Ford buys Rover brand name from BMW

ford-rover-bmw.jpgFord has exercised its right to acquire the Rover brand name from BMW. When the American automaker purchased Land Rover from BMW, it obtained the right to buy the related Rover name if BMW ever elected to sell it. When BMW announced it had come to an agreement to sell Rover to Chinese automaker Shanghai Automotive in late August, Ford was given 90 days to intervene and make the acquisition itself. Continue reading Ford buys Rover brand name from BMW

Lexus GS450h hybrid

lexus-gs450h.jpgThe new hybrid from Lexus is a smooth ride, but it’s a hefty price to pay to feel eco-friendly with good diesels around. Remember Betamax video recorders, those lumbering, top-loading titans of terminal technology? They went from old hat to dead format in the blink of an eye. Now picture the Lexus GS450h, a car that may just be the equivalent of a $121,900 Betamax recorder. Continue reading Lexus GS450h hybrid

New BMW 335i coupe

bmw-335i-coupe.jpgBMW’s new 335i coupe is not class leading, It’s in a class of it’s own. WISER heads than mine sagely say that a car ought not -indeed cannot -be judged by the cossetted drive that is typical of media launches. No, they continue – usually unbidden and often at considerable length – you must take the newcomer in question and spend days comparing it with other cars of questionable Continue reading New BMW 335i coupe