NICB Report Totals Up Luxury-Vehicle Thefts

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Luxury vehicles are probably as enticing to those who steal them as they are to those who buy them, but the overwhelming majority of stolen cars in the U.S. each year continue to be from nonluxury brands. A new report by the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau shows that thefts of newer luxury vehicles stolen between 2010 and 2013 totaled 5,570, a small fraction of the millions of vehicles stolen across that same four-year timeframe. In addition to being a smaller percentage of total cars on the road, NICB spokesman Frank Scafidi said the cars are just getting harder to swipe.

Related: Thieves Still Favor the Honda Accord

"The numbers show that the improved antitheft technology on these luxury vehicles has made them very difficult to steal despite being attractive targets," Scafidi told Cars.com.

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

What Cars Are Included in the Takata Airbag Recall?

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This week saw the latest expansion of airbag recalls that began 18 months ago from Japanese supplier Takata Corp. and is now linked to at least four deaths. As of today, the recall affects some 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. from 10 automakers based in three continents. The bulk of them — 5 million — are from Honda. Takata issued a statement earlier this year that noted the incidents of airbag malfunction — where a faulty inflator can send metal and plastic shrapnel into occupants if the front passenger airbag deploys in a crash — have occurred in warm areas like Florida and Puerto Rico, and it suspects that high humidity plays a role in the problem. Returned airbags from Toyota confirmed as much, USA Today reports.

Related: NHTSA Urges Quick Fix of Defective Airbags

USA Today reports most owners should have already received recall notices by now, and some automakers — namely, Toyota and BMW — have advised keeping the front passenger seat clear of occupants until a dealer inspects the car for a faulty inflator and, if there is one, replaces it.

What cars have been recalled? And what should you do if you get a notice? We've compiled everything we know so far below:

By Kelsey Mays | October 23, 2014 | Comments (5)

2015 BMW M4 Review

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"The 2015 BMW M4 is a car that sets the standard for sport coupes and impresses us with both its performance and its intelligent use of technology," said Cars.com reviewer Bill Jackson. Check out Jackson's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | October 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Q70 Excels, BMW 5 Series, Lincoln MKS Falter in Latest IIHS Crash Tests

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released its most recent crash test results for midsize luxury sedans and found that Infiniti's Q70 sedan scored well across the board in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, which earned it the group's Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Related: 2014 Infiniti Q70 Expert Review

The safety organization also tested the BMW 5 Series and Lincoln MKS, which did not perform nearly as well, ranking at the bottom of seven cars tested in the class. The BMW garnered a marginal score in the small front overlap test, which replicates hitting another vehicle or object like a pole at 40 mph at an offset angle, not head-on.

By David Thomas | October 3, 2014 | Comments (2)

Used BMW Prices Fall Most in September

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Used-car prices continue to sink, extending a trend that began in the spring. Compared to August, average September listing prices for 2011 to 2013 model-year cars were down 1.1 percent ($250) to $22,354. Average prices have now fallen nearly $900 from the beginning of the year.

Related Storm Surge: Beware of Title-Washed Cars

Practically all the models with the biggest price drops this month were luxury cars, and most of these were BMWs. The brand's 7 Series full-size sedan took the top two spots, with the six-cylinder 740i down 4.7 percent ($2,266) and the V-8 750i down 4.1 percent ($2,113). The lone nonluxury model in the top 10 was the Nissan Leaf electric car, which experienced a 2.9 percent ($531) price drop.

By Mike Hanley | September 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

Is This the Ugliest Paint Color on a Great Car? 2015 BMW M4 Edition (17 Photos)

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A new M from BMW is always exciting. The company unveiled the M3 sedan and M4 coupe ahead of the 2014 Detroit auto show in some uncommon colors. The M3 had a unique shade of blue, but the M4 was adorned in something called Austin Yellow Metallic that left a bad taste.

Related: 2015 BMW M3, M4 Video

Color us somewhat surprised that more than six months later the M4 that arrived for us to test wore the same paint color. There are six other colors it could've been painted in, including the Yas Marina Blue Metallic that the M3 was dipped in.

Spending more time with the color didn't make it any more endearing for most of our editors.

By David Thomas | September 22, 2014 | Comments (10)

2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe Review

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"It has coupe-like style and grace in spades, but the 2014 BMW 640i Gran Coupe also has a shocking price tag, yet still doesn't include many of the luxury and safety features you'd expect," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | September 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible: First Look

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Competes with: Volvo C70, Audi A3 Cabriolet, Mercedes SLK-Class

Looks like: A 2 Series coupe without a roof

Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i, 228i xDrive); 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (M235i); rear-wheel drive on 228i and 235i, all-wheel drive on 228i xDrive; eight-speed automatic transmission (228i, 228i xDrive, M235i) or six-speed manual transmission (M235i only)

Hits dealerships: Early 2015

Pricing: 228i, $38,850; 228i xDrive, $40,650; M235i, $48,650 (includes destination)

BMW went a year without a convertible version of its subcompact model, but the automaker has rebirthed its outgoing 1 Series convertible for 2015 as the all-new 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible. The 2 Series convertible range — based on the new-for-2014 2 Series coupe — includes the rear-wheel-drive 228i as well as an all-wheel-drive 228i xDrive, a somewhat ironic — or perhaps perfect — pairing of fair- and foul-weather features.

Related: 2014 BMW M235i Expert Review

Performance enthusiasts in sun-rich regions will welcome the M235i in drop-top format with its 320-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder and performance-tuned underpinnings. The 2 Series convertible debuts at the Paris Motor Show in early October, and the U.S. will get its first look at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show in November before the convertible goes on sale in early 2015.

By Joe Bruzek | September 10, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 BMW i3, Mini Cooper Hardtop

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 30 model-year 2014 BMW i3 electric vehicles manufactured March 31, 2014, and Mini Cooper Hardtop cars manufactured between Feb. 2 and May 30, 2014

The Problem: The airbag inflator may not have been assembled correctly, preventing the airbag from deploying properly in a crash and increasing the risk of an injury.

The Fix: BMW will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the front passenger side airbag for free.

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 | September 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 BMW 535d Review

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"The BMW 535d is a highly capable midsize sport sedan made better by the power and efficiency of its new diesel engine — but adding options quickly spends any money saved by choosing an alternative-fuel powertrain," said Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman. Check out Bragman's review for more.

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Cars.com photo by Aaron D. Bragman

By Matt Schmitz | August 18, 2014 | Comments (9)

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