Automotive glass supplier Saint-Gobain Autover hosted a picture and details of the next BMW X5 on its website well ahead of the SUV's official release date. Inside Line reports that the glass supplier's website states, "The second-generation X5 model will be larger and more versatile, with a seven-seat interior option; it will feature all-new suspension, revised diesel engines and new [gasoline] V8s." The V8s will come from the 7-Series and be available in 4.0-, 5.0-, and 5.8L-liter versions.
The UK's Channel 4 had the opportunity to sit down with Bob Lutz - General Motors' head of product development, for those living in seclusion - and started the interview by comparing him to Jeremy Clarkson. WTF, you say? It's the dominating physical presence and bountiful opinions of both men that causes the interviewer to draw a line between the two (we're guessing that the views of each on the Buick Lucerne would still serve as a useful means to distingu
Shinichi Sasaki (pictured), president of Toyota Motor Corp. Europe, stated last week that the automaker plans to increase purchases from such German companies as Continental AG and Robert Bosch GmbH. Suppliers from the Fatherland already provide around 25 percent of the division's parts. According to Sasaki, the increased purchases are part of Toyota's goal to sell more than a million Toyotas and 45,000 Lexus vehicles by the end of 2005.
After having its cover pimped out all over the internet on account of this mouth watering rendering, German mag Autobild has finally posted what it knows about a possible resurrection of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL gullwing. The boys and girls at AMG, not Mercedes proper, are likely doing development and production
As if we needed another reason not to wind up on the wrong side of the law in Texas, this 700-horsepower Hummer H2 with 28-inch rims clinches it. An unnamed Texas sheriff commissioned GeigerCars based in Europe to build the black-and-white beast. It's powered by a 7.0L supercharge
We haven't touched on German coachbuilder Weismann in over a year, so we're pleased to revisit the niche manufacturer with some good news in hand. After 12 years of operation Weismann has produced its 500th Roadster model. While that may not seem like a lot after a dozen years with the doors open, consider that Weismanns are hand-built to each customer's specifications and go for well north of $100,000 US dollars. Po
Boom shalaka-laka, the 28th Autoblog Podcast is here. On today's episode, the intrepid Christopher Paukert and myself go over Audi's ostentatious debut of its new TT coupe, observe a moment of silence for the industry's loss of MPH Magazine and finally, we get all green up in this thing talking about my experience with a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDi that runs on grease from a dumpster. Good times... hope you enjoy.
Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder, Volkswagen’s Chairman of the Board, has gone on record criticizing the current state of German roads and is urging the country’s gov’t for swift action. According to a recent study, the country’s road conditions and lack of capacity are approaching a limit at which the economic prosperity of Germnay is at
Audi will unveil its new TT tomorrow as part of a big German lovefest taking place in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. As an official partner, Audi is participating in the German government's new initiative called "Germany -- Land of Ideas," celebrating German innovation. Tomorrow's program, called the "Walk of Ideas," will bring Aud
Audi was being so coy about its new TT when it launched a minisite devoted to the coupe that teased us with brief glimpses of the car’s design. So much for being coy. The next TT from Audi has been caught in the wild with little camo to clutter our view of the gorgeous coupe.