Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/bmw-m4-vs-chevy-camaro-ss/ in News on November 28, 2015
We’ve yet to drive the brand new 2016 Chevy Camaro SS just yet, but it’s been making big waves ever since it won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award. Another thing it’s done since then is draw many comparisons to performance c...
We’ve yet to drive the brand new 2016 Chevy Camaro SS just yet, but it’s been making big waves ever since it won Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award. Another thing it’s done since then is draw many comparisons to performance cars from BMW. A Motor Trend article recently spoke of how it was better to drive than a BMW 335i and that you need to step up to an M3 or M4 to get similar levels of performance. Without having driven it, we can’t say for sure whether any of those claims hold water. But we can take a look at the numbers and try to come to a conclusion that way. So let’s take a look.
Horsepower/Performance This is what everyone wants to know first, just how powerful and fast each car is. So let’s take a look. The Camaro SS uses a 6.2 liter naturally-aspirated V8 to make 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque (how nice and neat) which can get it from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds with a six-speed manual (per Car and Driver). For comparison’s sake, we’ll talk about the BMW M4 with a manual transmission as well. A manually-equipped BMW M4 uses a twin-turbocharged 3.0 liter I6 engine, making 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, to get from 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds (also, per Car and Driver). So the BMW has a distinct performance advantage, despite being down 30 hp and 49 lb-ft of torque and having two less cylinders. Credit this to the M4’s 200 lb weight advantage and lower torque curve, thanks to its turbochargers. The BMW M4 is also more efficient. Advantage – BMW
Handling The 2016 Chevy Camaro SS didn’t gain as much praise as it did without being able to go around corners. The new Camaro can properly handle, from what I’m told. People are already claiming it to be at BMW M4 level. That’s not impossible, as it has a genuinely good chassis underpinning it, the same Alpha Platform chassis as the Cadillac ATS, and is relatively light weight. But the BMW M4 is a proper handler as well and has already been proven as a serious performance car. We all know what the M4 is capable of. And, I don’t know about the Camaro but, the BMW M4 is a serious drift weapon and can be placed in a near perfect slide with ease. People can talk about steering feel and all that as much as they want, but until we drive the new Camaro, we won’t be able to actually compare them. Advantage – Tie (until we drive the two back to back, we can’t declare either a winner)
Exterior/Interior Looks are generally a pretty subjective thing. It’s hard to actually argue looks because people have different tastes. But we can give our opinion and then it can be argued in the comments section for days. The new 2016 Camaro does look good, it’s just not as good as it could have looked. It’s still too squished looking, with those squinting headlights and mail-slot windows all the way around. However, there are some very good angles, particular the front three-quarters, and in profile it does look like a proper angry sports car. The interior is also much improved over the previous generation. The previous car had simply one of the worst interiors we’ve ever seen. This new one is much better, but it’s still a bit bleak. It looks much better and the materials are miles better than before, but it’s a bit cramped and dark and nearly impossible to see out of, thanks to those minuscule windows. Good luck reversing in the Camaro. The BMW M4 is still a great looking car. It’s not the best looking Bavarian, but it’s aggressive and sexy looking all at the same time. While the Camaro looks good, there’s a level of sophistication in the M4’s design that isn’t present in the Camaro’s. The M4 is much more expensive, but it looks and feels much more expensive. This is especially true for the interior, which is a greenhouse in comparison to the Camaro. BMW has never been known for its interiors, but the M4’s driver-focused interior is a class ahead of the Camaro’s. The materials are better, the sight lines are better and BMW’s M steering wheel might be the best in the business. Advantage – BMW
Price/Equipment This is the biggest part of the Camaro’s argument. The fact that you can get what’s pretty much a fully loaded Camaro SS for the base price of the BMW M4 is what is driving the majority of its fans. And it’s true, the Camaro SS is an excellent performance value. It looks very good, goes like hell, has a nice interior and handles great all for less than the price of a BMW 435i even. It’s fantastic value. Both cars come similarly equipped at their base prices. Both are on fixed sport suspension, both have manual gearboxes, both have limited-slip differentials as standard and both have no sunroof. However, the BMW M4 has a carbon fiber roof, whereas the Camaro has a steel roof and the BMW has a bit more leather and luxury inside of it than the Camaro. However, the M4 should have more luxury and exotic materials, considering its extra cost. But there’s no denying the Camaro’s price advantage here. Advantage – Camaro Conclusion Everyone is already quick to jump down BMW’s throat over the fact that the Camaro is a better performance bargain than the M4. And it is, they’re right. But the BMW M4 seems to be the better car. The M4 is faster, despite having less power, thanks to its more sophisticated engine and lighter weight, looks better, has a nicer interior and is even much more efficient, thanks to its fancy engine. The BMW M4 costs more because it should cost more, it’s the better car of the two. That’s not a knock against the Camaro, because at it’s price point, you’d be hard pressed to find anything as fun or as fast, if there is anything even out there as good. But comparing it to the BMW M4 and saying it’s better because it’s cheaper is misguided. The M4 is the better car, that’s why it costs more.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/bmw-creates-joint-association-roev-to-make-ev-charging-easier/ in News on November 28, 2015
Currently, there are several different EV charging network companies that have charging stations all around the US and Europe. These charging companies all require EV drivers to have accounts with them and carry the company cards around in their wall...
Currently, there are several different EV charging network companies that have charging stations all around the US and Europe. These charging companies all require EV drivers to have accounts with them and carry the company cards around in their wallets so they can pay for their EV juice. This becomes tedious, annoying and even quite difficult. It can be problematic for EV drivers who need a charge to pull up to a charging station that they don’t have an account with. Well, BMW, as well as others, are aiming to fix this. BMW has recently created a joint association called ROEV (Roaming EV) which plans “EV adoption by facilitating public charging network interoperability.” The whole idea of this is to create a charging network that is conveniently available to all owners of EVs, regardless of which kind. “Driving an EV will be easier thanks to ROEV,” said Simon Lonsdale, chairman of ROEV. “The EV driver’s ability to find, and charge at, any member public station, using an EV charging network account of their choice, is paramount to a simple driving and charging experience,”
Other members of ROEV include Nissan, Audi, Honda and General Electric, as well as others. The main goal is to make charging easier and more convenient for current EV drivers, which will then bring in more future EV drivers, as the idea of charging will be more attractive. The only real monkey wrench in this whole scheme is Tesla, of course. Tesla Model S owners can go about 200 miles between charges. This means that the majority of Tesla owners just charge at home, as there’s rarely a need to stop off at a charging station. And if they do have to stop, Tesla has a network of Supercharger stations all across the US and Europe. The problem with the Superchargers is that other EVs can’t use its 120 kW charging capabilities. Tesla has given other automakers the opportunity to share its charging network, so long as they cover their end of the costs. But no automaker has taken Tesla up on the offer as of yet. BMW’s new found ROEV’s goal is to create an interconnected network of charging stations that any and all EV owners can use to charge their vehicles quickly and conveniently. It’s absolutely possible for such things to happen, there just needs to be a bit more support from the rest of the world. Many companies are jumping in on this idea, so hopefully BMW’s vision will become a reality quite soon. [Source: The Motley Fool] The article BMW creates joint association ROEV to make EV charging easier appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/28/rendered-bmw-i5-takes-design-cues-from-the-i8/ in News on November 28, 2015
After months of speculations, BMW CEO Harald Krüger finally confirmed last month the development of a new BMW i electric car. While the BMW boss refrained from specifically naming the new i car, the expectations are that an i5 moniker will be used. ...
After months of speculations, BMW CEO Harald Krüger finally confirmed last month the development of a new BMW i electric car. While the BMW boss refrained from specifically naming the new i car, the expectations are that an i5 moniker will be used. The new electric or plug-in hybrid car is said to be a crossover sedan with some design elements from the i3 and i8. The folks over at auto motor und sport took this to heart and created an i5 rendering with a lot of i8 design influences. The front fascia takes most of the cues from the i8 – sleek headlights, shark nose and oversized air curtains. With the increased dimensions also comes a new side profile with a four-door layout, slopping roofline and hatchback shape.
@auto motor und sport Sources say a large battery pack in the underfloor ensures that the BMW i5 will sit somewhat higher than the i3, but not at the level of an SUV. BMW plans to increase the range of the i3 in 2016 with a new battery pack – the range is likely to be go over 100 miles on electric power – so we believe a future i5 could make a significant jump in electric range to around 200 miles. BMW is under pressure as rivals roll out new vehicles in attempt to beat the carmaker in annual sales. Tesla is also preparing two new exciting electric cars: an SUV, Model X, and a 3 Series competitor, Model 3 in 2017. The article Rendered: BMW i5 takes design cues from the i8 appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-225xe-active-tourer-kicks-off-production-in-leipzig/ in News on November 27, 2015
BMW launched last week the 225xe Active Tourer production at the Leipzig plant. The second plug-in hybrid model – after the BMW i8 – is produced on the same production lines as the 1 Series Hatchback and the 2 Series family. Only at a few...
BMW launched last week the 225xe Active Tourer production at the Leipzig plant. The second plug-in hybrid model – after the BMW i8 – is produced on the same production lines as the 1 Series Hatchback and the 2 Series family. Only at a few changes in the process were made, along with additional employees who are assisting with specific elements, such as the electric motor or high-voltage battery for the plug-in hybrid drive. The BMW eDrive technology is coupled with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.
Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. The maximum electric range is 41 kilometers (25 miles).
READ THIS: BMW 225xe Active Tourer Test Drive Like the BMW i8, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe goes up to 125 km/h (78 mph).
The article BMW 225xe Active Tourer kicks off production in Leipzig appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-uk-retail-online-will-enable-you-to-buy-a-bmw-on-the-web/ in News on November 27, 2015
BMW has launched a new way of buying a new BMW in the UK. BMW customers will be able to handle all aspects of the car buying process online wherever and whenever they want to. With just a few clicks, prospective BMW owners can build their perfect car...
BMW has launched a new way of buying a new BMW in the UK. BMW customers will be able to handle all aspects of the car buying process online wherever and whenever they want to. With just a few clicks, prospective BMW owners can build their perfect car online, arrange a test drive if necessary, agree financing options and payment method, and get a trade-in value for their own car before finalizing the delivery date. BMW Retail Onlin is available via www.BMW.co.uk and the company touts the buying/researching process being around ten minutes. Every step can also be supported by a BMW Genius or a sales executive at the retailer via live chat or email from 8am to 10pm.
Ian Robertson, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing, said: “We are the first car manufacturer to offer a digital sales solution for the entire product range and the full end-to-end buying or leasing process online. Now, the customer can do it all from the comfort of their home. The integration of the BMW Genius via live chat and retailer messaging functions where the customer is able to get personalized support in real time, makes this system unique and a new benchmark for the automotive industry.” The program is rolled out nationwide based on the success of a trial which included nine UK retailers who scored a 95 percent success rate. 137 of BMW’s 146 UK retailers are signed up, with the remaining nine scheduled to opt in by April 2016. Nigel Hurley, Sytner Group BMW Divisional Managing Director, whose retail outlet took part in the trial, said: “This is great news for retailers. It forms part of our ever more customer-centric focus and makes life easier for the customer. We see this becoming an increasingly important channel in the future.” There are six key features to BMW Retail Online. The online journey starts with the optional tool “Find your BMW”, leading into the vehicle configurator on bmw.co.uk. With a click on the “Buy your BMW” button the customer selects a retailer, is shown cars with a faster delivery date and selects their preferred finance method. The customer can then finalize all steps of the purchase with their chosen retailer in the Retailer Online showroom. The key elements in more detail are: Find your BMW (Optional needs analyser) Helps customers find the ideal vehicle for their needs 4 simple questions to select the right car: Where do you drive? How many people ride in your car? What needs to fit in your boot? What’s important to you? Suggests preconfigured cars with options most bought by other customers in the UK. Genius live-chat Personal support Webchat or email Opening hours from 8am-10pm, 7days a week Vehicle configuration/ Check Delivery Times Fully configure a car, or Get a proposal for a pre-built car with faster availability Finance offer Full integration of BMW Financial services Easy-to-use finance calculator All national offers are included online Retailer Online showroom Chat with a sales executive of the selected retailer Arrange a test drive Get independent car valuation of your vehicle Finalise all elements of the purchase Online credit check Full online credit check with 90 seconds feedback if auto accepted Payment of instalment, deposit or full price online or by phone The article BMW UK Retail Online will enable you to buy a BMW on the Web appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/video-auto-express-drives-the-bmw-3-series-audi-a4-and-jaguar-xe/ in News on November 27, 2015
Cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 have been battling it out for quite a long time now. It’s been nearly 30 years since the debut of the A4 and the two cars have been at each other’s throats ever since. The newcomer to this group is t...
Cars like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 have been battling it out for quite a long time now. It’s been nearly 30 years since the debut of the A4 and the two cars have been at each other’s throats ever since. The newcomer to this group is the Jaguar XE and it’s worth the entry into the segment and is considered by many to be the best in the segment. Well Auto Express pit these three sports sedans against each other in this latest video to find out which is best. The B9 generation Audi A4, which has yet to debut in the US, is considerably better than the car it replaces. The current B8 model is far too long in the tooth to be competitive in the segment any longer, especially with newcomers like the Jag. But the new B9 is proving to be worthy competition. It’s based on Audi’s new MLB platform and is significantly lighter and stiffer than the outgoing car. It has a 2.0 liter turbocharged TDI diesel four-cylinder engine develops 187 hp paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that powers all four wheels, via Audi’s famed Quattro system. This allows it to get from 0-60 mph in 7 seconds flat, which isn’t bad for a 2.0 TDI engine (save the diesel jokes). The A4’s real party trick is its interior, which is simply fantastic.
The BMW 3 Series has recently gotten its LCI refresh but, other than that, it’s not very new. This tested model was a BMW 320d, with the exact same 187 hp as the Audi A4 coming from a similarly sized 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. The Bimmer is a touch slower to 60 mph, doing the sprint in 7.1 seconds. However, the BMW makes its power lower in the rev range, allowing it to feel a bit quicker and its gearing is better so there’s less need to downshift at high speed as there is in the Audi. The 320d’s interior is very handsome, but it isn’t as nice as the cabin on the A4. On the outside, the 320d is the winner, as Audi’s new A4 design isn’t much different from the old one. It’s not bad looking, just boring nowadays. The Bimmer is the handler of the two as well, being sharper and more agile to drive, despite the A4 being very good in its own right.
But then comes the Jaguar XE. The newcomer has the best looks by far, though the interior could use some work, and is the cheapest. However, it’s also the slowest. Though it is the most efficient. It also can handle, with many enthusiasts saying it can out-hustle the BMW 3 Series. According to Auto Express, the Jaguar XE is the best car of the bunch, due to its superior handling, lower price and added efficiency. They didn’t name a second or third place, but judging by their comments, it seemed as if the 320d came in second with the Audi A4 trailing in 3rd.
All three of these cars are excellent and you’d be hard pressed to find any real complaints with any of them. Though, Auto Express did have to pick a winner and they chose the Jaguar XE. The BMW 320d seems like the better all-rounder, thanks to its better interior, more cargo and trunk space and more power, but I guess the Jag had a home field advantage. The A4 got very little love, though. It was comfortable, had a great ride, handled really well, was the fastest of the bunch and had by far the best interior. We’ll have to see how they stack up when we can eventually get our paws on one, but for now it seems as if Auto Express got this one mostly right. [Source: AutoExpress] The article Video: Auto Express drives the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Jaguar XE appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/bmw-says-more-than-80-of-the-bmw-i3-buyers-worldwide-are-new-customers-to-the-bmw-group/ in News on November 27, 2015
BMW’s first electric car – the i3 – is a worldwide success and the rumored $2 billion investment in the i division is starting to slowly pay off. When BMW announced their electric and plug-in hybrid car division in 2009, many pundit...
BMW’s first electric car – the i3 – is a worldwide success and the rumored $2 billion investment in the i division is starting to slowly pay off. When BMW announced their electric and plug-in hybrid car division in 2009, many pundits were in full force dissecting the decision to deviate from BMW’s core expertise – that of creating high-performance automobiles. Fast forward to today and the ROI is starting to be obvious. In Germany, the i3 actually accounts for 4 out of every 10 electric vehicle sales. In the listings of the most popular EV models, the BMW i3 occupies third place on a world-wide basis since its market launch in November 2013. The most important single market for the all-electric five-door is the USA, where it ranks third as well. In Norway the BMW i3 has been the best-selling model across the entire BMW range in the current year.
But what the most interesting tidbit is that “More than 80% of the BMW i3 buyers worldwide are new customers to the BMW Group” – a figure that BMW can only be proud of. The idea behind creating a new line of automobiles is to attract a new clientele to the brand, one that will not only increase the sales, but also become advocates of the brand. And that’s exactly what most of the BMW i3 and i8 owners are. They all swear by their electric or plug-in hybrids and they often bring family and friends to the brand. It is not uncommon – especially in the U.S. – for a household to own two i3s and with a diversified “i” portfolio down the road, we expect that to become the norm.
In a statement issued last month, BMW said the following: Crucial element within the success story of the BMW i3 has been that it is the only EV worldwide with an optional Range Extender. In many cases – especially among customers who still had their reservations about buying an electric car – the choice of the additional small combustion engine tipped the balance in favour of the BMW i3. …The BMW i3 meets the needs of demanding target groups who combine an appreciation for sustainable mobility with a desire for a driving experience that is both sophisticated and rich in emotional appeal. Its progressive design, intelligent lightweight construction, groundbreaking drive system technology and innovative connectivity turn locally emission-free mobility into a fascinating experience, opening up whole new groups of buyers to the BMW Group. More than 80% of the BMW i3 buyers worldwide are new customers to the BMW Group. Yet, BMW doesn’t rest on their laurels and it’s marching ahead with refreshed and new products which are expected to hit the market in the next five years. First, we will have an updated BMW i3 with a new battery pack which is rumored to deliver over 125 miles of driving range, followed – likely – by a larger “i” model to take on the successful Tesla S models. The article BMW says “More than 80% of the BMW i3 buyers worldwide are new customers to the BMW Group” appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/the-2017-bmw-i3-94-ah-cells-and-a-125-mile-epa-range-rating/ in News on November 27, 2015
About a month ago BMW CEO Harold Krueger surprised the EV world by casually mentioning in an interview with Die Zeit that in 2016 the i3 would have increased range. That of course sparked a lot of online speculation as to how would BMW accomplish thi...
About a month ago BMW CEO Harold Krueger surprised the EV world by casually mentioning in an interview with Die Zeit that in 2016 the i3 would have increased range. That of course sparked a lot of online speculation as to how would BMW accomplish this. Did they figure out a way to squeeze in more of the same 60 Ah Samsung battery cells that the i3 currently uses? Might they have sourced higher energy density battery cells from another supplier? Could Samsung have made the new 94 Ah cells available to BMW now? According to Samsung’s Battery Technology Roadmap it didn’t look like they would have those cells available for at least another year.
According to some well connected insiders, it is beginning to look like BMW will indeed use Samsung’s now 94 Ah battery cells in the 2017 i3 which will begin production in July of 2016. Furthermore, one insider even believes BMW will offer a battery upgrade option for current i3 owners that want the new, higher energy dense battery cells. Personally I just don’t see how BMW can accomplish this without charging more money for the upgrade than most i3 owners would be willing to pay. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to get the battery upgrade myself. However, even if BMW discounted the new battery pack by giving owners a credit on the battery pack they returned, what would the upgrade price have to be for current i3 owners to bite?
Personally, I think I would go for it if BMW could do the upgrade for under $5,000. That would also be contingent on the rumors being correct, and the new battery pack would be the same physical size – 96 battery cells packaged in 8 modules, containing 12 cells each. Using the new 94 Ah cells, BMW would increase the i3’s total battery pack size from 21.6 kWh to 33.4 kWh without increasing weight significantly, if at all. Assuming BMW continued allowing approximately 90% of the total pack as usable energy, that would mean that the new i3 will have approximately 30kWh accessible to use. 30kWh usable would increase the i3 BEV’s range to approximately 125 miles per charge and the i3 REx to about 115 mpc. With 115 EPA rated miles of range, my i3 REx would almost never fire up the range extender, which is fine by me. I’d still need it for the 240-mile trips to Vermont I take every couple months, but not for much more than that. If the i3 had 125 miles of range when it initially launched, I definitely wouldn’t have ordered mine with the REx.
However, I’m still not convinced BMW will offer an option for current i3 owners to upgrade, and I’m even less convinced that they could offer it at a price point which would make it a reasonable purchase for someone who has only owned their car for a couple years or less. If they had 100,000 miles on the car, and the battery had already degraded to 75% or 80% or so of what it was when it was new, then the owner might be able to justify the cost of a new replacement pack. Of course, this is all speculation at this point. Nonetheless, we’ll be talking a lot about these questions until BMW finally releases the details. Which, by the way, I don’t expect them to do for at least 4 or 5 months. Rumors of an upgrade to an EV’s battery pack can really hurt sales of the current vehicle. The only thing that will hurts sales even more is when the manufacturer admits it, gives the specifications and the expected launch date for the new model. If anyone out there is i3 bargain hunting, and can live with the i3’s current range, you can expect some killer deals this spring as BMW clears out the remaining 2016 inventory to make room for the 2017s with the new battery. A battery upgrade would seemingly solve another issue that has bothered some i3 REx owners, that being the size of the gas tank – or really how much of it they have access to. All i3’s come with a 2.4 gallon gas tank. However, for the US market, BMW had to restrict the amount of gas available to use to 1.9 gallons. The reason was to satisfy the California Air Resource Board’s criteria for a BEVx vehicle. One of the criteria for an extended range electric vehicle to be classified as a BEVx is that the range of the car while being driven on battery needs to exceed the range it can drive on gasoline. If BMW allowed the full 2.4 gallons to be available for use, the gas range would be slightly greater than the electric range, and the i3 REx wouldn’t qualify as a BEVx. BMW would lose some of the highly valuable ZEV credits they get for every i3 REx sold in “CARB states“.
If the i3’s electric range is increased more than 20 additional miles, then the full 2.4 gallon tank could be accessed without a BEVx violation. Therefore, I fully expect the 2017 i3 REx to have use of the entire 2.4 gallon gas tank as it does with the European i3s. Actually, if the new batteries do extend the i3 REx’s battery range to the possible 115 MPC, then BMW could increase the gas tank to a little over 3 gallons if they wanted to. The i3 REx would then offer over 200 miles of driving range without needing to plug in or fill up. Whether or not BMW will indeed use the new 94 Ah cells from Samsung is yet to be known. According to CEO Krueger, we do know BMW will be upgrading the i3’s battery pack, and the most obvious and easiest way to do so would be with higher density battery cells. Samsung’s new 94 Ah cells are the same physical size as the 60 Ah cells used in the current i3, so upgrading to the new cells couldn’t be any easier – as along as they are indeed ready and available. As for the battery upgrade for existing i3 owners, it’s a tempting proposition, and one that I hope BMW fully explores to see if there is a way that they can do it at a reasonable cost (I say that’s under $5,000). However I’m just not convinced that they can offer an upgrade without losing a lot of money on every pack they sell. Time will tell, and I’m sure there will be a lot of discussions about his before we actually get all the facts from BMW. The article The 2017 BMW i3: 94 Ah Cells and a 125 Mile EPA Range Rating? appeared first on BMW BLOG
Posted by http://f87.bimmerpost.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1199286 in News on November 27, 2015
Best photos yet of Alpine White M2 with M Performance Parts and Exhaust.
Posted by http://www.bmwblog.com/2015/11/27/are-bmw-drivers-the-worst-drivers/ in News on November 27, 2015
According to the Detroit News, a recent study by the folks at the University of California Berkeley has shown that drivers of luxury cars, BMWs in particular, have shown to be among the worst drivers on the road. This isn’t a particularly new d...
According to the Detroit News, a recent study by the folks at the University of California Berkeley has shown that drivers of luxury cars, BMWs in particular, have shown to be among the worst drivers on the road. This isn’t a particularly new discovery, as BMW drivers have a sort of stereotype for being bad drivers, whether true or not. But does this theory actually have merit? The study done by researchers at Berkeley was conducted by observing how drivers acted at stop-and-go intersections. During their observations, luxury car drivers, more so BMW and Mercedes-Benz drivers, consistently ignored the stop signs, only slowing instead of stopping and disregarded crossing pedestrians. These are all of the typical stereotypes of bad BMW drivers. It’s surprising they didn’t go searching shopping mall parking lots for BMWs parked in two spots at once. But calling BMW drivers bad drivers because they drive BMWs is simply mistaken. There are so many variables that go into determining a good or bad driver. How does one even judge a good driver? Is it someone that drives perfectly within the rules or someone who can handle a car better than most or is it someone who is consistently courteous to other drivers and pedestrians? It’s most likely someone that is a decent combination of all three, but what about drivers who are maybe a combination of only two of those aforementioned attributes? Or what if you just caught someone on a bad day? So what would make BMW drivers bad?
Are BMW drivers bad because they break the rules or are they bad at handling the car or do they just not care about fellow drivers and pedestrians, feeling as if they rule the road? And depending on which one, why would it BMW drivers, or luxury car drivers in general, that are consistently poor drivers? I think the stereotype is to bust on rich, pompous and arrogant people, the kinds of people who are usually seen driving expensive European cars. But what about used BMW drivers? They still drive BMWs but are often not very rich at all, as there are zillions of BMWs that can be had for only a couple thousand dollars. You’re looking at a used BMW owner who isn’t even close to rich. Are we bad drivers, despite the fact that we aren’t rich, just because we have a blue and white roundel on our steering wheel? I think it’s a stupid stereotype and one that has absolutely zero merit, regardless of what researchers may say. It’s a skewed study anyway, most likely with predetermined bias, as the metric for which to measure a good driver cannot absolutely be determined. Having had commuted two hours a day on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey, which is notorious for being basically the automotive equivalent of the Hunger Games, I’ve seen my share of horrendous drivers. In my three years of a daily commute filled with psychotic NJ drivers, I don’t think you can honestly point at one brand in particular as a brand of bad drivers. I’ve been nearly killed by people in BMWs, Honda Odysseys and Chevy Aveos. So I honestly think that any study showing any brand to be owned by bad drivers in general is completely ridiculous. Though, what do I know, I’m just a mindless BMW driver.
So what do you think? Do you feel as if there’s any merit to this claim, or any bad driver claim toward any other brand? What are your experiences with bad drivers? The article Are BMW drivers the worst drivers? appeared first on BMW BLOG