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Diesel Mini To America, Eventually

Tuesday February 17th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: tonyb

MINI Cooper diesel

Even though BMW’s well loved Mini is selling well, and the all electric version is selling better than their expectations, Mini can’t get off the dime and bring the diesel version to these shores, even though it’s been available, and selling quite well in the Euro markets. Why? First off, it’s the diesel engine. The current diesel in the Cooper D isn’t deemed clean enough for U.S. emissions regulations. Initially Mini suggested a modified version of the Cooper D could make the trip to America, company spokesmen now say it might have to wait until the next-gen clean-burning diesel can be developed for the MINI.

Drat! But I can see the engineering conundrum that Mini, and by extension, BMW face. Sure, BMW has a whole bunch of really nice diesels, and all of the modern ones burn very clean, but all you have to do is look in the engine bay of a 5 series Beemer, and into the shoe box they use for the engine compartment in a Mini and you know there’s going to be fitment issues up the kazoo. And remember, diesels are bulky little mills to begin with.

Another problem facing the Mini D (And all other diesels in the U.S.) is the price of diesel fuel which, for reasons beyond me, is kept artificially high via taxation.

Mini has a rationalization about this, of course. They point out that the price difference between premium gasoline their vehicles require and ordinary diesel is actually quite a bit more manageable. Also folding into the personal auto balance sheet is the operating cost of the Mini D. Those little brutes get SIXTY miles per gallon according to tests run in the U.S. by Bosch, so even though the fuel is spendy, owning one overall is not.

Source: AutoBlogGreen

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Jlevi Steetwerks BMW 335i project car – Enter the dragon

Thursday February 5th, 2009 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: Derek


In June of 2008, the team at JleviSW.com embarked on a new project car – code name, “Red Dragon”. Keeping the aftermarket scene in mind, they chose to modify the extremely popular E92 335i, as it had significantly higher production numbers than the nascent E92 M3. Furthermore, having thoroughly enjoyed their VF Engineering Supercharged E46 328Ci, the team was simply unable to resist the temptation of a Twin-Turbo Inline 6, and immediately saw the immense potential of this tuner car. From the outset, the goal was clear: the company would showcase its expertise and product line in an effort to inspire customers, inviting them to share in every step of the process.

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CarReview's Best Car Choices of 2008

Wednesday December 31st, 2008 at 1:1212 PM
Posted by: Derek

Happy New YearHappy New Year everyone!

Another year has passed by and it is time for reflection upon the past year, as well as looking forward to more good things happening in 2009. 2008 had the debut of the largely anticipated Nissan GT-R which ran rings around the competition from the European stalwarts such as the BMW M3 and Porsche 911. In 2008, gas prices reached an all-time high of over $4 per gallon and dropped below $2 a gallon in less than six months. I don’t even want to mention the controversy surrounding the subject of bailing out the big 3 American auto makers because that conjures up more pain that the taxpayers have to bear. Getting past the greedy oil brokers and money-grubbing banks, there were still some outstanding cars that came out in 2008. CarReview’s editors reviewed the cars for 2008 and picked their favorites. Below is our list of outstanding vehicles that don’t require any handouts from congress.

(The photos are linked to the page with the corresponding consumer reviews.)
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BMW M-Model Sales Up More Than 50% In 2008

Wednesday December 17th, 2008 at 11:1212 AM
Posted by: tonyb

BMW MotorsportOK, someone please explain this to me. The car world is looking like the last reel of Ghostbusters “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” the whole lot, but for some reason, sales of BMW’s M-cars are up. WAY up.

Honda just axed the upcoming NSX, Subaru pulled out of the WRC, Honda dumped its F1 program, Audi is out of ALMS, and there’s rumors that if The Big Three get a bailout, it will come at the cost of no more NASCAR support … but BMW’s luxo/HiPo M division can’t seem to make the cars fast enough.

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New BMW Z4 Roadster showing at 2009 NAIAS

Monday December 15th, 2008 at 6:1212 AM
Posted by: goofshow

2009 BMW Z4

In the beginning there was the BMW Z4 Coupe. From its automotive loins has spawned its successor: the BMW Z4 Roadster. With a big, fancy coming out party scheduled on January 11th at the 2009 North American International Auto Show, the vehicle’s mantra, “More power, more efficiency, and more comfort.“ (As opposed to BMW’s second mantra choice, “Less power, less efficiency, and less comfort.“)

(more photos of the new Z4 after the jump)

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L.A. AUTO SHOW: 2010 Mazda 3, Honda Insight, Touareg TDI, Seinfeld at Boxster/Cayman release and Germans love the word "efficient".

Wednesday November 19th, 2008 at 5:1111 PM
Posted by: Kurt Gensheimer

By Kurt Gensheimer

Here’s the straight poop on what’s happening at the Los Angeles Auto Show…

2010 Mazda MAZDA3

Since its release nearly five years ago, the MAZDA3 has become a global best-seller due to its incredible balance of sportiness, practicality, fuel efficiency and affordability. In fact, one in every three cars Mazda sells worldwide is a MAZDA3. With the 2010 MAZDA3, Mazda yet again expects to raise the standard of what “economy” cars can deliver with more refined ride quality, a more luxurious-yet-sporty interior, attractive exterior styling resembling the RX-8, improved luggage space and new safety features. In addition, the MAZDA3 will offer new features like dual zone climate control, 8-way power seats, push button start and Bluetooth phone and audio; items not normally optioned in an economy car. The 2010 MAZDA3 will carry over the first-gen 2.0L four-cylinder, but will offer a new 2.5L with the company’s innovative new Start Stop technology that should put out between 175-185 horsepower and deliver up to 33 mpg.

Click the link for video of the new 2010 MAZDA3 sedan

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2008 BMW X3 Review – So German, It Hurts

Thursday November 13th, 2008 at 6:1111 AM
Posted by: John G.


By John G.

Up:

  • Solid, Germanic look and feel. You’re definitely driving a BMW
  • Sticks to the road like…something very sticky
  • Strong engine
  • Well-appointed interior

Down:

  • Harsh ride
  • Laggy automatic transmission
  • Nav system clunky, outdated
  • Expensive

Sideways

  • Feels like a much larger vehicle than it is

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2008 BMW X3 Review

Friday October 17th, 2008 at 2:1010 PM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2008 BMW X3

By Holly R.

  • Plenty of interior room for both humans and all their stuff
  • Easy to drive, easy to see out of and easy on the eyes
  • Decent mileage (when driven reasonably)
  • Really nice features
  • X3 was pretty fun to drive and the smart wipers work really well (we had schizophrenic weather that weekend – perfect to test these out!)
  • Odd placement of power lock button
  • A little stiff in the suspension

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2008 BMW 135i Review – yes, it’s that good

Monday October 13th, 2008 at 6:1010 AM
Posted by: peter

2008 BMW 135i (E82)

By Peter N.

Pros:

  • Powerful acceleration at any speed
  • Tight handling
  • Crisp radio system
  • Clean interior design with good fit and finish

Cons:

  • Scant cabin storage
  • Slightly restricted visibility towards rear

Introduction
Having been a fan of BMW for years, I was looking forward to checking out the new 1-Series cars that are new to the United States this year. The 1-Series has successfully sold in Europe since 2004 and it was now time for us to get in on the fun. The promise of a small, light vehicle coupled with a powerful engine, wrapped up with BMW’s precision handling tempted me with the possibility of adrenaline-pumping acceleration and confident control. Read on to find out if BMW delivered the goods with the 135i or if our expectations came up shorter than an 8 year-old who couldn’t meet the minimum height requirement to ride the roller coaster at the annual state fair..

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2008 BMW Z4 Roadster 3.0si Review – The Perfect Second Car

Tuesday September 2nd, 2008 at 7:99 AM
Posted by: AKramer

Review by Alex Kramer | Photos by Derek Mau

Pros:

  • Potent 6-cylinder engine
  • Superb Steptronic transmission
  • Phenomenal handling precision
  • Easy to use automatic convertible top
  • Fantastic premium audio system

Cons:

  • Harsh ride quality
  • Hard to use Navigation system
  • Seats could use a bit more cush
  • Love it or hate it exterior design

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