The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 March 2008

4x4 time

I'm not quite sure what to make of this:

Shiro Nakamura likes to think that designing cars is like making music.

That I can comprehend, I think. But then:

At Nissan, which also makes premium vehicles under the Infiniti brand, his gig involves a range of music, he says.

"Luxury cars are like classical music: you have to respect certain rules — otherwise they will not be accepted," Nakamura says. "The Nissan brand is more like jazz, pop or rock: you can ignore the rules."

Now I'm curious. Nissan sells one vehicle in this country with both nameplates: the monstrous Nissan Armada SUV, based on the Titan pickup, is dressed up with $10,000 worth of glitz and sold at Infiniti stores as the QX56. Which rule was respected, and which rule ignored?

Incidentally, my own Infiniti, an I30, is a derivative of Nissan's Maxima. If it's a classical piece, it's Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini: neither the sheer number of variations, nor the admitted ingenuity thereof, will change the fact that the theme itself came from somewhere else.

(Via The Truth About Cars.)

Posted at 7:20 PM to Driver's Seat


The Armada/QX35 is classical pop. Say, A Fifth of Beethoven.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:21 PM on 17 March 2008

Oops. QX56. I plead not guilty by reason of having actually seen a QX35.

Posted by: McGehee at 8:22 PM on 17 March 2008

Your vision must be as bad as mine. The only QX-series vehicles ever sold here were the aforementioned QX56 and the Pathfinder-based QX4, since discontinued.

Maybe you saw an FX35, or even an EX35. (I am willing to entertain the possibility that someone might be screwing around with the insignia, though it seems to me to be more trouble than it's worth.)

Posted by: CGHill at 8:30 PM on 17 March 2008

What tune would we associate with the Pontiac Aztek?

Posted by: Jeffro at 9:58 PM on 17 March 2008

Almost anything written and produced by Jim Steinman would work for the Aztek. Think "sensible at the core, overwrought at the edges."

Posted by: CGHill at 8:49 AM on 18 March 2008

I didn't say I was conscious when I saw the QX35...

Posted by: McGehee at 10:39 AM on 18 March 2008