Studs and Duds: 2013 North American International Auto Show
Dud: 2014 Infiniti Q50
Our news director Keith Buglewicz owns an Infiniti G35 sedan. So, there was no small amount of personal interest on his part with regards to the newest version of the car, renamed the Q50 for the 2014 model year. Yet despite the new styling, and the much-needed interior update, everyone on staff was left flat. Oh, sure, it looks better. The swoopy lines are reminiscent of the M35, and the interior looks more modern as well. But it doesn’t really move the needle on where the Q50 sits. By contrast, look at what Infiniti’s archrival Lexus did with its small luxury sedan; the new IS offers up a bold grille design, dramatic headlights, and head-turning style. The Q50 looks like a smaller version of its bigger brother, and while handsome, it’s a little too familiar. It may drive very well–Infinitis usually do–and once behind the wheel, we may love it. But if Infiniti wants to play on the world stage, it needs to push its design harder and make a bolder statement.