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First Drive: 2016 Infiniti QX50

An SUV by any other name.

by on Sep.28, 2015

The new QX50 with designer Alfonso Albaisa during the crossover's debut earlier this year.

At times, the auto industry has at least one thing in common with baseball: you can’t tell the players apart without a scorecard. That’s especially true with Infiniti, the Japanese automaker sowing plenty of confusion when it decided to rename familiar products like the old G and JX lines.

It’s hard to tell whether that’s the reason why sales of the Infiniti EX stumbled to a virtual halt after it was renamed the QX50 for 2014. Perhaps it was simply the result of a once-popular product growing old in hotly competitive segment. Whatever the reason, the luxury arm of Nissan Motor Co. is hoping to kick-start the crossover’s momentum with a modest, but much-needed refresh for the 2016 model-year.

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The basic shape will immediately be familiar. Like the bigger Infiniti FX, the EX was one of the first crossover-utility vehicles to stop trying to pretend it was a classic SUV, instead putting an emphasis on styling, features and on-road manners. That part hasn’t changed. During a trip to San Diego to try out the 2016 Infiniti Qx50, off-road capabilities didn’t even merit a footnote.


Hyundai, Nissan Combine to Recall 1.1 Million Vehicles

Latest actions push number of recalls to 45 million in 2014.

by on Jul.30, 2014

The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is subject to a safety recall.

Add another million to the running tally of vehicles in a record-setting 2014 as Hyundai and Nissan announced actions totaling 1.1 million cars today: Hyundai recalling 889,000 vehicles and Nissan more than 226,000.

Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata sedans from 2011-2014 due to a faulty shift cable. The cable may disconnect allowing the car to roll away after parking or preventing it from being shifted out of park.

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The maker received nearly 1,200 warranty claims due to the problem. Dealers will inspect the cable and repair the connection between he shift cable and shift lever at no cost to the owner. It also recalled nearly 5,700 2015 Sonatas for brake problems, asking owners to park the vehicles. It was the second time this year the 2015 model has been recalled. (more…)

First Look: Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Concept

A show car fit for a champion.

by on Sep.13, 2011

Red Bull F1 driver Sebastian Vettel helped design this special Infiniti FX - and will get to drive it home.

How do you honor one of the world’s top motorsports driver? If you’re talking about Sebastian Vettel, the man who has been scoring the big points for the Red Bull Racing team sponsored by Japan’s Infiniti, the Nissan luxury brand has asked him to lend his ideas to a special version of the FX crossover.

The Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Concept makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show and features a number of striking details that should stand out from your run-of-the-mill crossover-utility vehicle.

Drive on in!

Start with a pearlescent white paint job accented by blue-tinted headlights and LED running lights.  Vettel’s personal logo, which snakes a winding road in the shape of an S across the letter V, adorns the front bumper.

There are a variety of carbon fiber exterior accents, from the lower front fascia and grille slats to the mirror caps and rear wing.  Vettel and Infiniti claim the aero elements are functional and reduce drag by 5% while improving  lift 30%.

The carbon fiber theme -- and Vettel's personal logo -- can be found inside and out the Infiniti FX Concept.

To add a little bling, the oversized wheels feature light accents around the 21-inch rims and spoke tips, the rest of the wheel tinted dark.

The interior picks up on the carbon fiber theme, adding Alcantara upholstery and working in more of the SV logos.

The good news is that the FX Sebastian Vettel Concept is more than just an appearance package.  In European trim the 5.0-liter V-8 makes 420 PS and will launch the big ute from 0 to 100 kmh (0 to 62.5 mph) in 5.6 seconds, with a 300 kmh (188 mph) top speed.  To beef up the stock Infiniti FX engine engineers re-mapped the engine computer software and adopted a freer-breathing exhaust system.

The suspension gets dual flow-path dampers and continuous damping control.  The concept also adopts rear active steering.  The brakes are upgrade to 4-piston 355 mm up front and 2-piston 350 mm in the rear.

While Vettel didn’t actually draw out the concept’s design details he did work closely with Infiniti design chief Shiro Nakamura to ensure the final work lived up to his ideas, he says.

To reward his effort, the Formula One champ gets to take the one-off crossover home.  No plans appear in the works for a production version.

Infiniti began its tie-up with Red Bull earlier this year, incidentally, deciding to take the unusual step of signing on as a sponsor of a beverage maker’s F1 team, rather than vice versa, as is the norm.  The unusual alliance is paying off.  Infiniti has invested only a fraction of the traditional cost of a Formula One team but its name is now adorning the side of the leading players in the current season.