BMW to build 100 special-edition X6 M models; Low carbon grant for Panamera E-Hybrid; Lexus considers hot CT hatchback; BMW i3 and i8 sales success
27 November 2013

BMW will build 100 special editions of its flagship X6 SUV. The BMW X6 M Design Edition features a raft of styling tweaks including an M Performance front spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser, BMW M decals and red-and-black dashboard inserts with an individually-numbered plaque. BMW has confirmed that the model will not be offered in the UK.

The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has qualified for the government's £5000 discount for low-emission models. The S E-Hybrid also attracts a 5 per cent company car tax liability and is eligible for 100 per cent of first year capital allowance. It is exempt from road tax, first registration fee and the London Congestion Charge. Porsche claims 91mpg, emissions of 71g/km and an EV range of 22 miles. 

A hot Lexus CT F Sport is being seriously considered as Lexus looks to expand sales of its entry-level model. Lexus boss Mark Templin told Autocar: “A lot of people liked the looks and the way it drove so they wanted something faster. So, sure, in the future, I hope we can account for that.” A facelifted version of the standard car was unveiled at the Guangzhou motor show last week.

The first year’s allocation of BMW i8 electric sports cars has sold out, according to BMW’s sales boss. But according to Reuters, Ian Robertson refused to confirm annual production figures. He also revealed the firm had nearly 10,000 orders for the BMW i3.

Honda is phasing out the 2.2-litre diesel variant of the Civic now that the new-generation 1.6-litre i-DTEC oil-burner is on sale. The smaller diesel, designed in Japan and built in Swindon, is the first European powerplant in Honda’s Earth Dream Technologies eco engine programme.


Our Verdict

The BMW X6 has challenging looks but impressive dynamics. It is good value too

The BMW X6 is a hard riding but generally accomplished big soft-roader. Just make sure you can live with the looks

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27 November 2013
Logic would of suggested using a picture of the new CT200h F-Sport!

27 November 2013
Why BMW is so nasty with M since a couple of years?

27 November 2013
The Louie Spence X6...comical ...brown bag is obviously a BMW option. Bargain at 129.99 euro.

28 November 2013
What do Porsche know that everyone else doesn't? To manage such claims for a car like the Panamera, similar credentials for a hypercar like the 918, shows they are seriously moving the game along. Suppose its easy when you have Volkswagen behind you.

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