Careful! The Infiniti Emerg-e is more striking than an electric shock. Not because it is
propelled by electricity rather than petrol - and not because the production version of this
concept car would handle perfectly - but because it looks absolutely astonishing. Now,
that may sound shallow, but motor manufacturers must create 'stylish' and 'fun-focussed'
electric cars if the technology is to be widely embraced. Ugly heaps that run-out of steam
at 50mph cannot cut the mustard. So, check-out the Infiniti Emerg-e's muscular rear,
the beautifully sculpted bonnet, purposeful nose, and in-your-face profile. If this car was
human, it would be the offspring of a boxer and the world's most beautiful woman. Honest!
Infiniti is the luxury wing of Nissan and produces a range of capable cars. The Infiniti FX,
for starters, is a Range Rover style machine This can feel slightly limited off-road, but
is extremely capable on tarmac. Prices range from £46,750 to £58,250. The EX is the
smaller alternative, and sits in the same class as the Land Rover Freelander. Expect to
pay £37,130 to £45,810. The Infiniti G rivals the BMW 3 Series and comes in saloon,
convertible, and coupé form. This costs from £33,549 to £45,235. Finally, the Infiniti M
competes against the 5 Series and costs from £38,580 to £47,700. The Infiniti Emerg-e will
be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show on March 6th 2012. I must pack some AA batteries.
By Stephen Turvil
Fri, 17 Feb 2012