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The Short List - 2013 Body-On-Frame SUVs

The Survivors of the Crossover Revolution

Edward A. SanchezFeb 4, 2013
At one time, the term SUV applied exclusively to body-on-frame vehicles, with early examples being essentially pickups with full-body sheetmetal and another row or two of seats. Most of them even rode on truck-based suspensions, right down to solid rear axles and leaf springs. Today, the landscape has changed drastically. The volume leaders are now compact unibody models, with the Honda CR-V and Ford Escape battling it out month-to-month for first place, both of them totaling more than 200,000 sales a year.
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The former volume leader, the Ford Explorer, abandoned its truck roots starting with the 2011 model year, going to a unibody platform shared with the Ford Taurus. The Nissan Pathfinder followed suit for the 2013 model year, going to a stretched Murano platform. The originators of the genre are now the exceptions to the rule, but some stalwarts remain. Below are the remaining body-on-frame SUVs for the 2013 model year.
Cadillac Escalade/ESV
The Escalade actually dates back to the 1999, a hastily-cobbled response to Lincoln's 1998 introduction of the Expedition-based Navigator, but the one everyone remembers is the breakout 2002 model, with its bold, angular "Art and Science" grille. Although not a particularly high-volume model, the Escalade is a decent seller with a hefty profit margin, particularly the range-topping Platinum models that approach the six-figure mark. There was some speculation a few years ago that the Escalade could migrate to the unibody Lambda platform, but all indications are that the Escalade will continue on a body-on-frame truck chassis, with stronger, more efficient engines and bolder, chromier styling.
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Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban
These bread-and-butter fixtures of GM's SUV lineup will probably be some of the last models to still ride on a body-on-frame chassis. Despite the seemingly dated architecture, the GMT-900 models have always delivered surprisingly good fuel economy and maneuverability for their size and capabilities, two attributes appreciated by customers who's idea of recreation often includes watercraft, ski boats or campers, and all the associated equipment that comes with those pursuits. An all-new model will be following the 2014 Silverado by a few months.
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Ford Expedition/EL
The Expedition is no longer the sales blockbuster it once was and the current model is starting to show its age, but don't throw in the towel on Ford's fullsize SUV yet. A powertrain update giving it the F-150's 5.0 V-8 or EcoBoost V-6 is practically a given, breathing new life into the platform. However, its long-term prospects are not quite as promising as the GM offerings, as Ford seems steadfastly committed to lightening and downsizing -- and more often than not, that means a unibody platform, as was the case with the Explorer.
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GMC Yukon/XL
For what used to be GM's bespoke "truck" brand, even having the name in the official logo for a period, it's somewhat ironic that the Yukon line is GMC's only remaining SUV that's body-on-frame. Both the Acadia and Terrain are unibody, and the concepts shown in the last few years, most notably the Granite sub-compact, are getting smaller and more car-like. The Yukon and Suburban-sized Yukon XL are such staples of the lineup, we don't see them going unibody for the foreseeable future.
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Infiniti QX56
Poised to become the QX80 for the 2014 model year, the second-generation QX56 departs from the Nissan Armada platform to ride on the global Patrol chassis. Although considerably more sophisticated and refined than its predecessor, the new model is still body-on-frame. However, the long-term prospects for Infiniti's luxo-lounge are shaky at best, with Infiniti head honcho Johann De Nysschen essentially saying the V-8 doesn't have much of a future in the Infiniti lineup. Whether that was specifically in reference to the car lineup or the entire brand, we don't know. If you like Infiniti's full-size luxury SUV, it might be advisable to buy one sooner rather than later.
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Jeep Wrangler/Unlimited
Ever since the Willys MB, the definitive "Jeep" has always been body-on-frame, but Jeep has also been well-known for capable unibody off-roaders since the introduction of the XJ Cherokee in 1984. In fact, the Wrangler is the sole remaining body-on-frame model in the Jeep portfolio, for which thousands of off-road enthusiasts are thankful. Although quite adept off-road, the unibody Grand Cherokee requires quite a bit more modification in the form of rock rails and other bolt-ons to take the punishment the Wrangler is legendarily capable of. The Wrangler may not stay body-on-frame forever, but if the purists have any say, it probably will retain the configuration for at least another generation.
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Lexus GX 460
Imagine a Toyota 4Runner with dressier styling, a more luxurious interior and a V-8 engine, and you essentially have the GX 460. As long as the 4Runner is around, the GX will probably be a part of the Lexus lineup as well, as the GX is sold in overseas markets as the Land Cruiser Prado and the GX and 4Runner share an assembly line in Japan. But only selling a modest 11,000 units in the U.S. market for 2012, compared to 48,000 4Runners and more than 95,000 of the popular Lexus RX crossover, it's unknown how much longer the GX will be part of the Lexus lineup.
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Lexus LX 570
The granddaddy of Lexus SUVs, the opulent and expensive LX 570 is based on the equally-exclusive Toyota Land Cruiser. Ironically, the LX out-sold the Land Cruiser in the U.S. market by a margin of nearly two-to-one in 2012, with 5005 units moving off Lexus lots compared to only 2895 Land Cruisers. Maybe well-heeled customers have less of an issue paying $80,000 for a vehicle with an "L" on the grille than a "T." We see both the LX and Land Cruiser remaining body-on-frame for the foreseeable future.
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Lincoln Navigator/L
Since it's tied at the hip with the Expedition, it's safe to say whatever fate befalls the Expedition will also befall the Navigator. In the near-term, it probably means powertrain upgrades that would add the 5.0-liter V-8 or EcoBoost V-6 (or both) from the F-150, as well a freshening inside and out. With the Town Car now gone, many limousine and livery operators are purchasing the Navigator for their "black car" duties, showing some resistance to Lincoln's insistence that the somewhat awkwardly-proportioned MKT is the new "Town Car." Near-term prospects are good, but further out becomes a little hazier.
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Mercedes-Benz G-Class
The G-Wagen seems to be the vehicle that never changes. Certainly, from the standpoint of exterior styling, that's the case, with only minimal changes in its nearly 35-year history. But the G-Wagen gets a powertrain and interior update that roughly parallels the model cycle of the S-Class sedan, so the new models share the same seven-speed automatic and 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 on the G63 AMG model as can be found on the equivalent S-Class or ML. But the Mercedes-Benz Ener-G-Force concept shows that even a shape as iconic as the G-Wagen is open to a modern interpretation. Whether its ultimate successor will ride on a body-on-frame chassis or join the unibody fray along with the GL and ML is unknown.
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Nissan Armada
The Armada's long-term prospects in the Nissan lineup are unknown. It's nowhere close to being the sales leader, with the compact Rogue taking that title, and fullsize SUVs in general have generally fallen out of favor with many customers. With Nissan corporate aggressively pursuing electrification and a conspicuously "green" image, the nearly three-ton Armada is an outlier. A next-generation Titan pickup is certainly on the horizon, but whether or not the Armada accompanies it remains to be seen.
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Nissan Xterra
With the transition of the Pathfinder to the unibody camp, the Xterra is one of two remaining body-on-frame models in Nissan's U.S. lineup. The Xterra sold even fewer units than the larger Armada, but in some regions of the country, particularly Southern California, Xterras are not uncommon. Since it shares so many components with the Frontier pickup, there's a good chance there will be a new Xterra when there's a new Frontier, but that's far from a sure thing.
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Toyota Sequoia
The Sequoia is a niche product in the greater scheme of the Toyota product lineup, with sales being less than a tenth of the RAV4's and roughly equal to those of the FJ Cruiser. Would the roughly 13,000 Sequoias sold in 2012 be missed if it were discontinued? Perhaps, but with gobal sales approaching 10 million for 2012, the loss of the Sequoia wouldn't make a huge difference one way or the other. We know a new Tundra is coming for 2014, but we haven't heard anything on a new Sequoia. We'll have to wait and see on this one.
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Toyota Land Cruiser
Toyota is so large and wealthy, that the number of Land Cruisers it sells is insignificant. Certainly in the U.S., with less than 3000 sales for all of 2012, it's a drop in the bucket, but the Land Cruiser carries a lot of symbolic weight for the brand because many see it as the epitome of solidity, ruggedness, comfort, and refinement, much like the Range Rover. We don't see the Land Cruiser disappearing from Toyota's U.S. lineup anytime soon, but if it did, you could still get the essentially mechanically identical vehicle in the Lexus LX 570. Sure, the Lexus costs a little more, but when you're talking about a starting price of more than $78,000, who's counting?
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Toyota 4Runner
Although not the sales blockbuster the RAV4 is, the 4Runner sold a respectable 48,755 units for 2012, more than any single Scion model, the Avalon, Yaris, or Venza. For those customers that like a little ruggedness with their utilities, the 4Runner is hard to beat. It's likely to remain a part of the Toyota lineup for some time to come.
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Toyota FJ Cruiser
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The FJ Cruiser shares many of its hard parts with the Land Cruiser Prado, best known in the States as the Lexus GX 460. As noted earlier, it sells approximately as many units as the fullsize Sequoia, but has a far more passionate following among enthusiasts. However, current-year sales are a fraction of what they were at their peak in 2006, when Toyota sold more than 56,000 of the retro-styled SUV. It is unlikely to see a second-generation.
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2013 Infiniti QX56

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$61,350
14 / 20
5.6L V8
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2013 Infinity QX56 vs. 2013 Cadillac Escalade Premium
With an as-tested price difference of only $120, these two luxury fullsize SUVs are targeting the exact same wealthy demographic, but the comparisons don't stop at the price and audience.
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The Short List - 2013 Body-On-Frame SUVs
Today, the landscape of body-on-frame SUVs has changed drastically. Here is our list of remaining body-on-frame SUVs for the 2013 model year.
Edward A. SanchezFeb 4, 2013
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Infiniti Changes Naming Convention of Entire Lineup
In an unexpected announcement, Infiniti today revealed that its entire model lineup will be renamed for the 2014 model year.
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Prices Raised $650 on 2013 Infiniti QX56, Now Starts at $61,640
The 2013 Infiniti QX56 has been priced at $61,640 for the rear-drive model, and $64,740 for the four-wheel-drive version. Compared to the 2012 QX, those prices are up $650.
Alex NishimotoOct 19, 2012

2012 Infiniti QX56

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$60,000
14 / 20
5.6L V8
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2012 Infiniti QX Photo Gallery
The 2012 QX is offered in two fully equipped models – Infiniti QX56 2WD and Infiniti QX56 4WD.
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Infiniti Releases Pricing and Changes for 2012 QX and EX Models
Price and option package updates have been released on the 2012 Infiniti QX SUV and EX crossover.
Jason UdyAug 30, 2011

2011 Infiniti QX56

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$58,700
14 / 20
5.6L V8
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Long Term Verdict: 2011 Infiniti QX56
Pushing the lux ute class forward: Owning the QX56 was a mostly trouble-free experience. Aside from a driver's auto-up window repair and two recalls covered at the same service visit, there were no surprises. The real surprise will be the realization of former Escalade owners that the Infiniti QX56
Zach GaleJan 6, 2012
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Vintage Boat Powered by Infiniti QX56 V-8 Moves Into Second Phase of Project
Last summer, Infiniti donated a VK56DE engine from the QX56 for a luxury boat project. The work continues on the ambitious boat, included a number of modifications to the 400-hp, 5.6-liter V-8 engine.
Erick AyapanaJan 3, 2012
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Long Term Update 6: 2011 Infiniti QX56
12 months and 30,045 miles: With a comfortable ride, cushy leather seats and, of course, a 400-horsepower V-8 engine, our 2011 Infiniti QX56 long-termer easily qualifies as one of the best roadtripping vehicles in the luxury SUV class.
Zach GaleDec 7, 2011
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Verdict: 2011 Infiniti QX56
Escalating the Lux-ute Standard
Zach GaleNov 21, 2011
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Students Attempt to Build Luxury Boat with Infiniti QX56 Roots
The Infiniti QX56 is just one of the many players in the luxury SUV segment. Aside from its luxurious confines -- complete with semi-aniline leather, genuine wood trim, and Bose sound system -- the QX56 features a silky strong 5.6-liter V-8 engine rated at 400 hp.
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Long Term Update 5: 2011 Infiniti QX56
10 months and 24,142 miles - the Infiniti just had its 22,500 mile service, including an oil and filter change, a tire rotation, and a general inspection that gave it a clean bill of health
Rory JurneckaOct 11, 2011
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Long Term Update 4: 2011 Infiniti QX56
9 Months and 20,999 Miles -- The QX might be about the largest production vehicle on the road, it might have been designed by a drunken anime cartoonist, and it might be completely unnecessary for any sort of rational commute.
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Dream Boat: Students Pack Infiniti QX56 Engine Into Custom Speedboat
No, Infiniti has no plans to invade the personal watercraft market -- but a new student-crafted project will put one of the automaker?s engines inside a custom motorboat.
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Long Term Update 3: 2011 Infiniti QX56
7 Months and 16,411 Miles: "There's an 800-pound gorilla in our long-term garage and its name is QX56,"
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Long Term Update 3: 2011 Infiniti QX56
The 800-Pound Gorilla of the Fleet
Rory JurneckaJun 9, 2011
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Long Term Update 2: 2011 Infiniti QX56
The full-size Infiniti may not be the prettiest vehicle in the fleet, but it has a lot to offer for its $72,000-plus price.
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Long Term Arrival: 2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD
Does the world need a better Cadillac Escalade? That's the question we'll ask ourselves for the next 12 months as we run around the country in our newest long-termer, the 2011 Infiniti QX56.
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January 2011 Sales: Honda and Nissan Up, CR-V, Frontier Best Sellers
Americans' appetite for Honda and Nissan trucks and SUVs appears to be insatiable, judging by January 2011 new vehicle sales numbers.
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Arrival: 2011 Infiniti QX56 4WD
The Beauty of Full Size
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New Comer: 2011 Infiniti QX56
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First Test: 2011 Infiniti QX56
Is Better Always Better? The 2011 Infiniti QX56 is better than the first-generation QX56 in many ways, so much so that it begins to flirt with the concept of diminishing returns.
Scott EvansAug 2, 2010
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Infiniti Outlines Small Changes for 2011 EX, FX Models
Sure, you've seen the all-new 2011 Infiniti QX56, but were you curious what else Infiniti has up its sleeve?
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First Drive: 2011 Infiniti QX56
Arguably Best-in-Class ... Does the Class Have a Future?
Todd LassaMay 20, 2010

2010 Infiniti QX56

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$56,700
12 / 18
5.6L V8
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Infiniti Announces Price Hike On 2010 Infiniti QX56, 4WD Model
Perhaps in an attempt to move 2009 QX56 full-size SUVs, Infiniti is adding $1000 to the MSRP of the 2010 QX56 2WD, to $56,915.
Zach GaleMay 12, 2009

2009 Infiniti QX56

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$55,050
12 / 18
5.6L V8
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Make Room For Nissan NV-Series Work Van Production, Infiniti's QX56 Shifts to Japan
According to a email sent to Motor Trend, Nissan confirmed that production of the Quest, Armada and QX56 will indeed be ending at its Canton, Mississippi, plant in 2010 to make room for the automaker's new NV-Series work vehicles. Nissan says that the next-generation Quest and QX56 will instead be b
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2009 Infiniti QX56 Pricing Announced
Infiniti has released pricing for their 2009 QX56 luxury SUV.
Benson KongOct 6, 2008

2008 Infiniti QX56

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$52,450
12 / 17
5.6L V8
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Recall Round-Up: Poorly Trimmed 2008 Nissan Armada/Infiniti QX56
Today, the recall bug bit the 2008 Nissan Armada/Infiniti QX56 for an incorrectly installed interior a-pillar that can cause the airbag to not work properly.
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2008 Infiniti QX56 4WD Quick Drive
A full-size luxury player that deserves a second look
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Quick Drive: 2008 Infiniti QX56 4WD
We had the chance to grab a 2008 Infiniti QX56 out of Salt Lake City, Utah, to do some test driving in the mountains near Park City.
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Auto News: Infiniti Announces Pricing on 2008 QX56
Infiniti today announced pricing on the new 2008 Infiniti QX56 sport utility vehicle, which goes on sale this summer at Infiniti retailers nationwide.
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2007 Infiniti QX56

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$49,950
13 / 18
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2006 Infiniti QX56

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$49,800
13 / 19
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Recall Alert: Nissan Recalls 2.14 Million Ignition Relays in SUVs, Trucks Worldwide
Nissan announced today it will recall 2.14 million vehicles worldwide to repair ignition relays, marking the automaker's third largest recall in its 76 years of operation.
Steve DiehlmanOct 28, 2010

2005 Infiniti QX56

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$48,350
13 / 19
5.6L V8
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Recall Alert: Nissan Recalls 2.14 Million Ignition Relays in SUVs, Trucks Worldwide
Nissan announced today it will recall 2.14 million vehicles worldwide to repair ignition relays, marking the automaker's third largest recall in its 76 years of operation.
Steve DiehlmanOct 28, 2010

2004 Infiniti QX56

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$47,400
13 / 19
5.6L V8
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Recall Alert: Nissan Recalls 2.14 Million Ignition Relays in SUVs, Trucks Worldwide
Nissan announced today it will recall 2.14 million vehicles worldwide to repair ignition relays, marking the automaker's third largest recall in its 76 years of operation.
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First Drive: 2004 Infiniti QX56
Most of the time, bigger is better--at least that's what Infiniti wants you to believe with the 2004 QX56.
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Road Test: 2004 Lexus LX 470 vs. Lincoln Navigator Ultimate 4x4 vs. Land Rover Range Rover HSE vs. Infiniti QX56 AWD
We investigate how four leather-lined luxo-'utes really measure up -- not in suburbia, but in the realm they were built for: Death Valley.
Arthur St. AntoineJun 2, 2004
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Infiniti QX56
With its all-new Pathfinder Armada, 2004 saw Nissan dive into one of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry -- fullsize SUVs. Built on a solid platform, the V-8-powered Armada made a large splash with unique styling, off-road capability, a po
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First Drive: 2004 Infiniti QX56
With the QX56, Infiniti has set its sights on the full-size luxury sport/utility market. Based upon Nissan's Pathfinder Armada, the new rear- and all-wheel-drive Q-ship retains most of the Armada's bodywork; everything is new forward of the A-pillar and the wheel-arch molding.
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Infiniti Begins Production of 2004 QX56
The first Infiniti QX56 full-size, luxury sport/utility vehicle has rolled off the assembly line,...
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