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 |  Aug 07 2014, 7:41 PM

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The next-generation BMW 7 Series will finally see a high-performance variant.

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 |  Jun 24 2014, 11:42 AM

Kia's Gangnam-Style Luxury Car


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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.

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 |  May 13 2014, 8:06 PM

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BMW is making some additions to its lineup this summer.

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 |  Jan 24 2014, 4:03 PM

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The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive will is making its way to the American market, and it will make its U.S. debut at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show.

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 |  Jan 15 2014, 8:35 AM

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The next-generation BMW 7 Series has been spied cold weather testing in Sweden.

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 |  Dec 16 2013, 8:02 AM

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Though it’s not in the product plan at BMW‘s M division, its engineering boss would like to see an M7 be developed.

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 |  Oct 22 2013, 5:44 PM

BMW-Sterling-760li-Main-ArtBMW 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.

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 |  Jun 17 2013, 8:32 AM

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BMW aims to put its next-generation 7 Series on a huge diet, and its flagship sedan could weigh less than the current 5 Series when it debuts.

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 |  Mar 27 2013, 4:45 PM

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Hyundai’s Equus is galloping into the 2014 model year with some important updates. This horse-themed luxury car gets even more features and amenities designed to keep it relevant in a super-competitive segment of the market.

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 |  Feb 28 2013, 9:01 AM

BMW is testing its new 7 Series in the bitter cold of Northern Sweden, and our spy photographers grabbed some photos of the new luxury cruiser during its shakedown. 

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 |  Feb 27 2013, 9:31 AM

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.

 |  Feb 26 2013, 4:47 PM

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.

 |  Dec 02 2012, 7:17 PM

With stricter emission regulations worldwide, BMW is considering giving its V12 powerplant the axe on its sixth-generation 7-Series sedan.

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 |  Nov 06 2012, 8:01 AM

At a recent BMW North American meeting, the German automaker announced that six diesel models will be heading to America within the next two years.

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 |  Oct 20 2012, 10:01 AM

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.

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 |  Sep 25 2012, 8:31 AM

The 2013 BMW 7-Series just received a mid-cycle refresh, and joining its lineup in the near future could be two additional models: the M750i and the 728i. 

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 |  Sep 11 2012, 2:25 PM

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.

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 |  Sep 08 2012, 12:01 PM

This year, BMW is celebrating 25 years of V12 engines, which started back in 1987 when the then groundbreaking powerplant debuted in the 750iL.

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 |  Jul 23 2012, 12:39 PM

The BMW 7-series is getting some fresh features for 2013, including a updated styling, new engines and a new standard transmission.

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 |  Jun 11 2012, 5:45 PM

Fashion designer Didit Hediprasetyo has teamed up with BMW to create a unique Individual 7-Series model that will be limited to just five bespoke units tailored to the customer’s personality.

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 |  May 25 2012, 6:15 PM

The BMW 7-Series is the German luxury companies top of the range car, and has gotten a mild-refresh for the 2013 model year which the company has detailed in a set of videos. 

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 |  Apr 16 2012, 2:02 PM

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]

 |  Apr 14 2012, 4:30 PM

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.

 |  Mar 14 2012, 10:45 AM

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]