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BMW of North America announced its support of NYC Parks for its TreesCount! 2015 program with a donation of 20 BMW i3 vehicles. With these BMW i3 vehicles, TreesCount! staff and volunteers can easily travel throughout the five boroughs to map more than 600,000 street trees, helping to ensure a greener future for the City of New York, its residents and visitors.

BMW deepened its commitment to sustainability with the 2014 launches of the all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8, a plug-in hybrid sports car. … CONTINUED

AC Schnitzer i8

05/13/2015 at 8:05 AM
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BMW i8 by AC Schnitzer

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The Manhart BMW i8 drag races against a C63 AMG and 911 GT3.

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BMW has reportedly decided to kill several projects that were started under outgoing CEO Dr. Norbert Reithofer.

According to Automobile’s sources, these doomed models include the 9-Series Coupe, the Z2 Roadster, the i8S and the highly-anticipated M8 which was rumored to be a modern day successor to the iconic M1.

While the news is unfortunate, the cancellations haven’t affected the i5 which is scheduled to be green-lighted in October. It will reportedly ride on the company’s new rear-wheel drive platform and be about as long as … CONTINUED

Turner Project i8

04/17/2015 at 6:00 AM
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Check out the Turner Project i8, an ongoing project car by Turner Motorsports.

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From BMW insider Scott26:

The next BMW i model will be a four door interpretation of a BMW Sedan.

Conceptual work is underway to provide a first look at how BMW see the Sport Sedan progress for the future with the first appearance in concept form being the highlight of the 100th Centenary of BMW in 2016 where all BMW and BMW sub-Brands will celebrate in their own way.

The new vehicle owes much to the original Vision EfficientDynamics concept car in that it packages itself for … CONTINUED

BMW i8 wins the World Green Car Award

04/02/2015 at 11:30 AM
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For the second time in succession BMW i clinched victory at the World Car Awards in the category World Green Car. Following the success of the purely electrically driven BMW i3 the previous year, the BMW i8 was awarded this prestigious award at the New York International Auto Show. The sports car’s combination of groundbreaking plug-in hybrid drive technology and innovative lightweight construction together with its avant-garde design was honoured by the international jury at the World Car Awards. The BMW i8 was also … CONTINUED

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BMW has doubled i8 production at its plant in Leipzig, Germany, to 20 cars a day, the report quoted Kruger as saying.

BMW is currently weighing which type of model it will add to the “i” subbrand, r&d chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News Europe earlier this month, disputing reports that said the third model after the i3 and i8 would be a variant of the X5 premium large SUV.

Last year, global sales of the i3 and the i8 were a combined 17,800 units. … CONTINUED

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BMW i8 wrapped in Giovanna Edition Matte Metallic Grigio vinyl wrap to really show off its lines.

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The first development of BMW electric vehicles already took place in 1972 with the BMW 1602e. Have a look at the concept, that had a huge impact on the future and the present BMW i3 and i8.

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The Porsche 911 4 GTS takes on the BMW i8 on track in this EVO Deadly Rivals comparison. A classic vs a technical powerhouse, can the BMW deliver or does the Porsche take the win?

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A report from Automotive News indicates that the next BMW i model won’t be introduced until after 2020.

Exactly what model that will turn out to be is still being decided. “We are still in the strategic research phase where we brainstorm,” BMW Group R&D chief Klaus Froehlich told Automotive News. “Teams that start with a white sheet of paper. They talk with customers, hold workshops, then present their ideas and we decide.”

Whatever it turns out to be, it won’t be a re-packaged existing model. … CONTINUED

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The BMW i8 joins the Dubai Police’s jaw-dropping assortment of exotic and supercars, which already include a Veyron, Aventador, Ferraris, McLaren and more.

Here’s the i8 in its Dubai Police livery.

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Earlier yesterday, Apple has reintroduced to the public the Apple Watch. Going on sale on April 24. During the event, Apple placed an emphasis on the apps for the Apple Watch which aim to both improve our life quality and drive sales to the company. BMW was also briefly featured during the event with the BMW i Remote App. The popular app for the new BMW i3 and i8 is available today on the iPhone, but it will soon transition to the Apple … CONTINUED

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BMW has gone on the record in denying a report from Auto Motor und Sport that BMW is developing a car for Apple. AMS claimed that Apple and BMW were in talks regarding the possibility of developing an electric car based on the BMW i3, in connection with recent rumors that Apple has plans to bring its own car to market by 2020.

Reuters has since reported, however, that BMW denied this:

German carmaker BMW said on Thursday its talks with technology giant Apple did not … CONTINUED

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Great documentary on how the BMW i8 is made.

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The World Car of the Year final three nominees for each category have been announced at the Geneva auto show. The winners will be revealed at the NY auto show next month.

The Top Three in the World finalists in the 5 award categories are as follows, and the BMW M3/M4 and i8 remain in the running.