Movie star Kate Hudson interviewed Infiniti Chairman Peyman Kargar about the arrival of the redesigned QX60 midsize crossover, a model hotly awaited by Infiniti dealers around the country. She also talked to Nissan design chief Alfonso Albaisa.
But all that was only on video, broadcast to Infiniti employees at the automaker's U.S. headquarters in Nashville last week.
Live on the scene, sort of a substitute for Hudson, was Jeff Pope, head of Infiniti Americas, overseeing the QX60's real debut.
Pope noted that the unveiling was only part of the significance of the moment: The crowd of 100 or so employees gathered in the headquarters' front lobby to watch was there because the company had just reopened its offices two days earlier, allowing staffers to return to their desks for the first time since the pandemic hit last year.
Before that, only a handful of managers, such as Infiniti's senior director of operations, Bob Welby, were coming in to work on-site.
"We happen to be launching this car at the same time we're coming back to the office," Pope pointed out to the crowd just before the wraps came off. "Otherwise, it would just be me and Bob Welby watching."