Highway Guardrail Manufacturer Found Liable for Dangerous Redesign

Trinity Industries design changes made highway barriers more dangerous. ...

Trinity Industries design changes made highway barriers more dangerous.

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Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The 2014 “Green Car of the Year” finalists have been announced ahead of the L.A. Auto Show and the BMW i3 is among the final candidates. The other finalists are the Audi A3 TDI, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit hatchback and Volkswagen...

The 2014 “Green Car of the Year” finalists have been announced ahead of the L.A. Auto Show and the BMW i3 is among the final candidates. The other finalists are the Audi A3 TDI, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit hatchback and Volkswagen Golf. Here is a closer look at the cars: BMW i3

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The i3′s electric drive-train generates output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 Newton meters, which is immediately available from a standing start. The BMW i3 sprints from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.7 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds. Its top speed is limited to 150 km/h for efficiency reasons. The US EPA says the i3 has a range of 81 miles with a combined MPGe of 124 (138 MPGe City, 111 MPGe Highway). Audi A3 TDI

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

Audi’s all-new A3 TDI presents an exciting choice for those looking to go upscale and ‘green,’ appearing for the first time as a stylish four-door sedan featuring the automaker’s new fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter TDI clean diesel power plant with a 150-horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels. Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The vehicle is available only with a 3.6L hardened engine with hardened valves and valve seats for improved wear resistance and durability with the CNG fuel system. The CNG tank mounted in the trunk has the equivalent capacity of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, which is expected to offer approximately 150 city miles of range on compressed natural gas based on GM testing. Honda Fit

Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced

The fit features a 1.5-liter inline-four which includes direct-injection and increased compression ratio. It’s rated at 130 hp and 114 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rating the Fit LX with CVT at 33/41 mpg city/highway. Volkswagen Golf Under the hood of the latest Golf,  VW placed a 1.8 liter inline-four engine producing 170 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque.  The Golf now achieves 26 miles per gallon city and 37 mpg highway. The article Finalists for ‘Green Car of the Year’ Announced appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

With a list of mods so long, this Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci done by European Auto Source is certainly one of the most perfect thing projects we’ve ever seen. Everything fits and works the way they should, and the car is completely redefined by...

With a list of mods so long, this Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci done by European Auto Source is certainly one of the most perfect thing projects we’ve ever seen. Everything fits and works the way they should, and the car is completely redefined by these updates in every way. Plus, you get a chance to take a look at a clean BMW E46 3 Series, one of fan’s favorite 3 Series. On the exterior, you will find an extensive list of mods: BMW Performance gloss black kidney grilles, Challenge carbon fiber toof, custom OEM M3 fenders with grill delete, side markers added, inner lip flattened, custom OEM Mtech 2 front bumper with molded CS splitters and reflector delete, OEM BMW euro blind-spot glass OEM CSL rails, OEM M3 mirrors, OEM M3 side skirts, OEM Mtech 2 rear bumper, Vorsteiner CSL trunk – DVWP, Vorsteiner VRS vented hood – double-sided with silver CF vents (race version) and Xpel ultimate clear bra – full front with wrapped edges, door cups, roof, mirrors.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

As far as the small touches are concerned, this BMW E46 330Ci also received some lighting updates. These include custom lighted door handles using OEM E92 LEDs and a set of prototype EAS Aurora Angel Eyes as well. Additionally, you will notice the F1 Autohaus prototype LED Corners/Reverse Lights and LED interior kit. The car now comes with HID Fogs Lights – 6000k and OEM E92 LED License Plate Lights, together with Osram CBI bulbs added to it.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Furthermore, the car got receives new shoes, an Apex ARC-8 wheel set with sizes of 18×9.5 front and rear and paired with Michelin PSS Tires sized 255/35/18 in both the front and the rear. A Macht Schnell stud kit (75mm) together with OEM BMW updated center caps and a chrome ring was added with Vorshlag 5mm wheel spacers in the front.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

The car is nicely lowered and its cornering performance improved thanks to a set of AST 4100 Bampers, a set of Bimmerworld front adjustable endlinks, Hyperco Springs 550F & 650R, Mason Engineering front racing strut bar, an OEM BMW front strut reinforcement plates, Rogue Engineering RSMs, Turner Motorsport adjustable camber arms and sway bar Kit with rear adjustable endlinks, wrapped up with Vorshlag camber plates. You will notice how well the car is lowered and the gorgeous look that the suspension modds provide for the vehicle as well.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Transmission was also updated with the Rogue Engineering Octane short shift kit, Rogue Engineering stainless steel clutch line and Redline fluid upgrade. It provides faster shift times and a more performance feel to the gear changes, driving style and overall performance of the vehicle. Final touches on this build were done to the interior. These include a tint job with a 35% 3M Crystalline tint all around, a Pedal Haus clutch stop and Pedal Haus aluminum pedal set, the custom AUX Input/Jack and EAS Silver carbon fiber interior trim together with EAS silver carbon fiber tool box. The interior changes further include the OEM M3 black non-sunroof headliner, OEM ZHP perforated leather steering wheel with yellow center line and finally an OEM ZHP shift knob. Take the time to look through the media gallery of this extensive build right below.

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

Alpine White BMW E46 330Ci Tuning Build

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BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo – Rendering & Info

The latest edition of the German magazine AutoBild features some renderings of a BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo. Initially thought to be the 2 Series GT, the Active Tourer turned out to be BMW’s first foray into the front-wheel drive segment. But no...

The latest edition of the German magazine AutoBild features some renderings of a BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo. Initially thought to be the 2 Series GT, the Active Tourer turned out to be BMW’s first foray into the front-wheel drive segment. But now, BMW is rumored to actually look at building a proper 2 Series Gran Turismo, following the steps of the 5 Series GT and more recently the 3 Gran Turismo. The 2 GT is said to have a sleek design with a coupe roof and the recent BMW design language which includes angular shapes and slimmer headlights. Just like the larger GT models, the driving position is likely to be raised to provide better view of the road and a more commending stance.

BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo   Rendering & Info

Just like the Active Tourer, the 2 Series Gran Turismo would run on the UKL front-wheel drive platform which allows for increased cabin space and the inclusion of highly efficient three and four-cylinder engines. It is unclear if BMW has green lighted the car yet, but the AutoBild renderings point to the fact that at least conversations within BMW are taking place. It also remains unknown if BMW is committed to bring a 2 Series Gran Coupe to market as well, a rear-wheel drive vehicle built upon the 2 Series Coupe family. The article BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo – Rendering & Info appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 2 Series GT Preview

Preview of the BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo (2 Series GT). From Scott26: The 2er GT is the next logical step and previews the potential for the 2er GT as well as an exclusive look for the new Gran Turismo models of the 5er and the 3er, which will be m...

Preview of the BMW 2 Series Gran Turismo (2 Series GT). From Scott26: The 2er GT is the next logical step and previews the potential for the 2er GT as well as an exclusive look for the new Gran Turismo models of the 5er and the 3er, which will be more sleeker than today’s models but still maintain the current GT’s attributes. The more angular appearance forgoes today’s more rounded look for a more cohesive coupe look. Body sculpture will be angular and chiseled to provide a modern and fresh look with exceptional stand out details. Current GT traits remains such as the 5er with its first class cabin and semi-command seating position. The car has a slight increase due to being accommodated on the 5er Li model from China. This allows for a more sleeker rear end. The rear lights will be placed higher and they are more stretched across the rear but reduced in height , a trait of upcoming BMW models. The 5er GT will be shown as a new Concept car and will demonstrate one of the benefits of the BMW and Toyota relationship. A new Fuel Cell, for increased Efficiency.

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2016 BMW M2 – New Renderings Of The New “Baby-M”

As we get closer to the unveil of the 2016 BMW M2 – which is still a year away – new renderings and information surface around the new “baby-M,” a term coined when the 1 Series M Coupe came to market. The renderings come court...

As we get closer to the unveil of the 2016 BMW M2 – which is still a year away – new renderings and information surface around the new “baby-M,” a term coined when the 1 Series M Coupe came to market. The renderings come courtesy of Autocar UK and follow the lines of the recently spotted M2 test mules and a bit of design common sense. To differentiate itself from the M235i Coupe, the F87 M2 will sport uniquely styled front and rear bumpers, front wings, sills, boot lid and standard 19-inch M wheels.

2016 BMW M2   New Renderings Of The New Baby M

The overall weight plans ask for a limited of 1530 kg, lighter than the current M235i. It features a carbon fiber strut brace within the engine bay (as seen on the M3/M4) and composite plastic panels.

2016 BMW M2   New Renderings Of The New Baby M

Under the hood, just as we reported, it will not sport the inline-six turbo from the new M3 and M4 – even detuned – but rather an updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0) with 370 horsepower. The M2 prototype runs with both a manual and automatic transmission so we expect both options to be available in the production series. The power output suggests a 0 to 62 mph time of 4.4 seconds with the DCT, 0.5 seconds faster than the 1M Coupe. And that’s not all. The shocker really comes from the statement that BMW is looking into an xDrive version of the M2 Coupe in selected markets. And if that wasn’t enough, an M2 Convertible will also be launched in 2016. Production of the BMW M2 begins in November 2015. The article 2016 BMW M2 – New Renderings Of The New “Baby-M” appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Rumor: BMW to Retain RWD for the Next Generation 2 Series

We’ve heard for months now that the BMW board has yet to decide on the future of small RWD BMWs. The issue of course… The post Rumor: BMW to Retain RWD for the Next Generation 2 Series… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my we...

We’ve heard for months now that the BMW board has yet to decide on the future of small RWD BMWs. The issue of course… The post Rumor: BMW to Retain RWD for the Next Generation 2 Series… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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Report: Hyundai to Use Excess Kia Factory Capacity to Build Crossovers

Kia facilities will build more Hyundai crossovers. ...

Kia facilities will build more Hyundai crossovers.

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder Pricing Rises Slightly to $30,395

More goodies in the higher trim levels. ...

More goodies in the higher trim levels.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible Spied Testing Again

A better look at the topless C-Class. ...

A better look at the topless C-Class.

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