2016 Infiniti QX80

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The Infiniti QX SUV is full-size traditional body-on-frame SUV that competes at the high end of the market. Formerly known as the QX56, it offers seating for seven or eight and big V-8 power. While those kinds of mechanicals might no longer be in vogue, the QX80 is the best Infiniti SUV to date—a top rival to the Escalade and superior to at least a few of its competitors.

Look to the QX’s closest ancestor, the Nissan Patrol, and it’s easy to see that this modern luxury barge still looks the part of a proper SUV. With its high ground clearance, thin profile and light side glass, the kinship is there. Most of the proportions hit the right notes: the ride height gives the QX the perfect SUV stance, and the D-pillars angle in such a way as to link it to the rest

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‘Military mistress’ on new nationwide fraud spree

Portland, OR (KPTV) — An Oregon woman dubbed the “military mistress” after marrying 14 U.S. service members and running off with their money is on a nationwide fraud spree with her latest husband, according to deputies.

Marion County deputies said Bobbi Ann Finley, also known as Bobbi Ann House, has been implicated in a spree of check frauds totaling at least $13,500.

mistressThe 39-year-old woman from Dallas, OR was the subject of national news reports in 2010 when allegations surfaced that she hopped from one military base to the next, marrying service members to gain access to their bank accounts.

In a phone interview with FOX 12 in May 2010, Finley admitted the previous 17 years of her life were filled with deceit. At the time, her family said she had nine children.

“I tried to make it on my own, but I

... read more at: http://wtkr.com/2015/04/08/military-mistress-on-new-nationwide-fraud-spree/

This Manual Ferrari 599 GTB Fetched an Eye-Watering $682k in Auction


Manual Ferraris are always a treat in this paddle-infested world we are living in but would you pay almost $700K for a 2007 599 GTB, just because it has a gated shifter?

Well, one bidder did that, paying $682.000 (about £460.000 or €645.000) for a manual 599 GTB in Amelia Island’s RM Auction, almost half a million more than the estimated $200,000 – $275,000.

The car itself has covered less than 3.800 miles since its delivery from new in Portland, Oregon, making it one of the only 20 manual 599s to exist officially in the United States. Being considered as the last, analog Ferrari V12, the 599 GTB is using essentially a detuned version of the Enzo’s engine, making 620bhp at 7.600rpm with a top speed of 205mph.

With a black-on-black colour combination, the 599 GTB looks menacing enough, featuring the desirable Daytona-style

... read more at: http://www.carscoops.com/2015/03/this-manual-ferrari-599-gtb-fetched-eye.html

As More States Get Legal Pot, Americans Hazy On Drugged Driving

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We’re in the midst of holiday season, and most Americans understand the tremendous danger—and potentially devastating consequences—that drinking and driving subjects motorists and the public to. But what about the dangers of the widely available recreational marijuana that’s already

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1096081_as-more-states-get-legal-pot-americans-hazy-on-drugged-driving

As More States Get Legal Pot, Americans Hazy On Drugged Driving

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We’re in the midst of holiday season, and most Americans understand the tremendous danger—and potentially devastating consequences—that drinking and driving subjects motorists and the public to. But what about the dangers of the widely available recreational marijuana that’s already

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1096081_as-more-states-get-legal-pot-americans-hazy-on-drugged-driving

Man killed when Amtrak train hits SUV in Vancouver

A man died Sunday morning when an Amtrak passenger train struck his SUV at a private-driveway crossing in Vancouver’s Old Evergreen Highway neighborhood.

Emergency crews were dispatched at 11 a.m. to the crash, which occurred on a private driveway just across from the Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center in the 12200 block of Southeast Evergreen Highway. The man was dead when officials arrived on the scene, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

The man’s name was not released Sunday. He was driving a Cadillac Escalade and was the only person in the vehicle at the time of the crash, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway.

No Amtrak passengers or crew members were injured in the collision, Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said. Train 27, the Empire Builder, was on its way from Spokane to Portland at the time of the crash. It continued on to Portland after remaining at the scene for

... read more at: http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/sep/07/car-driver-killed-crash-train-vancouver/

Supercars, SUVs to Excite 2016 New York Auto Show

At the Geneva Auto Show earlier this month, big luxury had its day.

Maserati showed its $72,000 Levante SUV; Bentley debuted a stretch-limo version of its $304,000 Mulsanne; Rolls-Royce gave us a blacked-out version of its $296,000 Ghost. And that’s not to mention the unveiling of the $2.6 million Bugatti Chiron.

Next week in New York, luxury automakers are catching their breath. Which means many of them—McLaren, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti, Tesla, Fisker, and Cadillac—are skipping it altogether. (Tesla, for its part, will unveil the Model 3 on March 31.)

“I think most of the auto manufacturers are entering the show with a feeling of what I would call ‘hopeful trepidation,’” said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “Sales results in the U.S. so far this year

... read more at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-18/new-york-auto-show-luxury-preview

Hyundai & Kia Fined $360 Million For Faulty MPG Claims (None Of Which Will Fund Electric Cars)

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Hyundai and Kia have agreed to a massive $360 million fine, following a two-year-long investigation of the Korean automakers by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Added to the $395 million that Hyundai and Kia have paid to vehicle owners, the companies will have

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1096437_hyundai-kia-fined-360-million-for-faulty-mpg-claims-none-of-which-will-fund-electric-cars