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

091bcitroen c4 cactus ecoty European jury picks finalists for 2015 Car of the Year

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.

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

3aa1slide 0009 Weekly Recap: Mercedes continues the pseudo coupe craze with AMG tuned CUV

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.

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Filed under: Coupe, Europe, BMW, Luxury

7bdb2015 BMW 2 Series 001 BMW 2 Series gets 3 cylinder Mini engine

1a892015 BMW 2 Series 006 BMW 2 Series gets 3 cylinder Mini engineBMW just keeps lopping off cylinders from its engines and sliding the ever-more-diminutive mills into its models. This spring, Europeans will get some of the automaker’s smallest yet thanks to a new entry-level 2 Series that will share a powerplant with the Mini Cooper. The Bavarian company will also introduce a few other tweaks to the compact coupe across the pond.

The 218i is the new 2 Series base model, and it shares its 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder with the latest family of Minis. The engine makes the same 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, but BMW does have some tiny changes for it. First, the orientation is swapped to fit lengthwise under the hood and drive the rear wheels. Just as importantly, buyers can order it with an eight-speed automatic, rather than the six-speed in the Minis.

BMW claims that the little engine gives the 218i a 50:50 weight distribution, and it takes around 8.8 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour with the standard six-speed manual – tack on another tenth for the automatic. Either way, top speed is still a perfectly respectable 132 mph. Those acceleration numbers, incidentally, are over a second slower than what the latest Cooper is quoted at.

Beyond this new base model, BMW will bring a few other additions to the 2 Series for Europe. The 220d oil burner will be available with xDrive all-wheel drive, and the company will introduce several new equipment bundles called Advantage, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport. Each will bundle various options and trims together to appeal to buyers. No word yet on whether the 218i will eventually make it to North America, but we aren’t holding our breath. Scroll down to read BMW’s lengthy release about all of the changes set for the 2 Series.