Sunday, October 16, 2016

BMW Reveals Seventh Generation 5-Series

( CarPressions ) -- This year appears to be the year of the seven.  The year started out with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and then followed by,the now discontinued, Galaxy Note 7.  There's also the highly expected Apple iPhone 7.  This year also sees BMW unveiling the seventh generation BMW 5-series.  The design of the 2017 BMW 5-series is evolutionary and still has the best proportions of any modern BMW in our opinion.

Powering the next generation 5-series at launch in February 2017 will be a twin-turbo 4-cylinder engine in gasoline and diesel versions and a 6-cylinder engine that is also in gasoline and diesel versions.

Available on the new 5-series is what BMW calls "Remote 3D view."  What is neat about this feature is that it will allow the owner to see what's going on around their vehicle at practically any time.  The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

American Honda Recalling 350,000 Civic Sedans And Coupes

TORRANCE, Calif ( Jidosha Shinbun ) --  American Honda will be voluntarily recalling approximately 350,000 2016 Civic sedans and coupes to update the software regarding the parking brake.  Honda states that no crashes or injuries have been reported related to this issue.  

The issue is that the software for the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit may prevent application of the Electric Parking Brake (EPB) when it is applied right after turning the vehicle ignition off.  Honda will start notifying owners in early November 2016.  Owners can call Honda at (888) 234-2138 or go to to check if their car is affected.

Honda Reveals All-New Fifth Generation 2017 CR-V

DETROIT ( Jidosha Shinbun ) -- Honda takes the wraps off the exciting new 2017 Honda CR-V. The new CR-V's styling is evolutionary and looks similar to the previous generation.  The interior on the other hand is a whole different story.

The new interior is modern and has the latest in technology.  The CR-V now has an available infotainment system powered by the Android operating system with a 7-inch touchscreen display that is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  Powering the CR-V will be a 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC engine and a first ever turbocharged 1.5-liter DOHC engine for EX and Touring trims.  The new 2017 fifth generation CR-V goes on sale this winter.