Technological advances dedicated to the vehicle manufacturing industry have primarily inhabited the realm of safety. Convenience features – such as wireless communication devices, in-car entertainment and even GPS – originated elsewhere and were adapted to serve automotive purposes.
Typically, innovations debut in higher-end cars and trucks, often as options, then trickle down to less prestigious vehicles. This progression is usually made possible by cost reductions occurring hand-in-hand with increased awareness and demand. It was this way with much of the equipment we take for granted today, from windshield wipers through power windshield wipers to automatic, rain-sensing windshield wipers. This evolution puts impressive technology in even entry-level vehicles, and the prospective purchaser may be left a little non-plussed by the idea that he or she should pay extra for more.
Where equipment has become fairly standard across vehicle marques and trim levels – power steering, airbags, cruise control and air conditioning, for example – the products are typically offered as individual upgrades on cars which don’t feature them as standard. Newer, more ground-breaking technology is often offered in packages (think, for instance, of electric windows and door locks coming onto the market simultaneously, then being offered as a “power equipment” package).
Technology packages are good news for prospective purchasers, as will be illustrated below with INFINITI options. Because of a variation on the theme of “bulk buying,” and because many packaged accessories use the same wiring looms and require the removal and reassembly of the same body or interior panels, a package usually works out far cheaper than would buying each component separately. People considering the purchase of a new car, therefore, should be very aware that retrofitting the same equipment, later, will probably cost far more than ordering it as an option on their new-build vehicle.
A World of Choice
Current as of September 2014, the $1,850 Navigation Package available on the G37 sedan includes:
- DVD video playback
- INFINITI navigation system
- INFINITI voice recognition
- NavTraffic with real-time traffic information
- NavWeather with real-time weather and three-day forecast
- Zagat Survey restaurant guide with ratings and reviews
The Deluxe Technology Package offered on the INFINITI Q50 and Q50 Hybrid comes in at only $5,000 direct from a factory-authorized dealership, yet features all of the following (and more):
- Adaptive headlamp system (with auto-leveling headlights)
- Advanced climate control (with auto-recirculation and advanced air purifying filters
- Around View Monitor (featuring front and rear sonar systems and Moving Object Detection)
- Auto-dimming outside mirrors (with automatic tilt-down when reversing)
- Automatic high/low headlamp change
- Back-up collision intervention
- Both the Blind Spot Warning and Blind Spot Intervention systems
- Distance Control Assist (DCA)
- Both lane departure warning and lane departure prevention
- Dual occupant memory system (actuating driver’s seat, steering wheel and mirror settings), linked to individual Intelligent Keys
- Intelligent cruise control
- Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) coupled to forward emergency braking
- Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Salerno Duane Infiniti is the premier INFINITI dealer serving Denville, Parsipany, Morristown, Basking Ridge, West Orange, and Mt. Olive Township in NJ. Our dealership is located at 3103 Route 10 East, Denville, NJ 07834, and our opening hours are 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays, and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays (we’re closed on Sundays).
At Salerno Duane INFINITI, we pride ourselves on being the area’s best location to purchase new and certified used INFINITI automobiles, and we strive to keep a full inventory on-site for your inspection. Allow us to explain more about INFINITI options on vehicles such as the Q80 all-wheel drive Q80 SUV.