The N55 is the second turbo engine out of BMWs new push towards EfficientDynamics and increased use of turbos as a replacement for displacement. The unit has been has been reviewed and people are generally happy with it, but whats interesting is that now it seems official: BMW will use the N55 as its main workforce with only a few notable exceptions
According to Autocar magazine, BMW has filed a patent for a hybrid car that actually uses a split engine for its powertrain.
What is this exactly?
Ok, a traditional hybrid car basicly has a gasoline engine mated to an electric motor. The electric motor will either add extra power to the gasoline engine, or actually sometimes take over from the gasoline engine and run the car on its own.
But in BMWs split … CONTINUED
To sum up there were as expected year on year declines in sales because of overall low volumes in 2009, but December itself continues on a trend of a sales recovery. We hope this trend continues in 2010! We know BMW has the best products out there right now..
Here is the official press release below
BMW brand sales up 11.5 percent; MINI sales decreased 2.2 percent; MINI achieved second best year ever since … CONTINUED
This information is as per BMWs inside man Scott26! Here is a summary of whats to come in 2010
BMW Concept Active E NAIAS (01/10)
BMW Active E Production Car (eDrive) Paris (08/10)
BMW Z4 sDrive35is (link) Paris (08/10)
BMW 3-Series Coupe/Cabrio LCI (Life Cycle Impulse aka Facelift) (link) to be revealed early January with official Autoshow debut at Geneva (03/10)
BMW 5-Series Sedan (link) Geneva (03/10) and New York (04/10)
BMW 5-Series Concept ActiveHybrid 5 Geneva … CONTINUED
Happy 2010 everyone! Heres a nice little nugget. BMW actually has an M Power App for the iPhone. What does it do? Well, its like a G-Tech, it uses the iPhones sensors in order to calculate:
Lateral acceleration (Lateral g)
Travel time for a specified distance
Acceleration to a specific speed
The App comes with three different skins: "Sport", "Lava" and "Midnight"
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I sincerely hope this isnt true but Edmunds InsideLine is reporting today that it believes the program is getting some major cuts. Why? BMW is looking to concentrate its engineering resources toward electric and hybrid vehicles. BMWs Hydrogen program has mainly been centered around a highly modified E65 7-Series running on liquid hydrogen fuel.
What is the BMW Hydrogen 7?
BMWs goal in making this car was to produce an alternative fuel vehicle that was not only … CONTINUED
Word is officially out. Looks like in the USA we will see a 0.4% base price increase across the board. Also the "Destination and Handling" charge will increase by 50 bucks to $875. This will all take effect January 1, 2010.
The BMW ActiveHybrid X6, BMW ActiveHybrid 7, and the BMW 550i Gran Turismo will actually not be affected since they already had the price change rolled in, but will still get hit by the 50$ destination charge … CONTINUED
This is some great news! It sounds like BMW made a little uptick this last month as an overall global group.
BMW sold 90,383 cars, up 11.1% (compared to Nov 2008)
MINI sold 17,199 cars, up 13.8%
The increase in BMW cars sales were on the backs of the new 7 series and the Z4, with smaller gains seen with the 1 series, 3 series and 5 series. The newcomers did well also: 2,940 BMW X1s and … CONTINUED
German carmaker BMW AG said Tuesday its net income fell 74 percent in the third quarter as it continued to be affected by the global economic downturn.
BMW, the world’s biggest luxury car company by sales, said net income for the period amounted to euro78 million ($115 million), down from euro298 million in the July-September period of 2008.
BMW’s share price slid 7.1 percent to euro31.20 in Frankfurt after the earnings announcement as net income came in well below the consensus estimate of around euro150 million.
The Munich-based company … CONTINUED
The hairdo experiment featuring a model illustrates 22 years of progress in BMW automobile development. Facilities such as the new Aerodynamic Test Centre enable engineers of the BMW Group to improve aerodynamics at an early stage of the development process so as to make a contribution to increasingly efficient vehicles.
BMW has released official BMW and Mini bluetooth headsets. The headsets may be combined with all mobile phones able to interact with Bluetooth and are scheduled to join the wide range of Original BMW Accessories and Original MINI Accessories as of December 2009.
File this one under BMW going green…
From 2010, BMWs Landshut plant will boast the worlds first foundry with emission-free sand core production. The light-alloy foundry at the BMW plant is introducing a new sand core production method for gravity die-casting, whereby conventional organic binders will be replaced by highly eco-friendly inorganic binders, which generate virtually no pollutant emissions. The introduction of this innovative production method will allow the light-alloy foundry to reduce its emissions of combustion residues by 98 per cent. The … CONTINUED
Laurenz Schaffer New President of the BMW Groups Subsidiary DesignworksUSA
Munich. Germany, California, Germany, and back to California again: Laurenz Schaffer, Director of the Munich Studio of BMW Group DesignworksUSA since the year 2000, will be taking over the position of the President of BMWs Subsidiary in Newbury Park (Los Angeles) in California on 1 December 2009.
"With his many years of experience in numerous areas of design, Laurenz Schaffer has made a significant contribution in recent years to strengthening … CONTINUED
As should be no surprise, BMW Research and development is always working on tackling the issues that are coming around the bend.
The Car of the Future…
Light. More specifically, interior lighting. So what? Well, some time ago, BMW had made a conscious effort to improve the interior lighting and give the car an actual ambiance while inside, in the same way a clubs lighting gives the place a certain feel. So far they have made … CONTINUED
Part 2 of the Jump for Joy marketing features some good ole fashion ribbing of Audi. Check it out after the jump.
The European Online Portal Autoscout24 awards their CAROLINA trophy every year. This year, the European-wide online voting lead to a triple success for BMW: The new Z4, the X6 and the Mini E got awarded with a CAROLINA trophy. Heres the press release:
Originally Posted by BMW
Triple success for the BMW Group in the 2009 … CONTINUED
For the first time this year, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported an increase in sales compared to the same month last year.
On 9/8/1994, the first US made BMW rolled off the line at Spartanburg. 15 years to the day later, the 1.5 millionth car rolled off the line.