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Mercedes-Benz’s 2018 E-class coupe, unveiled last week, features an aggressive front end, including a long sculpted hood, while the rear is similar to that of the S-class and C-class coupes.

Four frameless side windows and the absence of a B-pillar give the car a flowing profile.

The coupe follows the redesigned E-class sedan, which went on sale in late June, and E400 4Matic wagon, which is expected in early 2017. Like the sedan, the coupe moved to Mercedes’ new Modular Rear-wheel- drive Architecture.

The new E-class coupe is 190 inches long, 4.8 inches longer than its predecessor; 56.3 inches tall, up 1.3 inches; and 73.2 inches wide, up 2.9 inches.

Mercedes said the larger footprint gives passengers extra legroom, front and rear shoulder room and headroom.

Under the hood, Mercedes kept the 3.0-liter V-6 biturbo engine in the E400 and E400 4Matic. The engine produces 329 hp and 354 [...]

BMW adds a range of optional styling and equipment upgrades to 6 Series Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe.

BMW 6 Series blue front

BMW is aiming to give its 6 Series range a boost into the new year with a new raft of optional equipment. The luxury coupe, four-door and convertible can be specced with new colours, wheels and interior design elements.

The brightest addition is the option of new Sonic Speed Blue metallic paint, while all three bodystyles also have the choice of 20-inch ‘M-Light’ alloy wheels with a bi-colour finish and double-spoke design. Runflat tyres are a further option with this wheel choice.


BMW 6 Series 2017 interior

Previously reserved only for the M6, any 6-Series with the M-Sports styling package can be specced with carbon-fibre trim finishers for the dash and doors.

The updates [...]

img-3Tesla Motors Inc., the world’s best-performing automotive stock this year, will join the Nasdaq-100 Index next week, filling the spot vacated by Oracle Corp., which is moving to the New York Stock Exchange.

The electric-car maker will be added to the gauge, which tracks the biggest companies on the Nasdaq, before the start of trading on July 15, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said in a statement Monday. Oracle, which last month said it will join the NYSE, is the biggest company to jump between the competing exchanges.

Shares of Tesla, the carmaker headed by billionaire Elon Musk, have more than tripled this year as the popularity of its new Model S sedan helped the company turn its first quarterly profit. Gaining entry to benchmarks tracked by investors is attractive to public companies because it provides a guaranteed shareholder base.

“It’s a coming of age, recognition that a [...]

Dodge Charger, F-250 popular with car theives

Auto thefts decline because of technology, but statistics conflict

img-1The most theft-prone vehicle in America might be the Dodge Charger. Or it might be the Ford F-250 pickup truck.

Those are the contradictory conclusions of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the insurance industry-funded Highway Loss Data Institute.

Still, the government agency and private group agree that the theft of late-model vehicles is on a rapid decline in the United States. One reason: automakers’ increasing use of ignition immobilizers, which stop thieves from hot-wiring cars. Nearly 90 percent of 2012 models are equipped with them.

In a report released on Monday, NHTSA said the car stolen most often during the 2011 calendar year was the Charger, with 4.8 thefts for every 1,000 cars produced in 2011. It was followed by the Mitsubishi Galant, Hyundai Accent, Chevrolet Impala and Chevrolet HHR among vehicles with more than 5,000 units produced that year.

Pickup trucks took the top [...]

img-2Global sales of BMW Group’s core brand rose faster in June than at Audi and Mercedes-Benz as demand from China and the United States helped the premium carmaker to extend a lead over the two rivals in the first six months of the year.

Sales at the brand were up 9 percent last month to 153,075, the group said today, compared with growth of 5 percent to 140,300 and 8 percent to 131,609 at Audi and Mercedes respectively.

Six-month sales at BMW brand rose 8 percent to 804,000 cars, expanding the lead over runner-up Audi to 24,000 from 11,000 after five months. Half-year sales at Audi and Mercedes rose 6 percent each to 780,500 and 694,000 respectively.

“BMW has stronger momentum than Audi and Mercedes, that won’t change in the second half,” said Hanover-based NordLB analyst Frank Schwope. “Design of their cars has improved and they’re ahead [...]

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