Harman Kardon acquires Bang & Olufsen Automotive

Harman Kardon, the maker of in-car multimedia systems, acquires the Bang & Olufsen Automotive to give the U.S.-based company a dominant position in the car audio systems business. For €145 million ($156 million), Harman Kardon is purchasing Ban...

Harman Kardon, the maker of in-car multimedia systems, acquires the Bang & Olufsen Automotive to give the U.S.-based company a dominant position in the car audio systems business. For €145 million ($156 million), Harman Kardon is purchasing Bang & Olufsen’s automotive business including licenses for the use of the brands connected to the Danish company. The purchase doesn’t include Bang & Olufsen’s consumer-electronics business. B&O currently offers luxury audio systems for BMW, Audi, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz. After the acquisition, the Harman Kardon business would include Bang & Olufsen, Bowers & Wilkins, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson and Revel brands, and can be found as standard and optional equipment in some 25 million cars.

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In the 2015 BMW 760Li, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System retails for $3,700. Many B&O systems, which often are upgradable options, run $6,000 or more. For the next generation 7 Series, BMW will use the Bowers & Wilkins brand. READ ALSO: Harman Kardon Factory Tour “From the marketing, scale and technologies Harman will bring to the business, we will strengthen and grow the Bang & Olufsen and B&O PLAY automotive audio brands and, importantly, further improve profitability, which is now in line with our existing car audio business,” said Chief Executive Dinesh Paliwal in a statement. This purchase follows up a $950 million investment into two different software firms earlier this year by Harman, which is building up its position to provide programming and hardware for the screens inside of automobiles. The article Harman Kardon acquires Bang & Olufsen Automotive appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Used E60 M5 over New Camry

One of my favorite things to do, as well as one of yours I’m sure, as a car enthusiast is to browse the interwebs for really interesting used cars for sale which are cheaper than brand new normal cars. I like to use the Camry rule for pricing. The ...

One of my favorite things to do, as well as one of yours I’m sure, as a car enthusiast is to browse the interwebs for really interesting used cars for sale which are cheaper than brand new normal cars. I like to use the Camry rule for pricing. The Toyota Camry is really all the car anyone will ever actually need, but it’s far more interesting to find out what you can also afford in the secondhand market for the same money as a Camry. The current starting price of a Camry is around $22,000 and with options and trim levels, can get well into the $30,000s. While the Camry is a fine transportation device, it’s about as exciting as watching C-SPAN, so if you can get something far more interesting for the same money, why not?

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Well, to be honest, there are a couple reasons why not. Firstly, reliability. Buying a used sports car or something similar, will most likely have more mechanical problems than the care-free Camry. But that’s the trade off you must be willing to make. Even the most beautiful and exotic things aren’t perfect, but that doesn’t make them not worth it. You wouldn’t not date Candice Swanepoel because she farts in bed, right? Secondly, cost of ownership. Sports cars are generally far more expensive to run, fuel, insure and fix. So in the long run, the cool used sports car, which was the same price as the Camry to start, will end up costing far more than the Camry. But these are minor quibbles in life. I loathe the term YOLO, but in this instance it seems fitting. Life’s too short to drive a Camry. So while scouring the underbelly of the interwebs today, I stumbled upon a rather good find for the same price as a decently equipped, brand-spankin new Toyota Camry SE 2.5l.  A 2008 E60 BMW M5 6MT – $28,995

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The E60 M5 is a fan favorite amongst BMW enthusiasts and it isn’t hard to see why. Well maybe from the outside it is, but one look underneath the skin and the E60 M5 will charm you like few other cars. With a 5.0 liter screaming V10 under the hood, the M5 produces a rather healthy 507 hp and can rev to a stratospheric 8,250 RPM. The E60 was available with either a 6-Speed manual or a 7-Speed SMG gearbox, but this particular model is fitted with the proper gearbox, the manual. This M5 is outfitted in Space Gray Metallic over Silverstone II Extended Merino Leather interior, and is one of the better examples of the E60 M5 I’ve seen. It seems to be in superb shape, with only a bit of noticeable wheel rash on one wheel which seems to be the only issue. It has 82,241 miles on it which, considering the fact that it’s seven years old, works out to around 11,700 miles a year, or under the industry standard. So it hasn’t been used too much. Now of course, as an older German car, things will go wrong with it and when they do will cost around as much as the average American house to repair. But it will be worth it, because instead of the milquetoast Camry, you’d have a V10 German sedan with 507 hp and a 6-Speed manual. Plus it has the same seating as a Camry and around the same trunk space, so it isn’t any less practical. But it’s infinitely more luxurious, better looking, way, way faster and far more fun to drive. Plus that V10 sound, oh that sound. Obviously the Camry is the smarter choice. However, no one lies on their deathbed glad they bought a Camry instead of an M5. So the M5 would be my choice and I’d die broke and happy. #YOLO. The article Used E60 M5 over New Camry appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW DIY Video – How to Install an aFe Cold-Air Performance Intake Filter Kit

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larg...

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larger filters, allowing more 
air to enter the engine, producing more power. 
(“Cold-air” intakes offer [...]

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BMW DIY Video – How to Install an aFe Cold-Air Performance Intake Filter Kit

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larg...

To keep engine noise at a marketable level, car makers put their air filters inside housings. While this makes the engine quieter, 
it restricts the amount of air that can enter. Performance intake systems eliminate the factory housing and use larger filters, allowing more 
air to enter the engine, producing more power. 
(“Cold-air” intakes offer [...]

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BMW Recall – 4-Series Convertible– Driver’s Front Air Bag, F33, 15V148000

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance w...

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 208 (Occupant Crash protection). Affected models: F33 4-Series 428i, [...]

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BMW Recall – 4-Series Convertible– Driver’s Front Air Bag, F33, 15V148000

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance w...

BMW is performing a recall on various 428i/ixDrive and 435i/ixDrive 4-series convertibles from model year 2015.  A programming error may cause the driver’s air bag deployment timing to be incorrect, causing the system to not be in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard # 208 (Occupant Crash protection). Affected models: F33 4-Series 428i, [...]

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New VW Polo GTI vs MINI Cooper S: hot-hatch showdown

The new VW Polo GTI looks like a mini Golf GTI, but how does it fare against one of the most iconic hot hatches out there: the MINI Cooper S? The folks over at AutoExpress UK take the two hot hatches for a drive to find out which one takes the win in...

The new VW Polo GTI looks like a mini Golf GTI, but how does it fare against one of the most iconic hot hatches out there: the MINI Cooper S? The folks over at AutoExpress UK take the two hot hatches for a drive to find out which one takes the win in the segment. The VW Polo GTI uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 192 horsepower and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. The 0-62mph sprint complete in 6.7 seconds and the GTI maxing out at 146mph. The new F56 Cooper S is powered by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine with MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology. The power output is 141 kW/192 bhp at 4,700 – 6,000 rpm and 206 lb-ft (280 Nm) of torque at 1,250 – 4,750 rpm (300 Nm with overboost). Acceleration from 0–100 km/h comes in 6.8 seconds manual (automatic: 6.7 seconds).

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Top speed is limited to 146 mph (235 km/h). Let’s have a look. The article New VW Polo GTI vs MINI Cooper S: hot-hatch showdown appeared first on BMW BLOG

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iHeartRadio now in BMW and MINI Vehicles

BMW today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts directly...

BMW today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts directly from BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected services. All iHeartRadio users on iOS can now enjoy a seamless listening experience in BMW and MINI ready vehicles. Features include: Access to thousands of iHeartRadio’s live radio stations from across the country and a catalog of more than 20 million songs and 800,000 artists to create custom stations. A personalized “For You” feature with tailored recommendations based on listeners’ specific music preferences. Access to saved Favorites, with the ability to add or remove stations. Browse recent stations, including live and custom radio stations based on a song or artist. The ability to Thumbs up/Thumbs down songs to create a more personalized experience. Scan live radio stations to foster music discovery and search podcasts offering on-demand news, celebrity and entertainment talk show content. An intuitive viewing experience on the in-car, high-resolution Control Display. Comfortable and safe to use with the BMW iDrive Controller or MINI Controller.

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Beginning today, when the iHeartRadio for Auto app is downloaded from the Apple App Store, it will be compatible with any BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option as well as MINI Connected ready vehicles.

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App integration. The iHeartRadio for Auto app has been specially certified by BMW for safe in-car use. The app uses the BMW Group’s A4A (Apps for Automotive) technology and can be downloaded for iOS-based devices from the Apple App Store. Having connected a smartphone to the car via the USB socket or snap-in adapter and launched the app, users are presented with various functions via the iDrive Controller/MINI Controller, the Control Display/MINI Centre Instrument and the car’s audio system. To use the app in BMW and MINI models, the BMW ConnectedDrive Services or MINI Connected option needs to be specified. Smartphones and apps in your car. With the aim of enabling safe and comfortable use of apps in cars, the BMW Group was an early driver of smartphone integration and has already certified numerous apps for access in BMW and MINI vehicles. These apps have been optimized for use during a journey, can be operated via the iDrive Controller or MINI Controller without distracting the driver, and are viewed in the Control Display or the MINI Centre Instrument, respectively.

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iHeartRadio announced for BMW ConnectedDrive

BMW Group today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts d...

BMW Group today announced that iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s free all-in-one streaming music and live radio service, is now available to BMW and MINI drivers, providing easy access to their favorite Live and Custom iHeartRadio stations and podcasts directly from BMW ConnectedDrive and MINI Connected services. Demos of the iHeartRadio integration are available Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2 on the BMW Stand at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. All iHeartRadio users on iOS can now enjoy a seamless listening experience in BMW and MINI ready vehicles. Features include: Access to thousands of iHeartRadio’s live radio stations from across the country and a catalog of more than 20 million songs and 800,000 artists to create custom stations. A personalized “For You” feature with tailored recommendations based on listeners’ specific music preferences. Access to saved Favorites, with the ability to add or remove stations. Browse recent stations, including live and custom radio stations based on a song or artist. The ability to Thumbs up/Thumbs down songs to create a more personalized experience. Scan live radio stations to foster music discovery and search podcasts offering on-demand news, celebrity and entertainment talk show content. An intuitive viewing experience on the in-car, high-resolution Control Display. Comfortable and safe to use with the BMW iDrive Controller or MINI Controller. Beginning today, when the iHeartRadio for Auto app is downloaded from the Apple App Store, it will be compatible with any BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option as well as MINI Connected ready vehicles. App integration. The iHeartRadio for Auto app has been specially certified by BMW for safe in-car use. The app uses the BMW Group’s A4A (Apps for Automotive) technology and can be downloaded for iOS-based devices from the Apple App Store. Having connected a smartphone to the car via the USB socket or snap-in adapter and launched the app, users are presented with various functions via the iDrive Controller/MINI Controller, the Control Display/MINI Centre Instrument and the car’s audio system. To use the app in BMW and MINI models, the BMW ConnectedDrive Services or MINI Connected option needs to be specified. Smartphones and apps in your car. With the aim of enabling safe and comfortable use of apps in cars, the BMW Group was an early driver of smartphone integration and has already certified numerous apps for access in BMW and MINI vehicles. These apps have been optimized for use during a journey, can be operated via the iDrive Controller or MINI Controller without distracting the driver, and are viewed in the Control Display or the MINI Centre Instrument, respectively. About iHeartMedia With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 500 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 60 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. For more company information visit iHeartMedia.com.

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G-Power BMW M550d with 435 hp

German tuning house G-Power is giving the BMW M550d Touring a makeover. Powered by a 3.0 liter TriTurbo engine, the M550d outputs, in standard form, 381 horsepower and 740 N of torque. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for those looking for ex...

German tuning house G-Power is giving the BMW M550d Touring a makeover. Powered by a 3.0 liter TriTurbo engine, the M550d outputs, in standard form, 381 horsepower and 740 N of torque. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for those looking for extra thrills, so G-Power is giving the M550d some additional power for a total of 435 hp and 850 Nm of torque. G-Power are using their D-Tronik 5 V1 module in order to increase the power. The module is set up so that it only releases additional power if the correct cooling water temperature has been reached. In situations where the oil temperature reaches its limits, the power output is limited. In traffic, the D-Tronik 5 module responds to the acceleration and adjust the power accordingly.

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The M550d can now accelerate to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the stock model and just 0.2 seconds slower than the M5. Top speed is limited to 270 km/h, but for additional money you can increase it to 300 km/h. The car now sits on 21″ G-Power Hurricane RR forged wheels, wearing 255/30 ZR21 and 295/25 ZR21 tires.

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