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Hyper-efficient tech will trickle down to Renault production cars.
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A New York district attorney hands the case over to a grand jury.
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BMW 520d and BMW 518d with the new B47 engine make their debut today. The new generation four-cylinder diesel engines not only increases the power output, but also lowers the fuel consumption. The BMW 520d now produces 190 horsepower and has an avera...
BMW 520d and BMW 518d with the new B47 engine make their debut today. The new generation four-cylinder diesel engines not only increases the power output, but also lowers the fuel consumption. The BMW 520d now produces 190 horsepower and has an average consumption of 4.1 liter per 100 km, or for those of in the U.S., that’s about 57 MPG. Its little brother, the 518d now outputs 150 horsepower and 4.2 liter per 100 km (56 MPG). The 190 hp version has its torque increased as well, to 400 Nm (295 lb-ft), while the 140 hp unit raises the torque to 360 Newton metres (266 lb-ft). Both engines can be paired to the revised ZF 8-speed automatic or the new six-speed manual.
Full press release below: It may not be its only strength – far from it – but outstanding efficiency is undoubtedly a BMW 5 Series specialty. Indeed, the model series’ achievements in this area have played a major role in securing its global bestselling status at the premium end of the executive class. And now the BMW 5 Series Sedan and BMW 5 Series Touring have set about extending their lead in the efficiency stakes once again. The introduction of a new generation of four-cylinder diesel engines improves further on what was already an exceptional balance between performance and fuel economy. The new 2.0-litre units with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology boost the output of the new BMW 518d and new BMW 520d by another 5 kW apiece. At the same time, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions in the EU test cycle have been reduced by as much as 0.4 litres per 100 kilometres / 10 grams per kilometre. For example, the new BMW 520d Sedan – which now produces 140 kW/190 hp – burns just 4.7–4.3 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (60.1–65.7 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 114–124 g/km. If the optional eight-speed Steptronic transmission is specified, these figures improve further to 4.5–4.1 l/100 km (62.8–68.9 mpg imp) with CO2 emissions of 109–119 g/km, depending on the tyre format fitted.
The new entry-level diesel models – the BMW 518d Sedan and BMW 518d Touring – now offer output of 110 kW/150 hp and peak torque of 360 Newton metres (266 lb-ft). The 140 kW/190 hp variant of the new four-cylinder power unit, meanwhile, boosts peak torque by 20 Newton metres (15 lb-ft) to 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). This version of the engine is fitted in the BMW 520d Sedan and BMW 520d Touring as well as the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan and BMW 520d xDrive Touring models with intelligent all-wheel drive. The likewise updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission is available for the rear-wheel-drive models as an option in place of the standard six-speed manual gearbox, and included as standard on the all-wheel-drive models.
These new gains in fuel economy represent further evidence of the effectiveness of the ongoing development work – focusing on the optimisation of combustion engines and other components – under the BMW EfficientDynamics banner. The current (sixth) generation of the BMW 5 Series has set the pace in its class in terms of economy and driving pleasure from day one, thanks to extensive use of BMW EfficientDynamics innovations, such as BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, Electric Power Steering, Brake Energy Regeneration and numerous other measures. The exemplary levels of efficiency achieved as a result underline the trailblazing character of the BMW 5 Series, as do its elegantly sporty design defined by harmoniously flowing lines, the modern functionality of the interior – with innovative display and control elements – plus driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive and superior chassis technology. Additional innovations like ECO PRO mode and the Auto Start Stop function (also available with the automatic transmission) are now likewise fuelling this commitment to building on its leading position.
New engine generation, new efficiency benchmark. The introduction of the new four-cylinder diesel engines represents the next stage in the process. Both units are members of the BMW Group’s new modular engine family and offer top-level BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. They feature an aluminium crankcase with thermally joined cylinder liners (to reduce internal friction) and integrated balancer shafts, turbochargers with variable intake geometry and optimised efficiency, and further developed common rail direct injection systems. The extra output, more instantaneous power delivery and high-revving character that these measures provide go hand in hand with not only greater fuel economy but also a reduction in weight of around two kilograms over the outgoing engines. In addition, fresh advances have been made in the area of acoustic comfort.
The effectiveness of the turbochargers has been enhanced by a new roller bearing and extremely effective and need-based exhaust gas recirculation. The newly designed heat exchangers for the exhaust gas flow have a compact construction and optimised cooling performance, which leads to an effective reduction in maximum combustion temperatures. Another special feature is the vacuum-operated bypass valve, which allows a higher proportion of uncooled exhaust gas to be fed into the engine while it is warming up, for example. The common rail direct injection system’s new solenoid valve inectors ensure the engine uses even more precise quantities of fuel. They now allow increased injection pressure of up to 2,000 bar, which paves the way for extremely economical and, at the same time, clean combustion.
Furthermore, the thermodynamic efficiency around the core engine has been optimised, as have the starting characteristics of the diesel engines with the Auto Start Stop function. The new four-cylinder diesel engines are also equipped with map-controlled oil pumps. The new fully variable vane-type pumps enable continuously adjustable control of the volume flow and therefore the oil pressure in response to the operating status of the engine at any given time. The result is a significant reduction in the energy required by the oil pumps which – as with all the need-based ancillary components – means a greater proportion of the engine’s output is available to drive the vehicle. More driving pleasure, lower fuel consumption: 0.2 seconds shaved off the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint, up to 0.4 litres of fuel saved per 100 kilometres. The new four-cylinder diesel engines generate their respective maximum outputs of 110 kW/150 hp and 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm, and their peak torque of 360 / 400 Newton metres (266 / 295 lb-ft) is on tap between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The increase in output and torque has a noticeable effect on the sporty driving characteristics of the BMW 518d, BMW 520d and BMW 520d xDrive. All the model variants – in both Sedan and Touring guise – accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) 0.2 seconds more quickly than their respective predecessors. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox fitted, the new figures are 9.5 seconds for the BMW 518d Sedan (BMW 518d Touring: 9.9 seconds), 7.9 seconds for the BMW 520d Sedan (BMW 520d Touring: 8.1 seconds) and 7.9 seconds for the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan (BMW 520d xDrive Touring: 8.2 seconds).
The advances made in efficiency alongside the optimised power delivery are reflected in fuel economy and emissions unparalleled at the premium end of the executive class. The average fuel consumption of the new BMW 518d Sedan has been reduced to 4.7–4.3 litres per 100 kilometres [60.1–65.7 mpg imp] (BMW 518d Touring: 5.0–4.7 l/100 km [56.5–60.1 mpg imp]). CO2 emissions now stand at 114–124 grams (122–132 grams) per kilometre. The figures for the new BMW 520d Sedan and the new BMW 520d Touring are virtually identical: 4.7–4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (60.1–65.7 mpg imp) and 114–124 grams per kilometre for the Sedan, and 5.0–4.6 litres per 100 kilometres (56.5–61.4 mpg imp) and 122–132 grams per kilometre for the Touring model (as per EU test cycle, depending on tyre format). Further development of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission for improved efficiency, raised comfort levels and enhanced dynamics. Another common theme of the new diesel-engined BMW 5 Series variants is the positive influence of the eight-speed Steptronic transmission on performance and fuel economy. The latest update of the automatic transmission has been tuned precisely to the performance characteristics of the new-generation power units. Further improvements to internal efficiency and longer gear ratios open up additional efficiency potential. An rpm-linked vibration damper with engine-specific tuning allows economical driving at low revs to be combined with increased driving and acoustic comfort. In addition, converter slip during gear changes has been further reduced. The updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission also offers a predictive shift strategy, which works in conjunction with the car’s navigation system – even when the route guidance is not active – to ensure that gear changes are timed precisely according to the driving situation at hand. Based on navigation data, the gearbox identifies and takes into account an approaching corner, intersection, roundabout or motorway slip road. If the vehicle is approaching an intersection or a bend, for example, it changes down early to the most appropriate gear, making optimum use of the engine braking effect. The gearbox then shifts to the optimal gear to accelerate dynamically out of the bend. Furthermore, interaction with the navigation system allows unnecessary gear changes between two successive bends to be avoided.
With the updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission fitted, the new BMW 518d Sedan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.4 seconds (BMW 518d Touring: 9.8 seconds). The new BMW 520d Sedan needs just 7.7 seconds for the same sprint (BMW 520d Touring: 8.0 seconds). The models fitted as standard with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission – the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan and BMW 520d xDrive Touring – post 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration figures of 7.9 / 8.2 seconds. New fuel consumption and emissions benchmarks in the executive class are also set with the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The new BMW 518d Sedan records figures of 4.6–4.2 litres per 100 kilometres (61.4–67.3 mpg imp) and 110–120 grams per kilometre (BMW 518d Touring: 4.9–4.5 l/100 km [57.7–62.8 mpg imp], 118–128 g/km). The new BMW 520d Sedan improves this performance to 4.5–4.1 litres per 100 kilometres (62.8–68.9 mpg imp) and 109–119 grams per kilometre (BMW 520d Touring: 4.9–4.5 l/100 km [57.7–62.8mpg imp], 118–128 g/km). The average fuel consumption of the new BMW 520d xDrive Sedan is 5.1–4.7 litres per 100 kilometres [55.4–60.1 mpg imp] (BMW 520d xDrive Touring: 5.4–5.1 l/100 km [52.3–55.4 mpg imp]), and CO2 emissions are 124–134 grams (Sedan) and 133–143 grams per kilometre (Touring; all as per EU test cycle, depending on tyre format). This latest round of engine updates sees the BMW 5 Series underlining once again its status as a fertile breeding ground for innovation in the brand’s model-line up. The latest advances made under the banner of BMW EfficientDynamics – such as the ongoing process of optimisation in the areas of comfort-enhancing equipment, functionality and intelligent connectivity courtesy of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive – help ensure the BMW 5 Series represents the leading edge of technology. The BMW 5 Series has therefore laid the ideal foundations to further increase its popularity and maintain its global market leadership at the premium end of the executive class into the future. It is an approach that has enabled the current model to become the leading light in the successful history of the BMW 5 Series, which dates back to 1972. With sales now topping 1.5 million units, the current BMW 5 Series has already outstripped the previous most successful generation.
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I’ve been lucky enough to own some nice cars in my life. Like most people, bringing my car in for service was never something I looked forward to. However one thing that I did like was when I got an interesting car as the service loaner. I reme...
I’ve been lucky enough to own some nice cars in my life. Like most people, bringing my car in for service was never something I looked forward to. However one thing that I did like was when I got an interesting car as the service loaner. I remember one time when my Mercedes ML430 was being worked on I got a black E430 4matic and I liked it so much I almost told the dealer to keep my car and trade it for the loaner. Today, many dealers have only a small fleet of in-house loaners and use rental car agencies for the overflow of cars that they need. They do it to save money, and I’m sure it does, but they do miss out on the opportunity to show off the other cars that they sell. I still don’t fully understand why a BMW dealer for instance would want to put their customer in a car from another brand while they are getting service, it just seems wrong.
However dealers that are beginning to sell electric cars are now finding they have another problem to deal with. Their EV customers don’t want to drive a gas car while their car is in for service, regardless of the make or model. I wrote a blog post about this over two years ago when I was driving my ActiveE and now that the i3 has launched I’m watching many i3 owners say the same thing. One person recently posted this in the i3 Facebook group: “Most people would love to drive a new BMW 3-Series for a few days as a loaner. Not me. It vibrates, burns gas, I have to use the brake pedal, makes noise and is slow. All this found during the 2.1 mile drive home. Very much so #firstworldproblems. Think I’m going to bribe my wife for a ride to and from work.” Imagine that. The BMW 3-Series is considered one of the best cars on the road. In fact, it has was recently awarded Car & Drivers coveted “Ten Best Cars” distinction for the 23rd consecutive year. One would think just about anyone would love to have a new one for a few days while their car was in for service. That’s not so if your car is an i3. After driving an electric car for a while, ICE vehicles seem antiquated. You feel the engine vibrations right up through the steering wheel, you hear the engine noise when you accelerate, gear shifts feel clunky and jerky. Yep, once you get back in an ICE vehicle after driving electric you realize what you’ve left behind and you don’t miss it. You’ve evolved now, and you don’t want to go back to the dark ages of the ICE. READ ALSO: BMW i3 Extended Drive Program Some BMW dealers have already realized this and are including i3 loaners into their in house fleet. This is a great idea for a couple of reasons. First, they can keep their i3 customers happy while their car is in for service, and secondly they can expose some of their other clients to the electric driving experience. Any electric car owner can tell you, getting people to try electric drive is the hardest part. Once they experience the smooth linear acceleration, the quiet vibration-less cabin and the excitement of the instant torque of an electric motor they too will be thinking about going electric. I’m happy to report my dealer (JMK BMW in Springfield, NJ) – perhaps with the help of some encouragement from me
has decided to include an i3 to their stable of loaners. I think this is a great move and will pay dividends for them in the long run. However this certainly isn’t just a BMW issue. I’ve seen Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt owners lament the fact that they get an ICE loaner car and wish they had an electric option available. Tesla only sells electric cars so they only have electric loaners. In fact, not only do you get a Tesla loaner, but all Tesla loaners are the top of the line P85 Model S. Plus, if you really like the loaner, Tesla allows you to keep it. Of course you have to pay the difference in your car’s value and the P85 loaners that you want, but it’s a simple process where you just tell them your keeping that car and they tell you how much you owe them for the difference. That’s another example of how Tesla is bringing new ideas and improved customer service to the industry. I am sure that the savvy dealers who provide electric loaners for their EV customers will definitely benefit. The electric vehicle community is pretty close-knit and does communicate amongst themselves. It doesn’t take long for a specific dealer to be labeled a “bad” dealer for not being very “EV friendly”. Conversely, the dealers who have provided good service to their EV customers have benefited from a high number of referrals. The dealers who train their staff to understand these new cars, provide free on-site charging, and offer electric loaners are the ones who are really going to succeed in the new electric frontier. [Source: bmwi3blogspot] The article Electric Vehicle Owners Shun ICE Loaners appeared first on BMW BLOG
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An M4 owner shares his VBOX performance results against his full-bolt-on E92 M3. M4 0-60: 4.35M4 60-130: 9.38M4 1/4 Mile: 11.82 @ 122.3 M3 0-60: 4.23M3 60-130: 10.13M3 1/4 Mile: 11.95 @ 120.5
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The ideal weekend getaway.
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New sedanâs styling and tech will be heavily influenced by XC90.
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Could this be another Lamborghini sedan concept?
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Additional answers to the question, Whatâs your favorite car?
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Similar upgrades should come to U.S. version soon.