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Written By: admin on October 30, 2012 No Comment

Clean-energy enthusiasts have been abuzz lately with the implementation of Tesla's new supercharger network. The company, named after the great Nikola Tesla, announced the network in late September and officially opened stations in six California-based locations on October 19th. This release has the potential to be the most significant event in personal electric transportation.

The Supercharger Network

The supercharger is essentially a giant solar battery that can be tapped into by electric vehicles. Imagine a normal gas terminal that looks a little bit like a vertically-standing rocket ship; it's a modern take on the time-tested carport structures found in today's gas stations. These systems are like a typical gas terminal, but they are estimated to take roughly 30 minutes for a charge of 150 miles at 60 miles per hour. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has stated that the superchargers will also be putting power back into the grid, creating a surplus of energy while powering electric vehicles. It's important to note that Tesla cars already come with a cable that allows for in-home charging. These networks are merely an out-of-home complement to long travels with an electric vehicle.

The Details
As of now, the network is only available in six California locations. They are implemented in strategic locations to allow comfortable travel to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. These are major tourist destinations, and this strategy may help to increase demand for the vehicles, thus increasing the demand for more stations. Tesla officials have already stated that further expansion is coming, though there have been no definitive announcements of the full schedule and expected release dates.

Any owner of Tesla vehicles and other electric cars will be able to use the new system. Tesla S-class models and above will be able to use these terminals free of charge, while there will be a fee for all other electrical vehicles. It's important to note, though, that these fees will still be significantly lower than gasoline, though no exact pricing system has been announced thus far. For comparison, Model S vehicles start at around $50,000 USD. At $40 per week saved in gas, the vehicle will effectively cost $160 less per month to run, just shy of $2,000 in savings per year. This is also for what is effectively a luxury-model vehicle with premium features.

The Final Word
This is a landmark in the clean energy movement. It demonstrates that solar power is a very real alternative to the gasoline industry, and it's likely that major oil industries will be carefully watching how the supercharger network will impact Tesla's sales. If Tesla's sales numbers rise this quarter and into the next, it's very likely that they'll start building momentum. This in turn will provide Tesla with more incentive to produce more of their supercharger carport structures. As eithersales or supercharger installations increase, the other should increase as well. As peak oil comes closer into view, the need for alternatives to gasoline will become more apparent, further strengthening the desire for electric vehicles. Short of finding an absurd abundance of oil that's been hidden from modern society, the price of oil can only rise. Tesla may very well be on the winning side of innovation with their new design.

Once the new superchargers are more widely available, a Model S vehicle from Tesla can effectively be fueled free of charge. Until then, the prices and economic impact of the vehicles will still be lower than that of a traditional gasoline-driven engine with the same general features. The only barrier between it and the larger audience is the higher price tag as compared to a regular vehicle. Some families are simply not going to be able to afford a $50,000 price tag, but they may be very comfortable with a $20,000 vehicle. In the short run, this is still a smart move for Tesla, as their supercharger network should be passively generating revenue from other companies' electric models. This allows them to continue to produce luxury models while also generating revenue from entry-level electrics. Even if Tesla continues to produce only premium electric vehicles, the supercharger network is powerful enough on its own to revolutionize the international automobile industry.

 

Written By: Guest Author on October 29, 2012 No Comment

When we begin to list sports car brands with pedigree, Porsche is one of the first that gets reeled off. The German company has been designing and developing automobiles since 1931, but it wasn't until the 1960s that they started to really stake out the territory that would make them famous. Nowadays, owning a Porsche may not quite be the status symbol it once was, but these beautiful cars are still very desirable. If you're on the market for a Porsche, here's a quick rundown of the highs and lows of owning one.

Porsches are built to last

One of the best things about having a Porsche is that, unlike many other European sports cars, they’re actually designed for daily use. There are still plenty of 911s and other models out on the streets today. Recent footage of Ferraris disintegrating at the smallest touch have been making the news. While other manufacturers like Lotus make delicate flowers that wilt at a touch, Porsches are meant to be driven. Some owners claim that a Porsche 911 can make it to 100,000 miles on the odometer if it’s kept in good shape, which is miraculous for a car with this kind of performance.

Porsches are built to drive


One of the other strongest selling points for Porsches is the handling. It’s easy to make a car that can go fast in a straight line, or looks great in the showroom, but a vehicle that hugs curves like a Porsche is rare to find. The suspension and drive train in these cars is a thing of engineering magic, and dealers know it - they’ll almost always have you do a test drive on a twisty mountain road so you can fall in love with it too.

They’re also incredibly adaptable - a Porsche will look just as good pulling up to valet parking for a Hollywood movie premiere as it will kicking up dust on windy roads with a girl in a bikini in the back seat. Few sports cars have the cultural or design cachet that Porsches do. Every car has its own image, and the Porsche has carved itself an excellent niche.

The price is right?

Buying a Porsche does have some negatives, however, and you might learn about the first one before you even drive off the lot. It’s not necessarily that Porsches are expensive for what you get, it’s that pricing on used Porsches can be incredibly unpredictable. You can find virtually identical models of even mass-market cars like the Porsche Boxster that vary in price by thousands of dollars. Going by Blue Book value is virtually impossible for these cars. This can be good if you have time to shop around, but it definitely frustrates those who don’t.

The tires – now there’s the rub

Porsches, like some other sports cars, can also be very hard on tires. All that performance comes at a price, and it’s taken out when the rubber hits the road. Owners recommend that you replace your tires at least every 10,000 miles, but you’ll need to be aware of their condition. The brake pads and discs also need replacement regularly. You’ll get to know your mechanic pretty well if you own one.

Speaking of mechanics, a Porsche isn't the kind of car you’ll be able to take to just any Joe with a garage. Running diagnostics on one of these cars requires them to own a PST2, a special computer that allows it to interface with the car’s engine monitors. Obviously, this isn't the case with vintage models, but for modern cars it’s a necessity.

Consider the running costs

Finally, one of the biggest downsides to owning a Porsche is the insurance. These babies aren’t cheap to protect, and most insurance companies will gleefully milk you dry after you buy one. Fuel economy is also a serious concern - expect to hit the pump a lot with MPGs of under 20.

Here’s hoping that this article has given you a little more insight into the pros and cons of Porsche ownership. The good far outweighs the bad, but your mileage may vary.

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This is a guest post by Design 911- UK Porsche Specialist.

Written By: admin on October 29, 2012 No Comment

Car rims are considered to be one of the vital parts, which require proper selection and maintenance. Your vehicle needs to have proper rims for smooth movements and control. They also reflect the owner’s sense of fashion and preferences. Young drivers prefer shining and uniquely designed rims for their cars, while for others style doesn’t matter. They are fine with simple and durable rims which last longer.

Types of Rims:

Whatever the reason might be, the importance of rim cannot be overruled as it improves the overall performance of cars. Most people don't retain the company rims, and prefer to go for more exclusive ones which will make their car look sleek and unique. They are made metal alloys or chrome.

 

 

There has been a considerable increase in the demand for chrome rims, as they cost less. They are easy to be affixed and they always shine and require hardly any maintenance. All you have to do is polish them on a regular basis, so that they sparkle all the time.

Alloys are another type of rims that enhances the beauty of your car. It is the best choice for people who prefer a rim that is soberly designed and performs well. They simply transform the looks of the cars, and are best suggested for people who prefer using only the quality products on their vehicles. It doesn’t need much maintenance, and you don’t have to worry about them for a longer time. With less upkeep and hassle free maintenance, these rims are considered to be quite cheap.

Cheaper Auto Rims:

Purchasing a cheaper rim, might not be a great idea at all. There is a possibility that you might have to replace them quite often. In other words, they might perform as you expect them to do. Compromising with the quality of the rim, might not service your purpose at all. Moreover these rims should perfectly meet your auto specifications.

It is recommended to have basic idea about rims, so that you don’t end up purchasing a sub-standard product that will adversely affect your vehicle. You could seek expert advice before buying one for your car. There are car mechanics and engineers who can guide you in choosing the most suitable rims for your vehicle. They understand your motor specifications and will help you make the right decisions. That will be very helpful to you in the long run.

Moreover, it is recommended to purchase a rim from authorized dealers, as they sell only the quality products. If any goes wrong, then you can always get them exchanged with a new one.

Features of Alloy Rims:

An alloy wheel rim, which is also known as bling-bling wheels, is much preferred over all the other types. They are stylishly designed, which explains their popularity among people who wish to make their cars look awesome. They are quite different and definitely better when compared to other types. They perform the same task as others do, but in a more advanced manner. They are made up of top quality aluminum or magnesium alloys, and thus they are stronger and durable.

 

 

Unlike other rims they are lighter in weight and quite easy to handle. All these rims are manufactured through a process of casting or forging. These types of rims are quite often used in sports cars, and they provide a better grip to your car, while on road. Thus you can choose a rim that gives a better suspension and control to your car.

Mag wheels are the other type of rims that are always in demand. They are made of top-quality magnesium alloys and are mainly used in racing cars. They are quite light in weight and positively impact the performances. They are available in different styles to suit your needs and budgets.

 

Daphne Hechanova is madly in love with cars, and he writes a lot of posts on vehicle maintenance and car accessories like the Helo Rims. Please feel to visit their website to learn more about the best rims available in the market today.

Written By: admin on October 26, 2012 No Comment

Law as a subject is often confusing and somewhat bewildering even to those well versed in its intricacies. A number of laws have been conjured up throughout the years with seemingly no explanation as to the reasoning behind them, leading us to question the sanity of those who first put the forth. Below we have listed the top 5 road laws which will leave you scratching your head and exclaiming, "eh?".

1: California, is of course the home of Hollywood so we might not be too surprised to see traffic laws are plain odd like many of the people who live there. One crazy law currently still holding up well is this one.

“no person traveling 65mph or more in a moving vehicle may jump from that vehicle”

If you live in Cali and you suddenly get the urge to throw yourself from a moving car at 66mph then don't, you might get arrested. And if you get away with it, your neck, back, legs and arms will end up folded neatly in a pile ready for the Paramedics to collect.

2: Alabama doesn't fare much better, there are some pretty crude jokes about the South which we won't go into here but driving laws are just as funny if you look hard enough. If you live in Alabama and fancy going for drive, check a few things, gas, tyres, oil, blindfold.... wait... what?

Yeah if you drive in Alabama wearing a blindfold you will definitely get arrested as it is against the law. But if you live on the wild side and decide to go for broke then make sure you wear your “I'm with stupid” shirt. It makes it easier for the cops to identify you whey they pull your face out of the McDonald’s Drive – Thru window.

3: Toronto is a fine Canadian city, clean, fresh, cosmopolitan and known for its beautiful open spaces. But Canadians don't like dirty enclosed spaces either, in fact there is a law about it. If you ride a street car (tram) in Toronto make sure you adhere to some basic principles, no spitting, no shouting, no hot drinks and no Garlic? Toronto is a Garlic free zone when it comes to public transport, one whiff of bad breath and you will feel the almighty wrath of the Canadian cops. Maybe Count Dracula resides in Toronto, and is keeping those night trams clear, smart move.

4: Australia is as unpopulated as a country can be, with enough land mass to house most of the planet yet only enough inhabitants to fill a couple of large cities. The ozzy's love driving, so you might think speed laws are pretty bad down under, actually it's the taxi drivers who get hit hard.

In Australia all taxi drivers are required to carry a full bale of hay in their trunk. It's the law.

5: Helsinki is an amazing place to live, in fact it's voted in the top 10 cities frequently. But the driving laws are down right tough, for instance, speeding fines are determined by income not fixed penalty, so for the average guy or girl on an office job income you might end up paying pennies if you're caught going hell for leather. Not so good if you are Anssi Vanjok, a company executive earning high six figures who was caught speeding in Helsinki town centre. He was a little shocked a few weeks later when his fine arrived to the tune of $103.000.00. It would have been cheaper to smash his Harley Davidson into the cop car and spend a month in hospital.

This is a guest post on behalf of win a car where you can find a range of competitions to win cars, motorcycles, caravans and campervans.

 

Written By: admin on October 25, 2012 No Comment

Japanese automobiles have never been about invention; however they have been about refinement and enhancement. Before the Japanese ascended to auto manufacturing fame in the west in the mid-1970s and the start of the 80s, European cars were to put it nicely, a little more fruity in their reliability. However, Japanese techniques have pushed auto manufacturers to offer increasingly reliable, well-built and well thought out cars – here are some of the best in our opinion.

Toyota Corolla

Toyota’s Corolla is now on the go for 45 years and has been ferrying people around in a reliable but also unnoticeable way now for generations. The car was first created in 1966, but it was 1968 before it came to the US. However, since the mid-70s it has become one of the best selling cars in the world, evolving and improving but never losing stock of its true values. It’s a true professional it and it’s bigger brother the Avensis are very popular for businesses and car leases thanks to the aforementioned values.

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic was essentially a slightly larger Austin Mini when it arrived in the 1970s and was introduced as the everyman car. However, with time it has reached significant levels of comfort, refinement and also has offered great value. That said, it’s also a favorable motor for modifiers and boy racers and its Type R range is a true testament to its sporting penchant.

Nissan Skyline

Nissan’s Skyline is often referred to as a wolf dressed in sheep(ish) clothing. In that it offers amazing capabilities and can be highly tuned but originally looks a little understated. The Skyline and GT-R series of Skyline are nowadays a Playstation on wheels and are the ultimate performance car in many ways. The 4 wheel drive, hugely powered vehicle is one that is renowned for Japanese road races and simply, going faster.

Datsun 240Z

This low cost answer to the average man’s needs for a sports car was a huge hit when it arrived. The impressively fast and also very reliable Datsun offered plenty of power for money and was also a great looking car. Essentially, it was the first Japanese sports car and provided a blueprint for future autos of this vein and can be especially seen in our next machine.

Mazda MX-5

The little MX-5 first came into the world in 1989 and is a reasonably powered car that provides out of this world handling. Sure, there is an element of the cutesy about it and it was considered a little feminine, but the driving experience is phenomenal and it really captures the spirit of a 2 seater sports car. With the top down on a beautiful road, it offers all the pedigree of any great small two seater of the past.

Japanese Cars have changed the way cars are made and actually are. They have had a significant influence on other manufacturers worldwide and been almost nothing but a positive on the industry.

Cormac Reynolds works for First Vehicle Leasing a UK company that provides car leases to business on contract hire.

Written By: blarson on October 25, 2012 No Comment


Currently only Nevada and California have laws that apply to self-driving cars, however, these regulations only address the testing of the vehicles and not the public use of them.  Therefore, if self-driving cars are ever to become a reality, much more regulation will soon be required.  In an effort to avoid conflicting laws among the fifty states, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hopes to put together a national framework of regulation for the self-driving vehicles.  According to a recent announcement, the federal government’s NHTSA just kicked off a 2-3 year research program in which they hope to take a closer look at both the vehicles’ technology and the human behavior it relies upon.

This announcement was made at the Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. during an event sponsored by Sweden’s Volvo.  Though some automakers have tossed around the idea of building self-driving cars, Volvo has already taken major steps toward doing so.  A few months ago they successfully tested a fleet of self-driven vehicles on a public highway in Spain.  Though their vehicle-to-vehicle communication system that propelled their autonomous cars was brand new, the testing went off without a hitch—unsurprising for a company that’s always been celebrated for its focus on safety.

Administrator of the NHTSA, David Strickland, spoke at the D.C. event and tried to make it clear that they’re just in the beginning stages of researching the cars and that very little headway has been made so far.  He also mentioned that never before has the agency had to undergo such a unique form of testing and they are still deciding how to do so.  It goes without saying, but the NHTSA’s regular crash-testing just isn’t going to be enough in this instance.  Both the software aspect of the technology and the hardware enabling its application have to be studied not only separately, but in conjunction with one and other as well.

Like many safety regulators, Strickland is in favor of autonomous cars as it’s widely known that over 90% of vehicle accidents are caused by human mistakes.   According to recent NHTSA data, there were approximately 6 million accidents in 2010, which means over 5.4 million of them were caused by bad driving. One of the two main goals of Volvo’s vehicle-to-vehicle technology is to eliminate this human error.  Their other hope is that autonomous cars will reduce driving that causes inefficient fuel consumption.

This post was contributed by Brittany Larson of Volvo of the Permian Basin

Written By: admin on October 24, 2012 No Comment


You’ve had a car accident and your car is a write off or worst luck, your car has failed its road worthiness test and it’s just not cost effective to repair it? So what do you do? What are your options?

Well in the past you used to pay a scrapyard dealer to come and collect your vehicle and dispose of it. You would pay them and they would sell the parts off it. You’d be the one who lost out. Not only did you lose your car, you had to pay for the pleasure of it being taken away and disposed of whilst someone else made some money off it. That was the end of it. But nowadays you can get paid for your scrap car. The rise in the price of metals hasn’t only affected gold and other precious metals, all metals have a value including those used in your car, yes even that junk car of yours still has value. Carry out a search in Google or Bing and you’ll see a whole load of websites cropping up offering to collect and pay you for your damaged car, but be careful on whom you choose to scrap your car.

What questions should you be asking?

  1. Can you get a free online offer on your car?
  2. Are there any hidden administration charges?
  3. Will you incur any fees?
  4. Is the necessary legal paperwork taken care of for you?
  5. How soon can they pick the car up from you?
  6. Will they dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way?

It’s often worth getting a number of online quotes on at least several different websites and avoid using the scrap car comparison sites as they are more than likely driving down the cost of the money you will receive by taking a commission. You should also be wary of the charity car scrap sites as they often take a large percentage to cover costs. This can often be in excess of 25% of the total car scrap payment. If you want to donate to your favorite charity, scrap the car yourself and donate it direct.

If your car is an insurance write off make sure you obtain written permission from your insurers that you are allowed to dispose of it. Failure to do so may invalidate your insurance claim. Most insurers like to dispose of the vehicle themselves.

Following these simple tips and advice will see you aren’t left with any liability should that car write off appear back on the road in the future.

Bio
Steve is the owner of a Scrap Car business in the UK. Removemycar.co.uk is the UKs leading website offering environmentally friendly disposal of vehicles.

Written By: admin on October 22, 2012 No Comment

Buying a car in Australia is likely one of the most tax-heavy purchases that anyone can make, with tax rates extending upwards into the mid-30s for the highest-end luxury vehicles. That can add a significant amount to the car's overall price, making it actually prohibitive to buy a new vehicle in any economic climate. Luckily, motorists in the market for a new vehicle have a few options that can help them avoid tax costs. And those who already own a vehicle can find at least one way to pay a little less in taxes - even if indirectly.

1. Don't Buy High-End Luxury Vehicles

The luxury tax on the highest-end vehicles currently being sold by the country's car dealers is almost mind-bogglingly high. In some cases, the taxes on cars like those sold by Porsche can total as much as $25,000. That's easily the cost of a lower-end compact car like the Hyundai I30 or even an entry-level SUV, and it's enough to send buyers back home without having purchased the car of their dreams.

So, to avoid this luxury tax nightmare, adhere to one very simple rule: don't go high-end if a $25,000 tax payment isn't in the budget. Cars are already hit with import duties upon arrival from many other countries, and they're subject to licensing and stamp fees that can further increase their cost. Make a smart move and choose something a bit more mid-range, and the tax savings will be huge.

2. Choose a Vehicle Built Domestically

Vehicles, like virtually everything else shipped into the country, are exposed to an import duty that must be paid by the person or company importing the item. That cost is then passed on directly to consumers, although it might be slightly inflated by dealers in order to pad their own wallets. This can be avoided rather easily, with import taxes not applying to vehicles built domestically. It's an added savings for consumers and it will greatly expand the number of cars -- and types of cars - available to shoppers.

3. Shop Sales and Be Mindful of Stamp Duty

The stamp duty on any new vehicle can be as higher as 3 percent of the car's actual price, and that's a significant additional cost when a car costs are in the tens of thousands of dollars. Be mindful of promotional deals, especially those were dealers offer to cover these costs or discount vehicle prices in order to lower the overall cost incurred by consumers who stop by for a new car. This will help to alleviate a pretty significant tax burden, even on pre-owned vehicles with slightly lesser value.

4. Drive Efficiently and Buy Efficient Vehicles

One of the biggest sources of ongoing taxation as it concerns motorists is petrol. While there is no after-the-fact tax paid on this essential liquid, taxes are part of the price paid at the pump each time a car's tank is empty. By driving more efficiently, or by switching to a more efficient vehicle, it's possible to fuel up less often and pay far less taxes to government officials. And, as an added benefit, the environment will be able to enjoy a little less pollution in the meantime.

5. Shop Deals that Offer to Compensate for Sales Tax

The GST is one of Australia most pervasive -- and notorious taxes. Indeed, this sales tax is among the highest in the world and has only gotten higher in recent years. Dealers know this and, during promotional periods toward the end of a model year, will compensate for it or offer to "pay it for you" with a promotional financing offer. They'll get creative, but the savings are real.

Plenty of Ways to Save on Auto Taxes

The tax system in Australia is well-known for costing consumers a high amount during major purchases. With smart driving, buying, and shopping, however, it's entirely possible to avoid the worst of these costs. Pay attention, shop sales, and smart smartly, and tax savings can be easy to enjoy.

Written By: admin on October 21, 2012 No Comment

Buying a GPS system for your car can be an expensive proposition depending upon the type of GPS system you require. Selecting the best GPS can be a challenge, given the countless models and its amenities to choose from. With the increase in number of smartphones every year, the decision on choosing the dedicated app or navigation device can be even tougher; so, here’s some help!

What to Look For?

Most of the owners get attracted towards the GPS tracker so that they would be aware of their car’s positioning. It is perhaps the best way to monitor and trace the exact place of any vehicle. You just have to install a small tool in your vehicle that acts as a data mapping control. Global positing system (GPS) works under the supervision of satellite and sends all the information back to server through which you can also see complete information on the internet. It offers exact tracking of the car and it is quite easy to install too. GPS tracking system sets the tool to feed the data and send it to the server of the device’s supplier and shows the final data to you, before resetting.

There are 2 modes of tracing: passive and active; if you want data to display continuously on the phone, active mode is best for you. There are different types of GPS trackers, including marine system, PDA/GPS system, handheld outdoor, and navigation system. The marine tracer helps you to locate fishes in the water, while navigation helps to locate the exact position of your vehicle. The portable and compact GPS tracking systems are easy to install and can be operated easily, without facing much difficulties.

In order to purchase the correct GPS tracker, you must ensure that the device is reliable. If it is not reliable, you’ll have to face problems instead of locating your vehicle.

Many GPS systems come with various types of functions that aren’t useful to you and hence you should look for its specifications too. There are many online sites that supply GPS system and many companies that offer varieties of devices in different models too. Just try to buy the GPS tracking system from an authorized dealer to assist you with installation, maintenance, and any other queries you may have.

Determine Your Needs

Convert GPS vehicle trackers that are commonly used among private investigators and law enforcement; however, some employers and parents use it to track their employees and children respectively. The personal style GPS tracking system doesn’t need external battery pack, unlike Convert GPS and can be charged every few days. It is less expensive and more reliable for personal use.

It also depends upon how often you use it to track the location; GPS device when used with tracing software is capable of sending reports in intervals from every minute to hours in real time. The frequency and speed of tracking greatly influences the price of the device. By establishing your tracking pattern, you’ll have to select the device that meets your specific needs.

 

 

Deciding Upon the Budget

Choose a GPS tracker and optional features, such as FM transmitter, Bluetooth technology, and traffic routing feature that you can afford; decide on how much money you would like to spend on your GPS. Since there are many GPS models available in the market, the prices too vary a great deal and you must set your budget and stick to it, rather than exceeding it for a bunch of features that you’ll never even make use of!

The bottom-line is that you should shortlist your requirements and then pick a GPS model that fits your bill.

 

Nelson has reviewed hundreds of fleet tracking devices from Garmin, TomTom, and many other manufacturers in the market. He is a DIY-lover who loves to fix GPS, music systems, and just about everything on his own, in his car, no wonder you’ll see him writing lengthy DIY guides on all such topics.

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Written By: blarson on October 21, 2012 No Comment


Nissan recently confirmed that their luxury brand, Infiniti, has plans to market a compact car in the near future. Expected to be based on the Etherea concept vehicle introduced at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, Infiniti’s compact car will compete with Audi’s A3 and BMW’s 1 Series. With a starting MSRP of $33,100, Infiniti’s current entry level vehicle is the G25 sedan, which competes with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz’s C-Class, Audi’s A4, the Cadillac CTS and the Lexus IS. According to various sources, the upcoming compact car will be less expensive than the G25 sedan and obviously smaller in terms of size.

As far as manufacturing goes, Infiniti intends to build the vehicle in-house at one of their European production plants. Which one, however, has yet to be revealed. Originally the plan was for Infiniti to hire auto supplier Magna Steyr to handle production, but in a statement issued today—the automaker said that they changed their minds. So far, the only other detail that has been released about the Infiniti compact is that its platform will be developed in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz. Neither the name of the car, nor whether it will be coming to the United States is known.

According to InsideLine, the shared platform will likely be a derivation of the existing Mercedes-Benz A-Class and C-Class platform, which is generally called the MFA front-wheel-drive platform. InsideLine also suggests that the idea of the compact car for Infiniti arose out of a partnership between Nissan, Renault, and Daimler. The partnership was formed to encourage sharing of powertrains and platforms, as well as to promote the development of more fuel efficient vehicles. The three entities have been working within this partnership since 2010.

About Infiniti


Infiniti is the luxury branch of Japan’s Nissan Motor Company. Founded in 1989, the brand was created and introduced to the North America during the time when Toyota’s Lexus brand and Honda’s Acura brand first came on the scene. Infiniti currently offers six different model lines. Their G and M lines are primarily sedans and convertibles, while their EX, FX, JX, and QX lines are mainly crossovers and SUVs. Prices range from the previously mentioned $33,000 G25 to over $60,000 for their IPL convertible or their QX SUV.

This post was contributed by Brittany Larson of Infiniti of Warwick.

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