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BMW Unveils US Pricing For 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedans

By Carl Malek

Set offer a host of improvements over the previous generation E90 3 series sedan, the 2012 BMW 3 Series sedan will be arriving at a BMW dealer near you sometime early next year, and now the Bavarian automaker has revealed the official pricing that customers can expect to pay when they purchase the redesigned four door for their own garage. Pricing will begin at $35,795 for a base 328i model while the more performance oriented 335i model will start at a slightly higher base price of $43,295.  Both prices include the $895 dollar destination and handling charges. While these numbers do represent a $320 and $370 USD increase in base price over the old E90 model, the 2012 3 series will not only be redesigned, but it will also have an increased amount of standard equipment versus the old model which BMW thinks is worth the slight jump in price.

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Auto Enthusiasts Start Petition To Change Federal Grey Market Exemption Period

By Carl Malek

A small group of dedicated automotive enthusiasts have begun a “We The People” petition to try and urge the federal government to change the way it enforces “Grey Market” vehicles entering U.S shores. For folks that are unfamiliar with the term, these are vehicles that are legally imported from other countries through various third party channels other than those of the official manufacturer in question.

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Buick Lacrosse GL Concept Previews Pinnacle of Buick Luxury
Nov11

Buick Lacrosse GL Concept Previews Pinnacle of Buick Luxury

By Carl Malek

Ever since Buick joined General Motor’s lineup of brands, it has always served as GM’s near-luxury brand sitting below top tier Cadillac when it came to sales and status. With the unveiling of the Buick Lacrosse GL Concept, the lines between the two brands may become harder to define.

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Ford Unveils Fiesta ST Five-Door Concept Ahead of LA Show

By: Carl Malek

Earlier this week, Ford Motor company finally took the wraps off the Fiesta ST five-door concept ahead of its official debut at the 2011 LA Auto show. This concept is Ford’s second iteration of the Fiesta ST concept.  The car first made its debut in 3-door form at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this year. Other than the addition of the two additional doors, the Fiesta ST five-door is more or less identical to the three-door version when it comes to exterior styling which includes the use of a large trapezoidal shaped grille, a Fiesta ST exclusive body-kit, 17 inch alloy wheels, and a twin exhaust system. Ford also mentions that the styling for both concepts was inspired by the Fiesta RS WRC Rally car, which is a star out in the world rally circuit.

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BMW M Division Head Would Like To Develop M-Specific Model

By Carl Malek

A report on InsideLine suggests that BMW’s M division wants to develop an exclusive model of its own to take on the likes of the AMG SLS and Audi’s equally potent RS line. Albert Biermann, head of product development for BMW’s Motorsport division, claims that the division is ready to develop a model of its own. “From an engineering perspective we have the skills and we’d love to do it,” he said. “We’ve discussed it several times but we’ve never been able to make the business case. Everything we do has to make money.” Biermann also claims that the M division is ready to switch to power-trains powered by alternative sources of energy. “Our job is to sell emotion and fun, using the technology that’s socially acceptable at the time. Whether that’s a combustion engine or an electric motor, we don’t care.”

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