In video interview, Nissan executive says the Infiniti FX Vettel edition will test whether the brand can compete against the likes of Mercedes' AMG and BMW's M-division.

Infiniti has confirmed that the FX Sebastian Vettel edition will go to production as a vehicle that will test whether the brand can create low-volume, performance editions that can compete against the likes of AMG and M vehicles.

In the video interview posted above, Nissan Executive Vice President Andy Palmer says the model would not sport the IPL badge but would serve as a trial-balloon to see if Infiniti can sustain its own performance sub-brand.

"It's about being able to do our equivalent of AMG or M-series and we wanted to test the organization and can the organization cope we've these type of special versions. This is one of the first versions that will go to market. Not as an IPL-it'll obviously go as the Sebastian Vettel special version, but it demonstrates we're able to do these low volume, very special versions and be able to charge a premium for that kind of work," says Palmer.

Vettel is the reigning Formula One champion for 2011, having also won the 2010 title last year.

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