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Proof cars of the '90s were awesome with Supra, Stealth, RX-7, Corvette, 968, 300ZX comparo

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BMW predicts 2 Series Active Tourer will have 75% conquest rate

Posted Jul 25th 2014 11:01AM

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

In the last few years, BMW has definitively proven that it wasn't a slave to its legacy. In North America, the 3 Series was generally associated with smooth, flat-six engines, but the Bavarian brand dropped a four-cylinder turbo into it. The company was also known for its sports sedans, and it went green with the i3 and i8. Now, rear-wheel drive is off the table as defining its vehicles, as well. With the imminent launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer, the Bavarian's models are going front drive and opening up themselves to a whole new group of customers, so the thinking goes.

"We are expecting the Active Tourer will have a conquest rate of around 75 per cent," said Frank Niederlaender, a BMW product manger, to Automotive News Europe. If you're not hip to the lingo, that means three quarters of the hatchback's buyers would come from other brands – an impressive figure, if accurate.

When it hits the road, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first BMW-branded vehicle to use the company's UKL front-wheel drive platform, already on the current Mini Cooper. The roomy hatchback is aimed at young families looking for a car that is luxurious but can still tote around the tots. It launches in Europe in September to compete against similar models like the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, but the Bimmer isn't crossing the Atlantic to North America until early 2015, according to ANE.

Of course, the 2 Series Active Tourer is just step one of BMW's front-wheel drive future. A plug-in hybrid version is already testing, and the next X1 moves to the same platform, too. According to ANE, a three-row Active Tourer is also in the works, which is possibly related to the recently spied new CUV.

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Top luxury cars for first time buyers

Posted Jul 25th 2014 10:00AM



Let's say you just got a big promotion at work or the kids are moving out of the house, and you finally have some extra money. You decide to blow it all at once and treat yourself by upgrading your ride. Naturally, you look to a luxury automaker. What do you choose?

Models like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class may be tailor-made to introduce buyers to luxury models, but a new study finds that they don't garner the highest rates of non-luxury customer conquests. It turns out that a Volvo leads among folks moving up to a premium brand, and it isn't even one that's made anymore, at that... READ MORE

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News Source: Polk

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Mall in China debuts bigger pink parking spots just for women

Posted Jul 25th 2014 9:00AM

AFP

A Chinese mall is in the spotlight after creating larger parking spots specifically designed for women. The ten pink outlined spaces, which are found at the Dashijiedaduhui -- "World Metropolis" - shopping centre in the northern city of Dalian, were drawn in after managers decided women were having difficulty getting into narrower spaces.

They are approximately 30 centimetres wider than normal, and bear the statement "respectfully reserved for women."

These spaces come on the heels of Chinese policemen offering undeniably skewed advice to female drivers last year, like not to panic if they suddenly can't find their way to their destination, or to release the handbrake before beginning to drive... READ MORE

News Source: Newsy via AOL On, The Huffington Post Canada

Image Credit: NBC / Newsy via AOL On, Johannes Eisele via Getty Images

Proof cars of the '90s were awesome with Supra, Stealth, RX-7, Corvette, 968, 300ZX comparo

Posted Jul 24th 2014 7:59PM



Oh, the heady days of 1993, back when the Clinton Presidency was just getting underway, and it seemed like every hot new rock band was coming out of Seattle. Sports cars in North America had finally shaken off the shackles that slowed them during the '70s and '80s, and you could buy any number of legitimately quick vehicles again. MotorWeek recently went digging into its archives to find this six-model test from 1993 showing off some of the best semi-affordable performance coupes that money could buy at the time, and it's priceless.

Featuring the 1994 model year Toyota Supra in twin-turbo guise and MY 1993 versions of the Porsche 968, Nissan 300ZX TT, Mazda RX-7, Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo and Chevrolet Corvette LT-1, MotorWeek definitely covered all of the bases. One thing that might surprise younger readers is these cars' performance. The video only provides 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) acceleration times, but several of these vehicles would still be considered pretty potent today – over 20 years since going on sale. The Supra is especially impressive, hitting 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in just 5 seconds. Even today, that's nothing to sneeze at.

Given their performance potential and still-attractive looks, it's amazing that some of these coupes are old enough to drink now. The progress of interior design and safety equipment in the intervening years is pretty shocking, though. In most of these models, having two airbags is touted as a big deal. Scroll down to watch a Throwback Thursday blast from the past about some of the '90s best sports cars.

News Source: MotorWeek via YouTube

HIGHLIGHTS: CSCS Round 3 at Toronto Motorsports Park

Posted Jul 24th 2014 7:00PM



Another CSCS (Canadian Sports Compact Series) Sunday funday is in the books and we're already looking forward to the next. As you guys may already know, CSCS is the biggest sport compact racing series in Canada. Enthusiast from all over the country, and even some of our neightbours from down south travel up to Ontario both to compete and spectate. There's something for all sorts of enthusiast at CSCS. Drag, drift, circuit, show, food and plenty of eye candy to leave you with a sore neck for a while... READ MORE

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First 100 vehicles announced for Forza Horizon 2

Posted Jul 24th 2014 6:00PM

Forza Horizon 2 Car List

With its September 30 release date just over two months away, Turn 10 Studios has slowly started releasing the car list for Forza Horizon 2, the sequel to 2012's Forza Horizon.

While the final list will be on the smaller side, with just over 200 vehicles, as per usual, those that were selected are decidedly different from your average sports car. We've included the entire list below, in the press release, but we thought you'd like to see some of the highlights right here.

First, there are a number of new entries to the Forza universe, led by the 1973 Renault Alpine A110 and the 1954 Jaguar XK120. Both of these sportsters should prove excellent companions on the scenic European roads of FH2. They're also joined by freshman entries like the 2013 Vauxhall Corsa VXR, as well as a few funkier and more interesting vehicles, like the 1963 Volkswagen Type 2 and the venerable Willys MB.

As for the main, 100-car list, the vast majority are offered in Forza Motorsport 5, although for the first time, many are offered as standard rather than downloadable extras. Cars like the Audi RS2 Avant, Abarth Fiat 131, Jaguar D-Type and the Lotus Eleven are included as standard vehicles. They're joined by cars that originally launched with FM5, like the 1994 Mazda MX-5, 1997 BMW M3, and Audi R8 V10 plus.

Scroll below for the full volley of details on the initial 100 cars. Forza Horizon 2 will hit shelves on September 30, exclusively for gamers on the Xbox One.

Image Credit: Turn 10 Studios

BMW 5 Series wagon makes incognito grocery run by way of the 'Ring [UPDATE]

Posted Jul 24th 2014 5:00PM

BMW 5 Series Wagon: Spy Shots

UPDATE: The 5 Series prototype seen in these photos is previewing a new generation of wagon for the model, not simply a mid-cycle refresh. The text has been updated to reflect this.

With a debut in 2009, it's high time that BMW delivered the world with the next generation of its popular 5 Series. While we aren't expecting to see it here in the United States, that changeover will include the vehicle shown above, the 5 Series wagon.

This is only the second time we've spotted the camo'd, long-roof 5er in the past year, and while it was chained to a flat-bed in those snaps, today, we can see it lapping the Nürburgring. In addition to the images from the track, we also have our first look at the cabin of the 5 Series, although even it is covered in camouflage, making it quite difficult to spot anything of substance.

As for the exterior, expect modest changes for the new 5er, with typical tweaks like new headlights and taillights, and perhaps a freshened front fascia. Considering we last saw the upcoming 5 Series just over a year ago, we'd expect an auto show debut for this smoothed-over model in the not-so-distant future, with Paris a leading candidate.

Take a look up top for our full gallery of spy photos.

Image Credit: CarPix

Darth Vader and Superman watch as angry man breaks into cop car

Posted Jul 24th 2014 4:00PM

Darth Vader & Superman Watch as Man Breaks Into Cop Car

Superheroes and villains are a common sight along Hollywood Boulevard, but an angry man smashing a parked police car is not. Watch the video above as Darth Vader and Superman stumble upon a cop car smashing vandal in action. Could any superpowers or Vader's "force" halt the crime in progress?

After brazenly smashing the windows of the LAPD car
at one of the busiest intersections in Hollywood, the man was taken into custody by police. According to witnesses and video footage caught on camera by a KTLA photographer, the man was heard yelling "I love Jesus Christ" before he began smashing the windows of the parked patrol car near Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles.

News Source: KTLA via AOL On

2015 Ford F-150 specs revealed, EcoBoost 2.7L to make 325 hp and 375 lb-ft [w/video]

Posted Jul 24th 2014 2:59PM

Aluminum Yields Weight Drop To Around 1,995 kilograms (4,400 Pounds)



Our new man Greg Migliore is in attendance at a Ford media event at the Blue Oval's Dearborn, MI headquarters today, and he's reported in with a handful of the 2015 F-150 stats that we've been dying to know. Ford is slow-playing the news release here, but we can still offer up some interesting output and performance figures after half-year of waiting.

We have all be quite aware that Ford's shift to aluminum construction would save a lot of weight for F-150 models, and the results we're hearing now are duly impressive. For instance: in Super Crew trim, a 2015 F-150 is a whopping 332 kilos (732 pounds) lighter than was its closest 2014-model-year equivalent. That's like hauling three middle-aged dudes to your bowling alley's league night for free. Polish your balls, guys.

Ford isn't willing to offer up any actual curb weights just yet, but if we take that 332-kilo (732-pound) loss and extrapolate with the 2,326-kilogram (5,128-pound) curb weight of the 2014 F-150 Super Crew with the 3.7-litre V6, we can guesstimate that 2015 models will measure out in the 1,995-kilo (4,400-pound) range. That's impressive.

We also learned just a bit about the new additions to the engine range. The base engine in the F-150 comes in the form of a naturally aspirated, 3.5-litre V6. That mill may be the little brother of the crew, but it still makes 283 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, giving the 4x2 pickup the a maximum payload of 866 kilograms (1,910 pounds) and a tow rating of 3,447 kilograms (7,600 pounds).

Stepping up one rung on the ladder is the hotly anticipated 2.7-litre EcoBoost V6, turbocharged to the tune of 325 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. In 4x2 guise, that blown mill allows for maximum payload and towing ratings of 1,020 and 3,855 kilograms (2,250 and 8,500 pounds), respectively.

We're obviously still excited to learn actual L/100 km ratings and curb weights for the Ford haulers, but in the meantime, you can scroll below to check out the official press release and an official video of the Blue Oval boys putting the EcoBoost F-150 through its towing paces at the Davis Dam in Arizona.

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