LIVINGSTON, NJ — Schumacher Chevrolet of Livingston recently donated a 2005 Infiniti FX35 to Livingston High School’s (LHS) automotive technology program to be used in automotive classes as a demonstration vehicle for students to learn about maintenance and repairs of modern vehicles.

Kenny Martin, owner of Tim’s Towing in Livingston, donated his time and equipment to tow the car to the Lancers garage, where students and staff were ready and waiting to accept the gift and thank all those who were involved in making it happen.

“We are happy to be able to donate this car to LHS,” said PJ Petchers of Schumacher Chevrolet.

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LHS senior Alex Cocuzza said that he was excited to learn about the donated vehicle, as it will give the students an opportunity to work on a more modern car. He noted that the current vehicle that students work on—an old Chevy S10 compact pick-up truck—has been at LHS for a “really long time” and is “outdated for what cars have become.”

“With this new Infiniti from Schumacher, it’s going to be a lot more interesting to learn more modern technology,” he said.

Fellow senior Owen Kenney agreed, noting that having a new car to work on is “definitely long awaited” by the students.

LHS automotive teacher Dave Richards confirmed that the Infiniti is a significant upgrade to the current demonstration vehicle that was donated by General Motors more than 25 years ago. It will give the students the opportunity to study the design and engineering of modern vehicles, he explained.

Richards said that the Infinity will be used by entry-level students to learn common tasks essential to driving, as well as how to handle emergency repairs such as changing a spare tire, checking fluids and jumpstarting a vehicle. Advanced students will learn how to change brakes and tires and perform coolant flushes and transmission services, as well as on-board diagnostics of vehicle computer systems.

Pictured in the group photo above are:

Standing: LHS teacher Brian Megaro, Jayson Melhorn, Anthony Lopa, Owen Kenney, Michael Gagliano, LHS assistant principal Dr. Mary Kate Pretto, PJ Petchers of Schumacher Chevrolet and LHS teacher Dave Richards

Kneeling: Reese Campanalonga, Alex Cocuzza and Andrew Cilenti