FCA, BMW Expand Takata Airbag Recalls

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Two more automakers have expanded their Takata airbag recalls. BMW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced major expansions to their campaigns, which affect cars with faulty airbag inflators that could rupture when they deploy and send shrapnel into occupants. Inflators have been reportedly linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries, but Takata maintains that the problem only occurs in high-humidity areas.

Related: NHTSA Urges Automakers to Issue National Recall for Takata Airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration remains skeptical, issuing a Nov. 18 recommendation that all 10 automakers involved expand their recalls nationwide. Honda, Mazda and Ford have done so, and last week saw two more players follow suit.

By Kelsey Mays | December 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2016 BMW 6 Series: First Look

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Competes with: The coupe and convertible compete with Porsche 911 and Jaguar XK; the Gran Coupe competes with Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and Audi A7/S7

Looks like: The 6 Series adopts the 4 Series' flared bumper openings

Drivetrain: 315-hp, turbocharged six-cylinder (640i) or 445-hp, turbocharged V-8 (650i) with eight-speed automatic transmission and rear- or all-wheel drive; 560-hp, turbocharged V-8 (M6) with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Subtle updates grace the 2016 BMW 6 Series, which, typical of BMW, still comes in all manner of styles. You can get a 6 Series coupe, convertible or four-door Gran Coupe. Three engines pair with rear- or all-wheel drive and two automatic transmissions. Top among them is the high- performance M6 model, which can still come with a manual transmission to please the sports-car traditionalists.

Related: BMW to Build Plug-in Versions of Several Vehicles

Come January, we’ll see the 2016 6 Series at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. BMW says the car hits dealerships in the first quarter of 2015.

By Kelsey Mays | December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW i8

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 200 model-year 2014 BMW i8 vehicles manufactured between May 16 and Sept. 16, 2014.

The Problem: An improperly welded fuel tank bolt could cause a fuel leak, leading to a possible fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tank for free.

What Owners Should Do: BMW started notifying affected owners in November. Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Report: BMW to Build Plug-in Versions of Several Vehicles

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BMW plans to add plug-in hybrid versions to all its major models starting with the popular 3 Series, Bloomberg News reports. The German automaker previewed the technology with an X5 eDrive concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now it plans to introduce the technology, which AutoWeek says will retain the eDrive branding, in several cars.

Related: 2014 BMW i8 Video

BMW recently presented a plug-in 3 Series in France with an estimated electric range of 22 miles. The automaker also wants to roll out plug-in versions of the X5 and other "core models," Bloomberg reports; plug-in Mini and Rolls-Royce hybrids — both BMW Group brands — are a possibility, too.

By Kelsey Mays | December 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 9,000 2012-2014 BMW Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 9,000 BMW vehicles, including model-year 2014 328i Sports Wagons; 2012-14 BMW 320i sedans, 328i sedans, 320i xDrive sedans and 328i xDrive sedans; 2012-13 BMW 528i and 528i xDrive sedans; 2013-14 BMW X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2013-14 BMW X3 xDrive28i sports activity vehicles; 2012-14 BMW Z4 sDrive28i roadsters; and 2014 BMW 428i and 428i xDrive coupes

The Problem: Due to insufficient lubrication, the vacuum pump that supplies brake power assistance may fail, causing a reduction in braking power and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners late this month, and dealers will install a locking ring in the camshaft to retain the camshaft seal disk in the proper location for free. This latest action is an expansion of a recall from earlier this year.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call BMW at 800-525-7417, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible Photo Gallery (20 Photos)

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It's easy to describe the 2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible bowing this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show if you've seen the 2014 2 Series coupe on which it’s based: Just imagine that, sans top. When the top is up, though, shiny fibers give it a shimmering metallic effect, accenting its black, Anthracite or brown color exterior, depending on which you've selected. The M Sport adds an aerodynamic body kit, lightweight M Sport wheels, large front air intakes, unique side skirts and grilles, a rear diffuser and high-gloss chrome exhaust tips.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Expected to hit dealerships early next year, the 2 Series vert's starting price with destination ranges from $38,850 to $48,650. Check out the gallery for more; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Photo Gallery (49 Photos)

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Dial M for motorsports. BMW is introducing the race-ready variants of its X5 sport activity vehicle and X6 sport activity coupe this week at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, on track for a spring 2015 release. Consistent with their performance purposes, the X5 M and X6 M rock aggressive-looking racing cues such as enlarged scoops, 21-inch wheels, unique tiers, rear diffusers, quad tailpipes and monochrome blue or gray metallic paint.

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Both the M and M boast sweet interior flourishes, too. Sporty cues in the cabin include a unique steering wheel, paddle shifters and gauges, Merino leather seats with contrast stitching and M badging, a simulated Alcantara headliner, a Nappa-covered dash and plenty of aluminum trim. The X5 M starts at $99,650 and the X6 M at $103,050, including destination.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door

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Vehicles Affected: More than 5,800 model-year 2014 Mini Cooper Hardtop 2-Door cars manufactured between Jan. 7 and July 21

The Problem: The spare wheel may have been attached under the car with a nut that is not self-locking. Vibrations from driving may cause the nut to loosen, allowing the wheel to separate from the car, becoming a road hazard and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Mini-manufacturer BMW was expected to begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the spare wheel securing nut with a self-locking nut for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Mini at 866-275-6464, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer

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By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW i8 Video

The 2014 BMW i8 is "a head-turner of epic proportions," says Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder. "It is sporty, it is quick, especially if you consider that it is a plug-in gasoline electric hybrid." Watch the video for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 L.A. Auto Show: What to Expect

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If you like luxury vehicles, SUVs or sports cars — and even luxury SUVs that perform like sports cars — you're gonna love the lineup of debuts at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Organizers say there will be 60 premieres, 30 of them global and nearly two-thirds will be luxury and performance offerings.

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Set to bow at the 107-year-old event — the last major auto show of the calendar year and the first of the new auto-show season — are a host of SUVs, from compact crossovers to midsize models. Performance coupes, convertibles and sedans also abound from automakers ranging from Scion to Cadillac.

And perhaps fitting for the Southern California city famed for its air of affluence, nearly half of the anticipated entrees on our list of what to watch for are from luxury automakers. Among those are SUVs and sports cars from the likes of Audi and BMW. Moreover, during the Connected Car Expo on Nov. 18, Volvo's "Drive Me" autonomous vehicle will make its North American debut, at which time executives will discuss the automaker's driverless technology.

Here's what we'll be looking for as Cars.com covers the L.A. auto show from the event floor:

By Matt Schmitz | November 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

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