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DriveNow Gets Tagged with Lawsuit

BMW-owned company violated wage laws, according to suit.

by on May.15, 2015

Employees from BMW's DriveNow subsidiary sued the company alleging it violated wage laws in California.

Employees of DriveNow, the electric car-sharing unit wholly owned by BMW, are suing the company for failing to meet the minimum wage and overtime laws in California.

The lawsuit claims the BMW subsidiary, which operates in the San Francisco Bay area, avoids paying minimum wage and overtime by designating workers as independent contractors, according to a Private Attorneys General Act lawsuit filed by employees in San Francisco Superior Court.

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Citing company policy, BMW spokesman David Butchko, declined to comment on the lawsuit. (more…)

New BMW 7-Series Spotted Before Autumn Unveiling

New sedan to feature remote-park, gesture control, and make extensive use of carbon fiber.

by on May.11, 2015

A leaked image of the 2017 BMW 7-Series.

Remember the BMW 7-Series? It seems like a lot of premium luxury products have slipped into the shadows since the launch of the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class two years ago. And that’s something the Bavarian maker is determined to fix with the upcoming launch of an all-new 2016 BMW 7-Series later this year.

BMW is planning to give journalists a first look at the new model, codenamed G11, in August, the public having to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show a month later. But It’s offering a teaser silhouette ahead of those previews – and the website BimmerToday has captured a side image offering even more detail.

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What’s in store for potential buyers? Among other things, expect significant improvements in handling and performance, sources suggest, while the new model will drop nearly 300 pounds, offer improved fuel economy and, quite likely, a new hypermiling plug-in hybrid. Expect also to see some significant new digital technologies, from a new gesture-controlled version of the familiar BMW iDrive to a remote-control parking system.


BMW Updates Iconic 3 Series for 2016

New engine, new PHEV, updated styling, improved handling.

by on May.07, 2015

BMW is looking to keep the 2016 3 Series atop the luxury heap in its segment with a several updates for the new version.

Setting the benchmark has its advantages. You’re the one everyone is likely to think of. The disadvantage is that competitors also think of you – and look for ways to knock you off your perch.

So, it’s probably no surprise that BMW is updating the iconic 3 Series line-up for 2016. The sedan and wagon models will get some noticeable styling enhancements – including new LED headlamps – as well as a new, 320-horsepower inline-six engine. And for the model line that has come to symbolize the brand’s claim to building “the ultimate driving machine,” the 2016 BMW 3 Series also will get some handling improvements.

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Meanwhile, as part of an aggressive rollout of new green alternatives, the 2016 BMW 330e will be the first plug-in hybrid in the compact line. It is expected to yield as much as 22 miles per charge in electric mode. (more…)

BMW Rides US, European Sales to Strong First Quarter

German maker says it will be top luxury dog again in 2015.

by on May.06, 2015

BMW's X5 utility vehicle helped the brand to a 12.6% sales increase in the U.S. in the first quarter.

Like many automakers in the U.S., BMW enjoyed strong SUV sales in the first quarter and rode them to 12.6% sales increase here and to a 4% jump in global net profits, the automaker said.

The German carmaker said its revenue for the quarter jumped 14.7% to $23.6 billion, or 20.9 billion euros. Its net profits rose to $1.7 billion, or 1.52 billion euros, during the period.

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BMW not only generated profit, but its EBIT margin in the Automotive segment was 9.5%, which at the top end of its forecasted range of between 8 and (more…)

Ford Plants to Boost Use of Carbon Fiber

Lightweight material could play major role in tomorrow’s cars.

by on Apr.20, 2015

The new Ford GT makes extensive us of carbon fiber.

When Ford’s new GT supercar makes its way into production next year it will make extensive use of super-light carbon fiber.

Until now, advanced composites have had only limited application in the auto industry because of their cost and the manufacturing challenges they pose. But as part of a new joint venture, Ford says it hopes to find ways to put carbon fiber into more mainstream applications going forward.

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“Automotive manufacturers’ use of carbon fiber composites has been hindered by the absence of both high-volume manufacturing methods and affordable material formats,” said Mehmet Ali Berkman, vice chairman of DowAska, which is itself a partnership of Dow Chemical and the Turkish firm Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii.


Cadillac to Debut CT6 Plug-in Hybrid in Shanghai

Pllug-ins planned “across spectrum of Cadillac cars.”

by on Apr.01, 2015

The new Cadillac CT6 will follow its NY debut with a rollout in China of a plug-in version.

Cadillac will follow this week’s debut of the CT6, with news that its new flagship sedan will also get a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

But the PHEV system set to officially debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month won’t be the anemic system found in Caddy’s compact current plug-in model, the compact ELR. It will deliver similar performance to the new twin-turbo V-6 being offered in the CT6. And that system will eventually be used in a variety of other Cadillac models, the brand’s global boss told

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“We’re going to roll out plug-in hybrid technology across the spectrum of Cadillac cars,” promised Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen. As a result, “we won’t need a car like the ELR.”

Though Cadillac officials were reluctant to go into extensive detail about the CT6 plug-in hybrid, hoping to maintain some secrets to reveal at the Shanghai show, was able to pry loose some of the more critical information.


BMW Adds 1st SUV Plug-in with Launch of X5 xDrive40e

"Ideally suited to short commutes."

by on Mar.18, 2015

The new 2016 BMW xDrive40e uses a 9 kWh lithium battery to deliver up to 13 miles in electric mode.

BMW is clearly getting charged up about battery power. It’s already launched its new i3 and i8 models, along with some hybridized versions of its conventional product lines. Now, it’s ready to switch on its first plug-in Sport Activity Vehicle, the new X5 xDrive40e.

First shown in concept form as the X5 eDrive at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new BMW plug-in comes at a significant time for European luxury makers in general. This month’s Geneva Motor Show was flooded with high-end hybrids and battery-electric models. And Mercedes-Benz this week announced it will add a whopping 10 new plug-ins to its line-up by 2017.


Delivering an estimated 55 MPGe, and up to 13 miles on electric power alone, BMW expects to have the 2016 X5 xDrive40e rolling into U.S. showrooms by autumn.


BMW Group Rides Record Sales to Profit Highs

Maker enjoys fifth consecutive year of best-ever results.

by on Mar.12, 2015

BMW Chairman Norbert Reithofer, shown during the launch of the BMW i3 battery-car, said the i Series cars are doing well.

The BMW Group continued to chalk up record numbers in 2014 as the company achieved new highs for sales and profits for the fifth year in succession and anticipates more of the same in 2015.

Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said the new records, included new highs for sales volume, revenues and group earnings. Group revenues increased 5.7% to 80.4 billion euros, or $85.4 billion, while profit before tax reached 8.7 billion euros, or $9.2 billion, and automotive segment margin on earnings before interest and taxes rose to 9.6%.

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The figures served to underscored BMW’s position as the world’s leading premium car company, he added.

In view of its attractive model range and the market launch of 15 new models or model revisions during the course of 2015, the BMW Group expects an increase in sales volume worldwide again in 2015, he said.

“We are targeting further sales volume growth worldwide in the current year and hence a new record level for deliveries,” Reithofer said. “We continued to perform well during the past year, achieving new highs for sales volume, revenues and group earnings.”

“Tailwinds caused by high customer demand for our vehicles worldwide are driving up sales volumes. Our Strategy Number ONE, which we regularly refine as we go forward, continues to contribute to our business performance.”

In line with its strategy of achieving a balanced distribution of worldwide sales, the BMW Group recorded sales volume growth in all major sales regions. The four largest sales markets for the BMW Group last year were China, US, Germany and Great Britain.

The BMW brand retained its leading position in the premium segment in 2014 by posting a new record sales volume figure. Sales climbed by 9.5% to 1,811,719 units, driven in particular by the excellent performances of the BMW 3, 4 and 5 Series and the BMW X5, each of which led the world market in its own segment.

Rolls Royce also had a record year, posting sales of more than 4,000 units for the first time, but Mini sales dropped 1% in 2014 as it prepared more model changes.

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Reithofer also said BMW i electric vehicles are on the road to success, recording a total sales volume of 17,793 units in the year under report. Worldwide sales of the BMW i3 totaled 16,052 units, a large proportion of which arose during the second half of the year, following the model’s launch in various major markets, including the US. The BMW i8 achieved sales of 1,741 units since its market launch in summer 2014.

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Overall, the revenues of the BMW group grew by 5.7% in 2014 and EBIT rose by 14.3% to 9.2 million euros thanks primarily to sales volume growth and a high-value model mix. Group profit before tax (increased by 10.3% and net income improved, also a new record high for the BMW Group.

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Sales surpassed the 2-million mark for the first time in the BMW Group’s history, climbing by 7.9% to a total of 2,117,965 units.

BMW Introduces All-New 2-Series…Minivan

Maker’s new 2-Series Grand Tourer hauls seven people.

by on Mar.04, 2015

BMW introduced its new 2-Series Grand Tourer at the Geneva Motor Show, including the 220d xDrive version.

Those predicting the eventual death of the minivan segment apparently forgot to tell the folks over at BMW as the Bavarian automaker unveiled its 2-Series Grand Tourer at the Geneva Motor Show.

“The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer unites the segment’s traditional attributes of roominess and flexibility with the hallmark BMW values of dynamics, elegance, premium quality and safety,” said Ian Robertson, head of the BMW brand, during the Geneva Motor Show.

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The seven-seater, which will go on sale in Europe next month, isn’t entirely comparable to American minivans. While it will seat seven passengers, it won’t do much else while doing so. It’s a really minivan, if you will. (more…)

Millions of Cars Vulnerable to Hackers, Warns Report

“Automakers haven’t done their part to protect us,” warns Sen. Markey.

by on Feb.09, 2015

"Automakers haven't done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions ," warns Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass.

As owners of more than 2 million BMW vehicles recently learned, hackers are now targeting automobiles, and the problem is likely to get worse, warns a new report.

The study, overseen by Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, comes at a significant time, with automakers loading their vehicles with an assortment of new electronic features – from digital safety systems to wireless infotainment technologies. And over the coming decade, a number of manufacturers are looking to launch new autonomous systems that could allow hands-free driving – and even bigger opportunities for hackers.

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“Drivers have come to rely on these new technologies, but unfortunately the automakers haven’t done their part to protect us from cyberattacks or privacy invasions,” Sen. Markey said in a statement.