NICB Report Totals Up Luxury-Vehicle Thefts

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Luxury vehicles are probably as enticing to those who steal them as they are to those who buy them, but the overwhelming majority of stolen cars in the U.S. each year continue to be from nonluxury brands. A new report by the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that thefts of newer luxury vehicles stolen between 2010 and 2013 totaled 5,570, a small fraction of the millions of vehicles stolen across that same four-year timeframe. In addition to being a smaller percentage of total cars on the road, NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi said the cars are just getting harder to swipe.

Related: Thieves Still Favor the Honda Accord

"The numbers show that the improved antitheft technology on these luxury vehicles has made them very difficult to steal despite being attractive targets," Scafidi told Cars.com.

By Matt Schmitz | October 24, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mercedes-Benz Is Luxury Car Thieves' Most Wanted

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That Mercedes-Benz in your driveway might have turned the tables on the Joneses, who are now trying to keep up with you, but that envy doesn't end with your neighbors. According to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, to steal a Mercedes-Benz is considered an honor among thieves. The German automaker's iconic three-pointed star adorns three of the top 10 most-stolen luxury models in the U.S., with the C-Class taking the No. 1 spot with 485 thefts from Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012.

The Des Plaines, Ill.-based nonprofit's analysis divided the luxury-vehicle segment into three subclasses — compact, midsize and premium — with thefts across all three totaling 4,384 for the 2010-12 model years. The compact class accounted for the greatest portion of that total, with 2,150 thefts, followed by the midsize class' 1,734 thefts and the premium's 500. By state, the distribution of thefts largely correlates with population size: California lays claim to 1,063 of the total luxury thefts, the most, while South Dakota and Wyoming each had only one. By core-based statistical area, which includes a densely populated urban center and its surrounding areas, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area had the largest number of luxury thefts at 806, followed by Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif., with 491, and Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla., with 452.

By Matt Schmitz | July 30, 2013 | Comments (5)

2014 Infiniti Q50 Video

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Notwithstanding Infiniti's questionable new Q-for-cars, QX-for-SUVs naming convention, the 2014 Q50 appears to be an overall improvement on the outgoing G37 sedan it replaces. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays looked at the Q50's hybrid version this week at the 2013 North American International Auto Show, concluding that its "surprising utility complements a strong pedigree."

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The new Q50 is lower, longer and wider than its predecessor, with body-style updates that add improved interior volume to decent backseat legroom and trunk space (even in the hybrid). Features like the double-arched grille in front and rear-end style suggest classic Infiniti; meanwhile, a 3.5-liter V-6 paired with an electric motor, direct-adaptive steering system and stylish, samurai-influenced interior trim show change is also embraced.

Check out the video below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Infiniti Q50, Q50 Hybrid at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Audi A4, Lexus IS, BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class
  • Looks like: New look and no manual transmission ... G37 owners might stay away
  • Drivetrain: 328-hp, 3.7-liter V-6, seven-speed automatic transmission, rear or all-wheel drive; 354-hp combined 3.5-liter V-6 hybrid
  • Hits dealerships: This summer

There is no question that Infiniti's entry-level G37 sedan needed an update despite its much fawned over performance chops. The interior was looking dated, and its superb handling and sporty ride alienated shoppers looking at stalwarts from BMW, Mercedes and Audi.

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Now called the Q50, the sedan is completely redesigned, but it has an identical wheelbase to the outgoing G37 while overall length is marginally longer and the height is down less than a half inch. The Q50 is 2 inches wider, however.

The look, though, is radically different, mimicking the larger M37 sedan but with slightly smaller dimensions. It's not an instant hit at first glance, but it could easily grow on people.

By David Thomas | January 14, 2013 | Comments (12)

Infiniti Releases Q50 Teaser Video

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In celebration of hitting a million Facebook fans, Infiniti released a 28-second teaser of its upcoming Q50 sedan. The replacement for the current G37. Complete with all the musical buildup of a sci-fi trailer, the teaser depicts an adaptive headlight bezel and what appears to be an LED daytime running light. We like the look, which adopts continuous LED light pipes instead of the jeweled LEDs that brands from Smart to Lexus employ. Unfortunately, that's about all we get to see.

Halfway through the teaser, the Q50's engine revs, and the ominous soundtrack builds to a scene of Sigourney Weaver tearing down a hallway full of flesh-eating aliens. OK, that doesn't really happen. But the engine sounds good — as distinctive as the howl from original G35's VQ-series V-6.

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, announced earlier this month that it would rename all its cars and SUVs using the Q and QX prefix, respectively. It was a bizarre, unexpected move that led Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen to admit that "no one likes the change," but Infiniti's current nomenclature threatens to become too confusing as the brand expands.

The all-new Q50 will debut at the Detroit auto show on Jan. 14. We'll report full details as they become available. Check out the teaser video below. Spoiler alert: There are no aliens.

By Kelsey Mays | December 28, 2012 | Comments (3)

Infiniti to Rename Entire Lineup Q or QX

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Infiniti, one of the last luxury holdouts to have model numbers that actually indicate engine size — as opposed to BMW, Mercedes and Lexus — will rename its entire lineup using Q or QX monikers starting with the 2014 model year.

Luxury brands like Volvo, Audi and Lincoln have similar conventions; Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen headed up Audi of America until last spring. Citing the need for "a new identity and direction to promote consumer familiarity with our model range as we expand the portfolio," he laid out plans to begin the shift "in logical stages" starting with the 2014 model year.

Among Infiniti's SUVs, the EX35 becomes the QX50, the JX35 will be the QX60, the FX35/50 will be the QX70 and the QX56 will be the QX80.

Among the brand's cars, the G25/37 sedan becomes the Q50, which debuts in redesigned form at next month's Detroit auto show. It’s essentially the next G with a new name. The G37 coupe and convertible become the Q60, and the M37/56 becomes the Q70.

By Kelsey Mays | December 17, 2012 | Comments (15)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible

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Infiniti's IPL trim is supposed to up the performance factor of the G line, but according to Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley, you don't get what you pay for. The added price you'll pay for the IPL version of the 2013 G convertible isn't worth the marginal performance upgrades, Hanley says.

2013 Infiniti IPL G Convertible Review

By Jennifer Geiger | October 15, 2012 | Comments (0)

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The Infiniti G IPL convertible adds some power, a sport-tuned suspension and a few more interior and exterior appointments compared to the regular G convertible. However, for the increased price, the marginally boosted performance doesn't make up for the existing shortcomings of the G convertible, says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley.

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By Colin Bird | October 4, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Infiniti G Line: What's Changed

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  • Most significant changes: No more Infiniti G25  
  • Price change: Coupe and convertible see price increases, expect the same with the sedan 
  • On sale: Sedan in September; coupe and convertible are on sale now  
  • Which should you buy, 2012 or 2013? Few significant changes and the elimination of the most affordable options makes recommending the 2012 an easy call.

For the 2013 model year, the Infiniti G line gets many changes that ultimately reduce the breadth of G offerings — most notably on the affordable end of the spectrum. The "streamlining," as Nissan calls it, points toward a possible Infiniti G replacement for next year.

Nissan dropped the Infiniti G25 sedan family and the base G coupe for the 2013 model year. The G25 originally debuted in the 2011 model year as a more affordable, fuel-efficient model to compete against the likes of the Acura TSX and Lexus IS 250. The G25 starts at $32,600, which is $3,800 less than the current base G37 sedan. The G25 sedan will stay in production until December 2012, according to Nissan.

By Colin Bird | June 20, 2012 | Comments (1)

2013 Pricing: Infiniti G37 Coupe, Convertible and IPL Coupe, Convertible

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Model-year 2013 brings a modest price increase for Infiniti's popular G37 coupe and convertible lineup. A performance-oriented IPL version of the convertible also debuts for 2013.

The IPL convertible joins the Infiniti Performance Line version of the G37 coupe. It uses the IPL coupe's 343-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 and seven-speed automatic transmission and features the same performance upgrades like an IPL-tuned exhaust and suspension, 19-inch IPL aluminum-alloy wheels, a Stone or Monaco Red leather-appointed interior and a choice of two exterior colors: Malbec Black or Moonlight White.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

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