Posts from ‘BMW’
by Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the October 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
BMW’s 3-Series has been around long enough that its basic premise is well defined. Think sporty, rear-drive, premium-priced sedans, coupes, and convertibles. Handsome, if maybe a bit conservative, styling is part of the mix, as is a highly desirable overall package.
Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Miles Driven: 384
Fuel Used: 19.4 gallons
Class: Premium Large Car
Miles Driven: 543
Fuel Used: 18.3 gallons
DETROIT: BMW unveiled the seventh generation of its midsize sedan at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The all-new 2017 BMW 5-Series is lighter than its predecessor by up to 137 pounds, and is set to offer an extensive roster of new models, powertrains, and technology features.
Some 200 million Americans fall between the ages of 20 and 70. Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that 25 percent of those folks are headed off to a costume party this Halloween. What fraction of that group would you say will be wearing a Donald Trump costume? If it’s ten percent—and that seems really low to me—that means that more than 6 million folks will be bobbing for apples or tossing back hard cider while wearing a dark suit, red tie, and a Donald mask. Don’t be one of those people. (And yes, that number includes women. It’s even funnier if women dress up as Donald Trump.)
Last year, BMW sold almost 350,000 vehicles in the U.S.–almost twice as many cars and SUVs as Cadillac sold here. The reasons for BMW’s relative success are numerous, yet it can be tempting to oversimplify the situation and conclude that Americans prefer the German maker’s hardware to that of Cadillac. While that may be true, there’s more to the picture–or in Cadillac’s case, less.
Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile
By Jack Stewart
Photos by Vince Manocchi
BMW as we know it today began with the “New Class” 1500 introduced in 1962. The 1500 was a compact four-door sedan with good handling and performance, and with it BMW found its niche. The 1500 was powered by a 1.5-liter ohc four-cylinder engine—the M10—that liked to rev and also proved durable. Meanwhile, four-wheel independent suspension and front disc brakes made the New Class cars entertaining to drive.