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In Russia, Car Ads Drive You (To Want To Buy American)
In Russia, Car Ads Drive You (To Want To Buy American)

While the Russian cars of today pay collagen-lip service to the luxe tastes of a newly wealthy society, it wasn't always that way. For every gold-rimmed BMW 7-Series you see on the streets of Moscow today, there's a rather severe-looking ZIL limousine or worse, a compact "Wolga" lurking in the...Read More»

2010 Porsche Boxster Spyder
Consumer Reports: GM Improves, Japanese Lead in Reliability

According to its latest survey of more than 1.3 million vehicles owned by readers, Consumer Reports says Toyota and Honda still build the most reliable cars sold in the U.S. The publication notes that General Motors has made big improvements in quality, so much so that its vehicles now rank ahead...Read More»

2011 BMW 135i Coupe
Today at High Gear Media: Big BMW Recall, Wallace and Gromit

Daylight savings time ends soon--do you know how to drive more safely in the dark? [TheCarConnection] BMW is recalling more than 150,000 vehicles with its in-line six engines for emissions and safety fixes. [MotorAuthority] On the turbo roll, how can forced-induction engines make better power? We...Read More»

2012 BMW 6-Series
BMW Borrows A Page From Zipcar's Playbook

By now, many Americans are familiar with Zipcar and similar car-sharing services. Unlike their close cousins -- car rental outfits like Hertz and Avis, which thrive on tourists and other travelers -- car-sharing companies target local consumers, typically urbanites who live in cities with strong...Read More»

2011 BMW M3 performance package
Today at High Gear Media: Leaf, Volt, M3 and Vintage Carrera

We've driven the 2011 Nissan Leaf so many times, we thought we'd give you a rating and a full review--but don't think you're stepping ahead of us in line. [TheCarConnection] Our crack car-review team's done the same with the 2011 Chevrolet Volt--and we've managed to avoid the plug-in-hybrid...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
Today in Car News: X3, Alt Fuel Day, and Drinking Songs

We've told you how texting and driving will explode in the coming years. By how much? CNN says the average teen texts more than 3000 times a month. Shudder. [CNN] The economy may have stifled some new-vehicle sales, but luxury car brands are doing quite well, thanks. [TrueCar] On topic, our first...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
Today in Car News: BMW X3, Ford Ranger, Toyota Supra and BP

BMW says it could build a fourth vehicle in its South Carolina plant; it's already building the 2011 X3, which we'll bring you in first-drive form tomorrow at 6 p.m. [Detroit News] The new Ford Ranger is here! On the Web. Not in the U.S. Not that we needed it or anything since we still have the...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series
New NHTSA Crash Ratings Drop Scores Across the Board

The 2011 BMW 5-Series and the 2011 Hyundai Sonata are the only vehicles to retain five-star crash-test safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), under new testing rules and scoring for the 2011 model year. The safety agency publishes a new Web site today, which...Read More»

2011 Volvo S60
What's On the Horizon for Volvo?

Now that it's owned by Geely and not by Ford, what's in the future for Swedish automaker Volvo? One thing is certain--change is coming, now that the automaker is no longer owned by Ford. After acquisition this past summer by Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of China, it’s no longer a given what...Read More»

2010 Audi A4 Avant
Family Car Guide To 2011 Luxury Wagons

It’s a fact. Wagons today are more exciting than ever. Lone gone are the days when driving a station wagon was considered the kiss of death. Getting past stereotypes takes some time – and a lot of new styling, features, and technology on the part of automakers. And these car companies...Read More»

2010 Jaguar C-X75 Concept
2010 Paris Auto Show: Think Small, Act Fast, Go Blue

Of all this year's A-list auto shows, the Paris show opening this week is the lucky one. The grey mood at recent shows in Frankfurt, Detroit, and Geneva broke at the Paris Expo, with a herd of electric supercars leading the charge. Two years ago, the raw display of power and advanced technology on...Read More»

2010 Audi A4 Avant
The Family Car Guide: 2011 Luxury Wagons, Part One

The field of luxury wagons this fall is more than a little exciting – if you’re looking for a family car that combines the attributes of an SUV with the easy-handling of a car, plus a good deal of luxe features, mostly standard, some optional. In fact, even consumers who’ve long...Read More»

Paris
High Gear Media's Social Media Cheat Sheet For The 2010 Paris Auto Show

Chances are good that you're reading this from an office cubicle somewhere in America. Or Canada. Or maybe Australia. Or any other place on the globe that isn't the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Not to worry, though -- many of us are right there with you, scarfing down Lunchables from the vending machine...Read More»

2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
Today in Car News: Saab and BMW, Audi S7 and Explorer Sport Trac

Some big news may be coming from Saab and BMW this week at the 2010 Paris Auto Show. Sharing engines, or possibly more? [Autocar] Want to see spy shots of the new twin-turbo Audi S7 before the A7 even shows up at Paris? Sure you do. [Autocar] Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn nicely underplays his...Read More»

2011 BMW 5-Series Touring
Video: BMW Over a Ferrari? Bavarians Have Lots of Chutzpah

To be successful in life, you need to have courage, or in some cases, you need what some call intestinal fortitude, or also referred to as nerves. Some would even say “chutzpah” and I think in the case of this ad, it about sums it up. Choosing a BMW over a Ferrari is the theme of...Read More»

BMW iPad dock (Paris 2010 preview via AutoSpies)
BMW Shows First Glimpse Of iPad Cradle In Advance Of Paris Auto Show

Design is a funny thing. Really good design requires an obsessive attention to detail -- the kind that can reduce a person to tears when the 15-degree slant of a blueprint is rendered at 16 degrees in the mockup. Good designers often live in Crazytown. Bad design can be obsessive, too, but more...Read More»

Screencap of Lady Gaga & Beyonce in the video for 'Telephone'
Today in Car News: Talking and Driving, Paris Show, and MyVolt

BMW's latest tech fetish: Apple's iPod and iPad, which find new homes in cradles mounted on BMW headrests and in the place of iDrive--but only in Europe. Is it something we said (about iDrive, probably)? [Fast Company] The NHTSA may be considering national distracted-driving laws, which has...Read More»

2011 BMW M3 4-door Sedan Front Exterior View
2011 Top 10 Performance Sedans: Part Two

In part one of this two-part series, we looked at the top 5 of 10 performance sedans for the 2011 model year. To be included in the top 10, which are ranked in descending order according to horsepower, only the base engines are considered. The other criterion is that the sedans are limited to under...Read More»

Interbrand's top 100 brand rankings for 2010 (biggest risers and fallers)
Interbrand Names The Top 100 Brands Of 2010: How Does Your Favorite Automaker Rank?

Every year, the marketing powerhouse known as Interbrand publishes a list of the top 100 global brands. These are the companies at the head of the international pack that shape the way the world does business. The best performers have solid balance sheets, strong future prospects, and the respect...Read More»

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