Kid-Tested, Parent-Inspired: 2011 Nissan Quest

CarLocate Team, February 9, 2011, 05:08PM

Nissan is re-entering the minivan market this year with the completely redesigned 2011 Quest. The fourth-generation minivan recently arrived in dealer showrooms and features many parent-friendly designs, such as one-touch sliding doors, a permanent rear storage well, fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats with quick release, Advanced Climate Control System, dual panel moonroof, and Push Button Ignition. 

To showcase the Quest’s parent-friendly features, Nissan has launched a media campaign focusing on how the Quest makes life easier for parents. A 30-second television ad, titled “Errands,” shows how the one-touch technology and rear storage help a mother manage her busy lifestyle. The spot also shows off the Advanced Climate Control’s ability to control odors, by blocking outside smells and reducing unwanted odor inside the van. 

Another major part of the media campaign is a partnership with Disney in conjunction with its upcoming animated film Mars Needs Moms. The partnership features a sweepstakes, where consumers can enter to win a brand new Nissan Quest or other Disney prize packages.

The all-new 2011 Nissan Quest is available in four trims: the S, SV, SL, and LE, and starts at an MSRP of $27,750.

 

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Arriving at Car Dealers Now: 2011 Volvo Model Lineup

CarLocate Team, September 15, 2010, 09:46AM

Like most other automotive brands, Volvo has made quite a few revisions to its 2011 vehicles to make them better than ever.

Probably the most exciting revision to Volvo’s lineup is the addition of the all-new S60 sedan for 2011. (Check out our previous post about the all-new “Naughty” Volvo S60.)

Volvo also has brought back the S40 and S80 sedans for 2011. A new T5 model replaces the discontinued 2.4i and auto-dimming rearview mirrors and power driver’s seat with memory come standard on all trims with an additional glass moonroof standard on the R-Design. The S80, Volvo’s new flagship is ramped up for 2011 with more horsepower, and the full-size sedan is actually slightly cheaper than last year’s model.

2011 Volvo S80 Full-Size Sedan - Family Car
2011 Volvo S80 Full-Size Sedan

Refreshed and looking great, Volvo’s coupes, the C30 and C70, are ready to hit the road. The C30 comes with a redesigned nose for 2011 to go with its distinctive rear end. It also offers an optional sport chassis, for those looking for a more agile auto. Volvo’s other coupe, the C70, is the perfect combination of sportiness and sophistication. The C70’s makeover gives the impressive retractable hardtop convertible a more premium and luxurious feel.

2011 Volvo C70 Retractable Hardtop Convertible
2011 Volvo C70 Retractable Hardtop Convertible

A Volvo-fan favorite, the V50, is back for 2011. The V50 wagon received only a few minor changes for this year, including new upholstery options for the interior and a more powerful and more fuel-efficient engine.

As with the rest of the Volvo vehicles, the crossovers received some improvements for 2011, too. Along with its upgraded engine, like the C30, the 2011 Volvo XC60 offers a sportier option with the R-Design trim. The 2011 XC70 comes with a new front-wheel drive option this year. Finally, the so-far-successful XC90 only needed a few minor changes for 2011, including the upgraded engine and new standard features like Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth technology.

2011 Volvo XC70 Crossover
2011 Volvo XC70 Crossover with Front Wheel Drive

 

In 2011, Volvo is staying true to the features it’s most known for: quality, luxury, and above all else, safety.

With this sophisticated and refined lineup, the new Volvo cars are sure to impress.

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Leon Day: Too Early to be Thinking about Buying a Car for Christmas?

CarLocate Team, June 25, 2010, 10:19AM

Today, June 25, is Leon Day, which marks just six months until Christmas Day. (“Leon” is “Noel” spelled backward.) Since it’s not even July and some stores already have the school supply aisles stocked, we wondered if it might be OK to begin thinking about asking for a car for Christmas – or to begin thinking about buying a car as a gift for a loved one (or yourself)?

Here are five vehicles that you might want to put on your wish list*.

2011 Audi A3

2011 Audi A3 Small Station Wagon

The 2011 Audi A3 is a small station wagon that doesn’t lack for style or substance. If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient car that’s not a hybrid, the A3’s FrontTrak Premium Plus trim with a 2.0-liter TDI engine and 6-speed S tronic transmission rates an EPA Greenhouse Gas Score of 8 and an estimated EPA fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 42 mpg highway. It also comes in one of the sharpest new car colors out there: Aruba Blue Pearl (pictured above).

2011 Ford Mustang

2011 Ford Mustang - Sporty Car

As we noted in our list of “Must-Have Motors for Dads,” the 2011 Ford Mustang gets a power boost over previous model years. The Mustang’s standard V6 has been upgraded to a 305-hp, 3.7-liter engine, while the Mustang GT now has a 412-hp, 5.0-liter V8. It’s also loaded with technology features, including electronic power assist steering, the SYNC® in-car communications and entertainment system, and Ford’s MyKeyTM, which allows owners to assign specially coded keys for each additional driver to enforce specific driving restrictions.

See it now at a Ford Drive One Tour stop near you.

2011 Kia Sorento

2011 Kia Sorento CUV - Crossover Vehicle

If you’re looking for a crossover vehicle, the 2011 Kia Sorento CUV is loaded with standard features, from electronic stability control with traction control to hill assist control to the EcoMinder indicator that lets drivers know when their car is performing at maximum fuel-efficiency. Plus, it will be the first Kia vehicle to feature the Kia UVO in-car communications and entertainment system that is poised to rival the Ford SYNC® system.

2011 Lincoln MKT

2011 Lincoln MKT - Crossover Sport Utility Vehicle - SUV - CUV

For those who want a luxury ride without sacrificing practicality and cargo space, the 2011 Lincoln MKT may be the right fit for you. Built on the Ford Flex platform, this full-size crossover SUV is available with room for seven passengers, built-in navigation system, SYNC® in-car communications and entertainment system, MyKeyTM programmable keys, and Lincoln’s unique Vista RoofTM that features fixed glass panels with power front and rear sunshades.

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid

If you’re looking for a fuel-efficient mid-size sedan, the 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid is definitely a vehicle to check out. The Camry Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with a 40-hp electric motor to offer an estimated 31 miles per gallon (mpg) city and 35 mpg highway. Moreover, the ECO Button helps prioritize the hybrid system and the air conditioning for better fuel economy. To avoid being just a carbon copy of the conventionally powered Toyota Camry, the Camry Hybrid features a narrower grill and more open and sporty front valance.

* Most of these cars will be entering dealer showrooms later this calendar year. However, you can already view pictures, watch test-drive videos, and learn more about the technical details and features of each of these cars from our Car Research section. Each description above is hyperlinked to go directly to the Research page for that vehicle.

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