Auto News: BMW’s Head-Turning Concept, Camaro’s 50th

Vision Next concept

Happy Friday! Here’s what is making news this week in Car Pro’s automotive news in :60.


Happy 100th birthday BMW!  The automaker celebrated the big milestone in a big way this week, by unveiling a concept car that makes us wish we could teleport to the future right this very second.

BMW’s concept is dubbed the Vision Next 100.  Understated is not a word we’d use for it either. Yes, you can tell it’s a BMW but it is futuristic in every way.  It’s a shape-shifting future that is autonomous, if you want it to be, and customizable in every which way.

In terms of design, BMW plans to build cars with moving interiors.  As in, the steering wheel can retract into the dashboard, the headrests can turn to the side and the front seats can actually turn and face each other.

The entire windshield of the BMW Vision Next 100 is an augmented reality display. It also embeds driver-vehicle interactive technology called Alive Geometry that essentially reads driver gestures. A special “gemstone” also interacts with gestures. True Jetson era stuff.


Chevrolet is celebrating the Camaro’s 50th anniversary in style with a surprise special edition. Chevy is calling it “the most epic Camaro yet.”

The special 2017 model comes in dark metallic gray with orange and black accents. It will be available both as a coupe or a convertible on the 2LT and 2SS trims when it hits the road this summer.  Of course, look for plenty of 50th anniversary badging to honor the Camaro’s official 50th on September 26.

No pricing info is out yet. Stay tuned.


Fuel economy figures are out for the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. It’s the minivan that will replace both the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country.

It offers an EPA rated 22 combined MPGs, which is on par with the 2016 Honda Odyssey’s combined mpg.  That’s also 10 percent better than the model it replaces. It does even better with highway miles — up 12 percent to 28 MPGs.

The Pacifica lineup starts at $28,595 and comes in five different trims. The top-of-the-line model takes you to $43,490. Pricing on a future hybrid model is still to come.

Photo Credit: BMW
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