Nissan’s Infiniti luxury division is going through a major naming shift in 2014, with many of its new vehicle names changing, even if a lot of the cars and light-duty trucks themselves are very familiar.
A good case in point is Infiniti’s top-of-the-line, eight-passenger sport-utility vehicle. Known as the QX56 in 2013, the 2014 model will be called the QX80, although it is largely a carryover, save for the addition of Infiniti’s Backup Collision Intervention System, which becomes part of the high-line SUV’s optional Technology Package. The body, chassis, engine and most other key components remain unchanged between the two.
Sebastien Ogier won Rally Australia in dominant fashion on Sunday but will have to wait to clinch the 2013 World Rally Championship title.
The French driver steered his Volkswagen Polo R through the final 29-kilometer (18-mile) stage to win his sixth event of the season by 1 minute, 32 seconds ahead of Thierry Neuville of Belgium, who took second place overall on the final stage after Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen had a tire puncture.
FIA President Jean Todt and Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings unveiled the much-anticipated Spark-Renault SRT_01E. A fully-electric single-seater that will compete in 10 different cities in the Formula E Championship starting this time next year.
Jorge Lorenzo has won his second consecutive Grand Prix, winning the San Marino GP at Misano on Sunday afternoon. The World Champion, who took the lead at the start, controlled the pace as championship leader Marc Marquez beat Dani Pedrosa to second position.
Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has delivered another glorious result for Lorenzo, who has now flourished at the Adriatic venue for three years in a row. The win, which is the 49th of his career and 28th in the premier class, also confirms that the Mallorcan has won both Italian races on the calendar for a trio of successive seasons.
From second on the grid, Lorenzo shot into the lead as pole-sitter Marquez dropped to third on the opening lap. The latter would put on a spurt in the second half of the race, but by this point had fallen to fourth place due to an unforced error; Marquez recovered from his Turn 8 mistake to catch and pass both Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi and his Repsol Honda Team colleague Pedrosa. However, as the two Honda riders engaged in a battle, Lorenzo’s already comfortable lead only grew.