While You Were Sleeping: BMW M3 Touring Render, Ferrari Dino Returning and Takata's Quality Chief Gets More Power

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
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As rumors swirl about the eventual release of the BMW M3 Touring, Theophilus Chin has put a couple of renders together of Bavaria’s hot D-pillared automobile.

Here’s what happened overnight (and stories we’ve missed over the last few days).

BMW M3 Touring (Theophilus Chin)

Knowng Theophilus’ wonderful insight, it wouldn’t surprise me if the M3 Touring looks exactly like this when the sheet is pulled off in Frankfurt.

Ferrari might bring back the Dino, says Sergio (AutoBlog)

…but it likely won’t be marketed as a Ferrari. Instead, Sergio is keen to build a sub-brand around the idea of a resurrected Dino. So far, that’s worked in Sergio’s favor.

Takata will give quality chief more authority with board role (Automotive News)

Takata will put their quality chief on the board of directors, effectively giving him a louder voice within the company. It only took them seven years.

Motor Mouth: Why no one drives like a saint all the time (Driving.ca)

“There’s a good reason nobody drives like a saint all-year round: it’s not practical.”

You Probably Want To Watch Chris Harris Drive The Ferrari 488 GTB (Jalopnik)

I think the 488 GTB is an ugly ducking that grew up to be an ugly duck. But whatever. Here’s Chris Harris getting it sideways.

Subaru Starlink services priced, packaged (Technology Tell)

It’s kind of like OnStar, but for people who have a higher chance of driving off a cliff near Kings Canyon.

Minitruckin’ All Grown Up (Speedhunters)

This is not your grandfather’s Hilux. Actually, this is your grandfather’s Hilux.

Jaguar Designer Planning Super Lotus Elise (GTspirit)

Jaaaaaag designer Julian Thomson, responsible for the Series 1 Elise, wants to build this “Super” Elise.

Underdressed Chinese Girls open a Car Wash in Urumqi (CarNewsChina)

Chinese auto show models have resorted to washing cars to make a living, maybe.

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Jun 05, 2015

    I do think the Dino by FCA is a great idea by Sergio. If one remembers Sergio increased the output of Ferraris from around 6 000 per annum to 10 000. A cheaper Dino, to take on the prestige car manufacturers like, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, even Corvette would be profitable. This might just be the beginning of the truly exotic and luxury end of the market moving down. The non luxury and exotic car makers like I mentioned above have moved down market.

  • GiddyHitch GiddyHitch on Jun 05, 2015

    Is the M3 Touring rumor actually making the rounds or is this typical fanboi fiction? The closest that BMW ever came was the one off E46 M3T that lives in their basement.

    • Kosmo Kosmo on Jun 05, 2015

      A chance of reality. The coupe and sedan use codes 90 and 92, which indicates a reasonable possibility of an upcoming 91 wagon. Silly car for public roadways, anyway, and who would buy a wagon for occasional track day use?. I'd have happily bought the current wagon, with sport package AND MANUAL TRANSMISSION after driving the auto. I prefer the old NA I6, but the little turbo 4 would work, too, and the rest of the car was very, very nice. But, of course, ridiculously overpriced if you start adding ANYTHING to it.

  • Danddd Chicago at night is crazy traveling in and out from the 'burbs. Taking the Ike back home around midnight and you'll see racers swerving by at 100mph plus. Dangerous enough we rarely go down there anymore. I plan my city trips between 9:30AM and back out by 1PM to miss the worst traffic.
  • SCE to AUX Good summary, Matt.I like EVs, but not bans, subsidies, or carbon credits. Let them find their own level.PM Sunak has done a good thing, but I'm surprised at how sensibly early he made the call. Hopefully they'll ban the ban altogether.
  • SCE to AUX "Having spoken to plenty of suppliers over the years, many have told me they tried to adapt to EV production only to be confronted with inconsistent orders."Lofty sales predictions followed by reality.I once worked (very briefly) for a key supplier to Segway, back when "Ginger" was going to change the world. Many suppliers like us tooled up to support sales in the millions, only to sell thousands - and then went bankrupt.
  • SCE to AUX "all-electric vehicles, resulting in a scenario where automakers need fewer traditional suppliers"Is that really true? Fewer traditional suppliers, but they'll be replaced with other suppliers. You won't have the myriad of parts for an internal combustion engine and its accessories (exhaust, sensors), but you still have gear reducers (sometimes two or three), electric motors with lots of internal components, motor mounts, cooling systems, and switchgear.Battery packs aren't so simple, either, and the fire recalls show that quality control is paramount.The rest of the vehicle is pretty much the same - suspension, brakes, body, etc.
  • Theflyersfan As crazy as the NE/Mid-Atlantic I-95 corridor drivers can be, for the most part they pay attention and there aren't too many stupid games. I think at times it's just too crowded for that stuff. I've lived all over the US and the worst drivers are in parts of the Midwest. As I've mentioned before, Ohio drivers have ZERO lane discipline when it comes to cruising, merging, and exiting. And I've just seen it in this area (Louisville) where many drivers have literally no idea how to merge. I've never seen an area where drivers have no problems merging onto an interstate at 30 mph right in front of you. There are some gruesome wrecks at these merge points because it looks like drivers are just too timid to merge and speed up correctly. And the weaving and merging at cloverleaf exits (which in this day and age need to all go away) borders on comical in that no one has a bloody clue of let car merge in, you merge right to exit, and then someone repeats behind you. That way traffic moves. Not a chance here.And for all of the ragging LA drivers get, I found them just fine. It's actually kind of funny watching them rearrange themselves like after a NASCAR caution flag once traffic eases up and they line up, speed up to 80 mph for a few miles, only to come to a dead halt again. I think they are just so used to the mess of freeways and drivers that it's kind of a "we'll get there when we get there..." kind of attitude.