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    Hengst develops active crankcase ventilation for BMW
    Hengst SE has developed an active crankcase ventilation, called Blue.tron, for BMW, according to a company press release on 12 March. The company informed that the new product will be equipped in the upcoming generation of 3L 6-cylinder diesel engine systems from BMW; passenger vehicle ser...
    03-Apr-2020 News New Products
    BMW uses blockchain technology to drive greater transparency in supply chain
    BMW is using blockchain technology in purchasing to ensure the traceability of components and raw materials in multistage international supply chains, a company press release on 31 March read. The BMW Group initiated the ‘PartChain’ project to ensure traceability of components at the push of ...
    BMW recalls 3,300 vehicles in US over issue with front seatbelt buckles
    BMW is recalling approximately 3,300 vehicles in the United States over an issue with front seatbelt buckles, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA). The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2020 BMW X3, X3 M, X4 and X4 M SUVs; 3 ...
    31-Mar-2020 News Recalls
    BMW reveals details of i Hydrogen NEXT fuel cell SUV
    In a press release dated 30 March, BMW has revealed powertrain details for its fuel-cell sport utility vehicle (SUV) i Hydrogen NEXT. The fuel cell system for the powertrain for the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT generates up to 125 kW (170 hp). It also features a peak power battery which adds more power, taki...
    31-Mar-2020 News New Products
    BMW to offer all-electric powertrain in next-generation 7-Series
    In a press release dated 18 March, BMW has announced that it will offer an all-electric powertrain in the next-generation 7-Series. The luxury sedan is expected to be made available in four different types of drivetrain: as a highly efficient diesel-, or petrol-driven car; as an electrified plu...
    20-Mar-2020 News New Products
    COVID-19 pandemic: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to shut down plant in UK for two weeks
    Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has said that production at its Goodwood-based manufacturing plant will be suspended from March 23 for two weeks due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In a press release dated 18 March, the company added that company the suspension will be followed by an alr...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    COVID-19 pandemic: BMW to temporarily close plants in Europe and South Africa till 19 April
    German luxury and sports car manufacturer BMW has announced that it will be shutting down production activities at its manufacturing sites located across Europe and South Africa. According to a report filed by motoring publication Automotive News on 18 March, the company declared that the plant clos...
    19-Mar-2020 News COVID-19
    BMW confirms Android Auto with OTA updates for Australia by second half of year
    BMW has said that a full wireless version of the smartphone mirroring function with over-the-air updates (OTA) will be available in Australia by the second half of this year, Carsguide reported on 14 March, quoting BMW Australia product planning executive, Prabs Datar. “Any [BMW] already on the...
    BMW offers eDrive Zones technology in 80 European cities
    BMW is offering its eDrive Zone technology with its plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) in 80 cities across Europe, the company announced in a press release on 16 March. BMW eDrive Zones trigger an automatic change to the purely electric operating mode as soon as the vehicle enters a designated area, suc...
    17-Mar-2020 News New Products
    BMW to end production of i8 plug-in hybrid sports car
    BMW is planning to stop the production of its plug-in hybrid sports car i8, Autocar reported on 11 March, citing a confirmation from BMW. The production is expected to cease by the middle of April. Significance: The i8 was the first model by BMW under its ‘i’ label. The production versio...
    BMW launches intelligent network of EV chargers in Brazil with start-up INCHARGE
    The BMW Group do Brasil, in partnership with a Brazilian startup INCHARGE, has announced the launch of a platform with premium services for users of the charging network, according to a BMW press release on 10 March 2020. The system will initially be available as a pilot project at 30 recharging poi...
    Suppliers to the new BMW 8 Series
    The second generation BMW 8 Series is assembled at BMW's facility in Chengalpattu, India. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation BMW 8 Series from the plant is expected to peak in 2021 at over 51 units. If you would like your company included in t...
    Electric parking brakes set to become more prevalent in lower-segment cars
    Electric parking brakes (EPBs), once seen as a luxury feature that was available only to buyers of high-end and premium vehicles, are poised to make significant inroads into lower vehicle segments. This technology replaces the conventional hand-operated brake lever with a switch that operates the br...
    BMW unveils all-electric Gran Coupe i4
    BMW has unveiled its all-electric Gran Coupe i4, the company announced in a press release on 3 March. The new electric vehicle (EV) is powered by a 80-kWh battery pack, which gives it a range of 600 km, as per WLTP. BMW i4 generates a power output of 390 kW (530 hp), which enables a top speed i...
    04-Mar-2020 News New Products
    Rhapsody International’s Powered by Napster platform to be integrated with BMW Music streaming service
    Rhapsody International has announced that its Powered by Napster will be integrated with the new BMW Music streaming service, a company press release on 27 February stated. BMW Music will bring its on-demand music and audio service to owners in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands,...
    28-Feb-2020 News New Products
    BMW to launch PHEV version of 330e Touring in summer 2020
    BMW is planning to launch the 330e Touring plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) in the summer of 2020, the company announced in a press release on 19 February. Both the BMW 330e Sedan and BMW 330e Touring will now be available with classic rear-wheel drive and the intelligent all-wheel drive system BMW xDr...
    20-Feb-2020 News New Products
    New BMW M340d xDrive Sedan and Touring to get mild hybrid powertrain
    German luxury and sportscar maker BMW has announced that the new additions to its M line-up, the M340d xDrive sedan and the M340d xDrive Touring station wagon, will be equipped with mild hybrid powertrains. In a press statement issued by the company, the 3.0 liter, twin turbocharged, straight 6 cyli...
    19-Feb-2020 News New Products
    BorgWarner supplies twin scroll turbochargers to BMW
    In a press release issued by BorgWarner on 18 February, the American auto components supplier has stated that its twin scroll turbochargers will be supplied to BMW for use in its 3.0 liter, in-line six cylinder petrol engines. This engine is used in a large number of vehicles in the BMW product rang...
    BMW recalls 683 vehicles in US over issue with rear reflex reflectors
    BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling 683 vehicles in the United States over an issue with rear reflex reflectors, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2020 X7 xDrive4...
    18-Feb-2020 News Recalls
    BMW expands electric powertrain components production at German plant
    BMW has expanded its electric powertrain components production at the Competence Centre for E-Drive Production in Dingolfing plant in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 6 February. The plant expects the number of modules needed for production of high-voltage batteries to double fro...
    07-Feb-2020 News Investments
    BMW iX3 EV features ‘Aerodynamic Wheels’
    BMW’s upcoming pure-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV), the iX3, features ‘aerodynamic wheels,’ the automaker announced in a press release on 5 February. Scheduled for launch later this year, the iX3 electric vehicle (EV) with lightweight aerodynamic wheels helps reduce drag. The new aerodyn...
    07-Feb-2020 News New Products
    Connected Car highlights from CES 2020
    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), an annual affair organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) since 1967, took place from 7-10 January 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event sees global OEMs and suppliers come together to showcase new products and technologies related to the consumer el...
    BMW to launch MINI Sharing in South Africa
    BMW’s MINI car brand has announced plans to launch ‘MINI Sharing’ car-sharing service in South Africa later this year, the company said in a press release on 27 January. The company’s car-sharing service will enable even non-MINI drivers to get behind the wheel of a MINI car with just a few ...
    BMW unveils Connected Music platform for customers to stream music in the vehicle
    BMW has launched a platform through which customers can stream music in the car, the German automaker said in a press release on 29 January. Connected Music allows unrestricted in-car access to customers’ Spotify, Napster or Deezer streaming accounts. The vehicle’s embedded SIM card is used f...
    30-Jan-2020 News New Products
    BMW i Ventures to invest in Software Motor Company for advanced electric motor systems
    BMW i Ventures has invested in Software Motor Company (SMC), a Silicon Valley-based company specializing in intelligent motor systems, BMW announced in a press release on 22 January. According to a separate press release from SMC, the company has secured a USD25 million financing round, including a ...
    24-Jan-2020 News Investments
    BMW recalls 292,948 vehicles in US to replace defective airbag inflators
    BMW is recalling 292,948 vehicles in the United States to replace defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2000-2005 323iT, 325iT, 325xiT, 320i, 323i, 325i, 325xi,...
    22-Jan-2020 News Recalls
    BMW's sales of electrified vehicles grow 2.2% y/y to 145,815 units in 2019
    BMW has reported a growth of 2.2% year on year (y/y) in the global sales of its electrified vehicles to 145,815 units in 2019, according to a company press release on 14 January. Of these, 42,073 units sold were of BMW i brand, which includes all-electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8, which is a growth ...
    CES 2020: Samsung unveils 5G telematics control unit, ties up with BMW
    Samsung has revealed a 5G-based telematics control unit (TCU) at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the electronics giant said in a press release on 7 January. It will also equip the BMW iNEXT electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) with 5G products from HARMAN. Samsung showcased its new co...
    BMW presents X1 xDrive25e, BMW X2 xDrive25e plug-in hybrids
    BMW has unveiled the plug-in hybrid versions of its X1 sports activity vehicle and X2 sports activity coupe, the company announced in a press release on 9 January. BMW will first launch the X1 xDrive25e, followed by X2 xDrive25e, in 2020. The plug-in hybrid system of the new BMW X1 xDrive 25e a...
    10-Jan-2020 News New Products
    CES 2020: BMW showcases 'i Interaction EASE' concept, i3 Urban Suite
    BMW is presenting what it terms its “visionary approaches to create the mobility experience of the future” at the CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, the company said in a press release on 7 January. The company is displaying BMW i Interaction EASE concept, i3 Urban Suite and ZeroG Lou...
    09-Jan-2020 News New Products
    BMW to recalls 2,251 vehicles in Australia over issue with child seats
    BMW will recall 2,251 vehicles in Australia over an issue with child ISOFIX seats, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) said in a statement last week. The recall affects model years 2013 through 2019 BMW X6 and X6M SUVs. According to BMW, using the ISOFIX mounts and addition...
    31-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    CM.com collaborates with BMW for automated SMS messages
    CM.com has announced a collaboration with BMW Group under which it will provide the infrastructure for sending automated SMS messages as part of BMW’s ConnectedDrive services globally, a press released dated 20 December read. CM.com takes care of sending SMS to the respective partner carriers o...
    SHARE NOW to exit North America and three European cities next year
    Germany-based ride-sharing company SHARE NOW has decided to fold up operations in the North American market and in London, Brussels, and Florence from February next year, the company said on its website earlier this month. SHARE NOW says that the reasons to exit North America were the volati...
    BMW recalls 3,012 vehicles in US over problem with transmission wiring harness
    BMW has issued a recall of 3,012 vehicles in the United States over a transmission wiring harness issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website on 11 December. The recall covers model year (MY) 2019–20 M5 and 2020 M8 Gran Coupe, M8 Coupe...
    27-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    CES 2020: BMW to showcase i3 Urban Suite concept
    BMW is set to showcase its all-electric i3 Urban Suite concept at the 2020 CES in the United States next month, the company announced in a press release on 19 December. The interiors of the car has been designed to meet the passengers’ individual needs. Further details of the vehicle were not...
    20-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BMW's cumulative sales of electrified vehicles touches half a million units globally
    In a press release dated 19 December, BMW announced that its cumulative sales of electrified vehicles (EVs) has crossed the half-a-million-unit mark globally. BMW is now aiming to have one million EVs on the roads within two years. "Half a million vehicles is the best proof. Our broad r...
    BMW opens booking for all-electric MINI Cooper SE in US
    BMW has opened pre-bookings for the all-electric MINI Cooper SE in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 17 December. The 2020 MINI Cooper SE will reach the United States showrooms in early March of 2020 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of USD29,900 plus...
    19-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BMW reveals powertrain details of all electric iX3
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer BMW has revealed the powertrain details of its upcoming pure electric SUV, the iX3. Based on the BMW X3, the iX3 will go into series production in 2020, according to a press release issued by the company on 18th December. The vehicle will be driven by an elec...
    19-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BMW recalls 622 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags
    BMW is recalling 622 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 1999 BMW 3 Series vehicles. Significance: In affected vehicles, exposure to moisture over time could cause the driv...
    18-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Daimler and BMW to work on boosting profitability in mobility JVs
    The BMW Group and Daimler Mobility AG have jointly announced the expansion of their mobility joint venture, with the aim to improve profitability. The services provided by the joint venture are currently clustered under the three verticals of Park Now & Charge Now, Free Now and Share Now. ...
    BMW recalls 245 vehicles in US over issue with headlight control units
    BMW has issued a recall of 245 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the headlight control units, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2020 Z4 M40i, Z4 sDrive30i, 330i and 330i xD...
    17-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    BMW recalls 5,459 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags
    BMW is recalling 5,459 vehicles in Canada over defective airbags, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall covers model year (MY) 2000-01 BMW 3 Series vehicles. Significance: In affected vehicles, exposure to moisture over time could cause the...
    16-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    BMW to offer Android Auto smartphone integration in new vehicles from mid-2020
    BMW Group has announced that it will be integrating Android Auto in all vehicles with BMW Operating System 7.0. from July 2020, a company press release dated 11 December showed. The addition will allow customers to connect their Android smartphones wirelessly with their vehicle and have access to An...
    12-Dec-2019 News New Products
    BMW partners with Ganfeng for sourcing lithium for battery cells
    BMW has signed a supply agreement with Ganfeng Lithium to source lithium for its electric vehicle (EV) battery cells, the company announced in a press release on 11 December. The order is worth EUR540 million (USD598.2 million) and has a term of five years (2020-2024). Ganfeng will supply the l...
    BMW recalls 7,910 vehicles in US over airbags issue
    BMW is recalling 7,910 vehicles in the United States over an airbags issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year 1999 323i and 328i vehicles equipped with non-azide driver airbag inflators (NADI)...
    12-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    BMW recalls 32,760 vehicles in US over problem with child restraint system
    BMW is recalling 32,760 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the child restraint system, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall covers model year 2015-2019 X6 sDrive35i, X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i, and X6...
    11-Dec-2019 News Recalls
    Durr expands paint shop production capacity in China and Hungary to supply BMW
    Dürr announced plans to expand its presence in China and Hungary by building new paint shops in Shenyang, China, and Debrecen, Hungary, according to a company press release on 6 December 2019. In addition, the company will expand an existing paint shop in China. These additional capacities will cat...
    BMW's global electrified vehicle sales grow 18.4% y/y to 17,480 units in November
    BMW has reported a growth of 18.4% year on year (y/y) in the global sales of its electrified vehicles to 17,480 units in November, according to a company press release on 6 December. Out of these, 13,590 units were plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV), which is a growth of 20.3% y/y. Sales of the MINI Coo...
    BMW drops plan to charge subscription fee for Apple CarPlay
    BMW has decided to remove the subscription fees for Apple CarPlay in vehicles in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to a report by Autocar Professional on 5 December. According to the report, UK cars running BMW's latest operating system for its infotainment system will offer acc...
    Ultra wideband-based solutions offer added security
    As the automotive industry moves swiftly towards connectivity and self-driving vehicles, security becomes a challenge. Hackers can remotely gain unwarranted access to vehicles by hacking the key fob and replicating the signal to unlock and start the car. Hence it is crucial for the industry to quick...
    BMW invests USD443 million to upgrade Dingolfing facility in Germany
    German auto maker BMW has announced its decision to invest approximately EUR400 million (nearly USD443 million) in its vehicle manufacturing facility located in Dingolfing, Germany. According to a press release dated 2nd December, the investment is to upgrade the plant ahead of the company’s produ...
    03-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    BMW and Great Wall Motors officially inaugurate JV for manufacturing electric models from MINI
    BMW and Great Wall Motors (GWM) have officially inaugurated their new joint venture (JV) ‘Spotlight Automotive Limited’ to manufacture electric models from MINI brand, BMW announced in a press release on 29 November. The 50:50 JV will set up a new plant with standard capacity of 160,000 vehicles...
    02-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Prospects of laser light technology in vehicles
    Presently, laser lights are mainly used for high-beam applications in conjunction with some other lighting technologies, usually LEDs, to cater for low-beam operation. The technology is quite expensive, so the segment is currently quite niche; laser technology can only be seen in premium vehicles an...
    New BMW X3 gets plug-in hybrid powertrain, new high voltage battery pack
    BMW has announced the newest version of its SUV, the X3, in a press release dated 4th November. The Munich-based car maker has made its X3 xDrive30e the third vehicle in its fleet to be equipped with plug-in hybrid drive and all-wheel drive (AWD). The new BMW X3 is driven by a 2.0-litre, twin tur...
    25-Nov-2019 News New Products
    BMW, Great Wall Motor JV gets regulatory approval for setting up plant in China
    China-based Great Wall Motor has obtained the required approvals from local regulatory authorities to set up its vehicle manufacturing facility with German automotive manufacturer BMW. This joint venture production facility comes with a total investment of RMB5.1 billion (approximately USD730 millio...
    BMW invests over USD220 million in Austrian diesel engine development centre
    The BMW Group has announced that in 2019 alone, it will be investing over EUR200 million (more than USD220 million) in new diesel engines and test stands for the company’s electric drives at the engine development centre in Steyr, Austria. According to Fritz Steinparzer, the Head of diesel engi...
    22-Nov-2019 News Investments
    BMW aims to achieve more than USD13.26 billion in savings by 2022
    Munich-based luxury and sportscar maker BMW is holding talks with its suppliers and labor representatives in line with the company’s plans to reach cost savings in excess of EUR12 billion (approximately USD13.26 billion) by the year 2022, according to a report filed by motoring publication Automot...
    BMW officially partners with Hans Zimmer for developing sounds for EVs
    BMW has officially partnered with the famous music composer Hans Zimmer for developing BMW IconicSounds Electric, BMW’s new brand for creating sounds for electric vehicles (EVs), the company announced in a press release on 20 November. Zimmer and Vitale have now also revealed their most recent co-...
    BMW extends INRIX driver services for BMW ConnectedDrive  
    INRIX has announced the extension of its agreement with BMW Group to provide INRIX driving services, including real-time parking, traffic, and travel alerts, a company press release on 18 November showed. BMW ConnectedDrive with real-time traffic information is powered by the INRIX network, and i...
    BMW to launch all-electric i4 in 2021
    BMW is set to launch its all-electric midsegment sedan i4 in 2021, the company announced in a press release on 18 November 2019. The i4 will be equipped with BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, which includes an 80 kWh newly designed high-voltage battery, which will give the i4 a range ...
    19-Nov-2019 News New Products
    BMW opens new battery cell competence center in Germany
    BMW has opened a new battery cell competence center in Germany, the company announced in a press  release on 14 November. BMW will use the center to advance battery cell technology and carefully dissect the production processes. The BMW Group is investing a total of EUR200 million in the Compet...
    18-Nov-2019 News Investments
    BMW's global EV sales grow 8.6% y/y to 14,182 units in October
    German luxury and sportscar maker BMW announced on 8 November its sales results for the month of October and for the first 10 months of this year. Sales of the company’s electrified vehicles climbed to 14,182 units in October, which represents a rise of 8.6% year-on-year from the same ti...
    BMW supports harmonization of industry standards for digital vehicle access
    BMW has announced an update to its Digital Key technology with greater interoperability, the automaker said in a press release on 12 November. The second generation of an NFC-based digital key ecosystem has been announced for late 2019. A key feature of the new version is the use of a security ch...
    BMW recalls 12,663 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators
    BMW is recalling 12,663 vehicles in Australia over defective airbag inflators, according to a recall notice on the Australian Competition and Commission (ACCC) website on 7 November. The recall affects model year (MY) 1997-2000 BMW E46 3 Series vehicles. The recall affects vehicles fitted with drive...
    12-Nov-2019 News Recalls
    BMW, TenneT partner to develop smart EV charging solutions
    BMW and the power grid operator TenneT are working together to jointly develop a smart charging control system for electric vehicles (EV), according to a joint press release from the two companies on 7 November. The new charging solution will support the stability of the power grid. “An intelligen...
    BMW plans to install 4,100 charging points in Germany by 2021
    BMW is planning to install 4,100 charging points at its locations in Germany by 2021, the company announced in a press release on 5 November. The new charging infrastructure enables BMW Group employees to charge their cars conveniently at their workplace. Around half of the charging points will also...
    Magna wins multi-year supply order for transmissions technologies from BMW
    Magna has won a multi-year order from BMW to supply transmission technologies, the Canadian supplier announced in a press release on 30 October. The contract includes all front-wheel drive dual-clutch transmissions, including hybrid transmission variants. The transmissions will be produced at Magna ...
    BMW to launch all-electric MINI Cooper SE in US in March 2020
    In a press release dated 28 October, BMW announced that it will launch the all-electric MINI Cooper SE in the United States in March 2020. The electric hatchback will be priced starting at USD29,900. “The United States pricing of the new MINI Cooper SE was set to establish this new battery electri...
    30-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Outlook for HVAC HMI systems
    Automotive manufacturers across the globe are investing ever increasing amounts of time, effort and money in order to make the interiors of their vehicles better. Vehicle owners are spending longer durations in their cars than ever before in history, particularly due to longer commute times. Studies...
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    Lighting Suppliers strategy: Outlook
    ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems) and AD (autonomous driving) are now some of the main reasons for the automotive industry to improve safety for drivers and road users. Technologies such as laser, digital projections, and LED matrix are gathering momentum in the industry for both exterior an...
    BMW recalls 3,924 vehicles in US over issue with driver airbag module
    BMW is recalling 3,924 vehicles in the United States over an issue with the driver-side airbag module, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2000-2002 325i and 325xi Sedan, a...
    24-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    BMW is open for new partner in mobility services business, says CEO Oliver Zipse
    BMW is open to the idea of additional partners joining its mobility services venture which the carmaker runs with Daimler, the company’s new CEO Oliver Zipse told a local newspaper. “We would like to welcome additional partners in this area, which has great future potential,” Zipse told Frankf...
    BMW recalls 257,473 vehicles in US to update back-up camera software
    BMW is recalling 257,473 vehicles in the United States to update back-up camera software, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website last month. The recall affects model year (MY) 2018 540d; MY 2018-2020 530i, 530i xDrive, 540i, 540i xDrive, M...
    15-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    BMW's global electrified vehicle sales grow 10.1% y-o-y in September
    Sales of the electrified vehicle fleet of German car maker BMW grew by 10.1% year on year in September 2019 to 16,035 units. This was partly due to the launch of new BMW 330e sedan. However, the year-to-date number of BMW Group’s electrified vehicle sales as of September 2019 stood at 96,570 ...
    BMW launches new X1 plug-in hybrid compact crossover
    BMW has launched its new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) sports activity vehicle (SAV), the BMW X1 xDrive25e, the company announced in a press release on 25 September. The crossover comes with a 1.5L 3-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo Technology and an electric drive. Together, the...
    26-Sep-2019 News New Products
    New BMW 5 Series to get 48 volt mild-hybrid system
    The upcoming 2019 BMW 5 Series will come bundled with mild-hybrid technology when it goes on sale this fall. BMW has been aggressive in expanding their plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) line-up recently, and the powertrain electrification of the new 5 Series is part of this strategy. The 48 volt system ...
    23-Sep-2019 News New Products
    BMW recalls 7,909 vehicles in Australia over airbags issue
    BMW is recalling 7,909 vehicles in Australia over defective airbags, according to a notice by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC). The recall affects model year (MY) 2002–03 BMW 5-Series, MY 2001–06 BMW 3-Series, and MY 2003 BMW X5 vehicles. Significance...
    20-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Shanghai issues permits to conduct operational tests of smart and connected vehicles
    Shanghai has issued the first permits to conduct operational tests of smart and connected vehicles, becoming the first Chinese city to do so, according to a report by China Daily on September 17. The step marks the latest effort to speed up commercialization of autonomous driving in the country. ...
    19-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    BMW, DRÄXLMAIER Group open new PHEV battery plant in Thailand
    BMW and DräxlmaierGroup have opened a new battery plant in Thailand to manufacture plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) batteries, the automaker announced in a press release on 10 September. BMW Group Thailand launched the local assembly lines in July 2019 at the Dräxlmaier Group plant in WHA Chonburi In...
    12-Sep-2019 News Investments
    IAA 2019: BMW unveils iHydrogen NEXT FCEV
    BMW has unveiled iHydrogen NEXT fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany, the company said in a press release on 10 September. According to BMW, the iHydrogen vehicle demonstrates that FCEV technology can be integrated effectively into a model like the X5. The German c...
    11-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Continental to supply OE tires for BMW X7
    Continental will supply its ‘PremiumContact 6’ tire as original equipment (OE) fitment for BMW X7, according to a company press release last month. The sporty comfort tire will be equipped on the new BMW X7 xDrive35d Design Pure Excellence and X7 xDrive35d M Sport models. The company is sup...
    Chargefox teams up with BMW to offer i3 owners in Australia three-year charging subscription
    Chargefox has partnered with BMW to provide customers of the BMW i3 and i3120 Ah in Australia with a convenient charging solution, the company said in a press release on 3 September. According to the partnership, the i3 (and i3 120 Ah) owners will get a three-year subscription to charge their electr...
    BMW recalls 41,981 vehicles in US over issue with wiring and electrical connectors
    BMW of North America is recalling 41,981 vehicles in the United States over concerns that the blower regulator wiring may overheat, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on 6 August. The recall affects model years (MY) 2008-2012 128i, 135i, 135...
    03-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Additive manufacturing progressing from rapid prototyping to series production
    The automotive industry is gradually adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in its design and manufacturing strategies. The technology offers potential benefits such as innovative designs, lighter and safer products, shorter lead times, and lower cost. However, there are st...
    BMW launches second-generation X5 plug-in hybrid
    BMW has launched the second generation of its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) BMW X5 xDrive45e with better performance, the company announced on 29 August. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) develops 394 hp and a peak torque of 600 Nm, as well as an all-electric range of 67 to 87 km, as per Worldwide H...
    30-Aug-2019 News New Products
    BMW recalls 173 units of 745e xDrive vehicles in US over software error in ECU
    BMW has issued a recall of 173 vehicles in the United States over software error in the electronic control unit (ECU), according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website earlier this month. The recall affects model year 2020 BMW 745e xDrive vehicles. ...
    28-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Varroc: Focus on improving vision with safety and style
    Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights that focus on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind-spot and forward-collision warnings and avoidance, have diminished with the use of cameras and adva...
    Vehicle dynamics: From motorsports to customized driving
    The concept of vehicle dynamics has not only shaped the way a car drives on a fundamental level, but also has indirectly made consumers aware and more willing to spend for comfort and handling when choosing a car. Premium OEMs have been the champions of developing cars with more improved vehicle dyn...
    BMW recalls 557 units of 3-Series model in Canada over issue with center-rear head restraint
    BMW is recalling 557 units of the 3-Series model in Canada over an issue with the center-rear head restraint, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada on 14 August. The recall affects model year 2020 3-Series vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicles, the support for...
    23-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    BMW pilot plant manufactures first iNEXT prototype
    BMW has built the first prototype of its all-electric iNEXT at its pilot plant in Research & Innovation Centre (FIZ) in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 20 August. BMW will start series manufacturing of  iNEXT from 2021 and will run on the same assembly line as combustio...
    21-Aug-2019 News New Products
    BMW launches all-new plug-in hybrid 330e Sedan
    BMW has launched a plug-in hybrid version of the new 3-Series sedan ‘330e’ with higher performance specifications compared to the previous generation, the company announced on 14 August. The BMW 330e Sedan comes with the latest generation of BMW eDrive technology, which is combined wit...
    16-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Monetizing Connected Car
    Introduction A big buzz word in the automotive industry now is ‘connected car’—a vehicle which can optimize its operation and maintenance as well as the convenience and comfort of passengers using onboard sensors and Internet connectivity. General Motors (GM) introduced the concept of conne...
    BMW launches 530e PHEV sedan with new battery cell technology
    BMW has launched the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid sedan with new advanced battery cell technology, the company announced in a press release on 2 August. The new battery improves all-electric range by 30% to up to 66 kilometers. In addition, the latest-generation BMW eDrive technology has reduced the...
    05-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Bridgestone to supply OE tire for next-generation BMW X5 and X7 SUVs
    Bridgestone Americas has been selected to supply original equipment (OE) fitment tires for BMW’s next generation X5 and all-new X7 luxury SUVs in North America, the US subsidiary of Bridgestone said in a press release on 29 July. The Japanese tiremaker is supplying an assortment of tires in 15 dif...
    US state California, four automakers reach framework agreement on clean emission standards
    US state California has signed a framework agreement on clean emission standards with Ford, Honda, BMW of North America and Volkswagen Group of America, California Air Resource Board (CARB) announced in a press release on 25 July. Under the framework, gasoline and diesel cars and light trucks will g...
    Sunroof solutions in automotive
    The automobile roof has been generally treated as another closure component protecting the occupants from environmental and NVH conditions. There has also been an element of safety combined with the design of passenger cells and connection of the pillars. However, over time the roof has become an in...
    BMW to charge USD80 a year subscription fee for Apple CarPlay
    BMW is all set to start charging a subscription fee for the Apple CarPlay connectivity feature in its vehicles, beginning with model year 2019 vehicles in the United States, Car and Driver reported on 23 July. According to an update on BMW’s ConnectedDrive website, the company will charge USD...
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