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The wisest drivers among us go straight for the 530i when he/she wants a luxury BMW that still handles like a sports car. Legendary for precision engineering and painstaking attention to even the most minute detail, BMWs are in a class of their own. . .always have been and always will. First, let's check the specs and then I'll woo you with some extras (of which there are many):Basics:- 3.0L Automatic V6 (that's right, it's a beast)- Silver Gray Metallic (the best color)- Black interior (the best interior) - 4 doors (just the right amount, eh?)- 20mpg city/30 mpg highway (how 'bout those savings?)- Base curb weight: 3,472 (that's a whole lotta car)Safety:- 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS)- Driver front passenger airbag supplemental restraint system- Side-impact Head Protection System (AHPS II)- Front door-mounted side-impact airbags- 3-point safety belts w/front automatic height adjusters, front- Automatic locking safety belt device for child seat w/tether...- Dynamic Stability Control w/Dynamic Traction Control (DSC)- Battery safety terminal- Intelligent Safety & Information System (ISIS) - Crash sensor (automatically turns on hazard/interior lights- Automatic fuel cut-off (triggered by airbag deployment)- Side-impact interlocking door anchoring system- Daytime running lights
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Auto blogFri, 15 Aug 2014 11:01:00 EST
The new, one-of-a-kind BMW i8 Concours d'Elegance Edition made a ritzy debut last night at BMW's private villa, giving the media its first chance to look at the ultra-exclusive hybrid.
As we said in our previous post, the most notable feature of the Concours d'Elegance i8 is its matte grey paint, known as Frozen Grey Metallic in BMW parlance. This isn't the first time we've seen this shade on an exclusive BMW, as it was last used for the Frozen Grey M3 from 2010.
Contrasting quite nicely with the i8's flat paint are its blue and white accents, and its Dalbergia Brown leather upholstery. Blue contrast stitching complements the interior aesthetic, as do the embossed BMW roundels in the headrests.
BMW is charting new territory with the 2 Series. No, not the two-door model - that's just the kind of rear-drive coupe for which the brand is known. But the Active Tourer (which only shares its series designation with the coupe) is a front-drive tall hatchback/MPV category buster, and that's not exactly what comes to mind when you think of Bimmers. As such, the 2 Series Active Tourer is bound to turn off some of the brand's faithful, but this latest M Sport kit could at least ease the pain somewhat.
The sport package for the Active Tourer packs all the usual suspects: a more aggressive aero kit, retuned suspension, blacked-out grille, 17- or 18-inch alloys and an interior with sports seats trimmed in blue-stitched Alcantara. Top all that off with an Estoril Blue paint job and you've got a compact family hauler that might look the part, and maybe handle a bit tighter, yet it naturally stops short of the full M treatment (or even an M Performance spec like you'd find in the M235i coupe). All of which is probably just as well, because that might be the only thing BMW purists would object to more than the existence of a front-drive BMW MPV in the first place.
An annual market study of the strongest brands across various industries has seen Toyota leapfrog BMW as the world's most valuable automotive brand. Toyota's 2013 brand value rose to $24.5 billion, up 12 percent versus 2012 numbers according to market research company Millward Brown's BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands list. BMW's value fell slightly; down by 2 percent to a total of $24 billion.
Mercedes-Benz finished in third place in the automotive category, up 11 percent from 2012 for a valuation of $18 billion. Honda ($12.4 billion, down 2 percent) and Nissan ($10.2 billion, up 3 percent) rounded out the top five for the category. Volkswagen was the only other auto brand that finished in the top 100 overall, in 100th place. Audi made the greatest percentage gain over 2012, up 18 percent to $5.5 billion, but finished outside of the top 100.
Technology companies dominated the overall list, with Apple, Google and IBM ranking one through three. Couture brand Prada was 2013's biggest gainer, rising by 63 percent over 2012.