Saturday, January 8, 2011

Best Of Cars Wallpapers I Mazda Sky Concept

Mazda Sky Concept

Mazda Sky Concept Rear Angle

Mazda Sky Concept Front Angle

Categories: Mazda Sky Concept
Tags: Mazda Sky Concept Japanese Technology 2009 Tokyo Motor Show
Description: Mazda Kiyora concept car, which achieves 32 kilometers per liter fuel economy, to make its Japan debut HIROSHIMA, Japan-Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of its next-generation engine lineup and automatic transmissions at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show, to be held from Saturday, October 24 through Wednesday, November 4, 2009. Mazda will exhibit the ‘Mazda SKY-G' direct injection gasoline engine, the ‘Mazda SKY-D' clean diesel engine and the ‘Mazda SKY Drive' high-efficiency automatic transmission. The Tokyo Motor Show, to be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, will also mark the Japan debut of the Kiyora concept car as an exhibit of Mazda's next-generation environmental and safety technologies. Mazda's theme for the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show is "The Mazda SKY concept-Providing driving pleasure and environmental and safety features for all customers!" Under the headings of "Today," "Tomorrow" and "The Future," Mazda will display advanced technologies designed to improve the average fuel economy of Mazda vehicles sold globally 30 percent by 2015 compared to 2008 levels. This is one of the goals of Mazda's long-term vision for technology development, Sustainable Zoom-Zoom. Mazda is committed to significantly improving the core aspects of its vehicles that affect performance - engines, transmissions, and lighter vehicle weight - in order to achieve elevated driving pleasure together with outstanding environmental and safety features. The Mazda SKY concept defines Mazda's approach to developing next-generation powertrains that will significantly improve the eco-friendliness and dynamic performance of all Mazda vehicles. The SKY concept embodies Mazda's desire to ensure an "everlasting blue sky" under which drivers will always be able to enjoy the fun-to-drive pleasure afforded by owning a Mazda. The concept also reflects the "sky's the limit" aspirations of Mazda's engineers as they employ unconventional thinking to achieve optimal performance in every vehicle that bears the Mazda nameplate. Based on the SKY concept, Mazda's "Technologies for Tomorrow" display at this year's Tokyo Motor Show will include the next-generation direct injection gasoline Mazda SKY-G engine and the Mazda SKY-D clean diesel engine. Both offer improved eco-friendliness and torque thanks to optimized combustion efficiency. Mazda will also reveal the first next-generation automatic transmission, the Mazda SKY-Drive, which offers first-rate fuel economy and a direct driving performance feel. The Mazda Kiyora, a next-generation compact concept car imbued with Mazda's fun-to-drive character, will make its Japanese debut at the Tokyo show. Featuring the next-generation Mazda SKY concept powertrain technologies and comprehensive advancements in weight reduction, the Kiyora achieves outstanding fuel economy of 32 kilometers per liter (under Japan's 10-15 mode test cycle). Alongside the SKY concept exhibits, Mazda will also feature a "Today's Technologies" exhibit that includes i-stop, a unique idling stop system that was introduced with the all-new Mazda Axela (known as the Mazda3 overseas). "Future Technologies" will showcase the advanced Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid, with its hydrogen-powered rotary engine, and various vehicle technologies under development as part of Mazda's drive to realize an accident-free and safe motorized society. The 41st Tokyo Motor Show press days will be October 21-22, with a special invitation day on October 23. The show will be open to the public from Saturday, October 24 through Wednesday, November 4. Mazda will hold its press conference at 12:30 p.m. (JST) on Wednesday, October 21, 2009. (Source: Mazda Press Release)

Best Of Cars Wallpapers I Car Logos Audi A8 Hybrid

Categories: Car Logos Audi A8 Hybrid
Tags: 2010 Geneva Motor Show Audi A8 Hybrid
Description: Power like a big V6, fuel economy like a modest four-cylinder unit – Audi presents the A8 hybrid as a technology concept at the Geneva Motor Show. Its two propulsion units – a 2.0 TFSI and an electric motor – develop a total output of 180 kW (245 hp) of system power and 480 Nm (354.03 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the Audi A8 hybrid to accelerate in 7.6 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and to achieve a top speed of 235 km/h (146.02 mph). Yet its average fuel consumption amounts to only 6.2 liters (37.94 US mpg) per 100 km – the CO2 equivalent is 144 grams per km (231.75 g/mile). (Source: Audi)

Best Of Cars Wallpapers I Jaguar XKR175

Jaguar XKR175

Jaguar XKR175 Rear Angle

Jaguar XKR175 Front

Categories: Jaguar XKR175
Tags: Jaguar XKR175 75th anniversary 2010 Pebble Beach Automotive
Description: MAHWAH, N.J., August 11, 2010 – Jaguar celebrates its 75th anniversary with the debut of the limited edition 2011 Jaguar XKR175 Coupe at the McCalls Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center during the Pebble Beach Automotive Weekend. This is the first appearance of the exclusive sports car in North America. The XKR175 is powered by a supercharged V8 with 510hp and 461 lb-ft of torque and top speeds raised to an electronically-limited 174mph. To ensure that the XKR175 remains stable at high speeds, a revised aerodynamic package incorporates a new front air dam, new side sills, a new rear diffuser and a larger rear spoiler providing increased balance and a reduction in lift. New 20-inch Kasuga 10-spoke alloy wheels, red brake calipers and Ultimate Black exterior paint adorn the car's exterior. (Source: Jaguar)

Will Google Spank Dealer Websites in 2011?

Are Google's local results costing your dealer site traffic? 

Google now integrates local results (Google Places) into 'standard' organic results and it's going to push your site down and off the page. That means less traffic and response unless you do something about it. Mark Nunney investigates and shows you how to fight back.

Link Builder powers up to find you even more link prospects

Links mean prizes in SEO and new features now let Wordtracker Link Builder find you even more link prospects quicker than ever. The default number of link prospects from any search has been upped from 1,000 to 2,000 and with one click you ask for a mega 7,500 prospects. Feel the power with a free trial of Link Builder and start building links now.

Link building webinar

In his next live seminar on link building (on 11th January 2011, 12 noon EST, New York; 5pm GMT, London), Ken will show you how to find your competitors' keyword rich links using powerful new features on Wordtracker's Link Builder tool. Find details here:

Link building webinar

You can also see a video of one of Ken's most recent webinars now and learn how to:

  1. Find relevant link prospects – sites that could link to yours.
  2. Prioritize your prospects to get the best possible results quickest.
  3. Plan link building campaigns using proven tactics.
  4. Track contact with your prospects.

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Make no mistake about it: if you want to speed your site to the top of the search engine listings, you're going to need inbound links. We're offering a risk-free 7-day trial of Wordtracker's Link Builder tool.

We're also offering a free 7-day trial of Wordtracker's keyword research tool. Improved to include the best competition metrics available, we believe it's the best way to find long tail keywords for your site to target.

Ralph Paglia
cell: 505-301-6369 


Innovation from the darling of the American Auto Industry leverages Best Buy's "Geek Squad"...

Ford is working with consumer electronics leader Best Buy to offer a 240-volt home charging station for the company's all-new Ford Focus Electric battery electric vehicle and future electric vehicles in the United States. Best Buy intends to sell the charging station and offer complete consultation and installation services through its Geek Squad subsidiary and third-party licensed electrical contractors.

This is yet another example of Ford's problem solving prowess via unique partnerships with outside enterprises. Similar to their partnership with Microsoft for SYNC, their partnership with Best Buy looks to solve for one of the infrastructure challenges that critics of electric cars have repeatedly cited. 

Ralph Paglia
cell: 505-301-6369 

Two Dozen Ideas for 2011

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.

13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

17. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

18. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

19. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod
and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?

20. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up
to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and

21. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

22. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

23. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

24. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also worth protecting!

Ralph Paglia
cell: 505-301-6369 

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Internet Battle Plan for Car Dealers

Dealer Internet Battle Plan
January 18 - 20 in Atlanta, GA
Jim Ziegler's highly successful Dealer Internet Battle Plan comes roaring back to Atlanta January 18-19 and one-half day on the 20th.
Battle Plan Graduates have given us incredible testimonials for profit increases and market share increases through technology-enabled sales and marketing they picked up from the powerful team of experts Ziegler has assembled here.
Internet Battle Plan IV is sponsored by VinSolutions, the premier Web Services and CRM provider in the automobile industry.


In today's fiercely competitive retail environment, every dealership must be operating at maximum efficiency. Every profit center must be synergistically integrated with every other department in the dealership while, at the same time, producing their maximum profitability.
Your only choices - Grow or Die.
Ralph Paglia, Larry Bruce, Sean Stapleton, Jim Ziegler and Special Guest Speakers will demonstrate numerous techniques, word tracts, strategies and real life examples of dealerships that are dominating their competitors with technology-enabled marketing and Internet techniques and programs. This is hands-on 'real-world' stuff, not theory. We're doing it in the real-world, in real dealerships, with real customers.
You and your managers will leave with a step-by-step "Battle Plan" that will dramatically increase your sales and profits...immediately.



Ralph Paglia
Ralph Paglia

Larry Bruce
Larry Bruce

Sean Stapleton
Sean Stapleton

Jim Ziegler
Jim Ziegler
  • How to Maximize Existing Profit Centers and Create New Ones
  • How to Ensure that your Dealership doesn't Waste a Single Opportunity to do Business
  • Dealing with Credit Realities in the 21st Century
  • Methods, Programs, Marketing and Advertising Secrets to Drive Floor Traffic and Phone Traffic
  • Video Search Engine Maximization
  • How to turn your dealership into an Internet Sales Powerhouse
  • Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn... the guys will show you how to create dealership Social Community marketing programs that yield incredible returns
  • Growing Sales Volume... Integrating Prospective and Lead Generation Programs into Day-to-Day Activities
  • Tips, Tools and Techniques that Produce Immediate Results
  • Customer Relationship Management and CSI Engineering Projects that Lead to High Average Profitability and Top-Rated CSI Scores... building Value at ALL Levels for Customer Retention and Referrals!


RegisterSpeaker Info.
January 18 - 20, 2011
For more information visit:
Contact Jim Ziegler at 800.726.0510
Weekdays, 8AM - 5PM

This is an email from:
Ziegler SuperSystems, Inc - 602 Grassmeade Way - Snellville, GA 30078

Ralph Paglia
cell: 505-301-6369

Photos Nissan Versa 2007 - Service Manual

Photos Nissan Versa 2007 - Service ManualEngine, Transaxle, Body Control System, Brake System, Clutch, Interior, Exterior, Exhaust System, Maintenance, Steering Control System

Mini Cars in India - 2011

One New Year has already come. Most of the customers may be facing problem while buying a car. This is not actually a problem, but can be said as a matter of confusion. With the increase of too many new car models, the audiences are now standing in an uncertainty situation.

                 The demand of mini cars is still in a continuous growth. In India, too many car models are there which are going to be launched soon. You can see some of these cars here….

Diesel version of Chevy BEAT

 In order to achieve the share of car market, Chevy is going to launch its diesel variant- BEAT. It will be commenced within April to June this year. The sharing price of this Chevrolet Beat will be around 4.5lakh (INR).

Maruti Suzuki Swift-2011

The new variant Swift which contains the1.2L petrol and 1.3L diesel engine may reveal to the market during the mid of this year. Its expected starting price is 4.7lakh (INR).

Toyota Etios Liva

One of the super Mini Toyota is going to unveil soon. This one is Liva of Toyota Etios. It contains exciting fuel efficiency capacity and may be launched during the mid of this year.

Honda Brio

Another Mini model car is to be launched by Honda. In the recent Bangkok Auto Show, this car has been exhibited. One the important specification is that it contains 1.2L petrol variant engine and its starting price may come around 4.5lakh (INR).

Auto Suspension, Shocks & Struts: Why Repair & Maintenance are Key to Safety!

by Marjorie, Cars for Keeps Social Media Manager

Last time I brought my little Ford Focus in to Cars for Keeps for a check up, Bobby found a problem with the car that had been evident for months prior to my visit. With the car hoisted up on a lift, he lead me around to the rear of the car and lifted up on the rear right wheel.

It easily moved up and down.

"Ok, now see how this wheel moves really easily just by me lifting it?" Bobby said. "That's because the spring is shot. Imagine the whole weight of your car resting on the wheel. The rear springs are hardly providing any shock absorption at all."

Bobby went into further detail, but all I could hear was "repair costs repair costs repair costs".

" important is it, exactly, for me to get this problem fixed?" I asked. Not one to be a pushy sales guy, Bobby shrugged and told me that if left unfixed, it could lead to damage to the rest of the rear suspension. It would also be one uncomfortable ride, what with zero shock absorption and all. Then there was safety.

As it turns out, having well maintained suspension systems are a key factor when it comes driving safety. Let's look at why.

Auto suspension systems are composed of springs, shock absorbers and linkages which connect to the vehicle's wheels. In essence, the suspension system is what connects your vehicle's body to its wheels and manages the weight distribution. The suspension system is responsible for two main tasks:

1) to maintain even traction by keeping the vehicle's wheels in contact with the road, and

2) to dampen vibrations, bumps and road noise for passengers, providing a more comfortable ride.

Struts and shocks aren't only about having a more comfortable ride. They play a key role in keeping your vehicle's tires in consistent contact with the road. They provide the cushion your vehicle needs to maintain much-needed traction. Worn struts and shocks will cause extra bounce and vibration, lowering your vehicle's traction. A car with worn shocks and struts might not notice much of a handling difference under normal circumstances, but in an emergency stop, that wear can cost drivers an extra 30-40 feet in braking distance.

In other words, worn shocks, struts and suspension systems can eliminate a driver's ability to brake quickly when it matters.

Of course, suspension systems are also tied to steering, so faulty suspension systems can also cause potentially dangerous steering or handling problems. Aside from safety issues, worn or misaligned suspension systems can cause uneven tire wearing, and lower gas mileage.

To make sure your vehicle is operating with the best safety and efficiency, keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms of faulty suspension systems:
  • Vehicle bounces when going down the road
  • Steering is hard or loose
  • Vehicle pulls to one side or wanders down the road
  • Steering wheel vibrates, shimmies or jerks
  • Clunking or other noises when turning
If your vehicle has any of the following symptoms, it could be as simple as a misalignment or loose spring. The only way to know is to have it checked out!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011 Honda Accord Coupe

The 2011 Accord Coupe is going to be unveiled for 2011. It provides super and awesome appearance in exterior and cool interior.

Model - EX-L V-6 5-Spd
Horsepower: - 271
Mpg in the city – 19
Mpg in the Highway – 29
Standard - 3.5-liter, V6

   This is one of the awesome model created by Honda.

         What is your view about this Honda......

BMW New Six

The BMW New Six is a line of six-cylinder luxury cars produced by the German automaker BMW from 1968 to 1977. The series was introduced as a response to the Mercedes-Benz-dominated large luxury car class and was very important in establishing BMW's reputation as a maker of sporting, luxury sedans. A two-door coupé version was produced alongside. Racing versions of the coupé enhanced BMW's reputation in auto racing. The sedans have the internal name E3, while the coupés are E9.
Models were given names denoting their engine sizes, and suffixes to indicate the long-wheelbase (L) and fuel injection (i) available on later cars. The coupés were all named CS, followed by i (for fuel injection models) or L (for light-weight models, which also had fuel injection and higher power).
The two initial models, introduced in 1968 and sold through 1977, were the 2.5 L 2500 and 2.8 L 2800. In 1971, the Bavaria, made exclusively for America, replaced the 2500/2800 models, but used the 2.8 L engine with some interior features stripped out to give a more attractive price, about US$5,000, less than the $6,874 of its full-featured predecessor, the 2800.
They were roomy 6-cylinder cars that handled well and impressed contemporary reviewers. Road & Track called the Bavaria "delightful" and "superb", concluding that it was "one of the world's best buys". The big-bore 3.0S was introduced in 1971. It was more powerful and expensive than the 2800; a fuel-injected version was also made. Also produced were long-wheelbase L models (3.0L, 3.3Li, etc.), whose sharp handling was a stark contrast to the large Mercedes-Benz models of the time. Langley Motors in Thames Ditton UK also produced an estate (tourer) version.
In the US market, the 2500 and 2800 were introduced in 1969. The 2500 was shy of many of the luxury features included in the 2800, and with the smaller engine , it sold for about $5600 in 1970[1]. The 2800 sedan was heavily optioned with such things as full leather interior, power windows, and power sunroof, which its price of $6,874 reflected. For the 1971 model year Max Hoffman, the BMW importer for the USA, convinced BMW AG to build the 2500 configuration car but use the 2800 engine i.e. the classic "American hotrod" formula of taking the lower option, lighter weight chassis and fitting the largest engine.
This new E3 configuration was called the "Bavaria" and was unique to the US market. Hence the 1971 E3 sedans available in the US were, initially, the 2500, and 2800, then the Bavaria replacing the former models. The Bavaria is generally considered the forebear of the modern BMW high-performance sedan as it combined excellent acceleration, good fuel economy, plenty of room for four people and a large trunk.
The majority of them were sold with a four-speed manual transmission, reflecting the sporting nature of the sedan. With a well designed fully independent suspension, front and rear, along with four wheel disc brakes, the E3 was well ahead of its time in the early 1970s.
For the 1972 model year, the 2500 was dropped while the M30 engine size in the Bavaria was increased to 3.0 liters. The former 2800 was now called the 3.0S reflecting the 3.0 liter engine. These two models, the 3.0S and the Bavaria, were the E3 sedan line-up for 1972 through 1974. However, in 1974 the E3 received the ungainly, federally mandated 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumpers front and rear significantly altering its profile.
In 1975 BMW introduced fuel injection to the US market for the big-six M30 motor replacing the twin two-barrel Zenith carburetors used on the M30 motor since its inception. The Bavaria was dropped from the line-up, and the 3.0Si was now the highest end of the BMW model range (the "i" added to the 3.0S to designate fuel injection). The bargain end of the 6-cylinder sedan range was now the newly introduced E12 530i. The fully optioned 3.0Si was sold during the 1975 and 1976 model years.

BMW Assist

BMW Assist is a cellular based automotive roadside assistance service offered by BMW. BMW Assist is similar to GM's OnStar or Mercedes-Benz TeleAid services as they both use the cellular network and Global Positioning telemetry to locate or guide the vehicle. BMW Assist can provide turn-by-turn directions, remote unlocking, vehicle diagnostics, airbag deployment notification, theft recovery and towing or flat tire repair. The service is included free in most new BMWs. After expiration, it can be purchased at a yearly rate.
BMW Assist is integrated into the car's communication and audio systems. It works in conjunction with the navigation system (if equipped) or uses its own GPS equipment. The original BMW Assist system worked in conjunction with the AMPS cellular network for data transmission and voice communication. Current BMW Assist systems work using more advanced CDMA, TDMA, or GSM technology.
The car communicates via the cellular network with a Back-end system that receives and analyzes the information. Both voice and data (via SMS or GPRS) is transmitted. Dependent of the application, the information is routed for example to a call-center or presented on a web-site. The Back-end is operated by ATX Group, the world's largest independent Telematics Service Provider (TSP).
Theft recovery is an additional subscription service BMW Assist offers. This service is capable of tracking the location of the car via the car computer and GPS system.
Most BMW owners who are concerned about theft employ third party tracking options. These devices have many advantages, and disadvantages. Most devices are small, and can be placed virtually anywhere in the vehicle. Some higher end devices also contain small power sources. These devices may take longer for the thief to detect, and may be more difficult to disable.
The BMW system however is tied into the car's computer system and cannot be removed without rendering the vehicle immobile. Additionally, the BMW system utilizes the car's power reserve to amplify the cellular signal to three watts[citation needed]. Further signal gains are attributed to the use of the vehicles large antenna which is several magnitudes larger than a cellphone antenna.
The BMW Assist system has an excellent track record if the theft was discovered within a short period of time. Several bureaucratic policies of BMW may hinder this advantage, since they require a police report be filled out prior to tracking. In some parts of North America this process can take several hours or even days.

BMW New Class

The BMW New Class (German: Neue Klasse) was a line of compact sedans and coupes produced by German automaker BMW starting with the 1962 1500 and continuing through the last 2002s in 1977.
Powered by BMW's celebrated four-cylinder M10 engine, the New Class models featured a fully independent suspension, MacPherson struts in front, and front disc brakes. Initially a family of four-door sedans and two-door coupes, the New Class line was broadened to two-door sports sedans with the addition of the 02 Series 1600 and 2002 in 1966.
Sharing little in common with the rest of the line beyond the power train, the sporty siblings caught auto enthusiasts' attention and established BMW as an international brand. Precursors to the famed BMW 3 Series, the two-doors' success cemented the firm's future as an upper tier performance car maker.
New Class four-doors with numbers ending in "0" were replaced by the larger BMW 5 Series in 1972. The upscale 2000C and 2000CS coupes were replaced by the six-cylinder BMW E9, introduced in 1969 with the 2800CS. The 1600 two-door was discontinued in 1975, the 2002 replaced by the 320i in 1975.
Introduced in September 1961 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 1500 was produced from 1962 through 1966.
The four door monocoque three-box four door saloon, though modern to the eye, was in many ways conventional, using MacPherson strut front suspension which by this time was becoming mainstream. Less conventional was the independent rear suspension featuring coil springs and semi-trailing wishbones pivoted from a stout cross beam which also supported the differential housing.
The "oversquare" cylinder dimensions of the original 1,499 cc model, along with the overhead camshaft marked out the car's new four cylinder engine as a modern design, with plenty of scope for future enlargement and development. (The engine would indeed continue to be fitted in the BMW 316/318 until 1988.) Another at that time unusual and imaginative touch involved canting the engine over at 30 degrees to the right of vertical, which was necessary in order to allow for the low bonnet/hood line, and which thereby contributed to the stylish look of the car.
Contemporary reports praised the all-round visibility and the commanding driving position while recording that it was necessary to lean forward a little to engage first and third gears due to the long travel distance of the gear lever. The large 40 cm tall luggage compartment was also commended.
In 1963, the nearly bankrupt BMW was able to pay its first dividend in 20 years due to increased sales thanks to the popularity of the 1500. It was able to achieve 80 hp (60 kW) and to accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in approximately 15 seconds.
The performance was at the time considered lively in view of the engine size, and although the engine needed to be worked hard in order to achieve rapid progress, the engine ran smoothly and without gratuitous vibration even at speeds above 6,000 rpm. The firm suspension and correspondingly harsh ride came as a surprise to those conditioned by the BMW 501 to anticipate a more comfort oriented compromise in the handling/smoothness balance.
The 1961 1500 was the first BMW car to feature the Hofmeister kink in the C-pillar. One of the first known vehicles featuring this style element was the Kaiser-Frazer of 1951.
The BMW 1500 was replaced in 1964 by the BMW 1600, but it was still made available in markets where higher capacity engines meant increased taxation.

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