2008 BMW 5er Series

by Jonathan Spira
2008 BMW 5er Series

The luxury sports-sedan segment is one of the most competitive in the auto industry, as car makers try to outdo each other with cars that provide luxury features and sporty handling.  From Acura to Cadillac to Mercedes-Benz, each manufacturer tries to one-up the competition with improved handling and new features.  But they all have one car in their sights when they design a new model: the BMW 5 Series.
BMW invented …

Extreme Road Warrior Part III

by Jonathan Spira
Extreme Road Warrior Part III

16 days later, I’m back.  (See Part I as well.)   I found a few things rather useful for those traveling on business and wanted to share these with you.

Skype Pro
Skype Pro is a relatively new offering that costs only $3 per month but offers many features particularly useful to the road warrior.  Most notable is the international traveler calling plan.  Users pay no per minute charges for calls to …

Extreme Road Warrior Part II: The First BMW Welt Delivery

by Jonathan Spira
Extreme Road Warrior Part II: The First BMW Welt Delivery

The challenge: fly 6000 kilometers, pick up two cars, drive almost 4000 kilometers, stay at seven different hotels, attend two all-day events, nine meetings, and five dinner meetings, and fly back.
The beginning of article comes to you from Brugge, Belgium, at least that’s where I think I am.
On October 15, I found myself on Lufthansa Flight 411 to Munich, arriving in time for the October 17 opening of the …

Extreme Road Warrior

by Jonathan Spira
Extreme Road Warrior

I’m writing this from Hamburg, at least I think that’s where I am.  Sometimes trips can be just plain boring.  This one was most decidedly not.  In a 16 day whirlwind tour I would stay in seven hotels and would span 9 cities to cover, however briefly: Munich, Vienna, Munich (again), Hamburg, Flensburg, Sønderborg, Brugge, Düsseldorf, Bremen, and Bremerhaven.  Countries: Denmark, Germany, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany.
Normally my trips last …

BMW’s Brave New World

by Jonathan Spira
BMW’s Brave New World

Visitors to Munich have always thought of the city as a kind of BMW world.  Not only is the automaker headquartered there, but the cars themselves are as ubiquitous as the beer and are even used as police cars and taxis.
As a company, BMW has always presented a distinctive image, from its logo, a stylized spinning propeller against a blue sky, to its buildings, which include the Vierzylinder (Four Cylinder) …

Buick Lucerne

by Jonathan Spira
Buick Lucerne

Refined Touring for the Business Traveler.
“When better cars are built, Buick will build them” went the most famous automotive slogan of all time.  Buick was, for many years, the cornerstone of General Motors, selling a staggering 260,000 cars in 1926 and 514,000 cars in 1954.  It came in just under Cadillac in Alfred P. Sloan’s hierarchical order of General Motors.  Chevrolet was the entry level vehicle, Pontiac eventually became the …

American Airlines New York-JFK to Seattle

by Jonathan Spira
American Airlines New York-JFK to Seattle

I was unable to print my boarding pass from my home computer because the printer had run out of ink, so I had to check in at American’s new Terminal 8.  There was only one passenger ahead of me in the first class line so I waited all of two minutes.  The agent greeted me by name, directed me to the Admiral’s Club, and wished me a pleasant flight.
BOARDING
Our departure …