Just announced today is the short list for possible North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) winner, which will be announced at the NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show) in January. Per tradition, this list will be culled down to an even shorter finalist list prior to the show.
For the cars on this list that do not ultimately win, being named to the list is already a sign of distinction given the number of new cars introduced per model year. Below are the car and truck lists.
2013 NACTOY Car short list
BMW 3 Series
2013 NACTOY Truck/Utility short list
Ford Escape… CONTINUED
The 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T tries to dethrone the 2013 BMW 328i from the front of the entry-level luxury segment on the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested.
MORR Wheels and Precision Sport Industries have started on their F30 3 Series collaboration with this Estoril Blue F30 335i M-Sport on 19″ MonoForged VS8.2 wheels. Check out the initial photo set inside.
We recently reported on the F31 3 series touring hitting dealership floors, which meant that deliveries were not far behind. The first F31 deliveries are now underway and here is our very first F31 touring owner. This F30POST member just brought home a Mineral Grey F31 320d M Sport. Congrats to him and all our soon-to-be F31 drivers!
Nothing new was shown on this F30 with M Performance Parts at the 2012 Paris auto show, but it’s still good eye candy. Here’s a quick rundown of the parts you see in the photos below (we’ve also reposted photos we took at the 2012 AMI show in May). Also reference the full BMW M Performance Parts Catalog.
20 inch M Performance Wheels: 20” forged alloy wheel set (style 405M) – forged and reduces weight by 1 kg (2.4 lbs.) per wheel when compared to a similar size wheel.
M Performance Brakes: Brembo big-brake kit with painted calipers (in yellow, orange, or red). 4-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle and 2-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear … CONTINUED
One of the first head-to-head comparisons between the 2013 BMW F30 328i versus the Cadillac ATS (2.0T).
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the all-new Cadillac ATS against the car it was built to compete with, the dominating BMW 328i. Jonny uses test data to illustrate how similar these two cars are and then takes them out for a true drivers test on one of his favorite California back roads.
The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon has fought off tough competition to once again be crowned Best Executive Car of the Year at the What Car? Green Awards 2012, going on to top the field and be awarded the prestigious accolade of Green Car of the Year.
The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon won over the judges with its unconventional statistics, combining outstanding fuel efficiency and emissions with impressive performance. With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is still capable of travelling from zero to 62mph in 8.0 seconds. It was this no-compromise blend that ensured the most parsimonious 3 Series model took the top green honour.
Not to be left in its big brother
With F30 3 series deliveries chugging along, it was only a matter of time before our members started gathering with their F30s.
This weekend saw our Toronto area members gather for the first substantial F30 meet, with 9 owners making it out with their F30 models of all different varieties and colors.
New feature video on the Afrox / ADF F30 race car where the viewer gets a great look and listen at the race car with its Akrapovic exhaust system and BMW M Performance Parts.
2,998 pounds (1360kg)
408hp / 443 lb-ft torque (600nm)
Turbos boost lowered to maximum 0.7 bar and 40mm turbo inlet restrictor
M Performance front brakes (370mm)
18″ BBS wheels
GPS data logging system
6 weeks to complete, at cost of 196,300 Euro
Previous features on the ADF / Afrox F30: