LOS ANGELES Infiniti Division has confirmed that the I35 mid-sized sedan is dead. It was the last front-wheel-drive vehicle in the lineup.
Production of the I35 has stopped in Japan, and it will be dropped from the 2005 model lineup. The car went on sale in the fall of 2001 as a 2002 model.
Infiniti executives have said they wanted only rear-drive vehicles, important to compete with other luxury makes.
The I35 replaced the I30 when the company increased its engine size from 3.0 liters to 3.5. At the time of its introduction, its 255 hp, V-6 engine was the most powerful in the entry-level luxury segment.
The I30 debuted in 1995 as a 1996 model. It was Infinitis entry-level nameplate and its best seller until the company introduced the G35 in March 2002 as a 2003 model.
Sales of the I35 and I30 peaked at 39,532 in 2000. They fell to 14,091 in 2003. Through July, sales were off 14.7 percent to 7,205.
Its price was $31,145, including the $545 destination charge.