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19Did Seat take FWD Nürburgring lap record with new Leon Cupra?

While Porsche and McLaren vie for sub-seven-minute lap records at the Nürburgring, there's another hotly contested category, and it's not for the fastest time of any vehicle. It applies specifically to front-wheel-drive cars, and is contested between European hot hatches.

17The physics of a high-powered FWD car will melt your brain

From experience, we know that stuffing a heaping helping of horsepower into a front-wheel-drive car isn't exactly a good idea. But why? We aren't talking about torque steer and lack of control - those are effects. We want to know the cause, and we imagine that you'd like to know that, too. As we are but humble writers, we can't possibly begin to explain the physics at play when a big boot-full of power is sent to the front axle, though. Thankfully, we don't have to.

18Mercedes FWD platform to last until 2018, convertible and two-seater future uncertain

Mercedes-Benz seems to be expecting a lot of success from its front-wheel-drive CLA-Class. Automotive News is reporting that the sub-C-Class sedan could grow when its second generation arrives in 2018.

93FWD BMW 1 Series expected at Paris Motor Show

So here it is: Autocar reports that we'll see the first front-drive BMW at the Paris Motor Show this September, in concept form. It will likely be called the 1 Series GT, and the report says it will debut in late 2014. The car will share a platform with the forthcoming Mini redesign, as well as the turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder Mini engine that's basically half of a BMW 3.0-liter inline six.

38Rumormill: BMW working on range of front-wheel-drive concepts

When BMW began making noise about bringing front-wheel drive to the table, purists, enthusiasts and fans of the brand immediately busted out the pitchforks and torches. Visions of front-wheel drive 3 Series and 1 Series models were almost enough to induce frenzy (not that a huge number of owners would know the difference...), but if the latest word from BMW Blog is to be believed, the company's front-wheel drive efforts will be contained to a handful of all-new models.

22Officially Official: Land Rover confirms hybrid and front-wheel-drive LRX models

Land Rover LRX spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

8Officially Official: Land Rover confirms hybrid and front-wheel-drive LRX models

Land Rover LRX spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

25Customer ignorance convinces BMW that front-drive is OK

It's not at all unusual for customers to not have any real understanding of what they are buying. After all, so many modern products have such a plethora of features that most of them never get used. Then there are cars. Even many engineers don't know how everything on a new car works, so it's not surprising that car buyers don't. For example, take which wheels are being driven. The reality is that even the tamest of modern cars have handling limits well beyond what most drivers ever utilize.

3BMW confirms plans for front-wheel drive, low emissions targets

If there's one thing that's certain in this crazy world we live in, it's that Ultimate Driving Machines are driven by their rear wheels. Sure, there's an occasional all-wheel drive model thrown in for good measure, but even those revert to the tried-and-true RWD when extra traction from the front two contact patches isn't deemed necessary or desirable. Well, alert the media (oh, wait...): BMW has confirmed the rumors that it will build front-wheel drive automobiles.

50BMW confirms plans for front-wheel-drive models

If there's one thing that's certain in this crazy world, it's that Ultimate Driving Machines are driven by their rear wheels. Sure, there's an occasional all-wheel-drive model thrown in for good measure, but even those revert to the tried-and-true RWD when extra traction from the front two contact patches isn't deemed necessary or desirable. Well, alert the media (oh, wait...): BMW has confirmed the rumors that it will build front-wheel-drive automobiles.

58Report: Infiniti considering front-wheel-drive vehicle

Loyalists will accept a less powerful 2.5-liter G-Series in the model range, but how will they embrace a front-wheel drive model from Nissan's upscale – and enthusiast targeted – Infiniti brand?

26Rumormill: Subaru considering FWD Impreza for Europe, turbocharged 1.5-liter

Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Subaru Impreza

2Mercedes-Benz A-Class to go with conventional FWD layout

After more than a year of holding talks with other automakers about potentially sharing a platform for a next-generation replacement for the A and B-Class cars, Mercedes-Benz has apparently decided to go it alone. AutoCar is reporting that the replacement for Mercedes two front wheel drive models will be developed in house but will abandon the sandwich floor layout used for the first two generations. The design provided packaging advantages by allowing the engine to be designed to slide between

67Wrong-Wheel-Drive! Dodge Demon to use Chery platform

click above for more high-res images of the Dodge Demon Concept

26GM bringing new six-speed tranny to market in 2010

In an effort to keep up with the foreign competition, while at the same time offering consumers more ratios than they can shake their stick at, General Motors has made a pledge to invest $332 million into its Toledo, Ohio plant.

15Chicago Auto Show: The 2008 Saturn Vue Red Line shows its face

click above image to view live shots of the 2008 Saturn Red Line

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