Gas prices are up, emission requirements have become more stringent, and vehicle weights have increased in the past years; which is not a good combination. Increased efficiency without sacrificing performance is the name of the automotive game going forward in the 21st century. A big step towards this goal is reducing the weight of vehicles.
BMW says the answer is carbon fiber technology, which it believes will fundamentally change the car industry, becoming increasingly important in the quest for lighter-weight materials to reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. For that reason, the company started the joint venture with SGL Group to take the carbon fiber production process mass scale.
Although we’ve seen carbon fiber roofs on some BMW M models, the upcoming BMW i3 and i8 electric … CONTINUED
BMW announced that the My BMW Remote app is available for Apple iOS devices beginning today. This app allows many BMW customers to access remote features for their vehicle by using their mobile device and the power of BMW Assist. These features include remotely locking and unlocking of doors, getting the location of their parked vehicle, and sending Google Local Search results to their vehicle. Additionally, some customers will even be able to send a command to sound the horn or flash the headlights of their BMW.
Customers who have an active BMW Assist Safety Plan, a compatible vehicle, and an Apple device running iOS 4.0 or later will be able to download the app to their device starting today via the Apple iTunes store. No changes … CONTINUED
From our site member “BMW M Power Mexico”, comes some great insights from retired VP of BMW Product Development into the development process of BMWs, 6 series, hydrogen 7, X3, turbos, and BMW’s competition.
BMW of North America has announced a modest inflationary price increase effective January 1, 2012. The Destination and Handling fee for all models will be increased to $895 on that date as well. This increase is less than one percent and applies to the models listed in the table below. In these tough economic times a careful balance was attained between the competitive situation, inflationary conditions, and market realities.
The F01 7-series is due for a facelift and the prototypes continue to undergo public testing.
Expect the F01 7-series LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) to be unveiled next Spring. The biggest changes to be seen will be to the front fascia. Full LED headlights will come to the 7 series for the first time. Underneath the camouflage tape, the bumper directly underneath the headlights will transition to the lower part of the kidney grilles with a more pronounced ‘swoop’ line (not pictured in render). The lower bumper will take on the attractive look of the BMW Concept 7 Active Hybrid from 2008.
The Kidney grilles will receive a thicker and more pronounced grille surround and thicker angled kidney grille bars found on some 6 series and 5 series … CONTINUED
We previously provided info on 2012 BMW model updates/changes/pricing for most 2012 models (links inside), but for reference again, here is a summary of the major changes across the entire range of 2012 model year BMWs for the US market.
We take you on a recent tour inside the BMW M Studio – BMW’s showroom/floor where it showcases BMW M, BMW Individual, BMW M-Sport, and BMW Security vehicles, technology, and options. If you remember, this is also where we attended the F10 M5 press reveal earlier this year.
Check inside for a description and photo gallery of the unique products currently on display in the M Studio.
BMW Group sales reach all-time high in the month of June. Deliveries increase by 15.9% to 165,855 vehicles in June
Best first six months ever with 833,366 units sold
Record sales in first half year for all three brands.
Munich – July 7, 2011… The BMW Group delivered more vehicles in June than ever before in a month. A total of 165.855 BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brand vehicles were sold, which is an increase of +15.9% on sales in June last year (prev. yr. 143,156 units) and also a new all-time high. The company also achieved a new high for the first six months: Group retail volume for the year to the end of June increased by more than 137.000 units to 833.366 vehicles, which represents … CONTINUED
The F01 7-Series has been a real hit for BMW, but the company is not resting on its laurels. An LCI 7-Series has been planned for some time, and should be arriving to market in the near future. The overarching theme of this LCI (stands for Life Cycle Impulse — A facelift), is to ‘not fix it if it ain’t broke’. The changes are subtle on the whole and aim to freshen and not re-invent the look.
These series of spyphotos seem to confirm what was previously speculated. The overall shape of the headlights is unchanged, but there is now incorporation of the latest LED technology, which is filtering across the BMW range.
The kidney grills now have a thicker and more pronounced kidney grill surround, accentuating the … CONTINUED