InsideTrack April 2015

GET CHARGED UP ON ELECTRIC MOBILITY. BMW is in the fast lane when it comes to driving electric. In addition to the successful debut of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, there is the BMW Concept X5 eDrive: the first SAV® to combine xDrive intelligent all-wheel...

GET CHARGED UP ON ELECTRIC MOBILITY. BMW is in the fast lane when it comes to driving electric. In addition to the successful debut of the BMW i3 and BMW i8, there is the BMW Concept X5 eDrive: the first SAV® to combine xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive with a plug-in hybrid system. This commanding vehicle can be charged quickly and easily at home or at any public charging station, and generates zero tail-pipe emissions when traveling in all-electric mode. BMW-style performance also gets the green light, with 0–60 mph acceleration in under 7 seconds and a top all-electric speed of 75 mph. A hybrid vehicle, the BMW Concept X5 eDrive pairs its electric motor with a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder combustion engine that uses intelligent energy management to deliver lower fuel consumption and emissions. BMW also employs advanced features to optimize its aerodynamics, such as Air Curtains that channel oncoming air into the front wheel arches and around the front wheels, reducing turbulence and air resistance. Download the entire newsletter.

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Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Released back in 2005, the sedan model was the first model available of the fifth generation BMW 3 series. The BMW E90 3 Series featured a fully new design and brand new engines; the 3.0 liter TwinTurbo being the pinnacle of the lineup. The E90 sedan...

Released back in 2005, the sedan model was the first model available of the fifth generation BMW 3 series. The BMW E90 3 Series featured a fully new design and brand new engines; the 3.0 liter TwinTurbo being the pinnacle of the lineup. The E90 sedan and E92/E93 coupe/convertibles produced impressive sales for the company being the most successful 3 Series before the introduction of the F30. But as any 10+ year old car, the E90 3 Series is starting to show its age; nothing a few aftermarket tuning additions won’t solve.  European Auto Source handled this Jet Black BMW E90 335i project by first installing a new set of aftermarket wheels.

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Made by Apex, these wheels feature a well-known classical mesh design and a monoblock layout, adding a bit of a fresh touch to the exterior of this 335i. The PS-7 wheels, like all other APEX wheels, are constructed using a flow-forming process to create a very strong, yet very lightweight product. These 19s , finished in Anthracite, look absolutely perfect against the sedan’s Jet Black exterior.

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For a better stance, a set of ST Speedtech coilovers, which are manufactured by KW, were installed on the car. These coilovers also sharpen up the handling characteristics of this BMW 3 Series. For more details on this Jet Black project, go and check the media gallery right below.

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

Jet Black BMW E90 335i Looks Clean With Aftermarket Wheels

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Tire Review: Continental ExtremeContact DWS06

It was only until we were a few hundred feet off the ground before I could appreciate the scale what surrounded us. In all directions was nothing but the horizon, dark brown earth, a smattering of buildings and large, expansive swathes of asphalt. Th...

It was only until we were a few hundred feet off the ground before I could appreciate the scale what surrounded us. In all directions was nothing but the horizon, dark brown earth, a smattering of buildings and large, expansive swathes of asphalt. The monotony of the landscape was only broken up by the dull whomping of the helicopters rotors above us. A few moments later, the pitch of the rotor changed and the chopper declined rapidly towards the ground. We flew out over a large, wet square of asphalt where a smallish Melbourne Red blur streaked around the grey slab – kicking off massive rooster tails in its wake.

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Before having a moment to even fix my attention on the tail-wagging M235i, we’re hovering no more than 10 feet above the carbon fiber rooftop of a Performance Driving Center F80 M3 festooned with the M tri-colors and sponsor names monstering around the dry traction circuit.

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As the pilot cut us left to right pitching the tiny chopper to follow the Alpine White sedan the familiar smell of acrid tire smoke rose into the cockpit as the M3 roasted a set of Continental ExtremeContact DWS rear tires. Simultaneously, my stomach felt about as unloved as the M3’s rear tires. In that instant, we were whisked away to another portion of the circuit – beneath us Audi A4s and Ford Escapes ran a damp road course doing their best to fight the inevitable understeer in the wet. Not long after, we found ourselves settling back the ear near a row of brand new Mustangs buzzing along a stretch of tarmac to measure braking distance. This had been quite the day to be introduced to Continental’s refreshed ExtremeContact DWS06 Ultra-High Performance All-Season tire at Continental’s own, massive Uvalde Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas.

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Interestingly, the DWS06 which we were brought in to sample would seem to be, by its nature, a paradox. All-Season tires, by their very nature, are not known to be “Ultra” or “High Performance” in terms of suiting the likes of, say, an M235i – a car all about handling…perhaps even known to hang its tail out a bit the situation allows.

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Continental’s focus with the ExtremeContact DWS (Dry, Wet, Snow) is to provide an excellent all-rounder; a tire that is adaptable to nearly any situation and with the comparable levels of dry performance found in a typical sport tire. To accomplish this balance, Continental has brought with the all-new DWS06 its SportPlus technology which, coupled with the revised X-Sipe and groove technologies, strong snow traction is maintained from the last generation DWS tire while the DWS06 can now achieve much higher thresholds of dry and wet weather traction.

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Upon reaching Uvalde, we were given a brief overview of the facility and a stern warning to tread lightly if we strayed too far into the bush as there were numerous snakes, spiders and other critters looking to happily avoid human interference. Beyond that, the day was laid out in a manner allowing us to visit multiple stations to test the DWS06 back-to-back in a variety of settings with its direct competitors. DRY PERFORMANCE

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First up was a dry handling circuit in M235i and MINI Cooper S models to see how the DWS06 stacked up against its rival the Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS Pole Position. Peeling off thru a slalom and down into the first, long left-hander with a nasty hook. Thanks to the N55 motor and strong front grip the little BMW dug in and carried good speed through the sharp left hander, rear gripping quickly and allowing for a bit of early throttle application to push through the bend and on up through the esses that followed.

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Hitting the last corner, I was able to lay on the right pedal and build up corner speed through the long, progressive turn. Interestingly, the DWS06 proved to have high levels of grip and a confidence-inspiring sense of communication. Its limits were undoubtedly attainable but progressive enough that I could be comfortable touching and holding right at the limit of adhesion. Tackling the same corner with the same enthusiasm in another M235i sporting Bridgestones, the RE970AS tires quickly found their limit and a willingness to break away much quicker and less predictably than the DWS06. The same tires lent to a near off-circuit excursion in the first corner thanks to quickly diminishing levels of grip when pushed. In higher speed corners before hard braking to dive into the slalom, the Bridgestones also seemed to require a bit more time to recompose before I could settle the car down to dial in the steering angle. The DWS06 likely held the slight advantage as a result of a Sport Sidewall Insert Continental has installed to improve handling. WET PERFORMANCE Later in the day we found ourselves standing next to a massive slab of asphalt soaked in a quarter inch of water – specifically designed to mirror the effect on grip a driver might experience on the road during a heavy rain. Lined next to the track were a pair of M235i cars accompanied by two 2015 V6-equipped Mustangs(  a little piece of me was heartbroken by the lack of the 5.0L Coyote motor).

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Interestingly, the M235is were equipped first with a set of the brand new Conti DWS06 tires and then the previous generation of DWS for comparison. One of the Mustangs was equipped with the DWS06 while the other sported Yokohama ADVAN SportAS tires. Slipping onto the skidpad lined with cones to mark a tight circuit, I was tasked with testing all four vehicles and their respective rubber. DWS06 vs. DWS

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First up, the M235i with the DWS06. Right away, high grip levels allowed me to get up to a moderate speed in third gear before braking for a hairpin. Thanks to high levels of lateral grip, the DWS06 proved to be predictable in that I could brake a bit later and turn into corner without the front end entirely washing away. Moving into a sweeping left-hander I was able to pick up speed and use prodigious applications of throttle to steer the rear of the car before jumping hard on the brakes to thread through the first of two slaloms. To my surprise, the DWS06s held the BMW to the tarmac in most all things I threw at it outside of incredibly erratic steering and throttle inputs. Motoring off and switching to last generation DWS tires was eye opening. The old generation tires immediately gave a heightened sense of “edginess” and not in the interesting, McConaughey “True Detective” kind of way. Grip levels felt less confident, turn-in at the same speeds I’d accomplished on the DWS06 resulted in heavy understeer and the need to relinquish control and time to the tires to allow them to grab hold of the circuit once more before I could be on my merry way.

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Stepping from the Bimmers to the Mustangs yielded a similar result. Generally, the DWS06s maintained high levels of traction and communication in the wet but of the two alternatives provided to be in stark contrast and generally noticeably more sloppy.

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Admittedly, the long nose of the Mustang proved difficult in allowing me to comfortably assess where exactly the front of the car was in tighter hairpins. CONCLUSION

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Coming away from the day was a pleasant experience mostly because my stomach had stopped taking copious G forces and I wasn’t bitten by any critters on the Uvalde facility. More than that, though, I came away impressed with what Continental has been able to package in the ExtremeContact DWS06 tire. While I never had much of a chance to test it from a comfort/noise standpoint, it met and soundly beat many of the challenges thrown at it. Massive dry weather grip, easily controllable in the damp and very forgiving at its very limits it had shown itself to be an exceptionally capable tire. The overriding word to describe it is confident. In the wet braking tests and on all of the handling circuits, the DWS06 never let me put a tire loose unless I was simply overdriving the abilities of the car and the thresholds of the tires. For those looking for all all-year tire with loads of traction and performance, you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t try out the DWS06.

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Video: BMW M6 F12 Tuned By BBM

This BMW F12 M6 Convertible has been equipped with aftermarket performance parts by BBM Motorsport. The car comes with a blacked out exterior and power upgrades under the hood. BBM Motorsport added a full Akrapovic evolution exhaust system, improving...

This BMW F12 M6 Convertible has been equipped with aftermarket performance parts by BBM Motorsport. The car comes with a blacked out exterior and power upgrades under the hood. BBM Motorsport added a full Akrapovic evolution exhaust system, improving the exhaust note while adding a small power increase. With an ECU tune,  the M6 Convertible now churns out 700 horsepower, quite an increase over the stock system which develops 560 horsepower. The BMW M6 seen here also sounds a lot better, its exhaust note has a bit more aggressiveness in it and it affords the 6 Series a healthy growl coming out of the quad exhaust pipes.

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Furthermore, BBM Motorsport equipped this M6 with a set of custom aftermarket wheels. These, courtesy of ADV.1 Wheels, add the finishing touch on the exterior of the vehicle. You can take a look at the video below to see some great footage of the car accelerating, revving, along with some interior shots. The article Video: BMW M6 F12 Tuned By BBM appeared first on BMW BLOG

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Vorsteiner GTS BMW M4 on V-FF 103 Wheels

Just a few months ago, Vorsteiner released their widebody kit, and now they follow up with a new GTS aero kit and custom wheels. This Mineral Grey BMW F82 M4 features a full Vorsteiner GTS aero kit and Flow Forged wheels. The sporty M4 was also lower...

Just a few months ago, Vorsteiner released their widebody kit, and now they follow up with a new GTS aero kit and custom wheels. This Mineral Grey BMW F82 M4 features a full Vorsteiner GTS aero kit and Flow Forged wheels. The sporty M4 was also lowered and adorned with an abundance of carbon fiber parts. The GTS kit consists of a front lip spoiler and a rear diffuser made from Vorsteiner’s Autoclaved Pre-Preg Carbon Fiber structure that gives their parts superior stiffness, aerospace strength and durability compared to traditional hand laid carbon fiber composites.

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The wheels installed on this BMW M4 are the Vorsteiner V-FF 103 wheels. They come in sizes of 19×9.5 in the front and 19×10.5 in the rear. These wheels are also lightweight weighing in at only 22.4 lbs for the front wheels and 22.8 lbs for rear wheels. The applied finish is a Carbon Graphite which works well with the overall dark exterior of the Mineral Grey. For more images, take a look at the photo gallery below.

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2015 BMW X5 M vs. 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wrapping off of its newest model in its SUV line, the GLE63 AMG. The GLE Class, which replaces the ML Class, is meant to take on the BMW X5 in a battle for SUV domination. Taking aim at the BMW X5 M directly, the GLE63 AMG...

Mercedes-Benz has taken the wrapping off of its newest model in its SUV line, the GLE63 AMG. The GLE Class, which replaces the ML Class, is meant to take on the BMW X5 in a battle for SUV domination. Taking aim at the BMW X5 M directly, the GLE63 AMG is a brutish SUV, packing a 5.5 liter, twin-turbo V8 that makes 549 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a GLE63S model, which will increase power to 577 hp and 560 lb-ft. That’s quite a bit of whollop, especially in comparison to the 567 hp and 550 lb-ft in the BMW X5 M. The Mercedes-AMG GLE63S (the only one which will cross the Atlantic to the U.S.) is said to hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and top out at a limited 155 mph. The X5 M has the same limited top speed, but beats the big Benz to 60 mph with by two tenths at a claimed 4.0 seconds flat. Overall, these two bruising behemoths are properly fast, way faster than anything of their size should be. It’ll be interesting to get these two together and test them out on a track.

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For the GLE63S, power will be sent through Mercedes’ typical 7-Speed automatic to a 60/40, rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It will also have active anti-roll bars, bigger brakes, larger air intakes and quad exhaust pipes. In comparison, the X5 M uses a 7-Speed DCT gearbox and sends power to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system, which can send almost 100 percent of power to the rear wheels. MB likes to fix the torque split on its all-wheel drive system, but the xDrive system torque vectors.

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Both SUV’s look incredibly aggressive, with the X5 M looking more menacing. With its wider body, more aggressive front fascia and taller hoodline, the X5 M looks much more imposing than the GLE63S. Not that it necessarily looks better, just a bit more angry. The GLE63S looks mean, but the X5 M looks like it wants to punch faces.

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The interior is a pretty standard affair, with both looking like sportier versions of their standard cars. They both have nav screens that seem to pop up from the dash, both have miles of leather and carbon fiber and both have paddles behind their three-spoke steering wheels. The big Benz has a column-mounted shifter, while the X6 M uses BMW’s typical teardrop, console-mounted shifter. Both look very good, but if it were my choice, I’d go with the X6 M for some ergonomic reasons. It seems to look a bit more sorted, and I like how the nav screen is the same height as the instrument cluster. Just looks a bit cleaner. Otherwise, both look fantastic.

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Both of these mammoths are extremely impressive SUVs. Both look like sporty versions of the standard car. And both will be very, very fast. We won’t know which is better until they can be put on the same road at the same time, but it will sure be interesting to find out. Especially considering the similarities in power and performance. The X5 M looks a bit more angry, and with its more rear-biased xDrive and DCT gearbox, I think it will be the more aggressive of the two. I, as well as everyone, can’t wait to find out.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE vs. 2015 BMW X5

New competition for the 2015 BMW X5 will arrive next week at the New York Auto Show. Mercedes will celebrate the world premiere of its GLE SUV. As part of its model refinement, the ML is renamed GLE, which is based on the recently renewed nomenclatur...

New competition for the 2015 BMW X5 will arrive next week at the New York Auto Show. Mercedes will celebrate the world premiere of its GLE SUV. As part of its model refinement, the ML is renamed GLE, which is based on the recently renewed nomenclature around the letters A, C, E and S. The GLE is an SUV based on the E-Class. The front of the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLE is closely related to that of BMW X6 SAC opponent, GLE Coupe, while the rear resembles the current M-Class. At the front, the GLE sports big air intakes, and standard models wear an attractive two-bar grille. The prominent C-pillar and wraparound rear glass are still present, while the character lines running across the side of the car are sportier and more aggressive-looking.

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The interior for the GLE is practically identical to its Coupe counterpart, starting with a sporty, multi-function steering wheel and a large infotainment display, and ending with a center-console-mounted dial controller. GLE’s engine range includes two diesels only, the 204 hp four-cylinder diesel GLE 250d and a 258 hp V6 diesel. In the petrol range, Mercedes offer the GLE 400 with 333 hp and the 435 hp GLE 500.

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The entry level GLE300d 4MATIC with a 2.1-liter, four-cylinder diesel makes 201 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. The entry-level engine is available with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive 4Matic; a stronger diesel engine as a rival to the BMW X5 xDrive40d or M50d is not planned. The gasoline-fueled GLE350 with a 3.5-liter V6 delivers 302 hp and 273 lb-ft, and it’s also available with 4Matic. The GLE400 4Matic uses a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 to make 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The top model, GLE500 delivers 435 horsepower. Mercedes offer a hybrid model also, the GLE550e, which outputs 436 hp and 479 lb-ft. The standard models all use versions of the 7G-tronic gearbox. Just like the X5 xDrive40e, the GLE plug-in hybrid SUV has a range of around 30 kilometers on electric power. Deliveries will begin in August.

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BMW builds 3 millionth car at Spartanburg plant – BMW X5 M

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was ...

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was driven by Dawn Burgess, Associate #433, hired in 1994. Burgess presented the keys to the milestone vehicle to Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The growth of this plant has been quite extraordinary,” said Erlacher. ”Today, as we witness another historic moment, I am delighted to announce that BMW’s profound impact in South Carolina continues. I am grateful for our dedicated associates and their commitment to building premium vehicles for the world.” The three millionth BMW will be prepared for shipment to a customer in Kristianstad, Sweden. Guest speakers at the event included South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Jim Newsome, President and CEO of South Carolina Ports Authority. “What a great day to celebrate as BMW marks another milestone in South Carolina,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “Now with three million cars produced with care and pride by South Carolina hands, BMW continues to be one of the shining success stories in our state’s history. We congratulate them on this achievement.” “For over 20 years, BMW has been a catalyst for the exponential growth of our state’s auto sector, which today includes companies in 40 of our 46 counties,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “But beyond our borders, it’s a point of pride for our workforce that now three million world-class, quality-made vehicles have been delivered for the global market – from right here in South Carolina.” “BMW operations are a tremendous asset to our port and state, and we are proud to celebrate the milestone achievement of three million vehicles produced with their leadership and talented workforce,” said Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO. “Automotive manufacturing is significant to the port for both import and export volume growth. BMW is the largest user of our roll-on/roll-off facility at the Columbus Street Terminal as well as the SC Inland Port, and their expansions have been exciting opportunities for us. We value our role in BMW’s international supply chain and look forward to a strong continued partnership.” On display, in addition to the three millionth vehicle, were: First vehicle produced, an Alpine White 318i (September 1994) One millionth vehicle, an Interlagos Blue Z4 M (February 2006) Two millionth vehicle, a Vermillion Red X3 (January 2012) Largest U.S. Automotive Exporter In February 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce confirmed that BMW is the largest U.S. automotive exporter of passenger vehicles by value. With an annual value totaling $9.2 Billion, BMW’s single plant in South Carolina exceeded exports from Michigan, Alabama and California. In 2014, nearly 250,000 vehicles were exported from its South Carolina plant, over 70% of the plant’s total volume. Nearly $7 Billion Investment Since 1992, Annual Impact of $16.6 Billion USD In March 2014, BMW Group announced an additional $1 Billion USD investment for the South Carolina plant from 2014 through 2016. In total, since 1992, the company has invested nearly $7 Billion through December 2014. A 2014 report published by the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina revealed that BMW Group activities in South Carolina had a total impact of $16.6 Billion on the state economy. In total, BMW’s presence in South Carolina supports a total of 30,000 jobs throughout the state, including 8,000 at the plant in Spartanburg. Capacity Increase and Hiring BMW Manufacturing currently produces more than 1,200 vehicles each day. The factory is the exclusive producer of all BMW X3, X4, X5 and X6 vehicles (and their variants) to more than 140 global markets. In 2014, the plant celebrated two decades of production and announced a production capacity increase to 450,000 vehicles that will make the Spartanburg plant the largest BMW plant in the world. In addition, by the end of 2016, the plant has committed to adding 800 more jobs, bringing the total employment at the plant to nearly 9,000.

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Car Makers Silicon Valley Competition

We, here at BMWBLOG, as well as every other motoring publication, talk constantly about competition between different automakers. Whether that be BMW and Cadillac or Mercedes or Audi, there is always competition between companies. At the moment, Cadd...

We, here at BMWBLOG, as well as every other motoring publication, talk constantly about competition between different automakers. Whether that be BMW and Cadillac or Mercedes or Audi, there is always competition between companies. At the moment, Caddy and BMW seems to be the hot one, with Cadillac calling out BMW specifically as its target with each new model. However, could all of these car companies be overlooking different competition from Silicon Valley? Known for pretty much every technology start-up in the past few decades, Silicon Valley houses every techno-giant in America. It’s the home of two of the biggest corporations in the world, Google and Apple. While companies like Google and Apple have never been into making cars, instead they focused on small-scale items like mobile phones, they seem to be getting into automaking now. And that could be a big problem for existing automakers.

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Whether you like it or not, the automotive landscape is changing dramatically and the need for increased connectivity, electric cars and autonomous cars is growing at an incredible rate. With watches that can control cars, smartphone apps that can find your car no matter where it is and even car infotainment systems being integrated with Apple’s CarPlay, it only makes sense for these tech giants to get into the business of making cars. Cars are the last real mechanical device we depend on. The typewriter was replaced by the computer, the telephone by the mobile phone and eventually the automobile as we know it will be replaced too. The automobile will always exist, but it’s just another technology that will change and be updated to these modern times.

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It’s already happening. Google has been working on autonomous cars for years now, Tesla is working on it, Uber is as well, and apparently Apple is too. Even Samsung, who actually has a past of making cars with a partnership with Renault, has more automotive patents than any other tech company, though most of them are for battery technology, as Samsung supplies the batteries for many electric cars. Autonomous, electric and connected cars are the way of the future whether we like it or not. While making a car was never a feasible option for tech companies before, it seems as though now is the perfect time. And the companies that have the means to do so are striking while the iron is hot. So despite the rivalries between different automotive giants, I think they should be keeping their eyes on Silicon Valley more. The article Car Makers Silicon Valley Competition appeared first on BMW BLOG

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BMW Celebrates 3 Million Vehicles Produced in South Carolina

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was d...

In a special ceremony at its Spartanburg plant this morning, BMW celebrated its three millionth vehicle to roll off the line. The vehicle, a Donington Grey Metallic X5 M with Mugello Red Full Merino leather seats and Carbon Fiber interior trim, was driven by Dawn Burgess, Associate #433, hired in 1994. Burgess presented the keys to the milestone vehicle to Manfred Erlacher, President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing. “The growth of this plant has been quite extraordinary,” said Erlacher. ”Today, as we witness another historic moment, I am delighted to announce that BMW’s profound impact in South Carolina continues. I am grateful for our dedicated associates and their commitment to building premium vehicles for the world.”

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The three millionth BMW will be prepared for shipment to a customer in Kristianstad, Sweden. Guest speakers at the event included South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Jim Newsome, President and CEO of South Carolina Ports Authority. “What a great day to celebrate as BMW marks another milestone in South Carolina,” said Governor Nikki Haley. “Now with three million cars produced with care and pride by South Carolina hands, BMW continues to be one of the shining success stories in our state’s history. We congratulate them on this achievement.” “For over 20 years, BMW has been a catalyst for the exponential growth of our state’s auto sector, which today includes companies in 40 of our 46 counties,” said Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. “But beyond our borders, it’s a point of pride for our workforce that now three million world-class, quality-made vehicles have been delivered for the global market – from right here in South Carolina.” “BMW operations are a tremendous asset to our port and state, and we are proud to celebrate the milestone achievement of three million vehicles produced with their leadership and talented workforce,” said Jim Newsome, SC Ports Authority president and CEO. “Automotive manufacturing is significant to the port for both import and export volume growth. BMW is the largest user of our roll-on/roll-off facility at the Columbus Street Terminal as well as the SC Inland Port, and their expansions have been exciting opportunities for us. We value our role in BMW’s international supply chain and look forward to a strong continued partnership.” On display, in addition to the three millionth vehicle, were: First vehicle produced, an Alpine White 318i (September 1994) One millionth vehicle, an Interlagos Blue Z4 M (February 2006) Two millionth vehicle, a Vermillion Red X3 (January 2012) The article BMW Celebrates 3 Million Vehicles Produced in South Carolina appeared first on BMW BLOG

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