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.
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.
From the passenger seat, the all-new 2.3L EcoBoost propels the car with gusto through three laps on a short handling track about the size of a football field in the Charlotte Motor Speedway parking lot....More
It was only five minutes in the passenger seat, but that was enough time to draw some first impressions about the all-new '15 Ford Mustang with its 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cyl. engine, independent rear suspension and upgraded interior.
A 1.2L 4-cyl. gasoline engine mated to a tolerable 5-speed manual transmission gets the Opel Adam jumping at moderate speeds, although it takes some revving. Things get a bit dicier around 60 mph (100 km/h)....More
The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI, hosted its fifth annual Maker Faire Detroit this past weekend in highlighting the importance of grassroots innovation and problem-solving. Some 400 creators participated in this year’s event, including 100 for the first time.
“What we are finding is manufacturers are not only bringing technology in faster than we thought they would, they are also bringing different technology to fruition than what we anticipated,” says the EPA’s Michael Olechiw....More
The earnings swoon also reflected difficulties in international markets, specifically South America, where economic headwinds are affecting sales, and in Europe, where GM continues to book losses as it restructures its business....More
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
“We must recognize that fully driverless cars require a great deal more comprehensive testing and development before they can be made commercially available in the U.K. – or anywhere in the world,” says a top insurance industry official....More
The Henry Ford in Dearborn will host this weekend’s celebration of creativity in parts of the museum and adjacent parking lot. The family-friendly festival is like a traveling circus, highlighting the works of local tinkerers at each stop....More
Mercedes-Benz launched its first and only U.S. vehicle assembly plant in 1995. Officially known as Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, MBUSI has solely produced SUVs and CUVs for North America and export markets until production of the C-Class luxury sedan began in June.