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Auto Express reviews the BMW i3 electric car and we’ve post a new photo gallery below.

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The production BMW i3 recently had its first press drives in Amsterdam and the reviews are beginning to roll in. First up is a video review by Ausfahrt.tv

And what did Car & Driver think about the i3? Here are some highlights.

The i3 doesn’t stray very far at all from what makes most BMWs great; it simply carries those principles into a new realm.

There’s no appreciable feedback from the (of course) electric power steering, but it is nonetheless very quick and precise. On our first … CONTINUED

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Jeremy Clarkson has published his list of the top 100 cars of 2013, and the BMW i3 has placed first, i8 second, and the 3 Series second, in their respective categories of Electric Cars/Hybrids, Supercars, and Family/Estate Cars.

The other three BMW models to crack the 100 list were the 7 Series (8th place in Executive category), the 5 Series (10th place in the Executive category) and the X3 (9th place in SUV category).

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So far so good for the i3. BMW has over 8,000 orders and it’s not even in showrooms yet:

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), the world’s biggest maker of luxury vehicles, is considering a production increase for the i3 electric car after early demand for the model exceeded the automaker’s expectations.

Customers have reserved more than 8,000 of the compact city car, which will cost $41,350 in the U.S., even before the battery-powered model hits European showrooms next month, Chief Financial Officer Friedrich Eichiner said late … CONTINUED

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A BMW i3 was fully charged in under 30-minutes today at the first-ever public charging station in the US to offer the SAE Combo-Charging fast charging system. The public charging station is located at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego, CA. The optional fast charging system will enable the BMW i3 driver to charge their EV from a standard 110 volt outlet with a cord set, a 220 volt charging wallbox or public charging station and also from a DC Fast Charging public charging … CONTINUED

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Watch the entire production process behind the production of the BMW i3 electric car, as well as the ceremony held to celebrate the first one to roll off the assembly line at the Leipzig plant.

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We’ve told you plenty about the impressive track built inside the BMW hall at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA auto show, now see it in action with i3 and M models.

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The BMW i Accessories Collection

09/19/2013 at 11:26 AM
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Accessories that make a sustainable impression. The BMW i Collection.

Munich. Take a look at what we refer to as the i-edition of the new BMW Lifestyle Collection: the BMW i Collection. Its accessories, which will be launched in October 2013, are characterized by clear design and the responsible handling of resources. The BMW i Collection is inspired by the ideas behind the BMW i-concept. If it applies to the vehicles, then it goes for the lifestyle products too – Solar Charger, Urban Mega Shopper or … CONTINUED

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The BMW Group entered a new era in automotive construction today with the start of series production of the BMW i3. The world’s first premium electric vehicle to be purpose-designed for this form of drive system is the result of an all-encompassing development approach targeted at reducing fuel consumption and emissions in urban areas. Exceptionally high standards of sustainability and resource efficiency have also been achieved in the selection of materials and production processes employed. This is the first time that carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) has … CONTINUED

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BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk and the i8 project manager Henrik Wenders talk about the BMW i cars from Frankfurt IAA 2013.

Video shot and produced by Jim Perry.

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Are there any M versions of i cars in the pipeline? No, according to Cypselus von Frakenberg, BMW Group head of technology communications. Speaking at the Frankfurt IAA show, Mr. Frankenberg says that not only was there zero input from M engineers in the development of the i8, but there will be no M version in the future. In his words:

“It is separate – M and i,” he begins. “It’s two different sub-brands, but there will be no ‘M’ i-car in the future.

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We have updated our photo gallery of the BMW i3 electric car, and added a video showing an on-board lap in the i3 as it goes around the track that’s been erected at the BMW Display at the Frankfurt IAA 2013.

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The BMW DTM drivers stopped in at BMW Plant Leipzig (DE) on their way to the eighth race of the DTM season in Oschersleben (DE). Bruno Spengler (CA), Dirk Werner (DE), Augusto Farfus (BR), Joey Hand (US), Martin Tomczyk (DE), Andy Priaulx (GB), Marco Wittmann (DE) and Timo Glock (DE) started their visit with an autograph session. Hundreds of BMW employees took the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with the drivers.

The next highlight was a guided tour of the production facility for … CONTINUED

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The Frankfurt IAA 2013 show is underway, with the public days beginning this Saturday. BMW occupies an entire hall for its display and has 62 cars on the show floor, with 24 more additional cars on the elevated track.

Watch some of the most important model debuts below, which is of course headlined by the BMW i cars – the i8 and i3.

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BMW i Remote App

09/12/2013 at 10:45 AM
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With the BMW i Remote App for iOS and Android, you can receive detailed information about the current status of the BMW i3 at any time. This includes, for example, range display, battery condition and charge level, service messages and also the vehicle location. With Charge Control, the charging procedure at the charging station can be controlled or ended remotely. The climate control of the passenger cell and the high-voltage battery can be activated before the journey via smart phone so that the BMW i3 … CONTINUED

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The BMW i3 electric vehicle [Official Thread] has made its auto show debut at the 2013 Frankfurt IAA show.

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The initial list for the 2014 Car of the Year Award has been announced, and making vying for the award this year for BMW is the BMW 4 Series, i3 and the new X5.

The full list of candidates includes:

1. BMW 4 Series
2. BMW i3
3. BMW X5
4. Citroën C4 Picasso
5. Ford EcoSport
6. Ford Kuga
7. Hyundai i10
8. Jaguar F-Type
9. Kia Carens
10. Range Rover Sport
11. Lexus IS
12. Maserati Ghibli
13. Mazda3
14. Mercedes-Benz S-Class
15. Mitsubishi Space Star
16. Nissan Note
17. Opel Cascada
18. Peugeot 2008
19. Peugeot 308
20. Porsche Cayman
21. Renault Captur
22. Renault … CONTINUED

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Some photos of the BMW i3 showing details and an opened sunroof.