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BMW Launching All-New X2 and Updated i8 Coupe at NAIAS

Look for an array of coupes, concepts, crossovers and more.

by on Dec.18, 2017

Attendees at the Detroit Auto Show will get the first full look at BMW's new X2 M Sport model.

It’s hard to keep up with all the new stuff rolling out of the BMW product development center. Barely two months after filling the stage with an assortment of sedans, coupes, crossovers and concepts at the L.A. Auto Show, the Bavarian automaker says it will have some big news to come in Detroit, as well.

Look for two major announcements at the North American International Auto Show next month, starting with the global debut of the X2, BMW’s newest crossover. Also to debut: a mid-cycle update of the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.

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“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president, BMW Group Design, said in a statement, adding that the “standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of the BMW to the compact segment.” (more…)

BMW Partnership Aimed at Developing Next-Gen EV Batteries

German maker teaming up with Colorado-based Solid Power.

by on Dec.18, 2017

BMW's Vision Next 100 concept is a battery-electric with autonomous capability. Those batteries could be solid state packs.

BMW is teaming up with a Colorado-based start-up in the search for the next generation of electric vehicle batteries.

Formed in 2012, Solid Power bills itself as “an industry-leading developer” of what are known as solid state batteries. The technology is expected to result in significant improvements over today’s advanced lithium-ion batteries, among other things packing in more power at a lower cost while also sharply reducing charging times.

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“Since the company’s inception, the Solid Power team has worked to develop and scale a competitive solid-state battery paying special attention to safety, performance, and cost” Doug Campbell, founder and CEO of Solid Power, said in statement. “Collaborating with BMW is further validation that solid-state battery innovations will continue to improve electric vehicles. We’re looking forward to working with BMW on pushing the limits on developments around xEV batteries.” (more…)

BMW Pushing to Grow EV Sales by 50% in 2018

Automaker tweaking product line-up to generate excitement.

by on Dec.05, 2017

Expect to see a production version of the BMW X7, including an electrified model, sometime next year.

After using the Los Angeles Auto Show for the debut of the new i8, BMW AG is preparing to increase its sales plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles by 50% in 2018 as it moves to bolster its position as maker of electric vehicles.

“We’ll definitely boost sales by a mid-double digit amount,’’ Klaus Froehlich, who heads development for BMW, told reporters in Munich. “This is to stay ahead of the competition that’s starting to do its own rollout.”

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Like other carmakers, BMW is spending substantial sums developing a more attractive suite of electric cars to jump start sluggish consumer demand for EVs. Demand for the vehicles remains at a fraction of total auto sales, with BMW’s target paling compared to total 2016 deliveries of 2.4 million vehicles.  (more…)

Exclusive: Major Changes Coming for Electrified BMW’s i Brand

Specialty models like i3, i8 will be phased out, head of brand reveals.

by on Nov.29, 2017

BMW mobility chief Klaus Froehlich with the new i8 Roadster, Next Vision concept and i3s.

BMW is using this week’s L.A. Auto Show to reveal its new i8 Roadster, the latest in a dedicated line-up of plug-based models that also includes the new i3s battery-electric city car.

But the debut marks something of a swan song for BMW i – at least in the form the brand was initially conceived. The original goal was to use it to market a line-up of specially designed plug-in hybrids and pure battery-electric, or BEV, models. But in a major shift reflecting the rapid evolution of battery technology, the head of BMW’s electric mobility program told TheDetroitBureau.com, those dedicated models will be “phased out.”

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“For us, electrification is the new normal,” explained Klaus Froehlich, during a conversation at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Going forward, he continued, Going forward, “We will not do dedicated architectures. Instead “all fully-electric models will be (badged) BMW i.”

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First Look: 2018 BMW M3 CS

Lighter + More Powerful = Absurdly Fast

by on Nov.07, 2017

The 2018 BMW M3 CS will be the fastest and most powerful version of the M3 yet.

Take your already impressive BMW M3, add some lightweight carbon fiber body panels and then punch up your Twin-Power six to a whopping 453 horsepower and you’re talking some serious performance numbers.

And that’s what the Bavarian automaker will be delivering with the debut of the 2018 BMW M3 CS – a four-door take on the M4 CS model already blazing its way out of BMW showrooms. The most powerful M3 of all time, it will make a whopping 453 horsepower, enough to hit 60 in just 3.7 seconds, with a top speed of 174 mph.

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We’ve gotten our hands on the first official pics and specifications for the long-rumored M3 CS and its nothing if not an impressive package that will all but certainly find a ready following for those who’ve wanted to take the familiar M3 to new levels of performance.

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Oh, Great Gazoo: ’20 Supra to Carry Gazoo Racing Badge

The new sports car could mark US debut for GR sub-brand.

by on Nov.06, 2017

A rendering of the 2019 GR/Toyota Supra by website SupraMKV.com

Officials with Toyota have confirmed reports that the all-new Supra sports car will ditch the Toyota badge when it goes on sale during the second half of 2019, instead carrying the logo of the Japanese maker’s new sub-brand, Gazoo Racing.

Otherwise known as GR, Gazoo originally was formed to give Toyota a new base in the racing world, and it has been a solid performer, among other things winning the World Rally Championship. But Gazoo is now going to be used as a sub-brand for Toyota’s sportiest models, much like Nissan’s NISMO and BMW’s vaunted M. The first batch of GR models will even include a sportier version of the Prius Prime.

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Toyota has made no secret of its plans to bring back the Supra after a long absence, and at an event in Tokyo, GR chief Shigeki Tomoyama told reporters, “the Supra will be by Gazoo.” That appears to also signal that the GR badge will now come to the U.S. market, something the company had so far not been willing to confirm.

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Toyota, BMW Get High Marks for Environmental Practices

Automakers make list for second consecutive year.

by on Oct.30, 2017

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Toyota's prototype hydrogen truck with the automaker's 's fuel-cell-powered Mirai sedan reflect the company's commitment to green technology.

Toyota Motor Corp. and BMW have earned “A” Grades from the Carbon Disclosure Project, a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom, which tracks corporate efforts to reduce climate change.

Both BMW and Toyota also received A-Grades from CDP for limiting water pollution. Five other global automakers, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Nissan and Volkswagen AG received A grades for curbing water pollution as the made the CDP list for 2017.

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Toyota and BMW also received double A grades in 2016.  (more…)

First Look: 2018 BMW X2

by on Oct.25, 2017

BMW adds its smallest ute yet.

There were plenty of skeptics when BMW announced plans to build its first utility vehicle, er, Sport-Activity Vehicle. These days, however, it seems like buyers can’t get enough of them.

And, so, the original X5 SAV has become but one in a broad line-up of utes, large and small, from the Bavarian automaker. And BMW apparently hasn’t run out of white space yet, as it is getting ready to add yet another model to the line-up, the new 2018 X2 xDrive 28i.

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“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” suggested Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, in describing new model. “This standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of BMW to the compact segment.”

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BMW Expects to Sell 100K Electrified Vehicles in 2017

German maker's already set new record.

by on Oct.17, 2017

BMW Board Member Ian Robertson stands alongside the updated i3 and new i3s models.

The sales of electrified vehicles by the BMW Group in the first three quarters of 2017 have increased 64.2 % and have exceeded those achieved in the whole of 2016, the German automaker reports, adding it now expects to sell 100,000 electrified units for the first time ever this year.

Carmakers all over the world have made commitments, under pressure from government policy makers in places such as China, to build and sell more electric vehicles despite consumer resistance.

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In September, BMW’s sales of electrified exceeded 10,000 units for the first time in a single month, the automaker reported. With the company’s electrified line-up totaling nine models, the automaker’s sales of electric vehicles increased by 50.5%. In all, BMW delivered a total 10,786 BMW i, BMW iPerformance and Mini Electric vehicles were delivered during September, bringing the year-to-date total to 68,687. (more…)

BMW Talking with Great Wall about EV Deal in China

German maker works with Brilliance in China.

by on Oct.11, 2017

BMW is looking to expand its presence in China to build EVs, potentially with Great Wall Motors.

BMW is the latest automaker looking to make inroads quickly into the electric vehicle market in China through a deal with a local partner: Great Wall Motors.

Actually the deal will be BMW’s second partnership in the country as it’s already working with Brilliance China Holdings in Shenyang. The new venture will be based in Changshu, according to Reuters. The plant will produce electric vehicles exclusively.

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“We are in discussions with Great Wall about setting up a joint venture to produce cars in Changshu,” said a BMW executive told Reuters. (more…)