Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1407-2015-dodge-challenger-sxt-rt-srt-review/ in News on July 22, 2014
The real challenge? Picking the right one.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/07/22/clever-advertising-jaguar-promoting-xe-model-3-series-competitor/ in News on July 22, 2014
Around Munich, one could spot these days a BMW 3 Series with its typical camouflage. At a first glance you would assume that the prototype spotted is either the facelifted 3 Series Sedan coming up or potentially a different variant being tested. But ...
Around Munich, one could spot these days a BMW 3 Series with its typical camouflage. At a first glance you would assume that the prototype spotted is either the facelifted 3 Series Sedan coming up or potentially a different variant being tested. But all it turns out this is a marketing gimmick by Jaguar who uses camouflaged already-launched production cars from its rivals to promote their upcoming XE model. Jaguar camouflages a BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4, then they add a URL on the side of the car: der-neue.com. Clicking through and the visitors will be greeted with a sign up form where they can enter their email to receive more information on the XE model.
The midsize premium sedan will be launched by Jaguar on September 8 and will debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. With an aluminum-intensive architecture and a front suspension setup derived from the F-Type, Jaguar XE should be a viable competitor to the class-leading BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and Audi A4 line. The XE will also likely feature engines from Jaguar-Land Rover’s new “Ingenium” family, so expect a line of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, and possibly the supercharged V6 from the F-Type in a sport-focused “R” model. Rear-wheel-drive will likely come standard, with available all-wheel-drive as an option on some trim levels.
[Source: Bimmertoday] The article Clever Advertising From Jaguar By Promoting XE Model, 3 Series Competitor appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/driven/1407-2015-dodge-challenger-srt-hellcat-review/ in News on July 22, 2014
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/07/22/bmw-active-tourer-will-conquest-rate-around-75-percent/ in News on July 22, 2014
BMW’s head of product management for front-wheel drive vehicles, Frank Niederlaender, told Automotive News Europe that the company estimates around 75 percent of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer customers will be first-time BMW buyers. “We are ...
BMW’s head of product management for front-wheel drive vehicles, Frank Niederlaender, told Automotive News Europe that the company estimates around 75 percent of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer customers will be first-time BMW buyers. “We are expecting the Active Tourer will have a conquest rate of around 75 percent,” said Frank Niederlaender, head of product management for BMW’s lower model range. BMW’s first minivan and front-wheel drive vehicle will help lure to the marque younger families, who often stay customers of the brand as they get older. BMW also forecasts demand for luxury compact cars like the Active Tourer will grow faster over the next 10 years than for the overall premium market.
BMW will offer three gasoline and three diesels engines to European customers for the model. The 2-series Active Tourer will go on sale in Europe in September with prices starting at 27,200 euros in Germany. The model launches in China in January and in the United States early next year. TEST DRIVE: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer The topic of a BMW-like feel and drive has come up during the interview. Niederlaender said developing a minivan that is sporty enough for the brand despite the lack of rear-wheel drive was significantly easier because of the know-how gained from group’s smaller Mini brand. “Through Mini we have more than 10 years experience with front-wheel-drive cars,” Niederlaender said. The five-seater 2 Series Active Tourer launched in Austria this month is the first of its kind. A seven seater 2 Series Active Tourer will be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October. BMW will offer three gasoline and three diesels engines to European customers for the model. The 2-series Active Tourer will go on sale in Europe in September with prices starting at 27,200 euros in Germany. The model launches in China in January and in the United States early next year The article BMW: “Active Tourer will have a conquest rate of around 75 percent” appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/07/22/2016-g30-bmw-5-series-spotted-nurburgring/ in News on July 21, 2014
The next generation 2016 G30 BMW 5 Series was spotted during testing trials at Nurburgring. Featuring the typical BMW camouflage, aided at this stage by fake body panels that hide its design lines, the G30 5 Series Touring gives us an overall look at...
The next generation 2016 G30 BMW 5 Series was spotted during testing trials at Nurburgring. Featuring the typical BMW camouflage, aided at this stage by fake body panels that hide its design lines, the G30 5 Series Touring gives us an overall look at how the 5 Series family has evolved. The test mule here comes with prototype lights while the kidney grille and side skirts are borrowed from other cars and are not the final product.
What do we expect from the 5 Series is to continue along the design lines of the current F10/F11 generation, a soft rounded design that it is immediately appealing to mass customers. We do anticipate some of the current BMW design features to trickle their way into the 5 Series looks as well, starting with the headlights flowing into the kidney grille and the dynamics side panels. The hood lines will continue to be aggressive and dynamic looking, giving the car a road-focused look. The front and rear bumper will certainly be bumped a notch in sportiness as well. READ ALSO: G11 BMW 7 Series Coming In 2016 Inside BMW will stay true to its classy, sporty and premium design, but with a new touch. We expected to see a redesigned dashboard with the free-standing LCD display and tons of premium features currently found in higher-end models. The G30 BMW 5 Series is built upon the BMW’s next generation platform called “35up”, a codename for a new platform that will bring lightweight materials and construction to mass production cars. CFRP will play an important role here. Powertrains will include a selection of four cylinder 2.0 liter engines and 3.0-liter inline-six gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a hybrid drivetrain based on the one seen in the X5 eDrive Concept. An entry-level G30 5 Series might feature the small, yet potent three cylinder 1.5 liter engines. The first of the G30 generation models should arrive in the Summer of 2016. [Source: TopSpeed] The article 2016 G30 BMW 5 Series Spotted At Nurburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/07/22/cross-country-electric-record-tesla-3331-9-miles/ in News on July 21, 2014
Edmunds.com says it set a record for cross-country travel in an electric car, driving a 2013 Tesla S from Redondo Beach, CA. to New York City in 67 hours and 21 minutes. The total distance traveled? 3,331.9 miles The previous record was set by a Tesl...
Edmunds.com says it set a record for cross-country travel in an electric car, driving a 2013 Tesla S from Redondo Beach, CA. to New York City in 67 hours and 21 minutes. The total distance traveled? 3,331.9 miles The previous record was set by a Tesla itself with a team that went across the country in 76 hours and 5 minutes. Edmunds says the drivers stopped at 23 Tesla Supercharger stations during the trip. Furthermore, the two drivers say Tesla was uncertain they’d make it because they were using a charging corridor that Tesla considered undeveloped.
Tesla S comes with a range of more than 200 miles which get fully charged in one hour through the Supercharger stations. The team figured the battery pack would fill faster if close to empty, so only put in as much juice as needed to reach the next Supercharger, rather than filling the battery pack as full as possible. The drivers ate while the car recharged and took turns sleeping in the car. The driving style is said to not have been too fast and aggressive which drains the batteries quicker. BMW and Tesla are aiming to become the largest automakers for electric cars, with the Munich-based company just launching the BMW i3 Megacity Car and a future Tesla competitor, the BMW i5, within the next two years. Tesla is also preparing a 3 Series competitor in electric form. By the numbers: Distance: 3,331.9 miles Total time: 67 hours, 21 minutes. Driving time: 52 hours, 41 minutes Average driving speed: 63.2 mph Total Supercharger plug-In time: 14 hours, 40 minutes Average Supercharger plug-in time: 38.3 minutes Number of Other Stops: 0 Total energy consumption: 1.06 Megawatt-hours Total fuel cost: $0 (thanks to Tesla’s free Superchargers, available to all Tesla owners) The article Cross-country electric record in Tesla: 3,331.9 miles appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/07/22/bmw-1-series-sedan-rendering/ in News on July 21, 2014
For years, rumors around a future BMW 1 Series Sedan have been circulating on the interwebs. With the separation of the 1 and 2 Series family, the entry-level BMW compact car is now offered only in the three and five door hatch configuration. The 2 S...
For years, rumors around a future BMW 1 Series Sedan have been circulating on the interwebs. With the separation of the 1 and 2 Series family, the entry-level BMW compact car is now offered only in the three and five door hatch configuration. The 2 Series family has been reserved for the coupe and convertible models, an a possible four-door coupe. Rendering artist Theophilus Chin sets course again to create some beautiful and somewhat realistic renders of what the 1 Series Sedan might look like. Sources say that the four-door model is built internally under thename NES (New Entry-Level Sedan) and it makes use of the upcoming front-wheel drive architecture which will be used in many models by BMW, including the second generation X1.
“The NES is integral to our growth plans,” a BMW insider source revealed. “It will be an important pillar in the future 1-series lineup, particularly in the U.S. and China, where sales of small premium-brand four-door sedans are on the rise.” The NES is described as being in the strategic planning stage, in which designers and engineers are asked to lay down preliminary guidelines for the new model. The following step will be issuing a new official codename. BMW and its 1 Series Sedan will enter a premium market along with the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 Sedan, both vehicles that also use a front-wheel drive setup.
Under the hood, the 1 Series Sedan will carry either three- and four-cylinder inline direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units. A hybrid version might follow as well. The article BMW 1 Series Sedan – RENDERING appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2014/07/22/2014-audi-s5-vs-2014-bmw-435i-comparison/ in News on July 21, 2014
Car and Driver delivers one of the most exciting comparisons in the premium segment. The 2014 BMW 435i and the 2014 Audi S5 are two of the biggest sellers in the U.S. premium segment, and also two of the most fun German cars to drive. Under the hood,...
Car and Driver delivers one of the most exciting comparisons in the premium segment. The 2014 BMW 435i and the 2014 Audi S5 are two of the biggest sellers in the U.S. premium segment, and also two of the most fun German cars to drive. Under the hood, the BMW 435i Coupe sports a 3.0 liter inline-six TwinScroll turbocharged unit producing 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission (an optional six-speed manual is offered). The BMW 4 Series has the same 110.6” wheelbase as the existing F30 3 Series sedan. Its overall length, 182.7 inches, is just a hair longer the the F30 sedan by 0.2”. The new 4 Series overall height is 53.6 inches. This is lower than the existing 3 Series sedan by 2.7” and the outgoing 3 Series coupe by .63”, giving the car a more dynamics and sporty stance and ride.
The 2014 Audi S5 Coupe accelerates from 0-100 km/h in a mere 5.1 seconds thanks to a 3.0 liter supercharged TFSI V6 engine with direct injection that channels its 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque through a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or the available 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. It is only available with the Quattro all-wheel drive system. So how do the two contenders fare against each other? READ ALSO: BMW 435i Test Drive Here is an excerpt from their review: In spite of Audi’s reputation as a style leader, it was the BMW we couldn’t stop ogling. The Motoren Werke’s designers nailed the surfacing, and as our test went on, we remained intrigued by the way changing light brings out the bulge and sinew in the 4-series’s shape. Cruising from Hollywood to the start of our mountain route, the 435i was perfectly serene—hushed inside, with barely a hum from beneath the hood—and it delivered a relaxed ride. But in the presence of the Audi, even its stiffened springs, shocks, and anti-roll bars failed to fully rouse this M Sportiest 4-series. Comparatively speaking, the driver is isolated from wheel and suspension movements, and the slow steering seems so numb that it’s the pulsing of the inside-front brake rather than any feedback through the wheel that indicates you’ve reached the cornering limit. At 0.90 g, that limit is handily topped by the Audi, which feels like the better balanced and livelier car. This is especially surprising given the S5’s greater forward weight bias. The BMW’s numbness saps driver confidence, as the car doesn’t provide enough information to form a complete picture of what’s happening at the tires. That isolation extends below the hood, too. BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter has the same even power delivery and stirring sound here as it does in other applications. But you have to roll up the windows, turn off the music, and make sure the climate-control fan isn’t blowing too hard if you want to enjoy that sound. For years we’ve lauded the smoothness of BMW inline-sixes, to the point that the adjective “silky” long ago became hackneyed. But it’s getting ridiculous. This engine approximates an electric motor in its polish and subtlety. We’d prefer that engineers didn’t go to quite such extremes to isolate the driver from the machinery. With the exception of Porsche, however, nobody does manual transmissions—both shifter and clutch—better than BMW. The article 2014 Audi S5 vs. 2014 BMW 435i – Comparison appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/features/news/1407-ford-f-150-svt-raptor-spy-photos/ in News on July 21, 2014
Engine and suspension changes could be on the horizon.
Posted by http://www.automobilemag.com/reviews/12_month_car_reviews/1407-2014-kia-cadenza-july-update/ in News on July 21, 2014
A graduation road trip in the big Kia sedan.