DETROIT -- Nissan and its luxury Infiniti sibling have mellowed in their message of cutting-edge future products as 2015 begins.
Missing from executive talking points this month at the Detroit auto show was any discussion of recent racy concepts that -- only last year -- company officials strongly hinted were upcoming commercial offerings.
The change in tone signals a desire to focus more intently, at least for now, on tried-and-true volume products as Nissan and Infiniti appeal for more global market share.
That apparently means Nissan is de-emphasizing the Nissan IDx concept -- a proposed car that recalled the Datsun 510 -- and the tradition-defying electric BladeGlider concept. Infiniti's Formula One-influenced, limited-volume Q50 Eau Rouge concept was also off the table.