Autoblog Podcast #330

Shanghai Motor Show, 2014 Jaguar F-Type, 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

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Episode #330 of the Autoblog Podcast is (finally!) here, and this week, Dan Roth, Zach Bowman and Executive Editor Chris Paukert talk about the Shanghai Motor Show, our time with the 2014 Jaguar F-Type and the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel. We also give extra attention to your questions and comments. For those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. You can follow along after the jump with our Q&A. Thanks for listening!

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BMW gives X6 Sports Activity Coupé a refresh

cr 60084cde3370b5f6624fcffacd43c7fc Bmw X6 2013BMW gives X6 Sports Activity Coupé a refresh

Author: fogoming123

BMW launched its X6 in 2008 dubbing it "the world's first ever Sports Activity Coupé." The SAC moniker was adopted because the vehicle combined the high ground clearance and all-wheel drive attributes of an SUV, with the body styling of a coupé. Despite mixed reviews regarding its styling upon launch, BMW says the vehicle has since racked up sales of over 150,000. Now the German automaker has announced it is giving the X6 a facelift – although you'll have to look pretty closely to pick the changes.

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The refreshed X6 sees a redesigned front end, with the standard fog lights now set in matt finish surrounds in the upper area of the outer air inlets, and newly designed bars that are angled in the lower section to make the new-look grille stand out. BMW says the new X6 will also be the first vehicle in its segment to offer the option of adaptive LED headlamps instead of the standard bi-xenon units. The use of LEDs also extends to the rear if the vehicle where the tail lights are now two LED-fed light banks.

The engines on offer are the V8 xDrive50i delivering 300 kW/407 bhp, and the xDrive35i in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine with 225 kW/306 bhp. Meanwhile the inline 6-cylinder diesel engines available for the X6 are the xDrive40d delivering 225 kW/306 bhp, and the xDrive30d with 180 kW/245 bhp. Based on the EU test cycle, the xDrive40d and xDrive30d boast fuel economy figures of 7.5 liters per 100 kilometers (31.3 mpg US) and 7.4 lp100km (31.7 mpg US) respectively. All are coupled to a standard 8-speed sports transmission.

Other changes include new paint finishes – two non-metallic and eight metallic colors – new leather trim color options, optional three-seater rear bench, and 19-inch light alloy wheels as standard, with 20-inch versions available as an option.

Another option available for the X6 in Germany is an M Sport Edition package. This includes 20-inch M light alloy wheels, electrically adjustable sports seats with memory function, stainless steel pedals, M driver footrest and adaptive LED headlamps. The package also adds an additional 11 kW and 30 lb-ft of torque to the X6 xDrive35i, and 30 kW and 30 lb-ft of torque to the X6 xDrive50i.

The adaptive LED headlamps will also be standard in a new X6 M, which packs a V8 engine delivering 408 kW/555 bhp paired to a 6-speed M Sport automatic transmission.

BMW will have the new 2013 X6 in showrooms before mid-2012. Pricing is yet to be announced.

New looks and new engine choices feature in the car, which is expected in UK showrooms in June.

Exterior revisions aim to emphasise the road presence of the X6, which BMW describes as a Sports-Activity Vehicle or SAV.

Styling-wise the foglights have been moved up to border the bumper air inlets while the signature kidney grille has been made bolder. Its bars match the bottom of the headlamps to emphasise the car's width.

The rear end gets new sets of twin LED light strips, mounted horizontally again to give the car a wide, purposeful look. There are new body paint finishes too.

The X6M model gets LED adaptive headlamps, offered as an option on other versions.

New to the engine line-up is a 381bhp six-cylinder diesel with a triple turbocharger, dubbed by BMW as the world's most powerful standard in-line six-cylinder diesel.

Fitted in the new X6 M50d model, this unit boasts a 5.3-second 0-62mph, out running some eight-cylinder versions, yet returns fuel consumption figures of almost 37mpg.

Other engine choices include diesels of 245 and 306bhp, and petrol units offering 306 and a range-topping 407bhp.

Changes inside the cabin of the new models include more colour options for the leather upholstery.

BMW says in the three years since the X6 was launched more than 150,000 have been sold across the globe, far more than the manufacturer expected to produce.

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The 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe

The 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe

Author: doug jones

cr 0b19ba4e7eefb8a7e35c6f9ef9ea6181 Bmw 650i Gran CoupePerhaps the most anticipated new BMW for sale in Canada is the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show. BMW recently announced its U.S. pricing for the new BMW 6 series coupe along with available packages.

What is the BMW 650i Gran Coupe? Car and Driver explained it well, "Beautifully splitting the difference between 5 and 6."

Unlike most coupes, this BMW 6 series has four doors. Riding on the BMW 5 series wheelbase and serving as a 4-door version of the BMW 6 series 2-door coupe, the Gran Coupe's wheelbase has been extended 113 mm. This extra space accommodates the rear doors and gives rear passengers more space than the 2-door coupe.

The Gran Coupe is a late entry into a relatively new automotive segment dominated by cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A7, and Porsche Panamera. This is a beautiful entry. The 650i has an elegant, sloping roofline, stunning accents, and distinctive exterior styling. Its two-tone leather interior screams luxury.

The Gran Coupe uses the Valvetronic system to increase both horsepower and torque. Its V8 engine puts out 445-hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the engine is relatively fuel efficient for the size and weight of this car. The 2013 BMW 6 series Gran Coupe features an 8-speed automatic transmission, standard steering wheel paddle shifters, and an engine start/stop system.

As with other new BMW cars, the BMW Gran Coupe can be upgraded as needed to better suit your needs and personal taste. Among the upgrade packages recently announced, you'll find:

  • M Sport Package
  • Driver Assistance Package
  • Cold Weather Package
  • Luxury Seating Package
  • Individual Composition Package
  • Upgraded Sound Package

In general, the features and options offered for the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe are expected to be much like those offered on other BMW 6 series cars. Examples include: optional Roll Stabilisation / Active Steering, Dynamic Damper Control, adaptive LED headlights, special paint options, and 19" wheels.

Pricing for the 2013 BMW 650i Gran Coupe is not currently available for Canada. However, BMW recently announced pricing for cars sold in the United States. In the U.S., the 4.4 litre, twin turbo V8 version of the 650i will start at $87,395. For $3,000 more, you can get the xDrive variant. Canadian prices are expected to approach, if not slightly exceed the $100,000 range. BMW accessories and packages will drive the base price up as well. For example, the M Sport package will add roughly $4200 (USD) to the price tag while the Luxury Seating package will put you back another $3600 or so.

If you're torn between a new BMW 5 series and a BMW 6 series coupe, the Gran Coupe may be the perfect blend. With four doors, a spacious interior, and elegant styling throughout, this car is a beauty. Powered by BMW technologies, it's also a delight to drive. Do yourself a favour and schedule a test drive as soon as the Gran Coupe reaches your local BMW Ontario dealer.

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The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe has arrived at Budds' BMW, a BMW dealer located in Oakville, Ontario. With a large inventory of new and used Bmw cars, Canada car enthusiasts flock to Budds' BMW for its superior selection, knowledgeable staff, and exceptional Bmw service. Schedule a test drive or check out the latest 650i news and photos by connecting with Budds BMW on Facebook.

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper

Author: Keeley

cr 1d2bdd69fb0ddb12bcd175b646fb5807 Mini Cooper 2013If you are searching for the most popular economy car, New Mini Cooper produced by BMW can be your best bet, because the new Mini adopts features of better fuel economy, attractive interior, power and speed, and most standard safety features, though Mini still keep few specifications intact as the previous one due to the mass public appeal.

Mini history shows that the initial foundation was laid by British Motor Company (BMC), after the Suez crisis of 1956 that lead to fuel shortage and petrol rationing in the United Kingdom and slump in the sale of large cars, and boost of small German cars in the car market.

The design of the two-door car Mini is based on Sir Alec Issigonis's design for BMC and production started in 1959 at two plants in England and one plant in Sydney, Australia. Later Mini was also manufactured in other countries in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. The production continued till 2000 and over the year the car earned the distinction of influential car of 20th century in 1999.

Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S sportier versions were newer model of Mini car series that also received huge success in rally cars and successfully won Monte Carlo Rally four times. In 2000, the British car company was taken over by BMW and first new Mini was launched in 2001 with 98% newer features and BMW engines. The styling of the car was not changed much because of the popularity of the old classic design among the customers.

The latest version of Mini Cooper S will make its presence in 2013, replacing its previous versions including popular the sportier S and John Cooper Works trims, the Clubman and Countryman. It is expected the New Mini Copper will offer completely new version. The Mini may adopt bigger wheels, brakes and better tires performance and more backseat space.

The car may be fitted with 1.6-liter four-cylinder208 hp engine, producing 88kW of power and 240Nm of torque, a twin-scroll turbocharger and direct-injection technology with variable valve timing technology, called Valvetronic. The gear box will adopt same current model's manual six speed transmission but the auto version may be replaced by automatic transmission of 8 speed gears. The newer version may also sport a switch at the bottom of the gear stick lever for allowing the driver to toggle between ‘Sport' and ‘Green' modes. The fuel consumption of the new Mini is also notable with the Cooper S from 8.4L/100km to 6.9. The interior of the car bears same classic look.

The length of the may have increased by 58mm, but still lack the comfort space for the two back seats, because of the wheelbase which has remained the same (2457mm) . The new version also offers optional electronic stability control system that controls the car on an uphill gradient and prevents it from rolling back. In addition, the safety feature also includes six airbags, traction control, as anti-lock brakes, EBD Electronic Brake Force Distribution and CBC Cornering Brake Control.

With a price tag of £14,900 – £18,020, or Rs. 26.02 – Rs. 26.02 lakh (ex-showroom price in Mumbai, New Mini version can your choice of choice of a classic look car design with latest technology and safety features.

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The Intriguing BMW I8 Concept Car

By Jordan Perch

There has never been a lack of designs that provide us with hints on what the cars of the future are going to look like, with Japan and German car makers making the most interesting and realistic-looking concepts, that could get into mass production in the near future. One such car is the BMW i8 concept, which was unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, and it's expected that the Bavarian car manufacturer is going to start producing it in 2013. It's also known as BMW Concept Vision Efficient Dynamics, and is part of BMW's "Project i"

cr af05b71f0e67174e80a0bd19560c3808 Bmw I8 Concept CarThis is a plug-in hybrid, that is powered by a high-performance 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder combustion engine, providing 220 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, that works in tandem with two electric motors. This combination provides excellent performances, reminiscent of the best sports cars in the world, but also makes for a very good fuel efficiency at the same time. So, it goes from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 160 mph. The fuel consumption is rated at 70 mpg, and it has an ultra-low emissions rating of 99 grams per kilometer, according to the manufacturer. You can travel up to 20 miles before the lithium-ion batteries need to be recharged, which is one of the aspects of the i8 that must be improved.

Inside, this coupe can accommodate 4 people, with two pairs of sports leather seats in the front and the back. The control panels and all the instruments are arranged in a way that allows you to enjoy a sporty and aggressive ride, and still be in control of the vehicle. There are three-dimensional displays which give information on engine speed, navigation and entertainment functions, as well as battery levels.

The exterior design makes it look as a real futuristic car. It has a lightweight, aluminum chassis, with the sunroof, windows and windshield made of polycarbonate glass. The doors and the roof are completely transparent, which gives you a clear view of the inside and provides a lot of light into the cabin. But, the innovations don't stop here. The BMW i8 features something that is rarely seen on cars – laser lighting. There are laser headlights instead of LED lights, which makes the car a lot more energy efficient than most similar concept cars.

This amazing sports car should become available for purchase in 2014, and according to some speculations, it will definitely cost over $150,000.

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