First drive in the BMW i3 (CNET On Cars, Episode 31)

BMW i3 gives Nissan Leaf a German accent, understanding Hemi engines, and Top 5 fuel economy myths.

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In this episode:

  • BMW's i3 is a fascinating departure in almost every way
  • Hemi engines: What were they...what are they?
  • Top 5 fuel economy myths
  • Understanding your kid's car booster seat
  • E-mail: Clear auto-protection films to prevent paint chips

After you watch out Car Tech 101 on hemi engines, you may wonder why Chrysler is using them in modern cars where high RPM, compactness, and fuel efficiency are so important. The simple answer is today's Chrysler Hemi isn't really a hemi. Automobile has a good explanation of how today's Hemi engine is more trade name than true hemi.

2014 BMW i3

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2014 BMW i3

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Brian Cooley joined CNET in 1995 and always comes at technology from the real consumer's point of view. He brings his high energy, often skeptical style to all avenues of CNET coverage, with an emphasis on car tech. You'll also find him frequently on television, radio and the TV screens at Costco!

 

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