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Nissan VQ Engine Makes Ward’s 10 Best Engines List [Dec. 09, 03]

DETROIT (Dec. 8, 2002) – The Nissan 3.5-liter VQ V6 engine has been named to the annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for the 10th straight year by Ward’s Communications, Inc. It is the only engine that has been part of the list every year the award has been presented.

The versatile VQ powerplant is offered in a variety of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles for the 2004 model year in the United States. These vehicles include the Nissan Altima and Maxima sedans, the Nissan 350Z sports car, the Nissan Murano crossover vehicle, the Nissan Quest minivan, the Nissan Pathfinder sport-utility vehicle in addition to the Infiniti I35 sedan, Infiniti G35 Sedan and Coupe and the Infiniti FX35 crossover utility vehicle.

Ward’s award was based on the 3.5-liter VQ engine as used in the Infiniti G35 cars. The engine in the G35 Sedan produces 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 260 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. In the sporty G35 Coupe, the engine generates 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 270 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm.

Voting for the best engines was a team of six editors and writers for Ward’s AutoWorld magazine and Ward’s Engine & Vehicle Technology Update newsletter. The panel judged dozens of engines in a wide variety of vehicles priced below $52,500.

Ward's Communications is a world-leading provider of auto industry news, data and analysis, having served the industry's information needs for nearly 80 years. Ward’s AutoWorld is a monthly magazine serving more than 68,000 automotive professionals globally. The twice-monthly newsletter Ward’s Engine & Vehicle Technology Update provides analysis of engineering advancements and technical issues. WardsAuto.com is an online subscription service delivering virtually all the industry news, data and analysis compiled by Ward’s Communications, the world’s leader in automotive industry information. Ward’s Communications is a Southfield, MI – based division of PRIMEDIA Business, the trade publication group of PRIMEDIA.

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.nissanUSA.com and www.infiniti.com.
 

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This was one of the major "pro's" that I used when initially buying the car. I hope this engine is as good as they say it is.
 

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I guess we wil never know. This is the reply I got from them when I asked what their criteria was.

"The methodology and scoring criteria for the 10 Best Engines competition is proprietary information. I only can tell you that it involves no instrumented testing of the vehicles.

Competitive issues demand we do not reveal details of our evaluation criteria."
 
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