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Unrest Continues In China Thanks To Mercedes-Benz, BMW
Unrest Continues In China Thanks To Mercedes-Benz, BMW

Although it certainly pales in comparison to the recent unrest in Xinjiang, China's approval of Mercedes-Benz and BMW vehicles for its government fleet is causing outrage among citizens. Technically, no vehicles from those automakers have been bought just yet, and those that are must be...Read More»

2010 BMW 5-series Gran Turismo
First Ride: 2010 BMW 5-Series Gran Turismo

Alongside the first drive of the 2010 BMW X6 M this week, BMW gave the attending press, including TheCarConnection, the opportunity of a ride in the 2010 BMW 550i GT. Even though we weren’t allowed to photograph the cars due to their not-quite-production status, we can bring you our first...Read More»

BMW M3 GT4
BMW M Division Considering M3 GT4 For Production, Diesels Not On The List

Rumors that BMW might produce a version of its racing-minded M3 GT4 are true, according to the head of the automaker's M division. Dr. Kay Segler, head of BMW's M Division and former chief at MINI, says it's a possibility that the company could authorize a limited run of the race-prepped M3, but...Read More»

3-Series GT preview rendering
2011 BMW 3-Series GT Given Production Green Light

Hot on the heels of the recently unveiled BMW 5-Series GT comes word that a 3-Series GT is also in the works. Expected to be based around the next-generation 3-Series Sedan, due around the same time, the addition of the 3-Series GT will lift the 3-Series body count to five (coupe, convertible...Read More»

BMW with model, by Flickr user BenediktSebastian
British Beemer Drivers Most Likely to Love Lingerie

Leave it to the Brits. Among other topics in a lengthy and comprehensive survey, an online used-car seller asked drivers about their underwear. And the drivers responded in remarkable detail, revealing some interesting (and disturbing) facts about what's under those track suits. Online used-car...Read More»

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MINI 'Carfun Footprint' Makes Us Gag A Little Less

Cards on the table: we like MINIs. Really, we do. However, the company's too-clever "Carfun Footprint" calculator (mind the volume, cubicle brethren) engages our gag reflex. Thankfully, MINI is putting some meat on that cutesy campaign's bones by partnering with Sustainable Travel International to...Read More»

2010 BMW 750i xDrive
2010 BMW 7-Series Gets xDrive Option And New Twin-Turbodiesel

Following its successful introduction into the market last year, the BMW 7-series is further expanding its position in 2010 with the launch of several new models and accessories. In addition to the new M Sport Package, which is available for all models in the 7-series range, both normal and...Read More»

BMW 7-Series M Sport Package
2010 BMW 7-Series Gets The M Treatment

Up until the end of last year BMW was in the process of developing a brand new performance saloon positioned above the current 2009 7-Series flagship and destined to enter the premium four-door coupe segment. Then the global economic crisis hit and on the back of weak financial results BMW decided...Read More»

2009 BMW 7-Series
BMW 7-Series Gets All-Wheel Drive For 2010

It's hard to believe, but BMW still doesn't offer all-wheel drive on its 7-Series flagship sedan. That oversight is set to be fixed for the 2010 model year, however, and we'll likely see the first examples shortly after the 2010 BMW 7-Series makes its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September...Read More»

2012 BMW Z2 Roadster Preview
Preview: 1-Series-based 2012 BMW Z2 Roadster

Downsizing isn't any fun when it's your job on the line, but when it means a sporty new roadster based on BMW's excellent 1-series platform, it's a welcome change from the 'bigger is better' mentality that's prevailed for many years. The new downsized roadster is called the Z2, and rumors about its...Read More»

BMW headquarters
BMW Guilt-Trips Employees Into Buying BMWs

Maybe we're too sensitive, but if we found this slapped on our windshield, we'd feel a little intimidated: "What’s wrong here? You like working with us. You appreciate your job and income. But you drive a vehicle from a competitor." And yet, that's exactly what 7,000 German BMW employees saw...Read More»

2009 Mercedes-Benz E Class Luxury 3.5L 4MATIC AWD
Luxury No Defense Against Weak Market, But Germans Cautiously Optimistic

Hyper-luxury European car brands like Rolls-Royce are seeing steady sales, but their more attainable counterparts - BMW, Audi, Mercedes-Benz - are still riding a downward slope through May. But all is not yet lost, as there may be an end in sight. BMW's Ian Robertson, the company's board member in...Read More»

2009 MINI E
Rare BMW Screwup: Mini E Electric Vehicle Is Unpleasant To Drive

Like their owners and pretty much every auto journalist, we love BMWs. And we especially love driving them. It's a cliche now, but especially their sedans are perfectly balanced, instantly responsive, and raring for the open road. They are, to overuse the decades-old tagline, pretty close to the...Read More»

Mercedes Benz Pre-Safe system
A Radar in Every Car: BMW, Daimler Team for Cheap Radar

No one has a crystal ball that holds the future of the auto industry, let alone the future of in-car technology, but two of the industry's biggest innovators have joined forces to help shape the future into one that includes radar in every car - or at least every segment. A group of suppliers...Read More»

Corvette ZX-1 by Karvajal Designs
Link Love From The Car Connection: Custom MINIs, RV Options, And Why Is This Model Sad?

Model FAIL -- Check the photo to the left and please tell us why that woman is sad. She's young and attractive, poised at the start of what is surely a promising career--and, oh, by the way,  SHE IS LEANING AGAINST A RED PILE OF AWESOMENESS. (Specifically: a Corvette ZX-1 by Karvajal Designs.) So...Read More»

2009 BMW 1-Series 128i
BMW: U.S. Four-Cylinders Possible, Not Yet Certain

BMW has for a decade kept its four-cylinder engines out of the U.S. market. Instead, the product line has been heavily stocked with the company’s best asset: in-line sixes. For the most part, TheCarConnection.com is happy with that choice, as BMW’s straight-six engines are among the smoothest...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz, Dieter Zetsche and Palast Orchester
Zetsche Wants BMW Closer; Benz to Share V-12?

The public displays of affection (PDA) between Mercedes-Benz and BMW grew a little more obvious this week, as bushy-stached Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told the press he likes BMW and wants to make car babies with them. It's not the first time that Daimler has approached BMW about hooking up, but...Read More»

2010 Lexus HS 250h
Lexus 1-Series: Europe-Only, Hybrid Only?

Lexus has repeatedly refused to market a model below the $30,000 price point in the U.S., effectively saying it's beneath the brand. But in Europe, where luxury knows no bounds, extending well into the compact segment, a small and somewhat less-expensive model may be a key element in becoming...Read More»

Katy Perry
Link Love From The Car Connection: A MINI For Katy Perry, BMW Gets Modest, And Jerry Brown's Camry Gets Jacked

Flavor of the month -- America's favorite Christian rocker-turned-pop starlet has inspired a MINI. Yes, Katy Perry--the girl who kissed a girl and apparently enjoyed it or something--has inspired two designers to crank out the "Kate [sic] Perry-style Life Ball MINI Convertible 2009", presumably to...Read More»

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