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    Does the acquisition of Arm give NVIDIA the keys to autonomous driving?
    US-based NVIDIA’s announced agreement to acquire UK-based Arm from SoftBank is a significant development for automotive electronics. Arm brings CPU intellectual property (IP) expertise that has enabled low-powered, embedded solutions, and NVIDIA’s graphics processing unit (GPU) IP expertise has ...
    Mainland China’s mobility service market to drive demand for autonomous driving technology
    Since the first autonomous car competition organized by the US Department of Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) in 2004, the United States has been at the center stage of autonomous driving. Alphabet’s Google Self-Driving Car Project, which later became an independent company called Waymo, w...
    14-Aug-2020 Insights Technology Trends Pinned
    BMW to start battery module production at Leipzig plant in Germany from 2021
    BMW is further expanding its production capacities for electric drives in Germany. According to a company press release on 23 September, the automaker’s Leipzig plant in Germany is expected to start large-series production of battery modules as early as in mid-2021. These battery modules will be u...
    24-Sep-2020 News Investments
    BMW recalls 300 vehicles in US to replace headlights
    BMW is recalling nearly 300 vehicles in the United States to replace headlights, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2020–21 BMW X5 and X5M, X6 and X6M, and X7 sport utility vehicles (SUVs). T...
    18-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    BMW Brilliance Automotive expands production capacity for batteries in China
    BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA), the mainland China-based joint venture (JV) between BMW and Brilliance Auto, has expanded its battery factory at the Tiexi location, China, with a new battery center, BMW announced in a press release on 14 September. The new center will immediately start  produc...
    15-Sep-2020 News Investments
    BMW recalls 4,265 vehicles in US over headlamps issue
    BMW and Toyota are recalling 4,265 vehicles in the United States due to some headlamps issue, according to a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website on 27 August. The recall covers certain model year (MY) 2019–20 Z4 sDrive30i, Z4 M40i and MY 2020 Toyota ...
    15-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    BMW recalls 700 vehicles in US over issue with battery modules
    BMW is recalling approximately 700 vehicles in the US over issue with battery modules, according to a report by cars.com citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall involves certain model year (MY) 2020 Mini SE Countryman, MY 2020–21 BMW X3 and MY 2021 BMW 330e an...
    07-Sep-2020 News Recalls
    Impact of 48V technology on automotive thermal management systems
    One of the most significant developments in recent times in the automotive field is the emergence of 48V electrical architecture. Steadily increasing levels of electrification in vehicles, from the introduction of electric power steering to large infotainment system displays, are placing heavie...
    BMW launches 545e plug-in hybrid sedan
    German luxury and sports vehicle manufacturer BMW has introduced the newest plug-in hybrid variant of its range-topping 5-Series sedan, the 545e xDrive. In a press release issued by BMW on 12 August, the company announced that the BMW 5-Series lineup will now include five plug-in hybrid mo...
    14-Aug-2020 News New Products
    BMW Group aims to sell 7 million electrified vehicles globally by 2030
    As part of its commitment to the goals of the Paris climate agreement, BMW has announced that it targets to sell 7 million vehicles with electrified drive systems by 2030. In a press release issued by BMW on 12 August, the company also stated that two-thirds of these vehicles would be pure electric ...
    Is there a safe haven for diesel powertrain technology?
    The push for environmentally friendly vehicles has been increasing drastically over the past few years, and vehicles powered by diesel have always been bearing the brunt of it. This friction has become even more apparent after various diesel emissions scandals that hit the industry, which have resul...
    BMW launches ‘eDrive Zones’ geo-fencing technology in UK
    BMW has launched its ‘eDrive Zones’ technology in London and Birmingham in the United Kingdom, the automaker announced in a press release on 7 August. BMW eDrive Zones trigger an automatic change to the purely electric operating mode as soon as the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) enters a...
    11-Aug-2020 News New Products
    German government grants EUR60 million to BMW for battery research
    German government has granted EUR60 million (USD70.3 million) to BMW for battery cell research. Federal Ministry of Economy And Energy (BMWi) announced in a press release on 29 July. The aim of the now funded BMW research is to develop, pilot, and test a new and highly innovative generation of lithi...
    BMW announces strategy to increase use of secondary material in new vehicles
    In a press release dated 27 July, BMW announced that it is planning to increase use of secondary material in new vehicles by 2030. The main aim of the strategy is to reduce CO2 emissions and increase resource efficiency. BMW is looking to significantly reduce CO2 emissions per vehicle by at least on...
    BMW to open new battery cell plant in Germany
    BMW is planning to open a new plant for producing lithium-ion battery cells in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 29 July. The automaker will build the pilot plant in Parsdorf, near Munich, and is scheduled to go into service in late 2022. BMW will invest EUR110 million (USD129 mil...
    30-Jul-2020 News Investments
    BMW to offer X1 and 5 Series with four different drivetrains
    BMW has said that it will offer both X1 and 5-series with four different drivetrains in the future, according to a company press release on 27 July. These will include models with fully-electric, plug-in hybrid (PHEV), diesel, and petrol with 48-V technology drivertrains. BMW’s flagship 7 ser...
    29-Jul-2020 News New Products
    BMW i Ventures invests in startup GenXComm to increase speed of 5G deployment
    BMW i Ventures has announced an investment in US-based startup GenXComm, a company press release read on 28 July. The startup aims to significantly increase the speed of global 5G deployment. “GenXComm is ushering in the next revolution of computing and connectivity. Autonomous systems, li...
    29-Jul-2020 News Investments
    BMW plans to offer hydrogen fuel cell variant of X5 in small series from 2022
    The BMW Group will pilot the second generation of hydrogen drives in small series starting with the BMW i Hydrogen NEXT, which is based on the current BMW X5, from 2022 onward. According to a press release issued by BMW dated 24 July, the company stated that it had partnered with Toyota Motor Corpor...
    27-Jul-2020 News New Products
    Seven automakers to recall more than 34,000 vehicles in South Korea over faulty parts
    Seven automakers namely Hyundai, Kia, Renault Samsung, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Toyota, and Hanbul Motors (which imports Peugeot and Citroën vehicles into South Korea) are recalling more than 34,000 vehicles in South Korea to fix separate issues, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency on 17 Ju...
    24-Jul-2020 News Recalls
    BMW’s Landshut plant in Germany to manufacture hi-tech components for iNEXT model
    BMW has announced that its Landshut plant in Germany will manufacture hi-tech components for its iNEXT electric vehicle (EV), the automaker said in a press release on 22 July. BMW says the plant will produce kidney grille and innovative components for the cockpit and the electric drive system for th...
    BMW Munich plant readies for EV production
    BMW is converting its Group Plant in Munich to be ready for production of all electric vehicles (EVs), the company announced in a press release on 22 July. BMW will suspend plant operations from 24 July to 4 September for remodeling. “We are gearing up our Munich plant for the future. Once remodel...
    New audio entertainment platform ‘SiriusXM with 360L’ to be available in MY 2021 BMW vehicles
    SiriusXM has announced that its new audio entertainment platform SiriusXM with 360L will be available in model year (MY) 2021 BMW cars, a company press release read on 16 July. The platform will be available in the 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 8 Series, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, and ...
    BMW signs long-term supply agreement with Northvolt for battery cells
    BMW has signed a long-term supply agreement with Northvolt for sourcing battery cells, the automaker announced in a press release on 16 July. The order is worth EUR2 billion and will start from 2024. The battery cells will be produced in Europe at the Northvolt gigafactory currently under constructi...
    BMW to manufacture iX3's electric drive housing in Austria
    BMW is set to manufacture the electric drive housing for all-electric iX3 at its plant in Steyr, Austria, the company announced in a press release 14 July. BMW will increase the annual production capacity of the electric drive housing to 460,000 units by 2025. “We, in Steyr, stand for the highest ...
    16-Jul-2020 News New Products
    BMW unveils all-electric MY 2021 iX3 with newly designed eDrive technology
    BMW has unveiled the all-electric model year (MY) 2021 iX3 with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, the company announced in a press release on 14 July. The  fifth-generation BMW eDrive electric motor produces maximum output of 286 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm. It gets a 80-kWh high-voltage...
    15-Jul-2020 News New Products
    BMW sources sustainable cobalt from Managem Group in Morocco
    BMW has signed a supply agreement with Managem Group in Morocco for sourcing sustainable cobalt, the company announced in a press release on 9 July. The order is worth EUR100 million (USD113 million) and is for the period between 2020 and 2025. The two companies already signed a memorandum of unders...
    BMW's PEV sales grow 3.4% y/y to 61,652 units in H1 2020
    In a press release dated 7 July, BMW announced that its plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales globally grew 3.4% year on year (y/y) to 61,652 units in the first six months of 2020. In total, BMW’s car sales fell 21.7% y/y to 842,153 units globally.  Significance: BMW has been bolstering its...
    BMW to release vehicle software upgrade with new connectivity and navigation features
    BMW has said that it will release its most comprehensive vehicle software upgrade later this month with improved features for vehicle connectivity and navigation, a company press release on 2 July read. These features will be included in BMW vehicles with Operating System 7. The enhanced features...
    BMW opens new competence center for e-drives in Germany
    BMW has opened a new competence center for e-drives production in Dingolfing in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 2 July. The new center will expand the production capacity at the plant to manufacture e-drives for 500,000 electric vehicles (EVs). The BMW Group will produce electri...
    03-Jul-2020 News Investments
    BMW to issue remote updates of digital systems and software for Brazilian customers
    BMW will release remote software updates for its Brazilian customers, the German automaker said in a press release on 25 June. BMW's remote upgrade system, Remote Software Upgrade (RSU), is an over-the-air (OTA) update system that uses the internet embedded in the vehicles. “The BMW Group is a ...
    BMW-Great Wall Motor JV Spotlight Automotive begins construction of JV plant in Mainland China
    Spotlight Automotive, the joint venture between BMW and Great Wall Motor (GWM), has started construction of a new plant in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu province, in Mainland China, GWM announced in a press release on 23 June. The plant is expected to have a production capacity of 160,000 units annually. Un...
    30-Jun-2020 News Investments
    BMW opens new campus for 3D printing in Germany
    BMW has opened a new campus for developing additive manufacturing technologies and components, the company announced in a press release on 25 June. The new center brings together production of prototype and series parts under one roof, along with research into new 3D printing technologies, and assoc...
    29-Jun-2020 News Investments
    BMW, Toyota recall 2,800 vehicles in US over issue with steering gear tie rods
    BMW and Toyota are recalling nearly 2,800 vehicles in the United States over an issue with steering gear tie rods, according to a recall notice on the National Highway and Transport Safety Authority (NHTSA) website. The recall affects certain model year (MY) 2019 BMW Z4 coupes, MY 2019–20 3 Series...
    24-Jun-2020 News Recalls
    New project for 3D Printing of spare and series automotive parts launched in Germany
    According to a press release issued by industrial 3D printing technology provider, EOS, on 5 May, the Polyline project consists of 15 industrial, science, and research partners that have come together from across Germany. The project has received EUR10.7 million (USD12.1 million) in funding ...
    17-Jun-2020 News New Products
    BMW completes homologation tests for all-electric iX3
    BMW has completed the homologation tests for all-electric iX3 sport utility vehicle (SUV) in mainland China and Europe, the company announced in a press release on 9 June. More than 340 hours of testing, including over 7,700 km of test drives, had to be completed within four weeks. “We are right o...
    12-Jun-2020 News New Products
    BMW launches MY2021 X5 PHEV in US
    BMW has launched the second generation model year (MY) 2021 X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid in the United States, the company announced in a press release on 10 June. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) comes equipped with a 3L inline 6-cylinder turbocharged engine, and a 24-kWh battery which gives an estim...
    12-Jun-2020 News New Products
    Luxury and high-performance segments to drive demand of active damper control systems
    Ride comfort is one of the most important criteria for any new car buyer, especially considering that road infrastructure in many countries and regions across the globe may not be up to the mark. Automotive OEMs have and continue to invest significant amounts of time, money, and effort to make their...
    BMW partners with China’s State Grid on EV charging network expansion
    BMW has signed a cooperation agreement with the Chinese state-owned energy supplier State Grid for research and development (R&D) for electric vehicle (EV) charging technologies and expand China’s EV charging network to serve BMW customers, according to a report by China Daily on 5 June. Si...
    BMW 4-Series coupé to feature new cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system
    BMW has launched the 4-Series coupé with a new cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system included as standard, the German automaker said in a press release on 2 June. The navigation system enables precise calculation of routes and arrival times, updating of real-time traffic data at frequent intervals...
    03-Jun-2020 News New Products
    New BMW 4 Series coupé to feature adaptive LED headlights
    The new BMW 4 Series coupé comes equipped with standard LED headlights with extremely slim contours, the automaker said in a press release on 2 June. The model features adaptive LED headlights with BMW laserlight available as an option. It also stylishly boasts darkened LED rear lights with eye-cat...
    03-Jun-2020 News New Products
    BMW to launch new 4 Series coupé with mild hybrid powertrain
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer BMW has launched the latest version of its 4 Series coupé two-seater sports sedan. According to a press statement issued by BMW on 2 June, the company has announced that this new vehicle will have its market launch in October 2020. BMW will equip all dies...
    03-Jun-2020 News New Products
    New BMW 6-Series GT launched with mild hybrid powertrain
    Germany-based luxury and sports car manufacturer BMW has introduced the newest version of its 6-Series GT. According to a press release issued by the company on 27 May, the new BMW 6-Series Gran Turismo will go on sale in the month of July and will be equipped with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. ...
    29-May-2020 News New Products
    New MINI Countryman features LED headlamps, fog lights as standard
    The New MINI Countryman features LED headlamps and LED fog lights as standard, the automaker said in a press release on 27 May. The model also features LED rearlights in Union Jack design. The latest version of these LED headlamps features a particularly high-quality design that emphasizes the techn...
    29-May-2020 News New Products
    Is water injection technology ready for mass-market adoption?
    Automotive OEMs across the globe are faced with the challenge of making their vehicles increasingly more efficient by cutting fuel consumption and emissions. A wide variety of measures exist for car manufacturers to employ and refine in order to achieve these desired effects, including improving the...
    BMW launches new X2 with plug-in hybrid powertrain
    Germany-based luxury and sportscar manufacturer, BMW, has announced the launch of the upgraded sports activity coupe, the BMW X2 xDrive25e. According to a press release issued by BMW on 27 May, this variant of the new X2 will be driven by a 1.5L, in-line 3 cylinder gasoline engine that is paired wit...
    28-May-2020 News New Products
    BMW launches new 5 Series in PHEV and 48V mild hybrid variants
    German luxury and sportscar manufacturer BMW held the world premiere of its new 5 Series family, and the new version of this vehicle will be put on sale in both plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and mild hybrid avatars. According to a press statement issued by BMW on 27 May, PHEV technology has now been expande...
    27-May-2020 News New Products
    BMW to start production of all-electric iX3 in summer 2020
    BMW is planning to start production of its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) iX3 in summer this year, Automotive News Europe reported on 21 May, citing BMW CEO Oliver Zipse. The iX3 will be manufactured at BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture plant in Shenyang, China. “The preparat...
    22-May-2020 News New Products
    BMW employs AI to improve paint quality
    German automotive manufacturer BMW has announced that it has found a way to use AI in order to improve the quality and finishing of the paint job on its vehicles. According to a press release issued by BMW on 20 May, the company stated that the content of ultra-fine dust particles in paint line...
    5G NetMobil project develops real-time communication solutions for connected vehicles
    The 5G NetMobil project has developed real-time communication solutions for connected vehicles to improve safety and efficiency, Bosch said in a press release on 5 May. Bosch is one of the coordinators in the project along with Technische Universität Dresden and is among 16 partners developing i...
    Yokohama Rubber supplies ADVAN brand OE tires for BMW X3 and X4 models
    Yokohama Rubber is supplying its ADVAN brand of tires as original equipment (OE) fitment for the new BMW X3 and X4 models, according to a company press release on 30 April. The company began supplying its ADVAN Sport V107 tires for these two models since July 2019. The tire-maker is supplying tires ...
    SGL Carbon to supply glass fiber-based cover plates for battery enclosures to BMW
    SGL Carbon has received an order from BMW Group for supply of glass fiber-based cover plates for battery enclosures, according to a company press release on 21 April. The multiyear order will include the production of an innovative glass-fiber-based cover plate for the battery housing for usage in a...
    Marelli uses blockchain technology to improve supply chain management
    Marelli has introduced the use of blockchain technology to enhance the management of automotive supply chains, the company said in a press release on 14 April. The company has created a distributed peer-to-peer network to connect suppliers’ and carmakers’ plants globally. Marelli Automotive Ligh...
    BMW's EV sales grow 13.9% y/y to 30,692 units in Q1
    BMW has reported an increase of 13.9% year on year (y/y) in global sales of its electrified vehicles (EVs) to 30,692 units in the first quarter of 2020, according to a company press release on 6 April. “This means we are also on track to meet the EU’s CO2 targets. We do not see any necessity to ...
    BMW to launch new 3-series PHEV variants in US in May
    BMW is planning to launch two new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants of the 3 Series model line in the United States—the performance PHEV 330e and 330e xDrive Sedans, the company announced in a press release in late March. BMW will launch the new variants of the 3-Series in May 2020. The BMW 330e Seda...
    10-Apr-2020 News New Products
    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...
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