Today we have some unfortunate news: the first of the new F10-generation BMW M5s has been crashed in the Netherlands. It's not that bad a crash, but it's a sign of things to come, we expect.  

Transitioning from bad to interesting is Chris Bangle's new book, and the design contest built around it. While it's still pretty bad in places, it's also chock full of futuristic ideas. Check out our full take on the prologue to the book in the link below.

And in the not-at-all-bad category, check out the spy shots of the 2014 X5. Sleek, slim, and still totally BMW X5, the new vehicle is looking like it'll lose some weight, gain some much-needed efficiency, but still be a useful vehicle.

Check out all of this and more in the day's car news below.

F10 BMW M5 crashed in the Netherlands

Chris Bangle's new book proves writing is harder than it looks

The 2014 BMW X5 has been spied

Here are five cars that routinely beat their EPA gas mileage ratings

Top Gear season 18 is coming later this month (and here's a teaser video)

X-Raid wins Dakar with a MINI

The Dallara DW-12 chassis is headed to the Windshear wind tunnel

Driving an electric car this winter? Here are a few tips

Americans are keeping their cars longer than ever

It looks like gas could be headed back to the $5/gallon range--but will it affect you?