FEATURE: BMW keeps its head with new Seven

When the outgoing BMW 7 Series (E65/E66) was introduced late in 2001 its exterior styling became a source of some controversy, especially in Europe, writes Dave Leggett. The flamboyant lines that culminated in the raised rear (dubbed the ‘Bangle Butt’ after designer Chris Bangle) jarred with conservative-minded BMW loyalists who prefer evolutionary design advances that support strong residuals.

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FEATURE: BMW keeps its head with new Seven [includes audio]

When the outgoing BMW 7 Series (E65/E66) was introduced late in 2001 its exterior styling became a source of some controversy, especially in Europe, writes Dave Leggett. The flamboyant lines that culminated in the raised rear (dubbed the ‘Bangle Butt’ after designer Chris Bangle) jarred with conservative-minded BMW loyalists who prefer evolutionary design advances that support strong residuals.

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2009 Technology of the Year: Direct Fuel Injection

2009 Technology of the Year: Direct Fuel Injection
Direct Fuel Injection - Latest News, Features, and Reviews - Automobile Magazine
For enabling a major step forward in gas and diesel engine power, efficiency, and cleanliness, direct fuel injection is Automobile Magazine’s 2009 Technology of the Year.

Delivering fuel to the fire was every early engine designer’s worst headache. In the 1890s, Rudolf Diesel proved the merits of his engine during four years of research. But it was Robert Bosch who made diesels practical by developing the first fuel-injection system, a fifteen-year effort. On the gasoline side, when Henry Ford was anxious to get an experimental engine running on Christmas Eve in 1893, he assigned his wife carburetion duty. While Henry whirled the flywheel, Clara dripped gas into the intake pipe. Their collaboration worked: Ford’s single-cylinder engine shot flames from its exhaust and shook the kitchen sink it was clamped to until Henry signaled Clara to cease fuel delivery.

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