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Six Appeal; The New BMW 6 Series

On: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 11:02AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


BMW 6-series test 2

Last time around, famous, or perhaps infamous, designer Chris Bangle penned a 6-series; the car became a hit… For a while. But that eye-catching yet controversial patchwork has not stood the test of time, and has become extremely dated and, to some, even unappealing. But new chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk has taken the essence of what originally made the 6-series appealing and sanitized the scary out of it. 

The new Six has kept the long hood/short deck profile that helps any sporty car look sportier, and actually made it slightly more dramatic. The 6-series was never posing as a Miata, and the newest generation keeps that theme by measuring in at 54 inches high, 75 inches wide, and 193 inches long, with more than a few inches of that length coming from the extended nose of the new car. The wheelbase has been extended three inches to 112 for improved interior room and handling capabilities.


Porsche Working On Mid-Level Supercar To Take On Ferrari 458

On: Tue, Mar 29, 2011 at 9:35AM | By: Chris Weiss


Porsche test 2

Not long after Porsche confirmed that it was building the 918 Spyder, rumors about other super-911 plans started flowing. Word was that Porsche was going to build a second supercar to slot between the 918 and the 911. Well, according to Autocar, those plans are alive and well, and Porsche will be positioning the car against the likes of the Ferrari 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C.

Porsche chief Matthias Mueller gave a peek behind the scenes: "We’re looking to extend the range; we’ve got an idea to do another mid-engine model. We’re thinking above the 911 but below the 918 Spyder."


Certain Vehicle Colors Are Suspended Due To Shortage

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 7:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


Certain Vehicle Colors Are Suspended test 2

The massive Japanese earthquake and tsunami earlier this month has been an ongoing story that will likely continue to unfold for weeks to come. In addition to the deaths, injury, and turmoil within Japan, the events have taken a huge toll on business and industry. The global auto industry will be deeply affected by parts shortages and production slowdowns for months to come. Japanese automakers have had to shut down operations, and automakers in other countries have been similarly affected. The U.S. market has already started to feel the effects of decreased auto supply and increased pricing. 

One interesting subplot to come out of the greater story is the shortage of certain auto colors. Several automakers have had to halt production on specific colored models due to a shortage of a pigment called Xirallic. The pigment is made by a Japanese plant that is located near the damaged nuclear reactor.


Rumor: BMW Working On 4-Series Line

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 6:17PM | By: Tim Healey


BMW Working On 4-Series Line test 2

According to several sources, BMW is working on a 4-Series line that could compete with the Audi A5 Sportback. Many observers have speculated that BMW was readying a new 3-Series GT four-door coupe/hatchback design (think 5-Series GT, but smaller) and now the rumor mill is saying that perhaps the 3-Series GT is actually a 4-Series GT.

If BMW comes out with a 4-Series GT, it would be one of several vehicles in the 4-Series family. There would be a sedan, conventional coupe, and convertible, as well.


 

Pagani To Build Huayra Roadster and Possible 'Entry Level' Model

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 4:58PM | By: Chris Weiss


Pagani Huayra Roadster test 2

Well, here's some good news straight from the top of the Pagani food chain. Horacio Pagani confirmed that his supercar company plans to build a Huayra convertible within the next couple years. According to its founder, the company is also considering an entry level model. When your current car slots in at well over a million dollars, we're not sure how "entry level" we're talking, but it's just good to know that more Paganis are [potentially] on the horizon. 


BMW Pickup Car = April Fool's Prank

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 3:07PM | By: Chris Weiss


Well, BMW has come clean, admitting that the M3-based pickup car was indeed test 2

When I first saw spy shots of the now infamous BMW pickup car last week, my first instinct was to check the calendar. "Good, only mid-March, so I wasn't in a Scotch-induced coma for three weeks. But, what is this thing all about?"

A car that weird and out of the blue just smacked of April Fool’s humor. While it wasn't actually April Fool's Day, the fact that the car was spotted just weeks before that holiday pointed to a joke.


Social Media Bosses Now Carrying Marketing Clout

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 2:33PM | By: Tim Healey


Social Media Guru  test 2

Normally, when a CEO or other executive leaves an automaker, it's news outside of the relatively cloistered community of automotive journalists and industry observers. Now, when someone in charge of a company's social-media approach makes a career change, there's almost the same amount of coverage.

For example, Christopher Barger spent four years at GM, helping that company develop its social-media strategy.


De Tomaso Pantera Will Price at $400,000

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 10:26AM | By: Chris Weiss


De Tomaso Pantera test 2

Word that the planned sports coupe from the new De Tomaso would, indeed, be a Pantera revival came earlier this month out of Geneva. That was great news, but left us with all kinds of questions, like what would power the car, what it would look like, and how much it would cost. While two-thirds of those questions remain unanswered, we have an answer to one: the Pantera will cost a rather lofty 250,000 pounds ($410,000), according to company executives. That price point puts it above the new Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 ($379,700), so it looks like De Tomaso plans a serious, performance coupe.


Toyota and Honda Extend Shutdowns Through This Week, Prices To Rise

On: Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 9:27AM | By: Chris Weiss


Toyota and Honda Extend Shutdowns test 2

Two of Japan's Big 3 have extended production shutdowns until this weekend, in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami events that ravaged Japan on March 11. Both companies are experiencing issues with parts supplies and have been forced into extending shutdowns.

Honda said yesterday that it will extend the shutdown of two auto plants and a motorcycle plant until March 27. Toyota extended its shutdown until March 26.


Veloster Details Unleashed!

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 2:26PM | By: Chris Salamone


2012 Hyundai Veloster test 2

Today’s world is fast-paced. Each day we are overwhelmed with new data and exciting stories, a virtual media blitz. The all new 2012 Hyundai Veloster is a car which not only helps drivers to navigate and command the media realm, but seems to have functional design elements as well. If you’re in the market for a compact coupe and can wait until summer 2011, the Veloster is a great option to consider. Perhaps the most important aspect of the Veloster is the standard 7-inch touchscreen which serves as the command center for navigation, staying in touch with comrades, uploading photos, using Pandora, and, most importantly, watching movies or playing video games on your the Xbox 360. Fear not, parents, drivers can watch and game only whilst in the park position.


BMW i8 Drifts The Ice

On: Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 12:55PM | By: Chris Weiss


BMW i8 test 2

Ever since it debuted at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the BMW i8 (aka Vision EfficientDynamics) has evoked a certain sense of Old Man winter. The icy glare of the blue kidney grille, the glass cabin, and the ice-blue accents throughout, the car is a virtual iceberg on four wheels. And even though it's been gradually restyled as it pushes toward production, it continues to exude a strong sense of snow and ice.

So, it's with great pleasure that we present a video of the i8 doing some ice testing. The car is finally in its element and it looks more than at home.