News of the actual reason for the delay of the Infiniti LE is a bit scattered at the moment.
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First, there was that statement by Infiniti boss Johan de Nysschen:
“There will be an Infiniti EV. The question is one of timing. We have a whole host of product priorities. We have to make very substantial investments now, and it’s important that we expand our volume footprint quite quickly. There has been no formal decision yet within the company to give the project the green light and let them start with investment. In my evaluation of our business strategy, I introduced a whole bunch of additional considerations.”
Then there was a rebuttal of sorts by the head of Nissan global planning, Andy Palmer:
“There are some interesting advances in electric technology we hadn’t anticipated when we showed the LE, which, by delaying a little bit, we can incorporate into the car.”
Now, there's more from Palmer:
"Certain technologies that we see now, which we didn't see two years ago, are going to be available in a time frame that was relatively close to where we were going to introduce the Infiniti. Rather than miss those opportunities, and then have to reconfigure the car to adopt them in its life cycle, what we wanted to do is to bring those from the beginning."
Palmer adds that Infiniti choose to "push back the timing a little bit in order to give accessibility to those particular new innovations."
The new launch date for the Infiniti LE is unknown at this time, though we do suspect to see it before the end of 2015. Even Palmer confirms this, saying "It’s still within our mid-term plan."
Source: Wall Street Journal