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The Car of the Year Awards have just been announced at the 2014 NYIAS and the BMW i3 has won both the World Car Design of the Year and the World Green Car of the Year awards!

The i3 beat out the following cars for World Car Design of the Year: Cadillac CTS, Citroen C4 Picasso, Mazda3, Lexus IS, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Volkswagen XL1

And it bested the following cars for World Green Car of the Year: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron , BMW i3, Honda Accord … CONTINUED

2014 NYIAS: BMW i8 in Protonic Blue

04/16/2014 at 12:50 PM
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Rounding out our day at the New York Autoshow is the always stunning BMW i8 painted in stunning Protonic Blue. Take care everyone!

2014 New York International Autoshow
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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s largest maker of luxury vehicles, has increased production of the i3 electric city car 43 percent to meet demand that has exceeded the carmaker’s initial expectations.

The premium manufacturer in recent weeks has raised daily output to 100 vehicles from 70 previously at the factory in Leipzig, Germany, where the model is assembled, Harald Krueger, BMW production chief, said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg.

BMW has already built more than 5,000 i3s since the start of the year, … CONTINUED

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Catch our videos of various BMW lighting technologies in action, including BMW Laser Lights (on the i8), OLED lights, Night Vision, and Selective High Beam Assist.

With bonus pics of the BMW i8 interior lighting.

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BMW LIGHT DAYS WORKSHOP

Last night we at BIMMERPOST were invited to test the new headlight features of current BMW models and also to take a look into the future of BMW lighting at BMW’s Light Days Workshop. We share the info and experience with you below.

HISTORY

To start, BMW AG gave us a little history of BMW headlight design on past BMW models. BMW has been using the double round headlights since 1963 on the e3 and e9 models. In 1990 BMW was the first … CONTINUED

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CAR has posted its effusive full BMW i8 test drive review, which resulted in a full 5-star rating for overall rating, handling, performance usability and “feelgood factory.”

Here are some of the most telling excerpts from the review:

Play it right, and Eco Pro can extend the range over the regular Comfort mode, from 310 to 370 miles. Flick the gear selector left, to engage Sport mode. The dials switch to a bright red glow, any throttle resistance is replaced by eagerness. The six-speed automatic – … CONTINUED

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Photo gallery of the BMW i8 and i3 at the 2014 Vancouver International Autoshow.

Autoshows
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Whatcar? brought in some enthusiasts and potential buyers to preview and give their impressions on the BMW i8.

Here’s what they had to say.

Beautiful Set of BMW i8 Photos

03/13/2014 at 8:30 AM
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Beautiful images and a great writeup about the BMW i8 by Stanceworks.

BMW Announces i8 Deliveries for June

03/10/2014 at 9:30 PM
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With the completion of the development work and final preparations for production at the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, the launch of the BMW i8 approaches its peak. Delivery of the first customer cars will start in June 2014, beginning with the main European markets.

Beforehand, special public events will be held in various regions all over the world to meet the enormous interest in the BMW i8. For this purpose BMW i agents will be equipped with separate demonstration vehicles. The start of series … CONTINUED

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The very first BMW Art Car, a BMW 3.0 CSL, designed by American artist Alexander Calder, will be a key highlight of a class of BMW 3.0 CSLs at the 2014 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The class will include both the winners of the 1975 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 1976 Daytona 24 Hour race. BMW Group Classic will showcase the heritage of the BMW 3 Series in a display that will feature a first-generation 3 Series in the US, the 320i, as … CONTINUED

Autoshows
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At a press conference at the Geneva International Motor Show, the top three finalists for the World Car of the Year, World Luxury Car, World Performance Car, World Green Car and World Car Design of the Year awards were announced yesterday.

The overall winners in all categories will be declared at the New York International Auto Show on Thursday, April 17, 2014.

World Car of the Year
From an initial entry list of twenty-four new vehicles from all over the world, then a short list of … CONTINUED

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Video from BMW providing an overview and general look at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show BMW exhibit, with a focus on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer, both of which are making their world debuts at the show.

Also see:
4 Series Gran Coupe Official Thread
2 Series Active Tourer Official Thread

2014 Geneva Autoshow
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Registration has opened for BMW i3 test drives throughout the U.S. Follow this link to register.

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Some i8 document I was kindly forwarded touts how simplified the the order process is compared to an X1 and and i3, with only 1 model, 2 “worlds”, no “packages”.

Standard equipment

Navigation Pro
H&K Premium Sound
Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive LED Headlights
Alarm System
Display Key
E-Call + BMW i Services
Electronic Dim/Fold Mirrors
Park Distance Control
Storage Package ?
Lights Package ?

Surround View Cameras
High Beam Assist
Collision Mitigation
Pedestrian Protection
Speed Limit Info

Heads-Up Display
Real-Time Traffic
Connectivity BT/USB Devices
BMW Apps
BMW Remote … CONTINUED

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Exceptional luggage for an exceptional automobile.Louis Vuitton, the pioneer of the art of travel, has created a tailor-made set of luggage for the most progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

The innovative collection of luggage comprises two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. To ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailormade to fit perfectly into the interior of the revolutionary BMW i8.

“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment … CONTINUED

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The BMW USA website now shows an availability of July 2014 for the BMW i3 hybrid electric sports car.

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Many BIMMERPOST members change their wheels for cosmetic reasons, but also to reduce unsprung weight. If BMW has its way, we could soon be seeing a massive reduction in BMW wheel weights by way of carbon fiber wheels. The i8 has already been announced with a CFRP wheel option, which saves 3kg / 6.6lbs per wheel, but Autoexpress appears to be reporting on CFRP wheels for standard non-i models.

According to BMW’s lightweight construction manager, Franz Storkenmaier, “we save 25 percent in weight compared to … CONTINUED