BMW Hopes to Jumpstart Slow i3 EV Sales in Germany

According to a report by kfz-betrieb, the BMW i3 aren’t as strong in Germany as they are in the US. After nine months of sales, dealers have sold just half of the vehicles they were told to move. Dealers have been able to sell 1900 units since...

According to a report by kfz-betrieb, the BMW i3 aren’t as strong in Germany as they are in the US. After nine months of sales, dealers have sold just half of the vehicles they were told to move. Dealers have been able to sell 1900 units since the beginning of the year, a third of which were the i3 REx.The German outlet says that the goal for the year is 5000 to 6000 units. In September, BMW German dealers sold 131 i3 models. BMW is blaming long shipping times of up to six months for the weak sales. “Dealers say they could sell more cars than allocated,” BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer recently claimed. But BMW is taking a proactive approach and aims to jumpstart sales through new financial incentives.The company is offering prospective German customers an i3 for €555, close to $700 a month. That price includes a full collision waiver and 3333 kilometer (2071 miles) allotment. After the lease end, if the customer chooses to buy the car, the original fees are refunded. The approach is different from the monthly incentives (“trunk money”) offered by automakers in the US.

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With 1,159 sales of the BMW i3 and 204 of the i8, BMW set a new sales record in the U.S. in a single month – 1,363. Worldwide sales of the BMW i3 have shot to over 10,000 units, including more than 3,100 in the U.S. The article BMW Hopes to Jumpstart Slow i3 EV Sales in Germany appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW aims for 500 geniuses employed at 339 U.S. dealerships by year-end

By the end of 2014, BMW plans to have 500 geniuses employed at its 339 U.S. dealerships. The BMW i Genius idea is a play from Apple’s playbook and has proven to be effective around the world. BMW says some of the larger U.S. dealerships employ ...

By the end of 2014, BMW plans to have 500 geniuses employed at its 339 U.S. dealerships. The BMW i Genius idea is a play from Apple’s playbook and has proven to be effective around the world. BMW says some of the larger U.S. dealerships employ as many as ten geniuses; and a quarter of the personnel are women. Worldwide, BMW has 1,500 geniuses working in dealerships in 43 countries, including one in Tibet. Ian Robertson, BMW board member for marketing and sales, says about the BMW i geniuses that “they’re excited, they like the new role, and they especially like seeing how much customers enjoy an atmosphere of information and no sales pressure.” In 2012 BMW has started a pilot of the ‘BMW Genius’ program. At the time, the pilot was conducted at 10 BMW dealerships who collectively employed 14 Geniuses, and produced an extremely high level of customer satisfaction.

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In Europe, BMW dealers taking part in the automaker’s Product Genius program are getting a financial boost. According to BMW, the tech-savvy employees’ no-pressure explanation of the features available in BMW’s vehicles has increased the purchase of high-margin options by 10 percent to 15 percent. Each BMW Genius will be steeped in the increasingly sophisticated technologies and personalization options available from BMW to help guide customers through every step of the ordering, buying, test drive and handover process, and will be on call to help with any subsequent queries or service updates. The Product Geniuses, who are paid a fixed salary, do not sell cars. Buyers who want to make a purchase are handed over to a sales person. The total number of Product Geniuses will rise to 2,000 in early 2015. [Source: Forbes] The article BMW aims for 500 geniuses employed at 339 U.S. dealerships by year-end appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Jalopnik says BMW 228i Is The Best Enthusiast Bimmer You Can Buy

Jalopnik embarked on a coast-to-coast trip aboard the new BMW 228i Coupe. After almost two weeks with the little, yet potent bimmer, the Jalopniks concluded that this is the best enthusiast bimmer you can buy now. “The 228i represents the best ...

Jalopnik embarked on a coast-to-coast trip aboard the new BMW 228i Coupe. After almost two weeks with the little, yet potent bimmer, the Jalopniks concluded that this is the best enthusiast bimmer you can buy now. “The 228i represents the best all-around BMW performance car for your dollar,” says Patrick George of Jalopnik. So what led them to this conclusion? Here is an excerpt from their lengthy review:

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There’s this idea out there that to get a good BMW, you have to have the hardest, nastiest, angriest, M-iest version possible, the one with all the turbos and all the cylinders and all the carbon fiber. The 228i proves that wrong. To understand this car, you have to go back to the idea behind the original 2002 and other New Class sedans and coupes: they were made to drive like sports cars while offering levels of practicality that sports cars couldn’t. A sedan for sporting. A sport sedan, if you will! BMW certainly wasn’t the first to do that, but their idea was the one that prevailed. And the 228i fulfills that mission perhaps better than any other car in the current lineup. It’s something you can live with and have a ton of fun with in equal measure. BMW still nails that, despite all the grief we give them over its other weird product decisions. The 228i has this BRZ-esque agility to it that makes it feel sharper than the M235i. Like most new BMWs it has variable drive modes that tweak throttle response and steering feel, but I found it best in the default Comfort mode; in that setting the steering has a dancer-like grace to it that doesn’t need any artificial tightening. It feels plenty balanced on its own. In fact, let’s talk about balance for a moment. That’s what’s so great about the 228i. You may think you’re losing out by opting for the 2.0-liter turbo four over the M235i’s 3.0-liter inline six, but you’re not. The base price for the BMW 228i Coupe is $32,100, without the $925 destination and handling fee. And it can be ordered with the beautiful M Sport Package. Or with the Track Handling Package. So what do you think? Is this the best bummer you can buy now?

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BMW 228i Coupe specifications Four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double-Vanos Capacity: 1,997 cc Output: 240 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm Max. torque: 258 lb-ft at 1,250 – 4,500 rpm Acceleration [0 – 60 mph]: 5.4 seconds with 8-speed sport automatic Top speed: 130 mph / 210 km/h (250 km/h / 155 mph with Sport Line or M Sport) Preliminary EPA Mileage Estimates (mpg) – 23 city/35 highway/27 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. 22 city/34 highway/26 combined for the 6-speed manual The article Jalopnik says BMW 228i Is The Best Enthusiast Bimmer You Can Buy appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2016 7 Series (G11) Drops Major Camo

The next generation 2016 7 Series (G11) has dropped some major camouflage, revealing its overall body styling. The major styling components are now revealed – body lines, kidney grille shape and size, headlight and tail light shapes and yes, t...

The next generation 2016 7 Series (G11) has dropped some major camouflage, revealing its overall body styling. The major styling components are now revealed – body lines, kidney grille shape and size, headlight and tail light shapes and yes, the hood cutline has indeed been moved back down to meet with the kidney grilles! As usual, the next 7 Series will be a showcase for future BMW technologies, both in physical construction and its technology. We recently showed you the first look at the production interior, which included the next generation iDrive, including for the first time ever, a touch screen. The new iDrive may even incorporate augmented reality via the HUD. Construction wise, the 7 Series is expected to be the first series vehicle to use Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) in major key areas to reduce weight, and thereby increase efficiency. As the use of this material will be a key selling point for the new model, it makes sense that the exact weight savings will remain guarded information until we are closer to the full reveal.

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World Premiere: BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype

BMW has taken the wraps off its latest plug-in hybrid vehicle, a 3 Series eDrive, which utilizes BMW’s award winning TwinPower Turbo technology and an 8 speed transmission that eschews a torque converter for an electric motor. The new 3 Series ...

BMW has taken the wraps off its latest plug-in hybrid vehicle, a 3 Series eDrive, which utilizes BMW’s award winning TwinPower Turbo technology and an 8 speed transmission that eschews a torque converter for an electric motor. The new 3 Series plug-in hybrid will exhibit the postive traits of the X5 plug-in hybrid, but to a much greater degree. With 245 HP and 295 lb-ft or torque on tap from the combined IC and electric motors, acceleration should be brisk – rivalling six cylinder versions of the car. Even more impressive is the fuel economy – BMW is quoting 2L/100 km, or 140 MPG (Imperial gallons). US EPA MPG might be in the 100 MPG range. The technology that we saw in the X5 eDrive is being enhanced (continually), the new 3 series plug-in hybrid will take advantage of the ‘situational awareness’ that the X5 eDrive has with the addition of new features including Real Time Traffic Information. The 3 Series plug-in hybrid will offer up to 22 miles of all electric operation with all electric speeds up to 120 km/h (about 74 mph). The car utilizes Sport, Comfort, and EcoPro settings for the drivetrain as well as Max Electric and Save Battery settings for the hybrid aspects of the drivetrain. Based on our positive impressions of the X5 eDrive at Miramas in February this year, we expect the 3 Series eDrive to be even better. The new BMW 3 Series eDrive will launch in early 2015. Full Press Release Outstanding flexibility, which means it can be integrated in a wide range of different vehicle concepts, makes rapid deployment of this plug-in hybrid drive technology in the BMW model range a feasible and realistic proposition. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype provides a first taste of the extra- efficient driving pleasure which the world’s most successful premium sedan will offer. Combining a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol engine from the new Efficient Dynamics engine family with an electric motor, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype offers standards of sporty performance on a par with a conventionally powered BMW 3 Series six-cylinder model, combined with a significant reduction in fuel consumption. Its plug-in hybrid drive system has a combined output of approximately 245 hp and maximum combined torque of approximately 400 Newton metres (295 lb-ft). These figures, together with the substantial extra acceleration provided by the electric motor’s boost function, bring a sharp and intensely dynamic dimension to everyday motoring. Average fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are approximately 2 litres/100 km (140 mpg imp) and 50 g/km respectively. In all-electric mode, the prototype is capable of a top speed of 120 km/h (74.5 mph), and has a driving range of approximately 35 kilometres (22 miles). Plug-in hybrid system in the BMW 3 Series Sedan: ideal platform, superior drive components, maximum efficiency. The BMW 3 Series Sedan provides the ideal starting point for developing an exceptionally dynamic and fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid model. The conventional combustion-powered models already set standards in the mid- sized premium segment with their blend of sportiness and frugal fuel consumption. This is down to factors such as intelligent lightweight design, best-in-class aerodynamics and an extensive range of standard-specification BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. The internal combustion engine used in the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype is based on a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that has already twice been voted “International Engine of the Year”. Its hallmarks are sporty performance, smooth and refined running and exceptional efficiency. The plug-in hybrid prototype also features an electric motor and power electronics which are directly based on the BMW eDrive technology of the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. The motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery which, together with the battery management system and high-efficiency direct cooling system, are likewise rooted in the experience and know-how amassed during development of the BMW i models. The battery can be recharged at any household power socket and is mounted in a particularly crash-safe position underneath the load compartment. The power electronics form a single integrated system that drives the electric motor, via a liquid-cooled inverter, manages the energy flow from the high- voltage battery to the onboard electrical systems and provides centralised control of hybrid-specific functions. The drive torque from engine and electric motor is supplied to the rear wheels of the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype via an 8-speed Steptronic transmission which – as on conventionally powered BMW models – makes its own additional contribution to the efficiency of the overall drive system. Nowadays, the potential integration of a plug-in hybrid system is taken into account at all stages in the development of new models of the BMW and MINI brands. Amongst other things, this ensures that future hybrid versions offer the same level of practicality as the base models. For example, there is only a minimal reduction in boot space in the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype compared with a conventionally powered BMW 3 Series Sedan, while the interior configuration possibilities – e.g. with the folding rear seatback – are unchanged. The simplicity with which the 8-speed Steptronic transmission can be integrated into the plug-in hybrid system is a further benefit of this flexible, forward-looking development strategy. Intelligent energy management with adaptive powertrain control. Like the current production models, the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype is fitted with a Driving Experience Control switch, which is mounted on the centre console. This can be used to select different vehicle settings to suit varying requirements and situations. Three different modes are available: COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO mode. Each features different suspension settings, different shift characteristics for the 8-speed Steptronic transmission, and a different hybrid operating strategy. In COMFORT mode, which perfectly balances comfort and efficiency on the one hand with typical BMW dynamic performance on the other, the electric motor’s control strategy is geared to relaxed, fuel-efficient driving. In tandem, the electric motor and internal combustion engine can also deliver high levels of power and performance when required. SPORT mode, meanwhile, is aimed at maximised performance, harnessing the full combined output of the engine and the electric motor. In this mode, engine and motor are both on stream at all times, ensuring instantaneous response to all accelerator commands. Finally, in ECO PRO mode, the accent is on harnessing the full efficiency potential of electrification. Intelligent hybrid functionality allows the electric motor and internal combustion engine to work in tandem to maximise overall system efficiency. Efficient energy management is enhanced by variable control of the electric comfort functions such as air conditioning, seat heating and exterior mirror heating, which always operate at the most appropriate power level. This likewise helps to maximise the vehicle’s range. At the press of a button, the driver can choose between different plug-in hybrid modes. The MAX eDrive mode provides all-electric, zero-local- emission propulsion. Selecting the SAVE Battery mode keeps the battery at a constant state of charge. If the battery is less than 50 percent charged, the charge level is increased. In this way drivers can ensure they have enough power in reserve to operate in all-electric mode on a later, urban section of the journey. The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype also features a special hybrid- adapted Proactive Driving Assistant. Integrated in the navigation system, this system manages the powertrain not only with reference to current battery capacity but also to upcoming route profile, speed restrictions and traffic conditions. This function marks the most extensive and advanced integration to date of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive. Whenever the navigation system is in operation, the hybrid Proactive Driving Assistant collates all the available information about the upcoming route and relays this to the powertrain controller. This information comprises both static data from the interactive map, for example about speed restrictions and gradients, and also real-time information on current traffic conditions (Real Time Traffic Information – RTTI). The proactive energy management system then breaks the route down into its component parts, including low-speed sections, last- lap sections and gradients, before computing a proactive, route-specific strategy for managing the electric drive power right through to the specified destination. The article World Premiere: BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid prototype appeared first on BMW BLOG

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GM Using Social Media to Identify Possible Safety Issues

New team monitors social media 24 hours a day. ...

New team monitors social media 24 hours a day.

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Chicago Buick GMC Dealer Offers Free Cars If There’s a White Christmas

Dealer will reimburse car buyers if six inches fall. ...

Dealer will reimburse car buyers if six inches fall.

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2016 Nissan Titan Teased on Video

Redesigned truck debuts at Detroit auto show in January. ...

Redesigned truck debuts at Detroit auto show in January.

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BMW M135 vs. VW Golf GTI – By Jeremy Clarkson

On a very wet track, Jeremy Clarkson sets out to prove why the BMW M135i is a better car than the VW Golf GTI. But is that really the case? The BMW M135i is powered by a 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at ...

On a very wet track, Jeremy Clarkson sets out to prove why the BMW M135i is a better car than the VW Golf GTI. But is that really the case? The BMW M135i is powered by a 3-liter, straight six-cylinder engine and 235 kW/320 hp and 450 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The technology package includes a TwinScroll turbocharger, direct High Precision Injection with central multi-hole injectors, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double VANOS variable camshaft timing. The BMW M135i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds (automatic: 4.9 seconds) and reaches a top speed of 250 km/h – the top limit permitted by the vehicle’s electronic speed control system.

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The new VW Golf GTI uses a four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged engine producing 217 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to a dual-clutch transmission. From 0 to 100 km/h runs in 5.9 seconds. So, which one is a better car? The article BMW M135 vs. VW Golf GTI – By Jeremy Clarkson appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Interesting Macht Schnell BMW F8X Tow Straps

This may well be one of the odd selections for aftermarket parts that we’ve taken interest in. Nevertheless, these kind of small details are what the tuning scene simply eats up and adores putting on their vehicles. These Mach Schnell BMW F8X t...

This may well be one of the odd selections for aftermarket parts that we’ve taken interest in. Nevertheless, these kind of small details are what the tuning scene simply eats up and adores putting on their vehicles. These Mach Schnell BMW F8X tow straps also serve a purpose of helping the safety crews at track day or racing events. While some purists may cringe at the sight of adding these to a BMW M3 or BMW M4, the tuning scene around the world has embraced simple things like the tow straps and even “normal” road cars have them these days.

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To make them stand out even more, if that’s even possible, the Macht Schnell straps come in a variety of colors.

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Precision Sport Industries offers those to BMW F8X owners and they the 1.75″ Harness in width, 6000lb Harness Tensile Strength and heavy duty cross-stitching, CNC stainless steel tow eyelet, 2 TOW arrow decals included, both in standard and reverse orientation, a safer alternative to fixed factory tow hook or aftermarket aluminum versions.

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They can easily be tucked away behind tow hook cover or slit protrusion, and they provide a direct replacement for factory tow hook. These are sold individually, with two of them required per vehicle.

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If you are interested in how these are applied, or how they look installed on a BMW F82 M4, please take a look at the media gallery below.

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