While Infiniti successfully competed in the full-size luxury market with the Q45 and was doing well in the compact/entry-level market with the G35, it still had no clear and present executive model to offer between the two. The I30, J30, and M30 were all mid-size vehicles, but less expensive than their mid-size luxury contemporaries. Infiniti sought to import a competitor in the form of Japan's Nissan Gloria and call it the M45. It was equipped with the same 4.5L V8 engine as the Q45, but was shorter and narrower since it was a re-badged JDM car. It was a great performer and a thrill to drive, but the styling was not well-received at the time of its release in 2003. Just a few years later it received a complete overhaul and a new M45 was born. This was truly a victory for Infiniti, and has retained its position in the mid-size sport luxury class ever since. Future generations would become even more stylish and inspired, while Infiniti M45 parts continue to create a valuable and rewarding driving experience for all buyers. Fun fact: In 2007, the Q45 was dropped and Infiniti no longer offered a truly full-size luxury vehicle. The M45 was so successful for the brand that it became Infiniti's flagship model.