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2010 G37 Convertible from Infiniti tagged at $44,350

2009 Infiniti G37 ConvertibleAfter its debut last year, the 2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible has been under the spotlight. Even with a slight jump in price, the car still has a very competitive tag price of $44,350 side by side its German rivals.

Let’s see how the Infiniti G37 compares to the other cars in its segment.

The A5 Cabriolet from Audi has a slightly lower price of $42,000 but comes with 211 horsepower 2.0L 4 cylinder engine. The S5 Cabrio comes close to a match with the G37 in terms of specs with V6 that outputs 333 horsepower but the tag is a hefty $58,000. The G37 boasts of a V6 3.7L engine that roars at 325 horsepower.

The Lexus IS C kicks off in the market at $39,440 for the 2.5L variant that rolls at 240 horsepower. The IS350C comes closer at $44,890 but its output falls short at 306hp.

The 3-Series of the BMW offers 335i and the BMW 335is which gives you 300 and 335hp, respectively, but if you will get a convertible the 335i will cost you $6,000 more and the 335is convertible a whopping $15,000 at $59,075. The BMW 328i seems to match the price at $45,000 but the 230 horsepower will be a weakling compared to the G37 engine.

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Infiniti considers market for front wheel drive vehicles

Infiniti is again considering production of an entry level car or a full range of models which will be based on front wheel drive system. The performance cars of the brand like the Infiniti M and Infiniti G will not be part of the plan and remain as rear wheel drive.

The core of the Infiniti brand is their performance cars. The carmaker has been offering FWD and rear wheel drive cars since 1991. The I35 was the last front wheel drive unit to roll out their factories in 1991 but this was discontinued in 2004. Back in the days, Infiniti decision makers only Infinitigave a go for RWD units believing it is the best way to compete with other luxury brands like Mercedes Benz and BMW.

At the recent 2010 Detroit Auto Show, a Nissan executive revealed that their studies show that car owners really do not care if they are driving an all wheel drive or a fwd vehicle. The company cited competitors like the TSX which is a FWD and the AWD or FWD TL from Acura.

At present, the production vehicles of Infiniti are all using their RWD platform. Moving forward, the carmaker wants to deliver on a different platform without compromising the riding experience of Infiniti buyers. Mercedes-Benz is doing well with the A and B Class units overseas while the Lexus is gearing up for the production version of their concept car LF-Ch so Infiniti will be fine launching products to compete with these.

The details of the plan were not disclosed but we will be keeping you posted.