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BMW 5 Series, Hyundai Sonata Come Out Top in New Safety Tests

BMW%u2019s 5 Series and Hyundai%u2019s Sonata received the highest scores for passenger cars and trucks under a new U.S. crash safety rating system. The two vehicles were the only ones to receive the top safety score of five stars in crash-safety tests, Bloomberg News reported. Both vehicles scored four stars in frontal crashes and five stars in side-crashes and rollovers.

BMW North America Recalls Nearly 200,000 Cars

BMW is recalling nearly 200,000 cars in North America because of possible leaks in their braking systems. The recall affects BMW 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series vehicles with V8 and V12 engines from the model years 2002-2010, The Associated Press said. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from the 2003-2010 model years are also affected.

Ford May Shutter 200 Lincoln Dealerships

In a bid to better compete against European and Japanese luxury makes, Ford reportedly may seek to reduce the number of Lincoln dealerships in the U.S. Nearly 1,200 dealers sell Lincolns, five times more than sell Toyota's Lexus nameplate, the nation's leading luxury brand.

Saab Reaches Deal to Use BMW Engines

Saab Automobile reached an agreement with Bayerische Motoren Werke AG that will let the Swedish automaker use BMW engines. Initially, Saab will buy BMW engines for its 9-3 model, which is due to be launched late 2012, Bloomberg News reported without naming its sources.

BMW Aims to Boost Sales to 2 Million Units a Year

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG aims to boost sales to more than 2 million a year by 2020 by widening the 6-series and Mini model lines as well as bringing in a battery-powered car for city driving. BMW, which sold 1.29 million cars last year, is trying to fend off competition in the luxury car segment from Volkswagen (VLKAY) and Audi, Bloomberg News reported.

August Auto Sales May Be the Worst in 28 Years

Auto sales braked sharply in August, starting out strong, then slowing to a level that may be the lowest in 28 years. The slowing economy made nervous consumers hesitant to buy, despite the bevy of end-of-model-year deals.

BMW Expands the Mini to Reach New Customers

BMW has a new strategy to sell its iconic Mini car: make it larger, and sell it to families. The new Mini Countryman is a crossover, with four doors and expanded leg and storage room in the back, Bloomberg New reported. This could help the company expand the brand%u2019s customer base beyond those who love the car for its retro chic.

August Auto Sales Are Zooming Along. . .So Far

July was a mixed bag for auto sales, with sales improving, but not as much as the abundance of incentives for would-be car buyers led industry watchers to expect. But if August car sales continue on track, it may be the best month of 2010 so far, Edmunds.com reports.

BMW Earnings: Sign of Recovery at the High End

BMW, the largest maker of luxury cars in the world, announced that its profits rose sharply from %u20AC119 million last year to %u20AC831 million ($1.1 billion) in the second quarter.

U.S. Auto Sales May Have Revved Up in July

Analysts' expectations are that sales rose to the highest levels of the year last month, reaching an annualized rate of 11.9 million units. Eager to make room for 2011 models on dealers' lots, automakers have hiked incentives, drawing summertime bargain-hunters.

BMW's Engine Problems: How Big a Safety Risk?

DailyFinance's Peter Cohan has found that certain models of BMW's 335 and 535 might have faulty fuel pumps that can result in diminished engine power or a complete stall. No recalls are in effect. And so far, no one has been seriously hurt. What happens if that changes?

BMW Hits the Gas on 2010 Profit and Outlook

Germany's economy may be struggling right now, but one of the country's premier automakers sees brighter days ahead. BMW said Tuesday it expects pretax profits this year to "rise more sharply than previously forecast," driven by better-than-expected vehicle sales.

BMW Plans Electric Car With Lightweight Carbon Fiber Shell

BMW AG (BAMXF) plans to build a battery-powered city car with a lightweight shell made out of the same material used to protect Formula One drivers, Bloomberg News reported. The car will be cocooned in hardened carbon fiber supported by an aluminum frame, the company%u2019s development chief Klaus Draeger said. The carbon fibers will be made of 50,000 filaments that are each one-seventh the thickness of a human hair.

Who might buy Saturn?

Saturn is to be closed now that Penske (PAG) has decided against buying the brand from GM. Or is GM being coy? There are several car companies that...

Bargain time for motorcycling

The motorcycle industry's soft 2007 performance and the high cost of gas might work to your favor if you're interested in taking up motorcycling....