Auto News for March 22 – BMW’s Big Plans

  BMW announced it will launch 40 new or revised models over the next two years after it slipped behind rival Mercedes in worldwide luxury sales. Particular emphasis will be placed on the top end of the premium segment. By 2020, BMW is targeting significant sales volume growth in this area with the addition of a number of new models, including the BMW X7, a full size, three row crossover. A smaller X2 SUV will also join the lineup. Further, BMW is also promising more electric and plug-in vehicles.

 Anyone but me remember the Austin-Healey 3000 sports car of the 1960’s? A 1967 model, the very last off the production line, will be auctioned off in Great Britain next month. For the past 45 years, the 3000 has had just one owner. The right hand drive car has 56,000 miles on the clock and benefitted from a fresh restoration a year ago. It is expected to go for some big bucks. Or should I say pounds?

 Mazda Motorsports has for some time offered a pure racing model of its convertible MX-5. It now has added the hardtop to its competition lineup. Deliveries begin next month of the MX-5 Global Cup hardtop racer through Mazda Motorsports. Those who race can now compete in   SCCA and NASA Club Racing and in the Pirelli World Challenge TCA class.

 The redesigned Honda CR-V has received a Top Safety Plus crash test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That is the group’s highest award. To earn it a vehicle must have good ratings in the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It also must have an available front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating and headlights that earn an acceptable or good rating. IIHS said the CR-V headlights in the Touring model earned an acceptable rating.






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