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The first production unit of the Infiniti Q50, the Nissan luxury brand’s 3-Series fighter, has rolled off the Tochigi assembly line in Japan. The official off-line ceremony was presided over by Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan, and Johan de Nysschen, president of the Infiniti division.

The first of a new generation of Infiniti vehicles, the Q50 made its world debut earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The Q50 is smaller than the Infiniti M and replaces the brand’s G sedan.

At Detroit, two engines were announced, a 3.7 litre V6 and the Q50 Hybrid with a 3.5 litre V6. At the car’s European premiere in Geneva two months later, Infiniti included a 170 hp/400 Nm 2.2 litre turbodiesel sourced from Mercedes to the menu.

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The Infiniti Q50 diesel gets to 100 km/h from rest in under nine seconds and tops out at about 230 km/h, whilst being capable of returning a quoted 4.4 litres per 100 km. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or seven-speed auto. The hybrid is much faster, doing 0-100 km/h in under 5.5 seconds before reaching a 250 km/h top speed. AWD is available.

It is reported that triple F1 World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, played an active role in the testing and evaluation programme of the Q50 in his capacity as Infiniti’s Director of Performance. “I’m glad I was involved in the development of the Q50 and I wish you a very good ‘birthday’ and success for the future,” he said in a congratulatory video message to the production team at Tochigi.

Coming to Malaysia? Yes, Inspired Motor has confirmed that they will be bringing the Infiniti Q50 in to fight the BMW 3-Series, Audi A4, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Lexus IS. Click here to see more of the Q50.