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  • deweydewey Posts: 5,243
    Great car for a high end luxury sedan buyer.
    As this market segment shrinks I hope BMW regains some badly needed market share.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I was expecting a better look. I still prefer the LS and S class over this.

    But as always bmws always looks better when you see it in person.

    I did not like the x6 in pictures but when saw it in person WOW :surprise:
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I am not sure if any1 posted this video before anyways enjoy...

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  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Well... I agree VW has a lot of "catching up" to do... but the domestics here are certainly behind the eight ball. I have argued in the past that VW is going to break loose and be successful here eventually. I still believe that... in spite of their shortcomings.

    I've argued in favor of Audi and Hyundai as well... and I believe they are also rising stars in our marketplace.

    But... Honda is still my favorite of the economy cars.

    My luxury car favorite is not so clear to me any more. In the past it was Mercedes, but now I like Audi and BMW, too, and I don't know what Porsche Panamera will be, but I like Porsche, too... but not generally for the luxury, but for performance.

    I suppose I also still like Jaguar, somewhat, but if I had to pick one, I'll still put Mercedes at the top of my lux list.

    How ' bout you?

    TM
  • esfesf Posts: 1,020
    I was talking Honda, not Acura, and I think you know, by now, that my views of those two brands contrast quite a bit. ;)

    Test drove a 535xi the other day. Fantastic car. With the M bodykit and a chip, it could be excellent.

    '08 BMW X5 4.8i • '06 Audi A3 2.0T DSG • '05 Audi S4 Cabriolet
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I need to drive the 535xi. Sounds superb.

    OK, remind me of how you see Honda vs. Acura. :)

    TM
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,684
    Looks like a big improvement, style-wise, to me. I see hints of previous-gen 3 series in the greenhouse, a hint of LS in the profile. A much improved rear, 5-series-ish. Interior appears richer, more luxurious and integrated. Front end looks like it is conforming to the European crash standards, a bit blunt. And, thankfully, arrivaderci (sp?) to the bustle butt!

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,388
    I will never own a VW...I feel BUGS crawling all over me when I think about it! ;)

    Regards,
    OW
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,388
    My choice is BMW 7 series 12 banger with x-drive.

    Regards,
    OW
  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,388
    ...because the last guy that claimed this in the early 70's never was heard from again!

    400HP, 0-60 in 3 seconds, 180 MPH top speed and 110 MPG.

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    Regards,
    OW
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
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    Austria had one built on order but never sold it. Well now they are trying to sell the car and are asking for 5,000,000 Euros ($7,848,492).

    V12 bi-turbo from Maybach 57 S 690-hp with a peak torque of 737 ft-lb. 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 218mph
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
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    Why would some1 do this to their x6 :confuse:

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  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Hyunda-Kia is the 5th largest automaker in the world, beats Honda
    According to Automotive News’ 2008 Global Data Book published yesterday, Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group has become the world’s fifth largest automaker moving up from sixth place in 2006. The group was at the number 11 spot in 1999.

    With 3,961,629 units sold in 2007, Hyundai-Kia are ahead of Japanese automakers Honda and Nissan who came in at 6th and 7th with 3,831,000 and 3,675,574 units sold respectively. Ford is a head of Hyundai-Kia with 5,964,000 units sold in 2007.

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  • circlewcirclew Posts: 8,388
    Now you can really appreciate the ZR-1

    638 HP/604lb/ft
    205 MPH 0-60 in 3 seconds
    Price ~$125,000

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    It's not as exclusive but a heck of lot cheaper.

    Regards,
    OW
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    My first thought: Good, but not great. Definitely an improvement over the current 7-series

    It is definitely an improvement over the old car, but the interior just seems like a big X5. Not that impressive when compared to an A8 or S-class.
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I can only hope that the new Prius doesn't look like that pic. It's horrible looking, but if it gets 60 mpg or more, I guess looks aren't the prime consideration at all.

    TM
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,684
    The current Prius ain't exactly Heather Locklear... Function over form?

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Now you can really appreciate the ZR-1

    638 HP/604lb/ft
    205 MPH 0-60 in 3 seconds
    Price ~$125,000


    The performance is better

    It's not as exclusive but a heck of lot cheaper

    Yes definitely. HUGE difference.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I think it will be similar to the pic.

    but if it gets 60 mpg or more

    60 mpg then definitely many will be sold
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    I have been having an argument with a friend whenever I tell him about the x6.

    He says forget bmws lexus suv will beat any bmw any day gx lx will beat x6 any day.

    I mean come on the gx to me is not such a good looking suv lx is to big.

    Then he says about his friends having problems with his new x5 :confuse: :blush:

    BTW I saw a woman driving a x6 :blush: Yes I know its not surprising :blush:
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    I have been having an argument with a friend... He says forget bmws lexus suv will beat any bmw any day...

    Pay no attention to the friend behind the curtain.

    What does he drive? A Lexus? How many BMWs is he seeing in his rear view mirror, vs. the other way around? Gimmee a break.

    Everyone has some friends that know absolutely nothing about cars. Besides, sounds like your friend just wants to use you to ignite a BMW vs. Lexus debate.

    TM
  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    The current Prius ain't exactly Heather Locklear... Function over form?

    LOL... Definately.

    But, I admit that I was hoping the next-gen Prius might be just cool-looking enough to at least give it consideration. Now, I can see that it will take a whole lot of charm school to transform that ugly thing into a Lexus.

    TM
  • laurasdadalaurasdada Posts: 2,684
    Lest we not forget the (potential) new Honda CRX, the CR-Z. Form and function! Man, Tag, you go through cars like the Evil Wife goes through Saks, Macy's and Bloomies: often! Yes, I'm envious... More power to ya. :D

    '13 Jaguar XF, '11 BMW 535xi, '02 Lexus RX300

  • tagmantagman Malibu, CaliforniaPosts: 8,441
    Lest we not forget the (potential) new Honda CRX, the CR-Z. Form and function! Man, Tag, you go through cars like the Evil Wife goes through Saks, Macy's and Bloomies: often! Yes, I'm envious... More power to ya.

    I sincerely intend on going through less cars in the near future. It's just plain too wasteful. But, admittedly, I'm not done yet! To get to where I can settle it all down... I still intend to swap out the Porsche for a car for my wife and add a Civic Hybrid for my daughter. I do also intend to get rid of the Jaguar depending upon what wife gets, and then hopefully add that CR-Z (or something like it) to the mix, if it's as cool as I think it might be.

    Other than the MDX, which I think we will retain just to use when needed, THAT should be where I settle in for a while... I hope.

    BTW, I cannot say enough good things about the 135i convertible! I am shockingly pleased with most aspects of this car. It is supreme fun, awesome performer, better looking than I thought (the women are flirting like they are nuts), offers reasonable fuel economy, and as a nice surprise, the kids are actually very comfy in the back seat. There is more room in the back seat and trunk than I had expected. The point is, I've finally got a real keeper!! It's early yet, but it could very well be one of my all-time favorites. What a surprise.

    Hopefully the rest of my plan works out as well. ;)

    TM
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    What does he drive? A Lexus? How many BMWs is he seeing in his rear view mirror, vs. the other way around? Gimmee a break.

    Yep he drives a Lexus ls400 and lx470. Hes about to get a 06 or 07 ls430 or 460.

    Everyone has some friends that know absolutely nothing about cars. Besides, sounds like your friend just wants to use you to ignite a BMW vs. Lexus debate.

    Yes he doesn't know much about cars but is always talking that x6 is built in the US the quality isn't nice expensive parts doesn't last long, which does bring a doubt in my mind, after all I've read many bmw owners problems here as well.

    Is there a quality difference of bmws built in the US and Germany?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
    Thanks

    LONDON: Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% — far more than previously estimated — according to a confidential World Bank report.

    Biofuels is not making life any easier in poor countries.
  • bmlexusbmlexus Posts: 755
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    We heard BMW was going to wait until July 7th to unveil the new 2009 BMW 7-Series, but since images and information have already been leaked, BMW decided to just drop the press release along with a bunch of images and a video (see it after the jump).

    Alright let’s get right to it. The 2009 BMW 7-Series will be available in Europe in 5 different variants including the 730d, 740i, 740Li, 750i and 750Li. The 730d is powered by a 3.0L straight 6-cylinder diesel engine producing 245-hp and a peak torque of 398 lb-ft. Both 740i and 740Li are powered by a 3.0L twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine that produces 326-hp and torque of 332 lb-ft. Finally, the 750i and 750Li get BMW X6 xDrive50i’s 4.4L V8 with twin-turbochargers producing 400-hp and with neck snapping torque of 442 lb-ft. All engines are mated to six-speed automatic transmission.

    The 2009 BMW 7-Series also features new and advanced technological features including Head-up Display which incorporates a new speed limit warning system; a camera that is mounted on the back of the rear view mirror that scans oncoming road signs and alerts the driver of speed changes; Lane Departure System; a Side View camera system that operates with the Park Distance Control; and a Night Vision system.

    The new updated interior features the new iDrive system with a 10.2 inch screen. The 40GB on-board hard-drive allows drivers to upload music and other files. The new 2009 BMW 7-Series also comes with BMW’s new ConnectedDrive system that lets you surf the internet.

    The fifth-generation 7-Series goes on sale in the UK on November 15th, 2008. The U.S. press release will
    be available this Sunday, so hold on for the stateside details.
  • jlbljlbl Posts: 1,333
    The -30d engine is a gem, an achieved balance between power and consume. Yet it should be nice to have it escorted by a -35d sibling in the new 7-Series offer. Just to give the buyer the choice to have a diesel option to approach the power of the more powerful gassers.

    Regards,
    Jose
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