PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Infiniti is debating whether it needs a top and a bottom.
Specifically, Nissan's luxury brand may add a flagship sedan and an entry-level model. But the flagship, in particular, faces obstacles.
"At the moment, society is pushing for smaller cars," said Shiro Nakamura, global design director for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. "We would like to have a Q45, but I cannot do it without" support from society.
The Q45, Infiniti's former flagship sedan, sold poorly. Nissan discontinued it in 2006.
Nissan is positioning Infiniti as a global luxury brand, which could bolster the case for a flagship and a smaller, entry-luxury car.