AD #2511 – BMW Unveils New 7 Series, VW And Ford Announce Alliance, EyesOn Design Award Winners Revealed

January 16th, 2019 at 11:55am

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Runtime: 6:39

0:29 VW And Ford Announce Alliance
1:28 Carlos Ghosn Denied Bail…Again
2:26 EyesOn Design Award Winners Revealed
3:27 BMW Unveils New 7 Series
5:00 Big Trucks Post Big Gains

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21 Comments to “AD #2511 – BMW Unveils New 7 Series, VW And Ford Announce Alliance, EyesOn Design Award Winners Revealed”

  1. Ron Paris Says:

    Sooo..why was there no Autoline Daily yesterday??

  2. GEORGE RICCI Says:

    #1 The Autoline crew were at the DETROIT AUTO SHOW. See “Auto Line on The Road” for their reports.

  3. ArtG Says:

    BMW is going for Bucky-Beaver look, I see.

  4. Kit Gerhart Says:

    Will the individual juror votes for NACTOY be published this year? I remember seeing them for some previous years, but I couldn’t find them for 2019. I did find the vote totals, though.

    https://northamericancaroftheyear.org/2019-nactoy-winners-by-the-numbers/

  5. Kit Gerhart Says:

    It looks like BMW wanted to give the 7 series a more “trucky” look, with the huge grill wrapped into the hood, since trucks are so fashionable, at least in North America. I don’t like it much.

  6. Drew Says:

    Most of the Detroit show news was released Monday. The only news from yesterday was the Ford-VW news. Not much else. Buick, GMC, Chevy, Dodge, Chrysler, Honda, Acura, and Lincoln were really quite this week. Even the Cadillac XT6 wasn’t much to boast about. Bottom line, the Detroit show didn’t impress.

  7. John L Says:

    Based on the photos, the new BMW nose is a hideous design twist on the iconic classic look.

  8. Larry D. Says:

    The new 7 is not new but a refresh, and is ugly as sin. The huge kidneys look bad in the X7 and twice as bad in the sedan.

    This is the 6th or 7th 7 series model, and after the one I owned (an elegant, work of art compared to this, 4.4lt v8 98 740il) largely thanks to the curse of Chris Bangle, they went downhill steadily. The interiors also have no real luxury or warmth, too industrial and too poorly designed. When you drove the 98 740iL you felt like the king of the road, when you drive this ugly thing you will feel like a trucker.

    I have no hopes, as long as clueless Hackett is in charge, that the Ford-VW coop will yield anything of substance.

    I strongly believe, based on the evidence, not on wishful thinking, that VW is the only automaker so far who is in position to seriously challenge Tesla in a MASS PRODUCED AND SOLD pure EV. They obviously are making a huge committment, with the $800 million plant in TN, AND with their prior settlement of the Diesel Cheating, where they agreed to install a ton of EV chargers in US locations.

    No other automaker has a serious plan. JUST making an EV crossover or SUV is NO guarantee of any success. Do not expect the Huyndai Kona who got the Farce of the Year Crossover award, to have any sales discernible to the naked eye. I also do not believe the Caddy EV will sell any serious numbers, but I hope at least it makes them some profits (which I don’t really believe either)

  9. Drew Says:

    The BMW 7-Series appears to be suffering from Audi Envy…. oversized grille and taillamps that look like they were stolen from the VW parts bin. Audi executes it’s oversized grille better than BMW.

    Perhaps this 7-Series freshening is just a ruse to help sell old inventory.

  10. Steve Henderson Says:

    Yuk…is the 7 trying to catch up with Lexus? Big mouth!

  11. Lambo2015 Says:

    Do not find the BMW attractive either. I didn’t care much for the Lexus huge grill either but that has become less offensive in time.
    Its just disappointing that cars don’t seem to have the wow factor they used to. The designs are not inspiring or all that exciting.
    Seems the focus has been directed on interior designs.

  12. Lambo2015 Says:

    Sean; the Ghosn update is turning into a broken record. Maybe you guys can start a raffle for who ever picks the closest date to him actually being let out on bail.

  13. MJB Says:

    RE: the new BMW 7-series grille: Hate to say it (actually I like to ;) ), but I predicted that this trend in enormous grilles would follow suit with that of the Lexus spindle which debuted circa 2013. It’s really no surprise to me that BMW has done this. Can’t say I like it (in photos, anyway). But I’m not surprised…

  14. Phred Says:

    The BMW 7 series cars have always been impressive and powerful. This new one looks to be following in that path of success.

  15. MJB Says:

    @ #11. At some point (when everybody’s trying to do it), we become desensitized to fresh approaches in design. There’s only so much that can be done with a sheet of metal.

    Surely, the folks back in the first couple decades of the 20th century thought the very same thing about those designs too. After a while, even those sexy, bulbous, curvaceous wheel wells start looking bland – because every car maker’s got ‘em…

  16. Kit Gerhart Says:

    The 7 Series is well behind the S-Class in global sales, so BMW probably wanted to try to something different, like the bloated kidneys, to try to catch up.

  17. MERKUR DRIVER Says:

    Luckily I think there will not be enough sales of the new 7 series to where I will have to see it on a daily basis.

  18. Aliisdad Says:

    The BMW looks like it should be from a Korean or Chinese manufacturer.. It id not awful like a Lexus, but it just does not look like a BMW.
    Also, ikind of have to agrer with “Merkur..”!!

  19. Kit Gerhart Says:

    17,18 US 7 Series sales have been about 8K a year and falling, losing sales to Tesla S and trucks, so we won’t see too many of the new 7s.

  20. Lambo2015 Says:

    Maybe Charlie Sheen would be interested in the new 7 series. With his matching bloated kidneys.

  21. Ukendoit Says:

    They could call the new BMW, the “Hydronephrosis”.
    According to the Mayo Clinic, “although surgery is sometimes needed, in many cases hydronephrosis (swelling of the kidneys) resolves on its own”, so maybe they will get smaller in time.
    Symptoms of hydronephrosis might include:

    Pain in the side and back (flank pain) that may travel to the lower abdomen or groin
    Urinary problems, such as pain with urination or feeling an urgent or frequent need to urinate
    Nausea and vomiting
    Fever
    So far, the BMW has only caused nausea and vomiting.
    (j/k, I really don’t mind the large grill that much. I think it will look better in person than the photos.)