The automotive news has been packed with interesting stories lately. It’s interesting how a class of vehicle that started out as something utilitarian has morphed into a new genre of its own and is even considered to have real style!
First up today, it seems the trend in automotive is to make everything as automatic as possible, even cars that can drive themselves.
Check out this story of a Mazda SUV, a CX-5, was in the process of testing automated braking when things didn’t do exactly as planned…
Next up is a very popular brand of upper end SUVs, Infiniti. The model QX56 has become the QX-80. It’s not just a new name.
The QX80 is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports, where reliability is listed as above average. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $62,345 for a base, 2014 QX80 with rear-wheel drive and automatic transmission. Starting retail price, including destination charge, for a base, 2014 QX80 with all-wheel drive is $65,445. Check out more details in the article below.
Infiniti SUV has new name: QX56 becomes QX80 With the new name of QX80 for 2014, Infiniti’s largest sport utility vehicle packs some of the softest-feeling leather, shiniest burl wood and a host of other luxury items into a big, nicely crafted interior. www.theindependent.com
And as mentioned at the beginning of this article, SUVs aren’t just for utilitarian tasks any more. Style is a big factor in purchasing decisions. Check out the article below to see how the 2013 Santa Fe Scout recently won accolades for its style, inside and out.
SUV wins award for best interior Sport utility vehicles are noted for their cargo space and family-hauling abilities, however Hyundai’s all-new 2013 Santa Fe Sport grabbed top honors for its stylish interior. www.fijitimes.com
And, ending on a “that’s so weird it has to be true” note…enjoy the story of the platypus that hitched a ride in an SUV in Australia. Around here it’s good to check for rattlesnakes, scorpions and black widows trying to get a free ride. 🙂
I want to address a veryimportant maintenance item…timing belt replacement. It’s important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage. Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel. They close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn, and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.
Preventative maintenance in a car can increase both your safety and the car’s lifespan. If a car is neglected, odds are that repairs will be required more frequently and will cost much more than the maintenance otherwise would have. Listed below are several things you should check on at each interval. This is by no means all-inclusive, but merely a starting point. The best course of action is to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow them to a tee.