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Berlin Set Ablaze By BMW (Literally)
Berlin Set Ablaze By BMW (Literally)

Tempers aren't the only things flaring in Berlin these days: luxury vehicles are also going up in smoke by the dozens. The cause? Arson, presumably instigated by the disenfranchised and the young, who aren't faring so well in today's economic climate. Although things are pretty rough here in the...Read More»

GM Protest
GM Woes = Opel Angst As German Workers Protest

Proving that GM's problems are far from contained to its U.S. operations, thousands of GM factory workers protested today outside the Adam Opel AG plant in Ruesselsheim, Germany. They demonstrated in hopes of saving their jobs, and elsewhere in Europe factory workers affected by threatened GM plant...Read More»

Audi TT RS
Audi TT RS: New Pics For Fans Of The Five

Last Friday we told you about Audi's new uber-powerful TT RS with - oddly enough - a five-cylinder turbocharged powerplant. But unlike fives of yore with their strangely-bleating sonics, Audi's new unit sounds ready to rumble (Audi provided a delicious audio clip of the TT RS idling, accelerating...Read More»

2009 BMW 328i Coupe
Driven: BMW 328i Coupe

BMW horses are thoroughbreds. Racehorses, even. I say this because each one residing under the sculpted merlot hood of our test 328i Coupe seemed so eager to blur the scenery with every prod of the accelerator. And yet they press forward with a grace and seamlessness befitting Churchill Downs. For...Read More»

Audi TT RS
Audi TT RS: Sonorous Turbo Five Spits Out 300+ Hp

Audi, the biggest defender of the oddball five-cylinder powerplant back in the 80s, plops a healthy one into its upcoming TT RS coupe that debuts at the Geneva Motor Show. The 2.5-liter unit presumably shares architecture with the VW five of the same size and powering the Rabbit/Golf and Jetta. But...Read More»

2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid To Deliver V-8 Power, 26+ mpg

Pure electric propulsion is the name of the game for cutting gas/electric hybrid fuel consumption, and Porsche claims to have taken it to a whole new level with the upcoming 2010 Cayenne S Hybrid. Capable of traveling at speeds up to 86 mph solely on electric propulsion, the 5,000-some-odd pound...Read More»

2009 Maybach Zeppelin
2009 Geneva Show: Maybach Zeppelin Begs for Hydrogen, No?

Representing "the absolute zenith in the high-end luxury saloon segment," Maybach rolls out the ultimate in ultimate over-the-top luxury motoring, the Maybach Zeppelin. For the lady who has absolutely everything yet still wants more, the Zeppelin pampers with items like an available "highly...Read More»

VW logo
VW and Toshiba To Partner On Electric Drive Systems

On Thursday, VW signed a letter of intent with the Toshiba Corporation with the objective of jointly developing electric drive units for VW's proposed New Small Family of vehicles. In addition to electric drive units, the companies will also be working on high specific energy density batteries...Read More»

2009 VW New Beetle Blush
2009 VW New Beetle Blushes For Spring

Destined to land in one of GayWheels' Top 10 lists, the re-make of Devil Wears Prada, or the driveway of a Mary Kay exec, VW unveils a sassy little special edition VW New Beetle for '09; the New Beetle convertible "Blush." As if the New Beetle's "Hi!" styling and standard flower holder weren't...Read More»

Volkswagen New Mid-size Sedan
Chattanooga-Built VW NMS Sedan Sketch Revealed

We told you a while back that Volkswagen decided upon Tennessee as the site of a new plant that will build its new American market midsize sedan. Well now we have a sketch direct from Germany of the proposed sedan; TV station WRCB of Chattanooga got ahold of this sketch from Wolfsburg that was...Read More»

2008 Volkswagen Golf BlueMotion Concept
Sixth-Gen VW Rabbit To Reclaim Golf Moniker?

Sister site GreenCarReports claims that showgoers at the barely-noticed Toronto Auto Show got a sneak preview of the 2010 Volkswagen Golf TDI. Yup, you read that right; in Canada, anyway, the sixth-gen vehicle goes from Rabbit nomenclature (introduced in the 5th-gen in 2006) back to Golf. Further...Read More»

2010 Porsche Panamera interior
2010 Porsche Panamera Interior Revealed

I think I'm about to forgive Porsche for giving its Panamera sedan an awkward hunchback. Just look at these interior photos: no less than stunning. I imagine that sitting coddled in all that leather, enjoying huge rear seat comfort (CEO Wendelin Wiedeking insisted that his 6'4" frame fit...Read More»

2009 Kia Soulster Concept
Kia Soul'ster Concept Pickup Production Under Consideration

Kia showed a funky little 2010 Soul-based concept (the Kia Soul'ster) at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Public response was so positive that it's rumored the South Korean automaker, who enjoyed a 3.5 percent sales increase in the U.S. market for January '09, is seriously considering production...Read More»

2009 Audi Q5
2009 Audi Q5 to Retail for $37,200

Audi has officially set the base price of its "segment-redefining" 2009 Audi Q5 crossover at $37,200. While this is a couple thousand more than some of its rear-wheel drive competition, their prices rise when equipped comparably with AWD, which comes standard on the Audi (Mercedes GLK 350 4Matic -...Read More»

2008 BMW X5-Series 3.0si
2009 BMW 335d, X5 xDrive35d Diesels Qualify For U.S. Tax Credits

Today BMW confirmed that its U.S. re-introduction of Ultimate Driving Machines with diesel engines will come with buyer incentives in the form of tax credits. Specifically, its 2009 335d sedan and 2009 X5 xDrive35d qualify for the Internal Revenue Service' Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Tax...Read More»

2010 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
VW Announces Suite Of Efficient 'BlueMotion Technologies'

Calling their suite of fuel-saving technology "a new world of efficiency," Volkswagen today announced a wide range of technologies and engines designed to stretch mpg on many of its vehicles. Initially, these new fuel-saving models are available only in Europe, but pending their sales success we...Read More»

Porsche Carrera GT Lock Nut
Porsche Reports 14 Percent Sales Drop

Judging from preliminary results, Porsche reported at its annual general meeting that sales fell to about $3.9 billion for the first half of its fiscal year beginning August 1, a 14 percent decline from that period one year ago. Judged by sales volume, the decline represents a 27 percent drop to...Read More»

2010 Porsche 911 GT3
Porsche Debuts 2010 911 GT3 At Geneva Motor Show

Among all of the other high-performance goodies being unveiled in March at the Geneva Motor Show, Porsche will release its new 2010 911 GT3, a model that the U.K.'s AutoCar calls "the hardest ever 911." A bigger flat-six spits out more power, and a host of electronic chassis aids help the driver...Read More»

2009 BMW X6
BMW Tries Hand @ SUV Psychology: 'You're Getting Very Sleepy...'

"Something new, full of character, 100 percent BMW..." That we can believe. "Not a sedan, not an SUV, not a wagon." Come on, BMW, you've tried the SAV (Sports-Activity Vehicle) thing already, and we ain't buying it. Last time we checked, 5,000+ lbs, a high roll center, four doors, and a hatch (not...Read More»

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