Auto News for Oct. 27

The world’s best-selling auto brand over the first nine months of the year remains Toyota. Its sales rose almost three percent to maintain its lead over VW and GM in global sales. The gap between VW and GM was close – roughly 3,000 vehicles.


I recently had a short drive in the BMW X4, the fastback version of the X3. Performance and handling were what one would expect from the brand, but visibility was poor to the rear due to a very small rear window and things were not much better to right and left rear sides of the ute. Styling of the fastback X4 was … well … what your eye makes of it. Think of a scaled back and less expensive X6. Power came from a 3.0-liter, 300 horsepower turbo six, with a 2.0-liter, 240 horsepower turbo four also available.

And talk about sticker shock. A very well optioned Mini that I drove came to a rather staggering $33K plus! But it was fun on the twisty back roads of upper Montgomery County, Maryland.

Detroit Electric

Detroit Electric has revealed the exterior styling of the all- electric sports car that it promises to bring to market in the New Year. Let’s hope they come up with a better name than the current SP:01. Backers are claiming a top speed of 155 mph and a 0-60 time of just 3.7 seconds. Detroit Electric was revived in 2008 by Albert Lam, the former Group CEO at Lotus Engineering Group.



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