Welcome to the Auto Initiative!

Hello! Somehow you made it here, on purpose or by accident (most likely accident) and if you’re interested in the automotive world then that’s a good thing! The “About” section of the page is kind of dry right now, so I’m throwing this article together to go a little more in depth about what this blog presents.

Some Background

Since I was around six, I’ve held a great interest around cars and later other subjects within the automotive world. Freestyle writing is also something I enjoy, so this is a blog that I’m starting to educate others on the automobiles around us, and to inform others on certain opinions that I hold. All viewers should be aware that this is my first blog, so the articles I produce may start short and gradually get longer the more I write on here. It’s also important to know that the writing will not be perfect all the time.

On the Blog

The Auto Initiative is less focused on new or classic vehicles and more on other topics from the history of a certain model or make, to general articles about smaller and larger benchmarks in the automotive world. You should also know that the aim of the blog is not about competing with other small auto blogs, and you will never be charged for any of the content that I produce. That’s right, no messy subscriptions or paid VIP content. I am, however, considering making a free newsletter in the distant future that grants an exclusive article. A donations tab may be added as well.

I’ve tried to make the homepage user friendly and the “Articles” page will have some simple sorting features to make it easy to find certain articles. There’s also the “Car of the Month” page, where I feature an article every month about a specific year and model of a car that I feel is deserving of the title. Starting in July 2021, all Cars of the Month will be compared for the ultimate “Car of the Year” title.

If you are somehow reading this in the first week of the blog, there are going to be four car based articles and July’s Car of the Month waiting for you. I plan to release at least one article or substantial change a week, but be prepared for more in an inconsistent manner. Expect the layout of the main blog pages to change around in the early days of their release, as I attempt to make them more convenient.

On the Comments Section

Any short, constructive criticism on the writing would be appreciated, as well as any other opinions on the cars being discussed in the article. Feel free to debate with each other as well, but try to keep the debate on `peaceful grounds (minimum to no swearing, no insults that aren’t towards the cars, etc.). Spam is not welcome in any form and will be removed upon sighting. Thank you all for taking a few quick minutes to read over this section, and stay safe on the road.

One More Thing

No matter what I say about the cars in my articles, I appreciate all car manufacturers for creating the amazing automotive world.

Image Credit

Winding Road: Unknown, Unsplash

Mercedes AMG GTR: Hakon Sataoen, on Unsplash

BMW 6 Series: Why it Was Once the Best BMW

In my opinion, of course.

Where it All Began

Jumping in to replace the old BMW E9’s of the 70’s, the 6 Series began it’s multi-decade journey onto the street and track. The body was longer than the old 5 Series and kept its grand tourer body style from the E9. Aside from that, it didn’t bring much else to the table, but provided potential to build off of.

After production of the first gen ceased in 1989, it wouldn’t be until 2003 that a new 6 Series would see the world. The second generation resembles why I particularly enjoy the 6 Series the most. Once the cars began to roll off of the assembly line, the 6 Series entered a great state of controversy, mostly due to it’s new design and user unfriendly iDrive system, according to Car and Driver.

Risky Innovation

This different design was seen throughout the lineup of 2003 BMWs, but the 6 Series particularly stood out. Designer Chris Bangle was behind all of this controversy, earning the back end of the car the title of “Bangle Butt” (Its a real thing, look it up). This new curvy styling may have been rated harshly by some, but I appreciate BMW for taking that swim into unknown waters by producing what they felt right about. If you particularly enjoyed the design, BMW also produced an “M” edition of the car, complete with a carbon fiber roof and around 500 horsepower.

After the gen 2 wrapped up in 2010, the next 6 Series had an odd start, releasing a convertible edition of the car before the coupe, however this generation had far less criticism, and even went on to win multiple awards. If the second gen was a rough, jagged block of wood, gen 3 would be smooth and sanded. The design was definitely different but still maintained some of the curved gen 2 qualities.

Now we come to the current generation of 6 Series, which is where I really don’t care for the car’s looks anymore. While the coupe retains the gen 3 style, the new “Gran Turismo” body type is sort of funky. I guess that they were aiming for something in between a sedan and a wagon? While it is definitely something different again, its hard to distinguish it from the 3 Series Gran Turismo and the 5 Series version. It loses its old touch (and headlights) but then again, wasn’t that the point of the gen 2? Perhaps I’m in the wrong here then, but what it lost was its unique style, seeing as the 5 Series and 3 Series GT were designed with the same layout, at slightly different sizes.

In Conclusion

… while the BMW 6 Series went through an odd shift in design throughout its life and was subject to mixed impressions, it also stands as a beacon for future designers to look back upon, possibly encouraging them to take similar risks to bring a potentially popular style to the table. Its also standing strong in present day, so be prepared for more sudden changes in the future.

Image Credit

All Images: Arteum.ro, on Unsplash