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Infiniti unveils UK-made

Emerg-e should help Infiniti from a maker of cars to one that takes mobility seriously

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Japanese luxury car firm has unveiled a supercar that has penned, engineered and produced in the UK.

The Emerg-e, which was created at company Nissan s European centre in Bedfordshire, has a powerful motor designed to send the car from nought to 60mph in four seconds, and to deliver a top of 130mph.

In terms of performance, it s between a Porsche Cayenne and a MP4-12C, insists Jerry head of vehicle design and at the centre.

But unlike conventional electric the Emerg-e is also kitted out a 1.2 litre three-cylinder mid-mounted engine that extends its to 300 miles, Mr Hardcastle explains in an with BBC News at a preview ahead of the official launch in on Tuesday.

‘Sustainable mobility’

Bancon, who heads up Nissan s and advanced product department, the Emerg-e is central to Infiniti s to establish itself as a credible in the luxury car segment.

This is not another premium luxury he says.

We aim to create a new symbol for the

It is not only about horse and acceleration — we think is emerging, which is sustainable

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As a demonstrator, I hope it will do a lot for the reputation, and for the reputation of all the supply

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This green-tinged is part of a notable shift in for Infiniti, which entered the market three years ago a series of large, thirsty with powerful V6 and V8 petrol


Infiniti, which we introduced in Europe as a high-end muscle car of brand, is actually much than that, insists Palmer, board member of Motor and global head of in an interview with BBC News.

already sells a car that World Records describes as the s quickest hybrid. it is preparing to an all-electric car in two years, and it is installing Mercedes diesel engines in models.

The hope is that such will help it stand out as an to its appointed rival, the world s luxury car company BMW.

The of Infiniti is to be the de facto alternative to luxury, says Mr Palmer.

its marketing message still mainly on driving pleasure, BMW has made hay from an overtly image that has earned it the Dow Sustainability Indexes crown years running as the world s sustainable car company .

Collaborative

But the Emerg-e is not merely a competitive for Infiniti and Nissan.

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This is our and development and design teams a bit of exploring and risk taking, Mr Hardcastle, pointing to how the Emerg-e has born out of a range of new partnerships.

s Emerg-e uses a three-cylinder engine made by Lotus

It is the Infiniti prototype designed and outside Japan, he says.

We to collaborate with new partners, in the UK but also across Europe, and we to introduce new technology to Nissan.

The petrol engine, for instance, has picked from the Lotus bin .

We don t always announce it when we with Lotus, but they re old says Mr Hardcastle. We ve worked them before.

The car s carbon fibre construction has halve the vehicle s weight and its strength by 20% when compared a same-sized conventional car, to analysis carried out by Cranfield

Even the batteries come an external supplier, Amberjac, the electric motor delivered by

As a technology demonstrator, I hope it do a lot for the UK s reputation, and for the reputation of all the supply says Mr Hardcastle.

Infiniti s car has been developed in close with the UK government s Technology Board initiative.

One of the jobs of the car is to take all these technologies to he continues, in a clear hint the best suppliers in the UK and the rest of might attract further from Nissan in the future.

The Geneva motor show is for the public from 8-18

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