My Automotive Pet Peeves, Part 1

Much of what automakers add should be taken away. ...

Much of what automakers add should be taken away.

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Alpine Vision Gran Turismo Concept Adds a French Twist to GT6

Offers some hints for 2016 production Alpine. ...

Offers some hints for 2016 production Alpine.

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2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport Review

Disco plays a new tune. ...

Disco plays a new tune.

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BMW 428i xDrive Gran Coupe – Photo gallery from France

When BMW launched the 4 Series Gran Coupe last year, many journalists referred to the four-door coupe as one of the best looking BMWs in the current lineup. And these photos from the snowy Alps come to confirm that. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes to m...

When BMW launched the 4 Series Gran Coupe last year, many journalists referred to the four-door coupe as one of the best looking BMWs in the current lineup. And these photos from the snowy Alps come to confirm that. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe comes to market 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. READ ALSO: BMW 428i Gran Coupe Test Drive

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The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe arrived in the US last summer with two engine choices. The 428i Gran Coupe features BMW’s award-winning 240hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the 435i Gran Coupe is powered by the much-lauded 300hp TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline six. The 428i xDrive Gran Coupe was also be available at launch with BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. All versions are offered in the US with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission.

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The Internet was scary, but electric vehicles shouldn’t be

Change is always scary. New technologies that change the way we live will always make the masses nervous. It’s understandable, really. We get very used to the way things are, and as soon as we get comfortable, things change again. It happened with ...

Change is always scary. New technologies that change the way we live will always make the masses nervous. It’s understandable, really. We get very used to the way things are, and as soon as we get comfortable, things change again. It happened with computers first, then with the internet and now it seems to be happening with electric vehicles. There’s no doubt that people seem to view the electric car as a bit of a gimmick, much like the Internet at first. They disregard the electric vehicle as a regular form of transportation, simply because they cannot grasp the full picture. Sure, right now it may not be the absolute best way of getting around, but the day is coming when EVs will be the norm.

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In 1994, Brian Gumbel and Katie Couric seemed flabbergasted, on The Today Show, by the notion of the Internet. 21 years later and people wouldn’t know what to do without it. If the entirety of the Internet were to fail, worldwide, there would be wide spread pandemonium as the world suddenly crashed. Yet, people seem to forget that just a few presidents ago it was just a gimmick in most people’s minds. So, why the constant fear of electric propulsion? Well BMW put Gumbel and Couric in an i3 and had them reenact their confusion, this time for the i3, for BMWs upcoming Super Bowl commercial. This will also be the first BMW Super Bowl commercial in four years. Their confusion is acted out obviously, but the sentiment is real in most people.

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When I had an i3 on test for a few days, it was met with “Ooohs” and “Aahhs” at the looks and the interior. It was when I told them that it was fully electric when they ceased and their noses wrinkled. I might as well have told them it ran on pureed baby seal. “Electric? But how far can you really go?” they would ask. Understandable question, no doubt. But when I told them that the range was around 80 miles, they looked at me as if horns were growing out of my forehead.

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Not one person I spoke to about the i3 has a daily commute of anywhere near 80 miles, yet they scoffed at the number. At the time, my daily commute was 100 miles and I made it work for the time I had it. Yet the i3 was met with disdain, simply because it couldn’t make a cross-country road trip as easily as their Ford Explorer. I was as flabbergasted at the negativity as they were at the range. I literally drove 100 miles in one day without burning a single drop of fuel, while doing perfectly average highway speeds in perfect comfort and near silence, all while listening to a crystal clear radio and people would still say “well what if you had to go even further?” It seems that with new technology, most people can only see the flaws, the warts. Not everyone is afraid, though. There are many early adopters who see the i3 as a breath of fresh air amidst the sea of tepid, murkiness that is most of the auto industry. The i3 seems to have a small cult following who enjoy its EV quirkiness. And I can entirely understand their excitement. After just three days with the i3, I was smitten with its spunky, charms. There are a few Americans who share that same feeling, however, it seems it may take a while longer before the masses become as smitten as those select few.

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A shame, really, as the i3 is a technological masterpiece and a damn good car. Hopefully it doesn’t take 21 more years for people to get behind the idea of an i3, or any EV for that matter. The article The Internet was scary, but electric vehicles shouldn’t be appeared first on BMW BLOG

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2015 BMW X6 M50d goes in the snow

The new 2015 BMW X6 M50d goes in the French Alps for some winter driving. The M50d is the most powerful diesel model available in the current X6 lineup. The engine comes with a 2993cc of displacement, it has a triple-turbocharged powered configuratio...

The new 2015 BMW X6 M50d goes in the French Alps for some winter driving. The M50d is the most powerful diesel model available in the current X6 lineup. The engine comes with a 2993cc of displacement, it has a triple-turbocharged powered configuration with the six cylinders, where it develops 376 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque available from a low RPM. Despite weighing 2,300 kg with standard four-wheel drive, the 2015 M50d hits 62mph from rest in 5.2 seconds.

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The X6 M50d gains stiffer Adaptive M suspension, and a different steering layout to the rest of the range. Alongside Active Roll Stabilisation (ARS), this adds up to a sporty and dynamic ride, even on the track. The new X6 offers all the luxury items required by a premium SUV, along with comfort and safety levels you would want from a large car. The engine is highly efficient and powerful at the same time. It certainly is the perfect combination for people that need lower fuel consumption and sporty performance.

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Before we jump into the photo gallery, here is our BMW X6 M50d review.

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Kansas City to get over 1000 electric vehicle charging stations

Electric charging in the Midwest gets a boost. While California is often touted as the land of green cars and alternative energy, it’s the Kansas City that now makes the headlines. KCP&L announced Monday that with one jolt it’s going to m...

Electric charging in the Midwest gets a boost. While California is often touted as the land of green cars and alternative energy, it’s the Kansas City that now makes the headlines. KCP&L announced Monday that with one jolt it’s going to make Kansas City one of the best places in the nation to drive an electric car. The utility company said it will install 1,000 public electric charging stations, a 2400 percent increase from the current 40 units available to customers. Each charger will be able to install two cars at a time. Drivers will be able to use these stations, which will be built by the end of this summer, for free for the first two years. The first 15 stations will be fast chargers provided by Nissan, but they can be used for BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf electric vehicles.

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The network of chargers will be called Clean Charge Network and will cost $20 million. KCP&L is buying the chargers from ChargePoint, which will also manage the network. The plan also calls for building the electric infrastructure needed to supply the 1,001 chargers, which will allow the number of chargers to be easily doubled in the future if needed. 260,000 plug-in electric cars have been sold so far in the U.S. and Kansas City Metro has about 1 percent of them. California currently has 2,000 public charging stations. The article Kansas City to get over 1000 electric vehicle charging stations appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW 3/4 Series was best selling premium car in U.S. in 2014

For the fifth straight year, the BMW 3 Series (4 Series included) was the best selling premium car in 2014 in the United States. Here are the 2014 stats: 142,232 3-Series / 4-Series sold in U.S. in 20143-Series / 4-Series made up 42% of U.S. BMW sal...

For the fifth straight year, the BMW 3 Series (4 Series included) was the best selling premium car in 2014 in the United States. Here are the 2014 stats: 142,232 3-Series / 4-Series sold in U.S. in 20143-Series / 4-Series made up 42% of U.S. BMW sales3-Series / 4-Series was America’s 16th-best-selling car in 20143-Series / 4-Series sales reached highest level since 2007 (when 142,490 were sold)3-Series hasn’t been outsold in premium category since 2009 The runner up was the Lexus RX with 107,490 units sold. For a more direct comparison, Mercedes sold 75,065 C-Class last year.

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2015 X5 M U.S. dealer demos now arriving. Great look at Long Beach Blue

2015 X5 M (F85) dealer demo cars have begun arriving at US dealerships. Here’s a great look at the all new X5 M in an all new color – Long Beach Blue. ...

2015 X5 M (F85) dealer demo cars have begun arriving at US dealerships. Here’s a great look at the all new X5 M in an all new color – Long Beach Blue.

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2016 Honda Pilot Spied

New crossover debuts at Chicago auto show. ...

New crossover debuts at Chicago auto show.

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