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  • 2015 BMW i8, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    The 2015 BMW i8 is one of this year's most eagerly-anticipated cars, but there's not long to wait now as the first examples begin to roll from the production line. The German automaker has also confirmed final specification details for the European market, including its official performance and economy figures. Mounted behind the driver and passenger is a 1.5-liter TwinPower turbocharged gasoline engine producing 231 horsepower. There's also a 96 kilowatt, or 131-horsepower, 184 lb-ft hybrid synchronous electric motor, for a combined 362-horse, 420 lb-ft output. With a 5.2 kilowatt-hour...

  • BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, 2014 Geneva Motor Show
    2014 BMW 2-Series Active Tourer: Live Photos From Geneva Show

    Let's get any confusion out of the way: The new BMW 2-Series Active Tourer is completely unrelated to the new BMW 2-Series. BMW has chosen the name to differentiate the new front-wheel drive hatchback from the 1-Series sold overseas, and partly, we suspect, because 1.5 or 2.5 Series would sound...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    Not All BMW ActiveE Drivers Moving To BMW i3, Poll Finds

    BMW ActiveE drivers question the i3's price and practicality.

  • 2015 BMW i8, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    2015 BMW i8: Sexy Plug-In Hybrid Sport Coupe Coming Later This Year

    With awareness of the 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric car starting to rise--it will arrive at dealers in late April or early May--it's sometimes easy to forget that BMW has a second plug-in car following close behind. And unlike the i3, whose looks are controversial, there's very little debate over...

  • 2014 BMW i3 hits the race track
    2014 BMW i3 Gets CA Carpool-Lane Access: Battery Only, So Far

    As expected, the 2014 BMW i3 electric car has been awarded its "white sticker," the coveted permission to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle lanes with only one occupant on California's crowded freeways. The range-extended version of the i3, however, has not yet appeared on the list--and there remains...

  • 2014 BMW i3 hits the race track
    BMW's Toughest Task: Training Its Dealers On i3 Electric Car

    Early adopters, ecology-minded citizens and, increasingly, drivers who want very low running costs are now buying plug-in electric cars. That much we know. But many have reported frustrations at the dealership, from a lack of interest to salespeople who actively steer them away from electrics...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

    The 2014 BMW i3 electric car will only be offered in Launch Edition trim for its first 3 months on sale.

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    BMW Advertises i3 And i8 Electric Cars On Olympics Broadcasts

    The Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, are now underway, and official partner BMW is using the games to promote its two plug-in offerings, the i3 and i8. Three different commercials will be broadcast during NBC's coverage of the games, focusing on different aspects of the BMW-i lineup. One...

  • 2015 BMW X3
    2015 BMW X3 Crossover Adds Diesel AWD Model, Other Updates

    The BMW X3 sport-utility vehicle will add a diesel engine option for 2015 to the two gasoline engines now offered, part of a mid-cycle refresh for BMW’s compact crossover. The new diesel X3 gives BMW a direct competitor for the new 2014 Audi Q5 TDI, and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK 250...

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    2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive: Turbodiesel Added To Largest BMW Sedan

    Big cars with adequate gas mileage are hard to come by, but one of the best options at the moment is diesel power. At its best, the BMW 7-Series is a bit of a gas-guzzler. With a turbocharged, 3.0-liter inline six, the best it can attain is 29 mpg highway. Throw in a diesel engine though and it...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3 Range Extender: No White CA Carpool-Lane Sticker, Here's Why

    Incentives help drive the purchase of plug-in electric cars, which remain unfamiliar and expensive to many first-time buyers. But a recent article on The Street may have caused some confusion over which incentives will be granted to BMW's first electric car, the i3, when it goes on sale this...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    Actress Anne Hathaway Is NOT The First 2014 BMW i3 Owner In The U.S.

    Sometimes the media don't quite know what they're talking about. And so it was with a story that had actress Anne Hathaway importing one of the first 2014 BMW i3 electric cars from Germany for her husband because she didn't want to wait for it to go on sale in the U.S. next spring. The story, which...

  • 2015 BMW i8, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show

    Launching early next year, the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe is the second stage in BMW's i-car program, dedicated to vehicles with electric drivetrains. While it isn't a full battery-electric vehicle (or range-extended EV) like the i3 city car, electric power is still an important part of the i8--in its performance as much as its efficiency. That much is clear with BMW's latest video, following on from the laser headlight demonstration we covered yesterday. BMW says that the i8 will be a proper driver's car not despite the hybrid element, but because of it--and given the touted...

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    2015 BMW i8 To Feature World's First Laser Headlights

    BMW's plug-in hybrid i8 sports car is set to be one of the most exciting cars of 2014, but it'll also be one of the most technologically advanced. As well as the use of a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine, its part-electric drivetrain and unique styling, it'll also be the world's...

  • 2014 BMW i3 hits the race track
    2014 BMW i3 On The Track: Maker Releases First Hot-Lap Video

    A race track is not the typical environment for an electric city car with narrow tires and upright styling. Nevertheless, that's exactly where the 2014 BMW i3 finds itself in BMW's latest video, displaying its handling prowess on a closed circuit. It's a place few actual i3 owners will ever...

  • 2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    2014 BMW i3: Cheaper To Repair, Insure Than You'd Expect

    Carbon fiber is not a cheap material. If it was, we'd all be driving around in cars made from it--rather than it being limited to a few supercars and high-end sports cars. And the BMW i3, of course. The expense of its carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) chassis might lead you to assume repairing...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    First Review In: 2014 BMW i3 Range Extender Performance Limited

    BMW is hedging its bets with the i3 electric city car. You can buy it not only as a pure electric vehicle, but also as a range-extended electric car. And if the extra price and curiously stunted extra range hadn't put you off so far, perhaps reviews of the range-extended model might dissuade you...

  • 2014 Zinoro 1E, 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show
    Want An All-Electric BMW X1? You'll Have To Head To China

    As part of its relentless niche-filling, BMW has given us both compact crossovers like the X1, and electric cars like the new i3. It hasn't yet combined the two though--at least not in North America. Move to China, and it's a different story. The German marque's Chinese partner, Brilliance, has...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013

    BMW's first full-scale production electric car isn't a vehicle done by half measures. It's uniquely styled, features high-tech carbon fiber reinforced plastic construction and the minimalist interior is awash with sustainable materials. BMW thinks its customers might want to continue that sustainability through to the car's charging, so has teamed up with SolarCity to offer i3 drivers an affordable solar electricity service to power their vehicles. i3 customers will receive a 10 percent discount on SolarCity's home solar offer, as part of BMW’s 360° Electric portfolio of EV-centric...

  • 2014 BMW i3
    BMW i3 Demand Will Be Strong In U.S. Too, Says Executive

    Early demand for BMW's i3 electric car in Europe looks set to continue when it debuts in the United States, according to the company's North American CEO. Despite plans to produce just 10,000 units in its first year, BMW has considered expanding production after 8,000 reservations were made on the...

  • 2015 BMW i8, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    BMW, Toyota Decide On Hybrid Supercar Project

    We've known for some time that BMW and Toyota were planning to develop a hybrid sports car together, but until now it hasn't been clear what market that sports car would be aimed at. Now we know, and the news isn't great for anyone expecting the companies to develop something affordable. Instead...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    Green Car Reports' Best Car To Buy Nominee: 2014 BMW i3

    The 2014 BMW i3 is the most audacious expansion of a well-known car brand in many years. BMW--the maker of "ultimate driving machines"--is using electric propulsion, a carbon-fiber reinforced body, and a Scandinavian Modern interior not in an expensive luxury sedan, but in a subcompact hatchback...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    BMW's 'i' Electric Car Brand Shrugs Off SUV Option

    BMW surprised its traditionalist owners when releasing the X5 SUV back in 1999, but there's no risk of the same happening in its new electric brand. The automaker has confirmed that the cleaner, greener side of the its range, BMW i, won't get an SUV option, even though a range of other vehicles is...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car: Why California Set Range Requirements, Engine Limits

    The 2014 BMW i3 electric car, which we drove last week, is generating intense interest among both plug-in proponents and BMW fans. Among other things, it's the first car in the world offered with an optional range-extending engine, at an increased cost of $3,850. MORE: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of...

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