Adaptive LED headlights and styling changes further accentuate visual appeal
•Occupant comfort enhanced by suspension and interior refinements
•Powerful yet efficient new engines for high performance with low consumption and emissions
•EU6 compliant BMW Diesel with BluePerformance offered
•BMW ActiveHybrid power available for the first time in UK on 7 Series
•A wide range of new BMW ConnectedDrive features
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Space is becoming increasingly scarce in the major conurbation centres and
traffic density is growing continuously. Political and social conditions are
changing. All these factors coalesce in increasing demands in terms of
private transportation. The concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter with electric
drive provides an innovative look at changing urban mobility needs.
While the currently available, purely electrically-powered scooters have been
almost exclusively used inside towns and cities to date due to their performance
and range, which makes them suitable for short distances only, the
concept vehicle BMW E-Scooter offers a much broader spectrum of use.
Since it was conceived as a future-oriented vehicle for commuting between
urban areas and the city centre, therefore attracting funding from the
German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development,
there were two main requirements for its development - dynamic figures
comparable to those of a maxi scooter with a combustion engine and a high
range in realistic conditions of use.
Munich. Six-cylinder power units have always had particular appeal, offering not only supreme smoothness and refinement, but also superior power and performance as well as a truly emotional driving – or, in this case, riding – experience.
A further point is that the typical sound of a straight-six almost like a turbine is absolutely incomparable, with straight-six power units at BMW having stood for fascinating engine technology in BMW cars for more than seven decades.
Looking at motorcycles, inventive engineers have also tried time and again to offer the enthusiast the thrilling concept of a straight-six power unit. But while a few engines in straight-six configuration have indeed been fitted in motorcycles both lengthwise and crosswise, the straight-six has never really made a genuine breakthrough either on production models or in motorcycle racing.
Depending on the way the engine was fitted, six cylinders in-line inevitably made the engine either very long or very wide, creating disadvantages in terms of the running gear, weight distribution and the centre of gravity. A further drawback was much higher engine weight usually setting off the benefits of extra engine power.
The new BMW 3 Series Touring will offer an even stronger blend of thoughtful practicality and outstanding driving dynamics when it comes to the UK in September. Larger, and more spacious inside than ever before, this truly versatile vehicle possesses a wide range of practical features in addition to the class-leading driving dynamics expected of any BMW.
A load capacity that is the largest in its class, complete with innovative storage solutions, is wrapped in a dynamically styled, strong but lightweight body that follows the same winning formula of previous BMW 3 Series Tourings over the years. After all, it was BMW that invented the premium Touring segment back with the E30 3 Series and it has proved a winning formula ever since then with an average 8,500 new car buyers a year.
Three advanced, powerful, yet frugal engine choices are available at launch. For example, the new BMW 330d Touring produces 258hp and 560Nm of torque, enough to reach 62mph from rest in just 5.6 seconds, yet still achieves 55.4mpg on the combined cycle. Further engine variants will join the range in due course.
Once again BMW is advancing into a new vehicle segment with the introduction of the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Following the convertible and the Coupe in the BMW 6 Series, this new exclusive model is the true embodiment of aesthetics, sportiness, comfort and luxury in perfect form.
The lean elegance of this vehicle, the very first four-door Coupe in the history of BMW, is truly an exceptional phenomenon.
Powerful engines and the advanced chassis technology contribute to a sporty and dynamic driving experience. The BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe is also distinguished by exclusive features and equipment, roominess for rear passenger comfort and remarkable advanced functionality that is unusual even for an upscale, four-door Coupe.
For example, folding rear seatbacks and an auxiliary third seat (4+1 seating) are among the unique design features that contribute to the car's versatility
Driving dynamics, smooth performance and efficiency are the hallmarks of the TwinPower Turbo engines available for the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe. Furthermore, the BMW 650i Gran Coupe will be the first model offered with a new and more efficient V8 engine that delivers an impressive 330 kW/450 hp. This engine, just like the six-cylinder power units in the BMW 640i Gran Coupe and the BMW 640d Gran Coupe, is offered as standard in conjunction with an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission and proven BMW EfficientDynamics technology. Standard equipment on all models also includes the Driving Experience button with ECO PRO Mode and the Auto Start Stop function.
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The new Sport and xLine models join the traditional SE and M Sport with revised exterior styling combined with a subtly evolved cabin
New all-diesel range of engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and EfficientDynamics.
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New designation for the drive technology of all future electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
BMW eDrive comprises the components of the electric drivetrain: the electric motor developed in-house by BMW, the lithium-ion battery, and finally the intelligent motor management system.
This technology ensures that electromobility with BMW eDrive offers a unique experience. This is because the full torque of the electric motor is available from a standing start and the acceleration unfolds continuously in thoroughbred electric vehicles until the top speed is attained. Vehicles with BMW eDrive technology are therefore extremely agile and offer enormous driving pleasure.
The lithium-ion battery cells and the intelligent motor management system also offer a substantial increase in range and power for the vehicle.
The future will see BMW eDrive technology empowering all electric drives – electric and plug-in vehicles from BMW i – giving them the capability for being particularly dynamic and smart.
This summer BMW, in conjunction with Club MSV and the BMW Car Club GB, is giving BMW owners the chance to take advantage of an exclusive offer to experience the full capability of their own cars at some of the country’s leading race tracks.
Five novice track evenings, staged just for BMW drivers, are being held with prices ranging from just £39 to £49. The evenings provide owners with the opportunity to experience what their BMW can achieve in a controlled environment.
Following a safety briefing, participants will be taken on a familiarisation lap before putting theory into practice and discovering what it means to drive the ultimate driving machine on a famous motor racing circuit.
The novice track evenings will be taking place at Brands Hatch, Bedford Autodrome, Cadwell Park and Snetterton. The first evening will be staged at former Grand Prix circuit Brands Hatch on Wednesday 23 June. Andy Priaulx, former World Touring Car Champion, will be on hand at the inaugural event to offer some first class advice and encouragement. For further information or to book one of the limited spaces at this or any of the other locations go to www.clubmsv.co.uk/bmwontrack.
BMW joined forces with MotorSport Vision in February 2009 and the partnership has enabled thousands of driving enthusiasts to explore the limits of the BMW M3 on some of the UK’s most famous circuits, courtesy of the M3 Master and RaceMaster packages. Teenagers can also enjoy their first experience behind the wheel in a BMW 1 Series thanks to YoungDrive. The driving experiences on offer are in addition to the courses offered by BMW Driver Training at locations across the world.
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI, Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 25 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
During the financial year 2010, the BMW Group sold 1.46 million cars and more than 110,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax for 2010 was euro 4.8 billion on revenues amounting to euro 60.5 billion. At 31 December 2010, the BMW Group had a workforce of approximately 95,500 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last seven years.