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BMW Cancels Frankfurt Debuts After CEO Collapses

Bavarian maker cancels Frankfurt news conference.

by on Sep.15, 2015

BMW CEO Harald Krueger unexpectedly collapses as he begins his opening comments. Photo courtesy AP.

The Frankfurt Motor Show got off to an unexpectedly rough start when BMW CEO Harald Krueger unexpectedly collapsed during the maker’s news conference, the first of the 2015 show.

Krueger stumbled suddenly while addressing a standing-room-only crowd in the large hall BMW is using to show off an assortment of new and older products. BMW staff quickly rushed the stage and helped Krueger to his feet and off the stage.

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Moments later, a BMW official announced that the maker was canceling the news conference but would attempt to reschedule it later during the two-day Frankfurt Motor Show press preview.


BMW Reveals Running Prototype of New i8 Plug-in Hybrid

by on Aug.07, 2013

BMW is offering a closer look at this thinly disguised prototype of its i8 plug-in sports car.

Confirming plans to reveal the production version of its new plug-in hybrid at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW has also offered up a look at a camouflaged version of the new i8 battery sports cars.

The unveiling at the Miramas test track in France comes just a week after the Bavarian maker gave the world a first official look at another new electric model, the little i3 city car. Both the i3 and i8 will form the backbone of a new battery brand-within-a-brand to be called BMW i.

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The plug-in drivetrain will rely on a 231 horsepower turbocharged 3-cylinder 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine – similar to what we’ll be seeing in a new version of the BMW 1- and 3-Series models but here paired to an electric motor turning out 131 horsepower. That will be enough to launch the BMW i8 from 0 to 60 in just 4.5 seconds, or roughly comparable to the fully-electric Tesla Model S.


BMW Charges in with New Battery Car Line

Media and European buyers got first look at i3 and i8.

by on Sep.15, 2011

The BMW i8 debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Nearly 40 years after it built its first battery car – a one-off that paced the marathon during the 1972 Munich Olympics – BMW is charging back into the world of electrification.  But this time it hopes to make a serious business case with its new brand-within-a-brand, dubbed BMW i.

The first of the maker’s new models are getting their initial public preview at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week with sales of the i3 city car set to begin in 2013.  The second model, the larger and more sporty i8, will launch a year later, according to BMW officials.

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“If the planet is to survive we must be more careful with our resources,” declared CEO Norbert Reithofer, who added that it “is technically feasible” today to produce competitive battery cars and plug-in hybrids.


First Look: 2012 BMW 1-Series

Small gets bigger.

by on Sep.14, 2011

The new BMW 118d - the 2012 1-Series gets bigger, wider, with more cargo and passenger space.

There are some curious and conflicting trends you’ll spot wandering the vast halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show: automakers are moving ever-smaller with their newest models – even as their existing small cars get bigger.

A case in point is the 2012 BMW 1-Series, which is making its debut at this year’s German car show.  Introduced six years ago as the smallest model in the maker’s line-up.  But the newly-updated 2012 1-Series will be both longer and wider, according to BMW tech chief Klaus Draeger, addressing concerns about the car’s limited interior and cargo space.

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The Bavarians introduced a range of variants of the next 1-Series during their Frankfurt press event, which opened this year’s well-attended show.  Speeding around an indoor test track, the line-up includes a mix of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles, such as the 118d.


Is BMW Preparing Diesel M-Car?

Reports suggest AWD oil-burner will debut in Frankfurt.

by on Aug.12, 2011

Could the next BMW M5 be powered by a diesel?

Those who still think of diesels as sluggish, smelly and anything but fun to drive could be in for a shock if they turn up for the BMW news conference at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show.

If reports circulating on the web prove true, the maker could be ready to unveil not just a new diesel, but one that would be the first to carry the vaunted BMW M badge.  According to Autoblog, the new model would go by the unusual designation of the M550dX, which would suggest a diesel with all-wheel-drive.

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The nomenclature might seem unusual – though one of BMW’s very first M cars was the 1979 M535i – but so is the idea of using an oil burner to power a performance machine.  The technology has, for most of the century-plus since it was invented, been focused on fuel economy.

But the latest diesel systems, such as turbocharging and direct injection, have transformed the technology, as Mercedes-Benz proved, a few years back, with a limited-production diesel model bearing that brand’s vaunted AMG badge.


BMW Puts Frankfurt Auto Show Stand into Motion

Display includes indoor track to display new models in action.

by on Sep.16, 2009

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer circles the test track at the automaker's Frankfurt Motor Show stand in a classic Bavarian roadster.

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer (in passenger seat) circles the test track at the automaker's Frankfurt Motor Show stand in a classic Bavarian roadster.

Among automotive aficionados, you’ll frequently hear it said that this model or another “looks different” on the road from how it appears at the auto show.  There may be a good reason, considering that cars are meant to be driven, rather than worshipped, like sheet metal art, sitting atop a turntable.

BMW is trying to put things into a more real world perspective, at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.  The Bavarian maker relocated from its normal display near the front of the Frankfurt Messe, but it’s betting potential customers won’t complain too much once the walk nearly a kilometer to the back of the sprawling convention center and look inside the newest pavilion, Halle 11.

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As Ken Zino previously reported, in a corner of the BMW stand, which fills the entire building, the automaker has created a circular track, on which it will continuously run its latest offerings, for the excitement and amusement of visitors.