BMW News

  • 2014 BMW 328d

    BMW has announced an expanded recall effort over the possibility of fire in recent-model-year vehicles equipped with a diesel engine. The issue, which now potentially affects 1.6 million vehicles worldwide, concerns an issue in which coolant (glycol) leakage from the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system cooler could combine with “typical soot deposits” for the diesel engines and with the EGR system’s high temperatures “might result in smoldering particles.” DON’T MISS: For 2018, only a dozen diesel vehicles on sale in U.S. In very rare cases, according to...

  • Prototype production of battery modules for BMW Group’s fifth-generation electric powertrain
    BMW sets up end-to-end battery recycling in Europe

    Teaming with a new Swedish battery supplier and a Belgian recycling company, BMW is aiming to build a fully sustainable future battery supply chain. The company announced on Monday that it formed a partnership with Northvolt, which is building Europe's largest battery factory for electric cars in...

  • Mazda Kai concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    2020 BMW i4, Google Maps chargers, Jaguar I-Pace efficiency, Tesla factory: Today's Car News

    Tesla acquires land in Shanghai. Jaguar releases MPGe and range numbers for its new I-Pace electric crossover. Google Maps adds electric-car charging locations. And BMW reveals details of its upcoming electric i4. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Tesla announced it has now acquired the land...

  • 2018 BMW i3s
    BMW recalls chargers for 2018, 2019 plug-in models

    BMW issued a recall for the charge cords of virtually all the 2018 and 2019 plug-in vehicles it has built for sale in the U.S. According to the recall notice on the NHTSA's website, capacitors in the charge cords could fail, resulting in a shock hazard or a fire. DON'T MISS: Ford recalls Focus...

  • Elon Musk at Tesla Model 3 reveal
    Volkswagen electrics, Musk sued, BMW i3 range increase, California incentives: The Week in Reverse

    Which electric car will get access to a fast charger network much like Teslas? What was the result of the SEC's investigation into Tesla chief Elon Musk? This is our look back at the Week In Reverse—right here at Green Car Reports—for the week ending Sept. 28, 2018. Friday, Volkswagen...

  • 2019 BMW i3
    2019 BMW i3 to get bigger battery with 153-mile range

    The 2019 BMW i3 will get a larger battery, good for 153 miles of range, up from 115 miles for the 2018 model, the automaker announced Friday. BMW refers to the new battery in the 2019 model as the 120 amp-hour battery, which delivers total energy storage of 42.2 kilowatt-hours with the i3's...

  • BMW Concept iX3

    BMW opened order books for its upcoming electric iX3 in Europe at the beginning of September, and the company already has deposits for 1,000 in Norway. In a page out of the Tesla playbook, the Norwegian buyers each put down deposits of almost $1,900 (1,600 Euros.) News of the deposits was first reported by the Express in Britain. DON'T MISS: BMW iX3 to be built in China, exported worldwide BMW introduced the iX3 concept at the Beijing auto show in April, but has not yet shown a production version. The iX3 will be built in China and exported around the world. Unlike the BMW Vision iNext...

  • BMW Vision iNext concept
    BMW Vision iNext electric concept redefines German luxury flagship

    For decades, the flagship of every German luxury maker’s line has been its largest sedan: the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and at the pinnacle, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But times change. The BMW Vision iNext, previewed for small group of journalists this week before Saturday’s global debut...

  • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance
    BMW drops diesels in favor of plug-in hybrids

    UPDATE: BMW has clarified its statement to Green Car Reports in an email. "The final decision as to whether or not the BMW X5 diesel variant will come to the U.S. market has not been made. BMW of North America continues to monitor customer preferences and is prepared to adjust the product portfolio...

  • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e iPerformance
    2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid will have more range, 6 cylinders

    On Friday, BMW revealed the next-generation X5 plug-in hybrid, with significantly more electric range and a 6-cylinder engine replacing the 4-cylinder in the current X5 plug-in hybrid. Based on the new third-generation X5, BMW says theX5 xDrive45e iPerformance will have up to 50 miles of electric...

  • 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance wireless charging
    BMW 530e will be first "plug-in" car with wireless charging this summer

    When will charging your electric car be as convenient as charging your phone? This summer, if BMW has its way. The company says it will be the first to lease a wireless inductive charging system in the U.S. for its 530e plug-in hybrid. Customers can order the system now, and BMW says it will be...

  • Teaser for BMW iNext debuting in 2021
    BMW reveals its self-driving, electric iNext vision for the future

    At BMW's annual shareholders' meeting in Germany on Thursday the company released a teaser image of its future iNext electric car. The image shows an SUV silhouette similar is size to an X5, BMW's mid-size SUV. The iNext is designed to be a technology showcase for BMW: electric propulsion, full...

  • BMW iX3 Concept front 3/4

    The iX3 uses the company's fifth-generation electric car architecture, designed to be lighter and more compact than its previous electric power systems, to give it flexibility to fit into a wider variety of mainstream vehicles, including front-, rear-, and all-wheel drive.

  • BMW iX3 concept teaser
    BMW teases iX3 electric car in China

    BMW Chairman Harald Krueger said the iX3 would become the third car in the company's electric i lineup, and that it will go on sale in 2020.

  • 2018 Tesla Model S
    Audi, BMW, Mercedes large electric luxury sedans to aim above Tesla Model S?

    The Tesla Model S occupies an interesting position among "luxury" sedans and hatchbacks. It's far from the best-equipped vehicle compared to mid-size and full-size competitors from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz, but that doesn't seem to matter to its 200,000 or so buyers to date. The good...

  • 2018 BMW i3s
    BMW: we won't mass-produce electric cars until 2020, with cheaper cells

    BMW sold more than 100,000 cars with plugs last year, adding together its battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. That's roughly on a par with Tesla, and ahead of both General Motors and Nissan, two other pioneers in modern electric cars. The company has put far more plug-in cars on the road to...

  • BMW i Vision Dynamics concept, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show    [photo: Tom Moloughney]
    All-electric BMW i4 to be production version of i Vision Dynamics concept

    Very few automakers these days build concept cars just for fun, and only occasionally are they pure styling concepts intended to showcase future design language. So when the BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept emerged onto the auto-show circuit last fall, it seemed obvious it previewed a future...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]
    More ways to get $10K off BMW i3 electric car: new utilities add discount

    How badly do you want to buy a BMW i3 electric car? Initially, it looked like you'd have to move to areas of California where Southern California Edison would be your electric utility. But soon enough, those areas expanded to other parts of California, some areas of New Jersey where PSE&G...

  • 2018 BMW i3s

    BMW's Test Fest in Palm Springs, California, at The Thermal Club attracts a broad range of cars. The star of the show is the 600-horsepower 2018 BMW M5. But before I can test that wild sport sedan on the track, I’ll do my best to balance my carbon footprint in the new 2018 BMW i3s. BMW has added the i3s as a sportier model to the i3 lineup for 2018. It gets sportier suspension settings, wider tires, more aggressive bodywork, and a more powerful motor that puts out 137 kilowatts (184 horsepower) and 199 pound-feet of torque versus 127 kw (170 hp) and 184 lb-ft in the standard i3. DON'T...

  • 2019 BMW i8 Roadster, 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show
    2019 BMW i8: larger battery, more range, plus new Roadster priced from $164,295

    BMW is breathing some fresh air into its three-year-old alternative flagship to improve performance, increase range, and add some style. Revealed at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, the i8's update (known in the industry as a "mid-cycle refresh") increases its battery capacity from 7.1 to 11.7...

  • 2018 BMW i3, 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show
    BMW says it can build electric cars and regular ones on same platforms: interview

    As the auto industry plans more electric cars in higher volumes for the 2020s, one of the great debates is whether they will need to be designed from the ground up solely for battery power. Doing so allows designers to offer larger cabins due to the more compact drive motors and electronics. One of...

  • 2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car     [photo: Chris Neff]
    Today's BMW i3 to evolve into lower-tech, higher-volume 2022 BMW iX1 SUV: report

    Model naming conventions that are clear, consistent, and easy to understand across decades are a crucial part of explaining a vehicle lineup to buyers. By and large, German makers are good at arraying their lineups of sedans (and now SUVs) in "series" or "classes" that run from smallest to largest...

  • 2018 BMW X2, 2018 Detroit auto show
    BMW will have 25 electric cars, plug-in hybrid models by 2025

    The last 12 to 18 months have seen a slew of global automakers promising rafts of new plug-in electric vehicles on sale by deadlines set several years into the future. Working to move past its worldwide diesel-emission scandal, for instance, VW Group has promised 30 battery-electric models on sale...

  • 2018 BMW 5-Series
    Diesel redux: 2018 BMW 540d sedan certified for US sale (but will it matter?)

    BMW has announced it will resurrect the diesel 5 Series sport sedan, in the form of a 540d model, one year after the introduction of a thoroughly updated 5 Series. The company says the diesel edition will list for $62,995, including destination, once it arrives at dealerships in February. According...