The world knows it as the ‘heart’ of the new Mk3 2015 MINI Cooper hardtop but we know that it has many more uses, in a variety of cars across the MINI and BMW range. The B38 3-cylinder 1.5-liter mill the engineers from Munich created just won a Ward’s 10 Best Engines award from WardsAuto World.
The ceremony of actually handing the trophy over will take place on January 14th, at a ceremony during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
"While being loads of fun to drive, MINI’s 1.5L 3-cylinder engine enabled every WardsAuto editor to achieve at least 30 mpg (7.8 L/100 km),” said Tom Murphy Executive Editor of WardsAuto World digital magazine.
“One editor said he couldn’t imagine buying a MINI with any other engine. There was a time when people bought underpowered 3-cylinder engines out of economic necessity. MINI turns that legacy on its ear by demonstrating a base engine can totally sell a vehicle. With a starting price just...
The INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran Turismo is a project that started as an ambitious global competition to “design a pure INFINITI GT car”, and the winning design was born from the inspiration of INFINITI Design Beijing. Part beautiful and part beast, its shape is powerful, sensual, and ambitious; a mix of track machine and the dream of our Chinese designer to create a seductive racing language for INFINITI.
Part artistry and part science, the process of developing the design of INFINITI CONCEPT Vision Gran Turismo started with hand sketching refined in the digital world, refined again by hand sculpting then returned to digital for final refinement. One designer shared that his vision and inspiration was to capture the rise of the young generation, the romantic and sensational Asian creativity, which established itself by constantly breaking new ground. This desire to break new ground includes the dream to take this GT to a real race one day....
A tight race is the one for the title of #1 premium brand in the country. Actually it was tight up until this month. After 11 months, Mercedes leads with 318,837 sales, up 7% on the same period in 2013. It has taken a definitive advantage over BMW in November (+6,091 sales), extending the gap to 20,625 units even though BMW has gained more ground YOY at +10%. BMW’s flagship (3-4 Series) is up 19% so far, but the X4 has arrived too late in the year to have a real impact. Back at Mercedes, the C-Class loss (-18%) has been more than compensated by a great-performing SUV range (M-Class +12%, GLK +13%) and the arrival of the ultra-successful compact CLA (25,000 units) and GLA (5,000 sales). Plus the S-Class doubled its sales this year. 2014 would be the 2nd consecutive year Mercedes takes the #1 premium brand spot when 2013 was the first time it ever did so. It should remain on top in 2015 as its flagship, the new generation C-Class, gears up, the GLA gains...
The 911 HLS resurfaces after being forgotten for 40 years.
The story of the forgotten Porsche began in 1964. Back then, this particular Porsche 911 was happily running along in its standard configuration. Then, in 1966, it would be sent to the Automotive Engineering department at the University of Aachen.
The mission: turn it into a 'racing coupé' with a folding roof. The design study seems to take at least some inspiration from the Porsche 904 race car and its rear engine cover, which could be seen as a kind of retractable roof.
Body shop at the end of the road
Technical drawings and a miniature model were devised before the in-house body department at the University of Aachen went to work on building a completely new body. To keep the weight low, many parts were fabricated in aluminium,...
Adopts an evolutionary design
The first official images depicting the highly anticipated second generation Audi Q7 have surfaced the web ahead of an imminent online reveal.
Looking exactly like you would expect, Audi's flagship SUV adopts sharper lines which have erased some of the bulky traits seen on the outgoing model but overall the design isn't that much different. More significant changes can be found inside the cabin where we notice a less cluttered design and a digital customizable cluster as found inside the new Audi TT and Volkswagen Passat. There's also a controversial free-standing display while the air vents are "connected" in the same vein as in the aforementioned Passat B8.
The biggest changes are under the skin as the overhauled Audi Q7 has made the switch to the MLB Evo platform and is estimated to be as...
Green light for the latest edition of the top athlete in the small car segment; the new MINI John Cooper Works combines authentic race feeling with the premium characteristics and extended product substance of the latest MINI Generation; distinctive, tradition-steeped, based on a vehicle concept combining MINI and John Cooper Works, with performance qualities which are exceptional within the competitive environment.
Extreme driving fun and exclusive charisma based on technology for engine, suspension and aerodynamics derived directly from motor racing as well as model-specific design features for the exterior and interior; greater differentiation from the MINI 3 door highlights the model's individual character....
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. - December 10 , 2014 6:00pm EST/ 3:00pm PST Through three generations, the BMW 6 Series has defined that unique blend of style and elegance with the performance and handling that one would expect of The Ultimate Driving MachineTM. For the 2015 model year the third-generation of BMW 6 Series receives a range of enhancements that refine the character that is unique to the 6 Series. Now offered in three distinct body styles – traditional two-door Coupe, open-air Convertible and unique four-door Gran Coupe – all three are again offered with a choice of BMW TwinPower Turbo engines, the 315 horsepower inline-six in the 640i models and the 445 horsepower V8 in the 650i models. Sitting at the top of the 6 Series range, in...
Stuttgart. Mercedes-Benz is combining two classes of vehicle – each with its own distinct style – to make a new model, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé.[/B] The sporty nature of a coupé dominates, imbued with the striking characteristics of a robust SUV. In addition to convincing on-road vehicle dynamics, the GLE Coupé looks impressive as well. With its flowing side contour, elongated and low greenhouse, striking radiator grille with central chrome louvre and rear end design, the GLE Coupé cites styling features typical of particularly sporty Mercedes-Benz models. At the premiere the GLE Coupé will be available as a diesel or petrol model with an output range of between 190 kW (258 hp) and 270 kW (367 hp). The top-of-the-range model GLE 450 AMG, the first representative of a new Mercedes-AMG product line – the AMG sports models – is particularly attractive. In addition to the...
This is official information, from Audi of America's "Audi Product Planning, December 2014" briefing.
The new A4 will come with both Xenon plus and full LED headlights, and a wide choice of wheel designs. Some of the feature highlights include regenerative braking with start/ stop, Audi drive select, Sport suspension and Adaptive suspension.
As far as the engines are concerned, the current 2.0T and all TDI engines will be carried over to the next model, but in the first quarter of 2017 an all new 2.0T engine will be introduced and a little bit later, a new 3.0T engine.
The interior is a horizontally oriented architecture (we translate this as "similar to the A6/7 interior"), that is driver oriented, with high class quality ambience. Comfort and convenience features...
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has revealed plans to launch nine new models in China over the next five years.
The company declined to elaborate but de Nysschen said “Cadillac is in a strong position to address the rapidly rising demand for luxury vehicles in China, a country in which we have a strong foundation given GM’s long-standing strength here." He added, "By offering a broad lineup of products built in China for local consumers, we are intent on being at the forefront of the next stage of the luxury segment’s development.”
While the company was coy on specifics, Cadillac is working on a variety of new models including the...
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