The Mini Cooper designers insisted on retaining certain characteristics – the soft edges, circular headlamps, short overhangs, tall roofline and go-cart handling – and BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer is glad they did....More
Despite the familial resemblance, Mini executives say virtually every aspect of the new vehicle, including all the sheet metal, the seats, grille, suspension, interior electronics and even the antenna, is re-engineered.
Forgiving a few fit-and-finish issues, the new 2-door fastback delivers a remarkable interior that caters to younger entrepreneurs. The Wraith adds an important new dimension for the iconic British luxury brand....More
Far and away, the most astounding feature of the new Wraith interior is the matte-finish Canadel paneling, made of Brazilian rosewood and named for the cove in France where Henry Royce once vacationed.
A record six diesels are in this year’s competition. WardsAuto editors are driving 45 vehicles with all-new or redesigned engines or propulsion systems. Among the nominees, 20 are turbocharged and three are supercharged....More
This year’s flood of new diesels (from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz) illustrates the need for automakers to take unconventional steps to comply with pending fuel-economy mandates in the U.S. while meeting continued heavy demand for diesels in Europe.
Leading the project is Nissan, which along with Renault, BMW and Volkswagen plans 74 rapid chargers along major trunk routes and providing EV-friendly links to five seaports and five international airports....More
One of the earliest applications of the 2-cyl. engine under development is for the next-generation Mini Hybrid, expected in 2015. The small mill eventually may migrate to other BMW Group hybrids....More
Against a backdrop of negative market sentiment in the luxury segment, the automaker reported strong third-quarter and year-to-date growth in China thanks to demand for Phantom and Ghost models....More
BMW stages its Can-Am Fall Launch in the Pacific Northwest for journalists to experience the new 4-Series coupe, 3-Series Gran Turismo, 535d sedan with a new 6-cyl. turbodiesel, updated high-output M5 sedan and M6 coupe and redesigned X5 CUV....More
Some suppliers are investing in additional facilities because they are confident current production levels will be sustained and because they have exhausted most of their avenues to stretch available...
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