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A glimpse into the latest BMW Connected Window

Whether or not you’re a tech addict, you realize that the digital revolution is now moving at high speed. Before you know it, there’s already a new one on the loop. Last year’s CES has just brought us BMW’s “Connected” software and “Open Mobility Cloud”. And now, BMW welcomes 2017 with a new and better offer.

The German brand will demonstrate its latest “Connected Window” system at the ongoing CES 2017 in Las Vegas. In line with BMW’s “Open Mobility Cloud” and “Connected” app, BMW’s “Connected Window” lets you retrieve information whether at home, from the car or essentially anywhere with your mobile device.

BMW’s newest technology is set to bring more convenience to the user’s digital lifestyle. By sending information to the vehicle at the comfort of your home, there’s no need to hop into your car every time just to input an address at the navigation system.

The “Window” is basically a big screen that shows everything you need to know (in a much larger scale). Simply put, it’s like giving its users an instant “connection” from home to their car or vice versa. The large screen display is also integrated with gesture controls should you want to interact with the “Window” display or send information through the “Open Mobility Cloud” platform.

Since BMW’s “Connected Window” works alongside the brand’s “Connected” software app, you won’t miss any text messages, notes, appointments as well as the latest traffic and navigation update. In other words, you don’t need to worry about being late for work, a lunch meeting or an important dinner.

Of course, BMW Connected app (or other apps) can do just the same. Nonetheless, BMW owners will find it more convenient as the system receives information on simultaneous devices. That means you can plan ahead and keep things organized whether on the road, on mobile phone or even when you just got out of bed.

From home, the system’s live traffic feed already helps in calculating your route. You will then receive notification on the perfect time to leave. This must be the reason why they came up with a new product and aptly called it “Window”. It’s like peeking through the window of the world without leaving your own place.

From our point of view, the “Connected Window” is integrated technology at its finest. The only downside perhaps is having to deal with privacy concerns. When you have an app that knows your schedule, next trip and whereabouts, that means you’ll also have to entrust your data and all other personal information. On the brighter side, this may not be a problem for those who think that with the pace of technology, it is inevitable.

Whether or not you’re a tech addict, you realize that the digital revolution is now moving at high speed. Before you know it, there’s already a new one on the loop. Last year’s CES has just brought us BMW’s “Connected” software and “Open Mobility Cloud”. And now, BMW welcomes 2017 with a new and better offer.

The German brand will demonstrate its latest “Connected Window” system at the ongoing CES 2017 in Las Vegas. In line with BMW’s “Open Mobility Cloud” and “Connected” app, BMW’s “Connected Window” lets you retrieve information whether at home, from the car or essentially anywhere with your mobile device.

BMW’s newest technology is set to bring more convenience to the user’s digital lifestyle. By sending information to the vehicle at the comfort of your home, there’s no need to hop into your car every time just to input an address at the navigation system.

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BMW 4 Series undergoes mid-cycle facelift for the 2017 model year

As expected, four years after the current generation of the BMW 4 Series was introduced in 2013 with the BMW 4 Series Coupe, the German premium carmaker is implementing a Life Cycle Impulse.

This is also known as a mid-cycle refresh. BMW gave the 3 Series an FCI in 2016, and this year it is the turn of the 4 Series.

What is good about this mid-cycle update is the fact that BMW is refreshing not only one model of the 4 Series, but all of them. BMW has revised the 4 Series Coupe, 4 Series Convertible, 4 Series Gran Coupe and the M4 for the 2017 model year.

As expected, four years after the current generation of the BMW 4 Series was introduced in 2013 with the BMW 4 Series Coupe, the German premium carmaker is implementing a Life Cycle Impulse.

This is also known as a mid-cycle refresh. BMW gave the 3 Series an FCI in 2016, and this year it is the turn of the 4 Series.

What is good about this mid-cycle update is the fact that BMW is refreshing not only one model of the 4 Series, but all of them. BMW has revised the 4 Series Coupe, 4 Series Convertible, 4 Series Gran Coupe and the M4 for the 2017 model year.

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BMW is not fazed by Trump’s threats, will continue construction of solar-powered plant in Mexico

As BMW continues to pursue its plans for the coming years, President-elect Donald Trump gave out a warning to car manufacturers to prevent them from exporting their cars to the US all the way from Mexico. Bottom-line: The President of the United States is bent on imposing a border tax of as much as 35% for non-locally manufactured vehicles.

It was earlier reported that German carmaker BMW plans on increasing its yearly production capacity by up to 150,000 units in the next two years. In relation to this, the company is currently expanding its production facilities by investing at least $2.2 billion for its new plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

According to his own tweet, the new US President will be imposing a “big border tax” to General Motors and Toyota Motors unless they made plans to build their plants in the US. Trump has also been wary of what other German car manufacturers such as Volkswagen and BMW have been up to recently.

The US President-elect had spoken with German newspaper and said that it would be better if BMW had built its new production facility in the United States. All the same, Trump lauded Germany for the great cars they have produced just like the Mercedes Benz but he also thinks that the business relationship is not a fair one, considering there aren’t as many Germans that patronize the US-made Chevrolets.

Despite the warning, it does look like BMW is not stepping back and putting a stop to the construction of its new Mexican factory. This was confirmed by Peter Schwarzenbauer at a recent meeting held in Munich, Germany. In short, BMW is going to continue building its new production facility in central Mexico complete with sections for assembly, painting and body shop.

The Potosi plant will be the company’s most energy efficient production facility since most of its electricity will be powered by a solar system. Similarly, its water consumption is expected to be the lowest out of all the facilities and its paint shop is designed to produce zero waste. This target can be achieved by recycling and reconditioning the water during the painting procedure.

In response to the issue, BMW says that the company is in fact “very much at home” in the US. At the moment, the Bavarian marque has about 70,000 US personnel under its wing. The soon-to-open plant in Mexico would only be an addition to the company’s current production facilities already located in China and in Germany. The Mexican plant is where the company plans to manufacture the next generation BMW 3 Series intended for global export beginning 2019.

As BMW continues to pursue its plans for the coming years, President-elect Donald Trump gave out a warning to car manufacturers to prevent them from exporting their cars to the US all the way from Mexico. Bottom-line: The President of the United States is bent on imposing a border tax of as much as 35% for non-locally manufactured vehicles.

It was earlier reported that German carmaker BMW plans on increasing its yearly production capacity by up to 150,000 units in the next two years. In relation to this, the company is currently expanding its production facilities by investing at least $2.2 billion for its new plant in San Luis Potosi in Mexico.

According to his own tweet, the new US President will be imposing a “big border tax” to General Motors and Toyota Motors unless they made plans to build their plants in the US. Trump has also been wary of what other German car manufacturers such as Volkswagen and BMW have been up to recently.

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This BMW M5 is magnificently wrapped in Military Green foil with aero kit and tires from Vorsteiner

This customized BMW M5 certainly looks like it is going to war. No, it doesn’t bear any high-weapons or any bullet-proof armor, but it is wrapped in a unique green color associated with the military. Well if there is any war that the new BMW M5 is headed to, it is the war on the streets and highways where its looks and power would allow it to survive as one of the fittest.

BMW’s M5 performance sedan is a favorite among customers who like to tinker with their vehicles, thanks to the availability of quite a number of tuning programs for this vehicle. Several tuning companies are offering their own kits for the M5, allowing owners of this performance sedan to further customize it according to their taste and preferences. Among the companies offering tuning programs for the BMW M5 is Vorsteiner. And it certainly doesn’t fail in its quest.

Before the BMW M5 was wrapped with military-like foil, this performance sedan was fitted with the Vorsteiner VRS aero program that includes a front splitter (VRS Front Add-On Spoiler), a rear diffuser (VRS Aero Rear Diffuser) and a small trunk lid lip spoiler (VRS Aero Deck Lid Spoiler). All of these aero parts are made from autoclaved 2×2 pre-preg carbon fiber. Once all components have been fitted, this BMW M5 was then wrapped with matte Military Green foil, making it seemingly impregnable and ready to jump into action.

Completing the overall looks of this customized BMW M5 is a set of Vorsteiner V-FF 105 Flow Forged wheels in a Gunmetal Grey finish. These V-FF 105 Flow Forged wheels -- with sizes 20 inches x 8.5 inches at the front and 20 inches x 10.5 inches at the rear – feature a dimensional spoke design as well as a sloped flange design.

There weren’t any indications that there were revisions made to the engine of this BMW M5 to deliver more horsepower and more torque. But even at its base form, the V8 engine currently installed in the BMW M5 is already powerful.

In fact, this V8 engine is rated to deliver up to 412 kW (560 hp) of max output between 6,000 rpm and 7,000 rpm, as well as up to 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of torque available between 1,500 rpm and 5,750 rpm. This engine is mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, allowing the BMW M5 to sprint from zero to 100 km/hour (62 mph) in as quick as 4.4 seconds, and go as fast as 250 km/h (155 mph) which is an electronically limited top speed. Combine this power with the military look of this BMW M5 and you’ll get a car that is highly daunting.

This customized BMW M5 certainly looks like it is going to war. No, it doesn’t bear any high-weapons or any bullet-proof armor, but it is wrapped in a unique green color associated with the military. Well if there is any war that the new BMW M5 is headed to, it is the war on the streets and highways where its looks and power would allow it to survive as one of the fittest.

BMW’s M5 performance sedan is a favorite among customers who like to tinker with their vehicles, thanks to the availability of quite a number of tuning programs for this vehicle. Several tuning companies are offering their own kits for the M5, allowing owners of this performance sedan to further customize it according to their taste and preferences. Among the companies offering tuning programs for the BMW M5 is Vorsteiner. And it certainly doesn’t fail in its quest.

Before the BMW M5 was wrapped with military-like foil, this performance sedan was fitted with the Vorsteiner VRS aero program that includes a front splitter (VRS Front Add-On Spoiler), a rear diffuser (VRS Aero Rear Diffuser) and a small trunk lid lip spoiler (VRS Aero Deck Lid Spoiler). All of these aero parts are made from autoclaved 2×2 pre-preg carbon fiber. Once all components have been fitted, this BMW M5 was then wrapped with matte Military Green foil, making it seemingly impregnable and ready to jump into action.

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Less than three weeks to go and the Super Bowl LI – one of the most awaited and most watched sports events in television – will commence on February 5, 2017. Of course, there are numerous people raring to watch this event on live TV, mainly for three reasons. First of the reasons is the sports itself while the second one is half time show. Of course, people also watch the Big Game because of the commercial ads.

For the 2017 iteration of the Super Bowl LI, a number of companies have already confirmed that they have purchased ad slots during the live broadcast of the game. These companies include several carmakers, including German premium auto companies Mercedes-Benz and Audi. But, for the second year in a row, BMW will be missing the Super Bowl.

Audi secured a 60-second spot for the Super Bowl 50 in 2016. The ad “Commander” -- created by Venables Bell & Partners – brought to the spotlight a retired astronaut who was able to find excitement once again after receiving a new Audi R8 from his son. Audi also launched a campaign in 2014 with the ad "Doberhuahua."

Mercedes-Benz is returning to the Super Bowl this year after its absence in 2016. Its last commercial ad at the Big Game was aired during the Super Bowl XLIX in 2015. The ad “Fable” is Mercedes’ take on the race between the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise eventually won the race – and the hare’s girlfriend -- with the help of the new Mercedes-AMG GT S.

According to Trudy Hardy, Vice President of Marketing at BMW of North America, the premium carmaker will skip this year’s Super Bowl since the timing wasn’t right as the German company has just unveiled the new BMW 5 Series at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. BMW, however, will push for the 5 Series in other ways surrounding the Big Game.

Other carmakers that have been confirmed to have purchased ad spots for the Super Bowl LI include Lexus, Kia, Honda and Buick.

The live broadcast of the Super Bowl is seen as a big opportunity for companies to flaunt their products and services. This is primarily because of the wide reach of the game, with more than 100 million viewers tuning in to their TVs during the game. In 2016, the Super Bowl LI had an average of 111.86 million US viewers, with a peak of 167 million audiences. The Super Bowl 50 in 2015 held the record for the most watched Super Bowl, with an average US viewership of 114.4 million. In addition, Super Bowl ads from previous editions of the Big Game are still being recalled today.

However, the cost of Super Bowl ads isn’t cheap. In 2015 and 2016, a 30-second spot in the Super Bowl cost around $4.5 million and $5 million, respectively.

Less than three weeks to go and the Super Bowl LI – one of the most awaited and most watched sports events in television – will commence on February 5, 2017. Of course, there are numerous people raring to watch this event on live TV, mainly for three reasons. First of the reasons is the sports itself while the second one is half time show. Of course, people also watch the Big Game because of the commercial ads.

For the 2017 iteration of the Super Bowl LI, a number of companies have already confirmed that they have purchased ad slots during the live broadcast of the game. These companies include several carmakers, including German premium auto companies Mercedes-Benz and Audi. But, for the second year in a row, BMW will be missing the Super Bowl.

Audi secured a 60-second spot for the Super Bowl 50 in 2016. The ad “Commander” -- created by Venables Bell & Partners – brought to the spotlight a retired astronaut who was able to find excitement once again after receiving a new Audi R8 from his son. Audi also launched a campaign in 2014 with the ad "Doberhuahua."

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Has anyone at some point experienced “losing” a key only to find it at the same spot later on? How about losing a car at a parking lot only to find it 6 months later? Well, believe it or not, it just happened to someone. The car in question is in fact a BMW. Let’s see how it went.

It all started when a dude borrowed his buddy’s BMW in Scotland and drove it all the way to Manchester, England to see a concert. So you see, it’s not even his own car and the Stone Roses concert was in June last year. To make the long story short, the driver couldn’t remember where he parked his friend’s BMW after the concert. Oh well.

To be fair, the concert event was held in Etihad Stadium which has this multi-level parking lot to begin with. According to Manchester Evening News, the guy went over and beyond to search the parking complex within the next 5 days after the incident. But since there was no sign of his friend’s BMW, he eventually gave up and reported the car as lost or stolen after two months of searching.

In fact, the owner of the vehicle had also tried to contact the local authorities and several companies to check if his car was already found or was intentionally taken off the parking lot.

Before 2016 was about to end however, on new year’s eve, the police authorities found a BMW at the same parking complex. After confirming the details, they immediately contacted the owner to deliver the great news.

Since this is something out of the ordinary, GMP City Centre’s Inspector Phil Spurgeon had shared it on Twitter. His tweet said; “Officers have found a car in a multi-storey, lost since June. Driver apparently spent 5 days searching car parks in the city, before reporting it as lost or stolen.” Afterwards, Spurgeon typed a follow up tweet that says, “We can’t imagine what the ticket machine is going to say when they finally put the ticket in”. Funny, but true.

The officers had estimated the 6-month parking fee to be more or less £5,000 or equivalent to $6,155. Well, at least the car is already there! But yeah, we’re still wondering what happened to guy who borrowed his friend’s car. He must have been very excited to watch the concert and didn’t even mind where he parked the BMW that fateful evening. Maybe next time, he should take a picture of the parking lot (much better if it has the storey-level, parking section, slot number, etc.) just so that it won’t happen ever again.

Has anyone at some point experienced “losing” a key only to find it at the same spot later on? How about losing a car at a parking lot only to find it 6 months later? Well, believe it or not, it just happened to someone. The car in question is in fact a BMW. Let’s see how it went.

It all started when a dude borrowed his buddy’s BMW in Scotland and drove it all the way to Manchester, England to see a concert. So you see, it’s not even his own car and the Stone Roses concert was in June last year. To make the long story short, the driver couldn’t remember where he parked his friend’s BMW after the concert. Oh well.

To be fair, the concert event was held in Etihad Stadium which has this multi-level parking lot to begin with. According to Manchester Evening News, the guy went over and beyond to search the parking complex within the next 5 days after the incident. But since there was no sign of his friend’s BMW, he eventually gave up and reported the car as lost or stolen after two months of searching.

Read the entire article Lost and Found: BMW missing for 6 months found on the same parking lot

Some luxury vehicle buyers in the United States were disappointed that BMW was only offering the new BMW M550i xDrive sedan to customers in Europe. But in a twist of fate, BMW has announced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it has decided to also bring the BMW M550i xDrive to the U.S. market at a starting price of $72,100 -- excluding $995 in destination and handling charges.

This means that starting in the spring of this year, US customers will have access to the current range-topper of the 5 Series (G30) – pending the arrival of the much-awaited next-generation BMW M5 in 2019. In terms of performance, the BMW M550i xDrive sedan is even quicker than the current generation of the M5. More importantly, the BMW M550i xDrive is quicker than its main counterpart in Mercedes-Benz’s stable – the Mercedes-AMG E43.

Upon closer look, the performance of the new BMW M550i xDrive is derived from its 4.4-liter petrol V8 engine that could generate 340 kW (462 hp) of peak output at 5,500 rpm and up to 650 Nm (479 lb.-ft.) of torque available from 1,800 rpm. Paired to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, this V8 engine enables the BMW M550i xDrive to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Meanwhile, the current M5 is powered by a 4.4 liter V8 engine that delivers 412 kW (560 hp) of max output and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) of peak torque. Mated to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission, the current M5 is able to dash from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.4 seconds. While the new BMW M550i xDrive loses in terms of output and torque to the current M5, it is still quicker in the sprint.

BMW, however, won’t be concerned about comparing the new BMW M550i xDrive with the current M5. But it would rejoice if the BMW M550i xDrive is compared with the AMG E43, especially as it has the upper hand. Compared to the BMW M550i xDrive, the E43 AMG is significantly underpowered. Its core is a 3.0-liter V6 engine that dispenses 295 kW (396 hp) of max output and 520 Nm (384 lb.-ft.) of peak torque – just enough to make the E43 AMG sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds, or 0.6 second slower than the BMW M550i xDrive.

However, the bigger surprise is the price. Even though it boasts of higher performance, the BMW M550i xDrive is cheaper than the E43 AMG, albeit by only $300. They may prove to be match when it comes to price and luxury levels but it is the BMW M550i xDrive that wins in terms of performance.

Nonetheless, it is not only the BMW M550i xDrive that BMW is bringing to the US. It will also offer the new BMW 530e iPerformance Sedan in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (xDrive) versions. The rear-wheel drive and the xDrive models of the new BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid will have starting prices of $51,400 and $53,700, respectively. Prices exclude $995 in destination and handling fees.

Some luxury vehicle buyers in the United States were disappointed that BMW was only offering the new BMW M550i xDrive sedan to customers in Europe. But in a twist of fate, BMW has announced at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit that it has decided to also bring the BMW M550i xDrive to the U.S. market at a starting price of $72,100 -- excluding $995 in destination and handling charges.

This means that starting in the spring of this year, US customers will have access to the current range-topper of the 5 Series (G30) – pending the arrival of the much-awaited next-generation BMW M5 in 2019. In terms of performance, the BMW M550i xDrive sedan is even quicker than the current generation of the M5. More importantly, the BMW M550i xDrive is quicker than its main counterpart in Mercedes-Benz’s stable – the Mercedes-AMG E43.

Upon closer look, the performance of the new BMW M550i xDrive is derived from its 4.4-liter petrol V8 engine that could generate 340 kW (462 hp) of peak output at 5,500 rpm and up to 650 Nm (479 lb.-ft.) of torque available from 1,800 rpm. Paired to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, this V8 engine enables the BMW M550i xDrive to sprint from nil to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.

Read the entire article 2018 BMW M550i xDrive Sedan will be priced from $72,100 in the US

2017 is a very busy year for BMW. The German automotive brand this week exhibits the “i-Inside Future” sculpture concept. Now happening at Consumer Electronics Show, it is also at this event that they are introducing the self-driving 5 Series but let’s save that for another write-up. For now, let’s have a closer look at what the “i-Inside future” concept is all about.

Expect the most advanced BMW interior as you take a peek into the “i-InsideFuture”. Wow. The designers this year not only added autonomous mobility into their car, but they also created this highly futuristic HoloActive Touch that will put any touchscreen to shame.

The HoloActive system features a holographic interface to use for communication, infotainment system and navigation. BMW equipped its new product with the most advanced gesture control that turns the centre console into a floating display. This basically works along with a camera that monitors the movement of your fingertips. After which, a pulse or vibration is emitted from an ultrasonic source every time an input is made.

BMW’s HoloActive Touch offers more convenience, so there’s no need to lean forward to control the interface. The floating display appears just when you need it and will fade automatically once you’re through. Since the concept is intended to run with fully autonomous features, the “i-Inside” is mostly made for comfort, convenience and connectivity.

Audio and music can be enjoyed with BMW’s “Sound Curtain,” which has its speakers embedded within the headrests. With BMW’s advanced digital technology, everything is curated to your own taste. Aside from keeping a record of your personal schedule, it can store different playlists that passengers can listen to privately.

The backseat passengers meanwhile can take advantage of the foldable widescreen monitor to connect their device or to use for video streaming. In addition, this headliner display turns into a cozy ambient lighting system when not in use. It is also possible to be equipped with the most premium video stream subscription, Microsoft Cortana assistance and automatic sunshades.

The enhanced connectivity lets its passengers connect with the vehicle whether it’s their smartwatch, tablet device or mobile phone. Given the car’s autonomous capabilities, passengers can read a book, play games, watch a TV show or a full-length movie. In short, they can do whatever pleases them.

Interestingly, the sculpture on display is literally a sculpture. It’s not even a concept vehicle to start with ---since there is no set of wheels to speak of. But it truly represents BMW’s future when it comes to mobility and electrification. Check it out.

2017 is a very busy year for BMW. The German automotive brand this week exhibits the “i-Inside Future” sculpture concept. Now happening at Consumer Electronics Show, it is also at this event that they are introducing the self-driving 5 Series but let’s save that for another write-up. For now, let’s have a closer look at what the “i-Inside future” concept is all about.

Expect the most advanced BMW interior as you take a peek into the “i-InsideFuture”. Wow. The designers this year not only added autonomous mobility into their car, but they also created this highly futuristic HoloActive Touch that will put any touchscreen to shame.

The HoloActive system features a holographic interface to use for communication, infotainment system and navigation. BMW equipped its new product with the most advanced gesture control that turns the centre console into a floating display. This basically works along with a camera that monitors the movement of your fingertips. After which, a pulse or vibration is emitted from an ultrasonic source every time an input is made.

Read the entire article BMW reveals i-Inside Future at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

Aligned with BMW’s futuristic showcase at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, the company has also built an all-new self-driving BMW 5 Series (G30). BMW’s self-driving vehicle may still be at the early stages, but it’s almost as good as any production vehicle you’ll find anywhere. BMW came up with this prototype version in its continuous effort to bring semi-autonomous driving in the next five years.

In case you’re wondering what goes on in the background, BMW used an onboard computer to countercheck the car’s current position and environment through the digital map. So this is basically how it works. Aside from sensors, the on-board system also makes the “lane-keeping assist” more accurate.

Also in this event, BMW offers new technology that enables the drivers to stay updated on the upcoming schedule or appointment. The program largely depends on the road condition, weather and flow of traffic it receives in real-time. What’s more, when you purchase an item at Amazon Prime for example, you can choose the designated pickup point to where the vehicle is going. Perhaps you’re also familiar with the brand’s “Open Mobility Cloud” service wherein the gathered information calculates the route and advises the owner on when is the best time to depart.

When using the autonomous mode (or what BMW call as “Passenger” mode), you can have instant access to entertainment apps such as Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Prime Video. These apps can be integrated to any of the passenger’s smart devices. Once you choose a video, the car automatically pulls down the sunshades and self-adjusts to a more subdued lighting ambience.

The German automaker as we know is also showing off its latest hologram touch technology. Unfortunately, the 5 Series on display is not yet built-in with BMW’s “HoloActive” touch. Instead, the prototype comes with gesture control commands (similar to BMW 7 Series) and Microsoft Cortana’s voice control system.

All things considered, the self-driving BMW 5 Series model is equipped with “Robot Valet Parking”. This technology lets the driver take advantage of its fully autonomous parking service with the use of an app. Imagine if you just arrived at your destination and you want to go straight ahead to the lobby; you can let the “Robot Valet” do the parking procedure. It can also pick you up once you’re ready to take off.

Only last October, BMW launched the seventh generation model of the 5 Series. However, the prototype they brought over to this year’s CES is entirely different, as it has all the self-driving capabilities that BMW wishes to launch by 2021.

Aligned with BMW’s futuristic showcase at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, the company has also built an all-new self-driving BMW 5 Series (G30). BMW’s self-driving vehicle may still be at the early stages, but it’s almost as good as any production vehicle you’ll find anywhere. BMW came up with this prototype version in its continuous effort to bring semi-autonomous driving in the next five years.

In case you’re wondering what goes on in the background, BMW used an onboard computer to countercheck the car’s current position and environment through the digital map. So this is basically how it works. Aside from sensors, the on-board system also makes the “lane-keeping assist” more accurate.

Also in this event, BMW offers new technology that enables the drivers to stay updated on the upcoming schedule or appointment. The program largely depends on the road condition, weather and flow of traffic it receives in real-time. What’s more, when you purchase an item at Amazon Prime for example, you can choose the designated pickup point to where the vehicle is going. Perhaps you’re also familiar with the brand’s “Open Mobility Cloud” service wherein the gathered information calculates the route and advises the owner on when is the best time to depart.

Read the entire article 2017 CES: BMW introduces 5-Series (G30) with self-driving technology

Given the number of emission scandals that has grabbed the headlines last year, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has banned the sales of certain Nissan, Porsche and BMW models. At least ten vehicles were found to have false emission test results, including Porsche’s Panamera S E-Hybrid, 911 GT3, Cayman GTS, 918 Spyder, Cayenne S E-Hybrid & Turbo and Macan S Diesel. Nissan’s Qashqai and Infiniti Q50 were also included as well as BMW’s X5 M SUV.

The three carmakers were fined a total of $5.9 million (equivalent to 7.7 billion won) for the 4,523 affected units sold and registered locally. According to Reuters, BMW and Nissan’s local divisions have said that something would be done to correct the fabricated documents to get back their certifications while Porsche, at this time, could not be reached to comment on the issue.

South Korea last year has banned a total of 32 models from Bentley, Audi and Volkswagen following the Dieslelgate cheating controversy. Volkswagen Group paid $15.98 million (or 17.8 billion won) to the South Korean government for falsification of documents. Among the vehicles banned since August 2016 are the Audi RS7 and the Volkswagen Golf.

It does look like the government has grown stricter now and has broadened the coverage of its investigations. Nissan was accused of using a “cheating device” for its 20 diesel vehicles that allegedly turn off its pollution reduction system under normal temperatures. Apparently, the Qashqai diesel emits more nitrogen oxide than it has declared on the emission test findings. Due to this, the South Korean government has included the Qashqai SUV on the blacklist. The Japanese car manufacturer however denied the allegations, stating that it did not employ cheating devices on any of its vehicles.

After the initial investigations last year, South Korea’s ministry director Hong Don-kon suggested that they will give the companies more than a month to explain their side. Until such time, the government plans to withdraw the certifications as well as prevent these companies from selling their products locally. The prosecutors were then asked to conduct further investigations until a final decision was made.

Based on the data released by Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, foreign car manufacturers make up at least 15% of the market share. Covering January up to November of 2016, the popular cars include Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Unexpectedly, sales of imported vehicles in the peninsula dropped by seven per cent in those eleven months. This decline in annual sales happens to be the first in the last seven years.

Given the number of emission scandals that has grabbed the headlines last year, South Korea’s Ministry of Environment has banned the sales of certain Nissan, Porsche and BMW models. At least ten vehicles were found to have false emission test results, including Porsche’s Panamera S E-Hybrid, 911 GT3, Cayman GTS, 918 Spyder, Cayenne S E-Hybrid & Turbo and Macan S Diesel. Nissan’s Qashqai and Infiniti Q50 were also included as well as BMW’s X5 M SUV.

The three carmakers were fined a total of $5.9 million (equivalent to 7.7 billion won) for the 4,523 affected units sold and registered locally. According to Reuters, BMW and Nissan’s local divisions have said that something would be done to correct the fabricated documents to get back their certifications while Porsche, at this time, could not be reached to comment on the issue.

South Korea last year has banned a total of 32 models from Bentley, Audi and Volkswagen following the Dieslelgate cheating controversy. Volkswagen Group paid $15.98 million (or 17.8 billion won) to the South Korean government for falsification of documents. Among the vehicles banned since August 2016 are the Audi RS7 and the Volkswagen Golf.

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It may not look very sporty but this new BMW M4 (F82) wrapped in Sakhir Orange exterior color with golden rims sure is dynamic and elegantly gorgeous.

Sakhir Orange is one of several colors included in the standard palette for the M4. In fact, it is also available for other offerings of the BMW M family, like the M3, the M5 and the M6. Since its introduction, Sakhir Orange has been among the favorite finishes for the M4, whether stock or laden with aftermarket parts. This shade of orange has always given the BMW M4 an elegantly standout appearance whether on a standstill or on the move.

Such is the case of this new BMW M4. Perhaps after looking at other M4 units wrapped in Sakhir Orange and dressed in various aftermarket parts, the owner of this M4 got some ideas running through his or her head on how to proceed with the transformation of his/her own sports coupe. All its owner must do is to get the right aftermarket parts, install them and provide the necessary modifications.

At first glance, it is fairly easy to tell that this BMW M4’s appearance is different from a typical M4. It sits lower than a typical M4, has different tailpipes and wheels, and sports some aerodynamic enhancements. This BMW M4 features a suspension that has been lowered to make the high performance coupe sit closer to the ground – a configuration that gives this car a sporting stance on the road. Not only that, this gives this M4 a lower center of gravity, making it more stable when cruising at high speeds.

This little bit of sportiness is continued on the rear with the addition of a rear decklid spoiler and a carbon fiber rear diffuser. Completing the changes made on the rear of this BMW M4 is a pair of dual tailpipes finished in black.

Of course, aftermarket modifications wouldn’t be complete without changing the wheels of the BMW M4. This particular M4 gets a set of Velos XX wheels with five pentagon-like spokes. These wheels – measuring 20 inches x 8.5 inches at the front and 20 inches x10.5 inches at the rear – are finished in Bronze Gold color, perfectly complementing Sakhir Orange exterior tone of the BMW M4.

It was indicated that this BMW M4 was tuned for higher performance, so we could assume that its 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline engine that was built specifically to power the new M3 and M4. This powerplant delivers 425 hp (317 kW) of max output and 550 Nm (410 lb.-ft.) of peak torque, allowing the M4 to sprint from zero to 62mph (100km/h) in just 4.1 seconds and reach an electronically governed top speed of 155mph (250km/h).

It may not look very sporty but this new BMW M4 (F82) wrapped in Sakhir Orange exterior color with golden rims sure is dynamic and elegantly gorgeous.

Sakhir Orange is one of several colors included in the standard palette for the M4. In fact, it is also available for other offerings of the BMW M family, like the M3, the M5 and the M6. Since its introduction, Sakhir Orange has been among the favorite finishes for the M4, whether stock or laden with aftermarket parts. This shade of orange has always given the BMW M4 an elegantly standout appearance whether on a standstill or on the move.

Such is the case of this new BMW M4. Perhaps after looking at other M4 units wrapped in Sakhir Orange and dressed in various aftermarket parts, the owner of this M4 got some ideas running through his or her head on how to proceed with the transformation of his/her own sports coupe. All its owner must do is to get the right aftermarket parts, install them and provide the necessary modifications.

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There is a lot of history with regards to BMW’s M1 sports car. With its history as well as the rarity of this model (only 453 examples were built in its lifetime), the BMW M1 is considered as one of the special gems in the auto world. A gem such as the BMW M1 should be driven on the road, not stuck on a garage.

However, one of these 453 BMW M1 units was recently found stashed away in a garage in Italy by known BMW dealer and specialist Mint Classics GmbH of Munich, Germany. It turned out that this 1981 BMW M1 has been lurking inside this garage since 1982, or for around 34 years – forgotten ever since! As expected, heaps of dusts and trash have already accumulated over and under this BMW M1. The interior is also full of dust, but not as much as the exterior.

Some metal parts have already rusted and its tires –the original BMW M1 rubbers produced in 1980 – are completely flat. Incredibly, it appears that that the exterior finish – in bright red – of this 1981 BMW M1 hasn’t faded even after three decades of utmost neglect. However, there is a need to further inspect whether the exterior finish needs a retouch or has to be completely repainted – as this BMW M1 remained covered in thick layers of dust. But as images tell us, there is no damage to the body work of this classical sports car.

Judging from the images posted by the famed BMW dealer, this hidden BMW M1 seemed to be usable or can be easily returned to its functional state by Mint Classics. After all, this BMW M1 appears to be fairly new, as its odometer indicates that it has only been driven for 7,329 kilometers!

Mint Classics is dead serious about restoring this BMW M1 into its pristine condition, telling us to stay tuned for the rebirth of the very special M1. First, Mint Classics has to make sure that its engine is still operable; after all, 34 years have passed since this powerplant was last used and operated.

This engine – the infamous 3.5-liter twin-cam straight-six M88/1 powerplant – features individual throttle bodies, Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection, intake stacks concealed underneath the airbox and serpentine exhaust headers. Derived from the M49 motorsport engine, the M88/1 is able to produce 272 hp (203 kW) of output at 6,500 rpm as well as 330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.) of torque available at 5,000 rpm.

Aside from getting the engine operable, Mint Classic would make sure that other moving parts like the steering system could still be used safely. Of course, Mint Classics would implement the necessary repairs, restoration or upgrades to the BMW M1 to ensure that it looks and operates as amazingly as possible.

There is a lot of history with regards to BMW’s M1 sports car. With its history as well as the rarity of this model (only 453 examples were built in its lifetime), the BMW M1 is considered as one of the special gems in the auto world. A gem such as the BMW M1 should be driven on the road, not stuck on a garage.

However, one of these 453 BMW M1 units was recently found stashed away in a garage in Italy by known BMW dealer and specialist Mint Classics GmbH of Munich, Germany. It turned out that this 1981 BMW M1 has been lurking inside this garage since 1982, or for around 34 years – forgotten ever since! As expected, heaps of dusts and trash have already accumulated over and under this BMW M1. The interior is also full of dust, but not as much as the exterior.

Some metal parts have already rusted and its tires –the original BMW M1 rubbers produced in 1980 – are completely flat. Incredibly, it appears that that the exterior finish – in bright red – of this 1981 BMW M1 hasn’t faded even after three decades of utmost neglect. However, there is a need to further inspect whether the exterior finish needs a retouch or has to be completely repainted – as this BMW M1 remained covered in thick layers of dust. But as images tell us, there is no damage to the body work of this classical sports car.

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While those at BMW don’t admit it, the BMW 5 Series GT has been regarded by many as an ugly piece of mobile machine that is full of premium features. BMW 5 Series GT could be an attempt by BMW to please as many customers as it could, but in the end, it was only able to please a few. While the 5 Series has been the best-sellers among BMW offerings, sales of its Grand Tourer version have been disappointing.

The unfortunate looks of the BMW 5 Series GT could be the main reason why the German premium carmaker is transforming it as the 6 Series GT. In fact, a camouflaged prototype was recently spotted being tested with an M Package, confirming its sporty styling.

Many have been considering the 5 Series GT as BMW’s version of the Pontiac Aztek, which is regarded as one of the greatest failed models in the recent history of automobiles. The unattractiveness of the 5 Series GT could be attributed to the fact that it is ill-shaped and bulky, especially its rear. Though the 5 Series GT also has positive attributes. No one will argue that it is well made, built with high quality materials, and fitted with numerous advanced technologies from BMW.

Thankfully, BMW has been listening to the constant and continuous complaints about the appearance of the BMW 5 Series GT. Not only is BMW changing its name; the premium carmaker is also pushing for a total overhaul of its design. While both the 5 Series and the 6 Series are practically twins in terms of size and segment (mid-size), they differ in body styles, stance and sportiness.

In short, 6 Series vehicles are sportier, wider and lower than their 5 Series siblings. What does this mean? By changing the name of the 5 Series GT into the 6 Series GT, BMW is taking efforts to make the Grand Tourer drop its ugly image, making it sportier and sleeker.

The new 6 Series GT features a roofline that is more sloped rearwards than the 5 Series GT, which should solve its ugly rear-end. Of course, being promoted to the 6 Series means that the Grand Tourer would be more luxurious and more expensive. Of course, as a Grand Tourer, the 6 Series GT offers the extra practicality and roominess thanks to its rear hatch.

The new 6 Series GT is expected to feature the same engines, the same transmissions and the same wheel drive systems as those offered in the 5 Series family. These engines include inline-six 3.0-liter engines and a biturbo 4.4-liter V8 powerplant. BMW may also offer plug-in hybrid versions of the new 6 Series GT. It will be underpinned by BMW’s new CLAR platform that currently underpins the newest 5 Series and 7 Series. This CLAR platform is made from several lightweight materials, allowing the new 6 Series GT to be lighter than its predecessor.

While those at BMW don’t admit it, the BMW 5 Series GT has been regarded by many as an ugly piece of mobile machine that is full of premium features. BMW 5 Series GT could be an attempt by BMW to please as many customers as it could, but in the end, it was only able to please a few. While the 5 Series has been the best-sellers among BMW offerings, sales of its Grand Tourer version have been disappointing.

The unfortunate looks of the BMW 5 Series GT could be the main reason why the German premium carmaker is transforming it as the 6 Series GT. In fact, a camouflaged prototype was recently spotted being tested with an M Package, confirming its sporty styling.

Many have been considering the 5 Series GT as BMW’s version of the Pontiac Aztek, which is regarded as one of the greatest failed models in the recent history of automobiles. The unattractiveness of the 5 Series GT could be attributed to the fact that it is ill-shaped and bulky, especially its rear. Though the 5 Series GT also has positive attributes. No one will argue that it is well made, built with high quality materials, and fitted with numerous advanced technologies from BMW.

Read the entire article BMW working on the 6-Series GT, the replacement for 5-Series GT

BMW hints on revealing a new hologram touchscreen concept for the upcoming 2017 CES (2017 Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The new technology is supposed to be a combination of direct touchscreen operation, gesture control as well as the convenience of heads-up display. In January, BMW will be showcasing the HoloActive Touch system, which is made up of advanced interface for better connection between the vehicle and the driver.

This HoloActive works like a hologram touchscreen that floats freely and is controlled with the use of gesture control. The command is determined through the “tactile feedback” coming from the driver. The holographic display concept will come with BMW’s 5 Series and 7 Series’ latest technology.

As mentioned earlier, the system will have the classic direct touch screen control, gesture control and HUD. Simply put, its entire features can be controlled without the need for physical touch. The same technology lets the driver interact with the vehicle with the same advantage of using a traditional touch screen.

But how does it actually work without touching any surface? Well, BMW explained that the system is similar to the heads up display’s smart use of reflections. This time, the reflection is no longer projected to the windshield.

Instead, it comes in “free-floating form” and is visible along the interior. The innovative touch screen technology displays configurable controllers, which the driver can see within eye level as it appears close to the steering wheel. There is also one above the centre console. Since the technology uses a camera that keeps track of the driver’s hand gestures, it can also determine where the fingertips are positioned.

Once the virtual touch pad comes in contact with a fingertip, it emits a certain vibration that activates a corresponding control. BMW probably got this idea from their own “Air Touch technology”. If you can recall, they had equipped an i8 roadster concept from the same event last year with almost the same thing.

Although the previous version still needs the “touch commands” to be confirmed with the use of a physical touch pad. This new concept however sets an impression for the so-called “mobility experience”, which will be offered on vehicles with autonomous driving features.

In the previous years, CES has premiered not just new technologies but also new concepts that are only meant for an auto show. We think it’s one of those events you don’t want to miss especially if you’re up for a pleasant surprise. The 2017 CES will begin on January 5 and it will showcase this new HoloActive Touch as one of BMW’s “Inside Future” study.

BMW hints on revealing a new hologram touchscreen concept for the upcoming 2017 CES (2017 Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. The new technology is supposed to be a combination of direct touchscreen operation, gesture control as well as the convenience of heads-up display. In January, BMW will be showcasing the HoloActive Touch system, which is made up of advanced interface for better connection between the vehicle and the driver.

This HoloActive works like a hologram touchscreen that floats freely and is controlled with the use of gesture control. The command is determined through the “tactile feedback” coming from the driver. The holographic display concept will come with BMW’s 5 Series and 7 Series’ latest technology.

As mentioned earlier, the system will have the classic direct touch screen control, gesture control and HUD. Simply put, its entire features can be controlled without the need for physical touch. The same technology lets the driver interact with the vehicle with the same advantage of using a traditional touch screen.

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It has been a while since BMW launched the third generation of the BMW 6 Series, both as a coupe and as a convertible. That was way back 2011, and today the BMW 6 Series remains one of the sought-after models in its segment. While we are waiting for the next generation of the BMW 6 Series to arrive, we could feast on a refreshed version of the model for the United States market for the 2018 model year.

Honestly, the 2018 BMW 6 Series – remains as it is. This means customers shouldn’t expect any radical mechanical changes or inner working revisions on the latest version of the BMW 6 Series, which means the Coupe, Convertible and the Gran Coupe. However, BMW has decided to beef up the looks of the 6 Series in a bid to tease customers up before the arrival of the next generation models. Apparently, these cosmetic and equipment tweaks are able – somehow – make the 2018 BMW 6 Series still as appealing that it is still worth the purchase.

These new cosmetic and equipment options are all available for the 2018 versions of the BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – encompassing sporty modifications to both the interior and the exterior of these refreshed models. For the exterior, the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe could be provided with a new M Sport Package that was previously exclusive for the M model.

For the new BMW 6 Series, this M Sport Package comes with a new Carbon Fiber trim as well as a Sonic Speed Blue metallic exterior finish that should allow either the Convertible or the Gran Coupe stand out from others. This M Sport Package also includes new bi-color 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with M-specific double-spoke design. These rims are wrapped in staggered run flat tires.

On the other hand, the already lavish interior of the 2018 BMW 6 Series could be further be customized with personalization offerings from BMW Individual. Customers could choose from a broad palette of interior paint finishes, modern trims and high-end leather, as well as from a wide array of headliners and equipment. These additional interior modifications from BMW Individual could be further employed to ensure that the customers could personalize the cabins of the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe models according to their own taste and preferences.

For the 2018 model year, both the BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe will be available as 640i (rear wheel drive) and 640i xDrive (all wheel drive) powered by turbocharged inline-six 3.0-liter engine delivering 315 hp of output. Both the Convertible and the Gran Coupe will also be available as 650i (rear wheel drive) and 650i xDrive (all wheel drive) powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine providing 445 hp of output.

It has been a while since BMW launched the third generation of the BMW 6 Series, both as a coupe and as a convertible. That was way back 2011, and today the BMW 6 Series remains one of the sought-after models in its segment. While we are waiting for the next generation of the BMW 6 Series to arrive, we could feast on a refreshed version of the model for the United States market for the 2018 model year.

Honestly, the 2018 BMW 6 Series – remains as it is. This means customers shouldn’t expect any radical mechanical changes or inner working revisions on the latest version of the BMW 6 Series, which means the Coupe, Convertible and the Gran Coupe. However, BMW has decided to beef up the looks of the 6 Series in a bid to tease customers up before the arrival of the next generation models. Apparently, these cosmetic and equipment tweaks are able – somehow – make the 2018 BMW 6 Series still as appealing that it is still worth the purchase.

These new cosmetic and equipment options are all available for the 2018 versions of the BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe – encompassing sporty modifications to both the interior and the exterior of these refreshed models. For the exterior, the 2018 BMW 6 Series Convertible and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe could be provided with a new M Sport Package that was previously exclusive for the M model.

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BMW has officially launched its newest sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The BMW 1-Series Sedan made exclusively for the Chinese market is the first compact sports variant under BMW. Since more and more people opt for the premium compact car segment not just in China but globally, BMW has explored a new product range to attract its targeted consumer group.

Jochen Goller, senior sales marketing for BMW, said that the smallest sedan is built for China’s “young generation”. Despite the small size however, the new BMW 1 Series’ build quality and performance has never been compromised.

Just like the BMW 2 Series, the 4-door variant’s main attraction goes to the LED dual headlights and double kidney grille. In other words, there is no shortage of BMW’s iconic styling cues with this one. Moreover, the compact sedan’s short overhangs and extended hood design make it a good competitor to other cars in its class. Some of which include Citroen DS5, Volvo S40, Mercedes Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3.

Based on the initial information, China’s BMW 1 Series will be equipped with the iDrive system with built-in 8.8-inch LED monitor. Other than BMW’s optional interior upgrades, the sedan will also come with leather trim, dual-zone climate control and colored heads-up display as standard features.

BMW has yet to release the complete specs for the new compact car. However, it is believed that BMW employed the same UKL front-wheel drive platform as that of the BMW X1 and Mini Cooper. The choices for its engine are expected to include 231hp 2.0 Litre turbo, 192hp 2.0 litre turbo and 136hp 1.5 litre turbo among other variants. As always, all engines will be offered with an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.

Even so, the new BMW 1 Series has been developed and tested at the BMW headquarters. Chinese engineers worked closely with BMW to ensure that the car is built to perform under China’s different road, terrain and climate conditions. Their teamwork also helped BMW develop specific enhancements and fine-tuning based on the Chinese customers’ driving habits.

The new sedan is actually the fifth BMW model to be made in China. Other BMW models made in cooperation with Brilliance Auto include the BMW 5 Series, 3 Series, 2 Series Active Tourer and the X1 SUV. The price range for the all-new BMW 1 Series is somewhere from $26,000 to $37,000 or equivalent to 180,000-260,000 Chinese Yuan. It will be sold exclusively in China around the first quarter of 2017.

BMW has officially launched its newest sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show. The BMW 1-Series Sedan made exclusively for the Chinese market is the first compact sports variant under BMW. Since more and more people opt for the premium compact car segment not just in China but globally, BMW has explored a new product range to attract its targeted consumer group.

Jochen Goller, senior sales marketing for BMW, said that the smallest sedan is built for China’s “young generation”. Despite the small size however, the new BMW 1 Series’ build quality and performance has never been compromised.

Just like the BMW 2 Series, the 4-door variant’s main attraction goes to the LED dual headlights and double kidney grille. In other words, there is no shortage of BMW’s iconic styling cues with this one. Moreover, the compact sedan’s short overhangs and extended hood design make it a good competitor to other cars in its class. Some of which include Citroen DS5, Volvo S40, Mercedes Benz CLA-Class and Audi A3.

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How does one go about in making customers seriously consider the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars? You can ask BMW Abu Dhabi Motors, the exclusive importer of BMW vehicles in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

BMW Abu Dhabi Motors simply needed to highlight the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars in a way that people would not forget them. This is why BMW Abu Dhabi Motors took six BMW i8s and painted each with six different custom color finishes: Austin Yellow, Lava Green, Lava Orange, Lava Red, Lava Yellow and Twilight Purple.

Lined up together at Yas Marina Circuit, these BMW i8 sextuplets splendidly created a colorful highlight, which is as vivid as their specs and their plug-in hybrid powertrain. It seemed like a rainbow in the sky fell on earth and transformed into these plug-in hybrid sports cars from BMW. Well, we love rainbows, as much as we love the BMW i8.

Aside from wrapping these BMW i8 units with eye-catching colors, BMW Abu Dhabi Motors also fitted them with an array of aerodynamic carbon fiber parts from AC Schnitzer, including a rear wing.

Arno Husselmann, general manager of BMW Abu Dhabi Motors, describes Abu Dhabi as a knowledgeable market with advanced taste and demands. He remarked that customers in this market wanted to make a strong statement with their vehicles while at the same time stand out from the crowd. With this understanding, Husselmann said that BMW Abu Dhabi Motors considers it very important to stay ahead of trends and create new ideas for models, materials as well as color options.

Launched in 2014, the BMW i8 is the first plug-in hybrid vehicle from the BMW Group. It is underpinned by a LifeDrive platform designed particularly for BMW i and comes with an aerodynamic body (Cd of 0.26). It also has a Life module passenger cell made from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) and has a curb weight of around 3,285 lbs (1,490 kg).

The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid offers the classic sports car proportions combined with doors that could open upwards like wings. Its plug-in hybrid system comprises a three-cylinder petrol engine (with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology) that provides 170 kW (231 hp) of output and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque as well as a hybrid synchronous electric motor that delivers 96 kW (131 hp) of output and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.

This combined output of 266 kW (362 hp) and combined torque of 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of torque enables the BMW i8 to zoom from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds while eating up 2.1 liters of fuel per 100 km ((EU test cycle average fuel consumption) emitting 49 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer.

How does one go about in making customers seriously consider the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars? You can ask BMW Abu Dhabi Motors, the exclusive importer of BMW vehicles in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.

BMW Abu Dhabi Motors simply needed to highlight the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars in a way that people would not forget them. This is why BMW Abu Dhabi Motors took six BMW i8s and painted each with six different custom color finishes: Austin Yellow, Lava Green, Lava Orange, Lava Red, Lava Yellow and Twilight Purple.

Lined up together at Yas Marina Circuit, these BMW i8 sextuplets splendidly created a colorful highlight, which is as vivid as their specs and their plug-in hybrid powertrain. It seemed like a rainbow in the sky fell on earth and transformed into these plug-in hybrid sports cars from BMW. Well, we love rainbows, as much as we love the BMW i8.

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Do you want to drive or ride in a BMW M2 Convertible? Well, even if you want to, you couldn’t, simply because the German carmaker has no convertible version of the M2. While a 2-Series convertible does exist, an M2 droptop doesn’t. As the performance version of the BMW 2-Series coupe, the M2 coupe could be too good just to be converted into a droptop model.

But now, a convertible version of the M2 has been sighted, but not at the production site of BMW. This M2 Convertible was sighted at the yard of tuner Dahler Design and Technik GmbH in Switzerland. Yes. Since BMW wouldn’t build an M2 convertible, Dahler said it would and it could. Eventually, plans pushed through and that led to the creation of this customized M2 convertible, providing that Dahler is good enough to undertake a project that even BMW wouldn’t venture into.

Considering that there is a real demand for a droptop version of the M2, Dahler went on and created a convertible from a coupe. More than that, Dahler even improved the performance of the model. This was achieved by increasing the output and torque of its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine, installing a stainless steel exhaust system and a coil-over suspension system. The M2 convertible by Dahler also features a high-performance brake unit, new wheels and tires, several aerodynamic enhancements and a new interior fitting of a convertible.

Dahler offers two levels of performance upgrade for the M2 convertible. As it is, the M TwinPower Turbo engine in the BMW M2 coupe delivers 365 hp (272 kW) of max output and 343 lb-ft (465 Nm) of peak torque, with short overboost torque of 369 lb-ft (500 Nm). When Level 1 is availed, this engine generates up to 402 hp (300 kW) of output and up to 428 lb-ft (580 Nm) of torque, allowing the M2 convertible to accelerate from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 180 mph (290 kph).

When the Level 2 upgrade is applied, the M TwinPower Turbo engine would deliver high levels of power at 419 hp (313 kW) of output and 610 ft-lb of torque. This should allow the M2 convertible to be quicker in the sprint while reaching a top speed of nearly 186 mph (300 km/h). The power of this upgrade is made known to the world through the sound emanating from the M2 convertible’s dark-tipped stainless steel exhaust system from Dahler.

Braking power is provided for by Dahler’s 8-piston high-performance brake-system with 400 mm brake discs. The convertible’s aerodynamics is enhanced by a spoiler lip with lateral flaps. While the interior of the M2 convertible remains mostly stock except for MID-display-unit in the cockpit, Dahler is offering interior customization packages that clients could avail for their droptops.

Do you want to drive or ride in a BMW M2 Convertible? Well, even if you want to, you couldn’t, simply because the German carmaker has no convertible version of the M2. While a 2-Series convertible does exist, an M2 droptop doesn’t. As the performance version of the BMW 2-Series coupe, the M2 coupe could be too good just to be converted into a droptop model.

But now, a convertible version of the M2 has been sighted, but not at the production site of BMW. This M2 Convertible was sighted at the yard of tuner Dahler Design and Technik GmbH in Switzerland. Yes. Since BMW wouldn’t build an M2 convertible, Dahler said it would and it could. Eventually, plans pushed through and that led to the creation of this customized M2 convertible, providing that Dahler is good enough to undertake a project that even BMW wouldn’t venture into.

Considering that there is a real demand for a droptop version of the M2, Dahler went on and created a convertible from a coupe. More than that, Dahler even improved the performance of the model. This was achieved by increasing the output and torque of its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder M TwinPower Turbo engine, installing a stainless steel exhaust system and a coil-over suspension system. The M2 convertible by Dahler also features a high-performance brake unit, new wheels and tires, several aerodynamic enhancements and a new interior fitting of a convertible.

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BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its design but an official image was also released afterwards.

BMW’s new racecar will take part in the “24 Hours of Dubai “ slated on January 2018. It will be tested extensively starting next month in preparation for its official racing debut. Deliveries are expected to begin around third or fourth quarter next year.

The M4 GT4 Coupe would be the next in line to BMW’s M235i Racing model. The entry-level racecar was first introduced in 2014 and has at least 170 examples built.

According BMW Motorsport, the M4 GT4 will take its cues from the M6 GT3 for its pedal box, brakes and seat design. Several automakers have their own versions of the GT4 racer. Aside from BMW M4 and Mercedes-AMG GT, there’s a track ready Porsche Cayman, McLaren 570S, Ford Mustang and Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

BMW also said that the new racecar has been designed to comply with various GT4 competitions held in North America, Asia and Europe. To make it more cost efficient, BMW has retained the production version’s 3.0-litre twin turbo engine.

In fact, the specs of the production model are almost similar to the GT4. The race-ready M4 GT4 will use the same carbon fibre hood as those of BMW’s M4 GTS special edition model.

BMW’s latest racer will be fitted with high performance rear wing, splitter and exhaust to deliver optimum downforce. Carbon fibre will also be used to build its doors to reduce more weight. Since its first year, the M6 GT3 has brought BMW many reasons to celebrate. Jens Marquardt, BMW’s Motorsport Director looks forward in placing its newest model in the upcoming competitions.

He added that the car would take part in two races that will go along with the Motorsport’s comprehensive test program. By next year, the prototype model will be developed and tested to ensure that the new BMW M4 GT4 delivers optimum performance and driveability.

This will include many hours of test in Dubai’s racetracks, which will commence its 24-hour race this January. But since its still in the early stages of its development, we won’t see it compete until 2018. Nevertheless, BMW’s expert team of developers will ensure it is ready to perform when that day arrives.

BMW recently held its year-end celebration in Munich, Germany. The same motorsport event had on display the upcoming BMW M4 GT4. It was then wrapped in camouflage to conceal its design but an official image was also released afterwards.

BMW’s new racecar will take part in the “24 Hours of Dubai “ slated on January 2018. It will be tested extensively starting next month in preparation for its official racing debut. Deliveries are expected to begin around third or fourth quarter next year.

The M4 GT4 Coupe would be the next in line to BMW’s M235i Racing model. The entry-level racecar was first introduced in 2014 and has at least 170 examples built.

Read the entire article BMW released official photos of its M4 GT4 race car

BMW earlier gave us a glimpse of its highly futuristic Vision Next 100 Concept in time for its centennial year celebration. With M3’s 30th anniversary, BMW once again has another reason to celebrate 2016.

Singapore is probably one of the places where cars can be really expensive. But that doesn’t stop BMW from launching the limited edition M3. Although we already saw Europe’s “30 Jahre M3”, BMW has also prepared a Singapore-exclusiveBMW M3 Heritage Collection”.

The 405 lb-ft of torque BMW M3 has a top speed of 155 miles per hour and sprints from 0-62 mph in less than 4 seconds. Named as “BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition I”, the limited-only M3 will be packed with a host of other upgrades on top of the features found on a standard BMW M3 model.

Inspired by the E36 M3, the Heritage Collection will also be featuring the Competition Package, which includes a 450 hp 3.0 litre 6-cylinder engine with 7-speed dual clutch transmission.

To set the difference from the standard sedan, the Heritage Collection’s front seats are made even lighter. The cabin also has laser-engraved carbon fibre trims to go with its limited edition label. Moreover, the Singapore edition BMW M3 will have the “Shadow Line” exterior trims. ---Think chrome exhaust tailpipes with black accents and 20-inch M alloy wheels. The high gloss exterior also includes special door mirrors, fender vent accents and kidney grille finished in black.

BMW will be offering the special edition model in Racing Green, Dakar Yellow II and Daytona Violet Metallic paints. In order for it to be more exclusive, the German brand will only make a total of 30 units, with 10 for each of the three exclusive colors mentioned above.

Like the rest of the Competition spec BMWs, the Edition I now has the Adaptive Suspension with the latest springs, dampers and anti-roll bars. It will also come with the brand’s Dynamic Stability Control, Active Differential as well as the Sport, Sport+ and Comfort driving modes.

The price for the M3 in Singapore starts at $408,800 or $287,000. Just as the name implies, the “Singapore Edition I” may actually be just one of the many in the series. In other words, we’ll also be expecting an Edition II or Edition III models in the years to come.

From what we heard, BMW will be unleashing not just one but three commemorative models for its Singapore-based clientele. If that happens, the upcoming Edition I & II will likely take their cues from the E46 M3 and the E92 M3. Cheers!

BMW earlier gave us a glimpse of its highly futuristic Vision Next 100 Concept in time for its centennial year celebration. With M3’s 30th anniversary, BMW once again has another reason to celebrate 2016.

Singapore is probably one of the places where cars can be really expensive. But that doesn’t stop BMW from launching the limited edition M3. Although we already saw Europe’s “30 Jahre M3”, BMW has also prepared a Singapore-exclusiveBMW M3 Heritage Collection”.

The 405 lb-ft of torque BMW M3 has a top speed of 155 miles per hour and sprints from 0-62 mph in less than 4 seconds. Named as “BMW M3 Heritage Collection Singapore Edition I”, the limited-only M3 will be packed with a host of other upgrades on top of the features found on a standard BMW M3 model.

Read the entire article BMW Heritage Collection M3 bound for Singapore arrives with Competition Package
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