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Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Achtung! You Will Soon Subscribe to Your Car

Until recently, owning a car meant just that: either purchasing a car outright or leasing a new vehicle. For those who didn’t want to own a car, a few carsharing options such as Zipcar were available in some areas. Now a new option is emerging, namely cars by subscription.
BMW is …

BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

BMW to Offer “Access” Car Subscription Option

BMW announced the launch of a new-vehicle subscription service, Access by BMW, on Wednesday.
Access by BMW will provide its members with a selection of BMWs ranging from a 4 Series coupe or cabriolet, an X5 SUV, and a 5 Series sedan. There will also be a performance tier that will …

New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

New York Auto Show 2018: Hail the SUV, but Plug in the Mini

NEW YORK — The auto industry is showcasing dozens of new cars this week at the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center. The show, which dates back more than a century and was previously held at the New York Coliseum, the old Madison Square Garden, and …

BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen Denounce Diesel Fumes Tests on Monkeys

Three German automakers, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen, apologized on Saturday for their support of research conducted in 2014 in a U.S.-based lab in which ten monkeys inhaled diesel emissions from a VW Beetle while watching cartoons on television.
The New York Times reported on Friday that the three German car companies …

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2018 North American International Auto Show

DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows of the automotive industry. Year by year, it kicks off the international car show calendar and is followed by major events in Europe and Asia. The show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and …

BMW Acquires Parkmobile, Parking App Developer

BMW Acquires Parkmobile, Parking App Developer

BMW announced the acquisition of Parkmobile, a developer of parking apps.
Parkmobile is the largest mobile parking services provider in North America according to BMW, and BMW has held a minority stake in the company for several years.
The move is part of BMW’s strategy to address mobility beyond selling cars and …

Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

Auto Industry Debuts Multiple New Vehicles with Apple CarPlay at LA Show

The Los Angeles Auto Show returned to the Convention Center and many automakers took advantage of the post-Thanksgiving event to introduce multiple new vehicles that will be available with Apple CarPlay, Apple’s in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
Virtually every car manufacturer offers vehicles …

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Shell to Roll Out EV Charging Network Across Europe

Royal Dutch Shell said Monday it is working with leading automakers to deploy ultra-fast chargers on European highways.
The move will propel Shell ahead of its rivals and provide a solid backbone of charging stations across the continent. Shell said it is working with Ionity, a joint venture between BMW, Daimler, …

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

Why Electric Vehicles May Have the Edge When It Comes to Cost of Ownership and Operation

While electric vehicles still look expensive, when compared to more traditional petrol-powered vehicles, their prices have come down in recent years. But that’s only half the story: their total cost of ownership is significantly lower as is the cost to power the vehicle.
More affordable EVs have come onto the market …

BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

MUNICH—The first ignition keys were introduced by Chrysler in 1949, although car doors required keys prior to that time. Early innovations in car keys included jackknife-like flip keys and keys with elaborate marque’s logos on them. Starting in the mid-1990s, cars began to come with transponder keys, programmed to allow …

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Group debuted its new Mini Electric Concept Wednesday. A production version of the concept car will come in 2019.
The car is fully electric, and is the direct ancestor of the Mini E, BMW’s first all-electric car, introduced almost ten years ago.
The vehicle has many of the characteristics of the …

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

MUNICH—BMW introduced a redesigned i3 electric vehicle for the model year 2018 and announced a new model, the BMW i3s, the sport version of the i3.
The new 2018 i3 features an updated design, new standard features, and the same powerplant as the 2017 model, which, in turn was updated for …