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Move over Tesla, here comes BMW in the fast lane and it has grand aspirations of zooming out in front. The German automaker hopes to have 25 electric vehicle models by the year 2025, a dozen of which will be pure electric instead of hybrid variants. BMW stated its ambitious goal during the Frankfurt Motor Show, where it unveiled its new i Vision Dynamics, a four-door coupe that could give Tesla's Model S a run for its money. The BMW i Vision Dynamics has a range of 373 miles (600 kilometers) with a top speed of 120 miles per hour (200 km/h). It also boasts an acceleration of 0-62 MPH (0-100 km/h)... Read more...
Hot on the heels of the Concept 8 Series that was unveiled at the Concorzo d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy, BMW has pulled the wraps off the successor to the long-in-the-tooth E89 generation Z4 convertible (first introduced way back in 2009). BMW’s Concept Z4 adopts a similar design language to the aforementioned Concept 8 Series, but in a more lithe package. For better or worse, the Concept Z4 shows no real stylistic links with the current vehicle, save for its two-door convertible layout.  Even the super-long hood proportions of the last two generations of Z4 have been pared... Read more...
It has been nearly two decades since then original BMW 8 Series went out of production, but the nameplate is ready to make a return to the Germany marque’s lineup. Feast your eyes on the new Concept 8 Series, with its gorgeous lines and protruding twin kidney grille that was unveiled today at the Concorzo d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy. The production version of the Concept 8 Series is scheduled to arrive sometime next year, and if past BMW concepts are any indication, its exterior should remain mostly intact with regards to styling. Speaking of styling, the Concept 8 Series is quite... Read more...
It might not have the brawny, rumbling ferociousness of a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, but the new Kia Stinger is going after an equally fierce product segment. The vehicle will find itself doing battle with vehicles like the BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A5 Sportback, and it just might be a real winner. The Stinger is based on a new rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform, which is critical in this segment. Base vehicles are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that produces 255 horsepower and 260 foot-pounds of torque. That makes it very competitive with similar engines from BMW and Audi. However,... Read more...
Now this is what we call Hot Hardware. The BMW M1 is truly a rare beast, as only 435 examples were produced between 1978 and 1981. It was a truly team effort, as BMW contracted Lamborghini to help engineer the vehicle, while Giugiaro designed the gorgeous (and clearly 1970’s-inspired) body. So, it stands to reason that you wouldn’t expect to find one of these highly desirable, and extremely valuable vehicles neglected, slinked away in a garage collecting dust. Well, that’s exactly what happened to this 1981 M1, which is one of the last examples produced. The car amazingly only has 4,593 miles on... Read more...
No, you haven’t joined the Avengers or boarded the USS Enterprise. Real-life holography is coming to consumers very soon. BMW will debut its HoloActive Touch floating in-car virtual touch screen at CES 2017. The HoloActive Touch is a free-floating, touch sensitive display that shows drivers information such as music and navigation. The display is located to the right of the driver’s steering wheel and is operated by using finger gestures. A camera detects the driver’s hand movements and registers where the fingers are positioned. A pulse is emitted and the function of the “button” is performed,... Read more...
Tesla might be the first name you think of when the topic of electric vehicles comes up, but being popular doesn't always guarantee victory. Case in point, German automaker BMW beat Tesla by winning a contract to supply the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) with a flee of electric cars for its community outreach program and other police business.The LAPD will lease 100 of BMW's all-electric i3 vehicles, which effectively doubles the number of electric cars that are collectively in use by different departments in the city. None of these are used for patrol or for hot pursuit—those activities... Read more...
Whether it's showing up to the blacktop to trash talk the regulars in a game of hoops or meeting downtown with investors on a new venture, you'll make a bigger statement by stepping out of a Bimmer (it's's not a Beemer, folks) than showing up all sweaty from pedaling your Schwinn. Sure, life may have had other plans, putting a BMW out of your price range for the time being, but once the automaker launches its ReachNow car-sharing program, it won't matter. This isn't BMW's first foray into the car-sharing sector. BMW offers a similar service in Europe called DriveNow, and that's what ReachNow will... Read more...
BMW first revealed the Spyder version of the i8 plug-in hybrid way back in March 2012. While the coupe version of the i8 is now available for purchase in the United States, we’ve yet to see a production of the Spyder come to life. BMW is at CES this week with another vehicle based on the BMW i8 Concept Spyder: the i Vision Future Interaction Concept. Rather than use that big, convoluted name, I’m just going to refer to the vehicle as the i8 Spyder Concept from here on out. This new i8 Spyder Concept carries over largely the same styling theme as its predecessor, but instead ditches... Read more...
When BMW launched its next generation 7-Series earlier this year, it packed in an incredible amount of technology including Gesture Control. Gesture control uses a 3D sensor to track your finger movements, allowing you to adjust infotainment functions and even accept or reject incoming calls. Not one to rest on its laurels, BMW is bringing a more advanced version of this “touchless” interface to CES 2016 in Las Vegas next month. The new tech, called AirTouch, allows you to control navigation, infotainment, and communications features using your whole hand. According to BMW, AirTouch “allows the... Read more...
How rich is Google? The company makes so much money that it can afford to buy the alphabet! And that's what it did, albeit in the form of a domain name. Google now owns abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com, which it was able to pluck from its previous owner after BMW refused to part with alphabet.com.The domain name purchase comes just a handful of days after Google finalized the reorganization of its many businesses and projects into subsidiaries of Alphabet, a newly formed parent company led by Sundar Pichai. Under the new setup, Google can be hyper focused on its core businesses and services, such... Read more...
It's reasonable to think that Google did its due diligence when settling on "Alphabet" as the name for its new holding company. And if so, we can also assume that Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were well aware that a not-so-little company called BMW owns the trademark for Alphabet, along with the alphabet.com domain.So why step on BMW's toes (or tires, as it were) when the company could have chosen a different name? That's a good question, and if BMW decides to sue Google, it's one that might be answered in court. Or the two sides could settle things privately, though if that's... Read more...
Nokia may be down, but it’s not out. The company stands to rake in $2.8 billion from a deal today in which the former cell phone behemoth is selling off its HERE mapping and location services business. Nokia first started looking for buyers in April while considering a deal with Alcatel-Lucent. Today, the move should help Nokia trim fat and build up cash in advance of the planned merger. A consortium of auto companies, including Audi, BMW and Daimler bought Nokia’s HERE mapping business. The consortium is paying $2.8 billion, but Nokia says it expects to receive in the neighborhood of $2.5 billion... Read more...
Apple might be the richest company on the planet, but it's not about to slow down on its quest for total market domination. It's constantly looking at new avenues to get into, and as we've been hearing about for a while, autos is one of them. It's hard at this point to picture a vehicle sharing the same badging as an iPhone, but as time passes, it begins to look more and more likely. In a recent report, it was revealed that Apple, including CEO Tim Cook, paid a visit to BMW at its Leipzig factory. The intent was to have modest discussions about what could be possible, but nothing was agreed-upon... Read more...
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