BMW News

  • 2019 BMW 3-Series, portion of spy shot from Motor Authority  [Image via S. Balfauf/SB-Medien]

    In August 2016, when the first U.S. ads for the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid sport sedan hit the airwaves, they carried an interesting promise. "You will wait, and wait, and wait some more," the voiceover intoned, "all before that electric-car company's new model ever even arrives." That would be the Tesla Model 3, of course, the 200-plus-mile sedan from electric-car maker Tesla Motors with a promised starting price of $35,000—the one targeted directly at the BMW 3-Series. DON'T MISS: Electric BMW X3e to come in 2020, but BMW i5 defunct: what happened, and why? Now, it appears BMW is...

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    Electric BMW iX3 to come in 2020, but BMW i5 defunct: what happened, and why?

    Over the last two years, Audi and Mercedes-Benz have released several all-electric concept cars that are thinly disguised production models to arrive in 2018 and beyond. But electric-car pioneer BMW's plans are less clear. Its sole recent electric concept car was the iNext luxury sedan shown more...

  • 2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sport Wagon, New York City, Jun 2014
    What AWD vehicle has the highest fuel economy?

    "I want a fuel-efficient car, but I live in a snowy area, and won't buy one without all-wheel drive; what's the best?" It's a question we hear often. Whether or not you agree that AWD is a must-have in wintry climes, the selection of cars with high fuel economy and AWD is limited. DON'T MISS: 2014...

  • A semi-autonomous BMW 5 Series, on the highway outside of Munich
    Even BMW's hometown may ban older diesel cars

    Diesel-powered vehicles are facing a tough road ahead as more European cities move to ban older, dirtier, oil-burning cars. Diesel has long been the preferred fuel of European drivers thanks to its efficiency and lower carbon dioxide levels. However, mounting research has shown diesel-powered cars...

  • Proterra Catalyst electric bus
    BMW venture arm invests in U.S. electric-bus maker Proterra

    You can't buy one at your local car dealer, but electric transit buses have a significant role to play in reducing vehicular emissions and expanding the spread of electric-vehicle technology. Two companies have a majority of the U.S. market for electric buses, which is growing quickly if perhaps...

  • Rendering of BMW i5 electric crossover utility vehicle, from patent drawings [Indian Autos Blog]
    If BMW i5 is canceled, what does that mean for its electric cars?

    When it launched in 2013, the BMW i3 electric car was arguably the most futuristic automobile in mass production anywhere in the world. Its all-electric powertrain could be ordered with an optional range-extending engine, and it rode on an aluminum chassis topped with a strong but lightweight body...

  • Mercedes-Benz EQ electric car concept  [photo: Axel Harries]

    Silicon Valley seems to grab many of the tech headlines in the United States, especially when it comes to autonomous vehicles, cars that plug in, and the future of transportation. Electric-car maker Tesla has undeniably contributed to Silicon Valley's automotive chops, but other makers are working to ensure they aren't left behind as software, electric drive, and internet connectivity combine in vehicles. For German automakers, that efforts starts in what's coming to be called Silicon Saxony, the European nation's own Silicon Valley of sorts. DON'T MISS: Germans are coming for Tesla, German...

  • 2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car at 3 years   [photo: owner Tom Moloughney]
    BMW i3 REx: owner's 3 years with range-extended electric car

    This week, my 2014 i3 REx turned three years old; I picked it up on May 21, 2014. For the most part I’ve been very pleased with the car. It’s definitely not perfect, but then again no car is. It has fit my needs and driving demands perfectly and I only needed to drive on the range...

  • BMW Vision Next 100 concept
    Why BMW uses Tesla electric cars to scare its staff into the future

    When Tesla arrived on the scene 10 years ago, no major automaker took it very seriously—let alone thought it would cause the disruption it has in the market for luxury cars. At the same time, BMW, once the harbinger of performance and luxury, worries that it may be falling behind when it...

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    What diesel backlash? 2018 BMW 540d coming to U.S.: report

    While the diesel backlash stemming from the VW emission scandal is real, BMW is forging ahead with the high-torque, high-efficiency engines regardless. For its latest 5-Series luxury sedan, it will announce that a new 540d mid-size diesel luxury sedan will arrive in U.S. showrooms later in 2017...

  • 2017 BMW i3
    Soon, 'electric-car range will no longer be a factor,' BMW chief says

    Among German luxury brands, BMW was the first to show significant interest in electric cars. It launched its "i" sub-brand in Europe in 2013, and its plans have evolved to include adding all-electric powertrains to models within the main BMW brand in future. That is part of an effort to grow sales...

  • Jaguar I-Pace Concept, 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show
    What Tesla hath wrought: bumper crop of luxury electric cars

    It may have taken some time, but the auto industry is now reacting to Tesla in full force. More than four years after the first Tesla Model S was delivered, we are on the verge of a bumper crop of luxury electric cars. A mix of established automakers and startups looking to emulate Tesla's success...

  • Rendering of BMW i5 electric crossover utility vehicle, from patent drawings [Indian Autos Blog]

    Within the next two years we will see new all-electric luxury cars from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz appear in actual showrooms. All four of those makes have shown concepts for their pricey, 200-mile-plus electric cars, and most of them are expected to go on sale in the second half of next year as 2019 models. But which make is likely to emerge as the electric-car winner among more established luxury makes? DON'T MISS: Audi e-tron vs Jaguar I-Pace vs Mercedes EQ: electric luxury SUVs compared The main competitor to all of those cars, of course, is Tesla, the 13-year-old Silicon Valley...

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    Sales of BMW plug-in cars more than double over last year

    BMW is off to a strong start in meeting its ambitious plug-in car sales goals for 2017. In the first two months of 2017, it doubled combined sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids over the same period in 2016. But the automaker will need to keep that momentum up. DON'T MISS: BMW 740e, X5 xDrive...

  • 2017 BMW 740e xDrive
    BMW 740e, X5 xDrive 40e: where do low-range plug-in hybrids fit in?

    More than a year ago, we spent a weekend with a 2016 BMW X5 xDrive 40e luxury plug-in hybrid SUV. Rated at 14 miles of range, it never achieved anything near that number in winter weather. Now our colleague Kirk Bell has driven a 2017 BMW 740e plug-in hybrid luxury sedan that uses the same...

  • Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept, 2016 Paris auto show
    Daimler invests in ChargePoint to grow electric-car charging in Europe, joins BMW

    As automakers produce electric cars in greater numbers, public charging infrastructure will become even more crucial to lure new buyers and convince them the cars can be practical. Some automakers have already invested in charging infrastructure, while others are just starting to contemplate public...

  • Section of 2018 BMW i3 spy shot  [image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien, as used on Motor Authority]
    2018 BMW i3 preview (including battery rumors)

    This year's updated BMW i3 electric car is only just arriving at U.S. dealerships after a battery-capacity boost that gives it longer range. But already some details of the 2018 BMW i3 have leaked out, in the form of spy photos and further rumors about more battery capacity yet. Unlike our usual...

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    BMW i3 plug-in hybrid recall to fix fuel-vapor problem, fire concerns

    BMW is recalling more than 19,000 i3 REx extended-range electric cars due to concerns over the potential for fires to be started by fuel vapors. The REx uses a small gasoline engine to charge its battery pack, offering a longer range than the all-electric i3 when both gasoline and electric power...

  • 2017 Tesla Model S

    Two of the most prominent electric cars have missed out on the highest award given for vehicle safety by the influential IIHS: Top Safety Pick+. Funded by the insurance industry, the IIHS—which operates independently of the federal government—says that neither the BMW i3 nor the Tesla Model S performed well enough in its barrage of instrumented and measured tests to earn its top award. The i3 turned in a strong performance in the group's four main crash tests—small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side impact, and roof strength. DON'T MISS: NHTSA closes Autopilot...

  • 2017 Toyota Mirai
    Carmakers, fuel and oil companies form Hydrogen Council to promote fuel cells

    In addition to automakers and policymakers, battery-electric cars can count on support from a variety of advocacy groups. But grassroots support for hydrogen fuel-cell cars hasn't germinated to quite the same extent. So, in the absence of a large cadre of individual consumers to act as advocates, a...

  • BMW i3 at DC fast-charging station
    BMW expands electric-car ChargeNow by EVgo program to 33 states

    Two days ago, BMW and Nissan announced the latest expansion of their jointly funded DC fast-charging sites for electric cars, which is operated by the EVgo charging network. Those sites now cover more than 50 metropolitan areas in 33 states. This morning, BMW announced that its ChargeNow by EVgo...

  • BMW and Nissan electric car fast-charging station
    BMW, Nissan fund EVgo fast-charging network expansion: 670 dual-standard sites open

    At the end of 2015, BMW and Nissan announced that the two companies had partnered to fund the installation of 120 DC fast-charging stations for electric cars across 19 states. All the sites had one or more 50-kilowatt stations with a pair of charging cables: one with the CHAdeMO connector that...

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    All 2017 BMW diesels certified by EPA, production now starting

    This might not seem to be the most convenient moment to restart production of a gaggle of diesel cars. The Volkswagen diesel scandal continues to unfold, and last week the EPA accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of failing to reveal eight separate software routines that altered the behavior of...

  • 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance
    2018 BMW 530e 'iPerformance' plug-in hybrid sedan for U.S. unveiled

    The 2018 BMW 530e iPerformance is a plug-in hybrid version of the recently-redesigned 5-Series sedan.