AUTO REVIEW— Those who follow BMW know a simple yet efficient designation of the product lines sold in the USA. The sedans are odd numbered, 3, 5, and 7. The second set of numbers denote the engine capacity in liters. Coupes bear even numbers. And for those willing to tear down the roads, there is an M – a sport and track oriented dominator. And then things went haywire. There is now the new BMW M235i, which is a successor to last year’s 1 Series coupe (shouldn’t 1 be a sedan?), which harkens back to the celebrated 2002. Harvey Schwartz reports.
AUTO REVIEW—Ah , the contradictions of luxury car status symbols. You want to shine, but not like you’re trying too hard. Justin Beiber may be able to get away with a car finished in chrome, but that’s not the kind of shine most people seek in a luxury sedan. Infiniti thinks it strikes the right balance with its 2014 Q70S. Mark Dorman finds out if the car can walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
LA CAR REPORT— Most observers of auto racing don’t expect a young 22 year-old rookie to be threatening the veterans of the ascendant Red Bull Global Rallycross. Yet, Austin Dyne, in his first year of Red Bull Global Rallycross Supercars, is doing exactly that. With only a partial season under his belt in the GRC Lites feeder division in 2013, the Californian has already made a standout impression on the race track this year—and he’s only halfway through this year’s Red Bull GRC championship season.
BOOK REVIEW— Horatio Alger, meet Rod Campbell. From the never-ending hardscrabble prairies of Canada to the loftiest of board rooms, he established one of the most widely-respected motorsports PR companies, making a fortune along the way, and writing the source code book for modern motorsports marketing and PR. “I’m Rod, An Incorrigible Optimist” is a 354-page selfie of a man who just kept moving ahead, answering his own doubts with action, and sweeping great crowds of people along to success with him as he won exactly on HIS terms.
AUTO REVIEW—No, we’re not talking about a sequel to Harold Ramis’ cult-classic “Caddyshack”. This is Caddy Shock, as in Cadillac’s first foray into extended range electric cars. While some may be shocked that it’s more than twice the price of GM’s other extended range electric car (the Volt), this one is a visual stunner—almost identical to the Cadillac Converj concept. It’s called the Cadillac ELR, and it’s a shoe-in for future classic car status. John Grafman reports.