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Report: New GT-R will be sold as an Infiniti

The next-generation Nissan Skyline GT-R will be sold as an Infiniti in the United States, say two Automotive News sources familiar with the company's plans. The most recent GT-R concept was shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in October. The production model will be shown at the Tokyo show in 2007. The sources say the vehicle will be either a 2008 or 2009 model with a sticker price of about $65,000. They say Nissan has targeted annual U.S. sales of about 1,500. Infiniti dealer group has been lobbying for the GT-R. And a source says in-house studies show that the expected clientele does not want to shop for such a high-end vehicle at a Nissan dealership. Another source says the Skyline GT-R will have all-wheel drive and two turbochargers, and produce more than 400 hp.