Auto News for July 25

Just five more months of shopping days until Christmas folks!


Designed for a new generation of buyers who are not willing to be defined by their choice of vehicle body type, the Infiniti QX30 challenges convention with its bold character and daring shape.

As a follow up to the Saturday road test allow me to introduce the Infiniti QX30. It is said to bridge the gap between “premium compact rivals and larger crossover models” and will be available in six trim levels. A 2.0 liter turbo four will be the standard engine with 208 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. It was designed by Mercedes parent, Daimler, and is produced in Germany while the crossover will be produced in Sunderland, U.K. The 2.0 will be linked to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. There was no mention of another power plant. It is 13 inches shorter than the QX50 or exactly the same length as the Volks Tiguan. Infiniti said prices would start at under $30,000 for a base model. It will appear in showrooms shortly.

Penske Automotive said 13 of its dealerships have been named as among the Best 100 to work for by Automotive News. It is the fifth consecutive year that some of the Penske dealerships have been honored.

Like black cars? So do lots of owners in the U.K. according to a new survey. It was favored by those driving “Executive” cars and convertibles. Philip Nothard , retail specialist at cap hpi commented: “Black is without doubt the new white. White had become the color of choice over the past few years but black seems to be back with a vengeance. Black represents a safe choice for motorists as, along with silver and grey, these so called safe colors consistently maintain their value when sold as used.”

You probably would not link the WWF with Toyota. But they have formed a partnership to promote biodiversity conservation, raise environmental awareness and accelerate the move toward a “zero carbon society.”

Gas prices continue to tumble, down 16 cents a gallon from last month’s average of $2.315 and off a rather large 57 cents from last year’s average, according to Gas Buddy. The nationwide average is now $2.15 a gallon, but many places are reporting prices of under $2, down to as low as $1.89 a gallon for unleaded regular.






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