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I Might Be Getting a Promotion

In this case it is not really anything that I did, but instead the path has been opened up by a trail of screw ups in upper hierarchy of my department. In truth unless they go out looking far and wide, I am the obvious choice for at least one of the openings. My immediate supervisor just had a real breakdown and threw a punch at his boss, it landed clean and some people claim a tooth flew out. The guy he hit self destructed five days later with a Salt Lake City escort service involved. He and this really beautiful girl were in a rental car, apparently he was drunk enough that he did not want to go through a DWI checkpoint, but when they catch you turning around they chase you. Like a fool he panicked and ended up fleeing up some mountain road. The girl got scared and pulled the keys from the ignition, threw them out of the car and waited for the police. He jumped out and tried to run through the wilderness in the night. Continue Reading


I Needed My Ex to Help Me out

The last thing I thought I would need to learn about Austin TX was where to find the best attorney. I have had dreams of the perfect family since I was a child, but sadly reality often does not live up to dreams. I found myself divorced with three young children and a deadbeat ex who would not help me financially. He was great about seeing the kids every other weekend and taking them out to eat, to amusement parks, and buying them all sorts of toys and gadgets, but he did not contribute to their basic needs at all.

I was responsible for a mortgage, utilities, insurance, transportation, food and other daily needs, and so much more. I was drowning because he would not help me at all. I was grateful the kids had a good relationship with him, but I was nearing the end of my rope. I finally decided to contact a lawyer because I needed child support before I lost everything. Continue Reading


2012 Bentley Continental GT Price, Review, Specs

2012 Bentley Continental GT Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, After essentially reinventing Bentley after its 2003 model year introduction, the automaker’s Continental GT has become something of an icon among high-end super luxury coupes. As such, Bentley chose the ever-popular “evolution over revolution” mantra for the redesigned 2012 Bentley Continental GT – with one twist: A nod to ever-stricter emissions standards.

Bentley says that it will begin offering its four-seat coupe with a new 4.0-liter V8 engine, which will chop the current W12 model’s CO2 emissions by a whopping 40 percent.

Built for long passages, with a sturdy sea-keeping fiberglass hull, the Hatteras offers unparalleled engineering, meticulous craftsmanship and immense power. Its staterooms feature exquisite wood cabinetry, double bullnose moldings, and polished natural stone countertops. The main salon is equipped with plasma video screens and multi-channel surround sound for entertainment, while the pilot house features state-of-the art digital electronics for monitoring systems and navigation. And under the stern deck, there are twin 16-cylinder turbo diesel powerplants generating 2,400 horsepower each. It’s enough propulsion to move the 270,000-pound yacht through the water at speeds approaching 30 mph.

Bentley has been sparse on details about the new V8, but it says that the high-output engine will “deliver all the exhilarating power and torque synonymous with the marque”.

For Bentley traditionalists, however, the W12 returns, boasting 6.0 liters, twin turbochargers and a boost to 567 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. Lighter than the outgoing model thanks to some material changes throughout, the revised W12 sprints to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.

It sends power to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission capable of delivering gear-skipping double downshifts for improved response.

The Continental GT’s all-wheel-drive system has also been revised. Sending power to an increased width track, the system now splits 40 percent of the power to the front wheels and 60 percent to the rear to reduce understeer. New 20 and 21-inch alloy wheels are available.

Outside, the Continental GT gains new jeweled headlamps with LED running lights, a revised front grille and some tweaking to the outgoing car’s bodylines. The body is heavily revised from before despite a similar appearance.

The interior, on the other hand, is now softer and more inviting. The primary controls, instrumentation and dash vents have not moved, but they are now more cleanly integrated into the rich woods and soft hides around them. Most now wear bright metal bezels. A new eight-inch touchscreen display powered by VW-sourced architecture highlights the center console (it couldn’t come soon enough – the outgoing unit was one of the most dated facets of the old car). The steering wheel is freshened and the pedals resculpted. There’s even significant news with the seats. Last year’s behemoths have been replaced with thinner and lighter “cobra-design” seats, with the seat belt anchors affixed to the chassis instead of the seats.

The audio systems feature the latest wide frequency Balance Mode Radiator speakers as standard, as well as Dirac Dimensions DSP for exceptional sound reproduction (Naim for Bentley premium audio).

2012 Bentley Continental GT Price :

What we do know now, though, is that the luxury automaker has upped the starting price by $7,100 to $189,900.

2012 Bentley Continental GT Specs :

Drivetrain : All Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5115
City (MPG) : 12
Hwy (MPG) : 19
Horsepower : 575@6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 516@1700
Wheelbase : 108.1
Length (in.) : 189.2
Width (in.) : 76.5
Height (in.) : 55.3


2010 Enco Exclusive BMW X6 Widebody

2010 Enco Exclusive BMW X6 Widebody. Now it is famous all over the world and likes luxury vehicles since the beginning of the new century. It is a complete body kit for the BMW X6. It designed with wide body kit that makes the X6 even wider, brawnier and, naturally, more sporty.

The new front bumper has three large air intakes to improve cooling of the engine and brakes, as well as integrated LED daytime driving lamps. The Chemnitz manufacturer is asking approx. EUR 15,000.-, including VAT, for the complete conversion including fresh paintwork.

2010 G-Power BMW X5 M Typhoon

2010 G-Power BMW X5 M Typhoon. This is top-end version comes with G-POWER SILVERSTONE RS forged wheels developed specifically for the TYPHOON.  Format up with 11Jx23 front and 12Jx23 on the rear. While each corner sports 315/25 ZR 23 high that performance rubber from development partner Michelin, this is  G-POWER sports suspension and a 30 mm lower ride height.

The prices for the G-Power BMW X5 M Typhoon aerodynamics package starts at € 12.185.00,– plus installation by G-POWER in Autenzell. The price for the 23-inch G-POWER SILVERSTONE RS or EDITION wheel set with MICHELIN tyres is € 8,865.55,–. The G-POWER power boost to 725 hp including complete exhaust system and modifications to the turbocharger installation is available for € 18,000.00,–.

2011 Bentley Mulsanne Price, Review & Picture

011 Bentley Mulsanne Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Everything. From the new 6.75-liter V-8 engine producing 505 horsepower and a monstrous 752 pound-feet of torque, to the optional 2200-watt sound system, the Mulsanne is as new as it gets. Even so, Bentley continues to use traditional craftsmanship at its Crewe headquarters to appeal to existing customers looking for an upgrade from their Arnage sedans.

The biggest car made by Bentley in over five decades is the 2011 Bentley Mulsanne: a first of its kind for the carmaker. With the notion of novelty, the consumer would expect nothing less than exceptional car engineering and after buying the Mulsanne the car buyer would be more than satisfied since one’s expectations are clearly met.

The Mulsanne sports a 6.75-Liter V-8 engine with 505hp/752 ft.lbs of torque. The cabin is breathtaking, quiet, and posh. All Mulsannes come with seventeen different kinds of leather, and mirror matched wood veneers for impeccable symmetry. This car is hardly compromising, but the car buyer may find the front styling less than appealing; this may affect the long-term appeal of the vehicle.

The Mulsanne sedan is made by the carmaker over a two-month period. The car is worth waiting for too; this flagship offering costs $285,000.000 and it fuses amazing engineering, equally amazing craftsmanship, luxury, and comfort. Of course, this is what is expected from Bentley; the British carmaker has always offered the best technologies to ensure its competitiveness in the market.

From the inset headlights with the inscription “Bentley Motors” to the LED taillights, the Mulsanne was designed to make an impression. The appearance of visible seams has been minimized to make the sedan look as though it was created from a single block. Nearly half of the overall build process of a Mulsanne is devoted to the interior. The Bentley’s steering wheel alone takes 15 hours to hand-stitch. Four-zone air conditioning is just one example of how much technology you’ll find inside this car.

The 2011 Bentley Mulsanne’s 6.75-liter twin turbo V-8 produces 505 horsepower and 752 pound-feet of torque and is mated to an 8-speed automatic. Helping make the Mulsanne a more manageable driver than its Arnage predecessor is a computer-controlled air suspension that has three settings varying stiffness and steering feel as well as a fourth setting allowing the driver to customize dynamic settings. Radar sensors warn of potential collisions visually or by tapping the brakes, optional rear and side-view cameras, optional Adaptive Cruise Control can adjust the speed of the car down to a stop, steel monocoque body structure with front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones.

Bodystyles: Sedan
Engines: 6.75L V-8
Transmissions: 8-speed automatic
Models: Mulsanne

Price : $285,000


2011 BMW 520d Price, Review & Picture

2011 BMW 520d Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, 2011 BMW 520d is a product of the BMW much talked about and have a high interest in parts of the world. BMW 520d has a range of functions using a powerful machine that can eliminate the low gas emission. By reducing the load of 170 kg from the base model Commodore, and the 2.0-liter diesel engine is lighter than its predecessor, produces energy BMW 520d more than 10 kW with a fuel consumption reduced by 10 percent. 520d Standards Test in Europe requires fuel 8.1 litres/100 km city and 5.0 litres/100km on the open road. The test along the 1200 km, an average of 5.0 to 5.5 litres/100 km highway and 8.0 to 8.5 in the city. BMW 520d is a car that has high performance and fuel efficient.

520d EDE is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbo-charged diesel with 184PS (135 kW) and 380Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque available at very low engine speeds. If you think that a big saloon with four-cylinder engine is not something special, check this out! 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds and the top speed is 231 km/h (144 mph). The staggering about the car is its fuel consumption – 4.5 litres per 100 km (62.8 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. Nice, A?

The amazing result are thanks to an Auto Start-Stop, an Optimum Shift Indicator, Brake Energy Regeneration and active cooling flap control, plus a longer final drive ratio and special aero rims with “Streamline” styling.

The manufacturer will also introduce a new 2.0-liter petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. The 2012 520i has the same power as the diesel 184PS (135 kW), but less torque – 270Nm (199 lb-ft). Still, the acceleration is way better – 7.9 seconds to 100 km/h and a top speed of 227 km/h (141 mph). The better acceleration comes with lower mileage – 41.5mpg (6.8 litres per 100 km) and CO2 emissions of 157 g/km.

The more powerful 528i has 245PS (180 kW) and 350Nm (258 lb-ft). 0 to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

2010 Onyx Concept BMW M3 E92/E93

2010 Onyx Concept BMW M3 E92/E93. The Onyx Concept has turned attention away from the SUV market to concentrate on the BMW M3 E92/E93. It  exterior consists of the following front and rear bumper, side skirts, front carbon fibre lip, rear carbon fibre difusser, carbon fibre bonnet, carbon fibre boot lid and carbon fibre roof tip spoiler.

The power has also been increased to a breathtaking 630HP from the standard 420HP.It  interior has an onyx designed by buffalo hide leather package which it will be choose different color combinations and to compliment this has a 12pc carbon fibre paneling kit which has a range of colored carbon weaves from black to orange to blue.



Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport. The Bugatti Veyron is (still) the world’s fastest production car, having just wrested the crown from itself in a successful world record attempt.

Production versions of the Super Sport will have their top speed electronically limited to 258 mph.
Had a model been especially popular or highly successful in races, Ettore Bugatti’s customers often pushed the master to tease out of the engine a few horsepower more for their future car.

Bugatti Automobiles had been in a similar situation when their existing customers asked the company to not only design their second model optically differently but to also create a version with a sportier and more extreme driving experience.

The result is a car with a uniquely high performance of 1,200-hp (882 kW) offering experienced drivers a whole new dimension of excitement, with a maximum torque of 1,500 Newton metres and a limited top speed of 415 km/h (to protect the tyres) but, the technique of the Super Sport is identical to the record car. The first five Super Sports to come off the production line will constitute a special series of their own, with the same configuration as the landspeed record car.

2011 BMW 5 Series Review & Price

2011 BMW 5 Series Review & Price, car reviews, The BMW has always been the pillar of achievement of our making, something that people from all over the world recognised as a possible source of inspiration for making New cars. In such cases people would have expected a lot from this BMW series, we’re greeted with a clone from the Mercedes series. In such cases, it would be best if you could get a good-looking Mercedes for the exact same price tag than the one for this BMW. The various features of this car including the safety and comfort are very much like the German car makers. The vehicle as would be the price tag, is not at all compatible with the amount of money that is been taken for this car.

BMW 5 Series

The very surprising from such a premium car maker is that there were minor vibrations from the steering wheel of the car and the body of the car would shake when driven fast. Complaints have been flying thick and fast in the BMW sector, about such vibrations, and the management should look into this affair, and the engineering division of this car should look into this before they actually make any more cars of this series.

BMW 5 Series Prices

BMW 5 Series Pictures

– Sedan

Gas I6 3.0L/183
22 City / 32 Hwy

Price : $45,050

– Sedan

Turbocharged Gas I6 3.0L/182
19 City / 28 Hwy

Price : $50,100

– Sedan

Turbocharged Gas I6 3.0L/182
19 City / 29 Hwy

Price : $52,000

– Sedan

Turbocharged Gas V8 4.4L/268
15 City / 22 Hwy

Price : $60,000

– Sedan

Turbocharged Gas V8 4.4L/268
16 City / 24 Hwy

Price : $62,000+


2011 Bugatti Veyron Hires Review

2011 Bugatti Veyron Hires Review – The Bugatti Veryron is, by every measure, the world’s fastest production road car. It’s the quickest to 60, it has the highest top speed, and it can absolutely dominate a track.

With a claimed 1001 horsepower, the Veyron is a major technical achievement. Its engine has 16 cylinders, essentially formed by joining two V8 engines at the crank.

This W16 powerplant displaces 8.0 liters and features ten radiators for everything from the engine cooling systems to the air conditioner.

The $1.3 million Veyron will reach a top speed of 253 mph – a speed it can maintain for 12 minutes before all the fuel is gone. Power is transmitted to the pavement via four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.

The car can hit 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds, 100 mph in 5.5 seconds, and 150 mph in 9.8 seconds. Getting to 200 mph takes 18.3 seconds, and 250 mph takes 42.3 seconds.

A special key is required to “unlock” the Veyron’s top speed of 250+ mph. The car is then lowered to just 3.5 inches from the ground. A hydraulic spoiler extends at speed, and it can also serve as an air brake.

The Veyron weighs a hulking 4,160 lbs, but even its harshest critics admit its handling is surprisingly sharp. Gordon Murray, designer of the McLaren F1 was very skeptical of the Veyron during its development, but after driving the finished car, he conceded it is a “huge achievement.”

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson also publicly stated the Veyron was ridiculous and would never be built, only to call it “best car ever made” after he drove it. He famously characterized it as “utterly, stunningly, mind blowingly, jaw droppingly brilliant.”


2012 BMW X3 Price, Review, Specs

2012 BMW X3 Price, Review, Specs, car reviews today, Given that the car from the BMW stable are one of the best cars that have come out from the Manufacturing unit of any company, this card does not look very good on the exterior, compared to the money that people would have to pay for this car. The design of this car from the exterior looks a bit out-dated, and the alloy wheels are bit weak, compared to the body of the car. The interior is very spacious, and comfortable, but the mileage of this car is not at all good, and if you want to go for fuel economy, it would be recommended to not go for this car.

When comparing the quality of writing, this card types its class, and is one of the best in the riding and handling part. The suspension is a bit on the shrieking part and the rest of the car is good. The BMW as many people would say is such a high-end car, that the makers of BMW would not have looked into such an affair such as the suspension, but the fact remains that the suspension is a bit creaky, and should not have been so, is checked by the Manufacturer.

BMW X3 Specs / Specification



  • Body Style
  • Size
  • Market Segment
  • Weight
    4112 lbs


  • Length
    183.0 in.
  • Width
    74.1 in.
  • Height
    65.4 in.
  • Wheelbase
    110.5 in.
  • Ground Clearance
  • Front Track
    63.6 in.
  • Rear Track
    64.3 in.
  • Weight Distribution
  • Drag Coefficient

Interior – General

  • Seats
  • Passenger Volume
  • Cargo Volume
    27.6 cu. ft.
  • Cargo Volume (Seats Folded)

Interior – Front Row

  • Volume
  • Leg Room
    39.9 in.
  • Head Room
    40.7 in.
  • Shoulder Room
    57.3 in.
  • Hip Room

Interior – Second Row

  • Volume
  • Leg Room
    36.8 in.
  • Head Room
    39.1 in.
  • Shoulder Room
    56.0 in.
  • Hip Room


  • Fuel Type
  • Engine Type
    3.0L I6
  • Power
    240 hp @ 6600 rpm
  • Torque
    221 lb-ft @ 2750-4000 rpm
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Highway Fuel Economy
    25 mpg
  • City Fuel Economy
    19 mpg
  • Forced Induction
  • Direct Injection


  • Layout
    All Wheel Drive
  • Front Suspension
  • Rear Suspension


  • Front
    17″ Aluminum
  • Front Tires
    225/60 R17
  • Rear
    17″ Aluminum
  • Rear Tires
    225/60 R17

Trailering & Hauling

  • Trailer Weight
    3000 lbs
  • Payload
  • Tongue Weight

Price for this 2012 BMW X3 is $36,850 – $42,400 (September 2011)


2012 BMW Concept M5 Reviews, Specs

2012 BMW Concept M5, wht car reviews, 2012 BMW Concept M5 is the interesting mixture of the highest driving comfort skilled in a top quality sedan higher center class and handling characteristics of a high-performance sports car. 2102 BMW M5 Concept reveal a platform with the BMW five Sequence Sedan.

The 2012 BMW M5 is a well-liked, high-performance edition of the mid-sized luxury BMW 5-Series automobile. To say the present M5 model is quick is definitely an understatement.The 2012 BMW M5 ought to be much better than ever, with much more horsepower, and modifications made to the transmission to create the automobile much more enjoyable to drive.

2012 BMW Concept M5 specs

2012 BMW M5 Concept style offers a much more robust and more attractive. Seen from the front we are able to see that a large intake of h2o, contour lines on the bonnet top to the front grille. On the side wheelarch created big and sturdy. Whilst stern imbued with an integrated diffuser below the bumper area and double-flow exhaust program.

2012 BMW M5 assured four-door sedan nonetheless inherit the character of BMW M. Claims BMW M, 2012 M5 will probably be outfitted with twin-turbo V8 engine. 8-cylinder engine is prepared to give spontaneity and acceleration. With sustained transmission 7-speed double clutch with Drivelogic, petrol usage and exhaust emissions M5 trimmed down to 25% from the previous design.Sector sports sedan suspension is thought to become created specifically by BMW M, exactly where examined at Nürburgring North Loop. 2012 M5 Idea is outfitted with rear differential technology (Energetic M Differential) in order to maximize traction when turning.

Superior aesthetics M sporty and distinctive in the format from the BMW 5-Series Sedan provides the basis for an unique expertise of driving the BMW M5 2012. With each generation designs, the progress made within the development of the premium sedan in terms of comfort and ease, safety and ambience that includes top quality new prospects to intensify the ‘feeling of M’ that is unrivaled.

The new BMW M5 is poised to build on the tradition of its predecessors and once again redefine the performance experience available in a four-door car. Displaying the conceptual harmony, state-of-the-art technology and astonishingly dynamic handling for which BMW M cars have become renowned, the fifth-generation BMW M5 stirs the passion of keen drivers for top performance and blends it, in inimitable style, with the universal qualities of a top-class premium saloon.

The most powerful engine ever fitted in a series-produced model from BMW M GmbH, the innovative Active M Differential – which optimises power transfer to the rear wheels – and model-specific chassis technology developed on the back of extensive racing expertise all secure the BMW M5 a dominant position in the high-performance saloon market.

Body design: hallmark M design elements make a genuine contribution to meeting technical requirements.The design of the body faithfully showcases the standout characteristics of the new 2012 BMW M5. The dynamic proportions and stylishly authoritative appearance of the BMW 5 Series Saloon has been further enhanced by the addition of M-specific design features. The carefully selected modifications are geared precisely to meeting the technical demands of the car, making them a central element of the high-performance Saloon’s overall concept. The car’s extraordinary potential is highlighted subtly and with impressive authenticity by the distinctive design elements on its front, sides and rear end.
BMW concept M5 price is still unknown, because the BMW stiil working the BMW M5.


2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Price, Review, Specs

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is BMW’s luxury hybrid based on the 7-Series powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine combined with at 3-phase synchronous electric motor for a combined output of 455 horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque. The power is delivered through an 8-speed automatic transmission with the electric motor positioned between the engine and the torque converter. According to BMW the ActiveHybrid 7 will accelerate to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and fuel economy is 15 percent better than the 750i and 750Li and includes Auto Start Stop for maximum efficiency. The ActiveHybrid 7 includes aerodynamically-tuned 10-spoke 19-inch Aero wheels and is available in Bluewater Metallic exterior paint.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is a large luxury sedan available in 750i and extended-wheelbase 750Li trims. The base 750i comes with a wealth of standard features, including 19-inch alloy wheels, a power-closing trunk, soft-close doors, automatic adaptive xenon headlights, an adaptive adjustable suspension, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding and auto-dimming heated mirrors and keyless entry/ignition.

On the inside, you’ll find four-zone automatic climate control, 14-way-adjustable heated front seats with memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, wood trim and leather upholstery. Standard technology features include Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, the iDrive electronics controller, a hybrid information display, a rearview camera, a voice-activated hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic, and a 16-speaker CD/DVD surround-sound audio system with HD radio, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB/iPod interface and digital music storage.

Some 750i options are grouped into packages. The Cold Weather package includes a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, plus a ski bag for the trunk pass-through. The Driver Assistance package adds a blind-spot warning system, a lane-departure warning system, a head-up display, top and sideview cameras, and automatic high beams. Stand-alone options include 20-inch wheels with performance tires, dark exterior trim, active and ventilated front seats, rear sunshades, a leather-trimmed dashboard/console, various interior wood accents, satellite radio, a NightVision infrared display with pedestrian detection, a rear-seat entertainment system with a six-DVD changer, and BMW apps smartphone integration.

The 750Li adds a 5.5-inch-longer wheelbase for more rear seat space and a self-leveling air suspension. In addition to the options listed above, the 750Li is eligible for a Luxury Rear Seating package, which includes power rear seats with cooling and massaging functions.

Powertrains and Performance

The hybrid 7 Series features a gasoline/electric hybrid power plant. The 4.4-liter direct-injected and turbocharged V8 is familiar from other BMW products but is extensively tweaked in this application — there’s no starter or alternator, for example. Power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Alone, the gasoline engine is rated at 440 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor — located between the engine and transmission — is powered by a trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery. Thanks to the quirks of hybrid power measurement, total combined output is 455 hp and 515 lb-ft. For reference, the non-hybrid 750 makes 400 hp and 450 lb-ft.

EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined (the regular 750 has a 17 mpg combined estimate). BMW says the ActiveHybrid 7 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in a sizzling 4.7 seconds, compared to 5.2 for the regular 7 Series.


Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability/traction control, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and the BMW Assist emergency response system.
Optional safety features include and top and sideview parking cameras, a lane departure warning system, a blind-spot warning system, and infrared night vision with pedestrian detection that displays the images either in the main dash display or in a head-up display (if so equipped).

Interior Design and Special Features

As BMW’s flagship, the 7 Series sedan represents the company’s pinnacle of luxury, comfort and cutting-edge technology. Supple leather and rich wood accents adorn almost every surface, and the highly adjustable front seats ensure comfort for virtually any body type. The iDrive system has evolved to become one of the best of its breed, employing a controller knob along with several redundant buttons to simplify often-used functions. Notably, the ActiveHybrid 7 includes some standard features that are options on the regular 750, including the premium 16-speaker sound system and keyless ignition/entry.

The rear seats are similarly accommodating for taller adults, and the extended-wheelbase versions offer even more legroom (by almost 6 inches) and slightly increased headroom. Available rear seat heating/ventilating and even a massage feature should satisfy the most demanding of passengers. Impressively, the trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery subtracts just 1 cubic foot from the standard 7′s 14-cubic-foot cargo capacity.

Driving Impressions

At about 15 percent, the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7′s fuel economy gains over a comparable 750 are not insignificant. Neither is the hybrid’s 450-pound added weight, but that is what makes the next part so amusing. This super-luxury sedan is most impressive when your foot’s on the floor. Of course, the conventional 750 is already very quick, but the ActiveHybrid 7′s additional power is immediately noticeable, particularly when the electric motor comes online with an extra surge. Yet the ActiveHybrid 7′s ride and handling are remarkably unaffected by this additional weight.
Compared to other luxury hybrid sedans, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 has a firmer, more direct ride quality, even in Comfort mode. This yields a more engaging driving experience, making the 7 Series a hybrid sedan that’s actually fun to drive.

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Price :

MSRP range:$97,000 – $101,000
Invoice price range:$89,420 – $93,100

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4795
City (MPG) : 17
Hwy (MPG) : 26
Horsepower : 455@5500-6000
Torque (lb-ft) : 515@2000-3000
Wheelbase : 126.4
Length (in.) : 205.3
Width (in.) : 84.0
Height (in.) : 58.3


2012 BMW 6-Series 650i Coupe and Convertible Price, Review

2012 BMW 6-Series 650i Coupe and Convertible Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The 2012 BMW 6-Series is all-new with third-generation versions of the 650i Coupe and Convertible. The new 6-Series is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or a new 8-speed automatic transmission and produces 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0 to 60 time of 4.8 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. A range of BMW EfficientDynamics measures contribute to reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The car’s all-new chassis and structure makes extensive use of aluminum for strength and lower weight. The Coupe and Convertible are both longer and wider than their predecessors, featuring a long sweeping hood, short front overhang and a set-back passenger compartment. The convertible is a classic soft-top. Also featured are adaptive LED headlights and ConnectedDrive driver assistance systems and mobility services such as rear-view camera, Surround View, Parking Assistant, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning System and Lane Change Warning System.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 BMW 6 Series is available in 650i trim levels had as a coupe or a convertible.

Standard equipment on the 650i differs with a V8 engine, 19-inch alloy wheels and 16-way comfort seats an adaptive suspension, automatic and adaptive xenon headlights, LED foglights, automatic wipers, parking sensors, power-folding mirrors, a large tilt-only sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, 10-way power front seats with four-way lumbar adjustments and memory functions, leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, auto-dimming mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control and a rearview camera. Electronic features include Bluetooth, a nine-speaker sound system (with a CD player, HD radio and an auxiliary audio jack), a navigation system, voice controls and the iDrive electronics interface. The convertible has a power soft top with a glass rear window that can be raised and lowered independently, along with heat-reflective leather upholstery.

Options include the Driver Assistance Package that adds side- and top-view cameras, blind spot detection, a head-up display, lane departure warning and automatic high beams. The Luxury Seating package adds a power rear sunshade and ventilated front seat with adjustable bolsters and a massage feature. The Cold Weather package mixes it up with heated front seats (also available as a stand-alone option), a heated steering wheel and a trunk pass-through ski bag. The Premium Sound package adds a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with an iPod/USB audio interface and satellite radio.

Other options include 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, active steering, active roll stabilization, an infrared night vision display, BMW Apps enhanced smartphone integration, extended leather upholstery and enhanced interior trim materials.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 BMW 650i is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 generating 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but “xDrive” all-wheel drive is optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control is standard, and a six-speed manual is optional on rear-drive cars. The start/stop feature is not included. In Edmunds performance testing, we timed an automatic-equipped 650i convertible from zero to 60 mph in a quick 4.9 seconds. EPA-estimated fuel economy for an automatic-equipped convertible stands at 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. Opting for the manual drops those to 15/22/17.

Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel antilock brakes with advanced standby and drying features, traction and stability control, front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags, active head restraints and BMW Assist. Pop-up roll bars also come standard on the convertible. In Edmunds brake testing, the 650i convertible stopped from 60 mph in 111 feet, an impressive halt for a 4,200-pound car.

Interior Design and Special Features

It’s not as elegant as the Jaguar XK’s streamlined design, but the 2012 BMW 6 Series interior offers top-shelf materials and craftsmanship in a fitting, cockpit-centric design. Depending on your preference, the center console’s high hip line may instill a sense of security or slight claustrophobia. Improvements to successive generations of iDrive make it one of the most intuitive interfaces for controlling phone, navigation and audio functions. The latest upgrade, featuring a 10.2-inch color display, makes cycling through essential menus even easier.

The 6 Series excels at accommodating two passengers, but the rear seat is only suitable for adults on short trips to the restaurant or driving range. Trunk space measures a relatively enormous 12.3 cubic feet in the convertible (10.6 with the top down) and both cars have a pass-through to accommodate longer items. The convertible’s heated rear window retracts independently of the soft top, doubling as a wind deflector when the top is dropped. Lowering the soft top takes about 20 seconds; raising it takes just a few seconds longer.

Driving Impressions

Behind the wheel, no one will mistake the 2012 BMW 6 Series for a 3 Series. The 6 makes few sporting pretensions, and while we wouldn’t call it athletic, it’s also not at all wayward or uncoordinated. The optional Active Roll Stabilization system keeps the brawny coupe composed through corners and helps it change direction quicker than its 2-ton heft would suggest. The steering changes weight depending on the driver-selected dynamic mode (such as Normal or Sport), but in all forms, it remains reasonably precise. Optional Active Steering also uses rear-wheel steering for low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.

Where the 650i’s previous engine made its best power near its redline, the new twin-turbo V8 unleashes a seemingly endless flow of low-end grunt and properly competes with torque-rich engines in the Jaguar XK and Mercedes-Benz E550. The new 640i also performs quite well, however, and it’s definitely worth a drive to see if you really need that higher-numbered model.

2012 BMW 6-Series Price :

650i Coupe
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $83,000
Base Invoice Price : $76,560
Destination Charge : $875

650i Convertible
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $90,500
Base Invoice Price : $83,460
Destination Charge : $875

2012 BMW 6-Series Specs :

650i Coupe
Base Price : TBA
Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4233
City (MPG) : 15
Hwy (MPG) : 22
Horsepower : 400@5500-6400
Torque (lb-ft) : 450@1750-4500
Wheelbase : 112.4
Length (in.) : 192.8
Width (in.) : 74.6
Height (in.) : 53.9

650i Convertible
Base Price : TBA
Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 4531
City (MPG) : 15
Hwy (MPG) : 22
Horsepower : 400@5500-6400
Torque (lb-ft) : 450@1750-4500
Wheelbase : 112.4
Length (in.) : 192.8
Width (in.) : 74.6
Height (in.) : 53.7


2011 BMW X3 xDrive20d

2011 BMW X3 xDrive20d. The diesel from this vehicle has a maximum output of 135 kW/184 bhp. Compared to its predecessor The Power output has been increased by 5 Kw but average consumption in the EU test cycle has been reduced by 14 percent to a mere 5.6 litres/100 km.

Now The new BMW X3 xDrive20d offers better performance and higher efficiency than     comparative rival. The engine develops sufficient power to allow the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, reaching top speed at 210 km/h.

2011 BMW Z4 (sDrive30i, sDrive35is) Reviews

2011 BMW Z4 (sDrive30i, sDrive35is) Reviews, Specs, Prices, what car reviews, The 2011 BMW Z4 ranks 6 out of 8 Luxury Sports Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 33 published reviews and test drives of the BMW Z4, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.

For 2011, the BMW Z4 amps up its aggression with the introduction of a new sports-tuned trim and an M Sport Package. Last year, the BMW Z4 was named a finalist in Motor Trend’s showdown for “Car of the Year.” With this year’s upgrades, it might just take the cake.

The 2011 BMW Z4 is sleek, sexy, luxurious and powerful. Its handling dynamics aren’t as sports-oriented as class leaders, but it makes a stellar choice for folks more interested in luxury than all-out sports performance. In fact, Edmunds writes, “Sleek styling, a high-class interior and plenty of performance combine to make the 2011 BMW Z4 one of the most desirable luxury roadsters available.”

For 2011, BMW enhances the Z4’s sports performance with M Sport Packages available for both the Z4 sDrive30i and sDrive35i. Plus, BMW introduces a whole new trim — the Z4 sDrive35is, which features more power and greater sports handling. It’s unlikely that the 2011 BMW Z4’s upgrades will enable it to overtake the Porsche Boxster, but they sure makes the compromise between luxury and sports performance easier to swallow.

Z4 Performance
Test drivers report that the 2011 BMW Z4 is fast and handles exceptionally well — especially the all-new performance-tuned sDrive35is trim. Edmunds writes, “Trust us; it’s a lot cooler than its clunky name sounds, boasting 35 additional horsepower from the 35i’s twin-turbo inline-6, enhanced steering and an M Sport package that adds adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch wheels, an aerodynamic exterior kit and sport seats.” Still, some critics complain that the 2011 BMW Z4’s steering lacks proper feedback.

Z4 Exterior
The Z4’s exterior was revised in 2009 to look sleeker and more luxurious. “Many of the polarizing features of the previous Z4′s design have been toned-down, amounting to a much more elegant look,” writes Left Lane News. While other 2011 BMW Z4 trims look just like the 2010 model, the new sDrive35is features slight exterior revisions that make it stand out. An automatic retractable hardtop is standard on all trims.

Z4 Interior
Compared to the last generation BMW Z4, the 2011 model features higher-quality materials, more passenger room and enhanced convenience features. “Overall, the interior appears to have moved decidedly more upscale, especially when equipped with the optional leather-wrapped dash” writes Automobile Magazine. BMW’s iDrive system has even been tweaked to make it less complicated.

Z4 Safety
Though the 2011 BMW Z4 hasn’t yet been crash tested, it features loads of assuring safety technology — including a Dual-airbag Supplementary Restraint System. Plus, critics point out, its windows are larger than the previous-generation Z4 — so blind spots are kept to a minimum.

Z4 Reliability
The 2011 BMW Z4 reliability score shown is the Predicted Reliability rating provided by J.D. Power and Associates. This score is based on trending the past three years of historical initial quality and dependability data from J.D. Power’s automotive studies, specifically the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and the Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2011 BMW Z4 carries a four-year/50,000-mile warranty that includes all scheduled maintenance at no cost for the same period.

2011 BMW Z4 Specs :
• Body Style : Convertible
• Size : Compact
• Market Segment : Near-Luxury
• Weight : 3252 lbs

• Length : 167.0 in.
• Width : 70.5 in.
• Height : 50.8 in.
• Wheelbase : 96.3 in.
• Ground Clearance : TBD
• Front Track : 59.5 in.
• Rear Track : 61.4 in.
• Weight Distribution : 47.9/52.1
• Drag Coefficient :0.34

Interior – general
• Seats : 2
• Passenger Volume : TBD
• Cargo Volume : 8.0 cu. ft.
• Cargo Volume (Seats Folded) : TBD
Interior – Front Row
• Volume : TBD
• Leg Room : 42.2 in.
• Head Room : 39.1 in.
• Shoulder Room : 53.3 in.
• Hip Room : TBD

• Fuel Type : Gas
• Engine Type : 3.0L I6
• Power : 255 hp @ 6600 rpm
• Torque : 220 lb-ft @ 2600 rpm
• Transmission : 6-Speed Manual
• Highway Fuel Economy : 28 mpg
• City Fuel Economy : 18 mpg
• Forced Induction : None
• Direct Injection : No

• Layout : Rear Wheel Drive
• Front Suspension : Strut-Type
• Rear Suspension : Multi-Link

• Front : 17″ Aluminum
• Front Tires : 225/45 R17
• Rear : 17″ Aluminum
• Rear Tires : 225/45 R17

Trailering & Hauling
• Trailer Weight : TBD
• Payload
• Tongue Weight : TBD

2011 BMW Z4 Prices : 
Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $62,500
Base Invoice Price : $57,500
Destination Charge : $875

Base Retail Price (MSRP) : $47,450
Base Invoice Price : $43,655
Destination Charge : $875


2012 Cadillac DTS Price, Review

2012 Cadillac DTS Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Cadillac DTS is the model that many people think of when talking about Cadillac’s. This is the best selling and the most commonly seen Cadillac on the roads. These feature heavy Cadillac’s offers about every luxury option possible, but it will cost a pretty penny. The base model DTS starts off at $46,000 so adding on options will add up rather quickly. All the different DTS trims come with the same motor and all are front wheel drive. This full sized luxury sedan comes stock with a 4.6 liter V-8 that puts out 275 horsepower at 6,000 RPMs. The on Star service and 8 speaker surround system also come on the standard DTS. If you are interested in heated seats, Bluetooth capability or any other high end features you had better consult your checkbook.

This is one of the few vehicles on the market that can actually seat six passengers comfortably. There is no mistaking the signature smooth steering and feather-like suspension on this Cadillac classic. The DTS has been around for some time, but it is still one of the most luxurious and sought after models.

Changes for the 2010 model year consisted entirely of new paint options with minor revisions to the OnStar system the only changes for 2011. The DTS remains pricey considering its age and the competition and exists mostly in a holding pattern until it and the slightly smaller STS can be replaced with the new, flagship XTS premium sedan.

Although it was rather striking in its day, the DTS soldiers on wearing the first generation of Cadillac’s Art and Science design cues. Updates are non-existent for 2011.

Power leather seats are standard across the DTS range with seat heaters optional. A premium stereo is also standard with an optional upgrade. Automatic climate control is standard, as is a power adjustable steering column. Navigation is optional.

Performance & Handling
The Cadillac DTS comes with only one engine, a 4.6-liter DOHC V-8, but it comes in two power levels. All but the Platinum trim offer 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque with the Platinum trim offering 292 horsepower and 288 pound-feet. Both the four-speed transmission and suspension are tuned for comfort, not performance, and self-adjusting magnetic dampeners are optional for an even smoother ride.

OnStar Automatic Crash Response is standard on the DTS, as are electronic Stability and Traction Control. Lane Departure Warning and blind spot warning systems are optional on some models. Driver and passenger front and side airbags are also standard, along with side curtain and rear side airbags.

2012 Cadillac DTS Price :

MSRP: $46,280

2012 Cadillac DTS Specs :

Bodystyles: Sedan
Engines: 4.6L V-8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic
Models: Base, Luxury, Premium, Platinum
# Bluetooth
# MP3 Player
# Satellite radio
# Side/Curtain Airbags
# Stability Control
# Traction Control


2012 Cadillac CTS Price, Review

2012 Cadillac CTS Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, For 2012, the 3.6-liter V6 in the Cadillac CTS gets 12 additional horsepower. Other changes include a slightly revised grille, active front head restraints, standard Bluetooth and new options that include automatic wipers and a heated steering wheel. A new Touring package adds special interior trim along with the items found in the carryover Performance packages.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Cadillac CTS is a five-passenger midsize luxury sedan that is available in four trim levels: 3.0 base, 3.0 Luxury, 3.6 Performance and 3.6 Premium. The high-performance CTS-V is reviewed separately, as are the CTS Coupe and Sport Wagon.

The 3.0 base comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, keyless entry, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, OnStar, Bluetooth and an eight-speaker Bose sound system with a CD player and satellite radio. The 3.0 Luxury adds remote ignition, additional sound insulation, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, driver memory functions, heated eight-way power front seats (with two-way lumbar adjustment), leather upholstery, a wood-trimmed steering wheel, interior accent lighting, and a six-CD changer.

The optional 18-inch All-Season Tire Performance package adds 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension (dubbed FE2), xenon headlights and foglights. The CTS Touring package is similar but also adds a sport grille and special interior trim.

The 3.6 Performance trim adds to the 3.0 base equipment a more powerful engine, the All-Season Tire Performance package, remote ignition, heated eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions and a 10-speaker Bose surround-sound audio system with a CD player, digital music storage and an iPod/USB audio interface. The Luxury Level Two package adds the rest of the 3.0 Luxury’s extra equipment, plus rear parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, a split-folding rear seat, a power-adjustable steering wheel, keyless ignition/entry and a cabin deodorizer.

The 3.6 Premium includes all the above equipment, but adds a panoramic sunroof (optional on all other trims), a heated steering wheel, a navigation system (optional on all but the base model) with a pop-up touchscreen interface, and real-time traffic and weather.

As its name suggests, the 19-inch Summer Tire Performance package adds 19-inch wheels, summer tires, an even sportier suspension (FE3), a limited-slip differential, upgraded brakes and shift paddles. A CTS Touring package for the 3.6 is also offered but in this case also includes Recaro front seats.

Powertrains and Performance

Every 2012 Cadillac CTS comes standard with rear-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is optional. The 3.0 models come standard with a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 265 hp and 220 pound-feet of torque. Opting for the CTS Touring package adds a dual exhaust system that increases output to 270 hp and 223 lb-ft of torque.

Rear-wheel-drive models come standard with a six-speed manual and offer a six-speed automatic as an option; all-wheel drive is automatic only. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the rear-drive, automatic-equipped CTS 3.0 is 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Sticking with the manual drops that to 16/26/19, while all-wheel drive drops it to 18/26/21.

The CTS 3.6 models get a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 318 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional, but every 3.6 gets the six-speed automatic. Last year’s 3.6-liter V6 brought the CTS from zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, so the more powerful 2012 edition should shave a tenth or two from that time. EPA-estimated fuel economy is the same as the 3.0′s rear-drive estimate of 18/27/22 regardless of whether you get rear- or all-wheel drive.

Standard safety features for the 2012 Cadillac CTS include antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and GM’s OnStar emergency communications system.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the sedan was awarded the best rating of “Good” in frontal-offset and side impact testing.

Interior Design and Special Features

Inside, the 2012 Cadillac CTS features a pleasing angular theme to match its exterior edginess. Soft-touch materials are plentiful, accented by tasteful wood trim. The optional navigation system emerges from the top of the dash and retracts almost fully, leaving a small section visible as a touchscreen display for the audio system — an ingenious and elegant alternative solution to having a separate control panel.

Unfortunately, the interior also comes with its fair share of flaws. Many find the driving position awkward because of slightly offset pedals, a low-mounted seat and compromised knee room due to the sweeping center stack. Overall comfort is also hampered by flat and stiff seatbacks. Thick rear pillars not only make the backseat feel a bit claustrophobic, but the resulting rearward visibility is notably poor, forcing the driver to rely heavily on the optional rearview camera when maneuvering in reverse.

Trunk space (13.6 cubic feet) is decent, but the narrow opening requires quite a bit of jostling in order to fit bulky items. Golf clubs will not fit width-wise, and so will eat up the available space, as they must be placed diagonally.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Cadillac CTS tracks through curves with much more athleticism than you might expect. The steering is precise and well-weighted, making the CTS competitive with its European rivals. However, this road-holding performance comes at the expense of ride quality. Those expecting the luxurious ride of Cadillacs past will likely find the suspension on the Performance trim models too firm for their tastes. Given that, the even stiffer optional sport suspension will likely be far too harsh and unforgiving for most.

Power delivery from the base 3.0-liter V6 is sluggish compared to the broad-shouldered 3.6-liter engine. Considering that both engines achieve virtually identical fuel economy, we suggest springing for the bigger V6 if your budget allows.

2012 Cadillac CTS Price :

MSRP range:$35,915 – $63,215
Invoice price range:$33,940 – $59,106

2012 Cadillac CTS Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 3854
City (MPG) : 16
Hwy (MPG) : 26
Horsepower : 270@7000
Torque (lb-ft) : 223@5700
Wheelbase : 113.4
Length (in.) : 191.3
Width (in.) : 72.5
Height (in.) : 58.0


2011 Cadillac SRX Price, Review

2011 Cadillac SRX Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The SRX was completely redesigned for 2010 and rides on a new hybrid car/crossover architecture. Now front-wheel drive based, it offers smaller, more efficient engines and optional all-wheel drive. New styling inside and out improve the SRX’s proportions and curb appeal in an effort to better position against the segment leaders. A rear vision camera and two new paint colors are the only updates for 2011.

The Cadillac SRX had a rear-drive configuration in its first incarnation; this was changed to a front-drive, compact, crossover-platform with all-wheel-drive. The SRX is 4.8-inches shorter so its cabin loses out of 8.3 ft.³ of space. The SRX no longer has a third row of seating and legroom is diminished. The V-6, in two options, has displaced the former V-8 offering, and a car buyer can get a turbocharged engine for greater performance.

The SRX is smaller, but it is only a little bit wider than its predecessors. This proves a problem for the SRX’s handling as the V-6 tends to make the car feel as if it’s slow-moving. A trendy offering, the SRX lags in the competition. Adding on options makes this pricey car even more costly.

The 2010 SRX leaves behind the awkward proportions of the first-generation SRX for a much more fitting application of Cadillac’s Art and Science design motif. A sweeping roof and fin-like taillights give it a sporty, aggressive appearance.

Heavily derived from the CTS sedan, the SRX’s interior includes standard automatic climate control and a premium stereo. Leather is standard on most models. The new model affords 61.1 cubic-feet of cargo space.

While the base 265 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 gets the job done, the premium 300 horsepower 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 is the more competitive engine. Both feel sluggish under the SRX’s weight. Ride is sporty and compliant and can be upgraded with a sport package that sacrifices ride quality for handling. Fun to drive, but burdened by a high curb weight.

Front and side airbags are standard on the SRX for the front seat passengers and both front and rear seat passengers get side curtain airbags. Anti-roll sensors, electronic Traction and Stability control and OnStar Automatic Crash Response are also standard.

Bodystyles: Hatchback Crossover
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 2.8L turbocharged V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Base, Luxury, Performance, Premium

EPA Fuel Economy
FWD: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
AWD 3.0L: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
AWD 2.8L: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway


2011 Cadillac SRX Price, Review

2011 Cadillac SRX Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, The SRX was completely redesigned for 2010 and rides on a new hybrid car/crossover architecture. Now front-wheel drive based, it offers smaller, more efficient engines and optional all-wheel drive. New styling inside and out improve the SRX’s proportions and curb appeal in an effort to better position against the segment leaders. A rear vision camera and two new paint colors are the only updates for 2011.

Ever since it was introduced in 2004, the Cadillac SRX has been fighting to compete in the luxury crossover car segment. GM has since decided to give the SRX a new design. The SRX has a platform and body that is now well-balanced and the car has diverged from its early design.

The Cadillac SRX had a rear-drive configuration in its first incarnation; this was changed to a front-drive, compact, crossover-platform with all-wheel-drive. The SRX is 4.8-inches shorter so its cabin loses out of 8.3 ft.³ of space. The SRX no longer has a third row of seating and legroom is diminished. The V-6, in two options, has displaced the former V-8 offering, and a car buyer can get a turbocharged engine for greater performance.

The SRX is smaller, but it is only a little bit wider than its predecessors. This proves a problem for the SRX’s handling as the V-6 tends to make the car feel as if it’s slow-moving. A trendy offering, the SRX lags in the competition. Adding on options makes this pricey car even more costly.

The 2010 SRX leaves behind the awkward proportions of the first-generation SRX for a much more fitting application of Cadillac’s Art and Science design motif. A sweeping roof and fin-like taillights give it a sporty, aggressive appearance. Heavily derived from the CTS sedan, the SRX’s interior includes standard automatic climate control and a premium stereo. Leather is standard on most models. The new model affords 61.1 cubic-feet of cargo space.

While the base 265 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 gets the job done, the premium 300 horsepower 2.8-liter turbocharged V-6 is the more competitive engine. Both feel sluggish under the SRX’s weight. Ride is sporty and compliant and can be upgraded with a sport package that sacrifices ride quality for handling. Fun to drive, but burdened by a high curb weight.

Front and side airbags are standard on the SRX for the front seat passengers and both front and rear seat passengers get side curtain airbags. Anti-roll sensors, electronic Traction and Stability control and OnStar Automatic Crash Response are also standard.

Bodystyles: Hatchback Crossover
Engines: 3.0L V-6, 2.8L turbocharged V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Base, Luxury, Performance, Premium

EPA Fuel Economy
FWD: 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
AWD 3.0L: 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
AWD 2.8L: 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway

Price : $34,615 – $48,855


BYD 2011 Review & Price

BYD 2011 Review & Price, what car reviews, BYD at the Detroit show the E6, the final version of the 5-seater crossover Electric Announced two years from now. Already presented in previous editions of the American living room, the e6 is now at ITS Standard Version, Which Will debut in the markets but only in 2012. Renovated in aesthetics, especially in the frontal area and in some technical detail needed for approval in the United States, the E6 is powered by 60 Kwh lithium batteries, which allow it to reach a peak of 140 km / h with a range of about 320 km (200 miles) and recharge time of 6 hours.

Accor ding to the scan information provided by the manufacturer, the American version has a compromise power or 150 kW, compared with 75 Kw of the Chinese version, while the list price Should Be Within the threshold of $ 35,000. BYD, remember, Mercedes HAS Recently Entered in the galaxy thanks to an agreement to work together on electric cars, Which Could Lead to a future Chinese car manufacturer even beyond the borders of the Asian and American markets. General Motors, however, loaded up the Volt with a powerful electric motor; an iPod-like console and a luxury feel that helps to justify a $ 41,000 price tag (before state and federal tax incentives). The F3DM – which report does have an auxiliary audio input jack and a parking sensor – is expected to sell for less Than $ 29,000. Incentives Could drop the price closer to $ 20,000.

2011 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review

2011 Cadillac Escalade Price, Review & Picture – New Car Reviews, Changes for 2011 are mostly minor, with some of the largest updates coming to the navigation and entertainment system, which now offers USB, Compact Flash and Auxiliary Input jacks. Two new paint colors are also offered, along with some minor updates to the OnStar hardware. The 2011 Cadillac Escalade is the most brazen and biggest SUV and continues to lead the pack in the SUV market. Four years ago, the Escalade was redesigned and the vehicle serves as a status symbol for the wealthy.

The Escalade is offered with three rows inside its interior allowing for seating for eight passengers. There are several body styles too. The Escalade is offered with a short-bed truck body or with an SUV body with an extended wheelbase. The list of luxury features is generous and it hosts advanced gadgetry, but it lacks features that are common for vehicle in this class including side curtain airbags and adaptive cruise control.

The Escalade has active-fuel-management technologies supplied by GM, thus, it offers enhanced fuel-economy. The latter feature controls the V-8 cylinders in the engine, causing them to shut down when they are unnecessary. The hybrid Escalade is the only full-size SUV in its luxury class and it offers greater fuel-efficiency than non-hybrid variants. Still, a $10,000.00 premium takes more than 10 years to regain one’s initial investment from fuel savings.

The 2011 Cadillac Escalade remains visually unchanged from its 2007 redesign. Heavy use of chrome brightwork is attention grabbing and assures that the Escalade stands out in a crowd. The Escalade carries a laundry list of standard luxury features including automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth and heated leather seats. Options include an electronically variable suspension and rear-seat entertainment system.

Performance can be hard to come by in a vehicle weighing in the neighborhood of 6000 pounds, but the Cadillac Escalade’s 403 horsepower V-8 handles the weight well with 417 pound-feet of torque on tap. So too does the Hybrid’s 2 Mode system, which combines a 332-horsepower V-8 with two electric motors for 379 total horsepower. The Hybrid setup significantly improves the Escalade’s city fuel economy. Optional all-wheel drive improves grip in inclement weather. Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with side impact thorax bags front and rear for 2010. OnStar Automatic Crash Response is also standard, along with electronic safety devices including traction control and stability control.

Bodystyles: SUV, Truck
Engines: 6.2L V-8, 6.0L V-8 with two electric motors
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic,
Models: Base, Luxury, Premium, Platinum, ESV, EXT


2012 Buick Verano Price, Review

2012 Buick Verano Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Verano is Buick’s new compact sedan that carries Buick design cues including a black chrome waterfall grille, blue translucent projector beam headlights, portholes and chrome accents. Like other Buick models, quiet-tuning systems are incorporates into the structure and materials of the Verano with the goal of creating an exceptionally quiet compact sedan that is even quieter than other larger cars. Inside the Verano aims to be comfortable and refined for a compact with upscale soft-touch materials, leading infotainment and ambient lighting. Verano is initially powered by a 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder combined with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission and a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will be offered later. Verano features standard OnStar safety and security technology that includes enhanced emergency, OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics and navigation capabilities.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Buick Verano is offered in three trim levels that sound more like option packages, starting with the base model and going up to Convenience Group 2 and Leather Group.

The base Verano standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, foglights, cruise control, keyless entry, remote ignition, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 7-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth (phone and audio streaming), OnStar telematics and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack and Buick’s IntelliLink smartphone-connectivity system.

The Convenience Group 2 adds heated sideview mirrors, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a power-adjustable driver seat. The Leather Group adds keyless ignition/entry, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, leather upholstery and a nine-speaker Bose audio upgrade.

Optional are a sunroof and a navigation system; neither one is offered on the base trim level. The Bose audio system is available on supporting trims, as is an Appearance package (chrome grille and rear spoiler).

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Buick Verano is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic with manual shift control is the only transmission offered.


Standard safety features for the 2012 Buick Verano include front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags, rear-seat side airbags, front-seat knee airbags, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control and OnStar. In Edmunds brake testing, the Verano came to a stop from 60 mph in a class-average 122 feet.

Interior Design and Special Features

While the 2012 Buick Verano is classified as a compact vehicle, it feels much more like a midsize. Head- and legroom are plentiful for four adults, though the rear center seat is decidedly less comfortable and is best used in a pinch. Throughout the cabin, materials quality is on par with other entry-level luxury sedans, with plenty of soft-touch surfaces and tightly fitted panels.

Among the available options, the Verano brings a whisper of technology with its IntelliLink system. Pairing with select smartphones, IntelliLink provides for streaming Internet radio like Pandora and Stitcher. Operation of this and other systems is thankfully easy, with well-labeled buttons and controls and a sharp touchscreen that is standard on all Veranos.

The trunk holds a maximum of 15.2 cubic feet of cargo, but that figure can drop to 14 cubes if you opt for the premium audio or tire/inflator kit. It’s certainly spacious for a compact sedan, and is further helped by a lack of wheelwell intrusions or drop-down hinges.

Driving Impressions

Knowing that the 2012 Buick Verano is based on the economical Chevrolet Cruze might deter some from considering it a luxury car, but the Verano has managed to exorcize some of the demons that plagued the Cruze. Unlike the Cruze, the Verano’s transmission provides smooth and quick gearchanges to suit the driver’s inputs. The steering is also more responsive and precise, with a decent amount of feedback. The main dynamic drawback to the Verano is its underwhelming acceleration; most competing models (particularly those with V6s) are quicker by a fair margin.

2012 Buick Verano Secs :

Engine: 2.4L I4
Power: 180 HP / 171 LB-FT
Transmission: 6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time: 8.6 Seconds
Drivetrain: Front-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight: 3,300 LBS
Towing: 1,000 LBS
Seating: 2 + 3
Cargo: 15.2 CU-FT
MPG: 21 City / 31 HWY
iPod input
Satellite radio
Side/Curtain Airbags
Stability Control
Traction Control

2012 Buick Verano Price :

MSRP range : $22,585 – $25,965
Invoice price range : $21,682 – $24,926


2012 Buick Regal GS First Drive Review

On paper, the Buick seems to have implemented the rice-rocket for the treatment of the popular Regal to make the new GS models. It took a small, 2.0-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged and intercooled the bejeebers out of it to produce 270 horsepower and even hairier 295 lb-ft of twist; ran in paving-stones sized front brake rotors (14.0 inches in diameter, 1, 2 inches thick) clamped by the impressive-looking four-piston Brembo calipers; starched up suspension with stiffer springs, anti-roll bars, and (adjusted) Sachs shocks, and dress up the exterior with a more aggressive fascias, rocker panel extensions, and spoiler.

Little-drive front suspension GS ‘OPC Opel shared with AWD, and GS is set for North American road surface scabrous. In connection with the Turbo Regal, front and rear spring rates and rear anti-roll bar increased stiffness by 20 percent. Front bar carry over, but the geometry of attachment to the Struts Hiper provide some increase in the effective rate. Hard Buick Interactive Control System is standard on the GS, and three-mode suspension is approximately the same setting with the top two in IDCs optional Turbo, plus a tight GS mode that also alter the steering assist and ultimately will increase the shift speed and firmness of a six-speed automatic when arrived in mid-2012. Base GS is equipped with what looks like Turbo 245/40R19 all-season Goodyear Eagle RS-A tires (compound and unique construction) mounted on special wheels GS. Enthusiasts will want to choose to rubber 255/35ZR20 Pirelli PZero summer. GM claims they are good for the 0.90g-plus cornering (compared with 0.84 for SUN upper 19s and 0.82 for the Turbo).

Styling tweaks inside and outside are equally restrained. A gulp of air front fascia more deeply through the larger openings; back lets it out through the exhaust outlet is more prominent; rocker panel extensions accentuate simple suspension lowered, and there are satin chrome trim and a small lip spoiler on the decklid. The latter contributes to -0.11 with a coefficient of lift, resulting in modest net downforce while the overall drag coefficient only increased from .335 to .340. Inside are well supported sport leather seats, a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sport steering wheel; metal sport pedals; black piano black trim, and lighting measure that switches from blue to white when moving GS mode. Many options come standard on the Regal GS $ 35,310, such as stereo Harmon / Kardon speakers and nine, park-assist sensing, and rear side airbags. Options only paint colors, navigation, sunroof, and the Dubs. In all, GS price range tops out at $ 39K.

With the Regal GS, Buick is serving up gourmet nouvelle assist refinement and performance. But the big name chefs in the street in the Acura and Audi to sell their established to please people (TSX V-6 and A4 Quattro) for the same price. Perhaps the proof of the pudding will be in testing. Stay tuned.

2009 BYD F3DM Reviews

2009 BYD F3DM. As the latest star in a rapidly expanding portfolio of green, high-tech products, the all-new BYD e6 electric vehicle is being unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The five-passenger e6 will be marketed as a family-oriented crossover vehicle. What sets the e6 apart from other pure electric vehicles are its size and performance. With current battery capacity limited, most other manufacturers have elected to focus on small, lightweight EVs that stress efficiency over performance and range.

2009 BYD F3DM, as a young brand with a rich history of IT development and cutting-edge battery R&D, has the drive and extroverted personality to take an unconventional approach and manufacture cars that embody the company`s slogan, Build Your Dreams. That`s the spirit and underlying philosophy behind the e6. The high-tech e6 boasts the exterior dimensions of a typical American family vehicle, with ample interior space that provides substantial legroom and headroom for passengers, plus a generous luggage compartment. The e6 measures 179.3 inches (4554mm) long, 71.7 inches (1822mm) wide and 64.2 inches (1630mm) tall.


2011 Buick Regal Review & Price

2011 Buick Regal Review & Price, what car reviews, The new Buick Regal 2011 is a reincarnation of Regal. This markis identical with V6 power machine for the sports car. It is not the same with 2011 Buick Regal is a mid-size sedan. Buick is trying toattach the sport features new Buick Regal, but it is not convincing because the engine is left without a hint of V6. Instead, 2011 BuickRegal was more like Opel and Vauxhall Insignia Insignia Astra. Thebase engine is the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and 2.0 liters for the turbofour-cylinder type. Although no V6 included, the power of the Buick Regal sedan for2011 is still enough class. It has 182 hp direct injection engine T.

his new series is 2011 Buick Regal Buick Regal GS 2011 BuickRegal 2011 Buick Regal Turbo and CXL. The energy efficiency ofthe new Buick Regal is 20 to 30 mpg. The other brothers andsisters of these cars are faster and more powerful, but of course followed, but expensive price to pay. The luxurious interior remainstrue to the materials used in the best quality. The room in the back seat is spacious. The front seats are heated, so it is comfortable in cold weather. Navigation and entertainment, the car is obviouslyplanted by standard touch panel screen navigation, Bluetooth and XM Satellite Radio. 10 GB of storage and a place to Connect USBand Media Player is available.

Price for 2011 Buick Regal is $26,995 (includes the base 2.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower and a six-speed automatic).

2012 Buick LaCrosse Price, Review

2012 Buick LaCrosse Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, For much of the last decade, Buick’s sedans held little appeal beyond those consumers still nostalgic about the traditions of this General Motors nameplate. But two years ago, Buick introduced its redesigned — and much improved — LaCrosse. Boasting modern styling, an elegant interior and impressive driving dynamics, the LaCrosse quickly became one of our more favored entry-level luxury sedans.

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse gets even better thanks to a new hybrid powertrain. Serving as the LaCrosse’s entry-level model (last year’s base four-cylinder has been discontinued), the “eAssist” combines a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with a mild hybrid system to boost fuel economy to 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

Aside from basic variations in trim level, the interior of the 2012 LaCrosse stays the course, meaning you’ll find an elegant cabin with sweeping lines and rich surfaces, all set off by the generous use of LED accent lighting. The serene, roomy cabin is filled with useful features and amusing toys ranging from a rearview camera to a dual-screen video entertainment system. In fact, the only significant complaints we have are the small trunk and reduced visibility caused by thick roof pillars.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

For 2012, Buick has revamped the LaCrosse model lineup, replacing last year’s three relatively uncomplicated trim levels with no fewer than seven different variants.

Base models come nicely equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, full power accessories, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a power driver seat and partial-power front passenger seat, split-folding rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control, OnStar, Bluetooth, and a seven-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod/USB audio interface. Next step up would be the Convenience model (1SD), which adds a power lumbar adjustment for the driver seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and remote ignition.

Spring for the Leather model and you get foglamps, heated mirrors with built-in turn signal repeaters, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a full power front passenger seat. The Premium 1 version adds rear parking assist, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror and driver seat memory settings. The Premium 2 (1SP) ups the ante with the 3.6-liter V6, keyless ignition/entry, perforated leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated leather- and wood-trimmed steering wheel and a power rear window sunshade. A Premium 3 model includes 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a 120-volt household-style power outlet and an 11-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is offered with one of two new engines. For buyers interested in maximizing miles per gallon there’s the new eAssist mild hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an 11-kilowatt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This setup sends 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque to the front wheels by way of a six-speed automatic transmission. Combined with a number of clever aerodynamic improvements like automatically controlled shutters in the front grille, this powertrain results in impressive EPA estimates of 25 mpg city/ 36 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

Buyers in search of additional thrust can opt for a new, more powerful version of last year’s 3.6-liter V6 that now puts out 303 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only transmission offered here, but buyers do have a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Despite the added power for 2012, fuel economy numbers remain virtually unchanged at 17 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 16/26/20 with all-wheel drive.


The 2012 Buick LaCrosse’s list of standard safety features includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and the OnStar telematics system. Rear-seat side-impact airbags and a blind-spot alert system are available as options. In Edmunds brake testing, a LaCrosse came to a stop from 60 mph in 127 feet — a bit longer than average.

Interior Design and Special Features

Slide behind the steering wheel of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse and you’ll find yourself surrounded by an interior made up of graceful curves and upscale materials. Even after the sun sets, the cabin’s flowing lines are emphasized by soft blue ambient lighting that adds a classy touch.

If there’s a weakness in this artful design, it’s that the controls aren’t quite as straightforward and intuitive as some traditional Buick buyers might like. Just the same, we think the abundance of buttons and knobs used to control the audio, climate control and navigation systems is something most folks should eventually get used to.

The LaCrosse’s trunk is on the small side, however, with just 13.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Space is even tighter in models equipped with the new eAssist powertrain, where the hybrid battery pack reduces capacity to less than 11 cubic feet. A smallish opening can also make loading larger items problematic.

Driving Impressions

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the 2012 Buick LaCrosse is the driving experience. The steering feels precise, and handling is significantly better than you’d expect without sacrificing the plush ride quality one expects of a luxury sedan.

The additional horsepower that the engineers have wrung out of the V6 makes this engine even more attractive. More importantly, the new eAssist hybrid powertrain is much better suited to this application than the old four-cylinder, providing decent acceleration, very respectable fuel economy and highly refined operation.

2012 Buick LaCrosse Specs :

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve inline-4, 182 hp, 172 lb-ft; AC induction electric motor assist, 15 hp, 79 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
Wheelbase: 111.7 in Length: 197.0 in
Width: 73.1 in Height: 59.2 in
Curb weight (C/D est): 3850 lb
Zero to 60 mph: 8.9 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 16.9 sec
EPA city/highway driving: 25/37 mpg

2012 Buick LaCrosse Price :

Avg. Paid:$30,373 – $38,651
MSRP: $29,960 – $38,270
Invoice: $28,762 – $36,739
MPG: 25 City / 36 Hwy