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Kia's Gangnam-Style Luxury Car
Kia is a brand that’s going places. Just a few years ago their cars were the equivalent of latex gloves; you’d use them once and throw ‘em away. But now the South Korean company is building some truly impressive, even class-leading products.
BMW Individual Manufaktur is a unique up-fitting service offered by the German luxury automaker for customers that want more exclusivity and customization options than provided by a “standard” Bimmer. The company has been doing this for more than two decades. Additionally, their Individual Collection is another facet of this idea and their latest creation is the 760Li Sterling inspired by Robbe & Berking.
20. BMW 7-Series
In the market and shopping for a used car? Consumer Reports has released a list of 20 used vehicles to stay away from as they have a reputation for causing trouble. Listed is a top 20 list of used cars from 2003 to 2012 model year to avoid in alphabetical order. These vehicles had multiple years of much-worse-than-average overall reliability, according to Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey.
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The BMW 7-Series may be the German automaker’s luxury flagship, but used models aren’t without their issues. From 2001-2008, the 7-Series featured the good ‘ol “Bangle Butt” and sported some highly controversial styling. Early production of that generation was overwhelmed with issues even causing BMW to purchase back some of the vehicles back in 2002-2003. BMW of North America even extended its warranty on all 2002-2003 model year 7-Series vehicles to six years/100,000 miles from the original four years/50,000 miles.
According to Consumer Reports, the BMW 7-Series ranked “worse” in the categories of Engine Major, Engine Minor, Transmission Major, Transmission Minor, Body Hardware, and Audio System.
When Size Matters
Large and in charge. Big is beautiful. Size matters. Yes, there are endless clichés to support the notion that the bigger something is, the better it is. In the automotive kingdom, some vehicles not only adhere to this philosophy, but redefine it. We aren’t talking the puny realm of offerings like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry or even Dodge Charger. No, this is for the serious four wheeled hippos. The cars where it is more fun to be in the backseat than the front seat.
If you have more money to burn than the average NFL Quarterback, then there are some serious vehicles you can buy that are seriously long. How about the 220.9-inch Phantom Coupe? Not long enough for you? You could upsize to the 239.8-inch Phantom extended-wheelbase sedan, or maybe the 242.7-inch Maybach 62?
But for the rest of us mere mortals, there are some sizable vehicles out there under $100,000. Heck, two of the top ten are even under $30,000. So we will now present to you the top ten vehicles that are longer than The Hobbit.
New for 2013 in the BMW lineup is an updated 7 Series hybrid, delivering fuel economy that’s nearly as impressive as the significantly smaller 3 Series.
The current-generation Jaguar XJ has had underwhelming sales, as the flagship sedan is seeing less than half the sales of its closest competitors in the US. Both the BMW 7-Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class have been outpacing the XJ on the market, and now the British automaker is mulling over what steps to take next for its replacement.
2002-2008 BMW 7-Series equipped with push-button start are being investigated after 50 complaints of unattended vehicle movement or rollaway have been reported.
The unintentional movement has resulted in 16 crashes and five injuries, prompting NHTSA to upgrade its probe to an engineering analysis, making it one step closer to a possible recall. 122,000 BMW 7-Series could be impacted if there is a recall issued.
Those that have been affected report that they have put their 7-Series in park and pushed engine power button to shut off the engine, but the vehicle went into neutral and as a result and rolled away or moved forward.
The initial investigation opened in August 2011 afters drivers began reporting their vehicles rolling away after being shifted into park. BMW is cooperating with the investigation.
[Source: Automotive News]
2,846 BMW vehicles are being recalled for a possible fire risk. Affected models include 2011 5-Series, 5-Series Gran Turismo, 2012 6-Series Convertible, 7-Series, X5, and X6.
No injuries have been reported due to the recall, which is being caused by a circuit board for the auxiliary water pump that can overheat and cause a fire. The German automaker will begin notifying affected owners and dealerships will replace the water pump for free. Owners of the above mentioned BMW models can call BMW at (800) 525-7417 for more details.
The original BMW 7-series made its debut in 1977 and has since been the top luxury model in the Bavarian company’s fleet.
The fifth-generation model, internally known as the F01 came out in 2009 and much to everyone’s delight, was a lot more pleasing to the eye than the outgoing E65 model.
However, just because something looks good, doesn’t mean the company should just leave it alone and not bother updating it; and BMW knows that all to well. So rumor has it that BMW will be launching an updated version of the 7-series later this year as a 2013 model.
BMW is staying tight lipped about any styling and mechanical upgrades at the moment, but expect a nip and tuck on its exterior, while under the skin it will benefit from all the newest engines and gearboxes the company has to offer.
Rumors also suggest that the ActiveHybrid 7 will be tuned to be more efficient, rather than be a greener and faster version like the current model. If BMW adopts a version of the ActiveHybrid 5, that’ll mean the big Beemer will swap its V8-hybrid powertrain in favor of a six-cylinder hybrid engine to further improve its fuel economy.
Along with the hybrid version, expect the revisions to be carried out on the rest of the range, which include the 740i, 750i and 760i. The new Alpina version, called the B7 will also likely be launched next year, based on the new, improved model.
Exact information is scarce, but expect BMW to drop some more details on the new 7-series at an upcoming motor show.
[Source: Car and Driver]