

The chosen vehicle for our journey today is the Infiniti Q50 Luxe, the first thing you notice while driving the Luxe is that it turns heads wherever we went. The passbyers of the vibrant city of Beirut couldn’t help but noticing the striking exterior of the 2018 Infiniti Q50, however we wanted more out of this vehicle thus we took it for a ride away from the noisy streets of Beirut and the pressure of our daily life. We skipped the highway and reached the Lebanese mountainous roads. The drive was super comfortable and the car was more than capable of overcoming the fast corners, we even pushed the engine to its limits and got the chance to enjoy the 208 horsepower juiced out of the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine coped with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Q50 was floating on the curves and straight lines.

The most important feature that I enjoyed personally and in my opinion the main factor behind the comfort driving of the Q50 is the “spinal support” seats – which was designed to support the driver in his seat and also reduce the amount of pressure on the upper and lower back muscles.

From a connectivity perspective, and despite the fact that our journey onboard the Q50 was during the weekend, the decisions and continuous work joined us for the trip. Like any business decision maker, tough calls do not end with the weekdays, we wanted to stay connected at all times. The Infiniti Q50 technologies came to complement the constant communication through their (InTouch) systems, which kept me in touch with the world and able to take the needed decisions in a timely and easy manner, while maintaining luxury, comfort and safety during the driving process.

Moreover, and in contrast to the traditional interfaces, the Japanese manufacturer has built-in two touch screens (LCD / VGA 8-inch and 7-inch) that resembles one large control panel. The system is designed to match the car’s functionalities with the driver’s needs, directing contents and functions to the top screen, while maintaining the control buttons at the lower screen for easier access.

Just like the Infiniti Q50 comes with different trims catering for the different requirements of each businessman, the Japanese manufacturer has adopted the “InTuition” technology to allow owners of the Q50 customize the interior, driving settings and much more according to their needs. The seating setup can be customized and stored for multiple drivers detectable from the smart key. The driving modes can as well be customized according to the driving style of each individual from Personal, Standard, Snow and Sport driving modes.

In addition, the 2018 Infiniti Q50 comes equipped with several safety and comfort features: Start/stop system, active stability control system, ABS, EBD, TSC, VDC, Active LED Headlights – with automatic light level adjustment, front and rear parking sensors with rear view camera, active noise control system and so much more…

In conclusion, and despite the fact that there aren’t any major changes on the 2018 Infiniti Q50, this car remains one of the best sellers at Infiniti and the most desirable among business people who want to distinguish themselves from the traditional Small Luxury Sedans options yet remain stylish, elegant, dynamic and unique.

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INFINITI REACHES NEW HEIGHTS IN 2017

2017 proved to be a great year for INFINITI; the premium automotive brand managed to end the year on a positive note by achieving a high sales record.

INFINITI has always put the needs of its customers first, prioritizing innovation in comfort and safety in order to provide a unique driving experience. This in turn, permanently maintains the luxury car brand’s high customer satisfaction level and sets it as a paramount standard for all.

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RYMCO also saw its INFINITI sales increase by a whopping 13%, a progressive resultant of selling 407 vehicles in 2017. INFINITI’s best-selling model, the Q30, and the SUV model special deals evidently triggered the overall increase in sales.

The arrival of INFINITI’s newest models, the QX30, QX50, and QX80, will surely keep sales numbers climbing in 2018.

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Nissan Announces Key Management Changes in Middle East

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Nissan has announced key management changes to its leadership here in the Middle East region. Juergen Schmitz is appointed as Managing Director of Nissan Middle East and Markus Leithe has been named as the Managing Director of INFINITI Middle East.

 

Juergen Schmitz brings more than 25 years’ experience in the automotive industry to the role. He joins Nissan from Infiniti Middle East, where he led the Nissan subsidiary since 2011 – first as General Manager and then as Managing Director. Juergen Schmitz joined Nissan in 2007 as Regional Director for Infiniti Central Europe, where he was responsible for sales and marketing, as well as the development of a dealer network covering 10 markets. Juergen Schmitz had previously gained wide experience with European manufacturers, including Saab and Mercedes Benz. Juergen Schmitz will report to Kalyana Sivagnanam, President of Nissan Middle East and Regional Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Africa, the Middle East and India.

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Kalyana Sivagnanam commented: “I am pleased to welcome Juergen to lead our Middle East operations. He brings to Nissan a deep knowledge of the automotive industry with a strong track record of success. As the region continues to become increasingly important to Nissan, we are focusing on offering vehicles that are tailored to the needs of our customers in these markets and I’m confident that his experience will ensure that we continue to be an important player in the growth of the region’s automotive industry.”

 

Markus’ expertise as a Managing Director in the automotive industry has been built on 20 years of international experience across Europe and the Middle East with roles in Sales, Marketing, Product Planning and Business Planning at headquarters and with national sales companies and importers. Leithe takes the reins at INFINITI Middle East following his role as the Managing Director of Commercial Operations for General Motors.

 

Juergen Schmitz, Managing Director, Nissan Middle East said: “I am delighted to be joining Nissan at an exciting time for the company in the Middle East. With Nissan’s leading role in the region, there are exciting opportunities for further growth, underpinned by our iconic and best-selling Nissan Patrol, our extensive line-up and our outstanding customer service.”

 

“The automotive industry is at a turning point, with electrification, autonomous driving and connectivity set to transform how our customers drive. Nissan is at the forefront of this technological change, and our partnership with Expo 2020 will enable us to bring the best of our global innovation and ingenuity to this dynamic and forward-looking region. With our highly capable team I feel confident that we will continue to meet our customers’ expectations and provide the best of automotive engineering,” he added.

 

Markus Leithe, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East said:” I am excited to come on board with the INFINITI brand at an exciting time for the premium manufacturer. INFINITI is on an aggressive expansion strategy in the region as it continues to deliver on its promise of a premium motoring experience to our customers. The Middle East continues to play a strategic role for INFINITI and I look forward to continuing to grow INFINITI’s success in the region.”

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