In hot pursuit of the 2012 BMW 6-Series prototype.
Certain elements, such as the exhaust, front air intakes and taillights of the three convertible Bimmers seem different from one another -- though some of that could of course be due to the camouflage -- and the prototype drivers seemed reluctant to be caught in the beginning, which pushed the pursuit up to 160 mph. But the the spy videographers, one of them an administrator at the M5board.com forum, did manage to catch them, thanks to the fact that they were hauling in a G-Power BMW M3 with 600 horsepower.
The good back, front and side views come mostly after the 4:27 mark in the video, after the jump.
Further recalls for the Japanese automaker.
The problem, which affects Civics and Accords from the 2003 model years as well as some Elements from 2003 and 2004, allows the vehicle to be turned off, and the key removed, without the automatic transmission secured in the "park" position. Obviously, this could cause the vehicles to roll away after the driver has exited, leading to damage to the car and possible accidents.
By Chrissie Thompson, Automotive News
For instance, a more upscale Impala is in the works, with a low production volume and limited rental fleet sales, one source says. That would follow the example set by the 2010 Ford Taurus. But the new Impala is not coming until the 2014 model year.
In the nearer term, Chevrolet will prepare for rising federal fuel economy standards by decreasing the displacement of its V-6 engines, adding more four-cylinder engines and introducing redesigned small cars.
Here are Chevrolet's 2011-13 model year highlights:
Tesla CEO Elon Musk calls Nissan Leaf battery tech 'primitive.'
According to site Earth2Tech, Musk asserted that the Leaf's battery tech is "much more primitive" even when compared with Tesla's early prototypes, and says he expects to beat Nissan's cost per kilowatt hour.
By Jamie Lareau
For example, planners are looking to add a compact, front-drive car or crossover. There also is talk that a car based on the next-generation Ford Mondeo could be added to the lineup.
For Lincoln to succeed, analysts say, it's critical that product planners separate Lincoln's design, powertrains and technology from those of the Ford brand. Lincoln will get features such as active noise cancellation and adaptive suspensions.
Here's Lincoln's outlook for the 2011-13 model years.
This time, can Chevy scale the compact fortress?
Small cars have never been big players for Detroit, to put it mildly. But with more Americans downsizing into compact and even subcompact cars, it’s critical for General Motors and Chrysler (and, to a lesser extent, Ford) to change their small-car offerings from bottom feeders to market leaders.
For GM, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is the latest bid to erase bad memories of crapulent Cavaliers and mediocre Cobalts. At a dinner in New York with Jim Campbell, Chevy’s general manager, journalists pored over a spiffy pair of Cruzes parked outside. And at a standstill at least, the Cruze looks to have the right stuff to finally put Chevy in the game against the perennial small-car sales kings, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
The 367 mph school bus
Obviously, the school bus was hardly a production vehicle, unless the world's most awesome school superintendent somewhere has been ordering fleets of buses powered by a General Electric J-79 jet engine with 42,000 horsepower.
Check it out after the jump.
Steering issue leads to recall.
Only about 585 Pilots from the 2010 model year have been targeted, though the issue is serious enough that Honda has issued a stop-sell order to keep other vehicles from leaving the lot before the issue is fixed.
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Clifford Atiyeh has spent his entire life driving cars he doesn't own. Raised in Volvos, he has grown to love fast, irresponsible vehicles of all kinds. He is the senior news editor at MSN Autos and also reports for Car and Driver, Road & Track, The Boston Globe and other publications.
In the garage: 21-speed Iron Horse, 2002 Jeep Wrangler X (not his)
Doug Newcomb has covered car technology for over 20 years for outlets ranging from Rolling Stone to Edmunds.com. In 2008, he published his first book, "Car Audio for Dummies" (Wiley). He lives and drives in Hood River, Ore., with his wife and two kids, who share his passion for cars and technology.
In the garage: 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, two 1984 Chevrolet Blazers, 2008 Honda CR-V
James Tate learned to drive stick at age 13 in a 1988 Land Cruiser - in La Paz, Bolivia. He's since been a mechanic, on a pit crew and has wrenched on every car he's owned since his first 1989 Honda CRX Si (and won't stop until the car is a 1973 Porsche 911 RS). His work has appeared in Car and Driver, Popular Mechanics, Automobile and others.
In the garage: 1995 Porsche 911 Carrera, 1988 BMW M5