BMW and SCHERM Group put an electric truck into service

Clean and quiet transport across Munich: from today on, the 100% electric trucks from the BMW Group and the SCHERM group will be in service. This means the BMW Group will be the first automobile manufacturer in Europe to use a 40-ton electric truck f...

Clean and quiet transport across Munich: from today on, the 100% electric trucks from the BMW Group and the SCHERM group will be in service. This means the BMW Group will be the first automobile manufacturer in Europe to use a 40-ton electric truck for material transport on public roads. It was launched at the BMW Group Plant in Munich by Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner. The electric 40-ton truck – a model from the Dutch manufacturer Terberg – has successfully completed its first test drives. On 7 July, the car will go into regular operation and travel eight times a day between the SCHERM group logistics centre and the BMW Group plant in Munich. It will transport different vehicle components, such as shock absorbers, springs and steering systems.

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The electric truck by the BMW Group and the SCHERM group will be exclusively charged with electricity from renewable sources. The combination of this and the alternative driveline means the 40-ton truck helps the environment while it is on the road – it’s CO2-free, quiet and generates almost no fine particle pollution. Compared to a diesel engine truck, the electric truck will save 11.8 tons of CO2 annually. This is equivalent to the distance a BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics would travel when going around the world almost three times.

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The truck battery takes three to four hours to charge. When fully charged, the vehicle has a range of up to 100 kilometres. Thus, the electric truck can theoretically complete a full production day without any additional recharging. Bavaria’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner: “Bavaria is a leading industrial and research location. It is crucial that the Bavarian economy is also at the forefront in electric mobility. BMW is making an important contribution to this and is showing that you can succeed on the global market with sustainable products made by innovative companies.” Hermann Bohrer, Head of the BMW Group Plant in Munich: “With our electric truck, we are sending another strong signal for sustainable urban mobility. We are contributing to reducing emissions in the city and are proud to be the first automotive manufacturer in Europe to use an electric truck of this size to transport materials on public roads.” Thus, the innovative truck is another valuable contribution to sustainable production. Jürgen Maidl, Head of Logistics at BMW Group, emphasised the potential of the electric truck. “With this project we will gain valuable information on what will be possible with electric trucks in the future for city logistics. The BMW Group, along with our partner the SCHERM Group, is once again bravely embarking on a new journey and delivering pioneering work.” Kurt J. F. Scherm, CEO of the SCHERM group underlined: “As a supplier of transport solutions, it is especially important to us to offer sustainable transport. The electric truck is the first step towards CO2-reduced transport logistics. In addition, this innovative truck is charged with 100% green energy.“ Urban mobility – and for the BMW Group this also includes urban logistics and transport — is a topic with great future potential. Since the end of 2013, the BMW i brand has been on the market. In addition, the company has launched its successful car-sharing programme DriveNow and established it in international cities. The BMW i3 vehicles are currently being introduced into the DriveNow fleets step by step.

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RevoZport BMW M3/M4 Aero Kit

There are numerous aftermarket options available for BMW M3 and BMW M4 owners and the launch of a new aero kit by RevoZport further complicates the decision making process. The current generation M3 and M4 are powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Tur...

There are numerous aftermarket options available for BMW M3 and BMW M4 owners and the launch of a new aero kit by RevoZport further complicates the decision making process. The current generation M3 and M4 are powered by a 3.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine delivering 425 horsepower, allowing them to sprint from 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds – an impressive figure for a vehicle packed with lots of tech and safety features. Now, with more of them hitting the roads adding a layer of customization is what many owners really need.

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The RevoZport BMW M3/M4 Aero Kit combines a add-on lip in the front (working as an extension to the M Performance front lip), followed by a an add-on cooling duct with a high temperature hose, air ducts and brake mounting brackets, designed to purposely cool the front brakes. In the rear you will notice a carbon fiber rear spoiler adding a bit more width and aggressive looks too. The final touches are brought by the decklid spoiler and the custom wheels respectively.

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Further details on this RevoZport BMW M3/M4 Aero Kit can be found in the media gallery below.

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5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Own A MINI At Least Once In Their Lifetime

Besides Charlize Theron making the MINI even more attractive, the little go getter from the British car maker has so much to offer in a small, yet profitable premium segment. Often pundits say that when you buy MINI you either love it or hate it, and...

Besides Charlize Theron making the MINI even more attractive, the little go getter from the British car maker has so much to offer in a small, yet profitable premium segment. Often pundits say that when you buy MINI you either love it or hate it, and judging by its fairly conservative designs, that seems to be true. While many have been obnoxiously pro or against, some solid facts about the MINI cars still remain. With the expansion of their product range, there have been several different models introduced in the last decade. For example, the MINI Cooper or MINI One add that unmistakable flavor of old, meshed with the new to create a special premium mini car.

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On the other hand, the Countryman takes the modern ideas behind a sports utility vehicle packaged in a classic design with a go-kart driving dynamics. Last but not least, the MINI Roadster tried to cater to those looking for a beautiful MINI spyder, but for some reason it hasn’t become a darling of the MINI world. We gathered five reasons why everyone and their mother should own a MINI at least once in their lifetime, but if you believe we left other reasons out, please feel to let us know. 1. Design

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While the MINI design has evolved over the years, it still retains the same overall theme and shapes, and it often pays tribute to the original Mini. A MINI is a work of art, a living thing, a cool little vehicle that looks fitting in urban surroundings and just the same in the powerful Alpine scenery. Even now when there are dozens of different small car designs out there, a MINI always gets noticed and draws attention around it. It’s one of those cars that you recognize from a mile away. 2. Performance and agility

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It’s small, it packs a capable engine, and its more powerful MINI Cooper S versions can cross swords with the best of cars on the track. While straightline speed was never the primary focus for MINI, the go-kart dynamics and nimbleness are what sets it apart. Simply put: this is one of the best front-wheel driving machines. 3. Space

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Many first time owners assume that a MINI lacks cabin and storage space, but as we proved before, you can fit quite a few people in a MINI. Even for tall people, a MINI offers plentiful of space. It doesn’t have too much boot space, but it’s enough for most use cases and a couple of medium size bags. 4. Racing Heritage

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A MINI is almost that unicorn type of a vehicle, especially considering its battles with more powerful, more known and a lot more impressive vehicles in the Monte Carlo Rally held back in the 50s and 60s. It battled cars like the Porsche 911 and Alfa Romeo Giulietta with ease. 5. Pricing

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While the new MINI generation is far from affordable in many cases, used MINIs depreciate fast, so picking up a pre-owned model makes a lot of financial sense. Owning a used MINI Cooper is not an expensive experience. The current, modern generation, all BMW-designed and powered MINIs provide a safe bet in terms of reliability, parts pricing and ownership cost. They provide good fuel economy (quite important for younger people) and cool looks. The article 5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Own A MINI At Least Once In Their Lifetime appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Beautiful BMW 428i Gran Coupe in Alpine White – Photoshoot

Here is a photo gallery of a BMW 428i Gran Coupe in Alpine White. Michael Lindsley, a reader of ours, has shared with us a set of photos for your desktop wallpaper or for your iPhone background. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe came to market last year to com...

Here is a photo gallery of a BMW 428i Gran Coupe in Alpine White. Michael Lindsley, a reader of ours, has shared with us a set of photos for your desktop wallpaper or for your iPhone background. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe came to market last year to compete with the equally stunning Audi A5 Sportback. A5 sales have been too strong for BMW to ignore, even if it means risking to angry some of the hardcore BMW fans who are seeing more and more BMW niche models. The four-door coupe 4 Series sits above the two-door coupe model and below the M4 Coupe.

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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe combines the sleek look and sporty character of the 4 Series Coupe with the functionality provided by four-doors and a spacious, flexible luggage compartment.

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Under the hood, the 428i Gran Coupe features a 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder. In the U.S., the 428i xDrive Gran Coupe is also available. Both variants are paired with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission.

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PRICING MSRP $41,250 428i Gran Coupe  – Mileage 23 city/ 37 hwy MSRP $43,250 428i xDrive Gran Coupe – Mileage 22/26 MSRP $46,750 435i Gran Coupe – Mileage 21/32 MSRP $ 48,750 435i Gran Coupe xDrive – Mileage 23/35

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BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

Florida-based tuning shop Precision Sport Industries witnessed their BMW E30 M3 DTM Replica appear in the March 2014 issue of European Car Magazine. Now we are able to show you this interesting project through a series of high-resolution photos. This...

Florida-based tuning shop Precision Sport Industries witnessed their BMW E30 M3 DTM Replica appear in the March 2014 issue of European Car Magazine. Now we are able to show you this interesting project through a series of high-resolution photos. This is a ‘plain old’ 1988 BMW E30 M3 which has received a series of visual upgrades for a DTM look to remind us of the BMW racing history. An S50 engine was fitted in this BMW M3 providing additional power compared to the standard engine. The engine comes from a BMW E36 M3 producing 282 horsepower.

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The engine swap is combined with a complete custom exhaust system. Additionally you will find a newly added RD Sport RHD headers and new 24 lb injectors. The Hartge wheels, interior updates with bucket seats and a roll bar complete the look of this replica. Garret Wade shares with us an extensive photo gallery of this project.

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BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

BMW E30 M3 By Precision Sport Industries Build

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Look underneath the BMW M2 and listen to engine sound

Another BMW M2 test mule was spotted out in the wild, this time near the Leipzig plant in Germany. A reader of BMWBLOG, N.J., got upclose with the new M2 and took some photos of the camouflaged car, including some car undercarrriage photos. Unfortuna...

Another BMW M2 test mule was spotted out in the wild, this time near the Leipzig plant in Germany. A reader of BMWBLOG, N.J., got upclose with the new M2 and took some photos of the camouflaged car, including some car undercarrriage photos. Unfortunately the cabin was masked off as well, so we couldn’t get a close look at the rumored M4-like seats and the steering wheel. The photographer said the following: “The car is apparently built for US-market. Has a lower stance and wider body, compared to M235i and more aggressive front grille, with protruding lower splitter.” A video of the exhaust sound is included below.  Judging by the plethora of M2 spy photos, an unveil is not that far off, with a likely public debut this Fall.

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Our sources say that the M limited-slip differential on the rear axle is also adopted almost unchanged from the M3/M4, giving the M2 unrivaled dynamics in its class. The M2 uses an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque. Click below for more photos:

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Is 600 hp enough for a BMW?

Recently, BMW M Boss, Frank Van Meel, told Autocar that 600 horsepower would be the limit for the next-gen M5. This has some BMW fans in a bit of a panic, wondering why Van Meel would intentionally limit the horsepower to BMW’s most famous super-se...

Recently, BMW M Boss, Frank Van Meel, told Autocar that 600 horsepower would be the limit for the next-gen M5. This has some BMW fans in a bit of a panic, wondering why Van Meel would intentionally limit the horsepower to BMW’s most famous super-sedan. It’s especially surprising, because talks of adding all-wheel drive to the M5 would mean that it could handle even more power than ever. And BMW even proved that the current M5 could handle that kind of power, with the Jahre Edition. So why limit the next M5 to a level of horsepower that the current model can already handle? He didn’t give the most informative of answers, simply stating “We’re at the limit.

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If you go on adding more horsepower and torque, it’d probably be over the limits.” But I think the idea is that simply adding more power, Clarkson style, isn’t the answer to creating a faster, more dynamic and more efficient M5. In fact, it’s actually quite refreshing to hear that Van Meel isn’t interested in just pumping out more horsepower and torque and seems more interested in a more comprehensive approach.

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Firstly, by keeping the next-gen M5 at around 600hp and giving it all-wheel drive the M5 will be able to put its power down excellently already, therefor making it faster. Secondly, the next-gen M5 will be considerably lighter, sharing the same lightweight chassis technology borrowed from the G11 7 Series. So with the lighter weight and better traction, the new M5 will be considerably faster and handle better. The latter being most important. So it seems that instead of Clarkson style, Van Meel wants is more akin to use Colin Chapman’s “simplify and add lightness” style. The M5 was always the driver’s car in its segment, which consists of the Audi RS6 and Mercedes E63 AMG. Those cars always seemed to be more leather-lined missiles than the canyon carving scalpels that M5’s have always been. So as those other brands add firepower, BMW should be more focused on making the M5 sharper, more agile and ultimately more fun. So, in a way, I’m glad that Van Meel is taking a limited approach to horsepower. Power just for the sake of power doesn’t actually make a better car, or necessarily even a faster one. We don’t know for sure what Van Meel is actually up to, in creating the upcoming M5. But we do know that just pumping up the horsepower is not his solution. Hopefully, 600hp combined with lighter weight and sharper handling will be sufficient to take on the next RS6 and E63 AMG. If not, there’s always the performance pack. The article Is 600 hp enough for a BMW? appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M2 prototypes spotted again in California

BMW has brought a large fleet of M2 prototypes to the US. Judging by the latest flow of M2 photos on social media, Reddit and online forums, California is the lucky host of these test mules before the official unveil this Fall. The M2 shows up in Alp...

BMW has brought a large fleet of M2 prototypes to the US. Judging by the latest flow of M2 photos on social media, Reddit and online forums, California is the lucky host of these test mules before the official unveil this Fall. The M2 shows up in Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey colors, three out of four colors planned at launch timeLong Beach Blue is the other one. The Black Sapphire M2 mule sports a sunroof, so it confirms our initial report: no carbon fiber planned. Even though the M4 can be ordered with or without the CF roof. Also the fuel tank cover is round and not square like on the M235i and the 19 inch wheels are nearly identical with the ones found on the M4 Coupe.

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The 2016 BMW M2 uses the chassis technology, largely unadjusted, of the current M3 and M4, associated with the unique in its class weight distribution of 50 to 50 between the two axles. The M limited-slip differential on the rear axle is also adopted almost unchanged from the M3/M4, giving the M2 unrivaled dynamics in its class.

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The M2 uses an updated N55 engine with 365 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque with 25 lb-ft of torque available as overboost. While the updated N55 is based on the same engine found in the M235i, our source says it will have some components from the new S55 unit. Yet the engine code will still be labeled as N55. The engine will feature an overboost function just like the 1M, good for 25 lb-ft of torque.

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Production kicks off in November with first units delivered to customers in early 2016. Edit: More photos of the M2 from Germany were added to the gallery.

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BMW M CEO says future bleak for manual transmission, M cars to top out at 600 HP for now

According to BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel, the future of the manual transmission in M cars is bleak and M cars may top out at 600HP, for now. ...

According to BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel, the future of the manual transmission in M cars is bleak and M cars may top out at 600HP, for now.

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BMW i8 vs AMG GT vs Porsche 911 Turbo (Top Gear review)

Can Merc’s new V8 bruiser stick it to BMW’s hybrid and the screamingly rapid Porsche? That’s the question Top Gear asks in this head to head drive review. ...

Can Merc’s new V8 bruiser stick it to BMW’s hybrid and the screamingly rapid Porsche? That’s the question Top Gear asks in this head to head drive review.

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