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BMW aims to overtake Lexus on U.S. Sales leader board

Lexus is just celebrating its 20th year in business but the Luxury line of Japanese carmaker Toyota has taken the U.S. market by storm and is now considered the best selling brand. Due to the recent economic downturn, competition is catching up and BMW is just behind by a couple of thousand units.

BMW X6 ActiveHybrid SUVBMW may be set to out maneuver Lexus for the sales crown in the United States. The August sales report reveals that Lexus has so far sold 131,469 vehicles which is a far cry from their usual 300,000 cars they are selling per year before the recession struck.

The luxury car segment has seen its market cutting down its spending as the economy went into recession. BMW makes good use of the opportunity and tries to catch up and grab the title held by Lexus for almost a decade now. BMW was slightly ahead of Lexus looking at the June sales figures but the latter was able to rebound by July.

BMW is hoping though that their rule as sales leader will not be short lived. There are now signs that the economy is recovering as well as the car market so there is a good chance that the demand for luxury vehicles will also spring back to life.

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A Tale of Two Audi R8: Spyder and e-Tron wows Frankfurt motor show

The recent auto show in Frankfurt was graced by two Audi R8 facing two different directions. On one platform is the R8 Spyder and the other is the e-Tron Concept. The Audi 2011 Spyder zooms on a V10 with a Lamborghini DNA while the 2009 concept car e-Tron is undeniably all-electric green.

The Audi R8 Spyder sports a V-10 5.2L power plant in its engine bay that is capable of giving out 525 horsepower with a torque of 391 pound-feet. The R8 Spyder speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 195 mph despite an additional 200 pounds compared to the coupe with a hard top.

It comes with a soft top as originally preferred by the engineers in Germany. Other sleek features are seat capable of bouncing off heat and seatbelts with built in microphones to make hands free mobile phone calls easier to handle.

Audi R8 e-Tron Audi R8 Spyder Photo

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Welcome to NY: The Road Rage Capital of the U.S.

NYC TrafficThe noteworthy rudeness of the French has become a popular joke of the late. Today, however, a survey revealed that New York City is the center of all road rage in the entire United States. Perhaps the driver’s rowdiness on the road compliments the on-foot civilians as well. Read: The New York Attitude.

While some places in the U.S. are still bad for hot-headed drivers, a study made by Autovantage revealed that New York City is probably the worst place for such drivers. Miami used to hold the title for having the most number of angriest drivers in the entire nation.

Autovantage surveyed the 25 largest cities in the U.S. and they presumed that the heavier the recurrent traffic becomes, the level of road rage increases dramatically. The study surveyed a total of 2,518 people.

According to the survey, the biggest source of road rage is the use of mobile phones. Obviously, even if you’re sending a text message or talking to someone despite a hands-free feature, you are still distracted and causing disturbance among your fellow drivers and commuters.

New Yorkers are the #1 offenders of mobile phone use and they are also the people most likely to give hand gestures and release expletives. After all, it’s a normal day in the Big Apple.

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Hummer production pushes through with Tengzhong-General Motors deal

While the global financial crisis has been sweeping the entire nation, the rising environmental concerns and decrease in sales have also lowered General Motor’s odds of raking in potential buyers for the Hummer.

Fortunately, GM confirmed last week that one foreign company is interested in the Hummer sale. Tengzhong, a Chinese company manufacturing industrial machinery, has already sat down with GM to sign a memorandum of agreement over the sale, which is assumed to be concluded later this year.

Sichuan Tengzhong HummerThe Tengzhong-General Motors deal would result in more than 3,000 jobs in the United States which includes manufacturing and engineering, plus more Hummer dealerships in the country. The sales agreement also includes several plans to invest and fund in potential Hummer products that may include more models and powertrains.

Yang Yi, Tengzhong’s boss said in an official statement that he has no desire to take over Hummer technology or facilities. He will, however, strive to expand Hummer on an international level. He disclosed that the same management team of Hummer will stay to ensure the standard of the brand’s design and quality.

Jim Taylor, Hummer’s CEO revealed at Automotive News that Tengzhong will keep the 150 Hummer dealerships in the United States, however, they might have a hard time keeping up with the new standards in fuel economy. In order to meet the 2016 fleet-wide 35.5mpg standard measures, a few changes will be made along with new models, including the H4, and powertrains.

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World’s Fastest Roadster: Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport

Among the fastest, grandest, and meanest cars in the industry today, the Bugatti Veyron is perhaps the one with the biggest share in the fame game.

Despite the luxurious package and heavy price tag, loyal Bugatti customers still wants more. Ergo, the Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport, an exclusive “roofless” version is being manufactured in the company’s state-of-the-art Molsheim facility in France with an initial 150 units to boost. The Grand Sport debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance sometime last August.

A pre-production test drive was hosted by Bugatti for enlisted customers at Cannes last May. With the Veyron’16.4 Grand Sport’s production in full swing, the car company decided to tour the countryside is called for.

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

Recently released photos show the Grand Sport dashing though the magnificent Napa Valley hillsides. We see that car’s dark interior perfectly compliments its snow white exterior. This color scheme allows the “roofless” feature of the Grand Sport to stand out even more.

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