2011 Infiniti M56 Long-Term Road Test


2011 Infiniti M56: Timepiece

October 05, 2011

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Someone from Germany had just arrived and the first thing she says is, "That is a very nice clock." It's not something she sees very often in the land of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz.

The dashboard clock has been a design element in every Infiniti since the introduction of the 1990 Q45, a signature of timeless elegance in a car meant to otherwise step beyond the traditional style of the day. As Infiniti has evolved since then, the clock has remained. And even though the clock itself is really not truly stylish, it's arguably more notable now than then, as the digital readout of cell phones has almost completely replaced the timepiece, even an electronic one like this.

But as the woman from Germany reminds us, the clock still sets the M56 apart. Like the antiquated mechanical timepieces for the wrist that now are becoming fashionable again, the clock shows us that utility can be transformed into style and romance, just like the automobile itself.

No doubt there are plenty of other little devices that engineers would like to put into the space on the dash, probably some kind of port for an electronic connectivity device. But I think a clock is exactly what you want.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 16,645 miles

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