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November 30, 2013

Infiniti QX80 stands out from the herd

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To illustrate the model’s cachet and allure, he noted that the actor Kevin James purchased a QX80 from Kelly Infiniti when he was in the area recently filming the movie “Grown Ups 2.”

In addition to his management role at Kelly Infiniti, Heney is also director of operations for the Kelly Automotive Group. Along with Kelly Infiniti, the North Shore and Merrimack Valley dealership family includes Kelly Fiat of Peabody, Kelly Jeep Chrysler of Lynnfield, Kelly Honda of Lynn, Kelly Maserati of Danvers, Kelly Volkswagen of Danvers, and Kelly Nissan dealers in Beverly, Lynnfield and Woburn.

Because of the generous seating and high hauling capacity of the QX80, families are its primary buyers, he explained. They include people trading up to the luxury class from other large, three-row sport-utilities like the Chevrolet Suburban, Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon Denali. Kelly Infiniti also sells the model to luxury-class drivers moving to the QX from other brands.

“We see businessmen who were driving the Cadillac Escalade or the Lincoln Navigator buying the QX80. We’re taking them over,” said Heney.

The 2014 QX80 was called the QX56 in prior model years. The new designation is part of a nomenclature change at Infiniti. The luxury car brand – a division of the Japan-based car maker Nissan – is now attaching the “QX” label to all of its sport-utility vehicles. Passenger cars has a “Q” designation. Also affected by the change is the 2014 QX50, a five-passenger crossover SUV that previously was called the Infiniti EX.

For this year’s QX80, the name change doesn’t affect the model’s underlying character. It’s still as plush, pampering and mild-mannered as a sheep, but with power and far-out abilities that make it a sheep superhero.

Jeffrey Zygmont is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, and a long-time auto writer. Contact him at www.jeffreyzygmont.com.

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