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Watch Emily Blunt and John Krasinski prank Jimmy Kimmel’s SUV

Filed under: Videos, Crossover, BMW, Luxury

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Jimmy Kimmel has a bit of a rivalry going with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. Not like the “I’m on television, you’re on the radio” one he has with his former Man Show co-host Adam Carolla (who of course has more to do with cars than the last name he almost shares with a Toyota economy sedan). With Blunt and Krasinski, it’s more of a prank rivalry.

The Hollywood couple, you see, live across the street from Kimmel, and they’re all good friends. But during the holiday season, things get a little competitive. One year they broke into Jimmy’s house and left an illuminated snowman and some sort of santa bear in his foyer. Jimmy retaliated, the Krasinskis escalated, and up and up things went until Jimmy had their entire house wrapped like a gift.

John and Emily weren’t going to leave it at that, though, and took things in a decidedly more automotive direction. They gift-wrapped the host’s BMW X5 and filled it with balls. But they didn’t stop there. You’ll want to watch the footage above to see how things ended, just take note of the roll cage visible as Krasinski-Clause stumbles out of the car in that last scene and remember that, while we couldn’t say no vehicles were actually harmed in the making of this segment, at least it doesn’t appear to have actually been Kimmel’s.

A car writer’s year in new vehicles w/video

Filed under: Budget, Performance, Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, GM, Honda, Jaguar, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Rolls-Royce, Subaru, Volkswagen, Volvo, Alfa Romeo, Diesel, Luxury, Fiat, BMW Top News Black

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I figured it would be interesting to parse the figures and quantify my year in cars in a way I’d never done before.

Christmas is only a week away. The New Year is just around the corner. As 2014 draws to a close, I’m not the only one taking stock of the year that’s we’re almost shut of.

Depending on who you are or what you do, the end of the year can bring to mind tax bills, school semesters or scheduling dental appointments. For me, for the last eight or nine years, at least a small part of this transitory time is occupied with recalling the cars I’ve driven over the preceding 12 months.

Since I started writing about and reviewing cars in 2006, I’ve done an uneven job of tracking every vehicle I’ve been in, each year. Last year I made a resolution to be better about it, and the result is a spreadsheet with model names, dates, notes and some basic facts and figures.

Armed with this basic data and a yen for year-end stories, I figured it would be interesting to parse the figures and quantify my year in cars in a way I’d never done before. The results are, well, they’re a little bizarre, honestly. And I think they’ll affect how I approach this gig in 2015.

European jury picks finalists for 2015 Car of the Year

Filed under: Europe, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Volkswagen, Renault, Citro├źn

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There are countless Car of the Year awards handed out each year, and naturally, Europe has its own way of doing things. Every year, a panel of jurists representing seven publications in seven different languages and seven different countries get together to name their joint Car of the Year. The panel released a list of 32 candidates back in July, and it has now whittled that list down to seven nominees.

The list consists of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Citroën C4 Cactus (shown), the Ford Mondeo, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the Nissan Qashqai, the Renault Twingo and the Volkswagen Passat. Of those seven, only two are available in the US – those being the Mondeo (sold Stateside as the Fusion) and the C-Class. The Passat is an entirely different model in North America, the Qashqai isn’t offered here, Citroën and Renault don’t even participate in our market and the BMW 2 Series is represented here only by the completely different coupe and convertible.

Expect the one and only recipient of the 2015 Car of the Year award to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show this coming March, and while you’re waiting, you can place your guesses for the eventual winner in Comments.

European jury picks finalists for 2015 Car of the Year originally appeared on BMW Top News on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW to show car that can park itself in a multi-story garage at CES

Filed under: Concept Cars, CES, Technology, Hatchback, BMW, Electric, Smartphone

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Automatic parking systems are something of a novelty, in their present form. Sure, modern parallel parking systems work well enough. And they’re great if you lack the special awareness required to complete such a task. But frankly, how often is the average owner of such a system in a position to use it? Perpendicular parking systems, meanwhile, are basically an admission that you don’t really deserve a driver’s license.

Novelties these systems may be, but they promise a future where we won’t even need to be behind the wheel to park our cars. BMW is going to deliver a vision of that future at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show with the Remote Valet Parking Assistant, a smartwatch-activated system that takes the driver out of the parking equation and replaces them with an advanced collision avoidance system.

Fitted to an i3 for CES, the BMW system relies on four laser scanners to map the surrounding environment and identify obstacles. Combined with a digital site plan for a building, the company claims its car can navigate its way to an open parking spot, moving around even unexpected obstacles like improperly parked cars. The car’s owner can step out of the vehicle at the intended destination, and then tap the smartwatch app for vehicle parking and retrieval.

BMW claims this system will allow more precise control than GPS, particularly in something like a multi-story parking deck. While it’s an intriguing route with autonomous technology, we wonder how much is required of these digital site plans.

There are more practical uses of this technology, beyond valet parking. According to BMW, the collision-avoidance technology can aid a driver in low-light conditions, automatically braking the car for its driver when an obstruction is detected.

Look for more on BMW’s Remote Valet Parking system as the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show approaches. Until then, scroll down for the full press release.

Here’s how Detroit is selling more luxury vehicles than Germany and Japan

Filed under: Sedan, SUV, Truck, BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Earnings/Financials, Luxury, Ram

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Now there’s an attention-grabbing headline, eh? Although the answer to the riddle – pickup trucks and SUVs – might be somehow deflating, the numbers involved deserve a going over. According to TrueCar’s figures (click on the table to enlarge), six of the year’s ten best-selling vehicles in the US that sell for a transaction price above $50,000 are body-on-frame, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the only foreigner to crack the top five.

Every enthusiast knows that pickup trucks are ‘Murica’s most popular vehicle by a colossal margin, and there have been plenty of reports about the popularity of luxuriously appointed trucks and SUVs, but compare these figures from TrueCar: 70 percent of Chevrolet Tahoe sales have a transaction price above $50K, and The Bowtie is expected to make $3.9 billion in revenue on 66,945 predicted high-dollar sales; 95.1 percent of E-Class sales break $50K, so the German company will make $4.0 billion on 67,006 predicted sales in that pricing sphere. It’s about the only time you’ll see the Tahoe ranked right next to Mercedes’ bread-and-butter sedan. Ram is ahead of those two with $4.2B coming from $50K-plus sales. The Ford F-Series does almost as much revenue as the next three combined, with an expected $10.8 billion coming from sales of trucks over $50K – more than a quarter of the model’s total sales, when a base F-150 can be had for about $26,000.

Yes, the Germans make a lot more money on fewer sales, but considering the comparison, the bottom line isn’t too troubled by such facts. Weighing like-for-like, the full-size Ford walks it in every category; elsewhere, the Chevrolet Silverado outsells the Ram, but the Ram outsells the Chevy by 6.7 percent above $50K. And for all the flak GMC takes over swapping out grilles, the Sierra also outsells the Chevy in the well-appointed segment, 16.1 percent of sales versus 11 percent – the Professional Grade brand is a huge profit center for The General. You’ll find more info in the TrueCar press release below.

10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags

Filed under: Recalls, Safety, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota

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Since Takata has decided not to take the lead concerning potential issues with its airbag inflators, the automakers have. Perhaps that’s unsurprising, since it’s the automakers, not Takata, that will take a beating on the dealership floor if consumers decide its models are a health hazards. The Detroit News reports that Toyota, Honda, General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Subaru met in a hotel conference room near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport last week to sort out a way to understand the technical issues involved.

So far, faulty airbag inflators have been ruled the cause of five deaths and 50 injuries around the world, but neither Takata nor investigators understands exactly why the inflators are malfunctioning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently asked Takata to issue a national recall, Takata declined, citing a minuscule failure rate and the fact that it’s still investigating the issue. Toyota and Honda then made an industry-wide appeal for “a coordinated, comprehensive testing program” that would pinpoint the problem inflators and get them replaced, and that’s what the Detroit meeting was about.

Numerous issues, however, will make this a long row to hoe: simply getting the parts to replace the nearly 20 million inflators in cars recalled around the world so far – even working with other supplierswill take a years, but more importantly, no one knows if the replacement inflators currently being installed will suffer the same issue. Answers will hopefully come quickly with Takata, the ten automakers and NHTSA all independently investigating the problem.

10 automakers shack up in Detroit hotel to talk Takata airbags originally appeared on BMW Top News on Sun, 14 Dec 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Weekly Recap: Mercedes continues the pseudo-coupe craze with AMG-tuned CUV

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, SUV, Plants/Manufacturing, Crossover, Bentley, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche

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But as BMW’s X6 has demonstrated, sport sells in in the crossover segment, and Mercedes is giving the people what they want.

BMW proved there is a market for crossover utility vehicles designed to look like coupes – as much as a vehicle with four doors and noticeable ground clearance can look like a coupe, anyway. Now comes the reply from Mercedes-Benz: the GLE Coupe.

The rakish crossover is a harbinger of things to come from Mercedes, as it begins the company’s transition to a new nomenclature and marks the debut of the AMG Sport line. It also continues the recent coupe craze. Designers from many automakers, like Nissan and Volkswagen, have increasingly turned to swoopy, dramatic styling to make utility vehicles and sedans seem more desirable.

By revealing the GLE 450 AMG Sport model first, Mercedes is clearly hoping to cast the GLE Coupe as a sportier, lifestyle-oriented alternative in its lineup of beefy crossovers and SUVs. Mercedes used the word “sport,” or a variation of it, 53 times in its press release, so uh yeah, it’s sporty.