It’s cold, windy, and early on a recent Tuesday, and our bus is traveling down a nondescript road in northwestern South Carolina. The small group inside is quietly eager. Next to me are families and friends, fathers and sons. And as we turn off the main road and approach the glass façade of the BMW Performance Center, some begin to point and murmur. “Is that it?” asks one. “There it is!” says another. They’re seeing their new BMWs in person for the first time. Some on this bus have had this day circled on their calendar for months. Me, too. When we ordered an X3 xDrive28i for our long-term fleet, BMW supplied its VIN. After creating an account on the automaker’s website and plugging in the 16-digit alphanumeric string, we watched as our X3 completed each milestone of its assembly, including video of it being married to its powertrain and getting its sunroof installed. Now, our finished Vermillion Red X3 is sitting prominently at the front … [Read more...] about 2011 BMW X3: From South Carolina to L.A.
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Not surprisingly, and despite issues regarding its use, automotive window tint film has become big business in Malaysia. These days, protection from harsh temperatures as well as from potential crime has seen a significant growth in sales of window film – take a look around you and you’ll notice that just about every car has some film protection slapped on. This of course has also meant that the number of window film brands has grown. There are plenty of names about, but not every film is the same in terms of quality – some, while impressive when new, don’t last the distance, something that buyers should be aware of before making a purchase. That’s the core message Raytech CS is trying to put across to consumers. The Seri Kembangan-based company is currently one of the leaders in the business, with a comprehensive automotive film line-up comprising more than 10 dedicated products in five solar and five safety categories, all made in the USA. Today, with … [Read more...] about AD: Raytech, a top brand of tint film for Malaysians
Your family built what is considered by many to be the ultimate NASCAR racetrack, a 3/4-mile facility that offered side-by-side racing and a fan experience unlike any other. Racing had been good to the family but the landscape of major league stock car racing was changing and it was time to sell the business and move on. So what do you do with all your extra time? Go fishing? Play golf? Kick back and relax? Or go out and buy a weekly racetrack? For Bill Sawyer the decision was simple. Stay in racing and buy a weekly racetrack. “I could play golf and fish, but how much golfing and fishing can you do?” Bill states. “Racing is all I had done for 20-some-odd years, and there wasn’t anything else I was interested in doing.” Racing and the Sawyer name have been linked for more than 60 years. Bill’s father, Paul, had leased three dirt tracks in the mid ’50s and eventually settled on a ½-miler he had in Richmond, Virginia, as the place to build … [Read more...] about Major League Short Track
Toyota USA has instructed all its dealers to temporarily suspend sales of eight models involved in the recall for “sticking accelerator pedal” problems announced a week ago. About 2.3 million vehicles are in the list. Toyota has investigated reports of sticking accelerator pedal mechanisms in certain vehicles without the presence of floor mats. There is a possibility that the accelerator pedal may, in rare instances, mechanically stick in a partially depressed position or return slowly to the idle position. This unintended acceleration could prove to be dangerous. “Helping ensure the safety of our customers and restoring confidence in Toyota are very important to our company,” said Group Vice President and Toyota Division General Manager Bob Carter. “This action is necessary until a remedy is finalized. We’re making every effort to address this situation for our customers as quickly as possible.” The following models are involved: 2009-2010 … [Read more...] about Toyota USA recalls 2.3 million cars, halts production
"For 2018 Smart ForTwo Cabtio gets all the new Electric Drive goodies of the Coupe, with more powerful motor and higher-capacity batteries. Estimated range on a full charge is 155 km. For full specs check out the press release below:" Ed. Following the smart fortwo coupé and smart forfour (combined power consumption: 12.9/ 13.1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km) the smart fortwo cabrio with battery-electric drive is now also being launched on time for the summer (combined power consumption: 13.0 kWh/100 km). The stylish electric car combines the open-air driving fun of the smart fortwo cabrio with the special driving pleasure and zero emissions of the electric drive. It has been possible to place orders for the smart cabrio since early May; market launch will start in July 2017. In Germany prices for the smart fortwo cabrio electric drive start at €25,200 (recommended retail price including 19% VAT) (including environmental bonus: €20,820). Three cars in one: … [Read more...] about 2018 Smart ForTwo Cabrio Electric Drive
As this is the first edition of autoX in 2012, we decided to land some nasty punches! There’s no better way to do this than by bringing into focus, through juicy spyshots, cars that are yet to be launched. The recent spotting of these cars confirms one thing – the industry is gearing up for a wide selection of launches this year. The slowdown witnessed in the second part of 2011 due to rising fuel prices and higher interest rates on car loans, has apparently not dampened launch plans of any of the major players and launch programs are expected to continue at their current pace. 2012 Toyota Camry It is fair to claim that Toyota has not taken the Camry project seriously in India. Unless they manufacture it locally, a competitive price point cannot be reached – a factor that is of paramount importance. The primary reason can be blamed on the absence of a diesel engine. Segment leader Skoda Superb and its cousin sister VW Passat, make their living out of the two-liter … [Read more...] about What’s to come?
UPDATE: Daimler AG became aware that, in a small number of individual cases, it is possible for temporary spots and/or shiny patches to form on the man-made leather surfaces of the 2015 C-Class in sub-freezing temperatures. No accidents or injuries have been reported, and we have no reason to believe that there are any hazards to customers. Replacement parts are expected to start shipping to dealers by next week. Owners of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class are learning the hard way that you don't necessarily want to buy a new vehicle in its first model year. Besides reports of poorly fitting taillights and faulty infotainment touchpads, a number of reports are popping up on the forums of MBWorld.org claiming that the compact luxury sedan's seats are, for lack of a better term, bleeding. Owners of US-built, 2015 C-Classes fitted with MB Tex vinyl interiors are reporting a white, oily, shiny residue discoloring their seats that shows up, often after cold cars are quickly heated.It's … [Read more...] about 2015 Mercedes C-Class owners reporting bleeding seats [UPDATE]
Welcome to CAR Magazine's news aggregator as we round up the daily stories in the auto industry. Top tip: news summaries are added from the top hour-by-hourTuesday 30 November 2010Fiat and Opel have signed an agreement whereby Fiat will supply vehicles comprising of several variants to Opel, commencing December 1 (Fiat)• Electric cars will make up 20 per cent of UK car sales by 2016, according to National Grid CEO Steve Holiday (Automotive News Europe)• Toyota has said it will repair 650,000 Prius models worldwide because of a fault with the coolant pump (BBC News)• Porsche look likely to succeed in persuading preferred shareholders to support a €5 billion stock sale becuase the deal may offer the chance to buy into Volkswagen at a discount rate (Bloomburg)• China will become Rolls Royce's biggest market, surpassing America as early as 2011 (Automotive News Europe) Monday 29 November 2010 Bentley has appointd a … [Read more...] about News watch November 2010: today’s auto industry news
It seems Johan de Nysschen and Steve Cannon will have to hold any coffee chats over Skype. The CEOs of Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz USA would have had some exciting stories to share in the Big Apple once the GM brand moves there next year, but Benz has announced plans to move its Montvale, New Jersey, headquarters to Atlanta.After a few weeks of speculation, Mercedes formally announced the move Tuesday. Cannon said it “became apparent that to achieve the sustained, profitable growth, and efficiencies we require for the decades ahead, our headquarters would have to be located elsewhere.” Not even a “substantial financial package,” according to New Jersey state senator Gerald Cardinale, would keep the three-pointed star’s main distribution, marketing, and corporate space in the northern Garden State. According to the North Jersey Record, Georgia offered Mercedes between $40 million to $50 million in tax breaks to relocate.It’s unknown … [Read more...] about Southbound and Down: Mercedes Moving New Jersey Headquarters to Atlanta
Has an automaker ever been knocked off its axis quite so dramatically as has happened with Volkswagen in the wake of it being caught cheating on diesel-engine emissions? The company has had its head lopped off in a single strike. And by that, we don’t just mean Martin Winterkorn, who stepped down just days after a humiliating apology in which he conceded the company’s deliberate wrongdoing while trying to dispel the assumption that he knew exactly what was going on.While we continue to wait for the full facts about who did what, it appears that a faction within VW thought they could cheat their way to passing U.S. emissions tests with engine-management software that altered emissions during the test cycle. Who came up with the idea, who approved it, and who implemented it remains to be seen. We expect this information to be revealed soon, and the implications for those involved likely will be harsh.The apparent disregard for the American consumer sheds a bright light on … [Read more...] about Shame and Degradation in Wolfsburg: The Fallout from the VW Diesel Scandal