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    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...
    BMW expands battery production capacity in Spartanburg plant in US
    BMW has doubled the production capacity for high voltage batteries its Spartanburg plant in the United States by adding a new assembly line, the company announced in a press release on 24 July. BMW invested USD10 million towards the expansion. The new assembly line will be able to produce different ...
    25-Jul-2019 News Investments
    BMW unveils new polygonal steering wheel for iNEXT autonomous electric car
    BMW has unveiled a new polygonal steering wheel for its all-new iNEXT autonomous electric SUV, due 2021, the German carmaker said in a press release on 22 July. The steering wheel features a flattened rim both at the lower and upper section and rounded at the corners at the sides to offer comfortabl...
    23-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Michelin supplies OE fitments for the new BMW X3 M and X4 M
    Michelin is supplying its Pilot Sport 4S* (PS4S*) summer tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for BMW’s new high-performance X3 M and X4 M models, according to a company press release last month. Michelin is supplying ultra-high-performance PS4S* tires in 255/40ZR21 102Y size for front and 265...
    BMW recalls 403 units of M3 in China over defective cable connectors
    BMW will recall some imported M3 cars in China to fix defective cable connectors, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said in a statement last week. The recall affects about 403 M3s, produced between 28 July 2007 and 30 October 2009. Significance: The latest recall follows ...
    19-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    NavInfo to supply high-precision map service to BMW China for autonomous driving
    BMW China has reached a cooperation agreement with NavInfo for high-precision map service for  autonomous driving, Pan Daily reported on 15 July. The partnership for high-precision maps, a key enabler for highly autonomous driving, is a major step in the direction of BMW’s plans to launch sel...
    BMW recalls 16,641 vehicles in US over issue with positive battery cable connector
    BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling 16,641 vehicles in the United States over issue with positive battery cable connector, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall affects model year (MY) 2009 328i and 328xi, MY 2...
    16-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    BMW, China Unicom to test autonomous cars using 5G communication networks
    BMW China has partnered with China Unicom to test autonomous cars using 5G communication networks, Tech Node reported today (11 July). The German automaker plans to leverage its partnership with the Chinese state-owned telecom operators to introduce 5G-enabled new models in the Chinese market from J...
    11-Jul-2019 News New Products
    BMW installs 100 EV chargers in partnership with National Park Foundation in US
    BMW, in partnership with National Park Foundation, is installing around 100 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in and around national parks throughout the United States, the company announced in a press release on 8 July. More than 90 of the charging stations have been installed, with the remainder on c...
    New MINI Cooper SE features digital instrument cluster, advanced connectivity solutions
    BMW Group’s MINI car brand unveiled its first electric model, the MINI Cooper SE, on Tuesday (9 July). According to a press release by the German automaker, the new MINI Cooper SE comes equipped with a 5.5-inch digital instrument cluster that provides a range of relevant information during driving...
    11-Jul-2019 News New Products
    BMW offers 2-zone automatic air conditioning system in new MINI electric
    BMW has announced that it will offer a 2-zone automatic air conditioning system in its recently unveiled all-electric MINI Cooper SE, according to a company press release on 9 July. The system will have separate ventilation and temperature control for the driver and front passenger sides and will fe...
    11-Jul-2019 News New Products
    BMW's electrified vehicle sales fall 1.8% y/y to 59,593 units in H1
    BMW has reported a fall of 1.8% year-on-year (y/y) in sales of its electrified vehicles to 59,593 units globally during the first half of 2019, according to a company press release on 10 July. BMW witnessed a bigger fall of 15.8% y/y in its electric vehicle sales during June to 11,684 units. The com...
    BMW moves some engine production out of UK due to Brexit
    BMW has moved some engine production from the United Kingdom amid continuing uncertainty over the country’s planned exit from the European Union (EU), also known as ‘Brexit’, Reuters reported on 9 July, citing the automaker’s production chief Oliver Zipse. BMW’s production chief informed t...
    BMW premieres all-electric MINI
    BMW has premiered the all-electric MINI Cooper SE in Rotterdam in the Netherlands, the company announced in a press release on 9 July. The car offers a range of 235 kilometers (146 miles) and is based on the same platform as the all-electric BMW i3. BMW informed that it has received 40,000 registrat...
    10-Jul-2019 News New Products
    ANSYS, BMW join hands to jointly create simulation tool chain for autonomous driving
    ANSYS and BMW Group have teamed up to create what the companies claim to be the industry's first holistic simulation tool chain for developing autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies, according to ANSYS press release last month. The simulation tool chain will enable highly automated and autonomous driv...
    BMW, Daimler formally sign agreement for cooperation in automated driving
    BMW and Daimler have formally signed a long-term strategic cooperation agreement for automated driving, the two automakers said in a joint press release on 4 July. Under the cooperation agreement, the two German partners will focus on joint development of next-generation technologies for advanced dr...
    New BMW X6 features advanced connectivity and driver assistance technologies
    BMW’s new X6 Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) features advanced connectivity and driver assistance technologies, according to the company’s press release on 3 July. The third-generation X6 comes equipped with the BMW Live Connect Professional, which combines a new display and operating concept with a...
    05-Jul-2019 News New Products
    New BMW X6 comes with optional Laserlight with adaptive LED headlights
    The new BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe features optional Laserlight with adaptive LED headlights, BMW said in a press release on 3 July. BMW has informed that the new X6 comes with LED headlights as standard. The new BMW X6 will be produced in the United States at the automaker’s plant in Spartanbur...
    05-Jul-2019 News New Products
    BMW's electrified vehicle sales fall 22.6% y/y in June
    BMW reported a fall of 22.6% year on year (y/y) in electrified vehicle sales in the United States in June, according to a company press release on 3 July. BMW sold 2,253 electrified vehicles in June 2018. Significance: BMW has reiterated that it expects sales of electrified vehicles to pick up on...
    China 6 emission legislation
    To address air pollution problems in China, the country’s regulatory bodies are working toward swiftly adopting more stringent protocols to reduce harmful automotive emissions and fuel consumption. In December 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment put forward the final version of i...
    Android Auto - Making car's smarter since 2015
    Introduction Google announced Android Auto at Google I/O in June 2014 with the aim to making driving safer by minimizing distractions. Nearly a year after it was announced, Android Auto was launched on its first production vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata. It takes the best of Android smartphones...
    Key automakers, suppliers jointly publish first framework for development, testing, and validation of autonomous vehicles
    A group of 11 automakers and suppliers have come forward to publish what they claim to be the automotive industry’s first framework for development, testing, and validation of autonomous vehicles. These 11 companies—Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA, HERE, Infineon, Intel, and V...
    Ride-hailing app mytaxi becomes FREE NOW
    Daimler’s ride-hailing app mytaxi has become FREE NOW, according to a press release by mytaxi on 2 July. The ride-hailing company also announced its plans to add more mobility options to the app in the future. To start with, FREE NOW has decided to integrate hive scooters into the app in the marke...
    BMW unveils plug-in hybrid Vision M NEXT sportscar
    BMW has unveiled its Vision M NEXT plug-in hybrid sportscar with advanced technologies, the company announced in a press release on 25 June. The car is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric drive, which together generate 441 kW (600 hp) power. This enables the car to ...
    26-Jun-2019 News New Products
    BMW plans to offer 25 electrified models in 2023
    BMW announced that it will offer 25 electrified models globally by 2023, according to a company press release on 25 June. More than half of the 25 models will be fully electric. BMW had previously announced that this target will be reached only by 2025. The company expects sales of electrified vehic...
    BMW partners with Hans Zimmer to create sound for EVs
    BMW has partnered with Hans Zimmer to create new sound for its electric vehicles (EV), the company announced in a press release on 24 June. BMW informed that Hans Zimmer and Renzo Vitale, acoustic engineer and sound designer at the BMW Group, have composed the sound for the BMW Vision M NEXT. “...
    DTS Dräxlmaier Automotive System to produce EV batteries for BMW in Thailand
    Dräxlmaier Automotive System Thailand will start producing lithium-ion batteries for BMW’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicles from July this year, Bangkok Post reported on 21 June, citing BMW Group Thailand. The batteries will be produced at WHA Chonburi Industrial Estate 2 in Chon Buri, Thailand. ...
    BMW Canada recalls nearly 3,000 vehicles over faulty seat belt
    BMW is recalling nearly 3,041 vehicles in Canada over a faulty seat belt, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada earlier this month. The recall affects model year (MY) BMW 5 series as well as MY 2016-17 BMW X1, Mini 5 Door and Mini Clubman. Significance: In the affected v...
    24-Jun-2019 News Recalls
    BMW's cumulative global sales of electrified vehicles cross 400,000 units
    BMW’s cumulative sales of electrified vehicles has touched 406,7656 units globally since the launch of BMW i3 in November 2013, the company announced in a press release on 13 June. In May 2019, BMW’s electrified vehicle sales increased 9.8% year-on-year (y/y) to 11,222 units, which included a 40...
    BMW to offer plug-in hybrid variant of 3 Series Touring in 2020
    In a press release dated 12 June, BMW has announced that it will offer plug-in hybrid powertrain in the latest generation of 3-Series Touring from 2020 onwards. The company announced that the latest generation of 3-Series Touring will be launched in September 2019. It will be produced at BMW Plant i...
    13-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    New exterior design language
    Every vehicle has a unique identification in terms of design, performance, and features. From a design perspective, it includes interior and exterior lighting systems—the most recognizable elements on a new model. Premium vehicles, such as those of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, have simple brand d...
    Moovel launches new ride-sharing service MyShuttle in German city Ettlingen
    Moovel has partnered with the transport association Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) and Regionalbusverkehr Südwest (RVS) to launch an on-demand ride-sharing service MyShuttle in Ettlingen, Baden-Württemberg in Germany, the company said on 6 June. MyShuttle will use mini-electric buses that w...
    07-Jun-2019 News New Products
    BMW's electrified vehicle sales in US fall 29.7% y/y in May
    BMW announced that sales of its electrified vehicles in the United States fell 29.7% year-on-year (y/y) in May, according to a company press release on 3 June. BMW, however, did not release the exact sales figure for the month. Significance: BMW has been facing headwinds in its sales of its elect...
    BMW, Jaguar Land Rover to collaborate on electrification technology development
    BMW and Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) have announced that they will collaborate to develop next generation electric drive units, according to a BMW press release on 5 June. The two companies will develop electric drive which will be based on BMW’s fifth generation (Gen 5) electric drive unit. A joint te...
    New BMW M8 features integrated braking system with configurable pedal feel
    The new BMW M8 features a newly developed integrated braking system offering the driver two different brake pedal feel settings, the automaker announced in a press release on 5 June. The driver can choose between a more comfort-oriented and a particularly direct, instantaneous pedal feel. Signifi...
    06-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Daimler, BMW, Ford, Volvo and others to test Car-to-X technology
    Daimler, BMW, Ford and Volvo Cars have joined forces with HERE Technologies and TomTom and transport authorities in six European countries to test car-to-everything (Car-to-X) communication technology in the Netherlands, Daimler said in a press release on 3 June. These project partners signed a Memo...
    BMW to start production of all-electric MINI Cooper SE from November
    BMW is set to start production of its all-electric MINI Copper SE from November of this year, the company announced in a press release on 31 May. The luxury hatchback will be manufactured at MINI’s plant in Oxford,  United Kingdom. Significance: Based on the MINI 3 door, the MINI Cooper SE...
    03-Jun-2019 News New Products
    BMW to launch plug-in hybrid X1 in 2020
    BMW is planning to launch the plug-in hybrid version of the new X1, BMW X1 xDrive25e, in 2020, the company announced in a press release on 29 May. The car will enter production in March 2020. BMW said that the X1 xDrive25e will have an all-electric range of more than 50 kilometers (31 miles) when th...
    31-May-2019 News New Products
    BMW plans to equip PHEV models with new battery cell technology
    BMW is planning to equip its plug-in hybrid models with new battery cell technology to increase the all-electric range, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. BMW said that the newly developed high-voltage batteries further increase efficiency at the same time as boosting the e...
    BMW’s iNEXT electric car to feature fully digital 'Curved Display'
    BMW has previewed the cabin image of its iNEXT electric SUV due 2021, showing a large-size, fully-digital ‘Curved Display,’ according to a press release by the German carmaker on 28 May. The company has merged information and control display areas to create a single unit that is curved towards t...
    29-May-2019 News New Products
    Nuance powers voice interaction in BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant
    Nuance Communications has announced that its conversational artificial intelligence (AI) powered mobility assistant platform powers select features of BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the US-based company said in a press release on 28 May. According to Nuance, its solutions support “Hey BM...
    29-May-2019 News New Products
    BorgWarner supplies GenV AWD Coupling for BMW X1, X2 and 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer
    In a press release dated 28 May, BorgWarner announced that it is supplying its GenV all-wheel drive (AWD) coupling to BMW. The system is equipped in BMW X1, X2 and 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer, and MINI Countryman and the Clubman. “At BorgWarner, we are very pleased to provide our adv...
    Impol to supply aluminum rods to BMW for EVs, PHEVs
    Slovenian aluminum products manufacturer Impol Group has secured a EUR40 million (USD44.8 million) order from BMW to supply aluminum rods for the bodyworks of new electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for at least five years, The Slovenia Times reported on 27 May. To meet this order, Impol will bu...
    29-May-2019 News Investments
    New BMW 1-Series features Digital Key, Intelligent Personal Assistant
    BMW has equipped its all-new 1-Series with several advanced connectivity solutions including Digital Key and Intelligent Personal Assistant, the company said in a press release on 27 May. Available as an option, the BMW Digital Key enables users to lock and unlock the vehicle from a smartphone using...
    28-May-2019 News New Products
    BMW releases first remote software upgrade for vehicles with ‘Intelligent Personal Assistant’
    BMW has introduced a remote software upgrade for its connected vehicles that come equipped with Operating System 7.0, the automaker said in a press release on 27 May. The company has already made available its first over-the-air (OTA) software upgrade in all BMW ConnectedDrive markets. The upgrade i...
    28-May-2019 News New Products
    Smart Eye to supply driver monitoring system for BMW 3-Series, Z4
    SmartEye has secured orders to supply its driver monitoring system (DMS) for the BMW 3-Series and Z4, the company said in a press release earlier this month. The latest order further expands the Sweden-based supplier’s collaboration with the German carmaker. Earlier, SmartEye won orders to supply ...
    BMW recalls 106,182 units of the X1 in US over impact absorption issue
    BMW will recall 106,182 units of model year (MY) 2016–19 X1 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the United States over an impact absorption issue, according to a filing by the German carmaker to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the regulator, in th...
    21-May-2019 News Recalls
    Maserati to use BMW’s autonomous driving technology
    Maserati will be the first brand from Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA) to use autonomous driving technology that a BMW-led consortium is developing, Bloomberg reported on 15 May citing the company’s John Elkann. The technology will offer assisted-driving features on highway, Elkann told an industry ...
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