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BMW 550i Gran Turismo – East 51st Street, NYC

April 9th, 2010 by Stu

I love spotting new product – its akin to a rookie actor’s first appearance on a well known TV show. You are watching to see how good (or bad) they look on camera and what the dynamic is with other cast members. Do they add something to the show? Detract from it? It’s no different for new cars. BMW, in this case, is the well known, award winning show and 5-Series GT is the unknown player greeting customers in showrooms. I have seen pictures and renderings of the wagon/crossover mash up in various auto mags, that’s like Page 6 for car guys, and I must say it looks much larger in person. Chalk that up to the tall roofline and XL chassis shared with BMW’s flagship 7-Series. That might translate well inside with ample head and legroom but it makes for some awkward proportions outside. 5-Series GT’s intention also seems a bit confused next to other BMW models like X5 and X6. After all, how many 4-5 passenger crossovers can one manufacturer make? This particular example is fitted with the company’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, good for 400hp and 450 ft-lbs of torque. In a puzzling move, BMW released this nearly $64,000 rear wheel drive V8 ahead of the six-cylinder and AWD versions that are hitting dealerships as you read this. The only overly positive thing I can say at this point is that I would take one over a Mercedes R-Class – itself a confused station wagon.

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NY Auto Show: Nissan Juke – 1 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC

March 30th, 2010 by Stu

Nissan pulled the wraps off their all-new Juke in Manhattan tonight. The Rockefeller Plaza cameo coincides with Juke’s North American debut [world debut was in Geneva] scheduled to take place later this week at our very own New York International Auto Show. Love it or hate it, you have to give the mean little crossover points for being bold in its design and throwing some level of styling risk into the mix. Not just another homogeneous soft roader, Juke’s flared fenders jut out like angry nostrils and the integrated rear door handles make the 4-door’s profile almost coupe-like in appearance. Throw in a turbo four good for about 180hp and an AWD system that can shift torque from wheel to wheel and you’re in for big smiles around the twisties. Look for Juke at the Nissan display April 2-11 – it hits dealerships this Fall for about $20k.

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Chevy Traverse – Interstate 26 South, Asheville

December 31st, 2009 by Austin

Chevy Traverse - North Carolina

What did I get for xmas 2009? A few Xbox games, a new lens for my camera and, oh yeah, a massive blizzard that dropped 26 inches on us just before we needed to get into the car for the annual Virginia to North Carolina family holiday trip. The Prius wasn’t exactly cutting the mustard so we rented this fully loaded Chevy Traverse instead.

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Scion xB – East 27th Street, NYC

September 22nd, 2009 by Stu

scion xb side

The hipster piloting this white Scion xB stopped into Blue Smoke for some urban BBQ and live Jazz last night.  The xB, or bB as it is known in Japan, was the founding member of the boxy fraternity Americans have come to embrace over the years and has spawned many imitators like the Kia Soul and Nissan Cube since hitting the scene back in 2004. While the refrigerator-like dimensions won’t win any awards for aerodynamics at the wind tunnel, they do make damn good use of interior space.

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BMW X6 – West 14th Street, NYC

September 1st, 2009 by Ian

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We spotted this BMW X6 on 14th street in the Meatpacking District. The sexy soft-roader with a chopped roofline was BMW’s answer to the rising trend toward combining coupe-like profiles with utter non-sports cars. Before X6 hit the scene, the trend had applied almost exclusively to sedans like Mercedes CLS and Passat CC. Although BMW was not the first automaker to fuse coupes and crossovers – Infiniti did it back in 2003 with the precocious FX35 and FX45.

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