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The Luxury Car With In-Built Internet

Jul 15, 2008
A new limo from BMW has been released to put all others in the shade at a mere 49,000. pounds The new offering from the 7 Series leaves all other limos standing with toys that Inspector Gadget would be proud of.

Once again, BMW are setting world firsts with their innovative ideas, the latest being in-car internet connection making it the most luxurious version ever. Other firsts include orders directed from a mobile phone, night vision and speed limit warnings. This is more than enough to make Audi and Lexus sit up and take notice.

Using a centre console mounted control, called an iDrive, you can do more than control the air conditioning and change the music - you can connect to the internet. For safety reasons and for the benefit of the daft, BMW have made sure the internet screen cannot be used while the car is in motion.

But the excitement of the new 7 Series starts well before you reach your vehicle. You can call it up from your mobile and instruct it to either cool down or heat up to your desired temperature. The night vision gadgetry senses body heat at the roadside from pedestrians or animals, assessing their movements via its onboard computer and alerting the driver if there is a calculated risk.

In a bid to outwit the dreaded speed camera, BMW have also included a speed alert system by detecting road speed limits and warning the driver to slow down if necessary. Reclining rear seats, rear climate control and back seat entertainment all add to the luxurious feel of this high class limousine while being economical. When the vehicle slows, the energy is captured and used to charge the battery to avoid wasting fuel, enabling the diesel version to reach almost forty miles per gallon, even with its 3 litre engine.

The outside of the car doesn't look a great deal different to previous models, even though it is slightly more aerodynamic with covers over the radiator, but hides a plethora of new ways underneath. With a 3 litre petrol 740i and a 4.4 litre V8 750 version, the prices get pretty high and can reach speeds of up to 155 mph.

This has to be the ultimate in luxury but as far as comfort goes, the Citroen C5 gives it a run for its money. Apparently as comfy as a sofa this is meant to be the best Citroen to date. Alfa Romeo are looking to join in the competition of new models with their 230 bhp Mito - their latest hot hatch which is a stunning little car.

Nissan and Mercedes are doing their bit for the environment. Nissan are planning to release their first hybrid vehicle in 2010, starting at 15,000 pounds and Mercedes have pledged to not go any bigger with their cars, keeping them the same size or smaller and also reducing their weight and thus their impact on the environment.

This all amounts to some good news for consumers and some thoughtful planning on the behalf of the manufacturers even though it does come with a serious price tag.
About the Author
Vehicle expert Catherine Harvey looks at the latest BMW 7 Series and how it fairs against other luxury cars.
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