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Infiniti, the luxury arm of Nissan Motor, has never quite enjoyed the same level of success as Toyota's Lexus.
Turbodiesel sport-utility vehicles usually make good sense. The high torque and low consumption often associated with diesel power plants translate into huge benefits in an SUV.
Mention Irish rock band U2 and fans like me will think of their 1987 hit With Or Without You.
Petrolheads charged up by key performance figures of the NX200t (235bhp, 350Nm, 0-100kmh in 7.1 seconds and a top speed of 200kmh) will probably be less enthusiastic about the NX300h.
The Toyota Prius was launched in Japan in 1997 and has been on sale in Singapore since 2000. Although the petrol-electric car is no longer a novelty, it is still relatively uncommon.
When big businessmen want to impress (or perhaps intimidate) their counterparts, they drive to meetings in a supersized multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).
The NX is not a smaller version of Lexus' popular RX sport-utility vehicle. Neither is it a classier version of the Toyota Harrier, with which it shares a platform.
The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi's first plug-in hybrid. This means that the car is happy to move around on battery power alone. But its engine will come to the rescue when the batteries start running low.
It is probably pointless now to say how irrelevant and wasteful SUVs are. The world just cannot seem to get enough of them, high pump prices be damned.

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