Tesla Model S P85D Will Accelerate Faster With Software Update

Musk claims AWD was added for snow, not speed. ...

Musk claims AWD was added for snow, not speed.

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U.S.-Spec 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Makes 155 HP

New model has 12 hp less than before, but drops around 200 lbs ...

New model has 12 hp less than before, but drops around 200 lbs

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2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata 1.5L Review

It doesn’t disappoint the Miata faithful. ...

It doesn’t disappoint the Miata faithful.

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2015 Jeep Renegade Configurator Goes Live

Loaded Limited and Trailhawk models push $33,000. ...

Loaded Limited and Trailhawk models push $33,000.

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BMW 5 Series and i8 wins readers’ vote held by auto motor und sport

The BMW 5 Series clinched victory in the readers’ vote “BEST CARS 2015” of the trade magazine “auto motor und sport” in the upper midrange segment and confirmed its achievements of the previous year. Five times in succession since 2011...

The BMW 5 Series clinched victory in the readers’ vote “BEST CARS 2015” of the trade magazine “auto motor und sport” in the upper midrange segment and confirmed its achievements of the previous year. Five times in succession since 2011, the 5 Series was voted best business car by the readers. In addition, the “International Paul Pietsch Award” honouring particularly innovative technological developments again went to BMW. This year the prize was bestowed on the BMW i8, following the success of the BMW i3 last year. The award ceremony was held in Stuttgart. The BMW 5 Series has been the most popular car for business purposes for many years. Having received 23.9 percent of all votes, the BMW 5 Series achieved first place in the readers’ vote for “BEST CARS 2015” in the upper midrange segment held by “auto motor und sport”. The readers of the trade magazine have confirmed the worldwide success of the BMW 5 Series. With 373,053 units sold in 2014, the BMW 5 Series was worldwide the most successful model of its class – following its success as the most popular business car in the world in 2013. A comprehensive portfolio of efficient and dynamic engines, hallmark BMW driving dynamics, xDrive intelligent four-wheel drive, innovative mobility services and exclusive BMW ConnectedDrive applications as well as three different body variants all helped to make the BMW 5 Series a bestseller. The BMW i8 receives the “International Paul Pietsch Award” due to its status as an “all-new sports car”. Once again, the “International Paul Pietsch Award” went to BMW. The BMW i8 was honoured for the most innovative technological concept, thereby following in the footsteps of the BMW i3, the winner of the previous year. The jury consisted of 28 chief editors of international trade magazines from 21 nations. With 50 percent of the overall votes, the BMW i8 emerged as the clear winner. The reasons were as follows: “The plug-in hybrid BMW, which was launched in the middle of 2014, embodies the accomplished vision of a modern and sustainable sports car for decades to come. Moreover, this model with its spectacular scissor doors and bold emotional lines opens up new paths in terms of design and aerodynamics. The BMW i8 is effectively driven by a downsized three-cylinder turbo petrol engine in conjunction with a powerful electric drive featuring a lithium-ion battery pack. Thanks to its carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) passenger cell, the architecture provides the best possible basis for lightweight design. As a sports car of a new generation, the BMW i8 brings together in an unusual and impressing way a multitude of state-of-the art technologies and perfectly combines fuel efficiency and dynamics”. The “BEST CARS” readers’ vote held annually by the trade magazine “auto motor und sport” is one of the most important automotive awards in Germany and highly coveted amongst manufacturers. It was the 39th time the best cars were picked in 2015. On this occasion, 386 models in eleven categories were nominated. In all, 112,471 readers cast their ballot by mail or online.

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2015 BMW X6 M videos from press launch at Circuit of the Americas

We’ve uploaded a bevy of 2015 X6 M videos from on location at The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where the press launch for the all-new X6 M (F86) is taking place. Check out footage of the car in the paddocks, on the track, driven b...

We’ve uploaded a bevy of 2015 X6 M videos from on location at The Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, where the press launch for the all-new X6 M (F86) is taking place. Check out footage of the car in the paddocks, on the track, driven by DTM drivers, and technical animations.

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Premier: X5 and X6 M Performance Accessories

Official Release: Hallmark M power, outstanding driving dynamics and an emphasis on sporting design are signature attributes of the two large BMW X models… The post Premier: X5 and X6 M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website...

Official Release: Hallmark M power, outstanding driving dynamics and an emphasis on sporting design are signature attributes of the two large BMW X models… The post Premier: X5 and X6 M… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

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2015 Ford Expedition King Ranch 4×4 Review

The full-size SUV keeps on keepin’ on. ...

The full-size SUV keeps on keepin’ on.

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How Fast Charging Will Help BMW i3 sales

Recently, I wrote to you kind folk about how the BMW i3, and its futuristic technology and range anxiety, scared most people away from buying it. Range anxiety is an issue for all EVs and not just the i3, and it’s an understandable fear. However, B...

Recently, I wrote to you kind folk about how the BMW i3, and its futuristic technology and range anxiety, scared most people away from buying it. Range anxiety is an issue for all EVs and not just the i3, and it’s an understandable fear. However, BMW will soon make life a bit easier for its i3 buyers. BMW has recently announced, at the Washington Auto Show, its plans to join forces with, German rival, Volkswagen and, EV charging giant, ChargePoint, to develop a network of DC Fast Chargers throughout the country. ChargePoint already has 20,000 locations throughout North America and plans to fill in the gaps as strategically as possible, so that, amongst the most traveled roads on the East and West coast, charging stations are no more than 50 miles apart.

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The plan is for 100 ChargePoints to be allocated on I-95, from Boston to D.C, and a route which will connect Portland, San Francisco, L.A and San Diego. These charge points will be placed near shopping malls and restaurants, so as to keep motorists busy as they wait for their i3 or eGolf to charge. These ChargePoints will consist of either 50 kW DC Fast Chargers or 24 kW Combo fast chargers with both SAE combo connectors and 240v, level 2 AC connectors. An i3 can charge up to 80% battery in 20 minutes on a 50 kW connection, which is enough time get a quick bite to eat while you charge up.

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“This project is another important step in the development of the U.S. e-mobility infrastructure that makes longer distance travels a real option for consumers.” Says Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure for BMW NA. The idea is to make an fast-charging super network, similar to Tesla’s, to make traveling in electric vehicles a far simpler, and more common, idea. The removal of range anxiety, or at least the reduction of it, will create a much better environment for EVs to thrive. California is already littered with ChargePoint stations and is a leader in EV sales. However, that last part may have more to do with a green image Californians need to exude. Nevertheless, those ChargePoint stations have proven to be quite successful and, if adopted throughout the country, could springboard cars like the i3 into the mainstream. The first step was just made in Kansas City where KCP&L and ChargePoint will install 1,000 charging stations. Atlanta Metro area could be next since it holds a large number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. While battery technology advances and gets ready for mainstream, the infrastructure is the one single thing that can speed up the adoption of electric vehicles. The article How Fast Charging Will Help BMW i3 sales appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel on manuals and BMW supercar

At the International Media Launch of the new 2015 BMW X6 M, Car and Driver sat down with BMW M’s new CEO, Franciscus van Meel. The usual topics came up: manual transmission on M cars, a future M supercar and front-wheel drive BMWs. And as alway...

At the International Media Launch of the new 2015 BMW X6 M, Car and Driver sat down with BMW M’s new CEO, Franciscus van Meel. The usual topics came up: manual transmission on M cars, a future M supercar and front-wheel drive BMWs. And as always, BMW M is being politically correct on these topics and not a whole lot is being revealed. But other interesting subjects were brought forward. When questioned about future M products, not specifically a supercar, van Meel says that the company is looking at new segments to challenge the competitors.

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“We have already seen that M has more possibilities than the classic and iconic M3, M4, M5, and M6, says van Meel. “Down the road, we will look at even further segments. We will continue to challenge our competitors and offer the agility and precision that is typical of M, but we also want to differentiate ourselves by innovation.” Front-wheel drive M cars? The new M CEO puts the fire away and says “front-wheel-drive vehicles have performance limitations and [M] must stick to [their] defined characteristics, which include being ready for the track.” Just last week, we touched on the subject of BMW potentially eliminating the manual transmissions in the future. We brought up arguments as a very low take rate – around 7% – and high development costs, and those points are now validated by van Meel. “Everybody feels strongly about it, it is an emotional issue,” says the M boss. “But from a technical perspective, it makes only limited sense. Weight is better, but fuel consumption and shifting performance are inferior, and it is getting harder and harder for the manual transmission. The community is diminishing because of the improvements of the dual-clutch transmission.” BMW M also says the M Performance Automobiles line is here to stay and even grow. “I think there is a big potential for more M Performance models,” says van Meel. “There are further gaps in some segments between the top BMW cars and the M models, and we are looking into those segments and which models we could put there”, he adds further. BMW M sold 44 percent more cars compared to 2013, for a total of 45,000 units, broken up into 21,000 M models and 24,000 M Performance models. The topic of BMW i and M working together also came up, and as always, the BMW executives are sticking to their typical answers: both sub-brands can learn from each other and use the technology, but no BMW i8 M car is in works. Van Meel concludes the interview with the never-ending M supercar topic, a subject BMW is not yet ready to openly discuss. “I think everyone at BMW M wants to build a supercar, but it is more important to go ahead with our planned new models,” says van Meel. “Right now, we are more than happy with the i8 as BMW’s halo car.” The article BMW M CEO Franciscus van Meel on manuals and BMW supercar appeared first on BMW BLOG

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