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2020 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance cancelled among concerns over coronavirus spread

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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The annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is seen as one of the premier motoring events in the world. This year, the auto elite will not have their usual opportunity to ogle each other's million dollar lust-worthy collectors items as the organizing body has cancelled the event in reposes to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event had been scheduled for August 16, 2020. This was to be the 70th anniversary year of the heralded event, which takes place in and around the Pebble Beach, California area in conjunction with a number of other events including in Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Carmel Valley.

2014 Infiniti Pebble Beach Infiniti traditionally has a presence during the week's worth of festivities surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering that was to take place April 13 and 17 in the region, has already been cancelled. Along with Pebble Beach, the two events traditionally are the hallmark events of the Pebble Beach weekend and serve as a platform for automakers to debut their new products.

Infiniti has hosted a number of vehicle introductions and showcases during Pebble and The Quail in the past. They are one of the companies that was to debut a new product at the New York International Auto Show, which was also cancelled this year, and was likely to have had a model revealed at the Concours-surrounding events. The premium automaker now has two vehicles in the queue that will need to find other forums for unveiling.

Other automakers like Rolls-Royce use the event to connect with the elite client base. In the past Rolls-Royce has debuted special editions at the event and has hosted parties for current and potential clients.

The next edition of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is scheduled for August 15, 2021. It will be the 70th anniversary event.

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Owners of 2020 and 2021 model year Infiniti vehicles will be eligible.

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Apple CarPlay is a great feature that can add maps, streaming audio, and voice controls to even base model vehicles that would otherwise lack such technology. It also offers a standardized interface that works similarly to a smartphone's built-in software, so there's no confusion about how to operate the system. Until recently, users had to have their phones physically tethered to the vehicle with a wired connection, but many automakers have begun offering wireless connectivity. Infiniti is one of them, but in an unusual step, the company says that it will upgrade older model year vehicles with the technology at no cost.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay The upgrades will be free for owners.Infiniti

This means that if you own a 2020 or 2021 Q50, Q60, QX50, or QX80, you are eligible for the upgrade. Wireless Apple CarPlay became available for Infiniti vehicles starting with the 2022 model year, so it's a new feature for the automaker. The first model to support the feature was the 2022 QX55 and the new 2022 QX80 will offer the tech with its 12.3-inch touchscreen system. The 2022 Q50 and Q60 will both leave the factory with the feature, as will the upcoming QX60.

It's unclear how or if the upgrade will affect other vehicle systems, but it's a worthy move for anyone who owns a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti vehicle, if only to boost resale value down the road. Cars such as the 2021 Q50 came standard with a dual-screen infotainment system and wired Apple CarPlay, so the ability to go wireless would be a big bonus for some drivers.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay Owners have until March 31, 2022 to complete the upgrade.Infiniti

If you own a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti model, you have until March 31, 2022, to complete the upgrade. Infiniti says its dealers will perform the update at no cost to owners, so make your appointments now. The automaker has not announced plans to offer wireless Android Auto.

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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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