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Our Top 5 favorite watches for BMW drivers

It’s no secret that watches and cars go together like spaghetti and meatballs, or beer and cookies. Okay, maybe that last one is just me. But regardless of your personal combination preferences, watches and cars are a match made in heaven. Both...

It’s no secret that watches and cars go together like spaghetti and meatballs, or beer and cookies. Okay, maybe that last one is just me. But regardless of your personal combination preferences, watches and cars are a match made in heaven. Both mechanical, both take immense talent and dedication to make and both, if you get good ones, cost way more than we’d all like. Now, I know many will have an issue with some of my choices, as per usual, but here are my top five favorite watches for BMW drivers.

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Rolex Submariner: Okay, so a pretty safe, maybe even a bit boring, choice here. Everyone with even a little bit of money has a Rolex Submariner, but there’s good reason for that. The Submariner is a high-quality item with a solid, reliable movement that will stay working forever, with the proper care. It is also meticulously finished with immense attention to detail. With classic looks and tried and true movement, the Rolex Submariner is a timeless watch that looks good while driving any car.

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Bremont MB: Bremont is one of the lesser known watchmakers on the market. Hailing from Britain, Bremont makes incredibly durable and reliable pilot’s watches and even offer a three year warranty. The MB line of watches is named for, and designed in joint with, aviation company Martin Baker, a maker of aircraft ejection seats. With a real aircraft history, Bremont ties in well with BMW. In also looks the business with a classy aeronautic design and an automatic movement made in house by Bremont.

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Nomos Zurich Weltzeit: Nomos is also a very little known watchmaker whose movements are all made in house. Nomos also happens to be German and made in Glashutte, Germany. This particular watch, the Zurich Weltzeit is a gorgeously appointed GMT watch with its Bauhaus styling and sunken disc face. The Nomos Zurich Weltzeit is a wonderful, German-made, business-persons watch with class, sophistication and style.

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Omega Speedmaster Professional: The Speedmaster isn’t a great watch. It’s the great watch. As the first watch to go to the moon, the Omega Speedmaster is one of the oldest designs on this list. Still with the originally designed, albeit slightly updated, movement from the 60’s, it has a real aerospace pedigree. It’s also one of the most accurate chronographs on the planet and is one of the classiest watches money can buy. Its simple yet timeless design perfectly fits the style and pedigree of BMWs well. The professional can be had with an automatic movement or a hand-wound one, but the hand-wound is the one to get as it’s the original.

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Tag Heuer Monaco: Tag Heuer can take a bit of flak for being the watch that every pretender wears, but the Monaco is the real deal. Named after the famous Monaco Grand Prix, it has one of the best Motorsport pedigree out of any watch on the market. Also, famously worn by Steve McQueen in the movie, Le Mans, it has some star power as well. The only square watch here, the timeless design of the Monaco, along with its Motorsport pedigree, make it number one on this list.   The article Our Top 5 favorite watches for BMW drivers appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Would you buy a BMW pickup truck?

Back in April of 2012, BMW decided to play a little April Fools joke on everyone by announcing an M3 pickup truck, based on the E92 M3 Convertible. Many folks were excited, many were repulsed and many sniffed out BMW’s prank from the get go. As...

Back in April of 2012, BMW decided to play a little April Fools joke on everyone by announcing an M3 pickup truck, based on the E92 M3 Convertible. Many folks were excited, many were repulsed and many sniffed out BMW’s prank from the get go. As silly as such a car would be, it would actually be kind of fun and practical. The Aussie’s have been making Sport Utes like this for quite a while, such as the Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon Utes. Basically, the idea is to stuff a big engine into a rear-wheel drive sedan (or saloon, if you live down under) and then slap a pickup bed on the back. This makes for a car that can not only be a fun, powerful sports car, but one that can haul bails of hay, or some chickens, as well.

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Now of course it would be completely ridiculous if BMW had made one of these, it’s just not in keeping with their brand image. The Ford and Holden are great, but leave it to them (just Holden now, actually, as Ford has gone bust down there). The M3 Ute is a fun idea but not a realistic one. But what if BMW were to do it, what if they said “Damn the torpedoes!” and just made one anyway?

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Well, it wouldn’t have much of a market. Almost zero BMW drivers would be interested in something like that. Maybe a select few who like the quirky, weird cars that BMW make, but not many at all. However, it would be good for someone who lives on or around a lot of farmland. This way they could have their cake (sports car) and eat it, too (pickup). Not a bad way to convince the wife into allowing a sports car in the family. But ultimately, it just wouldn’t make enough sense.

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I do think it would be great to see some levity from the typically stern Germans, though. A modern day M3 with a pickup bed would be one of the great automotive unicorns. “Oh you have a Cadillac CTS-V Wagon with a manual? That’s too mainstream for my M3 Ute.” There would be something truly special about a car that could dominate a race track yet still haul a Home Depot trip home and have the luxuries of a BMW inside. What a fun world it would be had BMW actually put that into production. There isn’t a place for it in the real world, but that’s a world I want to love in. So we have to pose the question: Would you buy a BMW pickup?

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BMW M235i Coupe with M Performance Parts

BMW Abu Dhabi has a new special BMW in their showroom. This BMW M235i Coupe comes with a suite of M Performance Parts and some interesting color choices. From the M Performance Parts catalog, the M235i gets a carbon fiber front and rear spoiler, alon...

BMW Abu Dhabi has a new special BMW in their showroom. This BMW M235i Coupe comes with a suite of M Performance Parts and some interesting color choices. From the M Performance Parts catalog, the M235i gets a carbon fiber front and rear spoiler, along with side skirts, blacked out kidney grille, mirror caps and a rear diffuser. The metallic black exterior color gets matches with M strips on the kidney grille and red inserts in the front and rear bumpers. The M Performance wheels also get red accents on the spokes.

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Inside the cabin, this BMW M235i gets a special M Performance makeover as well, starting with the M sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and side sills and red leather seats. Here is a photo gallery of the special M235i:

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Has the market for the BMW i8 changed?

A 2014 $147,000 Sophisto Grey BMW i8 sold for $140,000 at Barrett Jackson auction just held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Considering many dealers are asking substantially over sticker for the i8, this could mark a big shift in the market. The i8 that cros...

A 2014 $147,000 Sophisto Grey BMW i8 sold for $140,000 at Barrett Jackson auction just held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Considering many dealers are asking substantially over sticker for the i8, this could mark a big shift in the market. The i8 that crossed the block at Barrett Jackson had 750 miles on the ODO and came with the Pure Impulse World package. The 2014 i8 was sold on a prime day, Saturday. The i8 was even listed as one of the 25 storylines to follow “Bidders will have an opportunity to own one of the most sought-after and hard-to-get cars of 2014, the BMW i8 Supercar. Only a few hundred were built for the U.S. market; this is one of less than 500 built.” Clearly they were trying to hype up the i8 and the bidding public didn’t buy into it. Actually 555 i8s were brought to the U.S. in 2014.

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Barrett Jackson gets paid on both ends of cars it sells. So you need to subtract 8% from the $140,000 before the seller gets paid. It’s hard for me to imagine that the owner actually thought they were going to walk away with just $128,800 for a $147,000 car that he/she had put 750 miles on and that dealers were “asking” $100,000 over sticker. The buyer of the i8 ended up having to pay a 10% buyers premium, so they paid an extra $14,000 to Barrett Jackson over the gavel price.

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Recently, BMW announced that they were actually doubling the allocation of i8 models for the U.S. market. The allocation will go from about 500 in a year to 1000 a year. The increased allocation shows that the i8 is indeed in great demand here in the U.S. and BMW is happy to increase the supply. The demand for the i8, however, now doesn’t seem to support $100,000 mark ups anymore. If you ask a dealer about an i8 they will tell you they are sold out and hop on the list. We recently reported that an i8 at Irvine BMW in California has been marked up to $247,450. A staggering $100,000 mark up over MSRP. However, it has not sold. The BMW i8 has a 1.5 liter turbocharged three-cylinder motor fires up putting a total of 357 hp and 420 lb-ft at your command. 0-60 mph comes in a scant 3.8s. The i8 has an exotic powertrain and killer gull-winged exotic looks to match. Base MSRP of the 2015 BMW i8 is $136,500. The Pure Impulse World Option Package is $10,800. The article Has the market for the BMW i8 changed? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Team RLL has success at Daytona 24 Hours

BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend’s 53rd Daytona 24 Hours on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. With car numbe...

BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend’s 53rd Daytona 24 Hours on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. With car numbers chosen to honour that car, the no. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM finished second and the no. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM took the chequered flag fourth. Bill Auberlen (US), Augusto Farfus (BR), Bruno Spengler (CA) and Dirk Werner (DE) completed 725 laps around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn Daytona International Speedway road course in the number 25 machine during the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic. Werner, the finishing driver, crossed the line a scant 0.478 seconds behind the winning no. 3 Corvette. The no. 24, driven by John Edwards (US), Jens Klingmann (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Graham Rahal (US) finished 24 laps in arrears after an accident just past the nine-hour mark cost the quartet 29 laps. Last year, the team finished the season opener of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) at Daytona in the same positions, and, following another podium finish at Sebring (US), led the championship for the early part of the 2014 season. Quotes after the Daytona 24 Hours: Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “That was a nail biter for the last ten to fifteen minutes. The final yellow came in just the right moment for us so we were lucky at the end. I should give a compliment to everyone involved for the hard work here and back in Munich over the winter to build some top speed into the BMW Z4 GTLM that we were lacking here last year. We can definitely see the improvement. We aren’t there yet, but the guys had something in their hands that they could fight with today, and in that respect I send big, big congratulations to all the drivers and the team. They really fought hard and deserve this second-place. I would have been super happy with a win, but only one-half second behind at the finish is a result we can be proud of. Second and fourth make a fantastic start the 2015 season and the 40th anniversary here for BMW.” Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “All the drivers did a great job in their respective cars. They did, frankly, everything we asked them to. We are getting closer every year. Maybe next time we’ll get to the top of the Daytona podium.” Dirk Werner (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 2nd place): “To finish a race like that is nice. In the last couple of laps we were both on the limit. I tried to give everything, but it was just not enough – although we were really close. I think the team can be really happy with all that we have achieved in this 24 hour race and the performance of the car, which was down to the time and work BMW have put into it over the winter. It makes me optimistic for the rest of the season and looking forward to that already. Thanks to everybody involved, my team-mates and the entire team.” Bill Auberlen (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 2nd place): “It was a great finish. It is two years in a row we have finished second. Last year, we finished two and a half seconds behind, and this year Dirk drove it up there and got it within half a second. It was amazing. All the guys put their heads down and achieved the best possible result. Hats off to all these guys in the team as that is all we could do.” Augusto Farfus (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 2nd place): “That last stint was practically a qualifying stint, and one of the best days of my life. I got out there and then when I knew it was my last stint of the race I gave everything I had.” Bruno Spengler (No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM, 2nd place): “My first 24-hour race in a racing car and I finished second. I am very, very happy about that. I had to learn a lot of things here – especially getting used to the cold tyres at night. There were also so many cars around and I had to try and pass them without getting into trouble. It was a great experience. I wish I had not done that little mistake trying to overtake. I guess that was a little bit of my sprint racer character trying to come out, but I still managed to get back on track and then it ended up well. Dirk had an amazing drive and was putting pressure on the Corvette in front of us, but unfortunately there was not enough time to overtake but he did great. It was an amazing experience and I really hope I can do this again.” John Edwards (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 4th place): “That last one was a triple stint so a bit longer than my first two, and actually it was green for most of it. I think I only had one full course yellow during that whole of it. That’s why I have been sweating a lot! We made up a couple of positions due to other people falling out. That’s all we knew we had to do at around midnight last night. It was kind of a frustrating position to be in at that point because you know your race is pretty much over when it comes to winning a watch. You know you have got to keep pushing because we made up two or three positions just by continuing to run. That will help us later on in the year for the championship.” Lucas Luhr (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 4th place): “First of all I have to say I am very proud of the improvements the whole team – the guys from BMW Motorsport, BMW Team RLL, and BMW of North America – have made since last year. It is still the same result, but we were ready to fight and ready to hunt. Our car had an accident with John, which was unfortunate but the other car also had a little off. Speed-wise we had improved a lot since last year and I am very proud to be part of it. Some days in racing it is just not your day, and unfortunately today it was not our day, but we are second and fourth and these are very important points for the manufacturer and for the team championship, so I think we can work with that and move on to Sebring.” Jens Klingmann (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 4th place): “It was my first race in the States and my first race in a GTLM, and it was really a beautiful experience. I think we did quite well apart from that little accident. At least we had the performance and the package is working and I am looking forward to doing another couple of races with this team, my team-mates and, of course, the BMW Z4 GTLM.” Graham Rahal (No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM, 4th place): “As everybody knows in these sorts of races a lot of luck goes into it. Unfortunately, she wasn’t on our side today. I am disappointed we couldn’t be a little bit better, but the boys did a great job fixing the car and making up for the mistakes that were made, not on our part but by other guys hitting us. I am proud of our effort and hope we will be back next year to do a better job.”

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BMW Team RLL Finishes 2nd and 4th at 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona

BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend’s 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. With car num...

BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend’s 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. With car numbers chosen to honor that car, the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM finished second and the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM took the checkered flag fourth. Bill Auberlen, Augusto Farfus, Bruno Spengler, and Dirk Werner completed 725 laps around the 3.56-mile, 12-turn Daytona International Speedway road course in the No. 25 machine during the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic. Werner, the finishing driver, took the checkered flag a scant 0.478 seconds behind the winning No. 3 Corvette.

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The No. 24, driven by John Edwards, Jens Klingmann, Lucas Luhr, and Graham Rahal, finished 24 laps in arrears after an accident just past the nine hour mark cost the quartet 29 laps. Last season, the team finished the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the same positions, and, following another podium finish at Sebring, led the championship for the early part of the 2014 season.

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“That was a nail biter for the last ten to fifteen minutes,” said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.” The final yellow came in just the right moment for us so we were lucky at the end. I should give a compliment to everyone involved for the hard work here and back in Munich over the winter to build some top speed into the BMW Z4 GTLM that we were lacking here last year. We can definitely see the improvement. We aren’t there yet, but the guys had something in their hands that they could fight with today, and in that respect I send big, big congratulations to all the drivers and the team. They really fought hard and deserve this second-place. I would have been super happy with a win, but only one-half second behind at the finish is a result we can be proud of. Second and fourth make a fantastic start the 2015 season and the 40th anniversary here for BMW.

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“All the drivers did a great job in their respective cars,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “They did, frankly, everything we asked them to. We are getting closer every year. Maybe next time we’ll get to the top of the Daytona podium.” Hour            No. 24           Lap          No.25         Lap 19                     P5            542            P2            567 20                     P5            573            P3            598 21                     P4            604            P2            628 22                     P4            637            P1            662 23                     P4            670            P2            695 24                     P4            701            P2            725 Bill Auberlen, driver No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM - “It was a great finish. It is two years in a row we have finished second. Last year, we finished two and a half seconds behind and this year Dirk drove it up there and got it within half a second. It was amazing. All the guys put their heads down and achieved the best possible result. Hats off to all these guys in the team as that is all we could do.” Bruno Spengler, driver No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM - “My first 24-hour race in a racing car and I finished second. I am very, very happy about that. I had to learn a lot of things here – especially getting used to the cold tires at night because I have driven for the past ten years with tire warmers. There were also so many cars around and I had to try and pass them without getting into trouble. It was a great experience. BMW Team RLL is a great team and I was proud to be involved with this effort. The mechanics did an amazing job. Jens Marquardt was here to support us and stayed up the whole night. Bobby coached us through the race and this was a great experience for me. I wish I had not done that little mistake trying to overtake. I took the two Corvettes at the restart quite quickly but then I was a little optimistic on my braking to try and overtake a PC class car as quick as possible to try and gain some time over the Corvettes. I guess that was a little bit of my sprint racer character trying to come out as I was a little bit young in endurance racing so I still have to learn, but I still managed to get back on track and then it ended up well. Dirk had an amazing drive and was putting pressure on the Corvette in front of us, but unfortunately there was not enough time to overtake but he did great. It was an amazing experience and I really hope I can do this again.” Augusto Farfus, driver No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM -  “That last stint was practically a qualifying stint, and one of the best days of my life. I got out there and then when I knew it was my last stint of the race I gave everything I had.” Dirk Werner, driver No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM – “To finish a race like that is nice. In the last couple of laps we were both on the limit. I tried to give everything, but it was just not enough – although we were really close. I think the team can be really happy with all that we have achieved in this 24 hour race and the performance of the car, which was down to the time and work BMW have put into it over the winter. It makes me optimistic for the rest of the season and looking forward to that already. Thanks to everybody involved, my team mates and the entire team.” Jens Klingmann, driver No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM – “When I jumped into the car it was still night time so it was just a beautiful scene when the sun rose. I tried to keep up the pace. Even though we were laps down we didn’t give up and we were still pushing because you never know, maybe something happens and another guy drops out and we can still gain some positions. Now we are up to P5 and that was my second and last stint because I did two triple stints, which is about six hours in total. I really enjoyed it. It was my first race in the States and my first race in a GTLM, and it was really a beautiful experience. I think we did quite well apart from that little accident. At least we had the performance and the package is working and I am looking forward to doing another couple of races with this team, my team-mates and, of course, the Z4.” John Edwards, driver No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM - “That last one was a triple stint so a bit longer than my first two, and actually it was green for most of it. I think I only had one full course yellow during that whole of it. That’s why I have been sweating a lot! We made up a couple of positions due to other people falling out. That’s all we knew we had to do at around midnight last night. It was kind of a frustrating position to be in at that point because you know your race is pretty much over when it comes to winning a watch. You know you have got to keep pushing because we made up two or three positions just by continuing to run. That will help us later on in the year for the championship.” Lucas Luhr, driver No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM – “First of all I have to say I am very proud of the improvements the whole team – the guys from BMW Motorsport, BMW Team RLL, and  BMW of North America  – have made since last year. It is still the same result, but we were ready to fight and ready to hunt. Our car had an accident with John, which was unfortunate but the other car also had a little off.  Speed wise we had improved a lot since last year and I am very proud to be part of it. Some days  in racing it is just not your day, and unfortunately today it was not our day, but we are second and fourth and these are very important points for the manufacturer and for the team championship, so I think we can work with that and move on to Sebring.” Graham Rahal, driver No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM – “As everybody knows in these sorts of races a lot of luck goes into it. Unfortunately, she wasn’t on our side today. I am disappointed we couldn’t be a little bit better, but the boys did a great job fixing the car and making up for the mistakes that were made, not on our part but by other guys hitting us. I am proud of our effort and hope we will be back next year to do a better job.” Round 2 of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Series will be held at Sebring International Raceway, in Sebring, Fla., with the 63rd Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 21st. For BMW, the race represents an important anniversary – it is the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first victory in the United States.

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BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

With carbon fiber becoming the norm these days, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is the perfect choice to showcase some of those lightweight aero parts. This tuning project was built by ENLAES and features a front spoiler, side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rea...

With carbon fiber becoming the norm these days, the BMW M6 Gran Coupe is the perfect choice to showcase some of those lightweight aero parts. This tuning project was built by ENLAES and features a front spoiler, side skirts, a rear diffuser and a rear decklid spoiler, all made out of carbon fiber. While some parts are purely for aesthetics, the added downforce provides some additional performance as well. Additionally, you will also notice the gold finish on the aftermarket wheels wrapped around by Pirelli tires.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

The car has been properly lowered, allowing the custom wheels and carbon fiber parts to work together to increase the aggressive look of the M6 Gran Coupe. The BMW M6 Gran Coupe was released as a four-door coupe version of the M6 Coupe. It features all the performance goodies you would expect from a BMW M6 Coupe, but with an elongated and unique body shape. The official performance figures claim acceleration from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 4.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) without the M Driver’s Package (allows it to run up to 300 km/h), thanks to a 4.4 liter 560 horsepower engine.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

This build was completed by tuning shop Platinum Motorsport and further images of this build can be found in the media gallery below.

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

BMW M6 Gran Coupe With ENLAES Carbon Fiber Parts

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Electric Vehicles Advertising To Increase In 2015

2015 is shaping up to be the year of electric vehicles. New models are bound to launch while others are getting a refresh, all in an effort to lure new customers to the brand. While some BMW customers are dropping their ICE cars in exchange for an el...

2015 is shaping up to be the year of electric vehicles. New models are bound to launch while others are getting a refresh, all in an effort to lure new customers to the brand. While some BMW customers are dropping their ICE cars in exchange for an electric vehicle, there are others who are new to the Roundel. Getting a new customer base comes with a price. In 2015, marketing budgets are getting recalculated to include more EV advertising and BMW has just made the first step with their Super Bowl return announcement. Next week, the Woodcliff Lake-based BMW of North America will debut their BMW i3 Super Bowl ad.

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But the company’s marketing efforts don’t stop here. A series of marketing emails to existing customers are emphasizing the benefits of the new i3. “Discover how single-pedal driving, 50/50 weight distribution, and a tight turning radius can make it exciting to take on the road in the all-new BMW i3. You may never need to do donuts in the street, but it’s good to know you could.” Tesla needs a bump in brand awareness as well. Many consumers are able to correctly identify the brand, but the fine details around the company and its models are unknown to many. A recent article by Daniel Sparks at Motley Fool talks about how he’s been driving a Tesla Model S for 10,000 miles and people are still confused about the car. One of the most common initial questions we get from strangers and friends is, “Who makes the car?” After we explain the car is made by Tesla, they often persist: “But who makes Tesla?” Furthermore, most people don’t know Tesla now has an all-wheel-drive version of the Model S, are completely unaware of the fast-growing Supercharger network, and have never heard of regenerative braking.

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Chevy will also release this year the Volt 2.0 and the company is already touting the increased driving range and more appealing design. An effective marketing campaign will not only increase the electric vehicles sales for GM, but will also promote the EV segment. Even though car makers compete for the same EV customers, their ads are yet to be aimed at each other as we currently see with advertising for conventionally-powered cars. The biggest challenge for EV automakers still revolves around educating customers on the benefits of electric mobility while dealing with the most pressing topic: driving range anxiety. 2015 is also the year of electric charging infrastructure so expect to see some marketing campaigns around that as well. Should be fun year for advertising and we look forward to the BMW Super Bowl ad. [Source: ElectricVehicleParade] The article Electric Vehicles Advertising To Increase In 2015 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Video: Supersprint F82 M4 / F80 M3 exhaust system

Supersprint has released its F80 M3 / F82 M4 exhaust system. The stock exhaust system, diameter 2x ...

Supersprint has released its F80 M3 / F82 M4 exhaust system. The stock exhaust system, diameter 2x

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