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German residents can now return their diesel-powered BMW, free of charge

Certain cities in Germany have been pushing to ban  diesel-powered vehicles. And to help ease the fears of people who currently own diesel based engines in Germany, particularly BMW, the automaker decided to offer a helpful solution.

According to statistics, more people are getting rid of their diesel vehicles to opt for a more environmentally friendly car. And in response to this, the automaker attempted to offer their customers something they could not resist, they call this the “diesel return promise”.

Basically, owners of diesel vehicles will be able to return their diesel car to the company. This will start as early as this week in Germany. At the same time, those who lease a new diesel engined BMW may return the vehicle, if driving restrictions on diesel cars are introduced in a nearby city that’s within 62 miles of where they live.

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BMW starts production of new M5 (F90) at its Dingolfing, Bavaria plant

BMW recently announced that the long awaited 2018 BMW M5 (F90) finally goes into production. The M5 is also known as the German automaker’s most powerful production high performance sedan in history. We saw it a couple of months ago at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it made it public reveal.

Apart from being the most powerful production vehicle by BMW, it was announced to be the most expensive M5 ever, earlier this week with a starting price of $102,600, plus an extra $995 destination and handling fee. That makes it $8,500 more expensive than the outgoing model. After months of waiting, BMW confirmed that the 2018 M5’s mass production has started at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Southern Bavaria.

Without a doubt, the very first batch of BMW M5s will be delivered to customers in Europe when it first rolls off the line. But United States customers should not take too long until they get their hands on the F90 generation of the sedan. If everything goes as planned during the production process, deliveries should begin by March 2018 to countries including Germany, United Kingdom and the United States. BMW also plans to beat the previous generation’s production record of about 20,000 units.

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BMW 1-Series Sedan seen in Germany, raises speculation of possible Europe launch

Needless to say, the new BMW 1-Series Sedan is part of the premium carmaker’s offering. However, it should be noted that the so-called baby Bimmer is not being offered in Europe as it is an exclusive product targeting affluent customers in China.

Just recently, a new BMW 1-Series Sedan was seen being driven on roads in Europe. In particular, a reader of BimmerToday was able to take a good glimpse at a BMW 1 Series 120i sedan – in a prototype version without any disguise – in Munich, Germany.

BMW officially launched the BMW 1 Series Sedan at the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, hoping to take advantage of the propensity of more people in the event who may want to buy any of the premium compact cars. While the demand in China is still mainly for larger premium vehicles, especially those with spacious interiors, a new generation of car buyers is on the rise.

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First BMW M4 Coupe crashed in Munich, Germany

The BMW M4 Coupe deliveries already reached their customers and as expected it was just a matter of time to see the first crash with the brand new high-performance sports car. The first M4 Coupe crash happened yesterday in Germany, where a 20-year old driver from the eastern district of Munich managed to drive his car into some trees.

Apparently, the driver accelerated the car and lost control in a corner, then hit a traffic sign as well as two trees found in a small park.

The good news is that the driver got out of the car with few minor injuries, but the car was totaled and according to a German newspaper the estimated total damage is around 90,000 euros or around $122,000.

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BMW Group is supporting the target of the German government for about a million electric cars to ply the country's roads by 2020. Just a week ago, Volkswagen Group declared that this goal can be attained if partly battery-powered cars like hybrids, for example, are included in this category.

Last Monday, BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer made a speech in Munich at an industry conference where he said that the support of authorities is required in attempts to develop the electric-vehicle market in the European Union. He added that the official support in the bloc falls behind programs set in the U.S. and China. Reithofer said that he hopes that the talks between national governments, the European Parliament and the European Commission result in a “viable” package.

He revealed that presently, the proposals being discussed by the commission do not provide incentives to hasten the launch of alternative options. Automakers are working to meet the more stringent rules on emissions throughout the world. To do so, they’re promoting electric-powered models. BMW dealerships in Germany will be getting the 34,950 euro ($48,200) all-electric i3 car next month.

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Bmw has just announced that the i3 will have a base price of 34,950 Euros in Germany. Set to make its world premiere on 29th July at parallel events on three continents in the megacities of London, New York and Beijing, the new Bmw i3 will be available to customers in Germany in November 2013.

According to the official press release, the i3 products and services will be sold via a multi-channel sales model, comprised of authorized BMW i partners, a Customer Interaction Center (CIC) as well as an online platform.

Selected markets will introduce a mobile sales force, a sales team, which will be available to customers outside the traditional showroom.

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In an attempt to boost sales in Germany, Bmw is planning to expand Web-based sales to include all its models. Moreover, the Bavarian manufacturer is looking to house calls by sales personnel in order to improve sales in Germany. These words cam from BMW’s head of German sales, Roland Krueger. Krueger also told WirtschaftsWoche magazine: “We can well imagine that Internet sales could be expanded to all models.”

Still, Bmw dealers are opposing company’s plans. BMW's German dealer head Werner Entenmann told WirtschaftsWoch that they cannot accept direct sales channels.

Krueger tried to calm down dealers by telling the magazine that dealerships will remain the “backbone” of Bmw sales. In an official press release, Bmw said today that it will sell the i3 through the Internet and by using sales people who will visit customers in their homes or selected dealers.

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BMW chief executive Norbert Reithofer urged his fellowmen to throw away their worries over electric-vehicle technology. Reithofer said that while Germany is respected and admired for its engineering expertise and innovation, it is also home to the so-called 'German angst.' BMW’s CEO said that Germans like to engage in long and fearful discussions because they tend to see more problems than opportunities, adding that it is no different with electro-mobility.

The German carmaker wants its i3 city car – its first electric vehicle – to have a good start when it goes on sale later this year even as EVs have been posting dismal sales results due to high costs and concerns over their range. BMW considers the i3 as a key part of its strategy to keep rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz behind its tail.

To play down concerns over electric cars, BMW commenced a global marketing campaign on May 14, 2013 to promote its "i" sub brand via print and Internet ads as well as a series of nine online videos.BMW will also equip the i3 with an auxiliary engine that takes over if the battery runs out of power.

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Even if the demand in Europe for cars has plunged, record sales are likely to be posted by BMW, Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz. The automakers can credit part of this success to Deutsche Telekom AG, which is the largest phone company in Germany. The company has about 38,000 vehicles in its domestic country, which means that there’s one vehicle for every two employees.

Deutsche Telecom is one of several corporate car buyers that took advantage of tax breaks that have supported the auto market. KBA, the motor vehicle office in the country, said that with the weakening of private demand, cars purchased by companies to be used by employees made up for 32% of German auto sales last year. This is about 27% higher than in 2010.

Due to the demand from corporate fleets, sales in Europe's largest auto market were kept relatively steady, falling 2.9% last year even if the demand in Europe fell to its lowest level in nearly two decades.

Read the entire article Bmw, Vw and Mercedes-Benz see record sales in Germany from strong company-car market

Daimler’s strategy to get a bigger share of Europe's emerging rent-by-the-minute urban auto market includes the installation of the largest fleet of its Car2go short-term rental service in Berlin last month. This means that Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz models now outnumber BMW's DriveNow products two-to-one.

Car2go's chief Robert Henrich said that what’s happening in Berlin is part of a bigger campaign to get the attention of urban consumers and increase sales from services as the appeal of being a car owner in the cities diminishes.

He believes that as the leader in this business, it’s to be expected that competition will show up. He said that this proves that it has the “correct” business idea. Because of the expanding customer base for rental cars, Daimler and BMW are improving their city-based services that enable drivers to rent by the minute.

Read the entire article Daimler flooding Berlin with Smart cars, wants to take on Bmw’s DriveNow

It appears that Bmw wants reduce its reliance on Germany as a car-making base, and move more production in China and the United States. Back in 2002, 70 percent of the Bmw vehicles were produced in Germany, in its eight plants found there, while at the end of 2010 the figure was reduced to 62 percent. Now, the number dropped even further to 58 percent and in the medium term, Bmw is planning to reduce it to 50 percent.

Still, according to Frank-Peter Arndt, Germany will remain company’s “backbone”. As a result, Bmw will invest another 2 billion euros in 2011 and 2012 in order to improve its plants found in Germany.

The next investment, which will be in 2013-2014 will be decided soon, according to Arndt. For those who don’t know, Bmw has four vehicle assembly plants (Dingolfing, Leipzig, Munich, Regensburg), three factories that make components (Eisenach, Landshut, Wackersdorf) and one motorcycle assembly facility (Berlin). Bmw aims to sell 2 million cars per year by 2020, up from 1.46 million last year.

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As Volkswagen AG's Audi threatens BMW's lead in the luxury segment, the Quandt family, BMW AG's dominant shareholder, has come out to profess its commitment to the company. Stefan Quandt was at an event last Tuesday in Munich to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the shareholders' vote to approve the family’s rescue of BMW.

He said at the event that the family is “looking forward” to shape the future with BMW. Quandt was quoted to have said, “Lead, don't follow - that's the entrepreneurial calling of BMW.” About 50 years ago, investor Herbert Quandt prevented a takeover attempt by Daimler AG (then called Daimler-Benz).

He had financed the development of the 1500-model mid-sized sedan. The family currently owns 46% of BMW, and Stefan Quandt and Susanne Klatten, his two children, are on the supervisory board.

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The AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d Coupé" Tune It Safe! police concept is the fifth concept car in as many years to arrive from the Association of German Car Tuners (VDAT). Under VDAT's "TUNE IT! SAFE!" initiative, the battlecry is: "Only serious, safe tuning will bring the hoped-for driving pleasure!"

With most of the vehicle accessory equipment supplied by AC Schnitzer, the police concept aims to show that safe tuning does not necessarily mean dull work. After all, the ACS1 2.3d Coupé features an upgraded 2.3 D engine that now develops up to 241 HP (177 kW) of output and a 480 Nm torque matched to a six-speed automatic transmission, allowing the police concept to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds.

Derived from the BMW 123d Coupé are AC Schnitzer Type IV BiColor wheels wrapped in tires from Hankook, the main sponsor of the TUNE IT! SAFE! initiative. AC Schnitzer also provided the 30mm lowered sports suspension to make sure that the police concept features a low, safe road position. Moreover, the AC Schnitzer "ACS1 2.3d Coupé" Tune It Safe! police concept has a body styling kit that includes a two-piece front spoiler, rear wing, rear roof spoiler and rear skirt insert.

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As announced before, the new Bmw 5-Series Touring made its world debut today in Leipzig at the AMI Auto Show. The new upper midrange touring car is based on a recently developed vehicle architecture that's used as well on the BMW 7 Series luxury sedans. The car features a long bonnet, short overhangs, and the longest wheelbase in its segment.

The luggage compartment has a capacity of 560 liters but this can be expanded up to 1,670 liters due to a unique feature in this segment -- the 40:20:40 split folding rear seats. When it comes to performance, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is fitted with a pneumatic suspension on the rear axle as standard.

It also features automatic self-leveling, while Adaptive Drive and Integral Active Steering are optionally available. Buyers can choose from two straight-six petrol engines as well as a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder diesel.

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There are plans for BMW AG to manufacture the next generation Mini in Germany and its factory in Oxford , England . With the strong growth of the Mini brand, BMW is considering adding another production site. Frank-Peter Arndt, BMW's head of car production, said that it's likely a German factory will be responsible for the production of Mini-based models.

It has also been reported that BMW will build Minis at its factory in Regensburg , where the automaker produces models such as the 1-Series and 3-Series. 

It is believed that BMW is likely to add capacity in Germany rather than in Oxford because of currency exchange rates and other costs that will make it more competitive. When the new Minis are launched, it is believed that the Oxford plant will be unable to meet demand.

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Because of the volcanic ash cloud over Europe, production at three BMW AG factories in Germany will be temporarily halted due to a supply shortage of interior and electronic parts.

These parts are typically delivered by air. The world's largest maker of luxury cars has ordered production to stop at its Dingolfing plant, which makes the 5- and 7-series vehicles, according to Mathias Schmidt, a BMW spokesman. 

Production has also been stopped at the Munich plant, which produces the 3 series; and at the Regensburg facility, which makes the 1 series and Z4 models.

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It's apparent that BMW is intent on following through with its plan to build a "Megacity" electric vehicle, with its introduction of the Mini E and the 1-Series Active E Concept.

BMW has announced that the Megacity, also known as the car of the future, will be built in Leipzig, Germany. Norbert Reithofer, BMW's chairman, said that the BMW Group will have high-tech innovations from Bavaria. 

Reithofer said that the reason for choosing the Germany facility is that it offers a tried and tested production network and there are high levels of education and outstanding competencies available at its disposal.

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It has been three and a half years since BMW unveiled the sixth generation of the BMW 7 Series. Thus, it is really about to give the 7 Series a major revision for the 2020 model year. In fact, it is only a matter of time when the sixth-gen 7 Series will be launch into the market as BMW has finally took off the veil of its revised full-size sedan.

Compared to its immediate predecessor, the 2020 BMW 7 Series seems like an all-new model in terms of looks. The most apparent exterior revision made to the new 7 Series is its significantly larger BMW kidney grille. In fact its single-piece frame has grown by around 40 percent. In the United States, the bars of the Active Kidney Grille are finished in aluminum satin.

Furthermore, the front end of the new 2020 BMW 7 Series is now two inches taller at its highest point. These revisions make the new 7 Series look more visually powerful on the road.

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More than a month ago since introducing the BMW X7 to the global public, the German premium carmaker has unveiled its flagship SUV to the North American audience at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is quite ironic since the BMW X7 is built at the carmaker’s Spartanburg manufacturing site in South Carolina.

There is quite no need to tell all the details about the new BMW X7. Nonetheless, the X7 that will soon arrive in the United States will be available in two guises, powered only by petrol engines. As what BMW has revealed, the X7 SUV will be offered either as the X7 xDrive40i or the X7 xDrive50i. The BMW X7 xDrive40i has a core in the persona of a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six engine. This mill is tuned to deliver 335 hp (250 kW) of max output as well as 330 lb.-ft. (447 Nm). This power is enough for the xDrive40i to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5.8 seconds.

On the other hand, BMW is offering a more powerful version of the X7 SUV, which would be an ideal fit for customers who wanted to squeeze more performance from the flagship. The BMW X7 xDrive50i will be powered by a newly developed twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that can deliver 456 hp (340 kW) of max motive power as well as 479 lb.-ft. (649 Nm) of peak torque. This engine can send the X7 xDrive50i sprinting from nil to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, or around 0.6 seconds quicker than the X7 xDrive40i.

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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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