Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Premium Toy a Bargain Story

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Premium Toy a Bargain Story

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Chances are more people recognise Toy Story's catch-cry from Buzz Lightyear before the car brand. While the animated franchise erupted from humble beginnings "To infinity and beyond", the marque's trajectory in Australia has been far more subdued.

According to industry figures, Infiniti sold 315 cars over the first six months this year. That's 0.1 per cent of the total market.

The premium offshoot from Nissan was always a long-term plan...but the slow burn has been looking more like lukewarm coals in recent times. Brisbane's shiny dealership in the trendy James St vicinity near Mercedes-Benz and BMW disappeared, and no details have been revealed about a replacement.

Service points are limited in Queensland, and dealers are only in capital cities, so to get one in your driveway means heading south.

Making the journey may would be well worth a trip for those chasing a bargain.

Some dealerships have been offering the base model Infiniti Q50 for as little as $36,888 drive-away. Beer income earners could sip a lot of champagne with a circa $23k saving.

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Curves dominate the leather-clad dash. The ambience fits within the premium genre, with dual touchscreen colour displays featuring satnav with live traffic updates, eight-way power adjustment of the front seats, dual-zone aircon and a six-speaker stereo with full bluetooth connectivity.

Seven colours are available: two shades of black, platinum, graphite, white, blue and bronze. Interior colour options include stone or black.

Warranty coverage is strong by premium standards at four years, but it's only for 100,000km. Infiniti offers several pre-paid service options (there is only one location in Queensland at the moment, but have a chat to your local Nissan dealer to see if they will do the job) which covers maintenance annually or every 25,000km. Expect to pay about $2620 over three years. …

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