The next-generation Mini has been engineered by parent BMW to be synergistic with the new family of BMW front-wheel-drive cars led by the 2-Series Active Tourer due in showrooms in coming months....More
Cycling up through gears on Road America’s long straight-aways to 140 mph, the dual-clutch transmission shifts with the clean-cut precision of a guillotine. It’s about this time the driver recognizes the M3/M4 as the king of the sports-car jungle....More
Four generations of M3 have earned BMW the kind of respect every automaker envies. The dual-purpose car is designed to be just at home on the racetrack as tootling through suburbia. Having done a little of both here at the legendary Road America track and in and around this quaint Upper Midwestern town, it’s easy to understand this car’s vaunted status.
BMW and GoPro have a new relationship allowing the compact, go-anywhere cameras to integrate seamlessly with vehicles such as the new BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe. WardsAuto tests both camera and car at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI....More
The third-generation CUV now appears more wedge-like and benefits from deep-drawn sheet metal, a slightly lower roof and short front overhang. It’s both bigger and lighter, with three excellent powertrain offerings....More
The front end of the previous X5 was disjointed, suffering from a perfectly horizontal line that left the lower fascia detached from the grille and headlights. The new front end is styled with emotion – without any horizontal separation – and the pinched headlamps convey more anger and tension. The X5 has a powerful presence.
Ambient lighting takes center stage in the 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors competition. Even certain vehicles that failed to make the cut manage to deliver impressive cabin lighting that is soft, distinctive, occasionally sporty and, at times, romantic.
WardsAuto highlights some of the disappointing features identified in vehicles evaluated for 2014 Ward's 10 Best Interiors. Problems range from fit-and-finish and ergonomics to comfort and overall layout. These are the types of issues that result in lower scores for vehicles in the competition.
Popularity of this new breed of vehicles is growing rapidly worldwide, and more automakers are beginning to test the U.S. market, where buyers are expected to migrate from small hatchbacks and sedans....More
A Japan Magnesium Assn. official predicts demand will grow 3% to 4% over the next five years thanks to a new alloy mix incorporating calcium, making it possible to die-cast magnesium components on the same line as aluminum parts....More
In October 2013, trade between NAFTA partners totaled $103.1 billion, up 4.5% from a year earlier, marking the first month in the pact’s history in which trade exceeded $100 billion in a single month....More
Economic recovery is weak and gradual, unemployment remains stubbornly high and Europe faces a growing and acute economic challenge from other global regions. We will only deliver the full potential benefits of the Single Market if we set a genuinely new course for Europe....More