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Recharging EV Interest: GM, BMW Finish DC Fast Charger Testing

Quickly recharging electric vehicles is about to get much easier. BMW and General Motors engineers have finished testing on SAE Combo DC Fast Charge stations developed by different suppliers, making sure each is capable of providing a quick charge for electric vehicles including the BMW i3 and Chevrolet Spark EV. ...
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Watch A Scion FR-S, VW GTI Play on Track with E30 M3

The 2013 Volkswagen GTI and the Scion FR-S are both relatively cheap, fun four-cylinder options, but each provides a different experience behind the wheel. To find out which car is “better,” Motor Trend associate editor joined European Car editor-in-chief Greg Emmerson to settle the score on track. But wait, there’s more. ...
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Caught: Three-Row BMW 1 Series Active Tourer Protoype

While we’ve seen the BMW 1 Series Active Tourer prototype before, this week we get a sneak peek of the extended-length version parked outside a BMW testing center. The extended prototype is a three-row version of the Active Tourer concept from the 2012 Paris auto show. While the camouflaged prototype appears ...
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TOTD: Scion FR-S, VW GTI, or Used E30 M3 – Which Would You Buy?

For enthusiasts, the age-old dilemma of whether to buy new or used can make car shopping more challenging. In our most recent Head 2 Head video, a Scion FR-S took on a Volkswagen GTI, with a 20-year-old BMW E30 M3 acting as the performance benchmark. Though we ultimately gave the ...
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Report: BMW Will Loan Gas Cars to i3 Owners

It’s the age-old question/complaint: if you drive an electric car with a limited range, what do you use when you need to drive long distances? BMW is joining a growing number of manufacturers in promising to loan conventional, fuel-burning cars to i3 owners starting next year. The i3 is BMW’s first ...
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We Hear: Mercedes Planning Mini-Fighting X-Class Cars

Mercedes-Benz and BMW are known rivals, but a new report from Automobile suggests that the German automaker from Stuttgart is gunning for BMW’s Mini division and BMW’s own upcoming front-drive model with a new subcompact X-Class range. Thanks to its partnership with Renault-Nissan, Mercedes will have access to a flexible shared ...
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Touring the Innovative BMW i3 Assembly Plant

As BMW fine-tunes the robots and tooling that will soon begin building the i3—the world’s first mass-produced carbon-fiber-intensive electric/plug-in-hybrid car—we were invited for a tour of its innovative Leipzig assembly plant home for a progress report and a look at just how environmentally friendly the i3 really is. As we’ve previously ...
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Scion FR-S Meets Volkswagen GTI and BMW E30 M3 on Head 2 Head

The 2013 Scion FR-S and Volkswagen GTI are fun to drive and affordable, but completely different in character. The two cars are featured in the latest Head 2 Head episode in which Motor Trend associate editor Mike Febbo and European Car editor-in-chief Greg Emmerson duke it out to determine a ...
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Refreshed 2014 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo Keeps the Hunchback

BMW has refreshed the 5 Series range for 2014, which means the polarizing 5 Series Gran Turismo also benefits from an exterior touch-up. As you can see in these photos, the liftgate-equipped wagon alternative still looks like a taller, more bloated version of the 5 Series sedan, but now the ...
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