BMW may be the world’s top-selling premium vehicle brand, but it doesn’t have a supercar like German archrivals Audi (R8) and Mercedes-Benz (SLS AMG). That should change in 2016, when BMW is tipped to premiere a successor to its iconic mid-engine M1 of the late 1970s. One key difference: The new version will be sold as a convertible, not just a racy coupe.
no secret that Rolls-Royce has been working up a coupe version of its smaller sedan, the Ghost, and Britain’s Autocar magazine has now given us a good idea of what’s in store. For starters, the new 2-door will bow at the March 2013 Geneva Auto Salon in Switzerland, ahead of a summertime production start at the R-R facility in Goodwood, England. First deliveries are slated for late fall, presumably for European customers. No word yet on U.S. timing, but we’d guess the car will be available before New Year’s Day 2014, which means it could arrive here with a 2015 designation.
Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Buick Regal, a premium-midsize car that starts at $26,670. Also see our full report on the 2013 Buick Regal.
Don Sikora’s recent flashback on the Rambler/AMC Marlin reminded me of a story I heard from the man who designed it, the late Richard A. Teague. I was privileged to interview Dick six or seven times in the late 1980s for Collectible Automobile magazine. (He died in 1991.) Some of those visits took most of a day, but Dick always had time for a fellow car nut. I came to think of us as friends partly because of that, though strong acquaintances would be more accurate. The key point is that we enjoyed each other’s company because we always had so much to talk about.
Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Scion iQ, a subcompact car that starts at $15,265.
Auto safety has come a long way since the 1950s. Check this ad for the Irvin Auto Safety Harness for “children 8 months to 6 years,” courtesy of CG Auto Publisher (and proud father) Tom Appel. (How does he make time to find such things?) (Car Safety for Kids)
Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2013 Ford Taurus, a large car that starts at $26,600.
Test car came equipped with: heated front seats and the Equipment Group (Rapid Spec Package) 202A (includes 8-inch MyFordTouch screen with Sync infotainment connectivity, rearview camera, rear-obstacle detection, pushbutton starting, power-adjust pedals, 19-inch aluminum wheels). Total MSRP with $795 destination = $33,390.