2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition debuts at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – Infiniti today announced that the new 2016 Infiniti Q70 Premium Select Edition will be on display this week in the Infiniti Pavilion at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The specially equipped Q70 premium sedan will be available at Infiniti retailers nationwide beginning in November.

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“Following the introduction last year of the new Infiniti Q70 long-wheelbase model, we are continuing to expand our flagship Q70 sedan’s portfolio of offerings,” said Randy Parker, vice president, Infiniti Americas. “The new Premium Select Edition package gives the Q70 an extra touch of premium elegance that is right at home here at Pebble Beach – or in any neighborhood or driveway across the country.”

The Q70 Premium Select Edition’s exterior offers dark chrome trim, a darkened lower rear bumper, a rear decklid spoiler and unique design and color 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 245/40R20 all-season performance tires.

The interior of the Q70 Premium Select Edition is highlighted by unique Graphite or Stone semi-aniline leather seating, suede-like headliner, aluminum interior trim, illuminated kickplates and floor mats with contrasting piping.

The Premium Select Edition is offered on standard wheelbase Q70 3.7, Q70 3.7 AWD, Q70 5.6 and Q70 5.6 AWD models (non-Hybrid).

The New 2015 Infiniti Q70

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With a fresh new exterior and available long wheelbase version, the new 2015 Infiniti Q70 targets a new vehicle class by fusing the emotion-packed character of a performance vehicle with the comfort and exclusiveness of an extended sedan.

Its evocative design, class-leading rear space, invigorating performance, innovative technology and superior craftsmanship combine to make the new Q70 a strong offering in this category.

Brimming with personality, the Q70 has always been boldly original, standing out from competitors by providing true-blue sport performance with genuine prestige and user-friendly technologies. It has consistently delighted both the enthusiast driver and connoisseur of fine things with Infiniti’s renowned engaging performance that never compromises on ride comfort.

Infiniti is now extending its Q70 family with the introduction of a long wheelbase variant, as well as the regular version, to the US and other markets. The additional 5.9 inches in the wheelbase not only increases the knee and leg space in the back but also greatly augments the athletic presence of the sedan.

With its compelling design and premium interior ambience, the long wheelbase Q70 broadens Infiniti’s offerings for those who desire enhanced spaciousness and versatility, appealing to the sporty sedan fan who also requires executive levels of interior room.

“We know our customers desire more choice and prestige. The long wheelbase Q70 is our offer to them,” said Vincent Gillet, Vice President, Marketing, Infiniti Motor Company Limited. “The Q70 delivers on all accounts – attention to detail, highly crafted materials, class-leading rear roominess, comfortable ride, and superior levels of interior quietness.”

Seductive lines, dynamic curves

The refined elegance of the Q70 takes on a new dramatic design which gives the premium sedan an even more upscale image. Its flowing, emotional lines evoke a premium sleekness.

At first glance, the new headlights impress immediately. Infiniti’s signature LED headlights imply inner intelligence and human insight, leaving an unforgettable impression. The distinctive headlights accentuate the new double arch grille, which now takes on a more three-dimensional look due to the elaborate detail of the high-quality waved mesh finish and chrome surround. The same solid feel is echoed in the new front bumper with integrated fog lights, giving the Q70 a dignified presence on road.

From the front, a strong body line rises from the grille, flowing through the bodyside like a wave and blending into the shape of the new rear LED combination lights, forming a compelling profile that highlights the Q70’s sporty stance.

At the rear, the new design of the tail lights creates a horizontal flow in motion while the high-quality lighting signature evokes a fresh and classy image. The top line of the trunk lid has been flattened while the rear bumper has been slimmed down to create a longer and lower visual impression, further emphasizing the premium sedan’s sporty and powerful styling. The chrome rear finisher adds a touch of class to the entire rear view.

The Sport version features a specially designed front bumper that gives an even lower and wider stance, and 20-inch wheels and tires, while the lower part of the rear bumper is finished in high-gloss black paint to make it look even more athletic.

The design of the new Q70 continues to offer enhanced airflow over the body, resulting in zero front and rear lift as well as a low coefficient of drag of just 0.26 for the hybrid, 0.27 for the standard version and 0.28 for the Sport model.

Premium quality, detailed craftsmanship

Reflecting the sensuous lines of the exterior, the new Infiniti Q70 continues to serve up a well-appointed and inviting interior with high-quality materials such as handcrafted wood accents and custom leather appointments, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, as well as user-centered technologies.

Infiniti has always paid special attention to the driver and, in the new Q70, the interior is designed to “fit like a glove”, so that the carefully tailored and crafted cockpit becomes an extension of the driver. Important controls and switches are so intuitively located that the driver does not have to change driving posture to access them.

The instrument panel consists of Fine Vision gauges and a 7-inch full color vehicle information display, while the driver and front passenger’s seats are leather, heated, and feature 10-way power adjustment, including 2-way lumbar support.

While the Q70 is known to have a roomy interior, the additional 5.9 inches in the long wheelbase version takes the extended sedan’s rear roominess beyond what competitors offer. Rear knee room is at a best-in-class 32.4 inches, so rear seat passengers can comfortably cross their legs. The rear ingress and egress are also top in segment, which makes traveling in the back of a premium sedan a more enjoyable experience for taller passengers.

On top of offering rear door auto closure, the long wheelbase version of the new Q70 also provides additional features for rear passengers such as heated seats, reading lights, and a 12V power outlet.

The new Q70 is now quieter than before, even at high speeds. Infiniti engineers have added noise insulation materials, increased the sealing, and stiffened the wheels, resulting in a reduction of road noise on urban roads. The isolation feel at highway speeds on the long wheelbase version is a class-leading 77%, further cementing the Q70’s lead ahead of competitors.

Contributing to the cultivated in-car atmosphere, the Active Noise Control feature monitors cabin noise levels and generates “canceling” sound from four door speakers to reduce noise, so it’s easier to hold conversations in the car or to better enjoy the music. Premium audio systems include the Bose® Studio Surround® sound system with digital 5.1-channel decoding and 16 speakers, two of which are mounted in the shoulders of each front seat.

Other features include Enhanced Intelligent Key, which remembers last used audio, navigation and climate control settings for each key, Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and available next-generation Infiniti Hard Drive Navigation System with 8-inch WVGA color touch-screen display. Building on Infiniti’s focus to make owners’ lives easier, the Q70 comes with Infiniti Connection™ telematics services, which include the Infiniti Personal Assistant™, a 24/7 personal concierge service.

Intelligent performance, composed comfort

Staying true to its roots of sporty precision, the new Q70 is the result of methodical calibration by Infiniti engineers who have utilized smart technologies to achieve the exact balance of ride comfort and handling, performance and fuel economy.

A range of powerful and highly efficient powertrains is available, starting with the 3.7-liter V6 and 5.6-liter V8 petrol engines, both of which are equipped with Variable Valve Event & Lift (VVEL®) that combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to help improve performance and response.

The refined 3.7-liter aluminum-alloy DOHC 24-valve V6 is rated at 330 hp @ 7,000 rpm and 366 Nm (270 lb/ft) of torque @ 5,200 rpm, while the powerful 5.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) aluminum-alloy DOHC 32-valve V8 is rated at 420 hp and 565 Nm (417 lb/ft) of torque for the standard model and 416 hp and 561 Nm (414 lb/ft) of torque for the long wheelbase version.

Also available is an award-winning hybrid powertrain featuring the Infiniti Direct Response Hybrid® system with Intelligent Dual Clutch Control.

It combines a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy V6 and compact laminated lithium-ion battery design with an innovative one-motor/two-clutch motor control. The system’s V6 is rated at 302 hp @ 6,800 rpm and 350 Nm (258 lb/ft) of torque @ 5,000 rpm, while the advanced 50 kW electric motor is rated at 67 hp and 290 Nm (214 lb/ft) of torque. Infiniti’s approach to petrol-electric hybrids is to use the electric motor to boost performance and power, much like how a traditional supercharger would function. This gives the Q70 an immediate surge of torque in the low revs before the 3.5-liter V6 kicks in to push the overall power output to 360 hp.

This hybrid powertrain propelled the then Infiniti M® Hybrid into the Guinness World of Records® as the world’s fastest accelerating full-hybrid car in September 2011, and went on to be the only hybrid named to the prestigious “Ward’s 10 Best Engines” list in 2012. Billed as a “driver’s hybrid”, the powertrain delivers speeds that appeal to the sporty driver, and clean power that pleases everyone.

All the engines are matched to an advanced 7-speed automatic transmission, which allows for sportier shifts during spirited driving. Solid magnesium paddle shifters are also available. Customers can choose between rear-wheel drive or Infiniti’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system, which uses an advanced torque split control strategy that automatically redistributes torque to the wheels according to road and driving conditions, ensuring sure-footed road holding at all times

In line with the focus on the driver, the new Q70 features technologies that enable individuals to customize the driving feel. The unique Infiniti Drive Mode Selector allows drivers to select from four driving modes – Standard, Eco, Sport or Snow – and the integrated control system will adjust throttle sensitivity and transmission mapping to help optimize performance. To encourage eco-driving behavior, the available Eco Pedal provides feedback directly through the accelerator by giving a slight pushback if driving inefficiently.

The new Q70 utilizes the advanced Front Mid-ship (FM) platform, which positions the engine behind the front axle, resulting in an optimized front-to-rear weight balance. Laser welding is carried out at critical locations to help enhance lateral bending stiffness, torsional stiffness and suspension mounting point stiffness.

Precise handling is provided by an independent double-wishbone design at the front and multi-link independent suspension in the rear, along with front and rear stabilizer bars. The rear suspension geometry has been designed to provide a quiet, comfortable ride. The available double-piston shock absorbers control damping force according to the frequency of input from the road surface for a smoother ride. To increase ride comfort on the new Q70, Infiniti engineers have further tweaked the shock absorbers to respond with greater precision to inconsistences in the road surface so as to minimize uncomfortable “shaking and bobbing” as well as reduce the vibrations when driving on uneven roads.

The steering system on the new Q70 is an electronically controlled speed-sensitive variable-assist power rack-and-pinion design. Helping the driver to maintain control of the vehicle at all times is Infiniti’s advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System. The available Active Trace Control feature also adjusts engine torque and braking at each wheel to help enhance cornering performance.

Advanced safety, trusted security

Infiniti places maximum value on integral safety, going above and beyond the measures assessed by safety institutions. A core element of that strategy is the Infiniti Safety Shield®, a comprehensive approach to safety that offers layered technologies to help provide safety and convenience by monitoring conditions, helping drivers avoid a collision, and helping protect vehicle occupants if one occurs.

Infiniti adds four innovative technologies to the Q70’s long list of safety and security systems, which are available depending on the series.

The new Predictive Forward Collision Warning system, which debuted on the Q50 and warns the drivers of risks that lie beyond the driver’s field of view, can sense not only the relative velocity and distance of a vehicle directly ahead, but also of a vehicle traveling in front of the preceding one.

Another advanced technology is the Around View® Monitor system, which takes the hassle out of parallel parking. The feature shows a bird’s-eye view of the vehicle in relation to parking lines, using four vehicle-mounted cameras that create a 360-degree view of what surrounds the vehicle and displaying it via the in-dash screen. The system includes Moving Object Detection which alerts the driver to moving objects around the vehicle when pulling out of a parking space or backing up.

Adding another layer of safety, the Backup Collision Intervention® system is a pioneering technology which intelligently senses what the driver may miss when backing up, and can apply the brakes momentarily to help avoid a collision with vehicles and objects crossing its path.

Forward Emergency Braking detects danger of collision with a vehicle ahead and warns the driver with visual and audible warnings. If the driver fails to decelerate, the system will apply an emergency brake and decelerate to either help avoid a collision or mitigate the damage if the collision could not be avoided.

Other safety and driver assist systems continue to give the driver and passengers peace of mind. Both the Lane Departure Warning and Lane Departure Prevention (LDP) systems help keep the Q70 from unintentionally drifting into an adjacent lane in case the driver is distracted. Using a small camera behind the windshield to detect lane markers ahead, the technologies calculate the vehicle’s position relative to those lane markers and warn the driver of a potential unintended lane departure with visual and audible cues. If the driver does not steer the vehicle back toward the center of the lane, the LDP system assists the driver with a gentle application of brakes.

The driver will also have greater confidence when changing lanes with two technologies that target the blind spots. Blind Spot Warning helps alert the driver to vehicles detected in the blind spot area, while Blind Spot Intervention® actively intervenes by selectively braking if the driver ignores both visual and audible warnings and attempts to steer into the path of the vehicle in the blind spot.

Other safety features such as Intelligent Cruise Control and Distance Control Assist take the stress out of driving so the driver can arrive at his destination relaxed.

“The new Q70 is a no-compromise premium sedan,” said Gillet. “It pushes every boundary in performance and comfort, delivering a drive that’s exhilarating and rewarding every time.”

About Infiniti:

Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in approximately 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and Europe will start soon along with the expansion of the brand’s portfolio.

As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its four-time World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti’s Director of Performance.

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience® and its industry leading technologies can be found at www.infiniti.com. For the latest news on Infiniti in Formula One, visit www.infiniti-gp.com, www.youtube.com/InfinitiGP or follow on Twitter @InfinitiGP.

Grubbs Infiniti reveals new luxury hybrid and Green initiative

Grubbs Infiniti proudly introduces the new Infiniti M High Performance Hybrid and reveals their own initiative to reduce waste and create a more “green” car dealership.

Owner George Grubbs is excited about the Infiniti M Hybrid and what it means for the future of Grubbs Infiniti. “We see ‘green issues’ as a critical part of our plans and activities. The main aim of our sustainability actions is to both minimize our impact on the environment and provide technology solutions- thus having an overall positive impact as a company. The new M Hybrid takes it all to a whole new level” said Grubbs.

Displaying an unrivaled combination of luxury, technology and performance, the new Infiniti M High Performance Hybrid sets a new standard for greener technology.

Now available at Grubbs Infiniti, the Infiniti M Hybrid provides the kind of superior ride that environmentally conscious drivers have been waiting for. The Infiniti M Hybrid delivers 360 hp and 32 mpg highway, dispelling the idea that going green means sacrificing exhilaration.

Owner George Grubbs believes the timing is perfect for this new vehicle. “The new Infiniti M surrounds you with some of the most advanced features ever found in a car, including the world’s first Blind Spot intervention system. It’s amazingly quiet and has all the bells and whistles you want from an Infiniti. Combine that with hybrid technology that delivers 29% more power with less fuel consumption and you have a greener vehicle that is perfect for our luxury customers.”

The new hybrid technology mirrors the new greener initiative in motion at Grubbs Infiniti.

The family owned and operated dealership has been working diligently to minimize their impact on the environment. George Grubbs believes that “green issues” are a critical part of their plans for the future. The dealership limits the use of bottled water and moved to a filtration system, a change that eliminated more than 40,000 water bottles in a single year. Grubbs has also invested in energy-efficient equipment and lighting, installed recycling units and encourages paperless transactions whenever possible. They have also enrolled in the EPA’s Energy Star Partnership to develop an energy management plan to reduce energy use by 10%.

“All these sustainability issues are big things we’re working on in our company. I want my children to be proud of the changes we’ve made to impact their future” said Grubbs.

Grubbs Infiniti invites their customers to visit Grubbs Infiniti to see the changes they’ve made or to take a test drive in the new Infiniti M Hybrid.

Grubbs Infiniti has long been committed to Going Green. In fact, the company has been moving in a greener direction for years. To date, Grubbs Infiniti has instituted the following changes:

  • Moved from bottled water to filtered water system. This change eliminated more than 40,000 water bottles a year from their waste
  • Added a recycling dumpster and installed recycling bins throughout the dealership
  • Educated the Grubbs Infiniti staff on recycling to include what can and can’t be recycled and worked with maintenance crew to separate trash properly
  • No longer use Styrofoam cups and provide mugs to all staff
  • Installed timers on shop fans, heaters and lights
  • Purchased energy-efficient printers and computers
  • Installed light sensors on low use rooms
  • Replaced interior lights with energy-efficient units and bulbs
  • Using eco-friendly cleaning products
  • Reduced paper usage by implementing online bill payment and emails whenever possible
  • Enrolled in the EPA’s Energy Star Partnership to develop an energy management plan to reduce energy use by 10%

Says Grubbs, “We are committed to finding new ways of reducing our impact on the planet. Granted, making these changes impacted our bottom line. In fact, the whole process can be time consuming and expensive. But over time, I’m confident we’ll see a return on this initiative… both financially and environmentally.”

For more information about Grubbs Infiniti, the Going Green Initiative or the new Infiniti M High Performance Hybrid, please contact George Grubbs at Grubbs Infiniti at 817-318-1200.

Infiniti M – Dedicated Website

Infiniti takes pride in providing customers and prospective customers with all of the information that’s needed to make an educated decision when purchasing a new vehicle.  As part of Infiniti’s goal of providing all of the information you need to determine which Infiniti is right for you there are specific websites dedicated to each model in the Infiniti line.  Today we are focusing on the Infiniti M and what you can find on the Infiniti USA.com M website.

The website provides videos, features, photos, options and more to determine which model you want and then allows you to customize and find your vehicle at a nearby dealer.

The main site for the Infiniti M can be found here… or by clicking on any of the links below.

Infiniti M – Every Thing You Would Want to Know! 

Tools for Building or Finding your Infiniti M
Infiniti doesn’t just want you to decide you want an Infiniti M… Infiniti wants to make the purchase process as easy as it can be.  In  order to help you with getting behind the driver seat Infiniti has put together some great resources for finding the exact Infiniti M that you are looking for:

Don’t forget.. we will bring out any new Infiniti vehicle to you for a test drive.  It’s part of our Valet Plus program.
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Infiniti’s 2012 M35h – Fastest Accelerating Hybrid

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Recently taken on drag strip in England, Infiniti’s 2012 M35h recorder a quarter-mile run in only 13.9 seconds, making it the fastest accelerating full hybrid. We love big, fast, luxurious and beautiful sedans, but with it’s fuel economy, now this is a hybrid that we can get behind.

The exterior of the car boasts a strong, muscular and performance inspired look finished off with 18-inch wheels that give the car a clean and that gives the car a tasteful appearance. On the inside we find attractive, high-quality materials and layout that really rivals that of even European luxury cars. The cabin is really an oasis with elegant seats and door trim design inside of a spacious area that even offers ample headroom for backseat passengers. One downside in terms of storage is the M35h has 11.3 cubic feet Of course, as in most hybrid sedans, the battery pack sits behind the rear seats, compromising that trunk space as well as not allowing for a fold-down seat option. The technology inside is state-of-the-art with available entertainment, comfort and safety technologies, furthermore, the navigation system as well as the audio system are practical

The 2012 M35h, as is a hybrid gasoline-electric variant that as expected from its name, is fitted with a 3.5-liter V6. The all-aluminum four-valve motor has 302 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. But what makes it a hybrid of course is that in between the engine and the transmission there is a 50 kW, 67 horsepower electric motor with 199 pound-feet of torque. Combined the car has a net horsepower of 360, which is pretty good for a Hybrid, further 0-60 mph comes in at 5.9 which is faster than many cars it compares to.

Driving the car was a complete charm. The M35h moves pretty fast, especially when you nail the gas pedal. It is an unexpected surprise coming from a big car with only a six-cylinder under the hood, but the Hybrid system actually assists and enhances the power much like a turbocharger would making for quick acceleration. The car also comes with different drive modes that offer different driving experiences. For example, in “normal” the car moves at a good pace but when placed in “sport” the car becomes really potent and you lose sight or rather forget that it a hybrid. Of course, if you really want to be really conscious of your environmental input, there is also the “Eco” mode, but trying to keep the car solely on EV mode can be tough even for those who try hard, as accelerating the car usually takes some power from the V-6. Also the car is happy to warn you of that, for when you accelerate hard as the “eco” light in the instrument panel goes from green to amber. Fuel economy is 27 mpg in city and 32 for highway, the combined results for fuel economy for the car comes in at 29 mpg, that is just 1-mpg less than a Ford Focus to put things into perspective.

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Compare Infiniti Models to Competitors

When you are looking for a new or pre-owned vehicle, being able to compare multiple models at once is key to making sure you choose the right vehicle for you and your family.  One of the features that you can find on the Infiniti website is a page that allows you to compare any Infiniti model you choose and with competitor’s models.

At Grubbs Infiniti we want you to have as much information as you need to choose the Infiniti that’s right for you. If you have additional questions about how Infiniti models compare to other vehicles our sales team is well versed in not just Infinitis but our competitor’s vehicles as well.  Try it out..