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BMW M1 Concept

The styling of the M1 supercar will likely be evolved from that of the BMW M1 Homage concept coupe (pictured).

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.


We’re anxious to see how the coupe compares to the the Rolls-Royce Ghost sedan (pictured).

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.

2014 Flying Spur

This is the current Continental Flying Spur sedan. Chris expects the new version to include a sleeker, less-formal look via new outer body panels.

Bentley is putting the final touches on a major update of its Continental Flying Spur sedans. According to Britain’s Autocar magazine, the revised versions will launch in late 2013 with fresh styling, a first-time V8 option, revamped interiors, and assorted technical changes.

2012 Buick Regal

2012 Buick Regal GS

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.


Chris has a laundry list of reasons why you shouldn’t buy a panoramic sunroof, such as the one on this Kia Optima.

Generally speaking, there’s little difference in manufacturing costs between a small vehicle and a large one or between a cheap model and a loaded version. This means that automakers have a powerful incentive to push large, fully equipped models with higher per-unit profit margins—that is, a bigger difference between production cost and sticker price.


1967 AMC Marlin

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.

Beetle launch Edition

Beetle 2.0T Turbo Launch Edition

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, a sporty/performance car that starts at $18,995.


2012 Scion iQ

Note: This report supplements Consumer Guide Automotive’s full report on the 2012 Scion iQ, a subcompact car that starts at $15,265.

1950s safety belt (harness in car) (Car Safety for Kids)

Who needs seat belts?

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)

2013 Ford Taurus

2013 Ford Taurus SEL

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.