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The BMW X3 2011 Model Detailed

Powerful 300 horsepower engine and redesigned exterior for this new X3 model.

Leaner and meaner than before
The brand new second generation of the X3 will be making it official debut very soon, and it will boast a whole host of new features, styling and mechanics. Incorporated with BMW traits such as the corona-ring running lights and the twin kidney grille design; optional LED xeono headlights are also available. Some other noticeable features of the exterior are the large windows, and the fold that begins from the tip of the front wheels and then through to the tail lights, whist situated inside the fold are the door handles.

The overall size of the new X3 has increased when compared with the previous model. The new 2011 model is approximately ½ an inch taller, 3.4 inches longer and 1.1 inches wider. The width of the track has also been increased by 3.5 inches, and now there is more space between the axles; approximately 0.6 inches extra. BMW has stated that although there has been a size increase, the overall weight of the vehicle has been reduced. It weights about 50 pounds less than the previous model, this is due to the vehicle utilizing aluminum more throughout the structure.

Transmissions, Engines and Suspensions
BMW has claimed that the new base model version of the X3 that is equipped with the xDrive28i, 3.0 liter in-line 6 cylinder engine which produces 240 horsepower, is able to attain speeds of 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds; that's almost half a second faster than the previous X3 model. The more powerful xDrive35i, direct-injected, turbocharged in-line 6 cylinder engine which outputs 300 horsepower with 300 pound-foot of torque is capable of reaching 0-60 mph in an impressive 5.5 seconds. The only transmission available for this vehicle is the 8 speed automatic variation. The X3 is also incorporated with the third generation xDrive all wheel drive system, this will boast an improved stability control system.

Currently BMW hasn't provided the exact official details regarding the fuel efficiency of this new X3 model, although it is to be expected to remain close to the levels from the previous model. Estimated fuel efficiency is going to be between 16-17 mpg for city and 23-24 for highway driving.

The "Electronic Damping Control" is a new optional feature available on the X3 model, this enables the control of the shock absorbers either from the driver or by the electronic variable system. Also integrated within the "Electronic Damping Control" is the "Performance Control", this can alter the torque from the xDrive system to enable for improved cornering. For the new X3 model "Servotronic" comes as standard, this is basically power steering that is speed sensitive. Overall the vehicle provides great handling.

The appearance of the interior is just as stylish as everything else on this vehicle. The interior features an upgraded iDrive system with integrated 8.8 inch display, while the dashboard is generally more driver focused. There is adequate legroom within the vehicle, while also boasting an increased capacity cargo space; BMW has stated it has the largest cargo space within the segment. Another optional feature is the mobile Internet system named "Connected Drive"

Manufactured in the U.S.A
The pictures of the new X3 are more than enough to get excited about the arrival of this vehicle. And with production of this vehicle moving to the manufacturing facility in South Carolina, it's another good reason, especially for Americans to get excited about.
12/18/2011

The BMW Gran Turismo 2011 Model

In 2010, BMW had created an additional hatchback variation of the 5 Series rear wheel drive platform; this was named the Gran Turismo 5 Series. This new model initially came with a 550i "GT", which is the same V8 twin turbo, 400 horsepower engine that is found in the 550i sedan model, with another engine option being made available at a later point; this is the same engine that is utilized within the 535i version. Even though the Gran Turismo shares the 5 Series name, it does in reality have more in common with the 7 Series of models. BMW has no further plans to import the wagon from the 5 Series, now that the Gran Turismo model has been released in the U.S. market.

The Gran Turismo shares the redesigned platform from the 7 Series, it has to be noted that the wheelbase has been increased by approximately 6 inches when compared to the 5 Series. Coming as standard are the adaptive xenon headlights, and 18 inch alloy wheels. The overall exterior appearance on this new model has been more streamlined than previous models and even its sibling, the 5 Series.

The general appearance of this new model has been totally restyled. The climate control readouts share the Black Panel technology that is utilized in the 7 Series, and now boasts an electroluminescent display. Also incorporated within the new Gran Turismo is a next generation iDrive system, this has already been installed throughout various other BMW models.

There is enough space within the Gran Turismo to accommodate up to 4 or 5 individuals, this is all depending on the configuration that has been set up with the rear seats. The cargo space can vary, in the standard configuration it has an area of 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, while with the seats folded down the cargo space can be increased to a maximum of 60 cubic feet. Some other standard feature are 10 way power front seats and also a telescoping/tilting steering column.

The new Gran Turismo model is equipped with the powerful twin turbo, V8 4.4 liter engine that produces an outstanding 400 horsepower; this is the same engine that is found in the new 550i model. Another engine option is available and this one is shared from the 535i version, which is a turbocharged 6 cylinder engine outputting 300 horsepower, with an 8 speed automatic transmission available for both types of engine variations.

Safety features that are incorporated as standard into the Gran Turismo are front mounted side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system, and head restraints. Adaptive cruise control with integrated collision warning system, blind spot and lane departure warning systems are all available optional extras.
12/11/2011

The 2011 BMW 528i, 535i and 550i Models



5 Series 2011 Editions
The new 5 Series variations for 2011 will offer improved fuel efficiency, conventional styling, and a longer wheelbase. The trim levels that will be available are the 528i, 535i, and the 550i versions.

Interior and Exterior
The general appearance of both the interior and exterior borrows a lot from its older sibling the 7 Series. The materials used within the cabin are very good quality. Replacing the old style cup-holders are the new and more traditional console mounted style cup-holders. Standard features within the interior include a front seats with integrated 10 way power function, tilt/telescoping steering column, and the incorporation of BMW's "Black Panel " technology, this enables the climate control readouts to display from dark panels. Optional features include the iDrive with integrated navigation system, this also has a large 10.2 inch display with an impressive pixel resolution of 1280x480. This is also available without the navigation system, with its main function to control audio and vehicle setup configurations. But, it has to be noted that the display is reduced to 7 inches and only has a pixel resolution of 800x400. Another optional feature is a 60/40 split folding rear seat.

The actual wheelbase of the 5 Series has been increased by roughly 3 inches. On the front fascia of the vehicle situates the signature kidney grilles, these have been placed lower and also protrude forward a little. The 535i and 550i variations are equipped with 18 inch alloy wheels as standard, whilst the 528i version comes with 17 inch wheels as standard. Although an upgrade that incorporates summer performance tires and larger wheels are optional with the "Sports Package". Adaptive xenon headlights are standard for both the 535i and 550i variations, and optional for the 528i version.

Power and Safety
Installed within the 528i is a 3.0 liter 6 cylinder engine outputting 240 horsepower; the 535i is equipped with a slightly more powerful turbocharged 3.0 liter 6 cylinder engine which runs at 300 horsepower; and finally the 550i has the twin turbo V8 4.4 liter engine that produces 400 horsepower. All 3 model variations will be equipped with an 8 speed automatic transmission as standard, while a 6 speed manual transmission will be optional for both the 535i and 550i variations.

Some optional features that are available include; BMW's "Adaptive Drive" system, which also incorporates "Active Roll Stabilization", this is available with the "Sports Package". "Active Steering" which alters the steering rations, and adaptive cruise control are also optional extras.

5 Series safety features include; front side impact airbags and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability system, active head restraints are all standard. A few optional safety features are available, these are; adaptive cruise control which also has a collision warning system installed, blind spot warning system, and the lane departure warning system.
12/08/2011

Ford Reflex Concept

Ford uses a lot of words to describe its Reflex concept car. Words like bold, innovative, American, sporty . . . and from what I can tell, all the words fit. But I think the best word is one Ford doesn't use: family.

Let's face it, most of the newest car innovations fit a family about as well as a studio apartment! While Ford never says so, the innovations designed into the Reflex concept make it look like they were designed with family in mind. A hip sporty family, that wants to go green, but a family.There are the reverse butterfly doors which make it easy to get in and out of front or back, and mean a parent is no long bumping into the door installing a car seat, or buckling baby in. And speaking of car seats, it comes with one; built right into the rear seat. When is the last time your car came with one of those?

Then there is the rear seat itself - you know how some vans split their row seats 60-40 for easy removal? Well Ford did something similar in the Reflex, for a different reason. The rear seat is divided into one seat, and a small 'love seat' that can easily and comfortably fit two full size adults . . . or, you can push a button, and the love seat is divided in two small seats, perfect for children.

Safety is also a major consideration, and in addition to the standard safety features - and not so standard ones, like side curtain airbags - Ford has added some innovation here too. The inflatable seat belts that reduce injury to second row passengers, is nice. The BeltMinder™, that lets you know if someone in the rear seats isn't buckled up, is even better.

Ford doesn't stop innovation there either. The solar roofs fans, that power themselves to keep the car cool when it's sitting in a summer parking lot, are a very sweet extra. The solar head and tail lights, that absorb sunlight during the day to use when you turn the lights on - and charge the battery - are a very nice touch as well, and boost the fuel economy nicely.

Not that the Reflex needs help boosting the fuel economy. The diesel electric hybrid gets up to 65 mph, while giving all the benefits of all wheel drive. Of course, some things - like how it handles - will need to wait until Ford starts offering test drives.All in all, there is only one minor issue I can see with the concept. Did they have to use white for the interior? I really hope that mesh cleans easily, because speaking for every parent I know, white and kids just do not mix well!
11/05/2008

Future Cars - Camaro Concept


The Camaro concept made its first appearance at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, with styling that wowed the crowd and the styling will not change all that much when the car goes into production. The fifth generation Camaro will be based very closely on the concept, which is powered by a 400 horsepower aliminum small block LS2 V8, has a T56 six speed manual transmission and what GM says is a sophisticated chassis with four wheel independent suspension.

The engine is fitted with Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel, enough says GM for the concept to get 30mpg or better.

While the concept does have four seats, the ones in the rear are for very short people only, as there’s not much room in there.

"Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the Camaro for all of the right reasons," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global design. "Camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance that could rival expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new car buyers."

And then, after the Camaro coupe came the convertible at the North American International Auto Show in 2007. The production convertible will follow the coupe, with an on-sale date in late 2009. This time the concept came in orange pearl paint, with gunmetal gray racing strips.

Tom Peters, General Motors' director of exterior design for rear-wheel-drive and performance vehicles, says they wanted to make the car stand out more: "We opted to go with bright metal accents, as opposed to satin finish, for things like the exhaust tips and fuel filler, and even the rear lights have a polished look. The wheels are different, too. We wanted to do an update of the redline tires from the 1960s, but instead of the red line going around the tire, it's actually on the wheels."

The changes to the concept are obviously around the rear end of the car. Even though the car is a concept it has been engineered to take a folding roof in the trunk. The windshield will be taller on the production version as well. The roof itself is not fitted, and there’s the possibility that a hard top folding roof may be on the production car.

And by the way, it seems that the story of Bob Lutz walking in on the team developing the Camaro concept when it was close to its completion and simply saying ‘no’ and then walking out again was slightly incorrect. It was actually General Motors' Chairman and CEO, Rick Wagoner who ordered a redesign at the last minute. Apparently the design was far too closely styled after classic Camaros.

12/04/2007

Carcoverworld.com - Review of one of the best online car cover sellers

I was impressed when I first visited carcoverworld.com. It has one of the best possible names which a car cover website can get. My initial impression was fantapulas thus I planned to do an extensive research on the entire website.

The site has one of the simplest of navigation and is filled with valuable products. If I were buying a cover for my car, carcoverworld would have been the first choice I would go to see what an online marketplace has to offer me.

The speed with which this website loads is great when I compare it with other automobile websites. I highly recommend this site to anyone looking to buy a car cover. Its is a very good website with the full line of Covercraft and Coverking Products.

The products include Indoor and outdoor car covers, truck covers, front end masks, truck tonneau covers, sun shields, interior covers, seat covers, and a full line of covers for motorcycles and ATV's. Carcoverworld ships vehicle protection and enhancement products in United States and to more than 40 international destinations around the world.

If you do not have a car cover then buy one from Carcoverworld to protect your vehicle against harsh outdoor conditions, preserve vehicle paint and to safeguard it from dings, dents and dust.

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10/23/2007

2010 Camaro Concept

The Camaro concept made its first appearance at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, with styling that wowed the crowd and the styling will not change all that much when the car goes into production. The fifth generation Camaro will be based very closely on the concept, which is powered by a 400 horsepower aliminum small block LS2 V8, has a T56 six speed manual transmission and what GM says is a sophisticated chassis with four wheel independent suspension.

The engine is fitted with Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation technology to save fuel, enough says GM for the concept to get 30mpg or better.

While the concept does have four seats, the ones in the rear are for very short people only, as there's not much room in there.

"Millions of people of all ages fell in love with the Camaro for all of the right reasons," said Ed Welburn, GM vice president, global design. "Camaros were beautiful to look at and offered performance that could rival expensive European GTs. Yet they were practical enough to drive every day and priced within the reach of many new car buyers."

And then, after the Camaro coupe came the convertible at the North American International Auto Show in 2007. The production convertible will follow the coupe, with an on-sale date in late 2009. This time the concept came in orange pearl paint, with gunmetal gray racing strips.

Tom Peters, General Motors' director of exterior design for rear-wheel-drive and performance vehicles, says they wanted to make the car stand out more: "We opted to go with bright metal accents, as opposed to satin finish, for things like the exhaust tips and fuel filler, and even the rear lights have a polished look. The wheels are different, too. We wanted to do an update of the redline tires from the 1960s, but instead of the red line going around the tire, it's actually on the wheels."

The changes to the concept are obviously around the rear end of the car. Even though the car is a concept it has been engineered to take a folding roof in the trunk. The windshield will be taller on the production version as well. The roof itself is not fitted, and there's the possibility that a hard top folding roof may be on the production car.

And by the way, it seems that the story of Bob Lutz walking in on the team developing the Camaro concept when it was close to its completion and simply saying 'no' and then walking out again was slightly incorrect. It was actually General Motors' Chairman and CEO, Rick Wagoner who ordered a redesign at the last minute. Apparently the design was far too closely styled after classic Camaros.
10/15/2007

Add Gas Prices to Your Website

Automotive.com, a big name in automobile arena have launched "Add Gas Prices to Your Website", a seductive opportunity for website owners and webmasters who could now display local gas prices to their users using data from the reliable and authenticated sources associated with Automotive.com. All you have to do is to copy a small code provided here and paste it in the source page of your website or blog.

The gas price tool display local gas prices in real time. Simply input the zip code for the area and it would give up-to-date gas price which enable you to plan your next trip ahead, for the prices involved. This tool gives amazingly closest/real values and I am not sure how every time day after day they maintain these data.

Head on to Automotive.com for this great free addictive tool and give your visitors a value added service.

Automotive.com allows you to find new and used cars, buy or sell cars, car reviews, and even provides or assists for auto financing and loans. While writing this review for the site, I came across car forum which is one of the best places to interact with like minded car enthusiasts who discuss their love affair with their machines. The site has a very friendly interface and browsing the site is a breeze.
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02/08/2007

2009 Chevy Impala Concept - (GM Future Cars)


The all-new 2009 Chevy Impala is under development now. We could very well expect the new 2009 Chevrolet Impala Concept soon. The best thing about this next flagship sedan will be that for the first time in many years Chevrolet Impala is going to be built on rear wheel drive platform - Zeta.

It will also share the design cues from the much-awaited future Camaro. Other features expected are 300C, with retro styling and an optional V8. Well, lets wait and watch for the first concept version emerges.
09/14/2006

Resource for automobiles enthusiasts

Try this new site we found called CarsDBs - Automobiles. Its got a good collection of automobile related news and car related articles including categories like car maintenance, auto insurance and latest car reviews.

Its got a nice forum too that is categorised into specific brands of auto manufacturers like BMW Chevrolet Audi Volkswagon Honda etc.
09/12/2006

 

 

 

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