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2017 BMW i3 driving range will hit nearly 200km - report

For some months now, reports have suggested the updated 2017 BMW i3 will bring a significant improvement in the electric hatch’s driving range. In its current form, which launched in Australia in 2014, the light BMW i3 claims a range of between 130 to 160 kilometres off one charge of its lithium-ion battery pack...

City cars coming in 2016

City cars Mainstream city cars Kia Picanto – March Holden Spark – Q1 Fiat 500 update – Q1 Mitsubishi Mirage update – Q1 MG 3 – April Luxury/sports city cars Abarth range update – Q1 Mini Convertible – April BMW i3 update – second half  ...

BMW i5 SUV rendered: Will BMW tackle growing electric SUV segment?

Sedan, people-mover or SUV? Depending on the day of the week and which executive you can corner, the final shape of BMW’s next ultra-green i car could be ‘any of the above’. But, each passing month brings reports that suggest 2016 will be the year of the electric, or electric-assisted, premium SUV...

BMW i3 will soon feature an upgraded battery - report

The Germany luxury car maker is reportedly working on a new battery pack for the BMW i3, which is said to improve its EV driving range. According to internal sources who have spoken to Autocar, BMW is currently developing a new lithium-ion battery pack for the i3 using some new technology and techniques developed since the car's 2013 launch...

BMW adds electric truck to increasingly green manufacturing program

While Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler continues to fine-tune its safety-focused autonomous Freightliner truck, rival BMW is taking another path: ultra-green load hauling. BMW made headlines when it detailed a manufacturing program for its i3 electric vehicle that would focus on sustainability ‘from the cradle to the grave’, and this week the German carmaker gone one further...

Porsche and BMW among first to offer Apple Watch apps

The much anticipated Apple Watch doesn't hit buyers' wrists until June, but that hasn't stopped German luxury manufacturers Porsche and BMW rolling out updates to their smartphone apps to support the new tech gadget. Apple's smartwatch isn't a standalone device, and essentially acts as a remote interface to your phone...

BMW mulling target segment for third 'i' model due beyond 2020: report

BMW is set to expand its environmentally focused 'i' range moving beyond 2020, but is yet to decide what segment the future model will stem from. According to a report from industry journal Automotive News Europe, BMW's research and development head says the model expansion project is still very much in the 'brainstorming' phase...

Rinspeed Budii reimagines the BMW i3 as an autonomous vehicle

The Rinspeed Budii concept will take pride of place on the Swiss company's stand at this year's Geneva motor show. Rinspeed has given the BMW i3 a wide-body restyling and a host of new technology to turn the hatchback into a glimpse of what an autonomous vehicle might look like in the showroom. The thoroughly reworked interior features a steering wheel mounted to a robotic arm...

BMW i Remote app for Samsung smartwatch wins CES award

Not content with just winning engineering and design awards, BMW has won the top prize in the 2015 CES Innovations Awards - Software and Mobile Apps category - for its new i Remote app for Samsung Gear smartwatch. Entries in the awards are judged on a multitude of criteria, including aesthetic design, functionality, user-friendliness and innovation...

BMW i3 acceleration problems will be sorted out in 2015

Testing has revealed that in certain circumstances the range extended version of the BMW i3 may experience a sudden decrease in acceleration ability; BMW says that it is currently working on a fix. The BMW i3 hatch is available as either a pure electric vehicle or with an optional range extender petrol engine...

BMW i3 : arrives November, priced from $63,900

The BMW i3 will be priced from $63,900 when it goes on-sale in Australia in mid-November. Shown in Sydney for the first time - in conjunction with a first local appearance of the BMW i8 supercar - the i3 will be available with an electric-only drivetrain, called the BMW i3 BEV (battery electric vehicle), or with a range extending petrol engine (called the i3 REx) priced from $69,900 before on roads...