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bmw-i3-coupe-conceptMaybe the “i”s have it.

Or rather BMW has them. As in their “i” line of cars.

But for the company, the new electric vehicles are supposedly part of a larger vision for sustainability.

With its investments in car-sharing businesses DriveNow, presumably like the Car2go model, and even mass transit systems, the Bavarian carmaker is making a strong case for their stated goal to support different types of transportation, and not simply the automobile

It will even apply their green strategy for how the vehicles are made.

The head of the interior design team for the new models says they will use 50 percent less energy and 70 percent less water during manufacturing. Impressive numbers.

Of course for car-centric consumers they will be much more interested in the numbers of the i3 and i8 in and of themselves. And also, the i3 Coupe Concept which will be on display this week at the L.A. Auto Show.

Is it only us, or does the rear three-quarter view of the car strike you as a bit Pontiac Aztek, albeit sleeker and with more appeal? See Jalopnik’s take on the electric here.

Or get some straight specs from Motoramic — or read more about company’s overall direction from The New York Times.

cobra_crashSCREEEEEEECH!!!

On the less serious side of auto news, here’s a vid of a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet doing a wheelie before crashing into the wall at a Maryland drag meet.

Considering this car has a 690-hp engine that costs $93,000, well, that’s a costly drag run.

Furthermore, there were only 50 of the purpose-built, limited-edition drag racers made by Ford this year. So the crash is even more crushing, if you will.

We’re afraid no security system could’ve saved this driver from a meeting with the wall.

Think this one is kind of a “meh” story? Well, it’s already gotten over 800,000 hits on YouTube!

A video captured from inside the Cobra Jet shows the driver jerking the wheel while still in the air — a mistake that increased the chances the vehicle would drift in the wrong direction when it came back down to the ground.

Read the full story from Yahoo here or check out the full video of the $93,000 Cobra Jet crash below:

When communication between vehicles gets to be commonplace, the group that will be breathing the biggest sigh of relief may be motorcyclists.

Honda has been working on an electronic beacon that can alert drivers to an approaching motorcycle before it’s even in view.

The Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) allows cars and motorcycles to communicate between each other in addition to receiving information from roadside ITS stations. The standardized data exchange message, which is sent between the networked vehicles, contains an identifier for motorcycles, so they can then take the necessary precautions.

Besides warning cars that a motorcycle is in the area, other merits of Honda’s safety device is its ability to communicate with roadside ITS stations — which will provide notifications on hazards like road work, broken-down vehicles, or weather warnings.

It can also warn of traffic jams and provide useful data like “green light optimal speed” to help avoid catching red lights and keep traffic flowing.

Read full coverage on the Honda ITS from Motorcycle-USA.com below here:

Honda ITS Lets Cars/Motorcycles Communicate

The Tesla Model S
Credit: Wikipedia

First the automotive team at Yahoo! selected the Tesla as their car of the year.

And now to legitimize the pick, Motor Trend has also chosen the electric Model S. Keep in mind, the mag ALSO called the pick a “shocking winner!” and also trumpeted it as “proof positive that America can still make (great) things.”

What makes this news eye-opening is that it marks a break in tradition. Never before in the more than 60-year history of the award has a non-combustion engine vehicle taken the honor.

Of course, they DO make a very compelling argument.

Motor Trend called the Model S:

“One of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive. But it’s also as smoothly effortless as a Rolls-Royce, can carry almost as much stuff as a Chevy Equinox, and is more efficient than a Toyota Prius. Oh, and it’ll sashay up to the valet at a luxury hotel like a supermodel working a Paris catwalk.”

The features, the specs, the stats and the subjective driving experience as well all point to the same conclusion.

We are probably looking at the mainstream of the automotive future here.

That’s riiiiiight — take a good look, because you might just be staring straight into the eyes of the future for cars!

To read full coverage on the Tesla Model S from Motor Trend click the link below:

2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year: Tesla Model S

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 — nice and pricey.
Credit: Wikipedia.

We suppose some people wouldn’t mind spending a small fortune for a factory option, especially when they can afford an even greater fortune for the car itself, but $50,000 for brakes?

OK, it’s for the R35 Spec-V, but still, that’s a lot of loot.

By comparison the $6,300 for the Bang & Olufsen speakers on the Audi seem really cheap. Likewise for the $2,900 leather door sills on the Panamera.

You have to have that on the Porsche, don’t you?

But none of this, or the rest of the items on Jalopnik’s list approach the breathtaking cost for a carbon finish on a Bugatti Veyron: $300,000.

Eh, but then again, it’s only slightly over 10 percent of the vehicle’s MSRP.

We say nevermind these ridiculous factory options!

Get an aftermarket one that is absolutely essential. Give your car a few IQ points by adding SmartStart.

Seriously. And it won’t shrink your wallet either.

Aaaaaand, if you missed the link above, make sure to check out the full post on ridiculously expensive factory car options here.