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| Video | 05.12.2017

Infiniti has revealed the new QX80 at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show. Further advancing Infiniti's market-leading presence in the full-size luxury SUV segment, the Infiniti QX80 takes Infiniti's 'Powerful Elegance' design language in a bold new direction, creating a powerful, contemporary and commanding aesthetic.
The QX80 also stands apart with a refined and spacious cabin that features high-quality materials, a hand-crafted finish, and advanced drive-assist technologies – all combining to promote a sense of inclusive, modern luxury and set new standards for upscale sophistication.
With a taut yet comfort-oriented suspension, and ample performance from its 5.6-liter V8 engine, the new Infiniti QX80 gives drivers an assured feeling of control and confidence at the wheel.
Production of the new QX80 is underway at Infiniti's Kyushu production facility in Japan, and will go on sale in select Infiniti markets across North America, Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East from the end of 2017.
A distinctive, powerful luxury SUV, enabling all passengers to travel everywhere in luxury
A flagship model for the brand, the Infiniti QX80 has established itself as a major contributor to the image of Infiniti in many of its key global markets.
The new model has been created to meet the needs of today's luxury car buyers, and introduces a more modern interpretation of upscale luxury to the full-size SUV segment. It will appeal to a buyer that wants for nothing: affluent, high-achieving entrepreneurs and business leaders, often with families, who demand space and utility, hand-crafted quality and modern design, and effortless on-road performance. Infiniti customers enjoy using technology and innovations to make their lives more enjoyable and hassle-free.
High-quality, handcrafted interior provides a sense of upscale luxury
The cabin of the new Infiniti QX80 is one of the most luxurious, highest-quality passenger compartment created by Infiniti to date. Finely tailored and crafted by hand, there is an enhanced human artistry throughout the interior.
Infiniti's designers have created a cabin with a more contemporary execution, both in terms of how it looks and how it feels to the touch. The high-quality tailoring is matched by contrasting colors, new materials for seats and paneling, and more precise attention given to the details.
The cabin is finished in a range of rich, new materials, with seats, door panels and armrests wrapped in perforated and quilted leather. Depending on specification, the backs of each seat are also skinned in quilted leather, harmonizing the effect throughout the cabin, with the upholstery sewn together with contrast double-stitching. Infiniti's interior designers have turned to the milieu of haute couture for inspiration, using leather piping to create sharper, more angular edges to seats and headrests.
Drivers can customize the all-wheel drive system via a dial in the center console. The system sits in 'auto' mode by default, using a computer-controlled transfer case to instantly redistribute engine torque to the wheels with the most traction. Permanent high- and low-range all-wheel drive settings are also available. The high-range setting is designed to take on moderate off-road driving and snow; the low-range function empowers drivers to tackle more demanding off-road conditions, with steeper inclines and declines, when more traction is needed.
The all-wheel drive system is backed up by the Infiniti QX80's four-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) system, which responds to wheel-spin by automatically applying brakes to each spinning wheel, and redistributing torque to other wheels to maximize traction and control.
Both rear- and all-wheel drivetrains are paired with an advanced 5.6-liter DOHC V8 engine, delivering ample on-road performance. Combining the combustion efficiency of Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG), and the responsive acceleration of VVEL (Variable Valve Event and Lift) technology, the V8 engine produces 400 hp (298 kW) and 413 lb ft of torque. The smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic transmission, fitted as standard to every model, allows the driver to access the engine's power and torque reserves at any time. The automatic transmission features Adaptive Shift Control (ASC), and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev Matching.
In rear-wheel drive configuration, the Infiniti QX80's fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined. All-wheel drive variants are capable of 13 mpg city, 19 mpg highway and 15 mpg combined.
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Mercedes-Benz shows interior pics of new IoT-enabled Sprinter van

| Green | 04.12.2017

Filed under: Green,Mercedes-Benz,Minivan/Van,Commercial Vehicles,Electric,Future

An electric-powered version is coming in 2019.

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My Awkward Interview With T-Pain

| Video | 04.12.2017

While judging this year's Sony Gran Turismo Awards in Las Vegas, I received an invite to interview a rapper called T-Pain. Naturally, I accepted to see if he could help me with a rap hit of my own…Cue the awkward interview!
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Man’s Appreciation Of Vintage Cars

| Auto News | 04.12.2017

Like it or not, you probably have a drive (no pun intended) to try out vintage cars. In fact, for many men, there is a mysterious and intriguing force that compels them into not only appreciating vintage vehicles, but also to go out of their way to own them. Whether we’re talking about the earliest […]

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2019 Infiniti QX50 – INTERIOR

| Video | 04.12.2017

Smart power and greater control from advanced VC-Turbo internal combustion engine;
Infiniti's VC-Turbo engine is the world's first production-ready variable compression ratio engine – and it makes its production debut on the new 2019 Infiniti QX50. This unique variable compression technology represents a breakthrough in combustion engine design – the all-new QX50's 2.0-liter VC-Turbo continually transforms, adjusting its compression ratio to optimize power and fuel efficiency. It combines the power of a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced four-cylinder diesel engine.

The VC-Turbo changes its compression ratio seamlessly with an advanced multi-link system, continuously raising or lowering the pistons' reach to transform compression ratio – offering both power and efficiency, on demand.
A high compression ratio gives greater efficiency, but in certain applications poses the risk of premature combustion (knocking). A low compression ratio allows for greater power and torque, and avoids knocking. In operation, the 2019 QX50's VC-Turbo engine offers any compression ratio between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). Deploying smart power for greater control, the empowering engine exemplifies Infiniti's driver-centric approach.

The blend of performance and efficiency represents a compelling alternative to diesel, challenging the notion that only hybrid and diesel powertrains are capable of delivering high torque and efficiency. The engine delivers 268 hp @ 5,600 rpm and 280 lb ft @ 4,400 rpm. The VC-Turbo's specific power output is higher than many competing turbocharged gasoline engines, and comes close to the performance of some V6 gasoline engines. The unit's single-scroll turbo ensures immediate accelerator responses, on demand.
Equipped with the VC-Turbo engine, the 2019 Infiniti QX50 is competitively efficient, expected to deliver gasoline fuel economy of 27 mpg (U.S. combined, front-wheel drive; 26 mpg all-wheel drive). In front-wheel drive specification, this offers a 35-percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the V6 gasoline engine in the previous QX50, while the new all-wheel drive model's 26 mpg represents a 30-percent improvement.
Other highlights include compact packaging and weight-saving technologies. The engine block and cylinder head are cast in lightweight aluminum alloy, while the transformative multi-link components are manufactured in high-carbon steel alloy. Compared to Infiniti's 3.5-liter VQ V6 engine, the 2.0-liter VC-Turbo weighs 18kg less and requires less space in the engine bay.
The engine employs the world's first multi-link system and an electric motor with a unique Harmonic Drive reduction gear to transform its compression ratio. The electric motor is connected to the Harmonic Drive with a control arm; as the Harmonic Drive rotates, the control shaft at the base of the engine rotates, moving the multi-link system within the engine. As the angle of the multi-link arms changes, it adjusts the top-dead-center position of the pistons – and the compression ratio with them. An eccentric control shaft changes the compression ratio of all the cylinders at the same time. As a result, the engine capacity varies between 1,997 cc (for a low 8:1 ratio) and 1,970 cc (high 14:1 ratio).

New ProPILOT Assist technologies support single-lane driving
The suite of driver assist technologies in the all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50 is called ProPILOT Assist, which, as a package, helps the driver control acceleration, braking and steering during single-lane highway driving. Equipped for the first time in an Infiniti model, ProPILOT Assist effectively helps to reduce the stress of stop-and-go driving and highway cruises. ProPILOT Assist takes over single-lane driving operation at the push of a button, without the driver's input on acceleration, braking, or steering. The driver can choose to let the car operate on their behalf in stop-start traffic.
The technologies that make up the full suite of QX50's ProPILOT Assist system include Direct Adaptive Steering and Intelligent Cruise Control. These are supported by additional technologies, including: Distance Control Assist; Back-up Collision Intervention; Predictive Forward Collision Warning; Blind Spot Warning and Intervention; Lane Departure Warning and Prevention; and Forward Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection. Other notable safety features available to 2019 Infiniti QX50 buyers include pre-crash seat belt technology, adaptive front lighting with high beam assist, a tire inflation indicator, and lighter steering for certain parking situations….


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