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Despite having the internet at their fingertips, women lack basic auto maintenance skills

A new study shows that many women lack basic auto maintenance knowledge.

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Women are taking automotive decision making into their own hands thanks to the internet. A new study of 2,000 women by OnePoll on behalf of Continental Tire revealed how the women are educating and informing themselves but many still lack basic automotive maintenance skills.

The poll found that three in four respondents researched pricing and repairs before they set foot in an automotive repair shop in a bid to guarantee fair prices. Many women (two in five) have refused a service because they had a hunch they were given an unfair price.

Woman changing a car tire More than two-thirds of women surveyed said that they couldn’t change a tire without looking at instructions. Photo by Getty Images

Sixty-five percent of the respondents said that they feel more confident entering the shop having done the research. Still, there’s room for improvement. Three out of four women polled said that they wished they were more confident beyond price knowledge and would like to add to their vehicle upkeep skills.

There’s a generational gap. Women between the ages of 18 and 23 are 17 percent more likely than women agree 56 and older to want to feel self-assured in their vehicle know-how. Many of those youngsters are part of Generation Z or categorized as Milennials, who grew up with the internet as an easily accessible and mostly reliable resource. According to a 2019 article from the Pew Research Center, just 68 percent of Baby Boomers own a smartphone while 93 percent of Millennials do.

Thirty-eight percent of women polled want to learn more about engine maintenance and a third would like to have a firmer grasp on the mechanics of a power plant.

Engines aren’t the only paint point for women. Nearly two-thirds said that they are not confident in their tire knowledge and the same amount said that they couldn’t inflate a tire without instructions. A third want to know how to check the size of a tire. Thirty percent wished they knew how to find out the remaining life in a tire.

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Musical artist H.E.R. has worked with Honda designers to customize a Civic Type R.

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H.E.R. graced the stage at the 2021 Honda Civic Tour but before that happens, the R&B singer-songwriter has put her stamp on a custom-designed Honda Civic Type R. This one-off is part of a longstanding tradition of Civic Tour headliners designing a custom Civic.

The unique-looking model is a reflection of H.E.R.'s personal values. Nuance, subtlety, and "sharing your heart" are held high. This all starts with the car's exterior where a deep black matte finish washes over the model while chameleon-tinted headlamps and windows, purple brake calipers and nebula painted trim are presented as intriguing highlights.

Designers worked to customize the cabin as well, adding nebula painted accents and special LED interior lighting that changes colors based on music and sound inside the vehicle by featuring custom colors, moods, brightness levels and rotating color patterns, adjustable by a smartphone.

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"One of the things that drew me toward the Honda Civic Tour was knowing that I'd be able to design my own vehicle, and out of all Civics, I picked the pinnacle Civic Type R," said H.E.R. "Infusing my personality into all aspects of my performances, and also expressing it through my favorite products, is something that I am passionate about. So being able to create and share my custom Honda Civic Type R with my fans is just so special to me."

H.E.R.'s custom Civic Type R joins Honda vehicles designed by past Civic Tour headliners, including Maroon 5, OneRepublic, Demi Lovato, blink-182, Black Eyed Peas, One Direction, Charlie Puth and more.

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The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to hit the market later this year.

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The next-gen Infiniti QX60 is almost here. The long-awaited successor to the top-selling Infiniti model has been in the works for a while but the first official glimpse at the SUV happens today with the release of a teaser photo and video of the interior.

Billed as being "serene" and "spacious", the family-friendly crossover will retain its three rows of seating when it arrives stateside. It will also have premium leather appointments, intuitive technology, and ambient lighting, according to a release sent by the company.

The model was first teased in a private video shown to journalists in the autumn of 2019. Since there, a number of changes have been made. The fresh images show off a wide but not tall infotainment screen, similar to what you'd find on a Lexus or Hyundai. There's what appears to be a fully digital radio/climate controls screen on the center stack with physical dials for adjusting certain functionalities.

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There's a quilted leather dashboard and long horizontal design feature that seamlessly covers the dashboard vents under one housing. Though not shown, the QX60 is expected to have a fully digital instrument cluster.

Infiniti has already divulged a few key details about the revised QX60. It will be powered by a 295-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. That's the same power plant that is in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder. The SUV will be available with all-wheel drive. It's likely that the QX60 will have drive modes similar to those in the Pathfinder.

The model will have a 6,000-pound maximum towing capacity. A 3,500-pound maximum is standard.

Infiniti is promising a Sports drive mode where the movement, power, and control of the car are said to be similar to those in a sports car. Gears are held longer and engine braking helps along the way.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 is expected to arrive in North American showrooms in the fall of 2021, followed by other markets worldwide. It will debut June 23.

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