BMW Blog
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The UK publication, WhatCar , has been quite publicly fond of the new G30-generation BMW 5 Series . Often times, when a new car comes out, it gets rave reviews but with that praise largely dying down as it becomes tested against some of its better competitors. With the new 5er, though, it seems as if WhatCar's admiration has yet to wane despite it being put up against fierce competition from Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar. In their latest comparison test, they put the BMW 530d up against the Jaguar XF 3.0d , both six-cylinder diesel saloons (sedans in Europe speak). So let's see how they do. Packing a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six-cylinder diesel engine, the BMW 530d makes 261 hp and a whopping 457 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is sent through a ubiquitous eight-speed automatic gearbox and, in this case, powers all four wheels. When equipped with xDrive, the 530d is capable of getting from 0-60 mph in a scant 5.
The Huffington Post
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In today's age of studios looking to turn any dormant IP into a chance for synergized, sequelized glory, I suppose it was inevitable that we'd circle back around to xXx . For those of you too young to remember back to fifteen years, this franchise had its first go from Sony during the summer of '02 as star Vin Diesel's follow-up to his first (and at the time only) Fast & Furious installment. Starring Diesel as extreme sports enthusiast/secret agent Xander Cage, xXx was such a clumsy concoction of boardroom-concocted "cool" and "edgy" cliches that I referred to it at the time as " Poochie: The Movie ." Though it did well enough at the global till to warrant a follow-up, Diesel bolted in favor of 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick . And while Sony tried to keep the fires lit via 2005's xXx: State of the Union (with Ice Cube in the lead), it didn't land with audiences, which would presumably have been the end, were it not for the sustained success of Universal's Furious franchise (which has its eighth installment dropping in a few weeks) convincing studios that audiences will turn out to watch Diesel play anyone other than his street racer alter ego Dominick Toretto.
Forbes
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'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' opened a little soft while 'The Founder' got lost in the crowd.
Deadline
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Saturday, AM Write-thru of Friday 10:39PM update: Split , the M. Night Shyamalan psychological horror film that stars an unrecognizeable James McAvoy as a kidnapper with multiple personalities, has busted through all early estimates with a mid-$30M take to surpass the return of Vin Diesel in xXx Return of Xander Cage with a high-teen three-day take. That's something I thought I would never hear: M. Night Shyamalan is beating Vin Diesel at the box office. Those are the...
Autocar
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A good, rear-drive Alfa Romeo saloon has been a long time coming, but it’s finally here in the Giulia. Good enough to beat the BMW 3 Series and Jaguar XE in diesel guise? The Alfa Romeo Giulia has been such a long time coming that there’s no little irony that I’m stuck waiting for it now. Stuck in the office, staring at the ceiling. Waiting and staring. How long have I been waiting? Well, it has been five years since the Alfa 159 dropped, old and unloved, off a production line cliff face. But it represented only part of the waiting period, not its beginning. Before that, there was the 156 and the 155. Both were pretty. One was good. Neither, though, was the front-engined, rear-wheel-drive saloon that we felt Alfa should be building if it wanted to be Italy’s BMW and a proper volume contender. No matter that it hadnt actually built such a car since Fiat massaged the ailing brand into Lancia in the mid-1980s.
I4U News
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Recently a video was posted live on YouTube in which Vin Diesel was seen discussing the upcoming movie Fast and Furious 8 (Fast 8). He was talking on the Fate of the Furious.While he was speaking and...
Deadline
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Update, Friday 10:39PM: That's something I thought I would never hear: M. Night Shyamalan is beating Vin Diesel at the box office. Those are the words from a rival major studio chief today at Deadline's Sundance lounge on this weekend's box office battle, which is seeing Universal/Blumhouse's low budget horror pic Split ($9M) chopping off the head of Paramount/Revolution's $85M budgeted xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Split will see a No. 1 debut of $33.8M, making it...
Top Speed
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Announced less than two weeks ago, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon the Hellcats ludicrous brother appears to be one of the best kept automotive secrets of the year. There werent any spy shots, leaked photos, or leaked insider information until just a couple of days ago. The Demon was born out of the blue, with a brief press release from Dodge and a logo. But could it be that we actually missed something in the last few months? Recent discussions on the Demon topic unearthed a video that Fox published on YouTube back in December. The clip shows Vin Diesel holding a speech in front of the "Fast and Furious 8" crew and shows two beefed-up Challengers in the background. There are two identical cars that seem to be based on the Hellcat based on their headlamps and bumpers, but they also sport bigger splitters and larger intakes atop their engine hoods? Is the video actually giving us our first look at the Challenger SRT Demon? The body modifications suggest that this may be a plausible scenario, especially since Dodges first teasers dont reveal much about the design.
BBC Parliament
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It has replaced a quarter of its vehicles with petrol hybrid cars and this work continues to remove diesel vehicles. Is the Prime Minister aware that I totally agree with what she said yesterday? It is the job of people in this... Wait for it... LAUGHTER. We in this House have a real responsibility for our children and grandchildren to have a bright future.
BBC Parliament
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We've committed money since 2011 to supporting the take-up of low-emission vehicles. The Government car service is working to remove diesel cars from its fleet.
BBC Parliament
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As I know she believes in her Government leading by example, will she make sure that all diesel cars are removed from the Government car service as soon as possible? My honourable friend is right, improving air quality is a priority for this Government. We are determined to cut harmful emissions.
TIME - Top Stories
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Variety
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M. Night Shyamalan’s horror-thrillerSplit” has separated from its rivals, and is on its way toward a surprisingly strong $28 million in its opening weekend at 3,038 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday. Vin Diesels launch of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage is heading for a second-place finish with about $20 million at 3,651... Read more »
The Economic Times
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The Week
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This continues inside, which has adopted a wide, sweeping dashboard incorporating a digital dashboard and infotainment system. Performance The 5-Series is available with two petrol and two diesel engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid iPerformance that comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, paired to an electric motor. Diesels start with the 520d, which produces 187bhp and can achieve a claimed 67.3mpg. The entry-level E-Class E200d is slightly more frugal, with a claimed fuel economy of 72.4mpg, but it isn't as fast as the 520d, which features a 2.0-litre turbo engine producing 148bhp. There's also a 3.0-litre six-cylinder 530d which boasts a power output of 261bhp and a 0-62mph of 5.7secs, although it won't be as efficient as the smaller capacity 520d. Mercedes also offers a six-cylinder diesel, the E350, which is less powerful at 254bhp and is noticeably less efficient when specced in AMG-Line trim.
Deadline
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M. Night Shyamalan's Split is off to an incredibly strong start, grabbing $2M in Thursday night previews in 2,295 theaters. Paramount Pictures' xXx: Return of Xander Cage just logged in with $1.2M in 2,536 locales. It's been a long time coming for fans of the xXx franchise the last film in bowed in 2005 and did not star Diesel. This brings the actor back to the franchise after 14 years. One of xXx s comps is the 2012 film Looper which grossed $6.8M on Friday from 2,992...
Mondoweiss
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Den of Geek
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But gleeful reviews and equally gleeful box office returns launched the Marvel cinematic universe into space, and we’re returning there next April to see what they’ve all been up to. As well as key returneesGunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan – there’s a sizeable new signing in the form of Kurt Russell. He’s believed to be playing Star Lord’s father, and that’s part of the story that’s set to underpin the new movie. With talk already ongoing about a Guardians Of The Galaxy 3 , the cosmic adventures of Marvel characters are set to continue long after this one. But Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2 is rightfully one of the most eagerly awaited Marvel movies on its roster. 10. Kingsman: The Golden Circle Disappointingly delayed for a few months to October 2017, director Matthew Vaughn tackles a sequel for the first time – having come close at one stage to making Stardust 2 – and he’s re-recruited Taron Egerton for Kingsman 2 .
Sputnik International
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Auto Express
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The 2.0-litre TDI diesel emits 112g/km in this specification, and with economy of 70.6mpg it'll definitely suit those after a frugal four-door. There's plenty of power to make use of, though, as the 187bhp engine will go from 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds. It's at its best in-gear, with the 400Nm maximum torque coming in low down in the rev rangemeaning you don't have to push too hard to build up speed. The seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox works well with this engine too, shifting smoothly in most conditions. It seems a bit laggy when slowing down for a junction and then speeding up to join traffic, but use the paddles behind the steering wheel for manual mode and it works very well. Image 5 of 14 Image 5 of 14 Head into some fast corners and you'll find that this front-wheel drive A5 Sportback feels nearly as composed as its quattro siblings.
Autocar
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In 1993 his father sadly passed away, which made him only more determined to buy a Jaguar as a living memory of his father. Having driven most modern Jaguars, Divyen was torn between buying a used XKR or the second-generation XF, which was my main reason for commandeering Matt’s XF 3.0 TDV6 for a weekend. Our XF was the perfect show car, and Divyen couldnt wait to grab the keys and have a rummage around inside. “Jaguar has got it spot on,” he said after poring over our car. “The way the company has transitioned from the past to where it is now shows the amount of research and development that has gone into the cars. The XF, for me, is the right car. It looks good and it is functional for my personal life.” Although our 3.0-litre V6 diesel model is a little out of Divyen’s price range, it cemented his decision to buy an XF and fulfil his ambition to own a model from the car company that means so much to his family.