Recall Alert: 143,223 Nissan and Infiniti Vehicles

Murano Nissan has issued a recall for 143,223 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles include the 2009 Nissan Cube and Murano, the 2008 Nissan Rogue, the 2008-2010 Infiniti M35, and 2008-2010 Infiniti M45.

The recall is focused on certain vehicles from the 2008-2010 model years originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

These vehicles have a nut securing the sensor-transmitter of the tire pressure monitoring system that may corrode and possibly crack when exposed to road salt. The nut may fall out of the sensor-transmitter, which will cause the monitoring light to illuminate.

If the driver ignores the light and continues to drive the car in this condition, the tire could lose air pressure, resulting in a flat that could potentially cause an accident.

Nissan dealers will replace the TPMS nut with a “new, more robust nut” free of charge. Owners may contact Nissan at 800-647-7261, Infiniti at 800-662-6200 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Stephen Markley | October 12, 2009 | Comments (2)

2012 Infiniti M35 Hybrid On The Way

Today, Infiniti confirmed that it will sell a hybrid version of its redesigned M sedan in 2011. The 2012 M35 Hybrid — that’s the official name — will feature a V-6 engine, twin-clutch transmission, electric motor and rear-wheel drive. The M35 Hybrid will also run solely on electric power “in certain driving conditions,” which most likely means at low speeds and under light acceleration.

Besides the fact that it will pack a lithium-ion battery, there isn’t any more available information — including the expected mileage gains — about the car. A few more images are below.
By David Thomas | October 7, 2009 | Comments (3)

2011 Infiniti M: First Look


Infiniti’s next flagship sedan will be called the M56 and will go on sale in the spring of 2010. This top-of-the-line M will feature a 5.6-liter V-8 good for more than 400 hp, though Infiniti isn’t getting specific right now. While the new M37 will feature the same 3.7-liter V-6 found in the G37 lineup, which produces 328 hp, Infiniti says the new Ms with the bigger engines will get better fuel economy than the outgoing models.

Besides the engines, it’s evident in the images above and below that the car has been completely redesigned. The lines are curvaceous — actually, they’re beyond curvaceous. This is perhaps the least-streamlined large sedan we’ve seen in some time. Automakers continue to push the boundaries in a design war to make sure their models stand out. The new M should do at least that.

The 2011 M will also pack high-tech features like a blind spot warning system, but beyond that there isn’t much more information on the new M. The company says it will release more information later this year.  

By David Thomas | August 17, 2009 | Comments (11)

2009 Infiniti M35 Video

Is the Infiniti M old hat? In the wake of new introductions from Mercedes-Benz and Audi, some are saying yes, but Kelsey Mays points out the fact that the M has been a perennial favorite since its introduction. How does the 2009 M35 stack up? Mays decides whether the M35 still impresses him in this video review.

By Stephen Markley | March 31, 2009 | Comments (1)

Through Ian's Lens: 2009 Infiniti M35x

Of all the luxury car manufacturers out there (exotics excluded), Infiniti would get my vote for classiest and cleanest interior design. Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi would all place a close second to the sleek and elegant dashboards, smooth leather upholstery, curved center stack and ergonomically correct backseats of any of Infiniti’s models.

Case in point: the 2009 Infiniti M35x four-door sedan. A great mix of matte-finished dark wood grain and chrome trim highlight the elegance of Infiniti’s dashboard. The buttons are sleek and functional, while an analog clock sits gently in the middle as a design nod to cars of yesteryear. The cabin’s classiness is overshadowed only by its functionality. And remember, this car hasn’t had a radical update in a few years.

Please leave your remarks in the comments section; a full set of photos is below. Feel free to use the full-screen mode on the photo browser.

By Ian Merritt | March 27, 2009 | Comments (11)

2009 Infiniti M35 DVD Studio Surround System Reviewed

A few weeks ago, I was tasked with driving my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law to every ballroom in Chicago to see if any would be suitable to host their upcoming wedding.

Of course, I didn’t want to pay for parking at all these stops, so I stayed in the car. Which meant I had to come up with something to do while I waited, flashers blinking. The first thing that came to mind was watching a movie. While I could sit with my iPhone in hand and use a set of headphones for sound, I knew there was a better option. The Infiniti M35x I was driving had the optional Bose Studio Surround sound system. This includes digital 5.1 decoding, a DVD drive, and 14 high-quality Bose speakers. When I think of the best surround-sound experience, I instantly think of the first “Matrix” movie. So, I put the DVD in the center-counsel-mounted DVD drive and we were off.

By Matthew Raskin | March 16, 2009 | Comments (3)

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