If you have a growing family and want to transport them in seventh heaven, try a new BMW people carrier.
The German luxury firm has launched a compact seven-seater. BMW reckons its 2 Series Gran Tourer is the first premium compact to offer up to seven seats.
It’s built with flexibility in mind and has a sliding second row of seats with adjustable backrest, plus a third row that folds into the floor. There’s space for up to five universal child seats.
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer – the first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and fully meet the mobility requirements of young families.
There’s a choice of five turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, from superfrugal to super sporty, such as the 220i and 220d diesel, which accelerate from rest to 62mph in just 7.8 seconds.
And the 220d xDrive is also the only car in its class to team fourwheel-drive with seven seats. Prices range from £24,175 for the 136b hp 218i Gran Tourer, which accelerates to 60mph in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 127 mph, yet still manages 53.3mpg.
Top whack is for the £32,005 190bhp 220d xDrive GT, which can reach 60mph in 7.8 seconds, has a top speed of 135mph and averages 57.6 mpg from its potent two-litre four-cylinder diesel engine.
Most frugal is the threecylinder diesel 216d GT, at £25,110, which, though it takes 11.4 seconds to reach 60mph, delivers 68.9 mpg and CO2 emissions of 108g/km. BMW says: ‘The higher roofline is comparable with that of many luxury cars.’
Buses — not cars — are choking our roads with harmful diesel fumes because of a loophole that lets operators run older vehicles, motor industry bosses warned this week.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) revealed that fewer than threequarters of commercial vehicles and just a fifth of buses registered in Britain last year were fitted with the latest Euro-6 European emissions technology.
This is because bus operators are allowed to include older vehicles in their fleet.
It follows a war on diesel by some councils: Labour-run Islington, North London, is imposing £95 parking penalties on diesel cars. But an SMMT spokesman insisted: ‘Diesel is not a dirty word.’
Motorists on prescription drugs have been warned by a new government campaign to check with their doctor before new drug-drive laws come into effect on March 2 — or they could risk prosecution.
The new law sets limits at very low levels for eight common illegal drugs, such as cannabis and cocaine.
But eight prescription drugs, including some for anxiety and sleep disorders, are also included. The limits set for these exceed normal prescribed doses.
Ministers insist the majority of people can drive as they normally would, as long as they are taking their medicine in accordance with their doctor’s advice.
The eight prescription drugs at risk are: clonazepam, diazepam, flunitrazepam, lorazepam, oxazepam, temazepam, morphine and methadone.
David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin are granted an exclusive audience with the Almighty and each is invited to ask one question.
‘Will Britain ever leave Europe?’ asks the Prime Minister.
‘Yes,’ says the Almighty. ‘But not in your lifetime.’ ‘Will we ever have peace in the Middle East,’ asks the Labour leader.
‘Yes,’ says the Almighty. ‘But not in your lifetime.’ ‘Will we ever see HS2 high-speed rail, a third runway at Heathrow and driverless cars on British roads?’ asks the Transport Secretary.
‘Yes,’ affirms the Almighty. ‘But not in my lifetime.’
Jaguar aims to live up to its ‘good to be bad’ advertising slogan by providing a 200mph supercar for the new James Bond film, Spectre.
The company is also supplying a host of villainous-looking Land Rover and Range Rover 4x4s for agent 007, Daniel Craig, and others in the cast to drive.
The baddy’s C-X75 prototype petrolelectric hybrid takes part in a spectacular chase scene through Rome alongside Bond’s limited-edition Aston Martin DB10.
The Jaguar and Range Rover vehicles that will appear in the new James Bond movie, Spectre. Range Rover Sport SVR (left), Jaguar C-X75 prototype petrolelectric hybrid (centre) and the Land Rover Big Foot (right)
The sleek C-X75 vehicles (pictured centre) used in filming have been built in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering in Oxfordshire. For the film, it is likely they will be fitted with Jaguar’s supercharged five-litre V8 engine, rather than its existing hybrid. The model had been due to go into full production with a near £1million price-tag, but Jaguar pulled the plug because of the recession.
Its appearance in Spectre may persuade bosses to think again.
The vehicles have been provided by Jaguar Land Rover’s special operations arm, which builds unique versions of its cars, including bespoke commissions.
Also appearing in the film is the five-litre, 550bhp Range Rover Sport SVR (pictured left), the fastest and most powerful Land Rover ever, and Land Rover Big Foots, featuring huge 37in diameter off-road tyres (pictured right).