Monthly Archives: November 2013

2014 Infiniti QX70 Test Drive And Review: An FX By Any Other Name…

I do not like to create about marketing and advertising when I’m writing SUV evaluations. I’m an idealist — I’d like to feel that building the very best motor vehicle you can build and selling it for a reasonable revenue should be ample. But we all know that’s not the way things perform. Folks with MBAs develop theories manufacturers consider to apply these theories to their relationships with buyers revenue go up and income go down. Infiniti has produced a broad marketing and advertising move, re-naming nearly all of their versions in one fell swoop. Sedans will now bear an alphanumeric designation that is constructed of the letter Q and a two-digit variety, and the crossover will turn into QX versions. This looks like a wild scheme to me. The auto that I’ve constantly recognized as the G turns into the Q50 the crossover that I’ve loved as the FX turns into the QX70. Infiniti explained that they are using this re-naming as part of a broad method to enhance brand equity all the way up and down the lineup, staking a declare on the “Q” as a brand identifier. I get it — but I concern that any brand equity that Infiniti has built over the 24 years of its existence could be accidentally erased with the new names. I hope I’m wrong, since Infiniti has constantly created some of my favourite vehicles and SUVs.

Report: BMW planning to stretch i3 into i5 family hauler?

2014 BMW i3

If you happen to be sweet on the new BMW i3 but wish it had much more room to carry individuals and stuff, we have acquired good information for you. In accordance to Autocar, BMW is planning on stretching the platform that underpins the i3 to produce a new model, expected to be named i5.

Official: Maserati Ghibli gets smashed on its way to Top Safety Pick rating [w/video]

IIHS awards Top Safety Pick rating to the Maserati Ghibli and included two crash test videos.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the 2014 Maserati Ghibli, and the Italian luxury sedan scored has nicely enough to earn the institute’s Leading Safety Choose rating. The model netted “Excellent” marks – the IIHS’ highest rating – in moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints and seats tests.

Report: Peruvian developer bids to turn Packard plant into upscale go kart track

Detroit Struggles To Re-Build A Bankrupt City Amidst Poverty And Blight

The last time a auto was manufactured at Detroit’s infamously derelict Packard plant was in 1958. Though it truly is been employed for a selection of purposes because, these days it stands empty, an icon of urban decay. But that isn’t going to indicate nobody’s making an attempt to do something about it. The county not too long ago put it up for auction, the winning bid placed by a doctor from Texas who speedily emerged as a quack. Talks with the 2nd highest bidder have apparently fallen by way of as nicely, so now officials are moving on to the third: Fernando Palazuelo.

Call for compulsory car policy

Most drivers want necessary third-celebration insurance but all round charges likely to rise

Almost all New Zealanders consider third-get together motor vehicle insurance coverage must be compulsory, a new survey displays. But they are being warned: Be careful what you want for.