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|Assembly||Tochigi, Tochigi, Japan|
|Class||Mid-size luxury car|
|Body style(s)||4-door sedan|
|Engine(s)||3.0 L VG30DE V6|
|Wheelbase||108.7 in (2761 mm)|
|Length||191.4 in (4862 mm)|
|Width||69.7 in (1770 mm)|
|Height||54.7 in (1389 mm)|
|Fuel capacity||19 US gal (72 L/16 imp gal)|
The Infiniti J30 was a rear wheel drive luxury car. The J30 went into production on April 7, 1992 as a 1993 model to replace the M30 (which was a coupe), and was launched in the United States at the same time as its competitor, the Lexus GS. The car was designed to slot between the smaller G20 and the larger Q45, as Infiniti's first mid-size sedan. Also, it was fairly small but featured rounded styling uncharacteristic of the crowded near-luxury market. Chief exterior designer for the J30 was Jerry Hirschberg, president of Nissan Design International (NDI).
Unlike earlier Infinitis, the J30 received effective advertisement with jazz music and artistic camera shots. Power came from a 3.0 L VG30DE V6 (shared with the 300ZX) which produced 210 hp and 192 lb·ft (260 N·m) of torque. While it shares the Y32 Chassis with the Nissan Cedric/Gloria, it was essentially a rebadged version of the Japan-market Nissan Leopard, where it was offered with both the VG30DE and VH41DE V8.
One of the shortcomings of the J30 was it's lack of interior room. It had the distinction of being a mid-size car with the space of a subcompact (less than a Sentra) due to its sloping roofline and shrunken trunk.
Infiniti also produced a touring model, the J30t. Among many advanced features, this model featured a rear spoiler and HICAS (four wheel steering). HICAS was only available in the J30t from 1993-1994.
The J30 was launched with a memorable ad campaign, featuring a middle-aged yuppie wearing all black. Actor Jonathan Pryce, who was the host, used phrases like "This is the Infiniti J30. And this is the clock in the J." These phrases were spoken with an elitist tone that was widely ridiculed. Infiniti's chief competitors in the Japanese-American luxury car market, Acura and Lexus, used a similar technique in their commercials, which have also featured celebrity voice-overs, done by James Sloyan (Lexus) and James Spader (Acura).
- Infiniti J30.com - info and forums
|Infiniti, a marque of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., road car timeline, 1990s–present|
|Mid-size||I30||I30 / I35|
|J30||M45||M35 / M45|
|FX35 / FX45|