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The Infiniti I30 hit the market in 1996, and was based in part on the Nissan Maxima. Borrowing from the Nissan line of vehicles, Infiniti sought to introduce a mid-size sedan to replace the current J30. It would be a little smaller, a little less powerful, but would include a much larger list of amenities and options putting it in competition with the BMW 3-Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Lexus ES. After a few years and less than impressive sales, Infiniti redesigned the I30 to be more luxurious and more powerful than ever. It raised power output by 20%, attached HID xenon lamps and larger wheels, and big brakes with a tuned suspension. Clearly, Infiniti I30 parts (though sometimes shared with the Maxima) were meant to give the driver a sense of purpose and class. In fact, road tests often put the I30 ahead of the Lexus ES300 in performance and ahead of the Acura 3.2TL in comfort. Infiniti would replace the I30 with the I35 in 2002. Fun fact: The Japanese Domestic Market name for the Infiniti I30 was the Nissan Cefiro.