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2006 Infiniti Q45 Sedan - Overview

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$58,100 – $58,100 MSRP

$53,359 – $53,359 Invoice

17 / 24 MPG City/Hwy

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2006 Infiniti Q45 Sedan

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Overview

What's New
Infiniti's flagship premium luxury sedan continues to push the automotive envelope for 2006 with a host of innovative features. The 2006 Q45 adds a new Sport model, which includes a sport-tuned suspension with "rear active steer" and cast alloy 19-inch wheels and performance tires. The 2006 Q45's advanced 5-speed automatic transmission has been revised with wider gear spacing, Downshift Rev Matching, and a new torque converter design for better shift quality. Other enhancements include standard Bluetooth wireless phone system and an available lane departure warning system.

Overview
A staple of the fleet since 1990, Infiniti's flagship comes in Base and Sport models, both of which boast a 340-hp, 4.5L V-8 mated to a revised 5-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels. Four-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS, brake assist, and electronic brake force distribution handle stopping duties. Safety features include selectable rain- and speed-sensing wipers, Xenon headlamps, dual-stage front, front-seat side, and side curtain air bags, a tire pressure monitoring system, stability and traction control, and active front headrests.

Standard Q45 features include Bird's Eye Maple trim, Bluetooth phone technology, a vehicle information system with DVD-based navigation and 7-inch screen, rear-view monitor, heated front seats, Bose premium audio system, and voice-recognition controls. The Sport model adds 19-inch wheels, a full-size spare tire, and sport-tuned suspension. Notable options include perforated leather seat inserts, power-recline rear seat, heated and cooled front seats, rear audio and A/C controls, intelligent cruise control, rear door and rear window sun shades, and a fully automated opening/closing trunk.

The Competition
The Large Premium Conventional segment accounts for less than one percent of all vehicles sold. However, the prestigious class with top-of-the-line luxury cars, where elegant appointments, not-too-radical styling, power, and precision are crucial factors, is where a lot of buyers aspire to be.

The Lincoln Town Car leads this segment in sales, with 47,122 units sold in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The Lexus LS 430, with 26,043 unit sales in 2005, ranks second, closely followed by the Cadillac DTS (23,322 units in 2005). Infiniti dealers sold 1,129 Q45s in 2005. Other players in the segment include the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS 430, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and outgoing Volkswagen Phaeton.

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