The F82 M4 Beats the E92 M3’s Nurburgring Time – By A lot

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2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive – Test Drive

Less than ten years ago, BMW diesels were a rarity in the U.S., the 335d and X5 xDrive35d were the only two bangers sold. In 2015, BMW sells six diesel-powered models, including the flagship 7 Series. The 740Ld is only offered in the long-wheelbase c...

Less than ten years ago, BMW diesels were a rarity in the U.S., the 335d and X5 xDrive35d were the only two bangers sold. In 2015, BMW sells six diesel-powered models, including the flagship 7 Series. The 740Ld is only offered in the long-wheelbase configuration and with the xDrive system. Before the F01/F02 generation takes a bow, we had the chance to sample the diesel limousine over the course of a week and what better place to do so than the lovely City of Chicago and its famous potholes, the perfect test bed for the luxurious, spacious and stylish 7er.

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The Engine While we wish it had the triple-turbos found in the European 750d, the 740Ld uses a 3.0 liter inline-six TwinPower Turbo technology, essentially the fancy word for a single turbo with two scrolls – the exhaust housing of the twin-scroll turbo is split in two. The engine is mated to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, the smooth gearbox that it’s found in many other BMWs. Compared to the European 740d, the U.S. version received an exhaust treatment, which consists of an NOx storage catalyst, a particulate filter, and a selective catalyst reduction system with urea injection.

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The potent six-banger makes 255 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and 413 lb-ft of torque lathered across the rev range, with peak twist available between 1,500 and 3,000 rpm. Official figures say that the BMW 740Ld xDrive will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds for a governed top speed of 130 mph. More than enough for the U.S. roads and their highly-restricted speeds. At nearly 4,700 pounds, the BMW 740Ld xDrive is quite efficient; BMW rates it at 26 mpg combined (31 mpg highway driving and 23 mpg in the city), but our real-world testing delivered a fuel economy of 30 mpg, with a 60-40 split in favor of the highway driving. Torque, so much torque

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As with many other diesel engines, the relatively low horsepower output can be deceiving. For a car of this size, on paper, the 225 ponies seem extremely low, but in every day’s traffic, the torque is what matters most. Put your foot down on the throttle and the engine will deliver smoothly its power, the diesel clatter is almost non-existent and the smooth-shifting eight-speed does the job well of moving the car quickly through its gears. The diesel really shines at around 70 mph where the engine sound is beautifully hidden inside the cabin and it’s as smooth as a diesel can get. For the first time in years, we refrained as much as possible from using the Sport or Sport Plus settings. As with other BMWs, the 740Ld xDrive comes with driving dynamics control that offers five options for adjusting your ride quality, and being outnumbered by the Chicago potholes, we relied for the first time on the calm and smooth Comfort setting. There is also an Eco Pro setting, but we found it to be too soft and slow for the heavy 7er. The limousine has done a great job walking over the highly imperfect Chicago roads, thanks to the $2,500 Adaptive Drive system with Active Roll Stabilization which ironed out bumps beautifully while keeping the car planted on the road. It certainly feels more at home on the highway than in the stop-and-go city traffic, but that’s normal for any large-size cars. We still prefer the shorter wheelbase 7 Series – for its agility and sportiness – but with the long-wheelbase 7 Series becoming the U.S. standard with the new generation, we can see why BMW is choosing a bit more luxury and space over spirited driving.

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BMW has fitted the 740Ld xDrive with Goodyear 19-inch wheels wrapped by run-flat tires; 20 inch wheels are optional. 13.7-inch ventilated disk brakes up front and 13.6-inch disk brakes in the rear help with the stopping distance of 126 feet; an impressive number considering the heavy weight. Ready to retire, but still looks good

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With seven years under its belt, the 7 Series has had a rough life since the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class came to market. Inevitably, all the reviews were referencing the new, shinier and more luxurious S-Class as having the upper hand, yet we don’t believe it looks particularly dated inside or out. It often comes down to your personal preference and what you look for in a limousine. Some may choose the S-Class for the cutting edge tech, while other buyers will still buy the F01/F02 7er even when the new BMW flagship comes to market this Fall. Inside, the 740Ld xDrive offers impressive legroom for rear passengers, thanks to the 5.5 inches extra in length when compared to the short-wheelbase. As part of the Cold Weather Package, the rear seats are heated, a nice feature in those cold regions. Changes to the roofline of long-wheelbase 7 series create nearly half an inch of extra headroom in the rear. BMW says that additional insulation materials in the B and C-pillars, skirts and trunk area team up with revised seals around the window frames and exterior mirrors are providing a nearly sound-free cabin.

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The $4,800 Executive Package aims to deliver more luxury items, such as automatic door closing, driver and front passenger seat front seat ventilated, wood and leather trim, and a premium hi-fi system. The $750 powered sunshades are there just in case you need to block any unwanted rays of sun or paparazzi’s’ cameras. BMW’s M Sport Package is the icing on the cake by providing that sporty look inside and outside the car, starting with the aggressive front bumper and sport suspension, and continuing with the M steering wheels and shift paddles.

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Conclusion The MSRP for the 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive starts at $82,500 and since it was the M Sport Edition, it combined the $4,800 Executive Package, $4,600 M Sport Package for just $4,000. With all the other options, the price as tested was $92,650, a figure that is likely to drop as we approach the launch of the G11/G12 7 Series. Mercedes’ new S-Class is currently the car that looks better and driver better, so a direct comparison with the previous generation 7 Series would be unfair, but if you’re not looking for the shiniest and newest toy, the F01/F02 generation is a solid car with a beautifully engineered diesel engine and premium features that are more than enough for many customers. Therefore, we advice you to shop around for a car sitting on the dealer’s lot ready to be moved before the new sheriff is in town.

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F60 MINI Countryman tracking at the Nurburgring

The second-generation F60 MINI Countryman has been spotted tracking at the Nurburgring. Like the new MINI Clubman and the BMW X1, the F60 Countryman is based on the the longer version of the front wheel drive UKL platform. The new Countryman will cat...

The second-generation F60 MINI Countryman has been spotted tracking at the Nurburgring. Like the new MINI Clubman and the BMW X1, the F60 Countryman is based on the the longer version of the front wheel drive UKL platform. The new Countryman will cater to the MINI demographic looking for a larger off-roader with more interior and storage space. Along with a front-wheel drive version, the Countryman will be offered in an all-wheel drive variant. The additional drive of the rear wheels is accomplished by using a Haldex clutch.

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Under the hood, MINI will fit three and four-cylinder engines, both in gasoline and diesel. MINI will launch the Countryman in 2017. The article F60 MINI Countryman tracking at the Nurburgring appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Mission to Drive – Commercial

BMW releases a new teaser video of the upcoming “Mission Impossible Rogue Nation”. The new footage acts more like a commercial for the BMW cars used in the latest installment of the popular movie franchise. BMW is once again Ethan Hunt’...

BMW releases a new teaser video of the upcoming “Mission Impossible Rogue Nation”. The new footage acts more like a commercial for the BMW cars used in the latest installment of the popular movie franchise. BMW is once again Ethan Hunt’s partner who this time around drives the new F80 M3. The new BMW 340i will also star in the action flick, alongside the X5 xDrive40e, S 1000 RR bike and an unnamed vehicle. The early trailers promise an exciting movie with lots of BMW cars and even some exciting M3 crashes.

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The F80 M3 featured in “Rogue Nation” is painted in the beautiful Silverstone Metallic color. The 340i Facelift features the Mediterranean Blue color. The premiere will take place on July 31. The article BMW Mission to Drive – Commercial appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and NTU embark on $1.3 million electromobility research

BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) today launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol. This new research prog...

BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) today launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol. This new research programme will be conducted at the Future Mobility Research Lab located on the NTU campus, which is the BMW Group’s first joint lab in Southeast Asia. Both parties will be injecting a combined S$1.3 million to drive the new research projects, on top of the initial S$5.5 million funding allocated to the joint lab in 2013. The new research programme will focus on two new areas, Electromobility in Asia and also Smart Materials. This is in addition to the original three research topics that the joint lab is working on: Advanced Battery, Driver Enhancement and Intelligent Mobility.

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At the launch ceremony today at NTU, the BMW Group announced that the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will be provided as research platforms to the Future Mobility Research Lab. The ceremony was graced by Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry; Mr Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse and President of the German Bundesrat; and His Excellency, Dr Michael Witter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore. The scientists at the joint lab will use the two BMW i vehicles to conduct research on real-life driver behaviour and to collect in-depth data on vehicle performance. The two cars will also conduct on-road trials of new technologies such as a mobile application that can accurately predict traffic and estimated end-to-end travelling time. Mr. Axel Pannes, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia said: “We are very satisfied with our partnership with NTU and the establishment of the Future Mobility Research Lab, thanks to the high level of competency from NTU’s research staff and interdisciplinary teams.” “Through the relentless efforts of the dedicated researchers, we have already made some important findings through the earlier research topics in a short period of just two years. With the expanded research scope on Electromobility in Asia and Smart Materials, more invaluable knowledge will be gained by both parties. Further, the knowledge will also be transferred to Singapore’s academia and broaden their technical understanding of modern full-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It will definitely forge a stronger technological partnership between the BMW Group and NTU,” added Mr. Pannes. Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), said the new research programme will build on the research successes of the NTU-BMW joint lab. “The new research programme will further exploit the synergy between BMW Group’s leadership and expertise in automotive sciences and NTU’s leading research in sustainability and clean technologies. The NTU-BMW joint lab has already made important advancements in areas such as new battery materials that can extend the range of an electric vehicle and innovative driver assistive technologies to greatly enhance safety.” “NTU is one of the eight top universities across the globe that BMW has established a strategic partnership with. The BMW i3 and i8 will be used by BMW and NTU scientists to develop and test innovative technologies in real-life conditions and this new research programme extends NTU’s efforts in developing future mobility solutions with global impact,” said Prof Lam. Mr Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse and President of the German Bundesrat, said: “The new electromobility research programme launched by NTU and BMW emphasises the strong and fruitful bilateral relations between Germany and Singapore in the fields of research. Certainly the programme will further strengthen the ties on each side. Thus, to study and develop key areas which relate to future transportation will be a crucial factor on our way to a modern globalised world based on sustainable development.” Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Director, Transport Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board, said: “BMW’s partnership with NTU for the set-up of its Future Mobility Lab is testament to the increasing interest in urban mobility and Singapore’s attractiveness for the conduct of research and development in this area.”

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Electromobility in Asia The main goal of embarking on the Electromobility in Asia project is to find out how drivers interact with BMW i vehicles in real life, so as to better understand user behaviours and to improve electric and plug-in hybrid technology for the future. By conducting the research in Singapore, a densely-populated, urban city state, it will enable researchers in the joint lab to gain insights on how electric vehicles can be made more relevant for global megacities. Other study topics include how emerging technologies like fast charging, wireless charging and smart assistant driving technologies will impact the consumer.

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Smart Materials With today’s proliferation of touchscreen interfaces being used increasingly in vehicles, there is a need to study how these touchscreen surfaces can be made more tactile. Through research in various shape memory materials and dielectric polymers, scientists will look at developing technologies which can enable buttons to appear on interactive surfaces and touch screens when needed. Mr Pannes added that Singapore is the perfect venue for the BMW Group to conduct research on electromobility. “In Singapore, the second most densely populated country in the world, we anticipate that electric vehicles with its zero tailpipe emissions and exhaust fumes will be a key player in the transportation network of the future. The city-state also has high connectivity and a tech-savvy population, which makes it more receptive towards new cutting-edge technology. Further, we believe Singapore has the potential to become a R&D hub for electromobility, especially with its clearly expressed ambitions to become a Smart Nation. We want to play a contributive role in that,” said Mr Pannes.   Future Mobility Research Lab breakthroughs The Future Mobility Research Lab, set up in April 2013, aims to research and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes Advanced Battery, Driver Enhancement, and Intelligent Mobility. After two years of intensive research, the Future Mobility Research Lab has made some significant findings in the following areas: Advanced Battery New battery materials are being experimented on, such as high-voltage cathodes and anodes (the positive and negative poles of a battery), which can potentially double the energy density, which is important in extending the range of an electric car as well as enable faster charging times. Driver Enhancement Current sensor technologies are able to tell if a driver is sleepy or alert and if the vehicle is on a collision course with another vehicle, based on the speed and direction it is travelling. However, the sensor systems are independent of each other, and does not take into account the driver’s present condition and adjust to it. A driver enhancement system is now being developed to adapt to the driver’s condition, to either increase or decrease the number of assistance technologies deployed to help the driver. It is based on parameters such as whether the driver is alert or sleepy, if he/she is paying attention to the road, and if traffic conditions around the vehicle is congested or sparse. Intelligent Mobility A mobile application has been developed which can better predict the traffic conditions and accurately estimate arrival time at the destination. This app is based on an intelligent routing system that calculates individual driving style and current traffic situation based on real-time traffic information. It also has a parking search system that analyses the parking situation around the destination. The article BMW and NTU embark on $1.3 million electromobility research appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Seven Remarkable Design Features On The 2016 BMW 7 Series You Have Missed

The brand new BMW 7 Series had its world premiere last month and the internet is already buzzing about its design features and technology. Offering a unique blend of sportiness and luxury, the 7 Series was always aimed at owners who require comfort, ...

The brand new BMW 7 Series had its world premiere last month and the internet is already buzzing about its design features and technology. Offering a unique blend of sportiness and luxury, the 7 Series was always aimed at owners who require comfort, albeit with a touch of dynamics. BMW will initially offer four models of 7 Series; the 730d, 740i, the 740e and 750i, all of which will be available in long-wheelbase variants. The North American market will only receive the long wheelbase models which means BMW is aiming towards the highest level of luxury and comfort for the North American customers.

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The 740i and 750i will be rear-wheel drive in standard firn with xDrive being optional for harsh weather climates; though the 740e plug-in hybrid will be xDrive only. All of the models feature some exciting new design features that will put the new 7 Series head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. We’ve gathered seven remarkable design features on the new BMW 7 Series: 1. Kidney Grilles

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2. Rear Lights

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3. The more prominent signature Hofmeister Kink design

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4. Driver oriented center console section

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5. Interior ambient lighting

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6. Clean aluminum and wood inserts

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7.  Luxury Seating Comfort and Rear Executive Lounge Seating packages

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2015 BMW X5 M Sport With HRE Wheels S104 By Wheels Boutique

The 2015 BMW X5 M Sport looks impressive in the Alpine White color and it’s been a fan favorite since it was launched in 2013. Placed just a step below the high-performance version, BMW X5 M, the X5 xDrive50i features a powerful engine combined...

The 2015 BMW X5 M Sport looks impressive in the Alpine White color and it’s been a fan favorite since it was launched in 2013. Placed just a step below the high-performance version, BMW X5 M, the X5 xDrive50i features a powerful engine combined with the M Sport package for a complete package. The X5 brings the much desired daily drive utility, along with power delivery, performance and driving dynamics. This 2015 BMW X5 M Sport has been sent to Wheels Boutique where it was equipped with a set of HRE S104 wheels. The wheels are sized 22×10 and 22×12.5 in the front and rear respectively, and come with this stunning and contrasting Copper Lip w/ Brushed/Tinted matte centers finish. The wheels come wrapped with 295/30/22 and 335/25/22 Pirelli P Zero Scorpion rubber, adding the grip to this premium SUV.

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The BMW X5 with the 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo engine will sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 5.0 seconds.

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Take a look at more images of this build in the media gallery below.

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BMW E24 M6 – A rare classic

The folks over at EveryDayDriver have gotten their hands on a rare piece of history: the BMW E24 M6. This rare 1987 example was recently reconditioned by Luxe Auto Spa and owner Mark, but maintains a stock configuration and has a bit over 100,000 mil...

The folks over at EveryDayDriver have gotten their hands on a rare piece of history: the BMW E24 M6. This rare 1987 example was recently reconditioned by Luxe Auto Spa and owner Mark, but maintains a stock configuration and has a bit over 100,000 miles on the odometer. At the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1983, BMW pulled the wrapping off of the M635CSi (dubbed M6 in America) and was a revelation for the time. Using the legendary M1’s 3.5 liter straight-six engine, the M635CSi produced 286 hp and could hit 60 mph in the low six seconds. It was only available with a 5-Speed manual, had stiffer Bilstein shocks, larger ventilated disc brakes and a limited-slip differential as standard.

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With that glorious engine, limited-slip differential and those gorgeous looks, the E24 M6 cemented itself into history as one of the better Grand Tourers of all time. It just such a romantic car. From the looks to the interior to the wail of that straight-six engine, the M6 was a Grand Tourer in the truest sense of the term. It also spawned two other successors, although it took quite some time for them to do so. Here is a video review of this beauty: The article BMW E24 M6 – A rare classic appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and NTU embark on S$1.3 million electromobility research

BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) today launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol. This new research prog...

BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) today launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric BMW i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car BMW i8 that runs on electricity and petrol. This new research programme will be conducted at the Future Mobility Research Lab located on the NTU campus, which is the BMW Group’s first joint lab in Southeast Asia. Both parties will be injecting a combined S$1.3 million to drive the new research projects, on top of the initial S$5.5 million funding allocated to the joint lab in 2013. The new research programme will focus on two new areas, Electromobility in Asia and also Smart Materials. This is in addition to the original three research topics that the joint lab is working on: Advanced Battery, Driver Enhancement and Intelligent Mobility.

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At the launch ceremony today at NTU, the BMW Group announced that the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will be provided as research platforms to the Future Mobility Research Lab. The ceremony was graced by Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry; Mr Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse and President of the German Bundesrat; and His Excellency, Dr Michael Witter, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Singapore. The scientists at the joint lab will use the two BMW i vehicles to conduct research on real-life driver behaviour and to collect in-depth data on vehicle performance. The two cars will also conduct on-road trials of new technologies such as a mobile application that can accurately predict traffic and estimated end-to-end travelling time. Mr. Axel Pannes, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia said: “We are very satisfied with our partnership with NTU and the establishment of the Future Mobility Research Lab, thanks to the high level of competency from NTU’s research staff and interdisciplinary teams.” “Through the relentless efforts of the dedicated researchers, we have already made some important findings through the earlier research topics in a short period of just two years. With the expanded research scope on Electromobility in Asia and Smart Materials, more invaluable knowledge will be gained by both parties. Further, the knowledge will also be transferred to Singapore’s academia and broaden their technical understanding of modern full-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It will definitely forge a stronger technological partnership between the BMW Group and NTU,” added Mr. Pannes. Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), said the new research programme will build on the research successes of the NTU-BMW joint lab. “The new research programme will further exploit the synergy between BMW Group’s leadership and expertise in automotive sciences and NTU’s leading research in sustainability and clean technologies. The NTU-BMW joint lab has already made important advancements in areas such as new battery materials that can extend the range of an electric vehicle and innovative driver assistive technologies to greatly enhance safety.” “NTU is one of the eight top universities across the globe that BMW has established a strategic partnership with. The BMW i3 and i8 will be used by BMW and NTU scientists to develop and test innovative technologies in real-life conditions and this new research programme extends NTU’s efforts in developing future mobility solutions with global impact,” said Prof Lam. Mr Volker Bouffier, Prime Minister of the Federal State of Hesse and President of the German Bundesrat, said: “The new electromobility research programme launched by NTU and BMW emphasises the strong and fruitful bilateral relations between Germany and Singapore in the fields of research. Certainly the programme will further strengthen the ties on each side. Thus, to study and develop key areas which relate to future transportation will be a crucial factor on our way to a modern globalised world based on sustainable development.” Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Director, Transport Engineering, Singapore Economic Development Board, said: “BMW’s partnership with NTU for the set-up of its Future Mobility Lab is testament to the increasing interest in urban mobility and Singapore’s attractiveness for the conduct of research and development in this area.”

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Electromobility in Asia The main goal of embarking on the Electromobility in Asia project is to find out how drivers interact with BMW i vehicles in real life, so as to better understand user behaviours and to improve electric and plug-in hybrid technology for the future. By conducting the research in Singapore, a densely-populated, urban city state, it will enable researchers in the joint lab to gain insights on how electric vehicles can be made more relevant for global megacities. Other study topics include how emerging technologies like fast charging, wireless charging and smart assistant driving technologies will impact the consumer.

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Smart Materials With today’s proliferation of touchscreen interfaces being used increasingly in vehicles, there is a need to study how these touchscreen surfaces can be made more tactile. Through research in various shape memory materials and dielectric polymers, scientists will look at developing technologies which can enable buttons to appear on interactive surfaces and touch screens when needed. Mr Pannes added that Singapore is the perfect venue for the BMW Group to conduct research on electromobility. “In Singapore, the second most densely populated country in the world, we anticipate that electric vehicles with its zero tailpipe emissions and exhaust fumes will be a key player in the transportation network of the future. The city-state also has high connectivity and a tech-savvy population, which makes it more receptive towards new cutting-edge technology. Further, we believe Singapore has the potential to become a R&D hub for electromobility, especially with its clearly expressed ambitions to become a Smart Nation. We want to play a contributive role in that,” said Mr Pannes.   Future Mobility Research Lab breakthroughs The Future Mobility Research Lab, set up in April 2013, aims to research and develop key areas relating to future transportation, which includes Advanced Battery, Driver Enhancement, and Intelligent Mobility. After two years of intensive research, the Future Mobility Research Lab has made some significant findings in the following areas: Advanced Battery New battery materials are being experimented on, such as high-voltage cathodes and anodes (the positive and negative poles of a battery), which can potentially double the energy density, which is important in extending the range of an electric car as well as enable faster charging times. Driver Enhancement Current sensor technologies are able to tell if a driver is sleepy or alert and if the vehicle is on a collision course with another vehicle, based on the speed and direction it is travelling. However, the sensor systems are independent of each other, and does not take into account the driver’s present condition and adjust to it. A driver enhancement system is now being developed to adapt to the driver’s condition, to either increase or decrease the number of assistance technologies deployed to help the driver. It is based on parameters such as whether the driver is alert or sleepy, if he/she is paying attention to the road, and if traffic conditions around the vehicle is congested or sparse. Intelligent Mobility A mobile application has been developed which can better predict the traffic conditions and accurately estimate arrival time at the destination. This app is based on an intelligent routing system that calculates individual driving style and current traffic situation based on real-time traffic information. It also has a parking search system that analyses the parking situation around the destination. The article BMW and NTU embark on S$1.3 million electromobility research appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW and Toyota continue working on joint sports car

According to Bloomberg, citing BMW representatives, says that the Munich-based automaker and Toyota are moving ahead with the joint midsize sports car project. The new sports car will use common underpinnings of major components for two models, a BMW...

According to Bloomberg, citing BMW representatives, says that the Munich-based automaker and Toyota are moving ahead with the joint midsize sports car project. The new sports car will use common underpinnings of major components for two models, a BMW and a Toyota car. The program to create the vehicle is “progressing according to plan” with the accord on the platform, said a BMW spokesperson. Toyota and BMW outlined plans for the sports car in early 2013 and said in November 2014 that they’d reached the concept phase for the vehicle after completing a technical feasibility study. The manufacturers have declined to specify where the model might be built or when production would start. Sources say the car in question for BMW would be a Z4 replacement, and will most likely use a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. However, no details have been given about actual development or specs. Toyota is rumored to work on a Supra successor with an engine developed by BMW; a turbocharged inline-six.

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It’s just unknown whether BMW or Toyota will head development and if the plant will be in either Europe, the United States or Japan. Both companies will look at the biggest markets to determine the best location for development. The carmakers’ cooperation also includes research projects on fuel cells with testing of a first set of components remains scheduled for 2020. The article BMW and Toyota continue working on joint sports car appeared first on BMW BLOG

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