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BMW i3 REx to be discontinued for 2019 model year in Europe

BMW’s European customers who are looking forward to have a new range extender version of the 2019 BMW i3 (BMW i3 REx) will have to bear a bad news from the German premium carmaker. They won't be able to get a new one as BMW will stop producing and offering the i3 REx in Europe starting 2019 model year.

It should be noted that BMW still listed the i3 REx in the 2019 model year specification, although its Web site aren’t offering any information about the ranger extender version anymore. This has led to confusion, with many still assuming that that REx version of the i3 would still be available for the upcoming model year. To an extent, there is some truth to this, since while the 2019 BMW i3 REx will be discontinued in Europe, it will still be offered in the United States.

At first glance, it may seem odd that BMW would discontinue the range extender version of the i3, after all the REx had accounted for 60 percent of the model’s sales, despite being around £,3150 more expensive than a standard i3, which is pure electric. However, the true appeal of the i3 REx isn't really the combination of electric motors and a range-extending two-cylinder 650-cc petrol engine to provide additional charge to the drive battery. The true charm of the i3 REx lies on fact that it allows its driver to travel more distance even when the battery pack has reached a certain low charge.

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Direct replacements for the BMW i3 and i8 are not a sure thing yet

BMW fans may be surprised with what the car manufacturer’s boss Robert Irlinger said in a recent interview with Autocar during a recent media meeting. And this is the fact that the BMW i3 and BMW i8 will not necessarily be receiving direct replacements.

So what should fans expect instead? For the i8, the automaker is still deciding on what to do with it, though they did say that there definitely is a market for new types of sports cars. But since there is no concrete plan for this yet, they do not have a name for it just yet and that it is still under discussion.

In other words, the company plans to create vehicles that will cater to a particular market - this could be as small as a niche market. For instance, the i3 was built as a pioneer electric car for the manufacturer. As for the i8, it showcased electric technologies.

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Check out BMW i3 and i8 pimped by West Coast Customs

Remember that show on MTV, Pimp My Ride? If you were a huge fan of that show, and have always dreamt of pimping your car, then it’s a no-brainer for you to take your car to West Coast Customs, the aftermarket tuner that was made famous by the MTV series.

Some of the tuner’s latest projects would be the BMW i8 and BMW i3, and they have configured both models to let them stand out on the road. What makes these two examples steal the spotlight from the regular i3 or the i8 would be the livery. They’re wrapped in a 3M Satin Flip Glacial Frost wrap with Llumar tint. The colour is so eye-catching that it helps to highlight the set of chrome Lexani Wheels, that is bright enough to make the hybrid BMWs look like they have traveled from space or a sci-fi production set at least.

Apart for the chrome wheels and its livery, both cars’ kidney grilles and badges feature some small chrome accents. The only difference is that the i3 was given a special one-off front lip spoiler.

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New TurboCord is offered for 2018 BMW i3 and i3s performance version

A few weeks before BMW is slated to reveal its latest offerings at the upcoming 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, the German premium carmaker is introducing the newest iteration of its BMW i3 electric city car. The latest tweaks and updates on the 2018 BMW i3 might not be a surprise, but BMW went along and dropped a bombshell as it introduced the sportier performance version of the i3, the all-new BMW i3s.

Compared to the new i3, the new i3s is lower by 10 mm, thanks to a sports suspension. Its tracks are also wider by 40 mm, as highlighted by the broader high-gloss black wheel arch moldings. The new i3s rides – as standard – on exclusive 20- inch light-alloy wheels in bicolor double-spoke design.

Both the new i3 and the new i3s feature -- as standard -- full-LED headlights that employ LED units for low beam, high beam and daytime running lights. Their new turn signal indicators – now integrated into the front apron in the form of horizontal strips -- also employ LED technology.

Read the entire article New TurboCord is offered for 2018 BMW i3 and i3s performance version

Whether you’re the artsy type who loves unique cars or you are really into anything that features your favorite food, you’ll go crazy over this BMW i3 that had just been auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Well, let us first give you some history on how this one-of-a-kind car came to be. First of all, the original owner probably got this new model from the dealership for less than $50,000, he then wrapped it in a pattern no one would expect to see. True enough, someone spent €100,000 or around $117,000 for it.

The “Spaghetti Car” is by artists Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, and it was sold at the Fourth Annual Saint-Tropez Gala. The person who took this car home was apparently a Swiss collector who grabbed the car after some “intense bidding”. The package comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the two artists.

Read the entire article BMW i3 Spaghetti Car is sold to Swiss collector at charity auction for €100,000

The five-door BMW i3 is the Bavarian automaker’s first zero-emissions vehicle to be mass-produced. First unveiled in 2013, this electric vehicle has been recognized worldwide for its fuel efficiency and is ranked as the third best-selling car in the world from 2014 to 2016.

Like all other vehicles, the BMW i3 will soon need a refresh for the next model year. And while there’s still enough time for that, BMW created yet another special variant of this award-winning creation. Called the BMW i3 Carbon Edition, the car will be made exclusively for customers in the Netherlands – yes, only a selected few will get their hands on this baby.

The Carbon Edition comes with a Carbon Black exterior paint (so dark it could pass as midnight blue) and accentuated by a blue tint with Frozen Gray metallic accents, adding an extra oomph to this already awesome vehicle. Also, the Carbon Edition will be sitting pretty on large powder-coated 20-inch alloy wheels (Double Spoke Styling 430), and just like its exterior paint, will also feature a Frozen Gray finishing. It also offers a generous number of standard features including LED headlights, an electrically controlled glass roof, and extra tinted rear side windows and rear window.

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Get outta my dreams, get into my car! By simply staring at those cars will either make you want to go gaga again for some 80s music or want to throw them out of your mind once and for all.

Garage Italia Customs is reviving the 80s with BMW’s i3 and i8 models. Why the eighties? Well, as it turns out, the design house has taken its inspirations from Memphis Design, a furniture designer based in Italy.

Any guy or gal who grew up in Milan during the 80s probably knew a thing or two about this furniture company, which by all means has a knack for making eccentric combinations.

Read the entire article Garage Italia’s Shockingly colorful MemphisStyle BMW i3 and i8 are inspired by the 80s

The North American unit of German premium carmaker BMW is recalling around 19,000 units of its BMW i3 electric vehicle because of the risk of fuel leak. You may ask, “An electric vehicle having a fuel leak?” Yes, EVs aren’t supposed to suffer from a fuel leak, simply because they get their energy from a battery pack, not from gasoline or petrol. That would be the case for a typical EV.

However, a fuel leak may occur in the case of EVs with a complementary internal combustion engine that serves its purpose to extend the distance the unit could travel. Simply put, once the battery pack runs out of energy, the gasoline engine kicks in as the EV seamlessly shifts from electric power to fossil fuel, thereby serving as a range extender.

While the BMW i3 is a pure electric vehicle, there are customers who want to travel farther distances than its battery power could provide. Thus, the German premium carmaker is also offering a version of the BMW i3 that is fitted with a small range-extending gasoline engine. This version – the BMW i3 Rex – has been recently found to be at risk of a fuel vapor line, mainly due to the positioning of the fuel tank vent line and the ribbed wire protection sleeve for the battery pack.

Read the entire article BMW is recalling 19,130 units of i3 REx plug-in hybrid EV in the US due to possible fuel vapor leak

They were so near, and yet so far. This is how we could describe the saga of two electric cars -- the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3 – in their attempt to earn the highest safety award being given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Of course, every carmaker wants their vehicles to earn at least the Top Safety Pick award. However, there is nothing much better than earning the Top Safety Pick+ (Plus) award. Why? Simply because a good chunk of possible customers also regard vehicle safety as one of the parameters in choosing a new ride. IIHS has already commenced testing vehicles for 2017.

As far as we could remember, a vehicle model could qualify for the 2017 Top Safety Pick, if it has managed to score good ratings in five crashworthiness tests -- small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints. It must also earn an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. For a vehicle to earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in all five crashworthiness tests as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention. In addition, it should have an acceptable or good headlight rating.

Read the entire article Tesla Model S and BMW i3 fail to earn 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating from IIHS [w/video]

The future is finally bright for BMW i3 after its project manager confirmed the coming of a second-generation model. Heinrich Schwackhoefer spoke to Automotive News lately and expressed his positive thoughts regarding the EV’s potential future. Schwackhoefer believes that the sub-brand is stable and that we can expect the i3 to have its successor.

We think the only problem is when will that be? Since the project manager cannot say anything more, our guess would be in 4 or 5 years? Or, maybe BMW wants to keep silent about the second-gen’s launch since it has only been only three years after it went on sale.

The BMW i3 as we know, didn’t sell as many units since its launch in 2013. At any rate, the poor sales figures didn’t stop them from looking at it with a positive perspective. Considering there were only 60,000 units sold around this time, we’re glad that the company never saw it as an epic failure.

Read the entire article A 2nd-generation BMW i3 may be on the horizon

Competition has been very tight in the electric vehicle arena. Automakers have been rushing to create the nearest-to-perfect EV that has ever been built. As much as these EVs are a cheaper alternative to fuel powered vehicles, there are also issues that are yet to be solved by its engineers. As much as there are a lot of glitches for these vehicles under development and research, there will always be room for improvement and that is what BMW is currently working on.

The release of BMW’s electric vehicle, the i3, was very much anticipated way back in 2014. The i3 offers an innovative interior as well as a strong performance. What makes it even more appealing to the buyers is its electric powertrain which makes it the brand’s first zero emissions mass produced vehicle.

It is mostly made of carbon-fiber and aluminum structure and has a very good handling due to its low center of gravity. From testing, the 170 horsepower i3 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and it has a recorded top speed of 92 mph. With a single charge, the BMW i3 has a battery-only range of 81 miles. It makes a full charge in 3 hours on a 220-volt outlet. An optional Range Extender gas engine also comes in handy (you’ll never know when it’ll come useful so it’s better safe than sorry) and can extend the range to 150 miles.

Read the entire article 2017 BMW i3 94 Ah is better and bolder with 114-mile range

During the first quarter of the year, BMW has only sold a total of 5,128 units of the i3 and i8 combined around the world. This demonstrates a sales decline of about 23% from the same period last year. For the full-year of 2015, the German carmaker sold 24,057 units of the i3 and 5,456 units of the i8.

The slump can widely be attributed to the growing competition and relatively expensive price tag. For a short mile range of about 80 miles, the i3 already has a base price of $42,400. This can be improved up to 160 miles with a two-cylinder engine for an additional $3,850.

Moreover, the BMW i3 is said to not be able to live up to its looks and environmental friendliness. Its eco-friendly eDrive setting is not even practical for today’s driving era as it offers a mile range of 22 miles and a maximum speed of 75 mph.

Read the entire article BMW preparing to refresh the i3, i8 vehicles as sales go down

BMW i sealed a partnership deal with MR PORTER.COM, the award-winning online hub for men's style, to create a unique, limited edition BMW i3. The integrated team of experts seeks to produce a sophisticated, luxury vehicle inspired by timelessness, uniqueness, and modernity.

The BMW i3, reminiscent of the classic and stylish tuxedo, comes with a superb exterior in tuxedo blue. The distinctive features on each of the numbered special editions have been handcrafted to come up with a unique finish.

The individual coating and the white accent running the chassis' length, which can all be associated with the pinstripe suit, are handcrafted by experts. BMW i Brand Management Head Stefan Ponikva claimed that the new limited edition BMW i3 demonstrates the effortless yet powerful combination of sustainability and style.

Read the entire article BMW i and MR PORTER team up to produce limited edition Tuxedo Blue i3

The Los Angeles Police Department received a BMW i3 electric vehicle as a loan from BMW i. This marks the first test of the i3 at an authority fleet in the United States. Donning the LAPD black and white livery, with rooftop light-bar, the BMW i3 will be loan-tested for 12 months, during which the EV may also be featured at public events around Los Angeles.

LAPD can take full advantage of the i3’s compact size and agility, especially during its law enforcement runs. These benefits come because of the i3’s lightweight Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic construction.

Additionally, the BMW i3 features a very tight turning circle, which is a plus factor when trying to maneuver through the streets of Los Angeles. With the loan, LAPD will be given access to the carmaker’s local network of BMW i Centers for a convenient servicing of the loaned vehicle.

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Norbert Reithofer, chief executive of BMW Group, views political initiatives in several of its key markets as important in helping boost sales of its i3 electric compact car. He remarked that when a government offers tangible incentives for e-mobility, the registration figures for model soar.

He cited the situation in Norway, which is offering a charging structure that allows parking and charging of EVs for free – resulting to sales of around 2,000 i3s in the country in 2014. The Norwegian government also levies no sales or registration tax on EVs.

California, meanwhile, offers financial subsidies to purchase battery-powered cars and BMW sold around 3,000 i3s in the state last year. California also allows EV drivers to use dedicated highway carpool lanes.

Read the entire article BMW CEO says political initiatives key to hiking i3 sales

If you think that a BMW i3 is a rare sight in Germany, a charging station that caters to the carmaker’s electric offers is even rarer. During a recent four-day test drive, which came a year after BMW launched the i3, the EV managed to cruise around 200km (125 miles) in Berlin, which one of the four cities picked by the German government to promote electric cars.

By the time the i3's battery indicator showed that it is running its last 10km, the EV had to be driven into one of the around 500 charging stations in Berlin. But that is also when the problem started to show up. The i3 visited three charging stations to recharge, but, two of them weren't part of BMW's payment system.

The third one was in a shopping mall, but didn't work. The situation underscores the current hurdle that electric driving has to surpass to entice people to embrace this kind of mobility. The situation also brings some questions on whether electric driving is really practical for urban consumers who have no garages or dedicated parking areas.

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Although it sounds kind of stupid, Japanese tuning company Eve.Ryn decided that the BMW i3 needs some design upgrades and decided to improve the German electric car. The exterior changes are quite consistent and include a new front bumper with carbon fiber inserts and large air inlets, flared wheel arches, new side sills, a rear roof spoiler as well as a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser.

In addition, a new set of wheels was installed, which make the vehicle look even sportier. There are no details regarding any performance upgrades, which means we will find the same electric motor that produces 170 hp (125 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque.

Power it sent to the rear wheels and the BMW i3 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, while top speed is 93 mph or 150 km/h. BMW also offers a Range Extender which consists in a 605cc two-cylinder four-stroke petrol engine that generates 34 hp.

Read the entire article Eve.Ryn tunes the BMW i3 in Japan

BMW has launched a smart charging app in the United States that determines which hours electricity is cheapest, helping BMW i3 owners save money on home-charging their units. According to BMW, the app is available on both Android and Apple devices and comes embedded into the iRemote App, which sends information about i3 temperature, status, charging times and related costs.

BMW will initially offer the app only to Electronauts -- its i3 early adopter program in the United States that started operations in 2012. BMW’s smart charging app employs a direct connection to a national energy-rate database that is hosted by BMW partner Genability.

According to the carmaker, the smart charging app enables i3 owners to adjust their charging strategy even weeks in advance. Julian Lienich at BMW remarked that the carmaker is committed to improving the at-home charging experience for customers to best optimize their EVs for daily use.

Read the entire article BMW launches Smart Charging App telling when i3 charging is cheapest

BMW Group has hiked output of the i3 electric car by 43 percent to be able to meet high demand for the vehicle. In recent weeks, BMW has hiked daily production from 70 vehicles to 100 units at its Leipzig site in Germany, according to production chief Harald Krueger, who noted that the carmaker has already produced over 5,000 i3s since the start of 2014.

The current production rate would mean that BMW could produce up to 20,000 vehicles for full year 2014 – nearly twice the sales number that BMW initially forecasted. BMW commence sales of the i3 in November 2013 in Europe and will start rolling out the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car in June 2014.

Both vehicles from BMW’s i sub-brand feature a carbon fiber chassis to for lighter weight and improved fuel efficiency. BMW disclosed in February that it is building a second production hall at a jointly operated site with SGL Carbon SE to increase assembly of the carbon material.

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BMW Group is constructing a second production hall at a carbon-fiber site it jointly operates with SGL Carbon SE as it tries to cater to growing demand for its i-subbrand models. The carmaker also plans to use carbon fiber on other vehicles in its lineup. "We're preparing the roll out of carbon fiber material in models beyond the i- model range" and the M performance-car unit, remarked BMW spokesman Mathias Schmidt.

Handelsblatt has reported that BMW is planning to use carbon fiber for its planned new 7 series that will be rolled out by the end of 2014. BMW launched the i3 electric in November 2013 and will roll out the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar later this year. BMW has already sold out the i8 for its first year of availability. Both i-models boast of a carbon-fiber chassis to cut weight and enhance fuel efficiency.

BMW chief financial officer Friedrich Eichiner disclosed in October 2013 that the company is mulling a production hike for the i3 as early demand exceeded its expectations. BMW has received 11,000 orders globally for the i3 and expects to sell more than 10,000 units this year. "We're preparing for rising demand," said Tino Fritsch, a spokesman for SGL.

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