There are few secrets in the gossipy German auto industry, but Mercedes uncorked a big one in 2003 when it unveiled the first CLS, the four-door with coupe-like lines. Preoccupied with oddities like the X6, BMW has waited until now to launch its own sexy sedan in the Gran Coupe. Despite a singularly luscious interior, its lines aren't as voluptuous as those of the Benz, now two years into its second generation. Newness counts in this segment, and BMW is on a hot streak, but it arrives late with a less-dramatic product.
As the old philosopher said - no good deed goes unpunished. Here's a roundup of this year's car news highlights so far, along with their companion lows.
|'I bought a house for $1,000'|
|You can stash up to $18,000 in your 401(k) next year|
|She's America's youngest female billionaire - and a dropout|
|Airbag recall could expand|
|Just how sick are European banks? We find out Sunday|