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BMW Puts Kuhnt in Charge of North America

New man will need to reverse U.S. sales slide.

by on Feb.02, 2017

BMW named Bernhard Kuhnt the new CEO of BMW North America, succeeding Ludwig Willisch.

BMW was once the luxury king in the United States, but in each of the last two years, its ceded the sales title to another brand, but perhaps some new blood will turn that around.

The Bavarian automaker named Bernhard Kuhnt to become CEO of BMW of North America effective March 1. He replaces Ludwig Willisch, 60, who will continue on as head of BMW Group Region Americas.

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Willisch held both jobs for nearly five years, and under the new structure, Kuhnt, along with the operating heads of all BMW sales subsidiaries in North, Central and South America, reports to Willisch. (more…)

Automakers Look for Options, Weigh Costs Under Trump

Carmakers, car buyers, car workers might all feel the impact.

by on Jan.27, 2017

Pres. Donald Trump signing an Executive Order. He plans to enact a 20% Mexican tariff.

The increasingly contentious battle between the Trump Administration and Mexico could lead to some significant collateral damage, notably including both carmakers and car buyers.

With the Mexican government rejecting a White House demand to pay for a border wall, President Donald Trump now wants to not only negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement but impose a 20% tariff on good imported from south of the border. After making extensive use of NAFTA to set up a network of manufacturing operations in Mexico, automakers could be among the hardest hit.

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But there is, for now, widespread disagreement about how to respond to the Trump plan. Japanese automakers Nissan and Toyota say they are looking for ways to increase U.S. production. Ford’s CEO, after meeting with the new president this week, is rejecting the idea of building any new U.S. factories. Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler’s chief executive says it may be time to rethink the possibility of a merger with domestic giant General Motors.

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Major Refresh Coming for BMW 4-Series

Two-door line gets unique tweaks for U.S. market.

by on Jan.25, 2017

The 2018 BMW 4-Series line-up.

BMW is giving its compact two-door line-up a mid-cycle overhaul for 2018, and while we got a first look at what’s coming for the global line-up last week, we now learn there’ll be some unique tweaks for the American versions of the BMW 4-Series coupes and convertibles, as well as the 2018 Gran Coupe.

Once the two-door half of the hallowed 3-Series, BMW split the line off, bringing the then-new 4-Series line-up to the States for the first time in 2014.

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In an unusual move, this is actually the second year in a row that BMW has updated the 4-Series. It introduced some new engines – and a concurrent change in model nomenclature – for 2017. The focus for 2018 is on design, suspension and technology.

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BMW Opening Autonomous Vehicle Development Center in Germany

Automaker looks to open center mid-2017.

by on Dec.21, 2016

BMW plans to open a new autonomous vehicle development center just south of Munich next year.

BMW has formally entered the race to build a self-driving car by announcing it plans to build a development center just outside of Munich in southern Germany.

BMW has said the iNEXT – a self-driving, electric and fully connected vehicle – is scheduled for release in 2021 with an entire range of automated models from BMW Group brands expected to follow.

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As part of the effort to reach its goal, the BMW Group plans to combine its development expertise in vehicle connectivity and automated driving at a new campus in Unterschleissheim, Germany, which near Munich.   (more…)

BMW Set to Reveal All-New 5 Series at Detroit Auto Show

BMW Concept X2 to make U.S. debut.

by on Dec.19, 2016

BMW is planning to unveil its new 5 Series at the Detroit Auto Show next month.

BMW has some big plans for the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, highlighted by the debut of the latest-generation 5 Series family.

That now includes a broad range of models, including the mainstream midsize luxury sedan, the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid, and the high-performance all-wheel-drive BMW M5501 xDrive sedan.

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But BMW s intent on offering something for seemingly everybody – well, every potential luxury car buyer, at least – from the top line 7-Series plug-in, the 740e xDrive iPerformance sedan down to its new urban prototype, the BMW Concept X2. (more…)

Rolls-Royce Offers 1st Good Look at Upcoming SUV

Project Cullinan “takes next step.”

by on Dec.01, 2016

The Rolls-Royce SUV mule will be getting a serious workout in the months to come.

Rolls-Royce is plowing plans to put its first SUV on the road – and its giving us a first look at the vehicle it’s developing as part of what it has dubbed Project Cullinan.

The British ultra-luxury brand is just one of the latest manufacturers to adapt to shifting market trends, echoing rival Bentley which launched its own Bentayga sport-utility vehicle earlier this year. With the exception of Ferrari, in fact, all major super-premium brands – including such names as Aston Martin and Lamborghini – intend to roll out utes of their own.

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“This is an incredibly exciting moment in the development of Project Cullinan both for Rolls-Royce and for the patrons of luxury that follow us around the world,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, in a statement accompanying these two images.

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Major Automakers Team Up on Ultra-Fast EV Charging Project

System could deliver 300+ miles range in 10 minutes.

by on Dec.01, 2016

A Level 4 charger could give a long-range vehicle a "fill-up" in 10 minutes or less.

Another barrier to electrification is about to fall, thanks to a new coalition pairing BMW, Daimler, Ford and the various Volkswagen AG brands.

The automakers have signed a preliminary agreement that would begin rolling out a network of ultra-fast electric vehicle charging stations across Europe – setting the stage for the adoption of similar Level 4 technology in the U.S., as well. The chargers will deliver 350 kilowatts of direct current, or roughly 2.5 times the jolt of the Superchargers Tesla is deploying across much of North America.

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The new system would leapfrog other Level 3 chargers just beginning to come online in many parts of the world. More importantly, they would allow a vehicle like the new, 200-mile Chevrolet Bolt (or the European version sold through Opel) to get a full charge in 10 minutes or less.

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BMW Hires Magna to Build New 5 Series Sedan

Supplier builds cars for Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz.

by on Nov.04, 2016

BMW selected Magna to build 5 Series sedans at its plant in Graz, Austria, where it makes cars for Jaguar, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz.

Automakers looking to sell vehicles in other countries often set up a small plant to assemble “knock-down” kits, which are essentially nearly assembled vehicles that can be completed quickly and efficiently.

However, Magna International is acting as a substitute automaker for many car companies as locations across the globe.

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Magna’s car-building subsidiary in Graz, Austria, is now at full capacity, says Jim Tobin, the company’s chief marketing officer, with the addition of a BMW product. (more…)

BMW Planning at Least Two More “i” Models, But What Then?

Other battery models may now go to mainstream BMW brand.

by on Oct.17, 2016

The i8 Spyder concept will likely undergo significant changes before the Roadster debuts in 2018.

BMW will launch two more models for its cutting-edge i brand over the next five years, starting with a 2018 roadster based on the next-generation i8 plug-in hybrid sports car. A version of the iNext concept vehicle will follow three years later.

That falls well short of the broad, electrified product line-up the maker had hinted was in the works only a few years ago, however. There are no signs of the i4 and i5 models that some sources once reported were in the works.

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Is BMW just keeping them under tight wraps? Have they been abandoned? Or has the maker simply shifted strategy, preferring to put more of its battery-based models – including pure electric and plug-in hybrids – into the mainstream BMW brand, rather than into the niche i marque?

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First Look: All-New 2017 BMW 5-Series

Bigger yet lighter. Faster yet more efficient.

by on Oct.12, 2016

The larger 2017 BMW 5-Series boasts enough room for five adults and 4 golf bags.

From a visual standpoint, BMW has gone the evolutionary route with the new 2017 5-Series, according to both leaked and official images. That’s likely no surprise considering the strong success of the outgoing model.

That said, design chief Adrian van Hooydonk and his team have given the new 5-er some distinctive details so it doesn’t continue to look like just the middle child sandwiched between the ever-popular 3-Series and brand-defining 7-Series.

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From the spec sheet and background information the Bavarian marque has provided, it looks there’s going to be a lot to like. The 2017 BMW 5-Series promises to be slightly larger yet notably lighter, with improved performance and handling. And for technology fans, there’ll be an array of new features, including iDrive 6.0 and more driver assistance systems.

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