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BMW X3 works just as well for business or pleasure

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It can be difficult to find a car which is just as suitable for work as it is for the family but the BMW X3 may just do the job.

BMW X3
BMW X3

When you’re arriving at a meeting, it’s vital that you look the part, and the car you turn up in probably says as much about you as the clothes on your back.

The look

Autocar suggests that the latest iteration of the BMW has “the macho styling and commanding driving experience that SUVs are expected to deliver”.

There is undoubtedly something impressive and imposing about the scale of an SUV, yet with the X3 this is combined with better fuel efficiency, which is ideal for a family car.

Autocar states that “BMW has made significant improvements [to the X3] by beefing up the nose and removing those awkward bits of plastic around the bumpers”.

It also seems to have the seal of approval from the family community. Mumsnet reviewed the car recently and suggested that is has a “luxuriously appointed cabin,” which it states is “classier” than you might find in the Range Rover Evoque, for example.

Space inside

If you’re using a car for work you may well be required to drive a client or colleague to a meeting and you want to ensure you can give them a comfortable ride.

The makers have increased the amount of room inside the BMW X3 and Autocar states that “the combination of occupant and luggage space will do most people just fine”.

This car is perfect for a family of four (or four adults) and if you had a fifth family member they could sit over the transmission tunnel.

The drive

Although it is an SUV, Autocar suggests that “it drives like a normal car … with the comfort and refinement [that] are as good as in a BMW 3-series,” so it’s ideal for ferrying colleagues and clients around in style.

Mumsnet describes it as “superb to drive,” thanks in part to the fact that it is lighter than your average SUV and “extremely comfortable”.

It suggests the 181bhp 2.0-litre model has enough oomph to statisfy most drivers and states for comfort and drivability, buyers who have the cash should splash out on the model with the eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Economical

If you’re concerned about the cost of running an SUV, it seems that the BMW X3 has all the bases covered as although it is a 4×4, Autocar suggests that it’s got the “fuel consumption and emissions … more akin to a hatchback”.

The people at Mumsnet seem to agree, it states that the 2.0-litre diesel engine “makes it one of the most economical 4x4s to run”. If you do decide to sell it off in years to come resale values are also good.

You could look at BMW contract and hire leasing as an option if you want to try the X3 without the initial outlay.

What comes as standard?

If you’re searching for a car that works just as well when driving the motorways for work as it does transporting the kids around, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the X3 has parking senors, cruise control and leather seats as standard.

Safety

A car that’s going to be used at work and for the kids must be safe and the BMW X3 doesn’t disappoint in this department either. It has airbags at the front, sides and curtains. Isofix child seat mounts and stability control come as standard too.

The Jaguar C-X17 concept in Brussels

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Living in Belgium, held from 16 to 26 of January in Brussels, premieres a different version of the first SUV by Jaguar, which has already showcased prototypes at the show in Frankfurt. More specifically, the concept of Jaguar will bring a new red racing color, which highlights a sportier style of the SUV, compared with the previous blue and gray, we had seen in various reports.

Jaguar C-X17
Jaguar C-X17

Indeed a spy, electronically processed photograph discern the possible final image of the production model, which reveals a very dynamic set impresses with its large grille brand front, the generously sized vents in the bumper and headlights Runner with daytime running LED. Meanwhile, the main changes identified within the model, where the cabin C-X17 installed 2+2 seats regardless bicolor leather upholstery, a large center console, which reaches back seats and has a pretty futuristic system infotainment.

Jaguar C-X17
Jaguar C-X17

Also, there was presented the instrument panel and side doors new aluminum finish and black details. Bear in mind that the SUV is based on an entirely aluminum platform, which will be used in other models of the company, with the first new luxury sedan that will be launched in 2015.

Jaguar C-X17
Jaguar C-X17

By Nicole P.

The Legendary Monte Carlo rally begins

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The World Rally Championship, WRC, starts today in Southern France with the 82nd edition of the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. In the race have registered 71 crews, including four factory teams, VW, Citroen, Ford and Hyundai, who will claim the titles through nine crew. First place in this marathon match that will last until November with 13 matches around the world, have the defending French champion Ingkrasias Ogier, driving the VW Polo R which achieved the double at last year’s championship.

Rally monte carlo 2014
Rally monte carlo 2014
Rally monte carlo 2014
Rally monte carlo 2014

Already, the trial trip champions scored first year with the difference of two Citroen DS3, which led the French team Chris Mix and Match Ostmpergk. Ogier’s team mate Jari Mati Latvala followed, while surprise is considered the time of Poland Robert Kubica, who despite being essentially leads with one hand, but also found that for the first race in the bucket of the Fiesta, did stand in front of the promising Thierry Novil, the first occurrence of the latter with the Hyundai i20.

Rally monte carlo 2014
Rally monte carlo 2014
Rally monte carlo 2014
Rally monte carlo 2014

The race started today 16/1 and will end on Saturday night in the Principality of Monaco, after 15 special stages totaling 383.88 km length. In this year’s game two of the important news is that for the first time in nearly 15 years, did not involve the World Champion Loeb-Helen and the participation of François twenty years after his victory in the Ford Escort in the same match. The only difference is that instead of Danielle Gratalup, the notes to the explosive Francois is going to read Dominic Savinioni.

By Nicole P.

The new Mercedes S600 is finally revealed

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In Detroit premiered the new Mercedes S600, which is available exclusively with a long wheelbase and bring 6litre, V12 turbo engine that delivers 530 horsepower and 830 Nm of torque. Following the debut of the Mercedes S65 AMG in Los Angeles in November, the most powerful S-Class, German company unveiled at the Detroit show the new Mercedes S600, which is provided with the same V12 engine, just like the S65 AMG, but with less horsepower.

Mercedes S600
Mercedes S600
Mercedes S600
Mercedes S600

Specifically, the first images reveal a large and impressive limousine, with its large grille in front of the brand, while impressive two double exhaust tailpipes at the rear. Also mention that this model will be available exclusively in long wheelbase version. At the same time, it is confirmed that the new Mercedes S600 is powered by 6litre, V12 twin turbo engine standards, Euro 6, which gives 530 horsepower and 830 Nm of torque in this case, and will be combined with the 7G-Tronic Plus gearbox and so the S600 can reach 0-100 km/hr in 4.6 seconds and catch the final speed of 250 km/hr. Also, its consumption is expected to fall to 11.1 lt/100 km.

Mercedes S600
Mercedes S600
Mercedes S600
Mercedes S600

Moreover, the new German limousine is optionally equipped with the system head-up display, and the new system Magic Body Control, which will include a camera mounted on the front windshield that sweeps the way that the suspension of each wheel or all together to be adjusted accordingly, in lightning fast time, for maximum comfort and safety of occupants, as well as ceramic brakes.

By Nicole P.

Car symbols that can confuse drivers

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Each driver has to confront at some point in his life, a strange symbol or a button in his car, for which the only thing he could think will be, what the heck is this now? Depending on the situation, the next step is usually searching for the book with the instructions, buried somewhere in the glove compartment. See below some signals or components that easily confuse drivers.

Button PTY-CAT in Subaru

These initials mean program type and category. This button is used to search the playlist by program type or by category.

Button PTY-CAT in Subaru
Button PTY-CAT in Subaru

Tire pressure symbol

Many drivers do not know that when this symbol lights up, it is time to check the pressure of their tires.

Tire pressure symbol
Tire pressure symbol

Party Mode button in TOYOTA

For those who like to party, Toyota made ​​sure that the fun won’t stop, not even in the car! The 4Runner had a button that turned up the bass of audio and transformed the interior of the car into a disco.

Party Mode button
Party Mode button

Rear fog lights button

This signal seems strange, but it is one of the buttons you need to know where they are and what they are used for, especially if you live in an area where fog grips.

Rear fog lights button
Rear fog lights button

The symbol that shows that something is wrong with the engine

This is the indication that every driver does not want to see. The car warns you that something is wrong with the engine. Perhaps it is time to make a visit to your workshop.

Engine symbol
Engine symbol

By Nicole P.

Who is the best car interior designer?

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The Design Director of the British car company Jaguar , Ian Callum, has been designated at the ‘ Interior Designer of the Year ‘ awards in Automotive Interiors Expo  and he did informed the corporation in a statement.

jaguar car interior designer
jaguar car interior designer

In presenting the award, Callum called “an honor” this recognition and said it was “extremely gratifying” Jaguar Design and he has been recognized for the design of vehicle interiors.

“Personally, Jaguar interiors have always been special to me, so it is essential to create fresh and new ideas, without losing the warmth and fun that are intrinsic parts of the brand ,” he added .

These awards seek to honor the world’s top designers, as well as innovations and products in automotive interiors. Callum joined Jaguar in 1999 and has since been in charge of renewing the range of company cars.

Coolest Cars of 2013

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January is the best time of year to go out and buy car magazines. This is because the main publications reserve the January issue of the cars announcing the judgment of the editors regarding the best in the new year.

As I mentioned in previous years, these magazines have different ways of choosing the winners. Motor Trend awarded three prizes: Car of the Year, SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year. For a vehicle to qualify any of the three prizes of Motor Trend, is to be completely new to the market. Also the eligible ones are existing, but have undergone a complete redesign.

Car and Driver selected 10 vehicles and they do not have to be brand new or newly redesigned. Moreover, a year winners automatically qualify for the next, so they can defend in winning this prestigious box.

Then the best of 2013 as Motor Trend, Car and Driver and Automobile Magazine are:

Tesla Model S: This American electric sedan won the Car of the Year from Motor Trend and Automobile of the Year by Automobile Magazine.

Ram 1500: Truck of the Year by Motor Trend

Ram 1500
Ram 1500

Mercedes-Benz GL: SUV of the Year Motor Trend

Mercedes-Benz GL
Mercedes-Benz GL

Now 10 Best of Car and Driver magazine (in alphabetical order):

Audi A6: second year at 10 Best. It also includes the S6, S7 and A7 variants.

Audi A6
Audi A6

BMW 3 Series: 22 carries for 10 consecutive years the title of the Best.

BMW 3 Series
BMW 3 Series

Ford Focus: re-validated. It has been two years.

Ford Focus
Ford Focus

Ford Mustang GT: In 10 Best from 2011. Also included Boss 302 variant.

Ford Mustang GT
Ford Mustang GT

Honda Accord: It has been 27 years in 10 Best.

Honda Accord
Honda Accord

Honda Fit: In the list since it entered the market in 2007.

Honda Fit
Honda Fit

Mazda MX-5 Miata: Eight consecutive years in 10 Best.

Mazda MX-5 Miata
Mazda MX-5 Miata

Porsche Boxster: the list since its introduction in 1996 (17 years)

Porsche Boxster
Porsche Boxster

Scion FR-S / BRZ Subaru: The expected duo of Toyota and Subaru sports came on the 10 Best in its first year in production.

2013-Subaru-BRZ-117
2013-Subaru-BRZ-117

Volkswagen Golf: revalidating since 2007. Includes GTI model.

Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf