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  • Comparison: 2014 Tesla Model S P85+ vs. 2014 BMW i8

    09/14/2014 11:17:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Motor Trend ^ | The October 2014 Issue | Frank Markus | Photos By Julia LaPalme
    Where is the automobile headed in our gradually warming world? Fully electric like the Chevy Spark, Nissan Leaf, or Mercedes SLS AMG Electric Drive? Plug-in hybrid like the Chevy Volt, Ford Energi models, or Porsche 918? Flying cars like the Terrafugia Transition? Something else entirely? One thing's for sure: Wherever it's headed, folks buying at the pointy end of the price pyramid will get there first and help field-test the tech for the rest of us. If you have both the means and the inclination to live your automotive life on the green-tech bleeding edge -- or if you need...
  • Teacher arrested in Hesperia for alleged sex acts with teen in BMW

    07/24/2014 1:49:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    LATimes ^ | Caitlin Owens
    A substitute teacher was arrested for allegedly engaging in sex acts with a 16-year-old girl in a BMW in Hesperia early Sunday, officials said. The pair were discovered by a deputy checking on the black BMW, which authorities said appeared to be suspicious, parked near the intersection of Ivy Avenue and Alder Street. The teacher, 40-year-old Rakshannah Ranney, was engaged in some kind of sexual activity with the girl in the car, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
  • BMW's $1 billion plant surfs Mexican investment wave

    07/03/2014 12:59:02 PM PDT · by Moonman62 · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 07/03/2014 | Alexandra Alper
    (Reuters) - Luxury car maker BMW (BMWG.DE) revealed a $1 billion Mexican plant investment on Thursday, becoming the latest in a line of major automakers to take advantage of the country's growing industrial base and tariff-free access to the U.S. market. BMW outlined plans to build a factory near San Luis Potosi, central Mexico, in a move that will reduce the German company's dependence on higher-cost plants at home. The plant will begin assembling unspecified models in 2019 with an initial workforce of 1,500 and annual production capacity of 150,000 vehicles, the company said. "Mexico is an ideal location for...
  • Gunman stabbed 3 to death before spree

    05/25/2014 8:57:41 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | Kathianne Boniello, David K. Li, Laura Italiano and Linda Massarella
    Only when cops entered Rodger’s nearby apartment did they find his first victims: three multiply-stabbed men whose names were withheld Saturday night, pending family notification. It remained unclear Saturday night if any of the three were Rodger’s two roommates. He had written in the manifesto that he would “have to kill” them so he could turn the place into “my personal torture and killing chamber.” “I will start luring people into my apartment, knock them out with a hammer, and slit their throats. I will torture some of the good looking people before I kill them, assuming that the good...
  • 7 dead in drive-by shootings, including attacker, in Santa Barbara area

    05/24/2014 6:10:03 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 108 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/24/14
    A gunman went on a drive-by shooting rampage in a Santa Barbara student enclave and at least seven people were killed, including the attacker, authorities said. Investigators believe a gunman driving a black BMW acted alone in the shootings late Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • BMW Blocks Hydrant, Boston Firefighters Go Right Through It

    04/10/2014 11:54:34 AM PDT · by grundle · 18 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 10, 2014 | George Kennedy
    Last night in East Boston, Massachusetts, a seven-alarm fire broke out, which escalated into an eight-alarm fire. Given the lives of Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward Walsh and Boston Firefighter Michael Kennedy were so recently claimed by a nine-alarm fire in Back Bay, concern was high and news crews were quickly on the scene. They did not expect to find the the following scene… As news crews arrived, local WBZ CBS reporter Katie Brace came upon this BMW 3 Series Coupe, which was parked in front of a fire hydrant. Obviously this was dumb, and the Boston Fire Department quickly dispatched...
  • BMW plans $1 billion expansion in South Carolina

    03/28/2014 10:34:55 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 28 Mar 2014 | JEFFERY COLLINS
    <p>GREER, S.C. (AP) — BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles at the facility that ushered in a wave of foreign automakers building Southern plants.</p>
  • Nikki Haley: Unions Aren't Welcome In South Carolina

    02/23/2014 1:36:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    <p>South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley didn’t mince words when she spoke about unions at an automotive conference in Greenville this week. The state loves its manufacturing jobs from BMW, Michelin and Boeing and welcomes more, she explained, but not if they’re bringing a unionized workforce with them.</p>
  • A Rat-Infested "(redacted profanity)" - This Is New York City's Worst School (And The Reason Why)

    01/13/2014 7:51:45 PM PST · by GilGil · 69 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 01/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say. The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day. “The kids have seen more movies than Siskel and Ebert,” a source said... The principal — Marcella Sills, who joined PS 106 nine years ago — is a frequent no-show, sources say. Sills did not come to school last Monday. On Tuesday, she showed up at 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, The Post found her at home in Westbury, LI, all...
  • BMW Motorrad and Dainese to Cooperate on Motorcycle Apparel Airbags

    01/14/2014 9:48:33 AM PST · by BraveMan · 12 replies
    BMW Motorcycle Magazine ^ | July 22, 2013 | staff
    BMW Motorrad and Dainese have announced they will cooperate in joint development of innovative motorcycle safety clothing for BMW Motorrad. Taking the Dainese D-Air® Protect System as its starting point, the partners will be developing motorcycle rider equipment with fully integrated inflatable protectors for BMW Motorrad. The first product to emerge from their cooperation will be the DoubleR RaceAir one-piece leather suit with D-Air® racing protectors, designed exclusively for use on racetracks. The racing suit is scheduled to be presented at the international EICMA motorcycle show in Milan this November, once BMW Motorrad has completed all the required testing in...
  • BMW recalls 176,000 vehicles over power brake system

    10/04/2013 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | OCT 01, 2013 | Staff
    German carmaker BMW is recalling 176,000 vehicles from the model years 2012 to 2014 over a problem with the power brake system. The company says in rare cases an interruption in the oil supply to a part can mean the loss of power braking assist. The brakes will still work, but the driver would have to press harder on the pedal. The recall covers 76,200 vehicles sold in the U.S.
  • 14-year-old Calif. girl dies after apparently becoming trapped in car in school parking lot

    09/13/2013 10:35:19 PM PDT · by Innovative · 114 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Sept 13, 2013 | FoxNews
    A 14-year-old California girl died in a high school parking lot after she apparently became trapped in her family’s car when the locking system possibly malfunctioned. KMPH reports Graciela Martinez was found dead in the BMW 328i Wednesday afternoon in the parking lot of Madera South High School. Police tell KMPH Graciela and her brother drove to school together, but Graciela stayed in the car when they arrived because she did not start class for another hour. Her brother returned to the car in the afternoon and found her dead.
  • Arrest Made in Wild Drive Around Manhattan

    09/07/2013 9:09:24 AM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 32 replies
    The NY Slimes ^ | 6SEP2013 | Marc Santora
    The driver, who went by the name Afroduck, was fast and proud of it, using a dashboard camera to capture his wild 26.5-mile journey around Manhattan in 24 minutes.
  • Science Confirms That BMW And Prius Drivers Are The Worst

    08/14/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT · by posterchild · 89 replies
    jalopnik ^ | Wed Aug 13, 2013 | Patrick George
    We have long ragged on BMW drivers for their terrible parking skills and general assholery, and Toyota Prius drivers for their holier-than-thou smugness. Now, it has been confirmed — through the miraculous power of science — that their owners are, in fact, terrible and inconsiderate motorists. Our old pal Benjamin Preston reports in the New York Times on a study done by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley which links poor driving habits and wealth. Basically, rich people are more likely to be jerks behind the wheel. The researchers examined how motorists in...
  • BMW's New Electric Car Just Became a Major Problem [a problem for its competitors]

    07/24/2013 1:27:04 AM PDT · by grundle · 139 replies
    fool.com ^ | July 23, 2013 | Katie Spence
    On Monday, BMW announced that the U.S. base price for its all-electric i3 will be $41,350, not including any federal or state incentives. For General Motors' Chevy Volt, and possibly Tesla Motor's Model S, BMW's move spells major trouble. Here's why. Bad news, GM With a starting MSRP of $39,145 in 2012, the Volt was the best-selling EV, and it's not hard to see why. Really more of an electric hybrid than a straight EV, the Volt combines a 9.3-gallon fuel tank with a lithium-ion battery. This combination allows the Volt can go an estimated 38 miles on pure battery...
  • Obama Administration Sues Dollar General And BMW For Discrimination

    06/22/2013 5:48:21 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 33 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 06/22/13 | LD Jackson
    Aren't you glad we have a federal government that is watching every move we make over us? What would we do without them? I found this latest story at What Would The Founders Think. They wrote about it first in February of this year and now the story is coming to fruition. If you are a business owner, ie. someone who employs one or more people, this should give you reason for concern. Once again, the government is sticking its nose where it doesn't belong. Fox News - The Obama administration is suing Dollar General and a BMW facility in...
  • Perform Criminal Background Checks at Your Peril

    02/16/2013 3:38:58 PM PST · by a5478 · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 14, 2013 | James Bovard
    The EEOC ignored that judicial thrashing and pressed on. Last April, the agency unveiled its "Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions," declaring that "criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin."
  • Bosses could be forced to hire more workers with criminal records under new equality guidelines

    02/24/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | February 24, 2013 | Staff
    Employers in the U.S. may soon have to hire more workers with criminal backgrounds under new equality guidelines issued by the federal government. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidelines warn companies against rejecting minority applicants who have committed a felony or other offense, recommending that those companies eliminate policies which ‘exclude people from employment based on a criminal record.’ According to the EEOC, civil rights laws already prohibit employers from selectively hiring job applicants who are of different ethnic backgrounds but have matching criminal histories. The latest update from the EEOC was issued out of concern that employers might disproportionally...
  • Employment [criminal background] Checks Fuel Race Complaints

    06/12/2013 5:31:20 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 11, 2013 | SCOTT THURM
    Federal regulators Tuesday accused two large employers of improperly using criminal-background checks in hiring, the latest salvo in a contentious debate over whether such screening amounts to discrimination against black applicants. In complaints filed in federal courts in Illinois and South Carolina, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said two companies discount retailer Dollar General Corp. and a U.S. unit of German auto maker BMW AG generally barred potential employees based on the criminal checks, when they should have reviewed each applicant. The commission said the policies had the effect of discriminating against black applicants. The suits underscore increasing government scrutiny...
  • Bummer! Beemer and $200,000 Bentley bashed in Chelsea collision

    09/06/2012 9:00:18 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 6, 2012 | KEVIN FASICK, REBECCA HARSHBARGER and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    Two drunks — one driving a rare Bentley, the other a Beemer — went head-to-head early yesterday, leaving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of mangled metal littering a Chelsea street corner, cops and witnesses said. Eight people, four from each car, were taken to Bellevue Hospital after the 3:45 a.m. crash, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.
  • Burke man gives away his BMW at Hooters

    07/11/2012 7:24:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 10, 2012 | Tom Jackman
    In another age, loaning your car to complete strangers and telling them to just bring it back the next day would have had a happy ending. Doing it recently at the Hooters restaurant in Fairfax City? Not so much A 46-year-old Burke man reported to police that he was inside the Hooters on Route 50 on a Saturday evening last month when a couple came in and asked him for directions. The couple further revealed the heartbreaking development that they were on their way to a wedding when their vehicle broke down, Fairfax City Sgt. Joe Johnson said.
  • BMW Customer Sues After Motorcycle Causes Persistent Erection

    04/29/2012 2:25:34 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 70 replies
    msn.now ^ | 29 April 2012
    The rider claims that BMW's custom "ridge-like" Corbin-Pacific seat, on which he sat for a total of four hours, gave him priapism which has made him unable to engage in sexual activity to this day.
  • BMW tries to run over Constable

    04/22/2012 5:31:26 PM PDT · by SoftwareEngineer · 9 replies
    The Tribune (of Chandigarh, Panjab) ^ | April 22, 2012 | Tribune News Service
    Chandigarh, April 22 Four youths attacked a constable attached with the security of UT SSP Naunihal Singh last night. Constable Bhim Singh had a miraculous escape as the four tried to run their BMW over him on the road separating Sectors 10 and 16. All the four were later arrested in an attempt to murder case. The accused include an Australia returned youth and a juvenile. The police has arrested Bhavjeet Singh, Sahil Saini, Vikram Sachdeva and a student of class XII, all residents of Kharar. Bhavjeet’s father Palwinder Singh owns the BMW. The police said the accused had returned...
  • A World without Oil: Companies Prepare for a Fossil-Free Future

    04/02/2012 4:44:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 04/02/2012 | DIETMAR HAWRANEK, ALEXANDER JUNG, ALEXANDER SMOLTCZYK AND FLORIAN ZERFASS
    Drivers may hate rising gas prices, but some companies are delighted as they watch the oil price soar. Firms like BMW and Airbus, which are leaders in fuel efficiency. actually benefit from expensive oil. They are just two of a growing number of companies that are already developing technologies for a post-fossil-fuel world. …A few cents more and a liter of super unleaded gasoline will cost German drivers €1.80 (around $9 a gallon). That means that someone driving a BMW 3 Series will have to pay over €110 ($150) to fill up the tank, with its 63 liter (17 gallon)...
  • BMW introduces new 6-cylinder in-line diesel with 3 turbochargers for new M Performance models

    01/26/2012 7:35:38 AM PST · by Jack of all Trades · 61 replies
    Greencarcongress ^ | 1/26/2012
    BMW has introduced a new range of M Performance Automobiles featuring a new 6-cylinder in-line diesel developed exclusively for those applications. The engines, which feature three turbochargers, deliver maximum output reaching 280 kW/381 hp and peak torque of 740 N·m (546 lb-ft). The new engine is applied in the BMW M550d xDrive Sedan, BMW M550d xDrive Touring, BMW X5 M50d and BMW X6 M50d. The vehicles are also equipped with an eight-speed sports automatic gearbox and the intelligent all-wheel-drive system BMW xDrive tuned to suit each model, as well as BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including Auto Start-Stop and ECO PRO mode....
  • Secret document reveals why BMW drivers are asshats

    12/21/2011 12:23:43 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 166 replies
    A leaked document has revealed that the asshattery of BMW drivers may be more than coincidence. Failing to use turn signals, cutting off other drivers, tailgating, flipping the bird and other affronts to road civility have become indelibly associated with the Bavarian Marque. Why? According to the document, it's all part of a totally illegal customer loyalty scheme. This template document, issued to all BMW dealers (click the image below to expand), comes to us from an anonymous informant known only as "The Whistleblower." It clearly outlines a list of driving behaviors, recorded on the black boxes that have been...
  • When South Carolina met BMW

    08/25/2011 4:12:55 PM PDT · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 2 replies
    Richmond Federal Reserve's Research Department ^ | June 2011 | B E T T Y J OYC E N A S H
    Last April, the Spartanburg BMW plant rolled out 23,059 vehicles — three-quarters of them for export. (The BMW Group’s U.S. sales went up by 10 percent in 2010 over 2009.) The plant’s latest and biggest addition was announced in 2008, amid recession, and completed in late 2010: The company invested $750 million and added 1,600 jobs to tool up for the next generation of crossover sport utility vehicles, which BMW calls sports “activity” vehicles. But back in 1992, when the plant was announced, people wondered whether South Carolina’s workforce could produce these prestige vehicles. Since the 1970s, the state’s manufacturing...
  • Starving Palestinians Update: Smuggled BMW goes for $100,000

    08/15/2011 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/15/11 | Robert
    High-salaried Palestinian Authority officials are the smugglers' clientele. So in other words, they are paying for these cars with your UN relief money. "Smuggling in North Sinai Surges as the Police Vanish," by David D. Kirkpatrick in the New York Times, August 14 (thanks to Bill): RAFAH, Egypt — The smuggler’s car lot is so brazenly out in the open, it is hard to tell that the business is actually illegal. A Bedouin car smuggler in Rafah, Egypt, can expect to make at least $2,000 per vehicle, after paying suppliers and bribes. Cars are driven from the chaos in Libya...
  • BMW layoffs exemplify the evisceration of the middle class

    07/03/2011 6:38:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 132 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 3, 2011 | Michale Hilzik
    Every working American should be dismayed by — and afraid of — what BMW is doing. By all accounts, BMW's parts distribution warehouse in Ontario was one of the jewels of the company's system. Supplying dealer service departments throughout Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, it received gold medals from BMW for its efficiency and employed several of the top-ranked workers in the country. In the roughly 40 years its workers had been represented by the Teamsters union, there had never been a labor stoppage. Times being what they are, when a Teamsters committee came to the plant in early June...
  • BMW North America CEO: Electric vehicles "won't work for most people"

    04/26/2011 12:13:47 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 48 replies
    Autoblog Green ^ | 04/25/2011 | Eric Loveday
    BMW North America chairman and chief executive officer, Jim O'Donnell, told the Detroit News that he's "far more optimistic" about diesel vehicles boosting the automaker's U.S. market share than electric vehicles (EVs) and added that the U.S. government should cancel its $7,500 tax credit for electrified autos: "I believe in a free economy. I think we should abolish all tax credits. What they are doing is putting a bet on technology, which is not appropriate. As a taxpayer, I am not sure this is the right way to go." But that's not all that O'Donnell had to say. The CEO...
  • Ashley Turton Crashed Under the Influence

    02/11/2011 3:54:25 PM PST · by Gabrial · 132 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/11/10 | John Bresnahan
    Ashley Turton, a former Democratic aide whose death last month shocked friends and colleagues on Capitol Hill, was under the influence of alcohol when she crashed her car into the family garage early on the morning of Jan. 10, an autopsy found. According to a statement released Friday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, Turton died from the “inhalation of products of combustion and thermal burns” caused by a fire after her car crashed into the garage of the Turton’s Capitol Hill home. Turton, a mother of three, was also under the influence...
  • Autopsy: Lobbyist was drunk at time of fatal accident in garage

    02/11/2011 5:43:14 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb. 11, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    Ashley Turton, a former senior aide to Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), was intoxicated when she died in an accident last month, according to an autopsy report. Turton, who was working as an energy lobbyist at the time of the accident, died from the “inhalation of products of combustion and thermal burns,” according to Beverly Fields of the D.C. Chief Medical Examiner’s office. “Acute alcohol intoxication” was a contributing factor in her death, Fields said. Turton was found dead inside of her burned SUV, which apparently caught fire in the early morning hours inside of her garage on Capitol Hill. Turton...
  • Report: Car Headlights Suspect in Death of White House Adviser's Wife

    02/09/2011 2:54:05 AM PST · by crosslink · 531 replies
    Fox news ^ | Feb 9 2011 | Fox news
    <p>Several sources familiar with the ongoing investigation tell WTOP fire and police investigators believe the radiator in Turton's 2008 BMW X5 was punctured when it rolled into a workbench. The halogen headlights, which emit a bluish light and illuminate the road better than conventional headlights, stayed on after the radiator was punctured.</p>
  • Former employee takes hostages at BMW's French headquarters (Developing)

    11/08/2010 7:14:55 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 4 replies
    RFI (AFP) ^ | November 8, 2010
    An irate former employee has taken hostages at a the headquarters of BMW in France, in Montigny-Le-Bretonneux.
  • BMW drivers are angriest on road

    10/23/2010 4:31:58 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 73 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 Oct 2010
    Motorists who own the flashy German built cars are more likely to tailgate, flick the finger and speed than anyone else on the road, a poll revealed. More than half of all drivers said they had suffered a 'bad experience' at the hands of a BMW driver. Much-maligned white van men came second in the poll, followed by Audi drivers and those who own Fords and Land Rovers. Other motorists to make the top ten included Vauxhall drivers who were seventh. Drivers of Range Rovers, Volkswagen and Mercedes complete the top ten. The study of 3,000 motorists also showed 17...
  • New BMWs To Sport Apple Interface, iPad And iPod Out Integration

    09/21/2010 3:41:26 PM PDT · by stripes1776 · 20 replies
    CrunchGear ^ | September 20, 2010 | Kyle Thibaut
    The Paris Motor show is going on now. The usual car unveilings are a given, but also the shows are becoming a place for automakers to showcase and release exciting new tech. Take BMW, for example: they are known around the globe for making the “ultimate driving machines.” Now, they are entering the realm of being the ultimate connectivity machines....Well now it’s official, BMW will have it out this year, and it’s also going to support the iPad—but they call it “Original BMW Accessories – BMW Carrier for Apple iPad Office Mode.” (How official!) What’s cool about this is that...
  • Luxury Drivers, Beware (Front Wheel Drive vs. Rear Wheel Drive)

    03/26/2010 7:34:53 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies · 1,433+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/24/2010 | Joseph B. White
    When BMW AG Chairman Norbert Reithofer declared last week that his company would start making front-wheel-drive BMWs, there were screams from Stuttgart to Sacramento. BMW, after all, had built the Ultimate Driving Machine franchise on rear-wheel-drive cars. Now Mr. Reithofer appears to be chipping away at what made luxury cars so luxurious. Auto enthusiasts—including many automotive designers and engineering executives, as well as wealthy car buyers—generally prefer cars to have the driving wheels in the back. It makes a difference in the way a car handles and steers. That difference is instantly recognizable but hard to define. A rear-drive car...
  • Bellevue man arrested for driving 135 mph on 520 bridge

    03/25/2010 10:36:02 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 30 replies · 705+ views
    Vladislav O. Orlovskii, 24, of Bellevue, was booked into King County Jail on Saturday, March 20 for suspicions of DUI and reckless driving after a trooper spotted his vehicle traveling over 135 mph in the eastbound lanes of SR-520 across the floating bridge between Seattle and Medina.
  • Fastest road-legal diesel car - AC Schnitzer (BMW) sets world record

    12/17/2009 5:50:45 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies · 1,022+ views
    www.worldrecordsacademy.org ^ | 12-17-2009 | Staff
    NARDO, Italy -- BMW tuning company AC Schnitzer has build the Schnitzer ACS 3.5d coupe, which recorded a top speed of 288.7kph (179.2mph) on the famous Nardo Ring in Southern Italy - setting the new world record for the Fastest road-legal diesel car. The Fastest road-legal diesel car uses a twin-turbocharged 282bhp three-litre diesel with 428lb-ft that has been tuned to produced 310bhp and 501lb-ft. (enlarge photo) The Fastest road-legal diesel car capable of reaching 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds, and it also gets racing suspension, two racing exhaust-pipes, front and rear spoilers and skirts, and 20" alloys with the power...
  • BMW's Diesel Plug-In Hybrid: 63 mpg, Faster Than an M3

    11/27/2009 8:18:12 AM PST · by thackney · 61 replies · 2,844+ views
    Gearlog ^ | November 23, 2009 | Bill Howard
    BMW's EfficientDynamics Vision concept car combines the best of all worlds with incredible fuel efficiency, breaktaking performance, and sensational looks. It's powered by a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, lithium polymer batteries, and electric motors front and rear. The BMW Vision gets a U.S. unveiling next week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Dec. 4-13. The only bad news: The BMW Vision is more vision than production-ready concept car. What you'd most likely see on sale would be the key components such as the drivetrain and battery technology transplanted to a more mainstream body. On a stopover from Europe en route to...
  • BMW profit skids 74% (no enduring recovery)

    11/03/2009 3:05:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies · 999+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 11/03/09 | Polya Lesova
    BMW profit skids 74% By Polya Lesova, MarketWatch FRANKFURT (MarketWatch) -- BMW Tuesday reported a 74% decline in third-quarter net profit, as the recession deterred buyers of luxury cars. Third-quarter net profit dropped 74% to 78 million euros ($115 million) from the same period a year ago. Revenue fell by 6.6% to 11.76 billion euros. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected a profit of 39 million euros on sales of 11.97 billion euros.
  • BMW confirm shock Formula One exit! (WOW! F1 fans)

    07/29/2009 9:17:24 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 25 replies · 915+ views
    BMW confirmed this morning that they are to leave Formula One at the end of the season stating that the resources ‘freed up’ from its exit from the sport will be deployed in other areas. The German car maker took over the Sauber team in 2006 and has since gone on to record one victory. “Of course, we, the employees in Hinwil and Munich, would all have liked to continue this ambitious campaign and show that this season was just a hiccup following three successful years,” said BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen. “But I can understand why this decision was...
  • BMW's Profits Tumble Nearly 90%

    03/25/2009 2:22:38 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies · 431+ views
    BBC ^ | March 25, 2009
    BMW's profits tumble nearly 90% BMW makes the Mini car in Oxford BMW's net profits tumbled nearly 90% to 330m euros ($423m; £306m) last year, as the global economy weakened and reduced demand for cars. Earnings were hit by 2.4bn euros of exceptional costs linked to bad debts, personnel costs and provisions to cover risks on used car markets. Separately, the European Investment Bank made a 400m euros loan to BMW as part of a wider industry package. The EIB approved 3bn euros in loans to the European auto industry. The money will go to German, Italian, French and Swedish...
  • Swiss gigolo Helg Sgarbi admits blackmail

    03/09/2009 7:34:04 AM PDT · by pissant · 38 replies · 1,748+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/9/09 | Nick Squires
    Swiss con man Helg Sgarbi has been sentenced to six years in jail after admitting sleeping with and blackmailing a succession of rich women out of millions of pounds including BMW heiress Susanne Klatten. The 44-year-old wined and dined a string of rich wives and widows, including Germany's wealthiest woman Mrs Klatten, winning their confidence and then asking for money.
  • The playboy, the BMW heir and sexual blackmail claim

    03/09/2009 2:24:47 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 5 replies · 806+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 9 | Kate Connolly
    The case of a Swiss playboy who allegedly seduced Germany's richest woman, defrauded her of millions of euros and tried to blackmail her out of millions more by revealing details of their sexual encounters, is to be laid bare today in a Munich courtroom where he is due to go on trial. In a case that has become known as "the gigolo versus the billionaire", Helg Sgarbi, 44, could face up to 15 years in jail if he is convicted of the crimes against Susanne Klatten, the heir of BMW and the 55th richest person in the world, and five...
  • Luxury Cars Targets Of Meltdown Rage[Coming Soon To A Dealership Near You]

    02/28/2009 6:25:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 19 replies · 1,849+ views
    Times of India ^ | February 28, 2009
    Luxury cars targets of meltdown rage 1 Mar 2009 When Berlin resident Simone Klostermann returned from vacation and couldn’t find her Mercedes SLK, she thought it had been towed. Police told her the $45,000 car had been torched. “They’d squirted something flammable into the car’s engine block in the gap between the windshield and the hood,” said Klostermann. The 34-year-old’s experience isn’t unique in the German capital. At least 29 vehicles were destroyed in arson attacks this year, most of them luxury cars, according to police. The number is already about 30% of the total for 2008. The latest to...
  • Warning To 223,000 Mini Drivers After Cars Suffer Sudden Failure In Power Steering

    02/18/2009 2:08:16 PM PST · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 931+ views
    DailyMail(U.K.) ^ | February 18, 2009
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    02/16/2009 10:07:39 AM PST · by Steelfish · 62 replies · 1,601+ views
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    11/17/2008 9:26:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies · 1,806+ views
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