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 (0)

Infiniti Q70 Excels, BMW 5 Series, Lincoln MKS Falter in Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its most recent crash test results for midsize luxury sedans and found that Infiniti's Q70 sedan scored well across the board in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, which earned it the group's Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Related: 2014 Infiniti Q70 Expert Review

The safety organization also tested the BMW 5 Series and Lincoln MKS, which did not perform nearly as well, ranking at the bottom of seven cars tested in the class. The BMW garnered a marginal score in the small front overlap test, which replicates hitting another vehicle or object like a pole at 40 mph at an offset angle, not head-on.

By David Thomas | October 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

More Photos of the Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept (27 Photos)

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Today's media preview of the 2014 Paris Motor Show brought the full revelation of Infinti's latest inspiration, specifically the Q80 Inspiration concept car. The Porsche Panamera-like four-door coupe — which Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays earlier described as "a sedan-meets-hatchback amalgamation with cab-rearward styling, a hybrid drivetrain and enormous wheels" — heralds a new flagship vehicle for Nissan's luxury brand, though it's anybody's guess as to when the Inspiration sees production.

Related Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: First Look

Likely to be called the Q80 if and when it hits dealerships, the concept is longer, wider and shorter in height than either its luxury-flagship or four-door coupe peers. Its aluminum exterior evokes a menacing sea creature, from its narrow-eyed stare and gaping maw to its flowing body lines directing the eye back and downward on the way to a bulbous, enlarged rear end. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | October 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Infiniti QX70 Real-World Cargo Space

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Once known as the Infiniti FX37, the now-called QX70 balances a delicate line between performance car and SUV. It has more cargo space than you'd expect from its long-nose, rear-sloping sports car looks.

Related: 2015 Infiniti QX70 Expert Review

In her review of the QX70, Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela writes, "There was 24.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the backseat, enough to easily fit four overstuffed kitchen-trash bags full of clothes from my three daughters' annual before-school closet clean-out, along with a large plastic contractor bag full of books. Impressive. I'm not sure this would have been possible in the BMW X3's 19.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and it definitely wouldn't have been in the Porsche Macan, which has only 17.7 cubic feet of cargo space."

The QX70 has 62 cubic feet of total cargo space. See how well the QX70 handles common cargo items below.

By Joe Bruzek | September 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept: First Look

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Looks like: Infiniti's take on the Porsche Panamera

Defining characteristics: Svelte hatchback profile, enormous wheels

Ridiculous features: No side mirrors, teardrop roof glass

Chance of being mass-produced: All but certain

Weeks ahead of October's Paris Motor Show, Infiniti revealed more details and one full image of a four-door coupe concept that previews a future flagship. It's the second time we've heard of the Q80 Inspiration, coming weeks after Nissan's luxury brand released a teaser image earlier this month. The latest image shows a sedan-meets-hatchback amalgamation with cab-rearward styling, a hybrid drivetrain and enormous wheels.

Related: Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Previews Fastback Flagship  

Absent side mirrors or door handles — substantial ones, at least — the Q80 Inspiration's lines run hollow along the sides but widen into a larger rear end with some interesting taillight visuals. Rear-hinged doors open at the B-pillars, and 22-inch wheels fill the fenders. The glass roof extends down the rear into a sort of teardrop window, and the profile magnifies Infiniti's forward C-pillar kick, which we've seen in subtler form on the Q30 concept and Q50 production cars.

By Kelsey Mays | September 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Infiniti QX70 Video

The former Infiniti FX got a new name, but the luxury compact SUV needs much more if it hopes to stay competitive. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says he still likes the 2015 QX70, but can't get past some utility and driving shortcomings that are getting increasingly difficult to ignore. Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Infiniti QX70S: Car Seat Check

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Last year, Infiniti's sporty two-row crossover dumped its FX prefix for a QX, and thus the FX37 became the QX70. Now, for the 2015 model year, the QX70 has dropped its low-selling 5.0-liter V-8 engine offering, opting instead just to go with the more popular 3.7-liter V-6.

We last tested the QX70 more than a year ago when it went by the different moniker, though some of our complaints about legroom, Latch anchors and tether anchors feel the same. Still, the luxury crossover's letter grades generally went unchanged, and in the case of the rear-facing convertible seat even improved from a C to an A. Find out how well it made the grade below.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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

2015 Infiniti QX70 Review

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"While the QX70 looks great, feels sexy and elicits plenty of compliments, after the novelty wore off, I found myself wanting out because of its harsh ride," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela about Infiniti's sporty SUV. Read Varela’s review to find out if there is enough performance payoff to match its looks.

2015 Infiniti QX70 Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By David Thomas | September 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Previews Fastback Flagship

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Infiniti is gearing up to show off a low-slung, fastback concept car at the Paris Motor Show next month that the automaker says foreshadows an "audacious top-of-the-line model." The Q80 Inspiration isn't similar to anything in the current Infiniti lineup if it debuts looking like the sleek four-seat fastback in the above sketch. It also reminds us of the company's Essence concept car from way back in 2009. This time around, however, might be a little more significant since the Inspiration concept will be attached to a model "name," denoting firmer plans for it to become a reality.

Related: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Little else was revealed of the Q80, but Infiniti wants the car to clearly be a high-end model at the peak of the Infiniti range with the style and technology to match. Current Infiniti Q cars include the Q50 sedan, Q60 coupe, Q60 convertible and Q70 sedan. Complete details on the Q80 Inspiration concept car will come at the 2014 Paris Motor Show on Oct. 2 when Infiniti reveals the Q80 Inspiration to the public.

By Joe Bruzek | September 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 226,000 Nissan, Infiniti Sedans and SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 226,000 model-year 2002-03 Nissan Maxima sedans and Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti I35 sedans and QX4 SUVs, as well as 2002-04 Nissan Sentra sedans and 2003 Infiniti FX crossovers

The Problem: A defect in the passenger-side front airbag could produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment; this could result in metal fragments striking and seriously injuring occupants. This expansion of an earlier action involving a massive recall of vehicles from multiple automakers using airbags manufactured by Japan's Takata Corp. addresses both the passenger-side front airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. For example, a replacement airbag may have been installed if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger-side front airbag.

The Fix: Nissan will begin notifying owners Aug. 11, and dealers will replace airbags on all vehicles in which defective airbags may have been installed either as original equipment or as a replacement; repairs 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 | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

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