BMW i3 Review by XCAR

01/31/2014 at 10:40 AM
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XCAR reviews the BMW i3 electric city car.

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BMW’s development boss has revealed the company is unlikely to offer a competitor to the Audi A3 Sedan and Mercedes CLA.

Speaking to Wards Auto, Dr. Herbert Diess [BMW board member] said the company sees little need for a sedan smaller than the 3-Series in the United States. He went on to say he sees a “high risk of substitution” where customers would buy the smaller car – presumably the 1-Series sedan or 2-Series Gran Coupe – instead of a more expensive model like the … CONTINUED

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BMW starts 2014 with four awards from the automobile magazine “auto motor und sport”. The BMW i3 (combined fuel consumption: 0.6-0.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 13–0 g/km), BMW 4 Series Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 8.4-4.6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 197-121 g/km), and BMW 5 Series (combined fuel consumption: 9.6-4.5 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 224–119 g/km) were the winners in their respective categories. The BMW i3 was also recognised by the editors-in-chief of “auto motor und sport” as well as more than … CONTINUED

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If the futuristic designs of the i8 and i3 are still too tame for you, Lumma Design is hoping they have a solution.

These renderings show their future plans for gussying up the i8 and i3 with some more aggressive aero parts.

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Check out this Estoril Blue II M235i from the Montreal Auto Show.

Autoshows
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BMW has released the 2015 BMW M3 and M4 spec panels (the ones you see displayed at dealers and auto shows next to the cars). These sheets show us the model highlights, as well as confirming the options and packages for the U.S. M3/M4 models. Full pricing/ordering guides are forthcoming, so check back soon.

Packages include the Driver Assistance Plus (ZDB), Executive Package (ZEC) and Lighting Package (ZLP).

From the U.S. Military Price Estimates Guide, here are the descriptions of these packages.

Executive Package:
Head-Up Display
Comfort Access
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Heave the best listen yet at the factory BMW M4 (F82) and M3 (F80) exhaust system yet.

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BMW recently announced that an extensive BMW Individual program would be offered for the BMW 4 Series (and 3 Series) from the spring of 2014.

Some of the options to be made available include Individual exterior paints, BMW Individual light-alloy wheels, extended BMW Individual leather trim, a Merino leather steering wheel as well as an instrument panel finished in leather.

We now have some first looks, via BMW’s facebook page.

BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather in Gold Brown and BMW Individual fine-wood trim Plane Auburn dark.

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Online Entertainment from BMW ConnectedDrive stands for premium in-car music pleasure. The option provides direct access to the entire world of music and a range of spoken content. Online Entertainment’s latest partner is the music provider Napster, which offers a catalogue of over 20 million titles covering every possible genre – from rock, pop and soul to classical and jazz – in addition to thousands of audiobooks.

Connectivity from vehicle to music provider is via the car’s built-in SIM card, which ensures optimum transmission quality … CONTINUED

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Here’s an extended road trip report by one of our F15 X5 owners of his F15 X5 xDrive35i xLine.