July 2014 Auto Sales: Toyota Takes Second-Place

Chrysler posts big gains; compact CUVs gain popularity. ...

Chrysler posts big gains; compact CUVs gain popularity.

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Recalls: Hyundai Sonata, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Chevrolet Spark, Corvette

Three more Hyundai recalls cover approximately 424,000 cars. ...

Three more Hyundai recalls cover approximately 424,000 cars.

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Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Racer Teased on Video

Camo-clad track car debuts August 15. ...

Camo-clad track car debuts August 15.

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2015 Jaguar Lineup Updated, Priced

New trim levels and equipment. ...

New trim levels and equipment.

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BMW i8: Supercar 2.0 – Review By XCAR

BMW’s has created the first mass produced plugin hybrid sportscar, the i8. BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric dr...

BMW’s has created the first mass produced plugin hybrid sportscar, the i8. BMW i8 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine and BMW eDrive technology in the form of an electric drive system. The 1.5-liter combustion engine develops 170 kW/231 hp and drives the rear wheels of the BMW i8, while the 96 kW/131 hp electric drive sends its power to the front wheels and allows an all-electric range of up to 35 kilometers (22 miles) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

BMW i8: Supercar 2.0   Review By XCAR

The first plug-in hybrid sportscar will debut in the United States in August of this year and is also the second model of the new BMW i sub-brand. As with the i3, the core of the car is the LifeDrive architecture with carbon passenger cell which gives the i8 a particularly low weight. XCAR take to the road to see if our preconceptions of hybrid cars can be changed forever. The article BMW i8: Supercar 2.0 – Review By XCAR appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Awron Gauge Demo – 2015 BMW M4

European Auto Source presents the Awron DGA OLED display. The Awron Gauge is an all-in-one display unit that presents a wide array of real time data for the 3-Series and 4-Series. Featuring a sharp, full color OLED display, the Awron DGA gauge is eas...

European Auto Source presents the Awron DGA OLED display. The Awron Gauge is an all-in-one display unit that presents a wide array of real time data for the 3-Series and 4-Series. Featuring a sharp, full color OLED display, the Awron DGA gauge is easily controlled using the factory steering wheel buttons for on the fly commands. By replacing one of the factory air ducts the DGA gauge flows seamlessly with BMW’s interior. Awron is also the supplier for Alpina, a respected name in the BMW community.

Awron Gauge Demo   2015 BMW M4

Awron Gauge Demo   2015 BMW M4

Awron Gauge Demo   2015 BMW M4

Awron Gauge Demo   2015 BMW M4

Awron Gauge Demo   2015 BMW M4

Awron Gauge Demo   2015 BMW M4

Awron Gauge Demo   2015 BMW M4

Awron gauges ship expertly pre-assembled into an OEM air duct piece. The effect is stunning, creating an OEM look and feel that is hard to distinguish from BMW’s own quality. The predominantly orange colors used in the display match the M3′s gauges nicely. All data is selectable from your OEM steering wheel buttons in both German and English languages. Units can be switched from Imperial or Metric readings. This All-in-1 gauge is the perfect option for track enthusiasts, street cars or for those just wanting to add some flair and functionality to the M3′s interior. The included plug and play harness with BMW-type connectors make the job of installing this many gauges easier than ever. Installation is about 1.5 hours. Once completed, the finish and quality look like it was offered from BMW. Awron DGA Displayed Values - Battery Voltage - Boost Pressure / Peak Boost - Water Temperature - Transmission Temperature - Horsepower / Peak Horsepower - Torque / Peak Torque - Dyno Graph - G-Forces / Peak G-Forces - Speed / Max Speed - Stopwatch - Sprint Times - GPS Speed - Quarter Mile Times - Light Countdown - Wideband O2 Sensor Bank - Exhaust Gas Temperature - Fuel Rail Pressure - Intake Temperature - Oil Temperature - Oil Pressure - Maximum Values Features - Steering wheel controlled (CAN) - User defines dedicated steering wheel button - Gauge ships pre-assembled into OEM air duct - Plug & play installation - Full Color OLED Display - OEM look & feel - Integrated USB port for firmware updates Models Supported 2015+ BMW F8X M3 & M4 The article Awron Gauge Demo – 2015 BMW M4 appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 6 Series Gran Tourer – Rendering

Just a day after we published a report on a possible future BMW 6 Series Gran Tourer, rendering artist Theophilus Chin gives us some new renderings of the rumored vehicle. The 6 Series Shooting Break is said to not sacrifice on aesthetics in favor of...

Just a day after we published a report on a possible future BMW 6 Series Gran Tourer, rendering artist Theophilus Chin gives us some new renderings of the rumored vehicle. The 6 Series Shooting Break is said to not sacrifice on aesthetics in favor of practical aspects. The Gran Coupe will serve as a design inspiration for the Gran Tourer but it will come with a very inclined tailgate, fine glass surfaces, lower ride height and no roof track. The niche model will also deliver enhanced luxury and exclusivity and it will be more convenient than the Gran Coupe, thanks to its electric tailgate opening.

BMW 6 Series Gran Tourer   Rendering

BMW 6 Series Gran Tourer   Rendering

The 2017 BMW 6 Series, presumably named G32 and G33, is based on the 2016 G30 BMW 5 Series so will feature a lighter chassis and will make use of lightweight materials. The luxurious two-and four-door will remain priced clearly above the BMW 5 Series and retain their own interior. BMW 6 Series Gran Tourer is rumored to be released in 2017. The article BMW 6 Series Gran Tourer – Rendering appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M4 GTS Rumored

BMW inside Scott26 tips off plans for an upcoming BMW M4 GTS model, to come after the BMW M2 coupe is introduced. ...

BMW inside Scott26 tips off plans for an upcoming BMW M4 GTS model, to come after the BMW M2 coupe is introduced.

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July 2014: BMW USA Sales Rose 9.8 percent

The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported July sales of 32,220 vehicles, an increase of 7.4 percent from the 29,993 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.4 percent on ...

The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported July sales of 32,220 vehicles, an increase of 7.4 percent from the 29,993 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, the BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 5.4 percent on sales of 213,754 in the first seven months of 2014 compared to 202,780 in the same period in 2013. BMW Brand Sales – Best July Ever Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 9.8 percent in July for a total of 26,409 compared to 24,043 vehicles sold in July, 2013. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 11.7 percent on sales of 183,791 compared to 164,474 sold in the first seven months of 2013.

July 2014: BMW USA Sales Rose 9.8 percent

“The sales momentum that’s been building all year reached its year-to-date peak in July, setting a new BMW record for the month,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America.  “There’s certainly more to come, especially with the new X4 and 4 Series Gran Coupe now hitting the market and our revolutionary hybrid-electric BMW i8 on the horizon.” BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles In July, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 12.6 percent to 16,884 vehicles compared to the 14,994 vehicles sold in July, 2013. Year-to-date, BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned) are up 13.1 percent on sales of 114,823 compared to 101,553 sold in the first seven months of 2013. MINI Brand Sales For July, MINI USA reports 5,811 automobiles, a decrease of 2.3 percent from the 5,950 sold in the same month a year ago. Year-to-date, MINI USA reported a sales total of 29,963 automobiles, a decrease of 21.8 percent from the 38,306 automobiles sold in the first seven months of 2013. MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles – Best July Ever In July, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned and pre-owned) reported sales of 2,115 automobiles, an increase of 7.1 percent from the 1,974 sold in July, 2013. Year-to-date, MINI used automobiles (including MINI NEXT certified pre-owned) reported sales of 14,454 automobiles, an increase of 17.5 percent from the 12,298 automobiles sold in the first seven months of 2013. uly 2014 July 2013 % YTD July 2014 YTD July 2013 % i3 363 0 0.0% 1,057 0 0.0% 1/2 Series 638 609 4.8% 3,906 3,798 2.8% 3/4 Series 12,497 9,890 26.4% 69,154 59,052 17.1% Z4  120 217 -44.7% 1,333 1,613 -17.4% 5 Series 5,676 4,857 16.9% 33,293 30,748 8.3% 6 Series 384 477 -19.5% 5,717 5,631 1.5% 7 Series 544 851 -36.1% 5,255 5,926 -11.3% X1 1,003 2157 -53.5% 12,314 14226 -13.4% BMW passenger cars 21,225 19,058 11.4% 132,029 120,994 9.1% X3 1,565 2,099 -25.4% 23,367 16,339 43.0% X4 262 0 0.0% 262 0 0.0% X5 2,688 2,674 0.5% 25,126 24,133 4.1% X6 669 212 215.6% 3,007 3,008 0.0% BMW light trucks  5,184 4,985 4.0% 51,762 43,480 19.0% BMW brand 26,409 24,043 9.8% 183,791 164,474 11.7% Cooper /S Clubman 250 481 -48.0% 2,160 2,702 -20.1% Cooper /S Hardtop 2,632 2,173 21.1% 10,353 15,916 -35.0% Cooper /S Convertible 363 399 -9.0% 2,100 2,814 -25.4% Coupe 84 222 -62.2% 596 1,306 -54.4% Roadster 150 238 -37.0% 874 1,854 -52.9% Countryman 2,183 2,211 -1.3% 12,804 12,774 0.2% Paceman 149 226 -34.1% 1,076 940 14.5% MINI brand 5,811 5,950 -2.3% 29,963 38,306 -21.8% TOTAL BMW of North America, LLC 32,220 29,993 7.4% 213,754 202,780 5.4% Table 1: Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, July 2014 July 2014 July 2013 % YTD July 2014 YTD July 2013 % BMW brand 26,409 24,043 9.8 183,791 164,474 11.7 BMW passenger cars 21,225 19,058 11.4 132,029 120,994 9.1 BMW light trucks 5,184 4,985 4.0 51,762 43,480 19.0 MINI brand 5,811 5,950 -2.3 29,963 38,306 -21.8 TOTAL Group 32,220 29,993 7.4 213,754 202,780 5.4 BMW Motorrad Sales BMW Motorrad USA reported sales of 1,301 motorcycles in July, a decrease of 3.3 percent from the total of 1,346 motorcycles sold in July 2013. The R 1200 GS was the brand’s best selling model with 162 units, closely followed by the S 1000 RR with 135 retails.  The new for 2014 R 1200 GS Adventure also featured strongly, outselling its predecessor by 2%, with 132 deliveries compared to 129 in July of last year. With 275 retails compared to 163 last year, S-Series performance increased by 69% thanks to the arrival of the final production of the HP4 with 73 deliveries in the month. Despite a static market, BMW Motorrad remains ahead of last year, up 6.5% after 7 months. Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, July 2014 July 2014 July 2013 % YTD 2014 YTD 2013 % BMW Motorcycles 1,301 1,346 -3.3 9,651 9,064 6.5 The article July 2014: BMW USA Sales Rose 9.8 percent appeared first on BMW BLOG

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GM July 2014 Sales Up 9.4 Percent, Thanks to Large SUVs, Crossovers

Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade all make big gains. ...

Tahoe, Yukon, and Escalade all make big gains.

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