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BMW gave its popular 3-Series a revamp for the 2013 model year with the sedan model revealed back in October. We knew the 3 Series wagon variant wouldn’t be far behind, having seen spy photos back in February and now the German automaker has made it official for the European market.
BMW has regularly attended the RETTmobil show and this year is no different with the German automaker planning to showcase a variety of custom vehicles at the annual emergency services expo.
This year, BMW will be highlighting an iDrive integration system, allowing a 5-Series Touring model to have its lights and sirens controlled directly by the same system BMW owners use to operate everything from the navigation to the radio. In addition, the 5-Series Touring will feature a uniquely-designed floor extension that allows emergency responders to access their equipment.
Joining the 5-Series Touring model will be BMW’s X1, X3 and 3-Series Touring all of which will be sporting the traditional Notarzt graphic scheme seen on German emergency response vehicles. See them all in the gallery below.
GALLERY: BMW RETTmobil 2011 Emergency Vehicles
Some rides are better suited for your dogs than others. From your dog’s point of view, all they need is an open window to stick their head out of, but the American Automobile Association (AAA) has put a bit more thought into compiling their list of the best canine-friendly vehicles.
“More than 45 million households in the U.S. have a dog, and many are taking Fido along for the ride on a regular basis,” said John Nielsen, AAA National Director of Auto Repair and Buying Services. “There several vehicles with features that can help keep pets safe, comfortable and easy to clean-up after while also addressing other driver desires such as sportiness, adventure or luxury.”
In order to put together the most through list, AAA Auto Buying’s team of experts test drove and reviewed hundreds of vehicles. The list was based on a wide variety of factors such as crash test ratings, safety features, fuel economy, ease of animal ingress and egress, cargo area size, availability of tie-down hooks and easy-to-clean interiors.
Broken down into six categories, see the winners after the jump: