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BMW Diesel Vs. Gas: Choosing the Best Way to Fuel

March 25, 2015  |  BMW EfficientDynamics, Technology

BMW 328d Clean Diesel

Recently a wave of modern diesel engines have appeared in the U.S., smashing the image of loud, dirty, smoking cars of old that kept the fuel type so unpopular here for decades. BMWs modern diesels are clean, quiet, don’t require extended start up times, and drive like a German engineered car should.  Portlanders, always eager to adopt new technology, have embraced the alternative fuel and every new diesel model BMW debuts quickly becomes a popular seller.  But while new diesel engines don’t come with the disadvantages of those from the 70s they do offer a unique driving experience to our gas models.

Fuel economy is huge selling point of a diesel BMW. Choosing the 328d delivers highway fuel economy of 45 miles per gallon, a 23% improvement over the comparable gas 328i. Diesel fuel tends to be priced closely to premium unleaded gas so the increased efficiency could be quite a savings for BMW buyers with long daily commutes.  Both cars are low emission vehicles that score highly on the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions scale; however the diesel emits 14% less tailpipe CO2 emissions than the gas counterpart.

Performance wise all BMW offers 50/50 weight distribution and excellent handling dynamics across its entire range. Regardless of engine choice all of our cars provide a fun driving experience. Both the 328i and d have two liter twin scroll turbocharged engines with excellent throttle response and smooth power delivery. The gasoline fueled 328i produces 240 horsepower which propels it to 60 mph in a very quick 5.8 seconds. On the other hand the 328d puts out only 180 horsepower manages a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds. The diesel car does make up for the power deficit by putting out 280 lb-ft of torque, 40 more than the gas model.  The extra force is apparent through the whole power band and gives the driver a feeling of confidence when traveling through the mountain roads of the Pacific Northwest.

Every BMW model, engine, and trim is a different take on what is the Ultimate Driving Machine so everyone will have a different take on what is right for them. Diesel engines are offered in the 3, 5, and 7 series sedans along with the X3 and X5 SAVs. The best way to experience the different models is to come in and drive each back to back. You might be surprised about which one you like best. Stop by our showroom at 10999 SW Canyon Road in Beaverton or give us a call at (503) 828-0936.

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Sustainable Transportation: The BMW i3 at OMSI

BMW i3 at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

To create awareness for the all-electric BMW i3 vehicle, Kuni BMW attended Drive Revolution: The Future of Transportation at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) in Portland, OR. The event showcased the latest in sustainable transportation options including bikes, cars, public transportation and more.

BMW i3 at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Kuni BMW presented the BMW i3 for spectators to explore and test drive.

BMW i3 at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

In addition to being an emission-free car, the BMW i3 uses the maximum possible amount of sustainably produced and recycled materials throughout the exterior and interior. Responsibly-forested eucalyptus and the Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) roof panel are just a few examples of how renewable resources craft the BMW i3.

BMW i3 at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Learn more about the BMW i3 and view our current inventory at

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Kuni BMW i3 Drive Event

BMW i3 Drive Event

Kuni BMW hosted the BMW i3 Drive the Future Now event at our Beaverton dealership on June 12, 2014. The event was a great success with dozens of guests from the Portland area having the opportunity to drive the first all-electric BMW vehicle.

Kuni BMW Dealership i3 Drive Event

Watch as our customers test drive the future.

View current vehicle inventory at We’d also be happy to order your BMW i3 to your specifications. Contact a Client Advisor at (503) 748-5400 to discuss vehicle options.

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Revving up for 2014, New Year, Updated & New Models



A new year comes with exciting new models and updates. Check out what BMW has to offer in 2014:

M5: Production of the 2014 M5 began in July 2013, bringing with it a new Competition package that includes a 15-hp increase, 20-inch wheels, suspension tweaks, refined steering, and a sport exhaust. New LED taillights and a revised steering wheel and grille round out the M5’s updates.

M5’s Currently Available at Kuni BMW >>

M6: Available in coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe body styles, the 2014 M6 is available in manual six-speed as a no-cost alternative to the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. A Competition package similar to the M5’s is now available.

M6’s Currently Available at Kuni BMW >>

X5: New for 2014, the latest X5 arrives with a choice of two gasoline engines: a 300-hp, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six or a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 with 445 horsepower. Both are coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is available with the six-cylinder. A diesel-powered X5 will arrive in 2014, and an M version should follow soon after.

X5’s Currently Available at Kuni BMW >>

2-Series: This replacement for the 1-series coupe and convertible arrives at Kuni BMW later this month, at least in coupe form. The convertible ought to follow by the fall. This all new model is a larger body than the 1-series with similar engine options to a 3-series.

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3-Series: A station wagon returns to the 3-series lineup. It is offered with the turbocharged four- and six-cylinder gas engines of the 3-series sedan and comes standard with four-wheel drive. A new 180-hp, 280-lb-ft 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel is new to the sedan and wagon lineups. The 3-series GT hatchback, an early 2014 model, carries on unchanged. The M3 is on hiatus until it returns as both a sedan (M3) and a coupe (M4) in the fall of 2014.

3 Series Currently Available at Kuni BMW>>

4-Series: Replacing the 3-series coupe, the 4-series comes packing either the four- or six-cylinder turbo engines from the 3-series lineup. The 4-series is lower, longer, and wider than its 3-series predecessor, yet is reportedly 100 pounds lighter. Cabriolet and Gran Coupe versions are sure bets.

4 Series Currently Available at Kuni BMW>>

5-Series: A 255-hp, six-cylinder turbo-diesel joins the lineup, powering the new 535d. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 in the 550i and 550i xDrive gets a 45-hp boost to 445. The five-door GT, now available as a rear-driver, gets the updated gas engines.

5 Series Currently Available at Kuni BMW>>

6-Series: The 2014 6-series models began hitting showrooms in June 2013, including 640i versions of the convertible, coupe, and Gran Coupe. Four-wheel drive is available on all three 6-series body configurations, as is an M Sport Edition.

6 Series Currently Available at Kuni BMW>>

i-Series: The new all-electric BMW i3 is a landmark in BMW’s mission to provide a completely sustainable, electric vehicle that still stays true to the Ultimate Driving Machine moniker. The BMW i3 is the first product of the new BMW i sub-brand, and is a truly purpose built electric car. It’s a new era for electro mobility at BMW. Look for it at Kuni this spring.

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Minor trim changes: X3, X6, Z4, 7-series
Unchanged: X1, X6 M
Retired for 2014: M3, 1-series

Expect to see the 1 series return in 2015 with two extra doors and a whole new look.

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The BMW i8 intelligent key, a first of its kind


The BMW i8 is poised to revolutionize the hybrid sports car class in many ways. We expected amazing ecotech, however we were not expecting to be blown away by the key fob. Containing its own high resolution LCD display it is reportedly able to show charge levels, time on charge, as well as the distance the vehicle can travel before recharging/fueling. This key fob may just be smarter than your smart phone. In fact its like having a mini smart phone dedicated to your car. Wherever you may be, you are connected to your vehicle. You can even preset the temperature so it’s defrosted and warm in the winter, or cooled down and ready in the summer, all before you arrive at your car.


If the smart key is any indication about the amazing technology this car will possess, frankly we cant wait to take it for a spin.

Interested in hybrid technology currently available? We have several Active Hybrid 3 & 5 models available now!


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BMW 2015 M4

M4 Sized

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – December 11, 2013, 6:10pm Eastern Time .

BMW today announced the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe models, which capitalize on the strengths of the latest 3 Series Sedan and fresh 4 Series Coupe models as their respective foundations. As the first-ever BMW M cars to feature the achievement of an engineered-in reduction in curb weight from one generation to the next, the all-new M3 and M4 stand poised to attack corners, hills, and braking zones, and will vigorously defend BMW M’s decades-strong position as segment leader around the world.

Featuring a return to the inline-6 engine format made famous by BMW M, the all-new, 3.0-liter BMW M3 and M4 engine is approximately 10 kilograms lighter than its V-8 predecessor and packs an even stronger punch. With 425 horsepower from 5,500 – 7,300 rpm, 406 lb-ft of torque from 1,850 – 5,500 rpm, and capable of 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds when equipped with the M-DCT transmission (4.1 seconds with standard 6-speed manual), the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and will begin sales as 2015 models in early Summer, 2014 (Editor’s notes: All specifications preliminary. Complete US-specific specs, pricing, options, and packages will be announced closer to the on-sale date).

The launch of the new BMW M3 Sedan and new BMW M4 Coupe sees BMW M GmbH revealing a new interpretation of the high-performance sports car – and carrying the BMW M philosophy over into the fifth generation of the M3. More than 40,000 examples of the fourth-generation BMW M3 Coupe were built, and now the BMW M4 Coupe is poised to continue this success story. The “M4” badge is a reference to the model series that provides the basis for the new M model – and, for the first time, the Coupe will be introduced at the same time as the four-door variant. Logic dictates the latter will be christened the BMW M3 Sedan.


The New 2015 M4 is set to release early summer 2014.

Why wait? View the current 4 Series models at KuniBMW.Com, Or stop in for a test drive!

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