There's a moment as a car enthusiast when you aren't entirely sure what you're looking at while you're driving down the road, and it fills you with a feeling much akin to a kid in a candy store. This past evening on my way home from work, there was a car puttering along several cars in front of me causing some serious backup in town. Naturally I buried my accelerator and overtook this slow moving vehicle, and I slammed on my brakes the second I was alongside it. A black soft top on an Infiniti? What sort of hacksaw special was I looking at?

Nope, it was a real production car, and Infiniti M30 Convertible. I was amazed. We came to a stoplight and it turned the other direction and went off into the night, with its 3.0-liter VG30E V6 puttering along. Naturally, this interaction got my mind wandering, and realizing that Infiniti is a shell of its former self, and that got me rather sad.

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Infiniti used to have a rather interesting lineup that had enough luxury features to rival the Germans and Americans, but also had Nissan's incredible lineup of engines that helped these sedans shine, but Infiniti really came into its own when it started selling the G-Series which were basically just rebadged Nissan Skylines. These coupes and sedans were like no other, and with Nissan's VQ engines putting out incredible numbers for six cylinders, things were on the up and up for Nissan's luxury branch, until the models were left on the market too long without updates to keep them modern. The Q-Series models that followed could never capture that same sportiness, and their SUVs were horrid in terms of quality and beauty.

The rest of the sob story writes itself, but I'm left with the same feeling that I get when I write about mid-90s Buicks and Oldsmobiles. In a sense, Infiniti has become the modern-day equivalent of these brands, because Infiniti as a whole, doesn't really know what its doing. One minute they're trying to bring the Q50 Eau Rouge to production, and the next they're bringing out a puny rebadged crossover. Five minutes later and they bring out some turn of the century homage and brings it to Pebble Beach with no intentions of doing anything with it.

At least Oldsmobile and Pontiac died with dignity, Infiniti is floundering and missing the truly exciting models that get people in the showroom. Bring back IPL, bring back the convertibles and the coupes and win back the customer base that has all but abandoned the brand entirely, then maybe, just maybe I won't be left with a bittersweet ending to a post about a once incredible offering from a once incredible brand.

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