Infiniti said that the delay for the 2014 Q50 sedan was due to some last-minute engineering changes.
The 2014 Q50 sedan, which is the replacement for the G37, was supposed to go on sale at the beginning of this month. Infiniti announced that the launch date has been changed into August 5th, as last-minute engineering changes had to be done.
“We are using this time to complete pre-delivery inspections and preparing the cars with the latest updates and final software before they go on sale by Aug. 5,” an Infiniti spokeswoman told Automotive News. “While this may be a slight delay, we are making sure this is a very successful launch.”
Infinity gave no details about what software and engineering updates are made. The G series, which comes as a coupe convertible, coupe and sedan, is the automaker’s top-selling model line. The G and the Q50 are being manufactured in Japan and the last one is expected to become the car maker’s volume model in the US.
During the first half of the year US compact luxury vehicle sales increased 17%, surpassing the 8% overall market increase. The segment is dominated by the Lexus ES, Mercedes-Benz C class and BMW 3 series, and with the introduction of the Volvo S60 and Cadillac ATS it has become more competitive. In June Infiniti’s G sales dropped 10% to 4,730 units and 16% for the first half. Last year G series sales increased 3% to 59,844 units, from 58,246 units in 2011.