BMW has been at the forefront of volume automakers looking to invest in carbon fiber technology. The latest development in the German automaker's efforts is in the form of a joint venture with aircraft giant Boeing. According to a joint press release, the two companies will collaborate on further development of the lightweight material, including production methods and carbon fiber recycling.read more »
Never let it be said BMW cannot develop electric vehicles. The company may not like selling electric vehicles, but it seems to like building them. It's been doing so for 40 years, after all.
The BMW i8 is still dashing through the snow on its way to a 2013 debut, and getting more revealing as it does so. The outline of the kidney grille has opened up a bit, and the outline of a Hoffmeister kink has been placed at the rear of the side windows. The door handles appear to have moved off the doors themselves to a spot behind the door shutline. It's too early to tell definitively, but the new door handle location and the lack of the once-plain gap at the A-pillar lead us to believe that the butterfly openings are gone for good.read more »
The city of San Francisco is a case study in modern urban mobility – and its problems – which is why BMW has chosen SF and the surrounding Bay Area to launch new parking and car-sharing initiatives. The goal is to get vehicles into parking places faster to keep them from clogging streets while searching for a spot and at the same time decrease the amount of fuel wasted and emissions generated. The best part: The car-sharing service is using a fleet of all-electric BMWs to further alleviate the city’s car crunch, reducing emissions in the process.read more »
BMW is diversifying its product portfolio beyond the blue and white crest and the ever-expanding Mini brand, with the introduction of its new i line of vehicles: the i3 city car and the i8 hybrid grand tourer. And with a new brand comes a new marketing tact, beginning with the opening of the flagship BMW i Store in London.read more »
The BMW i8 plug-in-hybrid sports car is just the sort of crazy project that could help redefine the BMW brand - and perhaps even the notion of what makes a car enthusiast - for the 21st Century. It's the sort of out-of-the-box thinking we've been waiting for some automaker to deploy, so these new details are exciting.read more »
Mission: Impossible 4 was filming in Mumbai, India with a rolling example of the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics/i8 concept on hand and ready for its closeup. The VED was accompanied by a 2011 BMW 6 Series during a scene in which the cars negotiate Mumbai's traffic-clogged streets.read more »