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New BMW X3 arriving November

BMW New Zealand has announced their new X3 will be available from November this year, in three variants.

The New Zealand range will consist of the X3 xDrive20d, X3 xDrive30i and X3 M40i M Performance and is priced from $92,850 excluding on road costs.

The entry level X3 xDrive20d runs a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, outputting power 140 kW and torque of 400 Nm. The X3 xDrive30i has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 185 kW and torque 350 Nm. The top range BMW M40i is equipped with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, delivering 265 kW and torque of 500 Nm.

BMW says the new-generation TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre 4-cylinder diesel engine delivers a markedly more agile power delivery and outstanding responsiveness even at low engine speeds, while being fuel efficient and low in emissions.

The BMW X3 M40i features all-wheel-drive and has a far more pronounced rear bias than on the other model versions.

Inside, the X3 offers a 10.25-inch central information display with driver navigation as standard.

The BMW Head Up Display (standard for xDrive30i and M40i variants) allows the most important driving-related information to be projected directly into the driver’s field of vision. The Head Up Display in the new BMW X3 is unrivalled in its segment for graphics, resolution and display options, and with a projection area now 70 per cent larger than before.

The X3 boasts enhanced smart connectivity, with destinations able to be sent from your smartphone directly to the car and “Navigate Door-to-Door”, that assists with navigation right to your final destination, even on foot.

Remote 3D view forms part of the Parking Assistant Plus system that is standard on higher model grades allowing the owner to access a view of their parked X3 remotely on their phone. Upon request, the vehicle takes images of its surroundings to generate an adjustable view on the mobile device.

Increased interior space and comfort with intends to mirror the layout of the new BMW 5 Series and 7 Series models.

The new BMW X3 is available for ordering from BMW dealerships now.

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BMW’s Gran Turismo arrives November

The new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo will arrive in New Zealand in November, and pricing and technical specs have been released.

BMW says its new 6 Series Gran Turismo will combine the long-distance comfort of a luxury sedan with the aesthetic appeal of a coupe, and that the design embodies a rigorous process of development.

Recommended retail pricing for the 6 Series starts from $155,600 plus on-road costs for the BMW 640i xDrive Gran Turismo.

The new 6 Series.

The new 6 series will sport a 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line petrol engine that generates a maximum output of 250kW and delivers peak torque of 450Nm of torque between 1,380 and 5,200 rpm, reaching 0 to 100 kmh in 5.3 seconds.

The combined fuel consumption is 8.2 litres per 100 kilometres (figures according to the NEDC test cycle, may vary depending on the tyre format and vehicle specifications).

The new 6 Series will come with a number of driver assistance options that include a stereo camera that will link up with optional radar and ultrasonic sensors to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings.

Collision and pedestrian warning systems comes as standard, as does cruise control. This system is operational in a speed range from 0 to 210 kmh and is capable of braking the vehicle to a standstill.

The 6 Series interior.

Roadside assistance services come built in BMW. The vehicles uses an emergency call system with automatic locating and accident severity detection, alongside BMW’s teleservice accident assistance, that detects low-speed collisions below the threshold for airbag deployment.

The driver receives a message in the heads-up display offering to contact the BMW Accident Assistance service directly.

Pre-orders for the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo have opened.

 

 

 

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Concept X7 iPerformance a new take on luxury- BMW.

The BMW Concept X7 iPerformance will be unveiled at the IAA Cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, in a move that see’s the company attempt to introduce a new take on luxury for the brand.

The Concept will have a BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, creating a plug-in hybrid powertrain that will run with zero local emissions.

The company has focused on how the car looks over performance though, emphasising the heightened luxury of this model.

“The expansive exterior of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance projects the exclusive experience available inside the car confidently to the outside world. Clear, vertical proportions with significant ground clearance identify the Concept as an X model without the need to look twice,” the company has said in a press release.

BMW says the Concept X7 iPerformance’s 6 person interior is pared down to the essentials, displaying elementary forms, top grade materials and a state-of- the-art infotainment system brimming with connectivity.

The new BMW 8 Series, new BMW X7, BMW i8 and new BMW i8 Roadster will join the BMW 7 Series in the brand’s significantly expanded luxury segment line- up.

The identity shared by BMW’s top line models are echoed in a newly designed logo, which combines a black-and-white version of the manufacturer’s logo first used 100 years ago with the company name “Bayerische Motoren Werke” written out in full.

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MINI’s new EV concept

Nearly 10 years since the debut of MINI’s first electric concept, the car maker announced plans to present the new MINI Electric Concept at the IAA cars 2017 show in Frankfurt, Germany.

MINI says that the EV will retain the nippy feeling that is so integral to the brand’s heritage, and bring a car to market that is designed for urban mobility and city life.

“With its characteristic go-kart feeling and powerful electric motor, the MINI Electric Concept is great fun to drive while also being completely suitable for everyday use – and producing zero emissions to boot,” says Peter Schwarzenbauer, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad. Schwarzenbauer says that this is how MINI sees itself in the future.

The brand’s first series-production model with a plug-in hybrid drive system was presented in spring 2017 in the shape of the MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4. The new model variant enables electric and therefore locally emission-free mobility for the first time.

In the future, all electrified products from the MINI brand will be grouped together under the “MINI Electric” banner, the company says.

The concept will make use of 3D printing technologies in its inlays and air intakes. MINI says this will improve both the aerodynamics of the model and the overall aesthetic.

For now, there is no information available on the cars power and performance specs.

MINI says it hopes to bring an all-electric production model to market in 2019. The announcement of MINI’s Electric Concept follows BMW group’s (which MINI belongs to) announcement of their i3 model, that will be available globally late this year.

 

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Details of new M5 released

BMW has provided a first look at details of the 6th generation of the M5 luxury Sedan, that BMW says has new sporting agility and technology that allows “easily controlled drifts”.

While the sedan doesn’t look outstandingly different from its predecessors, the new M5 boasts an impressive power boost and some new drivetrain technology.

The new M5 is equipped with a 4.4 litre V8 that has an output of 441kW and peak torque of 750Nm. That’s a 30kW increase in power from previous models.

The M5 reaches 0 – 100 km/h 3.4 seconds and from 0 – 200 km/h in just 11.1 seconds. The top speed will be electronically limited at a maximum of 305 km/h.

The new model debuts BMW’s newly developed M xDrive all-wheel-drive systems that BMW says, “brings together the outstanding agility and precision of the standard drivetrain configuration familiar from other M models with the supreme traction in all conditions offered by all-wheel drive.”

Along with the all-wheel drive option the M5 will be available in “pure” 2-wheel rear wheel drive, a configuration that BMW says, “allows the driver to pick their own drift angle and treats connoisseurs to driving dynamics in their purest form.”

The interior of the new M5.

BMW says these options allow the new M5 to be both an exceptional daily driver, and performer on the racetrack. They are keen to note that, like all M models, the new M5 was tested and developed on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany.

The new M5 has all the design features you would expect of a high-end luxury sedan, including leather upholstery, optional multifunction seats and a range of polished BMW double spoke rims.

BMW New Zealand’s Head of Corporate Communications Paul Sherley says that the release of the new M5 to the New Zealand market will be in line with international timings. “At this point we are still in the process of finalising specification and pricing for New Zealand. However, these will be announced closer to the vehicles’ local launch… currently planned for the early part of 2018.”

 

 

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BMW release first details of new Z4

BMW group has released the first details of their new Concept Z4 roadster today, that the car maker says is pared back, free from distractions, and will provide a more direct driving experience.

BMW has released details of a concept roadster with an emphasis on functionality and form. The press release from BMW focused largely on the looks of the car, boasting a design that is “undeniably sporty in nature” and “a departure from the BMW norm”.

BMW says the Concept Z4’s interior is a pure-of-purpose driving environment.

The new Z4 takes a new aesthetic direction from previous models, with noticeably sharper lines and a more angular form. Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design says that “the BMW Concept Z4 expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details.”

BMW has deliberately referenced design elements from some of its more popular earlier models. The broad kidney grille and headlights that are positioned higher up on the car is reminiscent of the Z8, while the inside of the kidney grille features an elaborately designed mesh that BMW says was inspired by the design of its 328 Mille Miglia.

The roadster will display carbon fibre detailing in an insert in the central air intake and in the door sill finisher. The carbon fibre diffuser on the rear end adds to the roadsters sports focused styling.

In regards to engine, BMW is remaining coy at this stage. Still, details of a highly anticipated model such as this one never stay secret for long, and documents leaked on Wednesday, and reported by the Car and Driver blog, give us some idea of what to expect from the new Z4.

The leaked BMW coding sheet details a real-wheel drive only model that will come with a four or six cylinder engine. The entry level Z4 for the US will feature a reported turbocharged four that will deliver 187 kW of power. A more powerful model, the Z4 M40i will reportedly feature a 3.0 litre inline-six with an output of 269 kW. Both models will likely be available in automatic and manual options.

The official release from BMW and the information leaked earlier this week highlight some key differences between the new Z4 and its sister model, the Toyota Supra. The new Supra is expected to debut in 2018. While the Supra will share an automatic gearbox and some electrical componentry with the Z4, further leaked details suggest the Supra will differ in its hybrid, four-wheel-drive engine that combines a BMW petrol engine with electric motors with energy stored in supercapacitors. Toyota has also refrained from officially revealing any technical specifications of their new model.

BMW plans to unveil the production model of the Concept Z4 next year.

Promotional image of the new BMW Z4 Concept roadster.

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Fiat-Chrysler, BMW and Intel collaboration announced

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, BMW Group and the Intel Corporation have reached an agreement to work together to develop self-driving vehicle technology.

In July of 2016, BMW Group and Intel announced they were partnering to develop self-driving technologies, and yesterday the group announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with Fiat Chrysler.

“In order to advance autonomous driving technology, it is vital to form partnerships among automakers, technology providers and suppliers,” said Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. “Joining this cooperation will enable [Fiat Chrysler] to directly benefit from the synergies and economies of scale that are possible when companies come together with a common vision and objective.”

The group hopes to bring new technologies that enable highly automated and fully automated driving by 2021. In a statement released yesterday, the group announced that they are on-track to deploy 40 autonomous test vehicles on the road by the end of 2017.

Waymo’s pilot vehicle, based on Fiat’s Pacifica minivan.

Professor Amnon Shashua, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Mobileye, an Intel Company says that the combination of Intel’s vision sensing and mapping technologies with the industry knowledge of BMW and Fiat Chrysler will bring cost efficient safety and versatility, across varied settings.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also signed a separate agreement with Google’s parent company Alphabet last year, and the two companies have launched a trial under the Waymo brand in the United States. Waymo has developed a self-driving car based on Fiat’s Pacifica minivan. The passenger vehicle is a likely attempt to produce a self-driving ride hailing service, the market for which could be worth $2 trillion by 2030, Reuters reports.

Fiat Chrysler New Zealand is a relatively new player in the NZ vehicle market. Established in May 2013 and owned by local distribution company Ateco Automotive, who also distributes vehicles in Australia and South Africa.

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German car makers in emissions deal

Emissions have reached toxic levels in many parts of Germany

Politicians and car makers in Germany have agreed to completely overhaul engine software on 5.3 million diesel vehicles in a bid to cut pollution, avoid a ban on diesels and repair the industry’s reputation in Europe.

Justice Minister Heiko Mass told the German newspaper Bild that the agreement was only the first step in an ongoing process, and bans on diesel vehicles in the future would not be ruled out.

“The legal requirements for clean air remain in effect,” he told journalists.

Air pollution has significantly decreased over the past decade, but is still breaching current standards.

In February, the EU Commission found limits for the deadly nitrogen dioxide pollution were exceeded 28 areas of Germany, and was responsible for 10,610 premature German deaths in 2013.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government has come under increasing pressure for not doing enough to crack down on vehicle pollution, with Merkel’s close relationship to auto executives heavily criticised.  

However, ministers have been cautious about disrupting the auto industry, which provides 800,000 jobs, and is Germany’s biggest exporter.

“We expect a new culture of responsibility from carmakers,” Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, from the centre-left Social Democrats, said at a news conference.

“There is much to make good – to the environment, to people in cities, car owners and not least to the security of the car industry in Germany and its hundreds of thousands of jobs.”

The German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) said the software updates would cut nitrous oxide emissions by 25-30 per cent for the 5.3 million affected cars.

The software update is expected to cost Volkwagen, Daimler and BMW a combined $800 million.

The popularity of diesel vehicles in the EU’s largest market is falling as a result of the ongoing emissions scandal. German diesel car sales fell 12 per cent in July, and diesel now makes up 40.5 per cent of new car sales, down from 46 per cent in 2016.

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Winger BMW joins i network

Winger BMW in Wellington have officially opened the BMW i service centre this week, the first in the region.

Over 200 guests were in attendance at the launch, including Minister of Transport Simon Bridges, Wellington Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle, Winger Group general manager Steve Hilson, BMW Group New Zealand managing director Florian Renndorfer, and BMW brand ambassador Jeff Wilson.

Left to right: Paul Eagle, Wellington City Deputy Mayor, Jeff Wilson, BMW brand ambassador, Florian Renndorfer, managing director of BMW Group New Zealand, Simon Bridges, Minister of Transport, and Steve Hilson, Winger Group general manager. (Jeff McEwan, Capture Studios)

“Fantastic to see more and more EVs being made available in New Zealand,” Bridges said at the event.

“Tonight in Wellington Winger BMW became an accredited supplier of BMW i3 and i8 models. This will help encourage the uptake of EVs in the Wellington region by giving people more options.”

“With Winger BMW becoming an authorised BMW i dealer, this is a solid commitment towards sustainable e-mobility”, said BMW Group New Zealand managing director Florian Renndorfer. 

“Their offer of BMW i products provides both private and corporate customers with even more access to a wide range of electrified vehicles, charging and support across the region.”

Eight fully electric and plug-in hybrid models are currently available on the market in New Zealand, including the BMW i3 EV, the BMW i8 and the new MINI Cooper S E Countryman plug-in hybrid.

BME collaborated with ChargeNet NZ in 2016 to establish an ‘electric highway’, allowing EVs to drive up and down the country, which is still in development.

Earlier this week, BMW committed to selling 100,000 electrified vehicles worldwide by the end of the year.

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BMW reveals plans for electric future

Wireless charging is one of the new electric technologies BMW is developing.

BMW has revealed their strategy to electrify their fleet in the coming years, beginning with a fully-electric MINI in 2019.

All existing brands and models can be electrified, the car maker has announced, and additional electrified models will be brought to the market.

From 2020, BMW’s next-generation vehicle structure will enable more fully-electric vehicles.

The new battery-electric MINI will be a three-door variant, and will go into production in 2019. The electric motor will be assembled at BMW’s factories in Dingolfing and Landshut in Bavaria and then installed inside the fully-built car at the main Oxford plant.

“Our adaptable production system is innovative and able to react rapidly to changing customer demand,” said BMW executive Oliver Zipse.

“If required, we can increase production of electric drivetrain motor components quickly and efficiently, in line with market developments.”

BMW expects EVs and plug-in hybrids to account for 15-25 per cent of sales by 2025, but accepts this may change according to market factors, such as regulation and charging infrastructure.

Future BMW vehicles will be built to enable a traditional combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or fully electric drive train with no other modification to speed up production and lower costs.

The car maker has committed to selling 100,000 electrified vehicles in 2017, and will have a total 200,000 EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road by the end of the year.

Last year, global BMW sales topped 2 million for the first time, with a total 2,376,603 vehicles delivered worldwide.

Sales of EVs and plug-in hybrids need to quadruple to meet BMW’s 2025 targets, according to the most recent sales data; if sales grew 5.3 per cent this year, as they did in 2016, then projected electrified vehicle sales will count for four per cent of BMW’s total 2017 deliveries.

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BMW 530e hits NZ markets

The BMW 530e iPerformance has been released to the New Zealand market. A hybrid variant of the luxury business sedan, the 530e is available to order from now at registered dealers.

The 530e powertrain contains an electric motor with a power output of 83kW and 250Nm of torque combined with a 2.0-litre four-cylinger engine, which generates 135kW and 320Nm. The overall system output clocks in at 185kW of power and 420Nm of torque.

 The joint powertrain is matched to an eight-speed Streptronic transmission with a rear-wheel drive configuration, and is able to travel up to 48km purely on electric power.

Wireless charging will be possible from next year.

Charging times range from less than three hours with the BMW i wallbox (or a 3.7kW charging equivalent) to five hours from a standard domestic power socket. From 2018, BMW wireless charging will be available as an option, which will allow for fast charging without cables.

The hybrid sedan will come with the same safety features seen on other BMW 530 models, including evasion aid, active cruise control, lane-change assist, lane-change warning and lane-keep assist.

“The BMW 530e Sedan is now the fifth iPerformance plug-in hybrid to be launched, joining the 225xe Active Tourer, 330e Sedan, X5 xDrive40e and 740e Sedan”, says BMW Group New Zealand managing director, Florian Renndorfer. 

“On top of this we also have the BMW i3 and i8 in the market, and in the coming months the first-ever MINI plug-in hybrid will launch with the Cooper S E Countryman ALL4”.

Prices begin from $133,900 plus on-road costs.

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