BMW M340i xDrive: ‘Extremely dynamic’ 3 ready for LA show

‘Extremely dynamic’ new sedan Three on way More torque from well-known straight six ‘Exceptionally sporty character’ for 2019 launch MUNICH, Germany – The new BMW 3 Series Sedan, the automaker says, is picking up speed on its way to its market launch in early 2019. That’s it above… cool, hey? It’s said to be ”an…

Ramping up: Production starts for AWD BMW 8 convertible

DINGOLFING, Germany – Four months after production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé ramped up here comes the BMW 8 Series convertible. It will be assembled alongside BMW 5 and 7 Series on a single assembly line after a multi-million line upgrade at the plant in in Lower Bavaria. Driver and passengers will be…

New BMW F850 GS Adventure: High-tech comes to real touring

High-tech, auto emergency call system 550km range from new central 55-litre tank Whole catalogue of useful accessories MUNICH, Germany – For more than a decade the GS models in BMW Motorrad’s midsize F series motorcycles are said to have embodied the premium range of the middleweight travel and adventure enduro. The lay claim to high-level…

US data shows electric vehicles can do more than save fuel

SAN FRANCISCO, California / MUNICH, Germany: The BMW Group and PG&E present the results of their ChargeForward project in favour of maximizing the use of electricity from renewable resources to charge electric cars. The main findings were: Electric vehicles can help to stabilise the public grid Drivers will change charging habits, given the right message…

Through dusty Death Valley in a BMW soft-top prototype

Extreme heat and dust test the soft top Electronic circuits subjected to 50C air Long-distance drives from mountains to sea MUNICH, Germany –  BMW has put its 8 Series convertible through intensive trials and test drives involving Las Vegas and Death Valley in the USA. The results, the automaker says, provided important information about the functional…

BMW seeking driving heaven on the Nordschleife hell run

BMW sends Threes to hell for testing Optimising ride comfort, dynamic performance ‘More potential for maximum transverse dynamics’ WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey – The next generation of BMW’s 3 Series sedan has just completed ”crucial” final stages of suspension and chassis development testing ahead of production. The automaker said there was only one possible location…

Next BMW Z4: Green light for ‘pure driving pleasure’

‘Particularly important’ test stage at Miramas Next comes camouflage drives on autobahns Major focus is the new suspension system MUNICH, Germany – Long bonnet, short overhangs, low centre of gravity, soft top: despite the camouflage, the two-seater doing laps at the BMW test centre in Miramas in the south of France was instantly recognisable as…

BMW M3 CS comes 30 years on from E30 BMW M3 Evolution

Special edition, limited run, for M3 special Tuned sport exhaust blows through four tailpipes Road-legal, semi-slick, tyres can be specified MUNICH, Germany – BMW is presenting another exclusive, limited-run, special-edition model – a BMW M3 CS with accentuated sporting presence but continuing the now decades-long tradition of M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution….

‘Hey look, Ma! No hands!’ In fact, not even a rider

No rider needed! Hello, pizza parlours! BMW scooter mule for computer testing Full motorcycle performance no problem LONDON, England – A self-driving (riding??) motorcycle, co-developed by AB Dynamics in Britain, will allow autonomous cars to be tested under much more challenging and representative conditions. Unlike slow-moving pedestrians and cyclists, the combination of rapid acceleration and…

BMW iX3: Key role for future electric mobility

MUNICH, Germany – BMW Group is pushing ahead with vehicle electrification strategy by extending the reach to the company’s core brands and the BMW Concept iX3 – debuted Auto China 2018 show in Beijing – offers a look ahead to the expansion of the model line-up in this area. The first model from the BMW brand to be…

Saturday shops? Put a new Beemer in your shopping trolley

Arrange a test drive in-store from latest Beemers Buy on-line using an interactive display. Problem? A BMW Genius will be on call to help LONDON, England – BMW UK has announced the opening of its first UK-based Urban Store at the Bluewater shopping centre in southern England. Following the template of BMW Urban Stores around…

BMW marches on in Pretoria with X3 production

State-of-art plant aiming for 76 000 units a year R6.1bn investment – now cars rolling off the line Commitment to SA continues 45 years on MIDRAND, South Africa – A new chapter in South Africa’s automotive story has opened with BMW SA starting production  of the X3 SUV at its plant near Pretoria to emphasise…