BMW has brought a new innovation in the automotive industry of late. It has created a new production process for carbon fibre resistant plastic components which can help sports cars to have a weight-to-power ratio of 7.7lbs/hp.
A serious challenge has been thrown up by BMW which has said that during this year it will be bringing on the streets 700 of its 1 Series coupes. This would bring in the open the sporty capabilities of the car and also show how it does not require petrol to run it. For BMW, which has been known as a high-performance brand, this means its total brand image is at stake.
BMW has also promised that its ActiveE is going to be a car that would be “100% electric and 100% BMW.” And before it needs a charge, it would have covered 100 miles.
Distinguished automaker has BMW introduced the improved versions of the BMW 1-Series Coupé and Convertible, which will hit the UK roads on 26th of March, 2011.
Both of the upgraded versions of the BMW 1-Series Coupé and Convertible feature a new front bumper, modified back lights and improved fog lamps.
It was the electric scooters by BMW AG's Mini and Daimler AG's Smart, which happened to steal away the show on Thursday, at the Paris Motor Show.
The displayed were just the design concepts which according to Executives of both the Companies, will only be made after the public reaction has been caught.
Thomas Weber, research and development member of Daimler's management board said," It's a very attractive concept for us. This is a huge market".
According to a recent report, as many as 342,000 cars manufactured by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and Mazda Motor Corp are being examined by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The vehicles are being investigated in the wake of concerns regarding steering defects. This fault can cause a loss of control over the vehicle.
On Friday, the auto safety regulator revealed that it is probing 293,787 Mazda3 cars. These vehicles are from the 2007 to 2009 model years. Also, 48,764 BMW Z4 sports cars from 2003 to 2005 are being probed.
Six MINI models were showcased at BMW’s Oxford factory on Thursday 3 June. It was the first time when all the six MINI models were brought together.
Out of the six, three were current and three were future. Current models were Hatch, Convertible and Clubman, while forthcoming models included Countryman which is expected to hit roads in September this year.
BMW owners are the worst drivers on the road, a poll of more than one thousand drivers claimed.
According to the British website Compucars. co. uk, apart from being aggressive and rude, BMW drivers show a tendency towards road rage. Moreover, they lack concentration and awareness of others.
Young people were placed forward as the worst drivers as compared with taxi drivers, elderly people and mums.
Drivers of Ford and Volvo cars have been found to be the "next worst" to BMW drivers.
The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics car doesn't run on bio-fuel, but it boasts of its lower emission levels. It pumps out just 109 grams of carbon-dioxide during a drive of one km.
Its slimmer wheels and tyres along with a stop-start feature make it environmental friendly by helping it producing lower emissions.
The BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics car has a top speed of 137mph and it can achieve a speed of 60mph in about 8 seconds.
BMW, the German automobiles manufacturer, has reportedly offloaded a whopping 3 Billion Pounds ($4.6 Billion) worth of longevity risk of its UK pension scheme to Deutsche Bank, in a move which marks the largest ever longevity insurance transaction undertaken till date.
The deal was carried out by the German bank's insurance subsidiary Abbey Life, which was structured in association with Paternoste, the British specialist pension insurer, in which Deutsche is a shareholder, in order to cover the pension scheme liabilities related to about 60,000 pensioners.
Mitsubishi and BMW have begun the trails on their respective electric cars i-MiEV and electric Mini. Phase-I with the support of TSB (Technology Strategy Board) began last weekend in Oxford with 40 cars being assigned to various volunteers, who pay as little as £330 a month, excluding charging costs. The observations will last six months through data collection devices fitted in the vehicles. The processed data will be shared with car manufacturers and Governments worldwide.
Over the weekend, both Mitsubishi and BMW's Mini launched the UK trials of their electric cars. The British Government's Technology Strategy Board, which is all set to support and fund about 340 alternative fuel automobiles from various manufacturers, partly funded the initiative.
The trial will last for a year, and has been initiated to study how successful UK would be in adapting a "green transport future".
The MINI E, an electric car that costs a penny to travel a mile, is going to be trialed across the southeast.
BMW has selected 20 lucky people from the public who will use the battery-powered MINI Es for a period of six-months on a £330 a month leasing deal.
The drivers are supposed to drive at least 300 miles a month and the company will monitor their driving and charging habits.
The MINI E is a part of a larger BMW program, named Project I, which aims at producing zero emission, fuel efficient cars by 2015.