More pictures have arisen of BMW’s new M4 during testing. According to reports, the new vehicle will replace the M3 Coupe, and will feature 19-inch wheels, the signature M series quad exhaust, and no sunroof.
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BMW has a long history of innovation, and their vehicles are consistently held above the competition as being not only incredibly well-performing, but also exceptionally cutting-edge. In keeping with this theme of being at the forefront of vehicle development, BMW has decided to lend their distinctive design to the latest trend in the automotive world: hybrid cars.
Part of the new plug-in hybrid BMW i line, the BMW i8 represents the best of BMW’s technological advancements and stylish vehicle design. Recent testing of the concept has been markedly successful, and the new i8 and i3 seem poised to usher in an era where sports performance and fuel efficiency are not mutually exclusive. Widely considered to become the most progressive and innovative sports car of its time, the BMW i8 has recently had the distinction of being crowned the 2012 Concept Vehicle of The Year. The award recognizes vehicle concepts that are likely to be influential in shaping the future of the automobile industry. While it is no surprise that BMW will have a hand in doing so, their new approach to the hybrid car concept has generated considerable excitement among many automobile enthusiasts. Given BMW’s history of utilizing cutting edge technology to produce products that are both efficient and stylish, we should all be excited about what the future holds for these vehicles.Share on Facebook
The latest incarnation of the BMW 3 series, the 328i Touring Luxury Line offers something a little different, blending BMW’s signature style with the fuel efficiency and cargo space of an economy car. Let’s take a look at why this car rises above the competition:
A Smart Interior
As we’ve come to expect from BMW, the 328i Touring Luxury Line is equipped with a stylish and sporty interior that provides a comfortable drive experience. Included in this luxurious interior is the newest model of the iDrive navigation system, which, with its new polished look and improved information systems, makes for a much easier and simpler navigation process. All this simplification and ease with technology results in a much more streamlined driving experience, leaving the driver more time to simply enjoy the aesthetics of the beautiful 328i Touring.
While BMW is world renowned for making beautiful, high quality luxury vehicles, the performance of the cars is equally as important, if not more so. At a normal speed range, the new and efficient 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine responds spontaneously and the driver can avoid any annoying “turbo-lag”.
Friendly to the Environment and the Wallet
BMW’s new engine, newly equipped in the 328i Touring Line, is estimated to reduce fuel consumption by 20% in comparison to the older, in-line six-cylinder version. This promises to be a great savings at the pump, and represents BMW’s latest attempts at offering the most efficient and streamlined driving experience possible. In keeping with the environmentally conscious theme, the new 328i Touring comes equipped with an option to drive in Eco Pro mode. While Eco Pro mode will not be nearly as sporty as other options, it will offer even greater fuel efficiency, perfect for a long trip. All in all, the new 328i Touring Luxury Line represents the pinnacle of BMW’s mission to deliver the most exceptional driving experience to its customers.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 21, 2012 10:00am EDT … The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the all-new 2012 BMW 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offering class-leading safety with each new model. In order to earn “Top Safety Pick”, a car must receive a rating of “good”, the Institute’s highest rating, in all of four tests – 40 mph frontal offset impact, side impact, rear impact protection/head restraint and rollover protection – and must be equipped [with] an electronic stability control system like BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control.Share on Facebook
BMW Launches BMW X3 Customer Video Portal: Consumers Can Watch Production of Their Custom-Made BMW X3.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 19, 2011… Starting on January 20, BMW customers will have unique access to the creation of their custom-made BMW X3 vehicles via an online video portal that will show them footage of their customized X3 being produced at the company’s plant in Spartanburg, SC.
“Customization is essential to the new BMW X3. With more than 10 million distinct configurations available, we wanted to get customers excited about the birth of their unique vehicle,” said Trudy Hardy, Manager, BMW Marketing Communications and Consumer Events, BMW of North America. “This production footage of the BMW X3 vehicles from our Spartanburg plant enhances the overall customer experience that is part of the BMW brand.” Read MoreShare on Facebook
Spartanburg, S.C. – October 11, 2010…BMW Manufacturing Co. announced today it is implementing a new alternative fuel platform to use hydrogen fuel cells to power the plant’s material handling equipment. Hydrogen fuel cell-powered forklifts, tuggers and stackers will be used in BMW’s new assembly hall that produces the new BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle®.
Fuel cells take stored chemical energy, such as hydrogen in this case, and convert it into electrical energy through two internal electrochemical reactions. The only byproducts of hydrogen fuel cells are heat and water, making this energy choice more efficient than other more conventional energy sources.
“BMW has taken another important step to affirm our global commitment to sustainability with a project such as this in Spartanburg,” said Josef Kerscher, President of BMW Manufacturing. “There’s a clear vision and determination to reach our goal of using renewable energy as much as possible throughout the plant site.”
Implementation of this new technology has been done in concert with partners from Linde North America and Plug Power.
Mike Beckman, vice president of Linde’s alternative energy team, said, “We have partnered with BMW to work toward our companies’ shared goal of implementing cost-effective, alternative energy solutions that reduce emissions. BMW’s selection of Linde to supply the hydrogen and fueling system is testament to our significant capabilities, leading technologies and dedicated professionals who worked closely with BMW to implement the fueling solution.”
“We are proud BMW has selected to work with Plug Power as they continue to solidify their position as a leading sustainable automotive manufacturer,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power Inc. “The proven productivity increases on the manufacturing floor through the use of GenDrive will give BMW a further competitive advantage in the global automotive marketplace.”
Installation of a storage and distribution center within BMW’s existing Energy Center, an 11 Megawatt facility, along with six on-site fueling stations were recently completed by BMW at their only North American manufacturing facility in South Carolina. The hydrogen used for this project was manufactured at the most sustainable source within Linde’s network.
Initially, the hydrogen-powered material handling fleet will consist of more than 85 pieces of equipment, making it one of the largest hydrogen fuel-cell fleets in the U.S. In addition to the many other benefits, fuel cells offer a much longer operating life than lead-acid batteries. Fuel cells provide continuous power with no loss of power as the tank nears empty as opposed to battery-powered equipment that run slower as the battery nears empty. These units, when full, run on a 2 kilogram fuel tank and run for 8-10 hours. Fuel cell units can be refueled by a driver in less than three minutes at an on-site hydrogen fueling station. On average, it takes about 20 minutes to re-fuel a depleted battery.
Since hydrogen is the only source of energy for the fuel cells being used in the new facility, BMW Manufacturing estimates that this project will avoid 1.8 million kilowatt hours per year of electricity consumption at the plant that would have been used to charge a battery-powered fleet.
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell fleet is the perfect complement to BMW’s successful Landfill Gas to Energy initiative started in early 2003. BMW powers approximately 50% of the plant’s total energy requirements using methane from a local landfill, a previously wasted resource.
Implementation of the landfill gas program reduces CO2 emissions by 92,000 tons per year. To date, the landfill gas project has saved BMW an annual average of $5 million in energy costs.Share on Facebook