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BMW now highest value car exporter in USA: Celebrating three million vehicles built

This week, German manufacturer BMW celebrated a production milestone – three million vehicles produced... in the USA. The BMW Assembly Plant in Spartanburg South Carolina was opened in 1994 and now produces approximately 300,000 vehicles a year...

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BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources
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BMW gets half its power needs from renewable sources

It’s an oft-used counter-argument to green vehicle production — the fact that that things aren’t always green right up the supply chain. After all, in many contexts, an electric car may be produced in plants powered — or charged through a grid fed — by fossil fuels...


BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report
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BMW PHEV sedan coming in 2018, priced against Tesla Model S - report

BMW is reportedly working on a plug-in hybrid sedan, which could be based on the next-generation version of the long-wheelbase 5 Series. According to a report in Car, BMW is preparing a new uniquely styled plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). Mooted names for this vehicle include i5 and i7, but branding has yet to be settled on...


BMW M Division willing to consider standard transmission for non-SUV models
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BMW M Division willing to consider standard transmission for non-SUV models

BMW's strict choice of dual-clutch transmission for non-SUV M models as opposed to regular automatic transmissions may not be a steadfast philosophy, according to one of the performance division's top engineers. Speaking to CarAdvice at the launch of the BMW X6 M in Texas (United States), BMW M division chassis and power train engineer, Brend Barbisch, said the future of transmission choices for its high-performance cars will not necessarily be clear cut based on its predecessors...


BMW M electrification "still a few years" away
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BMW M electrification "still a few years" away

The performance arm of BMW says it will still be some years before it begins the electrification of its iconic models. Speaking to CarAdvice at the international launch of the BMW X6 M, Carsten Pries, head of product management of BMW M division, said there are still unanswered questions about the commercial viability of electric cars and whether BMW needs more electrified models than its current i3 and i8...


BMW plots busy year of growth
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BMW plots busy year of growth

BMW Australia says balance is fundamental to the prestige brand’s continued growth in Australia, and insists it doesn't worry overmuch that rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz are increasing their respective sales at an even faster clip...


Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations
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Volkswagen, BMW partner to install around 100 US fast charging stations

Volkswagen and BMW will install a set of almost 100 fast charging stations across the US by the end of 2015. The concerted effort by the two German automakers will expand the existing charging station network operated by Chargepoint. The new charging facilities will be located along the west coast and in the heavily populated north-eastern corner...


BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report
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BMW, Toyota working together on a smaller, cheaper Mini model - report

According to a report, BMW and Toyota have begun investigating how they might produce a smaller and cheaper model to serve as a new entry point for the Mini range. One source within Mini told Automobile magazine, “It's still early days as far as the baby Mini goes, but when our new R&D board member Klaus Froehlich traveled to America early in the new year, this was one of the subjects on his agenda"...


2015 BMW New Cars
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2015 BMW New Cars

Details of the new and updated BMW models launching in Australia in 2015.   BMW 2 Series Convertible – Q1 BMW Australia will complete its 2 Series family early in 2015 with the launch of the Convertible range. The successor to the old 1 Series Convertible boasts a 20 per cent increase in torsional rigidity and promises to offer a considerably sportier drive...


BMW to demo fully automated parking assistance, 360-degree crash avoidance systems at CES
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BMW to demo fully automated parking assistance, 360-degree crash avoidance systems at CES

At the 2015 CES show, the Bavarian luxury car maker will demonstrate a version of the BMW i3 electric hatchback that can park itself in a multi-level car park, and is also fitted with a 360-degree collision avoidance system. The i3 research vehicle, which will be demoed at Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas at the beginning of January, is kitted out with four laser scanners, which can monitor the car's environment in real time...


BMW appoints new boss, Harald Krueger starts mid-2015
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BMW appoints new boss, Harald Krueger starts mid-2015

BMW has announced that Harald Krueger will become its new boss from May 2015, replacing current CEO Norbert Reithofer. Norbert Reithofer has led BMW since 2006, during which time the company has revised its nomenclature to include the 2 Series and 4 Series, expanded its SUV range with the X1, X4 and X6, and seen the departure of controversial design chief Chris Bangle...


BMW dismisses talk of Tesla tie-up - report
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BMW dismisses talk of Tesla tie-up - report

German luxury automaker BMW has dismissed suggestions that talks are being held about a partnership with American electric car maker Tesla. Wirtschafts Woche, which translates to Business Weekly in English, approached the Bavarian company for a comment after speculation began brewing following a recent interview by Der Spiegel with Tesla CEO, Elon Musk...


Tesla and BMW in talks over co-operation on batteries, charging stations, carbonfibre - UPDATED
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Tesla and BMW in talks over co-operation on batteries, charging stations, carbonfibre - UPDATED

Update December 12: Tesla has since responded to the claims published in Der Spiegel: "Not only did Elon not talk up a “partnership" with BMW, we actively sought to squash any such rumors the moment they surfaced during that period. Elon respects BMW as a company and we have talked informally about many things, but at no point did he claim there was any partnership or serious discussions...


BMW working on hydrogen fuel-cell-powered 'i5' with Toyota - report
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BMW working on hydrogen fuel-cell-powered 'i5' with Toyota - report

The hydrogen fuel-cell drivetrain powering the new Toyota Mirai could, if reports are correct, end up underneath a third BMW i model, possibly named the BMW i5. Unnamed sources within BMW have told Autocar that the Bavarian car company is working with Toyota to develop a new hydrogen fuel-cell car...


BMW Z2 front-drive sports car coming in 2017 - report
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BMW Z2 front-drive sports car coming in 2017 - report

A BMW Z2 is due on sale by 2017, according to reports out of the UK. AutoExpress reports that the new baby BMW front-wheel-drive sports car - which has been rumoured since 2011, when we posted the above illustration - is coming within the next four years, built off the same modular underpinnings (UKL1) that forms the basis of the new, third-generation Mini line and the recently launched BMW 2 Series Active Tourer...


2015 BMW 7 Series to debut new '35up' rear-wheel-drive platform - report
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2015 BMW 7 Series to debut new '35up' rear-wheel-drive platform - report

BMW’s all-new ‘35up’ large rear-wheel-drive platform will debut beneath the next-generation 7 Series in 2015 before rolling out across a host of models later this decade. Automotive News reports the new BMW 7 Series and its 35up lightweight scalable architecture will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt auto show next September...


2015 BMW X1 to go front-drive and spawn a new X2 'coupe' derivative
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2015 BMW X1 to go front-drive and spawn a new X2 'coupe' derivative

The next-generation 2015 BMW X1 compact SUV will be joined by a new coupe-like X2 derivation in 2016/17, both of which will be spun off the same front- and all-wheel-drive UKL architecture as the new 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mini...


BMW 3 Series three-cylinder has potential, but questions remain over rollout
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BMW 3 Series three-cylinder has potential, but questions remain over rollout

Three-cylinder versions of the BMW 3 Series are technically plausible, but the company has “question marks” over whether such a driveline would be accepted by the market despite a wide range of potential benefits, according to company corporate communications manager and powertrain specialist Manfred Poschenrieder...


2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review
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2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

As far as paradigm shifts go, a front-wheel-drive BMW MPV has got to be up there. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Bavarian brand, and while it may get some purists’ noses out of joint, it is in fact the answer to a question a lot of people have asked...

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BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10
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BMW could in time offer as many as 12 front-drive cars, and Mini a further 10

BMW says its front-wheel-drive UKL platform could underpin as many as 12 new compact models in coming years, including the next 1 Series and X1, as well as up to 10 spinoffs for its Mini sub-brand.  In time, the company claims front-wheel or all-wheel-drive models based on the UKL — BMW’s version of the Mercedes-Benz MFA or Volkswagen MQB modular architecture — will comprise as much as 40 per cent of the Group’s total global sales, though rear-drive remains its pillar...


Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer
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Rear-drive made "no sense" for 2 Series Active Tourer, says once-skeptical BMW engineer

One of the chief chassis development managers for the controversial BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, Martin Schuster, admits he felt a sense of skepticism at the prospect of pulling off a front-wheel drive BMW when he joined the project about five years ago.  But while a traditional (for BMW) rear-drive layout was considered for the car in 2009, it was swiftly binned because it “made no sense” in a family-friendly MPV, says Schuster...


Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report
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Six-cylinder BMW i9 to be built for 100th anniversary - report

A BMW i9 plug-in hybrid supercar will reportedly be built to celebrate the Bavarian company's centenary in 2016. According to Auto Motor und Sport, the company will make an "über-i8" that will be dubbed the i9; any hopes that BMW might have had for the i10 badge are nixed by the fact Hyundai already uses that nameplate for its entry-level hatch...


BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems
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BMW i DC Fast Charger revealed : First-ever wall unit smaller, cheaper than rival systems

BMW has introduced a new fast-charging system for plug-in and electric vehicles that is significantly smaller, cheaper and more versatile than existing products. Developed in collaboration with Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, the new BMW i DC Fast Charger claims to be the first of its kind that is small enough and light enough to be mounted to a wall...


BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused
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BMW Australia to become even more SUV-focused

BMW Australia says it is entirely possible that a day could soon come when it sells more SUVs from its growing X range — which will expand to at least six models including the new X7 seven-seater from 2017 — than lower-riding passenger cars...


BMW willing to share lithium-ion battery tech with other automakers
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BMW willing to share lithium-ion battery tech with other automakers

BMW has said that it's willing to share its lithium-ion battery technology with other car manufacturers. For its i3 hatchback and i8 plug-in hybrid supercar, BMW uses lithium-ion batteries that it co-developed with Samsung SDI. With 5396 i3 hatches sold worldwide in the first half of 2014 and plans to increase daily production from 100 cars per day to 140 by the end of he year, BMW and Samsung are preparing to increase battery production...


BMW and Daimler work together on inductive charging for electric cars
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BMW and Daimler work together on inductive charging for electric cars

BMW and Daimler have announced a collaboration to develop an inductive charging system that will work with both companies' electrified cars. The standardised system to be developed by the two German luxury car makers will be able to charge full electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles without the need for those cars to be physically plugged into a power source...


BMW i8 laser headlights still awaiting approval for Australia
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BMW i8 laser headlights still awaiting approval for Australia

The groundbreaking laser headlights that will are touted to be available on the BMW i8 are still awaiting regulatory approval for Australian sale. BMW Australia director of finance Peter Buchauer told CarAdvice at this week's launch of the BMW M3 and M4 performance models in New Zealand that the new headlight technology is still not locked in to be offered locally...


BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected
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BMW engine recall : more than 2900 vehicles across eight model lines affected

BMW Australia is recalling more than 2900 vehicles across eight of its model ranges due to an issue related to three of its turbocharged six-cylinder petrol engines. The fault stems from a lose connection on the housing of the Valvetronic variable valve timing unit on turbocharged 2.5- and 3.0-litre N51, N52 and N55 engines...


BMW Connected-Drive Review
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BMW Connected-Drive Review

BMW is rolling out its innovative ConnectedDrive in-car services system across its range from March and April production, meaning the first versions are now in Australia. Essentially, the idea according to BMW is that this technology will make drivers more efficient and, crucially, more mobile. BMW ConnectedDrive is based around and powered by a fully integrated and fixed on-board SIM card...


BMW and Mini introduce integrated GoPro app
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BMW and Mini introduce integrated GoPro app

BMW and Mini owners will soon be able to operate a GoPro camera through their car’s infotainment system. The integration technology – available from July in 2012 model year and newer vehicles – is the result of a new partnership between the German car maker and the American portable camera manufacturer...