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BMW Vision Next 100 Offers Look at Century to Come

Flexible body panels, augmented reality technology and a glowing orb.

by on Mar.07, 2016

Marking its centennial, BMW rolls out the Vision Next 100 autonomous concept vehicle.

The auto industry, we’re frequently told, is in the midst of more dramatic change than it’s seen in nearly a century. So, what will the car of the future look like? For now, flying flivvers remain the stuff of science fiction, but plenty of other sci-fi concepts appear to be coming to your driveway in the near future.

Or so BMW is suggesting with the Vision Next 100 concept vehicle meant to mark the Bavarian automaker’s centennial. In keeping with current trends, the BMW Vision Next 100 will have the ability to drive autonomously – if you want. But slip into “boost mode”, slide out the foldaway steering wheel and it will remind you why the German marque has long been known for building the “ultimate driving machines.”

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“Our objective,” explains BMW Group Design director Adrian van Hooydonk, “was to develop a future scenario that people would engage with. Technology is going to make significant advances, opening up fantastic new possibilities that will allow us to offer the driver even more assistance for an even more intense driving experience.”


BMW Ready to Add i4 and i5 to Battery-Car Line-Up.

Both models to rely on lightweight carbon fiber.

by on Aug.10, 2011

The BMW i8 and i3 models may soon have a few siblings in the showroom.

BMW plans to rapidly expand its battery-car line-up, according to various sources, adding two more models to the new i sub-brand that it has already confirmed will include the little i3 and sporty 18 models.

The two new models, i4 and i5, will make extensive use of super-light carbon fiber to enhance performance and improve energy efficiency and range.  That appears to suggest the German maker believes it can dramatically reduce the cost of the composite material, which is currently too expensive to use on anything other than the most expensive of sports cars – such as the new Lamborghini Aventador.

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The two new models likely won’t appear on the market before late in the decade, report both and Bimmerfile, with concept versions expected to be revealed sometime after the 2014 launch of the i8, the most expensive of the models currently planned for BMW’s new i brand-within-a-brand.


BMW Set To Build Megacity Battery Car

Announces $744 million investment in Leipzig factory; U.S. carbon fiber plant may follow.

by on Nov.08, 2010

BMW will produce the Megacity urban battery-electric vehicle at its plant in Leipzig, Germany.

BMW is making good on its commitment to building an electric car for the urban environment.

The German automaker has announced that it plans to invest $744 million to move ahead with production of the all-electric Megacity at its assembly plant in Leipzig in old East Germany.  As part of the project, BMW also planning to build a carbon fiber plant in the U.S. probably in the State of Washington.

The announcement coincides with word BMW will put its striking Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept vehicle into production.  The high-performance plug-in hybrid will be capable of launching from 0 to 60 in just 4.8 seconds while still getting about 31 miles on battery power before its diesel engine fires up.  Unlike the relatively mainstream Megacity, the Vision will be priced at somewhere around $200,000 (Click Here for more.)

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The Megacity, which is designed strictly as an urban vehicle, is BMW’s first battery-powered auto, and it will be sold under a new sub-brand when it reaches showrooms in 2013. Passengers in the four-seat car will be protected by a carbon-fiber safety cell, similar to a Formula 1 race car.

BMW first announced Megacity last winter but is now taking preliminary steps to implement the project, which company officials say is a direct response to the steady growth in urban areas around the globe.


BMW Confirms Plans to Build Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept

A 2013 launch likely - at $200,000.

by on Nov.05, 2010

BMW will launch a production version of the Vision Efficient Dynamics concept with a diesel plug-in hybrid powertrain.

A four-seat sports car that is also environmentally friendly?  That seeming contradiction in terms was the idea behind BMW’s Vision Efficient Dynamics Concept, which quickly became one of the hits at the Frankfurt Motor Show, little more than a year ago.

Making a serious effort to find ways to prove such a concept is viable, the Bavarian maker has confirmed it will put the VED into production, though a precise launch date hasn’t been released.

The low-slung 2+2 – which measures barely 4 feet tall – will follow the concept’s lead and use a plug-in hybrid driveline.  To add a bit of ease for rear seat passengers, the Vision will use gullwing doors, simplifying access to both rows.

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Relatively lightweight, considering its batteries and dual drive system, and with an impressive drag coefficient of just 0.22, the VED should be able to achieve significant efficiencies, whether powered by its lithium-ion power pack or the back-up gasoline engine.


BMW Planning Triple Reveal at LA Auto Show

ActiveHybrid X6 and 7, Vision concept car make N.A. debuts.

by on Nov.25, 2009

The fuel economy of a microcar, the performance of an M-Series model; the 2010 BMW Vision makes its North American debut at the L.A. Motor Show.

The fuel economy of a microcar, the performance of an M-Series model; the Vision makes its North American debut at the L.A. Motor Show.

Showgoers at Los Angeles’ Staples Center will get a good look at three high-efficiency models from BMW, when the 2009 L.A. Auto Show opens, next week.

Though first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, it will be the first North American showing of the ActiveHybrid X6, ActiveHybrid 7 and EfficientDynamics concept car, all collectively pointing to the various strategies the German maker will use, in the coming years, to cope with demands for significant increases in fuel economy.

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The challenge facing the automaker is to maintain its reputation for sporty, dynamic handling, even as it meets tough new mileage and emissions standards here and abroad.  It’s a challenge that will be particularly difficult for luxury makers, who generally produce larger, more powerful products than mainstream manufacturers, and traditionally rely on a scoff-law approach by defying U.S. regulations and buying their way clear by paying fines.


2009 Frankfurt Motor Show Round-Up!

by on Sep.18, 2009


More than 50 new cars, trucks and crossovers debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The press days are over, and the public is spilling through the turnstiles at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.  But if you can’t make it to the sprawling Frankfurt Messe, don’t fret. was there and has in-depth coverage of all the breaking news, the previews, the people…and more.

Check the next page to see the continuing, updated list of stories to find out more about everything from the BMW Vision Diesel-Hybrid to the Mercedes-Benz SLS supercar, from the updated Ford C-Max to the new Hyundai i10 Battery-Electric Vehicle.


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.


Spotlight on the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show

The 63rd IAA kicks off a critical new auto show season.

by on Sep.13, 2009

2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 63rd IAAWhen the gates open at the Frankfurt Messe, earlier Tuesday morning, it will kick off two days of organized chaos.

The biennial Frankfurt Motor Show, officially known as the 63rd IAA, is one of the world’s largest car shows – however you measure it: raw size, number of new product intros, public attendance or media coverage – and one of the most significant.

Indeed, the events of recent months will all converge at the sprawling conference center, which measures nearly a full kilometer from front to back, starting with last week’s news that General Motors will go ahead with plans to sell a 55% stake in its German-based Opel subsidiary.

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Expect a lot of questions to be raised about the impact of that sale on the weakened U.S. maker’s long-term plans.  In recent years, Opel had been playing an ever more critical role as a key product development center for GM, and whether that can continue with the parts supplier, Magna International, now the dominant stakeholder remains to be seen.


BMW Vision Debuts at Frankfurt Motor Show

This hybrid concept works around CO2 regulations.

by on Aug.31, 2009

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There is no question that Vision is an extremely sophisticated engineering exercise.

How about a 3-cylinder turbocharged diesel M car from BMW?

Well, if you add two electric motors, one on each axle, and lithium ion batteries under a sleek 2+2 body, the additive power effect is 262 kW/356 horsepower, with maximum torque of 800 Newton meters (590 lb-ft.). Is that an M?

BMW claims the sports car will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed 250 km/h. With all that torque, there’s little reason to doubt that Vision is fast. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 3.76 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions are 99 grams/kilometer well under proposed EU standards — the main reason this particular configuration exists.

As a plug-in hybrid, Vision is able to cover the entire test cycle under electric power alone. BMW calculates this reduces the CO2 emission rating to just 50 grams per kilometer, which takes the sources of energy used for generating the electric power consumed into account (EU electricity mix).

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Whether Vision makes it to production or not is moot. We’ll wager one or more BMWs with a powertrain like this will be used to generate credits so that BMW can keep selling more conventionally figured cars that consume many more liters of fuel and emit what would otherwise be illegal levels of CO2.