From Nissan, A Little Less Infiniti

When Nissan Motor USA introduced its Infiniti brand in the U.S. in 1989, its flagship Q45 sedan was a departure from what Americans were accustomed to in luxury cars. There was no signature grille; instead, a solid black plaque with an arabesque design fronted the car. The wood touches found in most other high-priced models were absent from the cabin. And instead of the usual digital clock, Infiniti substituted a gorgeous gold jeweled timepiece that anchored the instrument panel.

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