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Infiniti Q70 Flagship Sedan Offers Performance and Luxury

Infiniti Q70 flagship sedanDo you want performance and luxury without a prohibitive price? Look no further than the Infiniti Q70 flagship sedan!

Beneath the sloped hood is the standard V6 engine, however, a 5.6-liter V8, whose 416 ponies can gallop from 0-60 in 4.8 seconds, is also available.  Capable of three driving modes; standard, eco, and sports, the Q70 also comes with an AWD alternative.

The sleek and flowing contour of the unique exterior is complimented by its opulent interior. This 202-inch sedan offers front and rear passengers alike ample legroom while ensconced in leather seats and available White Ash silver-powdered wood accents. An 8-inch VGA screen controls the climate-controlled front seats, navigation, and the 16-speaker Bose sound system – which comes available in the additional Tech package.

Contingent on trim and package choice, safety options include Backup Collision Intervention, an Around View Monitor, Lane Departure Assist, and a Forward Emergency Braking/warning system.

Be sure to come visit us at Harte Infiniti and make the luxuriously powerful yet wallet-conscious Infiniti Q70 yours today!

The Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy: Shaping the Future

Infiniti Performance Engineering AcademyEver wonder what it would be like to work with race cars? A group of lucky college students will be given the opportunity by Infiniti to work alongside both Red Bull and the Infiniti Technical Center. This one year internship will give these students a chance to be up close and personal with some of the fastest machines in the world.

According to Infiniti, this is the second year of the global search for the world’s best potential automotive engineers. Winners will be given a full year of salary as well as a chance to meet some heads of industry. Some available roles include vehicle dynamics, design, aerodynamics, and electronics.

“Last year’s pilot program uncovered three outstanding candidates from around the world, including two from the United States,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director of Marketing Communications and Media for Infiniti. “In an industry that is notoriously difficult to get into, this is an unprecedented chance for talented young engineers.”

Infiniti is especially interested in new ideas for hybrid design technology, both on the track and on the highway. After a series of tests, essays, and interviews, only the best students will be chosen to enter the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy, the opportunity of a lifetime.

Infiniti QX30 Concept is a “Mountain Lion”

Infiniti has launched its vision for a future premium compact crossover in the form of the QX30 Concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

The compact crossover has strong, wavy character lines, an aggressively-raked rear window that gives it a coupe-like profile, and a double-arch grille with flanking headlights that make it look almost predatory.

“The Q30 Concept was like a panther, lithe and slender,” said Infiniti’s Executive Design Director Alfonso Albaisa. “We transformed the QX30 Concept into a mountain lion, strong and muscular.”

The inside is typical concept luxury, most of which we doubt will make it to production given the reasonable pricing point we’re expecting from the vehicle.

Speaking of production—we’re not sure exactly when it’ll become available at Harte Infiniti, but we do know the Infiniti QX30 has been “earmarked for production” and that it’ll launch next year. In the meantime, check out the official press release for all the details and let us know what you think the comments below!

How to Enjoy an Old Fashioned Road Trip

Old Fashioned Road TripToday, our cars are packed with technology that makes travel easier, more convenient, and passes the time more quickly. How did our parents ever get from point A to point B without individual DVD players installed for each kid in the backseat?! Well, we challenge you to hit the road on an old fashioned road trip, and see what it’s all about.

Here are our tips for ditching the technology on your next road trip.

  1. Lose the GPS. Get an atlas instead, and challenge your passenger to be your navigator. Better yet? Have your kid in the backseat take a stab at it – it might be their first real-life experience with a paper map! If and when you take a wrong turn, embrace it. Wander through a neighborhood you’ve never seen before or stop for lunch at the first local restaurant you come across.
  2. No DVD players, smartphones, or video games. Ok, keep the smartphones in case of an emergency, but tuck them away in the glove box – no cheating! Play the license plate game, read books, and bring along a travel game or two.
  3. Stop along the way. Plan to stop at unique spots along your route. Do some research in advance, or be spontaneous along the way. Passing by the largest ball of yarn? That’s a must see. The journey should be just as exciting as the destination!
  4. Talk to strangers. Since your head won’t be buried in your phone, you’ll get the opportunity to talk to real-life people! Strike up a conversation with another family on the road, check with the gas station attendant to see how their day is really going, or ask your waitress if there is anything interesting to see in the area.

Follow these tips to make sure your next road trip is a family bonding adventure. Take time to take in the scenery, roll down the windows, and smell the fresh air. We’re willing to bet you’ll discover something new, and return home refreshed.

If you’re ready to hit the road, but don’t have a reliable car to get you where you’re going, stop by Harte Infiniti today! We’ll help you find the right car for your budget and needs.

Infiniti QX30 Concept Heads to Geneva

The Infiniti QX30 Concept is headed to the Geneva International Motor Show, where it will be officially revealed March 3rd. Ahead of the anticipated crossover’s reveal, Infiniti has released a teaser image. When compared to the shadowy, sketch-like teasers we’re used to, this one pretty much puts it all out there.

The image shows the QX30 Concept from the rear driver’s side, and reveals a sleek, aerodynamic shape and smooth, flowing lines. The QX30 Concept is a reworking of the Q30 Concept that was revealed at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. This time around, Infiniti has lifted the CUV’s ride height by about 1.2 inches, added creases in the sheet metal, and new 21-inch aluminum wheels. Infiniti also says there will be a glass roof (though you can’t see it in the teaser image).

In a statement, Infiniti says, “Combining the sleek lines of a coupe with the rugged looks and commanding seating position of a crossover, the QX30 Concept foreshadows an urban explorer which is equally at home in the city as it is on the open road.”

Infiniti has hinted at a production version of the QX30 more than once, and comments that the styling seen in the QX30 Concept could make its way to a future premium compact crossover.

Here at Harte Infiniti, we look forward to the official reveal, where Infiniti will divulge performance and specification information. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

Air Pollution Shuts Down Clark Elementary School

Clark Elementary School is shutting down for the academic year and air pollution is to blame. Hazardous PCBs were found in caulk, paint, and fireproofing spray. PCBs are industrial chemicals named as possible carcinogens, cancer causing, by the Environmental Protection Agency. There’s no known area causing the air pollution at this time although positive air samples are often found in buildings built in the 1970s.

PCB projects generally range from anywhere between $25,000 to $3 million and there’s no general time limit for a fix. Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, superintendent of Hartford schools, made the announcement last week, stating that children would complete the year at other local schools.

Integration into new schools, in the middle of the year, is putting the stress on students. Schiavino-Narvaez is looking for ways to make the adjustment easier. “We can handle it through scheduling different lunch periods and we’re looking at different space options for the specialists,” she said. “We thought this would be short term, you know? We keep pushing the contractors, but they’ve advised us, take your time, do it right,” she told Fox CT in an interview. With student health at risk, doing it right is a top priority.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine's Day from your friends at Harte Infiniti.

Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Harte Infiniti.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  So many people celebrate this holiday of love in different ways.  Many people spend it with their Valentine showering them in love, and sometimes even proposals.  Other people find it as a time to connect with friends and rejoice in strong friendship.  And every kid spends Valentine’s Day decorating a shoebox in cutout hearts.

If this is a holiday you will be spending with your Valentine, here are some great ways to show you care.  You can always get flowers, chocolates, and jewelry.  Another option is to go a little outside the box and make them a Valentine with all the glitter and lace.  You could even write them a poem.

Valentine’s Day is great spent with friends. Restaurants are not reserved just for couples, so go out and have a fabulous dinner.  Or gather at a friend’s house for a pot luck dinner and some good old fashion games like Pictionary or Monopoly.

If you have a kid preparing their shoebox, have fun helping them!  Grab all of the glitter, stickers, and construction paper you can find and have a blast!

Whatever way you end up spending Valentine’s Day this year, we hope it is a special day.  A very happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at Harte Infiniti of Hartford, CT.

How to Safely Travel with a Pet

How to Safely Travel with a PetWhen you set off on a road-trip adventure, leaving pets behind is difficult—so why not bring them along? Because February is National Responsible Pet Owners’ Month, and we know traveling with pets is a risky business, we have some tips on how to safely travel with a pet. So check these tips out to make sure your pet is safe this traveling season!

  • Properly restrain your pet. There are plenty of crash-tested safety belts and crates for your animals—make sure you use them when you traveling. Allowing your pet free range of your car while you are traveling is a hazard to both you and your pet. Keep them restrained to ensure their safety and yours.
  • Never leave your pet in the car alone. Leaving your pet in the car when you go someplace is never a good decision. When it is 72 degrees Fahrenheit, the inside of a car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. No matter how long you think you will be inside, even if it’s just a second, always take your pet with you.
  • Don’t allow dogs to stick their heads out the window. While dogs seem to love nothing more than sticking their heads out the window, it can also be a dangerous way to travel. Particles can fly into your pets’ eyes, while the cold air can hurt their lungs and cause them to get sick. Crack the window open just enough to allow them to sniff the air, but don’t allow them to stick their heads out the window.
  • Make sure your pets stay in the back seat. It is tempting to let Fido or Garfield sit on your lap while you’re driving, but it is also extremely unsafe. Having a pet in the front passenger seat or your lap can increase the likelihood of the pet being injured or killed if an airbag is deployed. Keep them in the back seat to ensure both the safety of your pet and yourself.

Do you have any tips on how to safely travel with a pet? Share them with Harte Infiniti below!

Keeping Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

safe driving habitsThe teenage driving years are the most dangerous time in a person’s life, which is why it is particularly important for our teenagers to learn safe driving habits while they’re still young. Here are a few tips to help keep your teen safe behind the wheel.

  • Remove distractions. It is surely impossible to have a true distraction-free driving experience, but there’s no point in adding in distractions that you don’t need. Some common distractions include the radio, using the GPS, eating, and even talking to passengers. Minimize these distractions as much as possible.
  • Wear your seatbelt. One of the simplest, yet best safety features in your car is your seatbelt. This relatively low-tech device can cut your risk of injury during an accident in half. Make it a rule to wear your seatbelt every time you are in the car and require all passengers to wear it as well. This will get your teen in the habit of wearing his or her seatbelt.
  • No cell phones. We all know that we should never text while driving, but you can take your safety to the next level by not using your phone at all. Even hands-free devices are an added distraction while driving and some states completely prohibit the use of cell phones while driving.

What safe driving tips would you add to this list? If you’re looking for a great car for your young driver, check out Harte Infiniti’s used car inventory!

Infiniti Q60 Concept Revealed at NAIAS in Detroit

Infiniti finally revealed their much-anticipated Q60 coupe concept at the North American International Auto (NAIAS) show in Detroit this week, to much applause from enthusiasts online and around the world.

The sleek, angular model looks like a rounded sports car, with big tires and lots of lines that look like seams. “This concept goes beyond a flight-of-fancy design exercise — it is the next proof point in Infiniti’s concept-to-production approach,” according to Francois Bancon, vice president for product strategy.

 

Bancon added that the full-on production version of an Infiniti Q60 coupe will be made next year, based on this popular concept. You can watch the video of the Infiniti Q60 concept launch here at Infiniti USA’s official YouTube channel.

Hopefully more details about the production version of the Q60 coupe will surface online as Infiniti gets closer and closer to releasing the car to the public. In the meantime, visit us at Harte Infiniti to check out our available models.

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