Bond car auctioned for almost $1 million
The submersible Lotus Esprit (shown) used for underwater scenes in the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" recently sold at auction for $973,500. The sale was part of RM Auctions' $34 million car auction in London this month. The Lotus is the only functioning submarine version filmmakers made for the Bond flick, though the automaker built two complete cars and six additional body shells for filming.
— Los Angeles Times
German brands debut during Frankfurt show
German luxury brands are commanding the spotlight during debuts at the Frankfurt Auto Show, continuing through Sunday. Among the vehicles getting a first look, says auto-information site Edmunds.com: the 2015 Audi A8, due in U.S. showrooms next fall; the BMW X5 eDrive concept, which gets up to 62 mpg; and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA (shown), a compact SUV.
— NWautos staff