Production Infiniti Q30 to launch this year
Infiniti is all set to debut a new model at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The new model will be called the Q30, and it should look very similar to the concept pictured on this page, which has been doing the rounds at auto shows for the last two years.
However, Infiniti seems to be forgetting its own history, because in the press release they sent out to the press, it calls their upcoming new Q30 as "its first-ever compact car." That is obviously incorrect, because between 1990 and 2002, it had a model called the G20, which was also a compact car. Perhaps Infiniti's press officer needs to do some homework.
Land Rover builds its two-millionth Defender
Land Rover is celebrating 67 years of production of its Defender model, and has built a unique vehicle to commemorate the production of the two-millionth Series Land Rover Defender.
It features a bespoke design and an all-star cast of special guests helping to complete the momentous build, ‘Defender 2,000,000’ has been created to be a fitting tribute to almost seven decades of Land Rover production in the Solihull plant, in England.
In December 2015, collectors and Defender fans will be given the opportunity to own this unique piece of Land Rover’s history when it is auctioned by prestigious and globally renowned auction house, Bonhams. Reflecting Defender’s heritage, all proceeds will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners – the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the Born Free Foundation.
No more lap records allowed at the Nurburgring
If you're a car enthusiast, you're then most likely a fan of the Nurburgring race circuit in Germany. This 21 km long race track set in the picturesque Eifel Mountains features 154 corners and goes through 1,000-feet of elevation changes. It is a real challenge to drive, with former F1 racing driver Jackie Stewart famously calling it, "The Green Hell."
Due to the demands this circuit puts on cars, it is a favourite also among car companies to rate their vehicles lap times against the competition.
Now, that is all being put to an end, due to an accident that occurred on March 28, during a VLN series race. The accident saw a racing Nissan GT-R flip, go into the crowd, killing a spectator and injuring many others.
Now, the owners of the circuit have put speed limits in certain areas and banned any timed events.
Will this ban be for life? That is not known yet, but car enthusiasts and manufacturers have to for now find a new home to test amongst one another. Sadly, there is no other circuit quite like the Nurburgring anywhere on the planet.