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2002 New York Show, Part III



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2002 New York Show, Part I (3/26/2002)
2002 New York Show, Part II (3/27/2002)

 

 

2003 Infiniti M45

2003 Infiniti M45

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INFINITI DEBUTS G35 COUPE, M45
Twin New York debuts from Nissan’s upscale Infiniti division will add a new sedan and coupe to the luxury marque. The M45 recalls one of the first Infinitis, the M30 — only this time the letter designation applies to a luxury four-door based on the Japanese-market Nissan Cedric. Looking very much like the last Q45, the M45 sports the same 340-hp, 4.5-liter V-8 as the current Q, as well as a five-speed automatic and Vehicle Dynamic Control. A Bose seven-speaker stereo, DVD-based navigation and intelligent cruise control are standard on the 5-Series/E-Class intender, which goes on sale in November for a price in the low $40,000 range.

 

 

2003 Infiniti G35 Coupe

2003 Infiniti G35 Coupe

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The G35 coupe, meanwhile, looks every bit the more refined version of the Nissan 350Z that it is. The coupe, sharing the same FM platform as the G35 four-door, also carries Nissan’s omnipresent 3.5-liter V-6, making more than 275 hp in this application. A six-speed manual gearbox will be shared with the sedan, too, while a five-speed automatic will be available. The 2+2, riding on the same wheelbase but four inches shorter and 2.5 inches wider than the G35 sedan, comes with VDC and 17-inch wheels, as well as an eight-speaker Bose sound system and a retractable DVD-based navigation system. Both the M45 and G35 coupe will offer either XM or Sirius digital radio service hardware as options, as well as Infiniti’s version of the Wingcast telematics service set for launch this fall.

 

2002 Acura DN-X concept

2002 Acura DN-X concept

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ACURA DN-X GOES HYBRID-LUX
The same technology that brings high fuel efficiency to the Honda Insight and Civic might bring 400 hp and all-wheel drive to a future Acura luxury sedan, the brand said on Thursday. The DN-X concept, a high-end, aluminum-bodied concept that bristles with technology, is a mid-engined design powered by both a 300-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 100-hp electric motor. Together the powertrain could achieve 42 mpg, Honda says. A clutchless six-speed manual gearbox, Vehicle Stability Assist and Active Torque Transfer System, and four bucket seats round out the concept.

 

2003 Isuzu Ascender

2003 Isuzu Ascender

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UP AND DOWNS AT ISUZU
Increasingly uncertain about its future, Isuzu brought its new Ascender to New York, a vehicle some observers fear could mark the start of the automaker’s final decline. The Ascender is slightly larger than mid-sized, and is based on the same platform as the three-row Chevrolet TrailBlazer XL—and built at the same Ohio assembly plant. “Many of our owners have grown out of our current SUVs and need to graduate to something larger,” said Marketing Vice President Rick Bolsiger. With a 129-inch wheelbase, a 275-horsepower in-line six running through an on-demand four-wheel-drive system, the Ascender will launch late this year as a 2003 model. An optional 285-horsepower V-8 will be available as well. To try to drum up support, Isuzu announced the SUV would carry a 10-year/120,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, the longest in the industry. With the Japanese brand posting substantial losses, many analysts fear Isuzu’s U.S. partner, General Motors, may soon pull the plug on the brand and leave what’s left of the company to focus on building diesel engines, one of its few profitable business operations.


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