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  • CES 2017: Cortana set for BMW, Nissan cars

    Cars are becoming smarter and smarter, with voice commands being one of the more convenient ways to take advantage of said smarts. Now, BMW and Nissan have used CES to announce that they'll be integrating Microsoft's Cortana into their suites. "BMW Connected demos will feature a visionary concept of an in-car voice-controlled personal digital assistant that customers are familiar with in other areas of their daily life. The system being presented at CES 2017 is the in-car application of Microsoft’s Cortana," the automaker wrote in a press statement. The German marque says that Cortana's existing capabilities on...

  • You can now rent BMW i3 from Europcar in Cape Town

    Want to go for the cutting-edge car rental? Or maybe you just want the environmentally responsible car during your business trip. Either way, Europcar now offers the BMW i3 at Cape Town International Airport. It's not the first time that the vehicle has been offered by a car rental service in South Africa, but Avis only offered the BMW i3 as part of its chauffeur service. "We have introduced the fully-electric, 0% emissions BMW i3 to our fleet, with sustainability in mind and looking at future trends in mobility. The BMW i3 is a unique, cost effective and innovative vehicle option for...

  • BMW unveils bike of the future

    As part of their centenary birthday celebrations, BMW has released a range of inventive vehicle concepts, titled the 'VISION Next 100' series. With this range, BMW tries to envision what the next one hundred years of transportation will look like. One of their latest reveals is the Motorrad Vision Next 100, a futuristic zero-emissions motorcycle that boasts an advanced self-balancing system, executed via a gyroscopic stabiliser, which will keep the bike balanced in motion and when stationary. The bike will still be fitted with a kickstand though, as the self-balancing function is only functional when the bike turned on. To avoid...

  • BMW to launch electric Mini in 2019

    The new BMW electric Mini series is set to roll out sometime in 2019 with a battery-powered version of the BMW X3 to hit the streets a year later, the automaker announced. The announcement comes as BMW's competitors such as General Motors' Opel and Renault launch their own eco-friendly vehicles at the Paris Motor Show. “Competitors are now in phase one on their electric strategy, while we're entering phase two. We’re already well on our way to electrifying the core portfolio, using powertrain technology from BMW i," said the CEO of BMW, Harald Kreuger, in an interview with Bloomberg. BMW's electric Mini and other vehicles...

  • How many BMW i3 and i8 electric cars have been sold in SA?

    BMW and Nissan have announced the launch of the first joint charging stations for electric cars in South Africa - but buried in the press release was a rather interesting bit of news... The German automaker revealed that it sold 300 electric vehicles in the country since their introduction. But which model was more popular though? "In South Africa, BMW has sold a total of 141 BMW i3s and 159 BMW i8s units since its local introduction, making BMW i3 the most successful EV in the market," the automaker noted. We're not sure what BMW means about the i3 being the most...

  • BMW, Nissan launch first joint charging stations in Cape Town

    Following their memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year, BMW and Nissan have launched their first joint charging stations for electric vehicles in South Africa. The two manufacturers launched three charging stations (for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles) at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, BMW South Africa said in a statement. "The charging stations will supplement the stations already installed by BMW across 27 BMW dealerships, at the Melrose Arch Precinct and at BMW’s Head office in Midrand to support the adoption of EVs in South Africa’s urban areas," the German manufacturer added. The charging stations use Type 2 connections, which...

  • How many BMW i3s have been sold in South Africa?

    BMW South Africa has revealed just how many i3 electric vehicles have been sold in the country. In a press release to announce the UberGreen promotion in Cape Town, BMW and Uber noted that 124 cars have been sold in South Africa since its March 2015 launch. The UberGreen promotion will see BMW i3 cars available as an option for Uber users in the Mother City, albeit for a limited time only. BMW and Uber also revealed that "close to 50 000" BMW i3s have been sold since its international launch in 2013. The German automaker's cheaper i-series vehicle goes from 0-100 in 7.2...

  • This is what 40 years of the BMW 3 Series looks like

    These days car badges come and go at a speed that verges on terrifying. It's therefore a pretty remarkable achievement when one manages to make it through 40 years. The latest of the few cars to hit the magical mark is the BMW 3 Series, was launched in 1975 to replace the BMW 02. Making its debut at that year's Frankfurt Motor Show, the 3 Series has pretty much come to define what a compact executive car should be. Small wonder then that its survived through five different body shapes and is about to enter its sixth generation. ...

  • BMW brings Old School Goggles back: But this time with a twist

    BMW's Mini unit will be soon showing off a new system that presents a throwback in looks and a step forward in technology. The company is set to show off its Mini Augmented Vision goggles at the Shanghai auto show this week. The new tech-design feeds motorists with information while their eyes remain on the road. This is aimed at giving drivers a better all-round view of what happens outside their cars when they're not there. The augmented reality goggles project warnings, speeds and directions onto the lens in front of the drivers eyes. They also provide the driver with...

  • These are Barcelona’s all new BMW electric police scooters

    When you think about iconic police vehicles, you tend to think about speed, sirens, and muscle. What you don't tend to think about is scooters. Nonetheless some of Barcelona's finest will soon be cruising the streets on BMW-made electric scooters. The fleet of 30 BMW C evolution scooters has a continuous output of 11KW and a maximum output of 35 KW. In most respects the scooter is identical to the civilian version, although BMW has included some modifications for police needs. The modifcations include a raised screen for protection purposes and a public address and signalling system. While the police...

  • Future BMW M cars may feature all-wheel drive, electric turbos

    One particular thing in Bavaria has stood the test of time for nearly half a century -- BMW M cars are rear-wheel drive. But that's about to change. The company has announced that it will adopt all-wheel drive technology in its M cars in favour of the leery rear-wheel driven hilarity currently offered. Frank van Meel, head of BMW's M division, spoke to Autocar (via Jalopnik) at the Detroit Motor Show and noted that the M5 and the M6 sedans may be the first cars to adopt the system. It may sound like blasphemy, but turning the M3 into a four-door...

  • There’s a new Mini John Cooper Works and it’s all about power

    This should have Mini fans rubbing their hands in glee. There's a new John Cooper Works (JCW) model out and it's the tuning division's most powerful to date. While the new car looks pretty much as you'd expect it to (it is a Mini after all), the BMW-owned company has tweaked it slightly to provide more differentiation from the MINI 3-door. If you're buying a John Cooper Works though, looks are very much a secondary concern. What matters is what's under the skin and that should put a very big smile on your face indeed. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine...

  • With help from BMW we’ll be able to charge our electric cars at street lights

    Electric cars are awesome. Though one of their biggest challenges is finding hotspots to charge the vehicles' batteries. With an ingenious concept, BMW thinks it's found a solution that might help solve this conundrum. The German automotive giant has developed street lights that are equipped with sockets to charge electric cars. The company will run a pilot project in Munich, Germany next year that will rely on the existing local authority's lighting networks. From hunky hybrids to self-driving fun, looking at the car technology the company has been releasing, it seems BMW employers sleep, eat, drink and dream ways to revolutionarise...

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