Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Infiniti M35, 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, Q70 Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: More than 6,500 model-year 2013-14 Infiniti M35h hybrid luxury sedans manufactured between April 7, 2012, and Sept. 9, 2013; model-year 2014 Q50 Hybrid luxury sedans manufactured between Dec. 10, 2012, and July 15, 2014; and model-year 2014-15 Q70 Hybrid sedans manufactured between April 9, 2010, and May 7, 2014

The Problem: Due to a software error, if the signal is lost from one of the two throttle position sensors, the engine control module will go into a fail-safe mode, partially closing the throttle chamber. If the lost signal is restored, the throttle chamber may open regardless of the position signal from the throttle position sensors; this could cause the vehicle to gradually accelerate unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will begin notifying owners in mid-November, and dealers will reprogram the engine control module for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid and Q70 Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: More than 6,200 model-year 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid and Q70 Hybrid luxury sedans are being recalled in two separate actions, one affecting more than 5,400 cars and the other more than 800 cars. Q50 Hybrid sedans in the larger recall were manufactured between Dec. 10, 2012, and June 25, 2014, and in the smaller recall between Oct. 16, 2013, and Jan. 27, 2014. Q70 Hybrid sedans in the larger recall were manufactured between Nov. 7, 2013, and May 7, 2014, and in the smaller recall between Nov. 7, 2013, and Dec. 10, 2013.

The Problem: In the larger recall, both Q50 and Q70 hybrid sedans may have a software error that could cause the electric motor to stop working while the vehicle is being driven in electric-only mode, increasing the risk of a crash. In the smaller action, both sedans may have been assembled with transmissions that have damaged housings, which could crack and fracture, creating road debris and disabling the vehicle, and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: In the larger recall, Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will notify owners starting in mid-November, and dealers will reprogram the inverter software. In the smaller action, the automaker will also begin notifying owners in mid-November, and dealers will inspect the transmission assembly and replace it if cracks are found. Repairs in both cases will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

October's Fastest- and Slowest-Selling Cars

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An all-new Ford Mustang is a rare thing indeed and that's why it's no surprise the redesigned pony car was the fastest-selling car in the country last month. New looks and a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine have made it a much-talked about commodity to be sure. But hold the phone.

Related: Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: October 2014

The 2015 Mustang shares the fastest-selling title with something a bit more sedate with a much more subtle redesign, the 2015 Honda CR-V. It took just seven days to sell both the sports coupe and the sports ute. Other popular small SUVs also sold quickly with the 2015 Nissan Rogue taking 15 days to sell and the 2015 Toyota RAV4 taking 16. But those two still weren't fast enough to make the top list.

By David Thomas | November 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Cyber-Security Experts Name 'Most-Hackable' Cars

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We'll get right to the point, as time is of the essence in this fast-paced new world of connected cars and cybersecurity anxiety: You may be driving one of the "Most Hackable" cars as designated by researchers. On Wednesday, Twitter security engineer Charlie Miller and Christopher Valasek, director of Security Intelligence at computer security firm IOActive, presented a study at the 2014 Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas, identifying popular car models they determined to be the vehicles most vulnerable to a remote cyber-attack.

Related: AAA Wants to Protect Personal Data With Connected-Car Bill of Rights

The top three Most Hackable vehicles are:

By Matt Schmitz | August 7, 2014 | Comments (1)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2015 Hyundai Genesis
3. 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe
4. 2014 Mazda3
5. 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
6. 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
7. 2014 Chevrolet Volt
8. 2014 Subaru Forester
9. 2014 Infiniti Q50
10. 2014 Toyota Sienna

By Matt Schmitz | July 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

  1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
  2. 2014 BMW M235
  3. 2014 Honda CR-V
  4. 2014 Toyota Highlander
  5. 2014 Infiniti Q70
  6. 2014 Infiniti Q50
  7. 2014 Mazda3
  8. 2014 Subaru Forester
  9. 2014 Toyota Sienna
  10. 2014 Audi A6
By Jennifer Newman | June 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Read Car Reviews of the Week

1. 2014 Nissan Rogue
2. 2014 Honda CR-V
3. 2015 Hyundai Genesis
4. 2015 Subaru WRX STI
5. 2014 Volkswagen Jetta
6. 2014 Audi A6
7. 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
8. 2014 Infiniti Q50
9. 2014 Toyota Sienna
10. 2014 Subaru Forester

By Matt Schmitz | June 22, 2014 | Comments (1)

560 Horsepower Means Infiniti is Serious About Eau Rouge

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There are sport sedans and then there are sport sedans. For years BMW has played in this arena with the M3, Mercedes-Benz with the C63 AMG and Audi with the RS 4 and RS 5. Now it seems Infiniti wants a piece of the super-high-performance segment with its Q50 in the skin of the Eau Rouge concept that we first saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.

The problem then was Infiniti didn't reveal the engine that would be under the hood.

Related: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue Concept Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

Today, its proudly announcing that there's a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 under the hood good for 560 horsepower. Sound familiar?

It's the same engine that powers Nissan's GT-R supercar, which in its latest incarnation takes the engine's total output to 600 horses.

Like the GT-R, the engine is teamed to an all-wheel-drive system and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission for a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4 seconds.

There's no confirmation that this uber Q will make it to production, but it'd be hard for Infiniti to back down from challenging the likes of its above-mentioned competitors along with Cadillac's powerful V models after this announcement.

By David Thomas | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue Concept Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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If the concept car we saw this week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is a reliable indicator, the hot-looking Infiniti Q50 luxury sedan could be on the fast track to a faster version. As its name indicates, the Q50 Eau Rogue concept, a performance variant of the regular G25/G37 successor, is influenced by Infiniti's ties to Formula One racing and wears the looks to back up its name.

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The Q50 Eau Rouge wears widened rear fenders and aerodynamic carbon-fiber body enhancements. It rides on blacked-out 21-inch forged alloy wheels, and bright trim work around the grille, windows and door handles is toned down with matching dark chrome matte accents for a sinister look. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | January 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Looks like: A bulging, 'roided-up Q50
Defining characteristics: Potential 500-hp engine, widened fenders, Formula One-inspired aerodynamics
Ridiculous features: Red-infused carbon fiber interior accents
Chance of being mass-produced: A performance-tuned Infiniti isn't that farfetched

The Q50's Eau Rouge concept can thank Infiniti's involvement in Formula One racing. The concept is a high-performance version of the Q50 sports sedan. The Eau Rouge name comes from a particularly fast corner of the Formula One circuit, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, that sees speeds around 200 mph from Formula One cars.

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We imagine a high-performance Q50 could be a prime match for the newly released, 425-horsepower 2015 BMW M3. While the exact source of power hasn't been nailed down, exterior and interior modifications are ready to support whatever engine Infiniti decides to throw in the car.

By Joe Bruzek | January 13, 2014 | Comments (1)

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