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  • 2020 BMW 745e xDrive iPerformance

    The plug-in version of the 7-Series, called the 745e xDrive, gets a bigger engine for 2020 and a bigger battery.

  • BMW ActiveE electric cars from test fleet after crushing, seen on CA 91, May 2014
    Crushed BMW ActiveE Test Fleet Headed For Scrapyard (UPDATED)

    Just two weeks ago, drivers of the BMW ActiveE fleet of electric test vehicles were delighted to see that their cars would have a second life. BMW announced that it would redeploy 80 ActiveE electric cars to its DriveNow car-sharing program in San Francisco. MUST READ: 2014 BMW i3 Test Drive: No...

  • Teaser for 2014 BMW i3
    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Unveiling On July 29: Video

    The 2014 BMW i3 electric car is coming... but you knew that already. Still, it gives BMW a chance to release another video, albeit one that tells us absolutely nothing save for the car's official date of unveiling: July 29th. Luckily, previous videos, plenty of spy shots and numerous auto show...

  • 2011 BMW X5 M
    2012 BMW X5 Diesel Recalled Over Power Steering Failure

    BMW is recalling certain 2012 model-year X5 diesel models, as well as some 2013 X5 and X6 models, over potential power steering failure. The recall affects 2009-2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d models built between September 1, 2008 and November 15, 2012. BMW estimates that 29,800 vehicles are affected in...

  • BMW ActiveE electric car, Munich, October 2011; photo by Tom Moloughney
    First Drive: BMW ActiveE Electric Car Prototype

    A couple of weeks ago, BMW invited me to come to Munich and take part in the first drive of production versions of the BMW ActiveE, their second battery electric test vehicle. A bit of background: I've been something of a high-profile MINI E pioneers, maintaining an active blog about my...

  • 2014 BMW i3 spotted in Chicago
    2014 BMW i3 Electric Car Spotted During Filming In Chicago

    Were it not for imminent reveals at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in mid September, you might think the automakers were getting careless with their upcoming models. First, Audi's E1 e-tron was caught on camera in the center of Berlin, being filmed in camoflage for an Audi promotional video. The E1...

  • Mini and BMW 1-Series offered through BMW's DriveNow car-sharing service

    Oh, those wacky Germans and their car-sharing schemes. BMW said yesterday that it would launch a pilot car-sharing program, first in Munich and then in Berlin, starting next month. The cooperative venture with Sixt AG will be called DriveNow. BMW says DriveNow will be the "first-ever car-sharing scheme offering premium models," in this case its BMW 1-Series and Mini Cooper vehicles. The company also expects to introduce plug-in and battery electric vehicles, presumbly its i3 minicar, later on. All cars will have four or more seats, and luxury features like heated seats and automated parking...

  • BMW ActiveE Concept
    BMW Looking To Boost MPGs With TwinPower Turbo Three-Cylinder Engines

    Expect to see smaller engines for BMW’s future models, as high fuel prices and greater environmental concerns push automakers towards engines with lower displacements. We’ve already seen this trend with the recent announcement of BMW’s new TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder...

  • BMW press event introducing 'i' sub-brand, Munich, Feb 2011
    BMW Confirms 'i' Electric Sub-Brand, Lineup: MegaCity Now i3

    Auto marketers and PR people have a love-hate relationship with the Internet. It lets them connect directly with users and fans, but it also transmits facts, leaks, and rumors at lightning speed. That meant that this morning's BMW press conference, telecast live from BMW Welt in a snowy Munich...

  • BMW ActiveE
    BMW Releases More Details, Photos Of ActiveE Electric Car

    The BMW ActiveE, first unveiled at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, is BMW's second attempt at an all-electric vehicle. It follows the not-very-pleasant Mini E, of which 600 examples were tested in the U.S. and Europe during 2009 and 2010. Ahead of the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, BMW has now released...

  • 2012 Ford Focus To Be Featured In Super Bowl Ad:
    SUPER BOWL Ad Watch: Small Cars That Appeared During the Game

    The Super Bowl has historically had a lot of automotive industry ads and this year is no exception. Maybe it is the millions of viewers at one time or the tradition of actually watching the ads as opposed to running to the kitchen for a snack. This year Super Bowl XLV had ads from many...

  • BMW prototype based on Vision EfficientDynamics concept
    BMW's Plug-In Hybrid Supercar May Be Named i8, Cost $200,000

    BMW is pressing forward with its plans to build a production version of the striking plug-in hybrid concept car it called Vision Efficient Dynamics, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009. According to reports filtering out of Germany, the model that goes on sale in October 2013 may...

  • BMW Megacity Vehicle official teaser

    The BMW "MegaCity" carbon-fiber all-electric car, scheduled for launch in 2013, may be the most radical BMW in decades. BMW had confirmed that this first production electric car to wear the BMW badge would be the first of a sub-brand within the make, much as its "M" series of performance editions is. Now, in perhaps a slightly "D'oh!" moment, BMW has revealed that the MegaCity Vehicle and other cars from its "Project i" effort, which began in 2007 to create more efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles, will be known as the 'i' line. While some reports have said a concept vehicle will...

  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Concept
    BMW Hiring 2,600 Workers By 2012 For Hybrid And Electric Cars

    First General Motors said it would add 1,000 workers purely to work on electric cars. Now it's BMW's turn. In a strong indicator of its commitment to developing hybrid and pure electric vehicles, BMW says it will hire an additional 2,600 employees over the next two years to work in these particular...

  • 2009 BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept
    BMW's Striking Diesel Hybrid Coupe: Now It Has a Name, Maybe

    The flurry of activity in hybrid and electric supercars has led to several concepts being approved for production, but BMW still hasn't publicly committed to a date for its high-tech green performance car. Mercedes-Benz has its SLS AMG E-Cell; Audi has the E-Tron; even Porsche gave the green light...

  • 2011 BMW 5-Series (Euro spec)
    BMW To Add Diesel 5-Series & Another Model, Maybe Diesel Four?

    The list of cars offered to U.S. buyers in gasoline, diesel, and hybrid models is going to get longer. On the heels of its confirmation that the 2012 BMW 5-Series will be offered with a full hybrid system, the company has also confirmed it'll sell a clean diesel version of the new 5-Series in the...

  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Concept
    BMW Hybrid 5-Series On Sale in 2011, Hybrid 3-Series To Follow

    BMW's chief executive officer, Norbert Reithofer, has confirmed that the company's ActiveHybrid 5 sedan will go on sale as early as next year. Reithofer told shareholders yesterday at BMW's annual meeting that the car it showed at the Geneva Motor Show in March as the BMW Concept 5-Series...

  • infiniti essence concept geneva live 004
    To Infiniti and Beyond: What's the Essence of Their Hybrid Program?

    It's no mystery that Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, wants electric vehicles to be a significant part of the Japanese automaker's future. He takes every chance he gets to advertise his ambitions and he's got the Leaf EV to champion his cause (and perhaps more importantly for Nissan, to take some press...

  • 2009 MINI E

    Mini has been on a roll this year, with a new Coupe concept to celebrate its 50th birthday and the much-publicized U.S. release of 200 Mini E electric conversions. Now, 40 Britons will be able to drive the electric Mini E as well, 20 of them members of the public chosen from more than 500 applicants, to provide BMW with real-world data on how drivers actually use electric cars. Participants' driving patterns will be tracked using a data-logging device. RHD for U.K. drivers? Nope. Unfortunately, a look at the Mini E Field Trial FAQ points out a grievous flaw for British drivers: All of the...

  • EV 1957 Porsche 356 Replica
    VIDEO: Electric 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Replica

    Sure, Porsche is planning an electric vehicle, but it won't be in showrooms for years, and it probably won't ever be as charming as this 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster. If a carbon neutral vintage Porsche replica turns you on, check out this eBay listing posted by Jack Rickard. Jack is an EV...

  • MINI E
    Infrastructure Hurdles Hinder Mini E Trial

    Being a pioneer isn't easy. Just ask BMW North America CEO, Jim O'Donnell. As the German automaker continues to test 450 electric Minis (aptly called Mini Es) in New York, New Jersey and L.A., creating the charging network has proven challenging. "We are learning a heck of a lot just about the...

  • 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid
    First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

    • What is it?: The first-ever hybrid version of the big Mercedes-Benz sedan • The basics: All the S-Class virtues, much better gas mileage • On sale: This fall • Price: $87,950 This weekend, GreenCarReports.com will be one of the first media outlets in the States to test the new 2010...

  • Mercedes-Benz E-Cell Plus extended-range electric car, Frankfurt Motor Show, 2009
    GreenCarReports: 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show Coverage

    It's time: the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show is upon us, and High Gear Media is live at the biggest, hottest Messe in the world to bring you the latest on green cars, diesels, electric cars, hybrid electric vehicles, E-REVs, and NEVs right here at GreenCarReports.com. We've previewed the Frankfurt show...

  • 2009 Lexus LF-Ch Concept
    Lexus Unveils LF-Ch Full Frontal

    This is the face of the Lexus LF-Ch hybrid concept and it will probably come in colors other than baby poop metallic. This premium compact designed to compete with the Audi A3 and BMW 1-Series will have its public debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept is a dramatic departure from...

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