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Today in Car News: Talking and Driving, Paris Show, and MyVolt
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»

Screencap from Volkswagen's 'Shoot the Gap' ad
Video: The Sex Kitten of the Used-Car World

Shocked, saddened and utterly dismayed at the day’s events today, it ended off with something even more heartbreaking, something I read about on SocialCarNews.com. In short, among the the top 20 social media campaigns, according to Forbes, there were very few car companies. Only VW, with the...Read More»

2008 BMW 3-Series 328i
Ask TCC: What Should I Know About Buying A 2008 BMW 3-Series?

As you might imagine, we get a lot of questions about buying cars--both new and used. Our friend Scott Mowbray wrote: I'm looking at a 2008 BMW 328 or 335, with about 25,000 to 30,000 miles, from a dealer, warranty remaining one owner etc. Possibly with a six-speed standard transmission. Any...Read More»

2011 Ford Edge - first drive in and around Nashville
Cars That Get Better And Cheaper for 2011

Every year, cars get better. Every year, cars get more expensive. It's been the rule since Henry Ford put doors on the Model T in 1911. But it doesn't always apply in a recession. The cost of the average car will almost certainly continue to climb for the foreseeable future, as the cost of...Read More»

Old Spice campaign featuring Isaiah Mustafa
Forbes Names Top 20 Social Media Campaigns: How Many Automakers Made The Cut?

Last week, Forbes ran a feature on the top 20 social media campaigns of all time. Some on the list were shoo-ins, like the recent Old Spice video series featuring Isaiah Mustafa. Others -- like the number one winner -- came out of left field. And a few raised eyebrows, like Target's "Bullseye...Read More»

Screencap from Porsche's YouTube channel
Battle Of The Brands: YouTube's Winners And Losers Revealed

And so it's come to an end -- this week-long look at automakers and their YouTube channels. We've been amused, intrigued, and sometimes bitterly disappointed by what we've seen. Now it's time to announce the best (and worst) in show. But first, a couple of notes. First, we were surprised by the...Read More»

2011 Infiniti G37 Coupe IPL
Today at High Gear Media: Infiniti IPL, GM IPO, And More Acronyms

GM's CEO, Ed Whitacre, is calling it quits. He's the company's third CEO in 18 months, which makes Daniel Akerson the company's fourth CEO in 18 months. [TheCarConnection] GM's also landed a $5 billion line of credit that could help it file an IPO later this year. Coincidence? [TheCarConnection]...Read More»

Screencap from Porsche's YouTube channel
Battle Of The Brands: Which European Automakers Bare All On YouTube?

Yesterday, we launched a little friendly competition: a comparison of automakers' YouTube channels. We were curious to see which qualify as must-see web TV and which ought to be canceled ASAP. Monday was devoted to U.S. brands, and today, we're moving across the pond for a look at their "European"...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
BMW X3: What’s Up With The Cupholders?

When I was Internet Manager for a major car dealer, I was amazed at the number of buyers whose first question about the biggest and best model that just arrived on the showroom floor was how many cupholders it had. They weren’t concerned with advances in safety or design, horsepower or gas...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-Series 4-door Sports Wagon 535i xDrive AWD Angular Front Exterior View
Wagon Review: 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon

It's one of the best looking Wagons around--the 2010 BMW 5-Series Sports Wagon simply has stunning exterior features. The blend of sharp and curved edges are what make this wagon turn heads in a crowd. Although the design hasn't changed since 2004, it is still a classic BMW style that will never...Read More»

2010 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Smart Car Shopping: Big Deals On These Five Convertibles

  It may sound like some strange factoid hurtling in from a parallel universe, but ragtop shoppers, take heart: sometimes, convertibles are cheaper in summer. How can that be? We've seen automakers introduce convertibles in the dead of winter--when people are most receptive to the idea of a warm...Read More»

2011 BMW 535i (Euro spec)
2011 BMW 5-Series Earns Top Safety Pick

The 2011 BMW 5-Series sedan has earned a distinction the last-generation four-door never could--it's been named a Top Safety Pick. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given the new 5er its best possible score, after performing its series of crash tests, tests that are more...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz SL Class 2-door Roadster 5.5L V8 Front Exterior View
German Luxury Brands Are Putting On The Blitz

  The global economy is giving mixed signals right now. On the thumbs-down side, unstable unemployment numbers and see-saw stock markets. On the upside, job creation, the return of venture capital, and slowly increasing GDPs (at least in most parts of the world). In the auto industry, GM and...Read More»

2011 BMW X3
2011 BMW X3 Revealed

Cruise any upscale suburban shopping mall and you'll likely notice a lot of luxury crossover SUVs prowling the parking lot. The Lexus RX may be the undisputed sales king, but its spot isn't going unchallenged. The Acura MDX and updated Cadillac SRX are fighting to wrest the crown away, and now it's...Read More»

2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
Secret Shoppers Give Mercedes-Benz Top Marks For Customer Experience

UPDATED: Pied Piper's Fran O'Hagan sent in some additional comments about this study. See below. If you've ever had the pleasure of working in retail or the service industry, you already know how much fun secret shoppers can be. (For the rest of you: not very.) Over the past four years, the folks...Read More»

BMW's Job Channel on Facebook
BMW Is Looking For A Few Good Menschen On Facebook And Twitter

U.S. unemployment numbers may have gotten a little rosier, but most experts agree that the job market is still terrible, and even the most optimistic analysts say that there are five applicants for every job opening. We don't have exact figures on the auto industry, but given the shrinkage and...Read More»

2010 BMW M5
Top 5 Car Chases = Top 5 Car Ads

OK, before we start, there will be no O.J. Simpson references or jokes, no white Broncos, and no speeding down a highway with some jerk in his Ferrari to prove how rich and/or blasted he is on the devil's dandruff. This piece is about car chases in movies and how they are nothing but pure car ads...Read More»

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