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

    Well, the numbers are in, courtesy of a quickly-photographed window sticker, and now we know the range and efficiency ratings for the 2014 BMW i3 electric car. The EPA-rated range is 81 miles, and its efficiency is a record-breaking 124 MPGe combined (138 MPGe city, 111 MPGe highway). ALSO SEE: Toyota Describes Combustion Engine That Generates Electricity Directly That confirms the lightweight electric BMW i3 subcompact as the most efficient battery-electric car sold in the U.S. today. The nearest competitor is the 2013 Scion iQ-EV, an electric minicar with 38 miles of range that's not...

  • 2015 BMW i8, test drive in greater Los Angeles area, Apr 2014
    2015 BMW i8: Sexy Plug-In Hybrid Sport Coupe, Our First Drive

    Could the 2015 BMW i8 sports coupe, coming this summer, do for plug-in hybrids what the Tesla Model S did for battery-electric vehicles? That is, could the sleek, sexy, attention-luring coupe with doors that open like insect wings make plug-in ALSO READ: Chevy Volt: How It Really...

  • 2014 BMW i3 (German-market version), Amsterdam, Oct 2013
    2014 BMW i3: What Staff Training Ride & Drives Revealed

    With deliveries of the first 2014 BMW i3 battery-electric cars now just days away, BMW has busily been training service personnel and dealership staff on its new and radical design. And an informed post on BMWBlog by a dealership employee who went through the multi-day course offers some new...

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    2014 BMW i3 Electric-Car Production Rises To Meet Strong Demand

    BMW is on track to build twice as many i3 electric cars in 2014 as it originally planned.

  • BMW Concept X5 eDrive at 2014 New York Auto Show
    BMW Concept X5 eDrive Updated For New York Auto Show (Photos)

    BMW's X5 eDrive plug-in hybrid isn't due in production form until 2015, but the German automaker has unveiled an updated version of the Concept X5 eDrive at the New York Auto Show. First shown at last September's Frankfurt Auto Show, the latest Concept displays a host of small refinements to bring...

  • BMW X5 e-Drive plug-in hybrid prototype, test drive, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, April 2014
    BMW X5 Plug-In Hybrid Prototype: We Drive Future Electric SUV

    They're not here yet, but in less than two years, U.S. buyers will have a choice of at least three plug-in hybrid SUV models to choose from. Now, we've driven a prototype version of one of them: the BMW X5 e-Drive, which will be shown as an updated concept car at this week's New York Auto Show...

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

    Most of the world's truly significant cars have been striking, even polarizing, designs. But some unusual, even polarizing, designs have been colossal failures. And it remains unclear which category the 2014 BMW i3 will fall, in the different global markets in which BMW is selling it. DON'T MISS: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW's Radical New Electric Car Now one of the most ardent advocates for BMW's electric-car efforts has written a piece in which he looks at the challenges facing the BMW i3. The blog post, Is the BMW i3 "Too European" for the U.S. Market?, is remarkably forthright in...

  • 2014 BMW 535d xDrive, Catskill Mountains, Feb 2014
    2014 BMW 535d xDrive Diesel Sedan: Fuel Economy Drive Review

    For 2014, BMW offers diesel engines in its three sedan lines, and now we've spent a long weekend with the mid-size 5-Series sedan fitted with the fuel-efficient engine. Given the depth-of-winter test schedule, its xDrive all-wheel-drive system was very welcome--and almost a necessity for our...

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    Joint Toyota-BMW Hybrid Sports Car To Use Supercapacitors From Le Mans Program

    BMW has announced more details of the hybrid sports car project it's developing in conjunction with Toyota, confirmed last year. While the two vehicles will be very different in terms of styling and execution, BMW will rely on hybrid technology developed by Toyota for the vehicle--specifically...

  • 2015 BMW i8, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    2015 BMW i8 Production Starts, Final Specs Released For Plug-In Hybrid Supercar

    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...

  • 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

    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 the design of the 2015 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sport coupe. MORE: 2015 BMW i8 Live Photo Gallery: 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show Pretty much everyone thinks it looks just fantastic. And that's even before neat technological breakthroughs like the laser headlights. And adding to the style quotient, we learned...

  • 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
    2014 BMW i3 Electric-Car Orders Limited To Single Trim Level (For 3 Months)

    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...

  • 2014 BMW 7-Series

    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 should improve--so goes the theory behind the latest addition to the range, the 740Ld xDrive. ALSO READ: Should Everyone Lease Cars All The Time? Elon Musk Says Yes The name is a bit of a mouthful--the 'L' stands for BMW's long-wheelbase chassis, and 'xDrive' is BMW-speak for an all-wheel drive...

  • 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
    2015 BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe: Guided Video Tour

    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...

  • BMW laser headlights
    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...

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