BMW to Invest in New Plant

BMW will spend 1 Billion USD to create a new plant in Debrecen, Hungary, where it will manufacture electric autos. The new manufacturing plant will have a limit of 150,000 autos every year, and will have the capacity to create both electric and fuel burning vehicles.

That in spite of the fact that the organization’s authorities have gone by our nation a few times and Bucharest authorities have talked about at the central station of the Bavarian manufacturer in Munich about the possibility of a plant in Romania.

BMW claims that the new speculation will help extend Europe’s building limit, offering around 45 percent of the gathering’s autos, with 1.1 million units sold.

Before the finish of June, the BMW Group has developed in numerous business sectors over the region, with auto conveyances totaling in excess of 560,000 units, a 1.2 percent expansion over a similar period a year ago.

The Hungarian city of Debrecen was picked for the plant, suitable strategic connections and vicinity to the system of providers. Notwithstanding the plant group, numerous occupations will be made for parts and specialist co-ops, both inside the new generation office and in the area.

A year ago, 2.5 million0 of BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce autos were created, a notable high.

BMW Releases Info on New Performance SUV Generation

The newest generation of X5 and X5 M BMW models are on their way—they are currently being tested in Scandinavia on public roadways. At the BMW Annual General Meeting the brand boss, Harald Kruger, revealed they are looking at an October release.

The new X5 M is a sup’d up version of the M SUV twin turbocharged 4.4 liter V, which will probably give it 592bhp. This would place the X5 M at the top end of performance-focused SUVs—out doing the current X5 M and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by 25 and 30 bhp respectively.

The new X5 M will also feature a featherweight structure. It is based on the CLAR platform that the 7 series uses. This is a combination of aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber. This weight loss might result in the 0-62mph time of the line being reduce to below 4 seconds.

BMW has also decided to keep producing the plug-in hybrid variant. This will more than likely be a blend of a two liter gas engine with electric power. Similar to what is currently inside the xDrive40e. The all-electric range of the vehicle will be around 25 miles.

BMW to Build Electric Minis for China Market

BMW says it’s in considering electric models of its Mini cars for the China market. This would be the first time the vehicles have been made outside Europe. BMW it has signed a letter of intent with a Chinese manufacturer named Great Wall Motor.

China is the world’s largest market auto market; BMW was able  to account for 560,000 vehicles in that market last year. About 35,000 were Minis. BMW already works with the manufacturer named Brilliance from China.

The company says its main Mini plant in Oxford, England, will start producing the first battery electric models next year.

BMW said making Minis in China wouldn’t call into question its commitment to manufacturing in Britain. They noted they had made “significant investments”, insinuating that they wouldn’t abandon the UK market.

BMW to Build New Proving Ground

Representatives of the BMW Group, the Czech government and the Karlovary Vary region announced construction of a new proving ground today in Prague. The roughly 500-hectare property will be developed in Sokolov in the Karlovary Vary region, close to the German border town of Waldsassen and about two-and-a-half hours’ drive from the BMW Group’s main development site, the Research and Development Centre (FIZ), in Munich.

BMW will invest over 100 million euros ($118 million) on a test track for self-driving and electric cars in the Czech Republic, as it expands its foray into alternative driving technologies.

The new BMW proving ground, which will create several hundred jobs, is slated to go into operation early in the next decade. Total investment will be in the three-digit million-euro range.

Dr. Herbert Grebenc, BMW AG, Human Resources, Senior Vice President Real Estate Management, Corporate Security, stated at the announcement in Prague: “The BMW Group is at the vanguard of technology. As an innovation driver, we aim to offer customers the best, most emotional mobility experience and create digital connections between people, vehicles and services. At the planned proving facility in Sokolov, we will continue to advance ground-breaking topics, such as electrification, digitalization and automated driving – for example, through safety-testing for assistance systems.”

Projects at the 500-hectare (1,200-acre) Sokolov site near the German border, picked out of 82 potential locations, will include the testing of driver-assistance and braking systems, Grebenc said.

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Do BMW and Mercedes Have Too Many Models?

Mike Duff, writing for Car and Driver Blog, reports that both BMW and Mercedes will bill culling their herd in the coming years and that those models to go will be mostly traditional coupes.

Dieter Zetsche, head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, stated “The specialty cars, these coupes and convertibles, were always niche cars,” to journalists at the Geneva auto show. “The expansion into China and other emerging markets [has given] huge opportunities for sedans, but they did not take up these specialty cars. Which makes the business case for these vehicles less easy.”

Zetsche made it clear Mercedes planned to continue offering at least a few coupes. Duff writes, “With both coupe and cabriolet versions of the C-class, E-class, and S-class currently being offered alongside the SLK and SL roadsters and the AMG GT coupe and convertible, there’s obvious potential to simplify the range.”

BMW’s Ian Robertson reported that the company had been struggling with their open sports cars, “The segment that is not really progressing is the roadster segment,” he said. “It never really recovered after 2008, and it never picked up in Asia. Therefore we’re working with Toyota on a platform to try to gain some economies of scale.”

What do you think? Is spoiling their customers with choice weakening sales? Or are luxury coupes no longer the in-thing?

BMW Concepts

The Victor crew likes concept cars. They are a teaser of what could be with a lot of futuristic ideas integrated in them.

There is a very interesting concept that BMW has for the future. It’s all in the wheels. These are their visions for the next 100 years. Their idea is that analog meets digital in the concept car. The area around the wheels make the wheels seem to “disappear” into the car. It would be great to see this car in person. As the wheels turn, the body seems to extend in a diamond pattern with another color showing through.

The Vision vehicle has 2 modes: ease and boost. You can use ease when you want to concentrate on other things and boost when you want to devote your full attention to driving. The steering wheel doesn’t look like your typical wheel either. It kind of looks like it has the feel of a cockpit.

2016 BMW M4 GTS

There are only 300 of these stunningly hot cars headed to the USA. The first water injection system on a production car and the M dual-clutch transmission with Drivelogic is an innovative 7-gear dual-clutch transmission are only a couple of the technological innovations BMW is introducing on this machine. There is even a heads up color display so you can keep your eyes ahead which is a pretty good idea particularly if you decide to apply the full 493 bHP to the asphalt! This is a seriously fast road car coming in at a reported (by BMW) top speed of 250 k/hr which translates in my book to slightly over 156 mph and the 0-100 k/hr is 4.1s which is under 4.1 for 0-60 translated into Detroit lingo. See it and read about it here at the webpage BMW dedicated to it. And after talking to Joe Victor the other day there is a rumor floating around that one of the 300 may be on the way to Stark County,

Jody

A new use for luxury cars

In Omaha, Nebraska they have found a new use for late model luxury cars. Usually taken to local car shows, local car dealers are now helping sell real estate by bringing their cars to mansions for their open-houses. This adds “curb appeal” to prospective buyers of the houses valued at $1,000,000 or higher. This is taking “staging” a house one step further. Bringing in late model cars, like a Jaguar or BMW gives a sneak-peak at the lastest models and may possibly help local auto sales. They see it as exposure and promotion.

Maybe someone will even buy a car with the house, Jody.

~ Joe Victor

New Diesel Cars for 2014

The Victor crew
found that GreenCarReports.com has a list of new 2014 Diesel cars for better fuel efficiency. Here they are:

Audi – 3.0 liter V-6 turbodiesels:
Audi A6 TDI mid-size sedan – for 29 mpg starts at $57,500
Audi A7 4-door coupe – 29 mpg starts at $66,900
Audi A8 large luxury sedan – 28 mpg starts at $82,500

BMW – 180 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel
3-series sport sedan – 32 mpg city; 45 mpg highway; slightly lower with xDrive all-wheel drive option; starts at $39,525 without xDrive; another $2000 with
3-series Sports Wagon – up to 43 mpg; only comes with xDrive; starts at $43,875

Chevrolet – 151 hp 2.0-liter turbodiesel four cylinder:
Cruze Diesel – starts at $25,695; 27 pmg city; 46 mpg highway

Jeep – 240 hp 3.0 liter V-6 turbodiesel
Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel – 21 mpg city; 28 mpg highway;

Ram (formerly Dodge Truck) – 240 hp 3.0 liter V-6 turbodiesel
1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck – priced $2,850 higher than Ram 1500 gasoline

Ride on.
~Joe Victor