Users of BMW Online in the US can now access Yelp in their vehicles

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 28, 2011

Searching for local businesses, restaurants and services, and even reviews can be done through BMW Online with an application named Yelp. But first, you’d have to have one of the more recent BMW models and the on-board navigation system has to be installed on it. You’d also have to subscribe to the Convenience Plan level of BMW Assist. Yelp is the first application that BMW Online has made available.

It can be found on the car’s “Applications” screen. When using Yelp, the search can be made via categories such as restaurants, shopping, nightlife, banks and more. The results are sorted by the distance from the present location or by the star rating of the merchant. In addition, Yelp provides the business’ contact data, address, and reviews.

The information may be sent to the driver’s e-mail address or to a friend. For example, you could read the latest reviews using BMW Assist about a new restaurant before you arrive at the venue. The service is offered on the 2009 and more recent Z4, 1-Series, 3-Series and 7-Series vehicles. It’s available on the 2010 and newer 5-Series, 6-Series, X5 and X6 models, and 2011 and the X3 crossovers that are released later.

Nothing has embodied stylish charisma, dynamics and sporting capability of BMW more than the BMW 3-Series Sedan. Now in its sixth generation, BMW 3-Series Sedan is larger than it used to be, but is still an embodiment of well-blended elegance and sportiness.

Marked by aggressive yet elegant lines, the new BMW 3-Series has retained its dynamic proportions defined by its sweeping bonnet, short front overhang and long wheelbase, as well as the BMW signature set-back greenhouse. The front end of the new 3-Series Sedan has never been this expressive -- thanks to the wedge shape of its silhouette and its track that is wider by 37 on the front and 47 mm at the rear.

The car’s width is highlighted by the front end’s multi-faceted surfaces while its stance is accentuated by its upright, slightly forward-slanting BMW kidney grille. The sixth-generation BMW 3-Series Sedan is provided with twin headlights, which features corona rings when the xenon versions are availed. The headlights – donning eyebrow-like LED accent lights above – merge with the kidney grille of the new BMW 3-Series Sedan by extending up to its frame.

This design visually results into a single stylistic unit (headlights plus grille) that further highlights the sedan’s broad-set stance. While its predecessor had a central air intake, the BMW 3-Series has none of these and instead dons two larger intakes positioned below the headlights to the outer front edges. Smaller vertical intakes are located on the far left and right of the main canals to help create the so-called "Air Curtain," a new technology that could improve air flow around the sedan’s front wheels.

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