THE ICON OF GRAN PERFORMANCE. M Performance The BMW M8 Concept Gran Coupe…

What causes Northern Lights and other natural phenomena? Learn everything about exciting light phenomena like polar lights, whose shimmering colors may bring to mind the exclusive flip-flop paint finish on the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe. The eye-catching effects enhance the already stunning presence of the concept car, imbuing it with an incomparable aura.
Polar Lights
When lights whirl over the clear winter night sky north of the Arctic Circle, everyone raves about the fascinating spectacle. The polar lights are nature’s mystical show and appear when electrically-charged particles are transported over the earth’s atmosphere via a solar wind, thus activating a celestial extravaganza of light.
The typical colour of this celestial phenomenon ‘ also called the Northern Lights ‘ is a bright green ‘ which, like the ‘Saléve Vert’ on the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe, can change to a greyish blue. Polar lights also appear in red, violet, white and yellow.
What many people don’t know: The Northern Lights can also be admired at the earth’s South Pole: the so-called Southern Lights.
Bio-luminescence
What looks like a scene from the movie ‘Avatar’ is in reality one of nature’s wonders. Microscopic algae fluorescently light up the water at night. Biologists call this light phenomenon bioluminescence. It can be observed, for example, on the beach of Mosquito Bay on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico.
Algae can produce glow through biochemical processes in special organs. But other living beings also have this ability. Fireflies, for example, communicate this way.
In 2017, researchers actually succeeded in using enzymes to transform plants into natural light sources, which could replace conventional lamps in the future.
Polar stratospheric clouds
The world-famous painting ‘The Scream’ by the Norwegian painter Edvard Munch is said to be inspired by the breath-taking glimmering of the polar stratospheric clouds. The phenomenon ‘ called ‘mother-of-pearl clouds’ ‘ arises from tiny ice crystals in the stratosphere, which are illuminated by the setting sun in the dark night sky. The rare colourful clouds form at temperatures of -78 degrees Celsius and can therefore only be admired near polar regions such as Alaska, Siberia and Norway.
Ice Crystal Halos
What looks to us like a supernatural halo in the sky is the fascinating light phenomenon of the ice crystal halos. Halos are formed by the reflection and refraction of light on tiny floating ice crystals in the air. The mysterious light-circles form in various shapes around the sun and moon and can be admired all over the world at any time of the year.
Fog arch

Everyone has seen a colourful rainbow before. Much less common is a fog arch or white rainbow, whose light band is twice as wide. The fog arch is created when a fog wall of fine water droplets is illuminated by sunlight and the light is reflected when entering and leaving.
The fog arch can only be observed when the observer stands in front of the fog wall with his back to the sun. It can be found in a wide variety of places, but it is particularly frequent in peat bogs, mountainous regions or near the sea.
What is flip-flop paint finish?
A flip-flop paint finish is a special-effect varnish that changes its colour depending on the viewing angle and is usually used for car paint. To achieve the optical effect, the normal varnish is mixed with effect pigments. The pigments responsible for the colour change are called interference pigments. Depending on the viewing angle, these interference pigments amplify some wavelengths, while other wavelengths are eliminated by superimposing them

In the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe, the luxurious flip-flop paint finish ‘Saléve Vert’ gives the vehicle an unusual appearance. The colour changes from green to greyish blue depending on the changing light, emphasising the expressive surfaces and contours of the vehicle, as well as underscoring its sporty and elegant look.
By the way: there are also flip-flop paint finishes where not only the colour changes, but also the brightness. In addition to the automotive industry, flip-flop finishes are also used in the printing and cosmetics industry.
THE M8 GRAN COUPE CONCEPT
High class. High performance. High expectations. Behold an unprecedented symbiosis between sophistication and athleticism. Drawing inspiration from the sophisticated 8 Series and the athleticism of the M8 GTE gran tourer, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept unites the disparate worlds of modern luxury and classic motor racing.
AN EXPRESSIVE STATEMENT
SPORTY SILHOUETTE.
Intensely impressive. A glance at its profile leaves no doubt: the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept is a performance machine. The long hood, flowing roof-line, and shortened rear create an appearance of high-performance aggression and luxurious aspiration that’s simultaneously unique and unmistakable.
Exclusive palette. The supremely striking impression of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept is enhanced by the exclusive graduated paint finish Saléve Vert. Green and blue tones shimmer in an elegant interplay reminiscent of the Northern Lights, creating beautiful colors from every angle.

ASPIRE TO GREATNESS
A TESTAMENT TO AMBITION.
Tuned by the masters of M. From the M twin tailpipes to the M double-bar kidney grille, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept shows off its performance potential. The iconic M design elements, including M gills and M brake calipers, are finished in beautiful matte gold to showcase the unique character of the vehicle
EMOTIONALLY MOVING.
Hug the road. Unique 21′ M light-alloy wheels make an unshakable impression. The star-shaped double spokes feature a two-toned gold and black finish ‘ a perfect offset to the iridescent colors of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

THOROUGHBRED GENETICS.
Racing heritage, luxury lineage. The twin traits of classic racing design and high class luxury are the very DNA of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept. Hexagonal headlights evoke the muscular performance of the BMW M8 GTE; graceful, flowing lines from kidney grille to roofline recall the beauty of the BMW 8 Series.
OPPOSITES UNITE.
Challenge conventions. Achieving a new level of luxury and performance means taking risks, breaking norms, and daring to create the next level of the avant garde. With the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept, luxury has finally left its comfort zone.

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The design of the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé: Pure emotion

Reflecting the first design sketches.
“As a four-door coupé, the new CLA intrigues with its puristic, seductive design and sets new standards in the design DNA of ‘sensual purity’. It impresses with its perfect proportions reflecting the first design sketches: a long, stretched bonnet, a compact greenhouse, a wide track with exposed wheel arches and our typical GT rear end with a strong distinctive ‘Coke-bottle shoulder’,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG. “In short: The CLA Coupé has the potential to become a modern design icon.”

Sporty and elegant character.
The combination of the long, stretched entry line above the windows and frameless doors gives the CLA Coupé its unmistakeable sporty and elegant character. Forming the front end is the striking front section which is raked forwards like a shark nose with a long, stretched bonnet featuring powerdomes. Flat headlamps together with the low slung bonnet and the diamond radiator grille with central star create the vehicle’s sporty face. The two-piece, narrow tail lamps and the number plate housed in the bumper make the rear of the CLA look especially wide.

Sculptured rear.
With the greenhouse moved back, the sporty GT rear achieves a balance between elegance and sportiness. Featuring pared-down lines, the precisely modelled side profile provides an interesting interplay of light and shade. Dispensing with the upper shaped edge of the side wall permits extremely muscular and athletic shoulder shaping, stretching from the front wheel arch through to the sculptured rear. Flush with the outer edge of the body, the wheels with their flared wheel arches and wide track epitomise dynamism and give the vehicle a sporty presence.

Unique interior architecture.
In the interior, all elements are arranged according to the overarching design themes of ‘high tech’ and ‘youthful avant-garde’ – be that the steering wheel, the door handle operating module, the centre console or the seats. As in the A‑Class, the unique interior architecture is shaped in particular by the avant-garde design of the dashboard: the designers completely dispensed with a cowl above the cockpit. As a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The widescreen display is completely free-standing. The lower section is visually separated from the main body of the instrument cluster by a ‘trench’, and it appears to float in front of the instrument cluster. The ambient lighting enhances this effect. The air vents in a sporty turbine-look are another highlight.

Car Design.
Design creates something out of the ordinary and makes a major contribution to shaping the brand image in the public eye. Today, the designers at Mercedes-Benz reconcile tradition and modernity in designing the cars of the future. Their creative efforts focus on sensuous clarity as the definition of modern luxury. This precisely expresses a fundamental aspect of the brand – the bipolarity of intelligence and emotion.

The new MercedesBenz CLA Coupé is not only the most emotional vehicle in its class, it is also highly intelligen

From MBUX Interior Assist, which recognises operational demands from gestures and equips the interior with intelligence, through augmented reality for navigation and understanding indirect voice commands to the ENERGIZING COACH that provides individual fitness recommendations, the new CLA offers an array of clever solutions. There are also ingenious details when it comes to the aerodynamics and new functions for the Intelligent Drive driving assistance package. The design underlines the coupé character with its stretched form and design elements such as the bonnet with powerdomes or the rear licence plate which has been moved down. As such it does justice to its predecessor’s status as a design icon.

With MBUX, Mercedes-Benz has been revolutionising how to operate a car and communicate with it since the launch of the A-Class. “Now we go to the next level with an intelligent interior assistance system for the compact class. By recognising gestures it facilitates natural operation,” says Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “This is not the only new feature by which the CLA offers a great deal of automotive intelligence.”
“With the first CLA we created a totally new segment with a four-door coupé and celebrated a huge success by selling some 750,000 CLA and Shooting Brake,” adds Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “The new edition of the CLA has been developed further in an intelligent way and is even more emotional and sportier than its predecessor. Coupled with new operating systems, it sets new benchmarks for the entire class.”

The new generation of compacts has made a key contribution to the rejuvenation and image change of the Mercedes-Benz brand. The CLA is important for winning and retaining new customers in particular. The CLA Coupé was launched in the USA in 2013, making it the first compact Mercedes‑Benz on the American market. At peak times, more than two thirds of CLA buyers in the USA came from competitors. On average, CLA customers in the USA are around ten years younger than the typical Mercedes‑Benz customer. In Europe, too, CLA customers are among the youngest in the Mercedes portfolio. In 2017, one in two customers in Europe previously drove a competitor’s vehicle. Over 75 percent of European customers who previously drove a CLA as a coupé or Shooting Brake chose a Mercedes‑Benz again for their next vehicle. In total, some 750,000 units of the first-generation CLA Coupé and CLA Shooting Brake contributed considerably to the compact car’s success.
In its first year, the new CLA will also be available as an Edition 1.
In terms of both the exterior and the interior, this limited edition special model has numerous visual accents which underline its exclusivity. The new CLA will be manufactured at the Kecskemét plant (Hungary) and comes onto the market in May 2019.
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Fiat 500X Urban Own the city: the SUV Crossover with elegant, iconic design

The SUV created to enjoy city life, today and tomorrow.
Imagining cars
Imagination drives progress. Fiat design has created its own time and has anticipated its forms. Technological innovation is at the heart of every one of our projects. We innovate to enhance the quality of driving, to ensure the safety and security of our customers and to further improve our relationship with the environment.
Design
New Full LED headlights, DRL and LED rear light clusters. Refreshed interiors and exteriors. Tour the town in style with 500X Urban.

New Fiat 500X Mirror: Drive into the future.
Innovative details, cutting-edge technology. Now the new 500X is available in a high-tech version, with satin chrome details, new Full LED headlights and all the standard Mirror range technology.

All in another light

* * * >See the town as never before with the innovative Full LED headlights offering 20% extra brightness.<br /> What is more, they save up to 66% of energy than regular halogen headlights and last much longer.

A wink to style

* * * The new LED rear light clusters of 500X, with background in matching body colour, wink to the unmistakable 500 family style. They are also equipped with LEDs to make sure you are noticed and recognised wherever you go.

Bold and daring

* * * Tour the town and show off your go With its redesigned bumpers, New 500X Urban has even more personality, with a robust appearance commanding even more presence on the road.

Look behind the cover

* * * It is beautiful outside and comfortable inside. Choosing the best profile of 500X Urban is not easy. Refreshed interiors with techno leather details on seats, matching body colour dashboard and the unmistakable 500 logo like the artist’s signature on a masterpiece. All materials and all pairing are created to offer the best style.

Make yourself comfortable

* * * In the new 500X Urban, every detail is designed to guarantee the best comfort, like the new ergonomic steering wheel with integrated audio controls.

Perfect understanding

* * * Get along with your new 500X Urban at a glance. With its new instrument cluster redesigned for improved readability you can clearly see all the key information you need to drive.
Technology and safety
In the morning rush hour or in the city lights on Saturday evening. In the centre or in the suburbs. Enjoy the city with plenty of next-generation driving technology.
DRIVING ASSIST TECHNOLOGIES
Connectivity
What does the future have in hold?
Keeping in touch with the things and people you love. With new 500X Urban the future is now.

Apple CarPlay

* * * Why get the latest iPhone if you cannot use it whenever you want to? Apple CarPlay is the smartest and safest way to use your iPhone in your car, so you can receive directions, make calls, send and read messages and play music without distractions.

Android Auto

* * * Music, apps and plenty more. With Android Auto<sup>&trade;</sup> your apps will appear on the screen of 500X Urban with a simple and user-friendly interface organised on easy-to-read pages.

Uconnect ™ 7” HD LIVE

* * * Who is your best driving ally? Your 500X. With Uconnect<sup>&trade;</sup> 7&rdquo; HD LIVE as standard equipment, answering calls, exchanging messages, choosing playlists and setting the best route is just a quick tap away.

Mopar ® Map Care

* * * The world keeps on changing. You can stay abreast. With Mopar<sub>&reg;</sub> Map Care (service provided free of charge for the first three years) you can update the maps of your navigator automatically.

Mopar ® Connect

* * * With its next-generation technology Mopar<sub>&reg;</sub> Connect, you care is always at hand, wherever you are. You know where it is parked, you can lock and unlock the doors remotely and you can be notified off all its movements and is current speed. What is more, with push notifications on your phone you can be sure do not forget anything important inside.
Images are for illustrative purposes only: please refer to your local website to check actual combinations of colors, fabrics, etc.

Design & Exterior

* * * A new look, in both the Urban and Cross versions. Because just like technology, even style evolves.

2.4L I4 MultiAir® Engine Standard

* * * The 2.4L Tigershark® MultiAir® 2 engine delivers 180 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque and features advanced technologies including Dual Variable Valve Timing and a flow-control valve intake manifold. It gets up to 22 city
1. Manufacturer estimated mpg with 2.4L engine and nine-speed automatic transmission. Actual mileage may vary.
9-Speed Automatic Transmission Standard

The available nine-speed automatic transmission is designed for improved on-road performance and fuel economy.
Bianco Gelato (White Clear Coat) Exterior Paint
18″ x 7″ Black Aluminum Wheels w/Copper Accents
225/45R18 BSW All Seasons Tires Standard
225/45R18 all-season tires are available on select FIAT® 500X models.
Premium Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats
Uconnect® 4 With 7-Inch Display Standard
Uconnect® 4 with a 7-inch touchscreen includes an AM/FM radio, available SiriusXM® Satellite Radio[1] with one year of service, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, Voice Command, Hands-Free Calling[2], Apple Carplay® support[3] and Android Auto™[4].

1. SiriusXM services require subscriptions, sold separately after the 12-month trial included with the new vehicle purchase. If you decide to continue your service at the end of your trial subscription, the plan you choose will automatically renew and bill at then-current rates until you call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349 to cancel. Trial service is not transferrable or refundable. See SiriusXM Customer Agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com. All fees and programming subject to change. Satellite service is available only to those at least 18 and older in the 48 contiguous USA and D.C. Internet radio service is available throughout satellite service area and in AK and HI with limited coverage.
2. The Uconnect® Phone requires a mobile phone equipped with the Bluetooth® Hands-Free Profile. Visit www.UconnectPhone.com for system and device compatibility.
3. Requires compatible iPhone®. See dealer for phone compatibility. Data plan rates apply. Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple®. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. iPhone is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. Apple terms of use and privacy statements apply.

4. Requires compatible smartphone running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop or higher and download app on Google Play. Android, Android Auto and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.
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Advanced Safety Package $1,295
Includes:Automatic High Beam Headlamp Control
Performance
Transmission: 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
Safety & Security
Safety & Security Systems
Electronic Roll Mitigation
Electronic Stability Control
High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps
Hill Start Assist
ParkView® Rear Back Up Camera
Remote-Start System
Security Alarm
Tire Pressure Monitoring Display

Air Bags
Advanced Multistage Front Air Bags
Supplemental Front Seat Side Air Bags
Supplemental Side-Curtain Front / Rear Air Bags
Restraint Systems
Child Seat Anchor System-LATCH Ready
Driver Inflatable Knee-Bolster Air Bag
Front Height Adjust Shoulder Belts
Locks & Keys
Passive Entry / Keyless Go
Additional Safety & Security Features
Compass Gauge
Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
Outside Temp Display
Shift Indicator Warning Lamp
Dimensions & Capacities
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance – Approach Angle 19.1
Ground Clearance – Breakover Angle 21.7
Ground Clearance – Departure Angle 20.2
Overall Body Width 79.7
Overall Height 63.1
Overall Length 168.2
Running Ground Clearance 7
Track – Front 60.9
Track – Rear 61
Turning Diameter – curb-to-curb – Left 36.3
Turning Diameter – curb-to-curb – Right 36.3
Wheelbase 101.2
Interior Dimensions
Cargo Capacity – Behind First-Row Seat 50.8
Head Room – Front 39.1
Head Room – Rear 37.8
Hip Room – Front 53.3
Hip Room – Rear 52.2
Leg Room – Front 41.4
Leg Room – Rear 34.8
Passenger Interior Volume 118.6
Seating Capacity – Maximum Seating 5
Seating Capacity – Standard Seating 5
Shoulder Room – Front 54.3
Shoulder Room – Rear 52.8
Trunk Lift-Over Height 30.5
Capacities/Weights
Capacity/Weights – Curb Weight 3,124
Capacity/Weights – Fuel Tank Capacity 12.7
Payload Capacity – When Properly Equipped – Standard Not Available
Towing Capacity – Maximum 1,000
Weight Distribution – Automatic Trans – Front 57
Weight Distribution – Automatic Trans – Rear 43
Basics
Brakes – Front Disc
Brakes – Rear Disc
Driveline Configuration
Multipurpose vehicle
Maximum Number of Doors 4
Steering Rack & Pinion
Suspension – Front MacPherson w/coil spring
Suspension – Rear Chapman Strut w/coil springs
Tires – Aspect Ratio 55
Tires – Construction R
Tires – Spare Tire Type Tire Service Kit
Tires – Type P
Tires – Wheel Diameter 17
Tires – Width 215
Vehicle Type Crossover

Mobility
Body Opening Width 31.6
Open Door Angle 65
Open Door Trim to Body 3
Seat Cushion Height from Ground 28.5
Seat Cushion to Rocker Panel 9.4
Step-Out Height 3.4
Step-Out Width 8.8
Step-Over Height from Ground 17.8
Warranty
Basic – Miles 50,000
Basic – Months 48
Powertrain – Miles 50,000
Powertrain – Months 48
Roadside Assistance – Miles Unlimited
Roadside Assistance – Months 48
Rust-Through – Miles 50,000
Rust-Through – Months 48

Powertrain
Displacement – Bore 3.46
Displacement – Cubic Centimeters 2,360
Displacement – Cubic Inches 144
Displacement – Stroke 3.81
Engine – Compression Ratio 10
Engine – Configuration 2.4L I4
Engine – Location Front
Final Drive Ratio – Standard 3.73
Fuel Economy – City 22
Fuel Economy – Combined 25
Fuel Economy – Highway 30
Fuel System Sequential Multi-Point Injection
Fuel Type Gas
Performance – Horsepower 184
Performance – HP Rated RPM 6,400
Performance – Torque 171
Performance – Torque Rated RPM 4,600
Transmission – Automatic or Manual or Electrically Variable Automatic
Transmission – Features Overdrive No
Transmission – Number of Forward Speeds 9
Valvetrain – Configuration SOHC
Valvetrain – Number of Valves 16
Engine & Transmission
Engine 2.4L I4 MultiAir® Engine
Mechanical Features
Brakes 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
Exhaust Systems Bright Exhaust Tip
Fuel Tanks 12.7-Gallon Fuel Tank
Steering Systems Electric Power Steering
Emissions 50 State Emissions
Additional Mechanical Features
Electric Park Brake
Engine Oil Cooler
Tilt / Telescope Steering Column
Tire Service Kit (No Compact Spare)
Exterior Features
Glass Deep Tint Sunscreen Glass
Wheels 18″ x 7″ Black Aluminum Wheels w/Copper Accents
Exterior Mirrors
Body-Color Exterior Mirrors
Exterior Mirrors with Heating Element
Exterior Mirrors with Turn Signals
Power Mirrors
Doors Black Door Handles
Lighting
Automatic Headlamps
Bi-Function Halogen Projector Headlamp
Fog and Cornering Lamps
Glove Box Lamp
Incandescent Tail Lamps
Bumpers & Fascias Body-Color Fascias
Roof Racks & Rails Black Side Roof Rails
Spoilers Body-Colored Rear Spoiler
Wiper Systems
Rear Window Wiper / Washer
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Exterior Design
Black Day Light Opening Moldings
Capless Fuel Filler
Additional Exterior Features
Exterior Accents-Black
Front License Plate Bracket
Seating & Trim
Seat Types
Premium Cloth Low-Back Bucket Seats
Seat Features
Driver Height Adjuster Seat
Front Passenger Forward Fold Flat Seat
Manual 6-Way Driver / Passenger Seats
Passenger Height Adjuster Seat
Rear 60/40 Folding Seat
Three Rear Seat Head Restraints
Audio & Uconnect® Multimedia
Sound System Components
7.0-Inch Touch Screen Display
Apple CarPlay® Capable
Dual Remote USB Port – Charge Only
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Google Android Auto™ Capable
GPS Antenna Input
Integrated Voice Command with Bluetooth®
Remote USB Port
SiriusXM® Sat Radio w/ 1-Yr Radio Subscription
SiriusXM® Sat Radio w/ 1-Yr Sub Call 800-643-2112
Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls
USB Host Flip
Speaker Systems
6-Speakers
Sound Systems
Uconnect® 4 With 7-Inch Display
Interior Features
Consoles & Storage
4 Adjustable Cargo Tie-Down Hooks
Front Center Sliding Armrest
Reversible Height Adjust Load Floor
Windows & Locks
Power Windows Express Up / Down w/Rear Express Down
Rear Window Defroster
Speed Sensitive Power Locks
Floor Mats
Front and Rear Carpeted Floor Mats
Interior Design
Black Interior Accents
Cluster 3.5-Inch TFT Color Display
Instrument Panel Bezels-Black
MPH Primary Speedometer
Premium Wrapped Steering Wheel
Vinyl Door Trim Panel
Additional Interior Features
12-Volt Auxiliary Power Outlet
Driver Assist Handle
Glove Box
Leather-Wrapped Shift Knob
Passenger Assist Handles
Speed Control
Sun Visors with Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
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Introducing The BMW X7: the Biggest Bimmer SUV Ever

A statement of the luxury class: the new BMW X7 is the elegant fusion of presence and personality. Despite its majestic appearance, it gives an impression of lightness and agility thanks to the puristic design and athletic styling. At the same time, the considerable spaciousness of the interior offers a pioneering interplay of exclusivity, functionality and freedom – incomparable comfort all the way to the third row of seats. Charm is its essence. Elegance its character.
CO2 emissions 205–171* g/km (combined)
Fuel consumption 9.0–6.5* l/100 km (combined)
5 good reasons for the X7

Maximum ride comfort and powerful dynamics
Unprecedented 22” light alloy wheels
Up to seven first-class seats for a uniquely comfortable ride
Panorama glass roof produces a sensation of unrestricted spaciousness
Simple and effortless opening via smartphone
Ready for your X7?
Experience the first-class elegance and outstanding presence of the BMW X7. Define a new era of sheer driving pleasure now.
The new BMW X7 not only adds a new top model to the X family, but also defines a progressive approach to luxury for the BMW brand.
Jozef Kabaň,
Head of Design BMW

With the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance, BMW 2017 presented a preview of the new automotive luxury. An innovative vehicle of groundbreaking design and sublime presence. A new level of space and comfort. Created for the very big appearance.

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Please note that the following information is a label according to German law (Ordinance on energy consumption labelling for passenger cars).

The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.

The values of some vehicles are already based on the new WLTP regulation and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure the comparison between the vehicles. [With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2-emissions the CO2 values may differ to the values stated here.] The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification.

For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at
https://www.dat.de/angebote/verlagsprodukte/leitfaden-kraftstoffverbrauch.html
Detailed information on the technical data can be found on your BMW country page.

EXPANSIVE SPACE
There’s plenty of room for all in this spacious SAV. Enjoy seating for seven with second-row bench seats as standard, or opt for the optional six-seater configuration with all-electric Captain’s Chairs.

AIR SUSPENSION
Comfort extends beyond the cabin of the First-Ever BMW X7. Standard two-axle air suspension provides incredible driving comfort; the adjustable height allows for easier entry and loading.


COMFORT SEATING
There’s no such thing as a second-class seat. The standard Heated Front Seats can be made even more comfortable with available Ventilated and Massage options. Passengers can also enjoy optional Heated Rear Seats.

A WORLD OF EASE.
Enjoy a curated collection of life-improving technology – from standard safety features to the cutting-edge developments of the latest onboard driver assistance systems.
INCREDIBLE INTERIOR.
Settle in to an atmosphere of elegance that exceeds every definition of excellence.

PANORAMIC GLASS ROOF AND SKY LOUNGE
A beautiful Panoramic Glass Roof creates an open, spacious feeling –and a dramatic effect when illuminated by the color-changing splendor of the optional Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof.

ULTRA-MODERN CONTROLS
Optional Glass Controls on the gear shifter, engine start button, and audio switches accentuate the standard haptic feedback buttons surrounding the iDrive controller.

BMW INDIVIDUAL
Enjoy comfort crafted to the highest standards – yours. Available BMW Individual enhancements include the finest leathers, exclusive colors, and gorgeous interior trims, all custom added to your specifications.
MAKE IT YOURS
It’s time to experience the next level of comfort, luxury, and performance. Reserve your test drive in the BMW X7 xDrive40i or BMW X7 xDrive50i today.

Fuel Injection
X7 xDrive40i
3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder, xDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive
Starting MSRP
$73,900

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Designed to Shape the Future of Acura/Acura Precision Concept Press Releases

Acura Precision Concept Points to Bold Future for Acura Design
– 2016-01-12
DETROIT
The Acura Precision Concept model made its world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show today, pointing toward a bolder, more distinctive future for Acura vehicle design. The Acura Precision Concept was developed by the Acura Design Studio in California to express the Acura brand DNA of “Precision Crafted Performance.”
“There is no more clear promise for the Acura brand than Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “We’re committed to infusing this core Acura promise into every facet of our products and every aspect of our relationship with the customer.”

With an emphasis on high-contrast details and the intersection of modern, sheer surfaces and muscular, organic sculpting, the Acura Precision Concept communicates Acura’s focus on performance and prestige through its ultra-low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ratio, deeply sculpted surfaces and the debut of a new Diamond Pentagon grille.
“The Acura Precision Concept is more than simply a concept vehicle, it is a design study model that literally will shape the direction of all future Acura products around our Precision Crafted Performance DNA,” said Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. “The Acura Precision Concept is the leading edge of a renewed commitment to delivering Precision Crafted Performance in every facet of the product experience and creating a powerful and very exciting direction for the next generation of Acura models.”
The Acura Precision Concept’s crouched and athletic stance is further emphasized by its deeply sculpted side surfaces pouring over swelling rear wheel arches covering 22-inch wheels and tires. The forward-looking concept also features signature lighting designs – in front with its Jewel Constellation LED headlights composed of organically arranged fractal elements, and in back with floating LED taillights.
A key design theme, dubbed “quantum continuum,” is seen in the seamless transition of materials and structure from the exterior to the interior of the vehicle, which is further highlighted by the absence of a b-pillar. The large door rocker panel flows into the interior side sill, transitioning into a cantilever for the floating rear seats. The rear center high-mounted stoplight becomes an architecture element piercing the rear glass and then flowing down to help form the structure for the metal airfoil shape of the rear headrests.
The elegant and powerful exterior is matched by its dramatic interior design, where cantilevered surfaces meet with striking tones, expressive surfacing and modern detailing. Of particular note are the double-layered instrument panel, the high-contrast front seat surfaces, the ultra-thin “floating” rear seats, evoking the look of modern lounge furniture, and the hand-crafted audio speaker grilles made of exotic wood.
The driver’s space is highlighted by a compact, race-inspired, sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) controls, a floating center meter, a driver’s head-up display, a cantilevered center stack and an ultra-wide, thin and curved center display screen.
New Acura HMI Concept
The Acura Precision Concept also explores a new approach for Acura’s digital human-machine interface (HMI), enabling a more intuitive, advanced and seamless connection between man and machine. The ultra-wide and curved center screen is operated by a floating touch pad suspended on the cantilevered center stack. Upon entry, the system scans each occupant and selects personalized features and functions, including maps, audio and customized vehicle performance settings.
Acura Precision Concept dimensions:
Width 84 inches
Length 204 inches
Height 52 inches
Wheelbase 122 inches
Wheel/Tire – 5-spoke machined wheels

Designed to Shape the Future of Acura/Acura Precision Concept Press Releases
Designed to Shape the Future of Acura/Acura Precision Concept Press Releases

– 22-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport Summer Tire
About the Acura Precision Concept
The Acura Precision Concept was created to explore new and challenging ideas for future Acura design, particularly Acura sedans. The concept was created by Acura’s California Design Studio under the direction of Acura global creative director, Dave Marek. The exterior design was led by Michelle Christensen, principal exterior designer, with the interior design created under the leadership of John Norman, principal interior designer. Both Christensen and Norman also played a key role in the creation of the next-generation Acura NSX supercar.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of precision crafted performance-luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. The next-generation Acura NSX mid-engine supercar will join the Acura lineup in the spring. Acura has been recognized by Edmunds.com for the fourth consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership.
For More Information Consumer information is available at http://www.acura.com . To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/acura . Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles

The Future of Interface
With its fusion of ergonomic design and a touchpad-based interface, the Acura Precision Cockpit is at the forefront of mobility innovation. As the perfect complement to the Acura Precision Concept, the cockpit focuses on electrification, autonomy and connectivity to shape the future of our vehicle design.
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Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at “Sport Auto Award 2018”

Every year the German magazine Sport Auto, asks its performance-oriented readers about their favourite models and they chose once again to reward Italian design, performance and style.

Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at "Sport Auto Award 2018"
Alfa Romeo Giulia wins at “Sport Auto Award 2018”

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, powered by a 2.9 V6 bi-turbo petrol engine delivering 375 kW (510 bhp), won the import class of the category ‘Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 100,000 euro’. Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce, having a 206 kW (280 bhp) turbo petrol engine 2.0 under its bonnet, was rated number one import car of the category ‘Standard Sedans/Station Wagons up to 50,000 euro’ by the readers of ‘sport auto’ magazine.

WHERE THE FUTURE OF DESIGN IS, ALFA ROMEO IS PRESENT

* * * Which are the new trends of style and design? Which future innovations will impact on our consumption and our lifestyles? Which the new business models of the industries? All this and more will be debated at the Next Design Perspectives, a conference that takes place at the Triennale of Milan, on 29 and 30 October, with the participation of designers, creatives and researchers of international reputation. Given its central theme, style and design, such an important forum could only be sponsored by Alfa Romeo. Not only all invitees will attend conferences aboard cars that represent the excellence of Italian style and design, but they’ll also see two perfect examples of that “function generated” design expressed by the aerodynamic lines of Alfa Romeo Giulia and Alfa Romeo Stelvio on display at the main entrance of the Triennale palace.
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Golf, anyone? VW unleashes a new-product barrage

Golf, anyone? VW unleashes a new-product barrage

Yesterday, Volkswagen revealed the Golf 7’s mid-life facelift and said all variants had been shown. But that’s not true, since the Golf R, GTD, Alltrack and e-Golf are missing.
While we wait for at least some of them to show up, let’s enjoy one of the few body style options left unexplored by the German automaker.
Volkswagen was really proud when it unveiled the Golf Cabriolet in 2011. But perhaps the engineering should have been put on hold for two more years because this convertible seemed outdated almost immediately.
They tried everything to fix that, from SEMA concepts to hot versions with the GTI and even the R’s all-wheel drive powertrain. We know nothing has worked because, after five years in production, the Golf Cabriolet is being discontinued by the end of 2016.
But what would it look like if instead of discontinuing it, Volkswagen would launch a brand new generation right now? Well, for starters, we shouldn’t be calling it the 7.5, as it would be the fifth incarnation of the car.
It would also look something like this rendering by X-Tomi Design, who may have chopped the roof a little too much for a production car.
Can you imagine what the outcome of a comparison between this and the current MX-5 Miata would be like? We can. Even if they somehow develop a comfortable convertible with a solid rear axle, the 2017 Golf Cabriolet would still be about 300 kilos heavier than the Mazda. It would never be as fun, but the Germans could easily make it faster.
Taking a look at the latest GTI engine, we see that it’s gone up to 245 PS and at least 350 Nm of torque. Off the line, the Miata would stand no chance. But even with something like the 1.8 TSI from the Polo GTI, the roofless Golf would be pretty fast.
A brand new Golf Cabrio would also be one of the most technologically advanced vehicles without a roof, comparable to some Audis. But not even that is reason enough to put it into production. Not only would it immediately turn into a money pit but without the engineering purity of a Miata or a Subaru BRZ, it would never serve the halo car role.

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