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Filed under: BMW, New Car Reviews, Crossover, Luxury

BMW’s X6 has proven to be an unlikely hit – so much so that the Bavarians have followed up with this kid brother X4 for 2015, a genre-splitting model that promises to be all things to all people. We spent a week with it to find out if it’s worth the extra dough over the X3 upon which it’s based.

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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.

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Filed under: BMW, Cadillac, Honda, Jeep, Subaru, Humor, Fiat

893dJeep grand cherokee srt hellcat 628 Six shut up and take my money cars

aa10Shut up and take my money 628 Six shut up and take my money carsAny time you see this iconic moment in pop culture – Shut up and take my money! – posted in response to a new car reveal, rumor for an upcoming model or even lip-service to a vehicle that should exist, you can bet there’s some intrinsic good in the idea. Though depending on the person offering up the cash, that good could take the form of extraordinary form, functionality, weight savings, power, handling, etc. You get the idea.

In fact, when I first proposed this list, I reached out to the BMW Top News staff to help me brainstorm. Here are some of the ideas they offered up that I ultimately didn’t use: Jaguar XE Coupe, Pagani Huayra Roadster, Mercedes-Benz S-Class “parade car” (cabriolet), Morgan 3-Wheeler with Ducati V-twin, Ford Transit Connectamino (pickup), Mercedes CLA63 AMG, Ford Fusion 5.0, BMW i8 Spyder, Lexus RC-F Shooting Brake, Volvo XC90 Polestar. Oh, and things we collectively wanted to stick Dodge’s Hellcat in were almost as numerous as models that Fiat Chrysler Automotive currently makes (though none quite so compelling as the Grand Cherokee you see above.)

Ultimately though, while I used a couple of ideas from my colleagues, the list of cars I’d shell out for unquestionably is very personal. Though it isn’t complete, what follows is a selection of cars whose very existence would prompt me – or the trust-fund-baby versions of me – to utter without hesitation: “Shut up and take my money.”

Read, enjoy, and then post your own list of Take My Money Cars in Comments below – make Fry proud.

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Filed under: Spy Photos, Sedan, BMW, Luxury

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8730bmw 1 series spy 01 BMW 1 Series sedan interior revealedThe next BMW 1 Series Sedan has made another appearance following our last peek at it in September, and this time, the gallery of images even reveals part of the new car’s interior.

Of course, if these images prove anything, it’s that manufacturers take camouflage of the interior just as seriously as they do the exterior. We can see in these images a fairly simple cabin, with what looks like a fixed central display. It’s quite small, although the housing itself is rather large, so we could be looking at a more basic form of iDrive rather than the full-featured set. Overall, though, this cabin more or less confirms that the 1 Series Sedan will fit in with the rest of the BMW family quite nicely.

Outside of the interior images, though, there isn’t a lot of new stuff revealed by these images. As for when we’ll see both the interior and exterior fully undisguised, our spies continue pointing to a 2016 debut with a 2017 on-sale date.

Take a look at the images, up top.

BMW 1 Series sedan interior revealed originally appeared on BMW Top News on Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Filed under: Motorsports, Performance, BMW, Honda, Misc. Auto Shows, Motorcycle

2c402015 Honda RC213V S prototype 01 opt Five bikes from EICMA you need to know about

Each and every year, the world’s biggest motorcycle manufacturers gather together in Milan, Italy to show off the latest and greatest machinery that will soon be offered to dealerships the world over. It’s called EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori), and this year’s crop of new motorcycles is just as exciting as ever.

We’ve selected five of the coolest motorcycles shown at this week’s show, including models from Aprilia, BMW, Ducati, Honda and Yamaha. Join us down below for a high-performance, two-wheeled Italian journey.

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Filed under: Convertible, Coupe, Hybrid, Sedan, Performance, SUV, Truck, Technology, Crossover, BMW, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota, Electric, Diesel, Luxury, Ram

7a64toy Meet the finalists for BMW Top Newss 2014 Technology of the Year Award

Greetings from (cold and rainy) Petoskey, MI, where many BMW Top News editors are testing 14 different cars and trucks that make up the finalists for this year’s Technology of the Year Award. Our tech choices run the gamut from complete vehicles (BMW i3, i8) to engines, connectivity features, convenience niceties, safety systems, performance data functions and more. And it helps that many of these technologies are housed in some pretty hilariously fun vehicles.

Have a look below to see the full roster of what made the cut this year, and stay tuned as we crown a winner during the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show festivities in just a few weeks.