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09/16/2012    7:00 PM
COMMENTS: 24

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, three fascinating concept studies will point the way forward to a future defined by both sustainability and driving pleasure. What is more, BMW sends out an impressive signal in terms of efficiency, premium quality and innovative technology with its latest models in a range of vehicle segments. BMW Connected Drive innovations and the
BMW M Performance accessories round off the appearance at the
Paris show.

BMW Concept Active Tourer: more space for innovations.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer sees its premiere at the
2012 Paris Motor Show and offers an initial insight into further innovations
for the premium compact segment. In this study BMW demonstrates groundbreaking solutions in terms of both the interior and the drive concept. The latter features a … CONTINUED

09/14/2012    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 37

The New BMW Group Efficient Dynamics engine family – technologies powering the future, new engine family with 1.5 litre BMW TwinPower Turbo engine.

Since the spring of 2007, the BMW Group has had the most comprehensive concept for the consistent reduction of fuel consumption and emissions at its disposal – the Efficient Dynamics development strategy. Efficient Dynamics is an integral part of all areas of vehicle development and is a guiding principle. This includes fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, transmissions delivering a particularly high level of efficiency, ancillary equipment controlled on an “as needed” basis, intelligent lightweight engineering and sophisticated aerodynamics, as well as the continuing development of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology and innovative concepts for electromobility.

As a technology of the future, the BMW Group is relentlessly … CONTINUED

09/13/2012    8:12 AM
COMMENTS: 24

Mini documentary on BMW’s newest turbo engine – the N20 turbo inline 4 cylinder engine which powers everything from the F30 328i to the F10 528i, X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i.

09/08/2012    11:30 AM
COMMENTS: 25

Light design is an important part of the BMW design. Over the years it changes, but always remains an unmistakable characteristic of BMW cars.

The double round circles at the front of any BMW are a true icon of the brand. Designer Sebastian Morgenstern gives an insight into the BMW light design of the past and the future.

08/29/2012    2:00 PM
COMMENTS: 21

The BMW Group has extended its premium car sharing program DriveNow to the US. DriveNow launched in San Francisco with 70 BMW ActiveE electric vehicles. The innovative mobile parking solution, ParkNow, will debut in the Californian city in September.

Here is a video detailing the DriveNow and ParkNow programs.

08/14/2012    11:00 AM
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) will be upping its crash test standards for 2013 and the new standards have proven challenging for the nearly one dozen 2012 entry-level luxury sedans the agency tested, so far.

Only the Volvo S60 and the Acura TL earned top marks. The Infiniti G received an acceptable rating, while the BMW 3 Series (F30), Acura TSX, Lincoln MKZ and Volkswagen CC all earned a marginal grade. The Audi A4, Lexus ES, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class ranked at the bottom of the segment with the agency: Poor.

08/08/2012    8:38 PM
COMMENTS: 14

As a luxury car maker, BMW places heavy emphasis on the comfort technologies in its cars. Since the fifties, BMW engineers have worked to make driving each new BMW model more comfortable and an easier experience than before. Watch the evolution of comfort technologies in BMW automobiles in the video inside.

08/06/2012    12:30 PM
COMMENTS: 20

Beginning today, drivers of BMW models equipped with BMW Apps and MINI drivers with MINI Connected can enjoy a fully-integrated Stitcher SmartRadio™ app experience in the vehicle. Stitcher SmartRadio is the mobile leader in on-demand news, entertainment, sports and talk radio, delivering over 10,000 radio shows and live stations to customers around the globe.

BMW and MINI drivers can create a personal talk radio station experience with fresh, up-to-the-minute episodes of news, entertainment, sports, talk and live radio programs streamed directly to the vehicle’s infotainment system via the Stitcher SmartRadio App on the iPhone.

In addition to creating stations that run the programs users already know and enjoy, a special Smart Station feature helps users discover new content. This feature recommends other programs listeners may enjoy based on … CONTINUED

07/31/2012    6:00 AM
COMMENTS: 65

The My BMW Remote app is now available for smartphones running the Android operating system, too. The application can be downloaded for free from the Google Play store (Android Market), and offers all the same functionalities as the iPhone version first brought out in autumn 2010.

My BMW Remote allows users to operate all manner of functions in their BMW from outside the vehicle, without even having to be nearby:

“Remote Door Lock & Unlock” allows the car to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone.
“Climate Control” makes it possible to control the interior temperature by adjusting the auxiliary ventilation and heating settings, and programming the systems by timer.
With “Horn Blow” for sounding the horn and … CONTINUED