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The World Car of the Year awards’ initial finalists for each of five categories have been announced and several BMW models are up for multiple categories.

The judging is performed by 75 automotive journalists and each candidate (car) for the award must be new and available for sale on at least two continents during the time period between January 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015.

Three finalists for each category will be named at the Geneva show next month and the winners will then be revealed … CONTINUED

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Top Gear (Jeremy Clarkson) reviews both the BMW i8 and F80 M3, independently and compared to the other.

Which does he prefer at the end of the day? See inside!

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Is the BMW i8 exotic enough to pull off neon green? BMW Abu Dhabi thought so in wrapping this i8 in a color usually reserved for Lamborghinis and the like.

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BMW held a i8 Pure Impulse launch event at the Leipzig plant and JWDnl was in attendance. Here’s his report on the trip and event.

More Frozen Yellow BMW i8

02/05/2015 at 3:10 PM
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More photos of the Frozen Yellow i8 owned by BIMMERPOST member JWDnl.

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The BMW 5 Series clinched victory in the readers’ vote “BEST CARS 2015” of the trade magazine “auto motor und sport” in the upper midrange segment and confirmed its achievements of the previous year. Five times in succession since 2011, the 5 Series was voted best business car by the readers. In addition, the “International Paul Pietsch Award” honouring particularly innovative technological developments again went to BMW. This year the prize was bestowed on the BMW i8, following the success of the BMW i3 … CONTINUED

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At the 2015 Washington Auto Show, two of the top automakers, BMW of North America and Volkswagen of America, together with ChargePoint, the largest electric vehicle charging network, announced an initiative to create express charging corridors along heavily-traveled routes on the East and West Coasts. Designed to increase the number of fast charging locations, the initiative will help meet the large and growing demand for convenient, publicly available electric vehicle fast chargers, including direct current (DC) Fast charging locations, and support the adoption of … CONTINUED

First Frozen Yellow BMW i8

01/17/2015 at 7:00 PM
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Here is the first “Frozen Yellow” BMW i8 by JD Customs in the Netherlands

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BMW is increasing the US allocation of i8s by over 1000 for 2015, but that reportedly still will not be enough to fill the demand. To accomplish this, they plan to reduce the number of i3s.

Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America, has said that the wait for an i8 remains at about a year.

While the demand for the i8 is the most obvious, the i3 isn’t doing badly either. BMW expects to sell about 1,000 i3s a month in 2015 (in the … CONTINUED

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Here is another interview with new BMW M head, Fraciscus van Meel, by CAR, which provides us some more insight into the new M CEO’s philosophies and outlook on the M brand.

On whether there is a possibility of a BMW i8 M model:

‘I can see a marrying of BMW’s M and i brands, but I can’t see an i8M just now. There is a very close collaboration between M and i – we have an open-book policy, and each brand can look into the … CONTINUED

BMW i8 sells for nearly $250k

01/13/2015 at 10:00 AM
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We knew the i8 was in high demand (relative to supply) and certain dealers were listing them for a premium price above MSRP, but this one takes the cake. Irvine BMW recently managed to sell an i8 for a $100,000 “market adjustment.”

This is one buyer who would not be stopped by supply and demand rules (and pricing) in obtaining an i8!

BMW has said that there is an 18 month waiting list for the i8 in some markets and the company is considering upping … CONTINUED

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Found this info in German magazine Autobild:

http://www.autobild.de/artikel/bmw-i…6-5524821.html

A 100 year anniversary edition based on the i8 built in 100 examples. Stronger e-motor and 2l 4 cyl instead of the 1,5l 3 cyl engine. Originally planned to be developed by the M division, but now headed by BMW AG and ex Ferrari man Roberto Fedeli. Naming still debated, could be i8S, i8CS or M100

And a 630hp twin turbocharged I6 version rumoured for … CONTINUED

BMW M4 vs i8 on the track by Autocar

01/07/2015 at 8:16 AM
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You’ve seen the launch comparison, now watch as Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar takes the M4 versus the i8 around the track.

The BMW i ChargeForward Program

01/06/2015 at 4:00 PM
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Intelligent, proactive charging to reduce overall running costs of electric vehicles.

The BMW Group is a leading innovator in the field of electric mobility and battery charging technology. Jointly with Californian energy provider Pacific Gas and Electric Utility Service (PG&E), BMW i will launch an 18-month pilot project under the name BMW i ChargeForward, starting in July 2015. The project will research and develop a system for smart charging of electric vehicles. Starting in January 2015, BMW i3 owners from the Greater San Francisco area … CONTINUED

BMW i8 vs BMW M4 (Manual) Drag Race

12/30/2014 at 1:10 PM
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Watch the BMW i8 drag race against the F82 M4 (manual transmission).

BMW award winners for 2014

12/29/2014 at 9:50 AM
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Overview of the most important accolades awarded to BMW in 2014:
Accolades bestowed by the World Car Awards:
World Green Car of the Year for the BMW i3
World Car Design of the Year for the BMW i3
Engine of the Year for the BMW 3-litre straight six-cylinder petrol engine

Accolades awarded by Euro NCAP:
“Euro NCAP Advanced Award”:
Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function
Driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive

Accolades awarded by “auto, motor und sport”:
“Best Cars”:
BMW i3, BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 5 Series in each of their respective segments
“Paul … CONTINUED

BMWstories: The first BMW i8 buyer.

12/27/2014 at 10:56 AM
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This is the story of Dirk Schulz, the first BMW i8 customer. He optioned the car when he saw the concept vehicle back in 2010. At that time he did not know the price or any technical data or even if the car will be produced.

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Photo session with Schullz51′s Austin Yellow F80 M3 and DoctaM3′s brand new i8 in Pittsburgh.