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Tony O'Kane | Dec, 29 2014 | 4 Comments

Former Infiniti President (and current head of Cadillac) Johan de Nysschen recently took to Facebook with a passive-agressive post claiming the GT-R-engined Q50 Eau Rouge project may be shelved indefinitely now that he's left the company.

de Nysschen also attacked the Japanese luxury automaker for not being adventurous enough, saying there is "more enthusiasm for "driver's aids", apparently, than "driver's cars", in some quarters, it would seem".

The GM executive - who was at the helm of Infiniti between mid-2012 and July 2014 and oversaw the brand's relocation to Hong Kong - singled out Infinti Corporate Vice President Noboru Tateishi as being one of the main obstacles to the Eau Rouge's production future.

Some would say that slow-selling halo models like the Eau Rouge take resources away from genuine money-makers like B-segment hatches and large SUVs, and with Infiniti still in the process of broadening its product range it seems that the time may not be right to launch a high-performance sedan.

The counterpoint is that a 417kW RWD sports sedan would build plenty of buzz for the brand, as well as draw potential buyers into Infiniti showrooms.

de Nysschen was an outspoken supporter of the latter view and one of the main driving forces behind the Eau Rouge project, but with him now working for Cadillac it appears there may not be quite so much enthusiasm for the Eau Rouge at Infiniti's Hong Kong HQ anymore.

What this means for the other two GT-R-engined models expected to be spun out of the Eau Rouge project is unclear.

Johan de Nysschen's full post is below:

"I heard a rumor that Noboru Tateishi is going to cop-out and shelve the Eau Rouge project now that I'm not there to pressure him. Tell any Cadillac or Audi engineer "build me a 560hp sports sedan" and you have to reign them in. At Infiniti, it seems easier to push water uphill. More enthusiasm for "driver's aids", apparently, than "driver's cars", in some quarters, it would seem."

Source: Jalopnik

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