Car and Driver Reviews the new BMW 4-Series

As the replacement for the venerable BMW F30 3-series coupe, Car and Driver expects much from this new Coupe-specific model and they report improvements in handling, steering feel, and overall comfort. Here they test the European sport model F32 435i with the $1000 optional dynamic handling package.

Read the review at Car and Driver.

BMW Electric Microcar will go on sale in 2014

BMW will introduce the all-electric i3 next year at the base price of  $42,225.

Some buyers of this car will qualify for the $7500 US tax credit in addition to variable state and local tax breaks for purchasing such a “green” vehicle. The new BMW i3 will be officially unveiled next week in New York, London and Beijing (apparently the target cities for such a small vehicle).

Read more at USA today

Federal Safety Regulators investigate 2008-2009 Mercedes-Benz C-class for potential fire risk in tail lights

Federal Investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are investigating 21 recent reports that tail lights in the 2008-2009 MBZ C-class are starting fires.

“In multiple instances consumers have reported smelling smoke and seeing burn marks in the trunks of the vehicles,” NHTSA said in a statement.

The models affected are the C300, C350, C36 AMG, C43 AMG and C63 AMG sold as 2008 and 2009 models.

Read more about it at the Los Angeles Times.

Mercedes-Benz leases huge former McDonnellDouglas Aircraft plant for future manufacturing

Check out who has signed a lease on the former McDonnell-Douglas plant near Long Beach, CA; Mercedes-Benz!

They are planning to occupy the plant as soon as the beginning of 2014.

Read more about it at the Wheels blog at the NY Times website:

See the 2014 MBZ S-Class being manufactured at Sindelfingen Plant in Germany