BMW began offering ‘driver training’ more than 35 years ago, offering drivers the chance to hone their skills at the wheel and get the most out of their cars. What began as a driving school has now been repackaged under the “BMW Driving Experience” and “MINI Driving Experience” banners under the oversight of BMW M GmbH.
Luxury sports car maker, Aston Martin, has sat atop the CoolBrands index since 2010, outdoing the likes of Apple, Rolex, Harley Davidson and Nike, but in this 50th anniversary of the James Bond films, the brand which made Britain’s most revered MI6 agent has dropped behind Apple and YouTube, into a lowly third place.
I wouldn’t normally sing the praises of a Volvo Cross Country model, but in the absence of an XC40, this is as close as you’ll get to a compact SUV from the Swedish car maker, ready to take on the likes of Audi’s Q3 and BMW’s X1.
BMW has announced the official launch of its M135i xDrive at next week’s Paris motor show and although it won’t be available here in the UK, we were curious to find out how it compared with Audi’s RS 3 Sportback – the enthusiast’s choice for those seeking the ultimate in high performance and all-weather traction.
One of the highlights of this year’s Paris Motor Show will be this, BMW’s first foray into the MPV sector – the Concept Active Tourer. It’s a front-wheel drive plug-in hybrid, shorter in length than an X1, but around as wide as a 5 Series.
Ever since it was launched in 2009, Porsche’s Cayenne Diesel has been – how shall we say this – a bit of a an embarrassment to a marque which prides itself on performance.
During the last few months we’ve immersed ourselves in several of Volvo’s most dynamic new models, to learn about how the marque is positioned in 2012 and why you might chose to buy one rather than its more prolific German competitors.
Land Rover has responded to the ever improving Audi Q5 and BMW X3 with a series of upgrades to the Freelander, designed to improve its premium feel and purposeful authority on the road.
Barely three months since the BMW Zagato Coupé was shown at Italy’s Villa d’Este Concours d’elegance, BMW and Zagato have created another variant based on the same chassis for the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The BMW Zagato Concept which will make its world debut at the Pebble Beach Concours this coming weekend looks like being an open-top version of the Zagato Coupé which was shown at the Villa d’Este Concours in Italy during May.
Frank Stippler led that most familiar of formats at the end of an endurance race – an Audi formation finish – as the German manufacturer notched up yet another victory with the Phoenix Audi R8 LMS, this time a second consecutive success in GT racing at the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
BMW remain tight-lipped about their latest collaboration with design house Zagato, following its Zagato Coupé which was shown at the Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza in May.