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The new BMW 2 Series Coupé - Design process

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“The aim was to give the BMW 2 Series Coupé a strong, unique character. I was mainly inspired by the idea of a fast lap on the North loop of the Nürburgring: the feeling of being able to master any curve.”
Christopher Weil
Exterior Designer BMW 2 Series Coupé

Drive Woman, Drive in Saudi Arabia! #SaudiWomantoDrive

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For me as a female Car Addict I could never imagine that it wouldn't be "allowed" to have an interest in Cars and drive them by myself. Since Years and all over the World Woman are fighting for their rights and the "PRO equal pay"-debates here in Germany, Europe, .. seem so childish when it's about the human right to drive.

Did you know that Woman are not allowed to drive a car by themselves in Saudi Arabia, in 2013?

New Alfa-Jeep-City-Crossover-SUV spotted near Milan

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Darragh from spotted a Testing Mule yesterday on his Way to Milan in Italy.
As Jalopnik assumes "they're also developing a new baby-Jeep to slot in below the Compass" and on IRDriver they talk about a Giulietta based Alfa-Jeep Hybrid.

To me the Front looks definitely like the well-known Jeep-Frame-Grille sits under the black covers and the back looks - no doubt - like an Alfa Romeo. The Size seems to be definitely higher than we're used to from Alfa Romeos and this Mule just looks fat and lets start praying it won't be the same Exterior-Designer as Jeep used for the probably "Ugliest Car of the Year".

Carspotting around the Nurburgring during OGP 2013

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Finally I had the possibility to do some Carspotting.. again, during the Oldtimer Grand Prix back in August! The Nurburgring is just such a nice Place to see the coolest and loudest and fastest Cars!

Mercedes-Benz UK launches Daimler Fleet Management

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With it's best month ever, 28 per cent rise in registrations in September, Mercedes-Benz launched 'Daimler Fleet Management' in the UK. It will deliver greater choice and flexibility to both new and existing Mercedes-Benz fleet customers.

Honda at Tokyo Motor Show 2013 - Honda S660 Concept, Honda MC-β, ASIMO and more

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Honda will bring some Automotive Highlights as well as Motorbikes and Robots (!) to the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, starting on November 20.

They just announced their line-up of production and concept models, which will include the Honda S660 concept, an open-top sports-type mini-vehicle, the world premiere of the production model of the URBAN SUV CONCEPT and the Japan premiere of the NSX CONCEPT, the next-generation super sports model.

Gallery: Volkswagen e-up! (white)

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After Test Driving the red VW cross up! some Days ago I was also able to drive some rounds with the electric up!, the VW e-up!, in and around Hanover. During one of the last warm and sunny days I really enjoyed the possibility to open the sunroof and drive both on country roads and on the Autobahn with no noise, no pollution and fresh wind through my hair - there should be more EV's with sunroofs or in general electric Convertibles!!

Orange foiled Lamborghini Aventador by PRINT TECH

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To make car bodies experience a revolution – that is to what the Munich PRINT TECH GmbH Premium Wrapping and Carstyling clearly took up the cause. In the present case, the “strike” went to no less a figure than a formerly black Lamborghini Aventador. For the perfect full-foiling – here in matte orange-red-chrome – the vehicles are being completely taken to pieces at PRINT TECH. So also in this case. The Lamborghini wrapping in this really unique color composition was made with so called Centurion-Foil. Only the top and some plastic pieces have been wrapped by foil in black brushed look. The costs for the foiling of this delivered by Lamborghini Munich vehicle in private ownership amount to 10,000 Euro. For the in glossy black powder coated rims another 1,200 Euro are to be added, the car glass toning demanding additional 200 Euro. Finally, the remote Capristo exhaust system valve control merits to be mentioned, demanding 1,500 Euro including mounting.

Gallery: Audi A8 4.0 TFSI (Cuvée Silver)

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After the first Audi A8 Gallery here more Pictures of the 2013 Audi A8 Facelift in Cuvée Silver, shot in and around Dusseldorf.

I would definitely prefer "Cuvée Silver" over Monsoon Grey as it's something different than the usual black or silver/grey and it's still a decent color!

Gallery: Audi A8 2013 V6 TDI Monsoon Grey

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Some first Pictures of a 2013 Audi A8 in Monsoon Grey, with a nice V6 3.0 TDI engine with 190 kW / 258 PS and 580 Nm.

Audi A8 V8 4.0 TFSI 0-100 kmh/ 0-60 mph

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Pushing the Audi A8 V8 4.0 TFSI from 0-100km/h 0-60mph in 4,5 seconds, check out the Video!

Gallery: Audi A8 2010 VS Audi A8 2013 - what's new?

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When driving a Facelifted model, the Audi A8 2013, then why not driving to the closest Audi Dealer and take a Picture with a "current" model, the Audi A8 2010. And as it's more than appropriate I went to Audi Zentrum Neuss (Thanks again!) and shot these Pictures. They show the "then" and "now" soo good..

Test Drive: BMW i3 – sporty, efficient, fun

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Finally BMW is launching their first all-electric volume-production Car! They will start the delivery of the in Leipzig, Germany, built Car up from November. The first i3 will be handed over to german customers, then other countries and after those customers are happy customers and i3 owners some Cars will be added to the worldwide DriveNow Carsharing-fleets (Munich, San Francisco, …)

Last Friday I was able to jump behind the steering-wheel of a BMW i3 during the international press-launch in Amsterdam among other Journalists and Bloggers. You might have already seen my snapshots on Facebook or Instagram, or already the huge Galleries of the orange and silver ones my co-driver from and I shared.

But now let's go over to the important thing: the Car!

10 Tips for good visibility to avoid ‘sun-dazzle'

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Unfortunately we have to face it: Summer is over and with Autumn and Winter knocking on our doors the dark time of the year has just arrived.

The risk of dazzling sun is particularly high during October, as sunset occurs earlier and increasingly coincides with rush-hour traffic. The sun’s low position in the sky, combined with damper road surface conditions, poses a considerable problem for commuters and dirty, greasy or scratched windscreens reduce visibility and compound the problem, particularly during autumn.

BMW i3 Video Review

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A nice Review Video of the 2014 BMW i3 - enjoy it!

BMW i3 Harman Kardon hi-fi system Video

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Almost one year ago, after driving the Opel ADAM with the Infinity Sound System, I thought that I found the maximum of sound quality in the segment of small Cars. But then the BMW i3 came with its Harman Kardon system and yes, I was so blown away by its super super great sound quality and the ambiance it creates inside the Car!

So I made this little Video for you to experience the sound quality as well. The Harman Kardon hi-fi system features a 360-watt 7-channel amplifier (5 x 40 W, 2 x 80 W) in combination with 13 speakers and DSP technology. All the speakers are inside a high quality expanded metal grille and they are located: 2 tweeters in A-pillar panel, above.- 1x midrange on the instrument panel.- 1x tweeters in the dashboard.- 2 midrange in door trims, front.- 2 midrange in door panels, rear.- 2 tweeters in the door panels, rear.- 2 bass speakers A pillar, bottom.

The Harman Kardon System is not equipped in the base model and so you need to add 800, - € to your eq…

Gallery: BMW i3 Silver-Grey

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After Pictures of the orange BMW i3 that I've been able to drive on Friday here some (~60) Pictures of the silver BMW i3 with the grey interior.

The weather conditions were finally better - no rain, yay - and besides the Pictures next to this red thing in Alsmeer with the water in the background I really like the ones taken close to a canal in Amsterdam next to the E30 which is more or less a "predecessor" of the current i3. I hope I found the right perspectives to demonstrate you that the i3 is still a REAL BMW and both ones still kinda look-alike!

And besides both Cars I'm looking forward to you opinion about the new Design here with a better focus on Pictures, bigger Pictures! Feel free to share your Opinion below (you can even comment as "Anonymous"..)

Gallery: BMW i3 (Orange)

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As you've already seen on my Facebook and Instagram, today (it's already Saturday here but I'm talking about Friday..) I was able to Test Drive the brand-new electric car BMW i3. Here already some first Pictures, a Video and the Review will follow soon!

Enjoy the Pictures (have you seen the Interior .. the mix of fabrics and materials .. my eyes and hands love it!)