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Quandt Family BMW

According to the most recent edition of Manager Magazine’s annual list of wealthiest people in Germany, the Quandt family are now in number 1 spot, with a combined worth of 31 billion Euros (almost $40 billion). Johanna Quandt, 88, is the widow of German industrialist Herbert Quandt, the man responsible for saving BMW during its crisis in the 1960s and together with her two children own 46.7 percent in the German carmaker. The family are also important shareholders in several other German companies such as chemical maker Altana and graphite and carbon company SGL Carbon. The Quandts also managed to overtake the owners of the Aldi supermarket chain for the first time in 10 years. [Read the full article…]

Vertu for Bentley Android Phone

In case the iPhone 6 wasn’t flashy enough for Bentley drivers out there, the British carmaker has just announced the Vertu for Bentley, the first smartphone offered by the company. The phone costs 12,500 Euros (almost $16,000) and will only be available in certain Vertu stores in a limited run of 2,000 units. According to the official specs, the phone runs on Android (4.4 KitKat if you really want to know) and is powered by a 2.3 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processor, has an internal memory of 64 GB and a 4.7-inch sapphire crystal display that is resistant to scratches. Other features include a 13 megapixel Hasselblad camera with twin focus and dual LED flash, a frontal 2.1 mp camera and a 2,275 mAh lithium-ion battery that provides around 15 hours of talk time or 380 hours of standby. [Read the full article…]

Porsche Macan Moose Test

Swedish magazine Teknikens Varld has been performing the so called moose test ever since the 1970s and each year they “abuse” most new models with results being awaited by anyone slightly interested in car safety. Last week, it was the Porsche Macan’s turn to avoid the moose, only that it didn’t perform quite as expected. According to the Swedes, the front wheels locks in the middle of the evasive maneuver and the car will go straight ahead instead of following the path and getting back to the original direction. In real life, this translates into more time spent on the oncoming lane or the side of the road. Of course, no point in explaining what this would lead to.

“The behavior is extremely strange, which we don’t see too often and we’ve seen it, unfortunately, in more Macans,” said one of the guys in the testing crew. The tested Macans were loaded according to the manufacturer’s specs and several tests were also performed with some of the weight off (around 150 kg/330 pounds), but the results were the same. Here’s the video released by Teknikens Varld: [Read the full article…]

Toyota Hybrids

Yesterday, the Japanese carmaker announced an important milestone in their hybrid saga, by selling their 7 millionth hybrid in September. Toyota is the world’s undisputed leader in hybrid cars sales, their 28 hybrid models sold in 90 countries achieving impressing sales results.

By far the most popular and successful hybrid is the Prius, responsible for almost half of the total 7 million units sold so far. Actually, if we also take into consideration the Prius+ and Prius C models, the total number of sales for the Prius lineup is 4.7 million units. The figure released by Toyota also includes sales for Lexus hybrids, the most popular models of Toyota’s luxury brand being the RX SUV (400h and 450h models) with 305,000 units and the compact CT 200h, with more than 200,000 units (208,000 to be more exact). [Read the full article…]

Jules Bianchi Suzuka Crash

As you probably saw on TV or read about it online, Jules Bianchi is currently going through the most important race of his life so far, fighting for his life after the horrific crash at Suzuka. The Marussia driver lost control of the car in the Dunlop Curve, the same corner Sutil where had crashed the lap before. But instead of hitting the tire barrier, he violently hit the tractor that was deployed on the track to remove Sutil’s car. He was immediately transported to the circuit’s medical center, where it was decided his injuries were too serious for him to be transported by helicopter, so he was taken by an ambulance to the Mie University hospital, 10 miles away from the track.

Here is a video of the crash, but beware, it’s pretty brutal (the crash is at around 1:10): [Read the full article…]

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Volkswagen and Renault-Nissan win the modular platform game

August 4, 2014

Detroit consulting company IHS Automotive has recently published the results of a study that analyzed how effective are modular platform for cutting development costs. IHS estimated how much money will be saved by carmakers that have already implemented this type of platforms based on forecasts made for 2020. In that year, industry analysts anticipate that […]

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BMW expects 40% of all sales to be front-wheel drive by 2020

August 4, 2014

This year BMW introduced the first front-wheel drive model in their lineup, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, with the carmaker’s officials announcing big plans for the UKL platform that powers the small MPV. According to Kai Lichte, a spokesman for BMW, a total of 12 BMW models and 10 Minis will be built on this […]

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Jaguar reveals first official image of the upcoming XE

August 4, 2014

Despite the British carmaker announcing September 8 as the official launch date for the new Jaguar XE, it looks like they’ve decided to reveal the new car earlier. Actually, it’s not a full reveal, just a photo with the car’s front part, but this definitely reveals more than we’ve seen in the teasers released so […]

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Awesome new “Blink” video commercial for BMW M3

August 2, 2014

We see so many car commercials being uploaded every day to YouTube that it’s getting harder and harder to get excited about anything. But every once in a while, we stumble upon something like this that leaves us with a big smile on our faces and hitting the “replay” button immediately. This new commercial was […]

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Hyundai to launch Nissan Juke rival by 2017

August 2, 2014

Hyundai wants to join the small SUV party and is planning on taking some customers away from the segment’s leader, the Nissan Juke, with a small crossover that is scheduled to see daylight in 2017. The information was released by the South Korean carmaker’s North American leader, Dave Zuchowski, in a recent interview for Edmunds. […]

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London could get increased congestion charges

August 2, 2014

In the past years, the British capital has been known as one of the most strict cities regarding urban traffic. Being one of the world’s most crowded cities, London authorities were forced to impose strict rules for those driving in the city each day, especially in the city center. This is how the Low Emissions […]

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Lexus IS-F production ends after 7 years and 11,000 units sold

August 2, 2014

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of rumors about the disappearance of the IS-F, but nothing was official until this week. Talking to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, a Lexus official confirmed the end of production for the high-performance sedan. Launched back in 2007, Toyota had high hopes for the Lexus IS-F, the high-performance version of […]

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BMW preparing SUV offensive with eight now models, including X2, X7 and X8

August 2, 2014

We already know the SUVs are one of the most important parts in BMW’s strategy to keep up their sales and the news that the Bavarian carmaker is preparing a fierce SUV offensive shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. According to recent reports, the German company will soon have eight SUVs in its lineup, […]

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First sketches with next generation Kia Sorento

July 22, 2014

The South Korean carmaker is preparing a new generation for their current flagship SUV, the Kia Sorento, which is scheduled to get its market launch sometime next year. Until then, we just got hold of the first sketches previewing the Asian SUV’s design and we can see an even more sportier silhouette and a new […]

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GM Europe reorganized as Opel Group

July 22, 2014

General Motors has just announced several changes in their European corporate structure. A newly formed organization, called Opel Groupe will control the carmaker’s operations in Europe and Russia, being in charge with all its brands, Opel, Vauxhall, Cadillac and Chevrolet, on the markets where the American brand is still present. The decision to replace GM […]