2010 BMW 5-Series Gran TurismoEnlarge Photo
Call it a crossover or wagon or even a hatch but whatever it is BMW’s new 5-Series Gran Turismo is one type of family hauler that no other brand offers--for now at least. The latest addition to the lineup is a new entry-level V-6 model, which makes the model more affordable for families. Peak output is a healthy 300-horsepower at 5,800rpm and 300-pound-feet of torque from a low 1,200rpm. When matched to the 535i GT’s 8-speed automatic, the engine returns a fuel economy of 26 mpg while still being able to briskly accelerate the car from 0-60 mph in about 6.2 seconds.
2012 Ford FocusEnlarge Photo
Available in both sedan and hatch bodystyles, the all-new Ford Focus is the latest addition to the Blue Oval’s expanding global lineup. At the core of the new Focus's assault, beyond the new global platform, lies an efficient 2.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder with dual variable camshaft timing and direct injection. Helping to get the most out of the new engine is an available PowerShift dual-clutch gearbox, which pairs manual-like efficiency and responsiveness with the ease of an automatic--a well-known technology, but not yet widespread, especially in the Focus' class.
2010 MINI Beachcomber ConceptEnlarge Photo
Hot on the heels of the Mini Coupe and Roadster concept vehicles from September’s Frankfurt Auto Show comes a new, more ruggedized concept vehicle that could hint at the styling of the upcoming Mini crossover. The concept is described as a radically open body four-seater based on principals of the 1960s. Ideal for cruising through town, up mountain passes or breezing along the beach, the Beachcomber, just like the Mini Moke, combines the toughness of an off-road vehicle with the convenience of a minicar.