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BMW’s new MINI Citysurfer Concept isn’t a car

BMW’s new MINI Citysurfer Concept isn’t a car

It's that time of year when car makers not only show their wares but also boast their ideas in concept cars. But BMW is doing something a tad different. It is unveiling the MINI Citysurfer Concept, which isn't a car and not even a sports bike, This is an electric drive powered kick scooter. It probably won't win any races (unless you race with other MINI Citysurfer Concepts), but it will get you from A to B with that "spontaneous riding fun" that BMW advertises for its MINI line.

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BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

BMW unveils streetlight that charges electric cars

Electric cars are ideal for people who live in cities where pollution tends to be the worst and driving distances tend to be less with lower speeds. Those shorter distances and slower speeds mean that electric cars are more practical than they are in rural areas where driving distances tend to be longer. The challenge for urban EV owners is finding a place to charge their vehicles.

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BMW and Toyota hit concept stage on hybrid sports car deal

BMW and Toyota hit concept stage on hybrid sports car deal

BMW and Toyota's much-anticipated - and oft-rumored - collaboration on new sports cars has finally taken a step forward, the two companies revealed this week, but the end results are still far from the showroom. The German and Japanese marques began working together in 2012 on a Li-Ion battery project for EVs and hybrids, which flourished into a team effort on a new, midsized sports car duo with shared architecture wrapped in true-to-brand style and driving experience. Problem is, the project is already running about a year behind the initial schedule.

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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M reach 60mph in 4.0 seconds

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M reach 60mph in 4.0 seconds

BMW has announced the second generation of the BMW X5 M and X6 M Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupe. Both of the new vehicles are 2015 models and they are designed for comfort, people hauling, and performance. BMW notes that both of the new vehicles use a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Both vehicles also share the same M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine displacing 4.4L.

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BMW i8S and hotter i8 duo tipped to turn up EV power

BMW i8S and hotter i8 duo tipped to turn up EV power

BMW's i8 hybrid sportscar is tipped to be in line for a power boost, with the Germany company said to have earmarked the eco-friendly coupe for an upgrade to both parts of its powertrain. Distinctively designed both inside and out, the current BMW i8 musters 357 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque from its combination of a three-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor. However, according to industry whispers, both of those are going to be replaced with more powerful versions - among other changes - in a hotter, more focused version, and it may only be the start of BMW's scheming.

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BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

BMW X4 M40i spied during racetrack testing in Germany

It's not uncommon today for automakers to test cars on a racetrack that are likely to never actually see racetrack use. BMW did just this recently when what is thought to be the X4 M40i was spied testing on the Nurburgring in Germany. Automakers love to say that the heralding of their cars were tuned on the Nurburgring. The hunchbacked M40i is a sub-M brand performance car and while it may not have the same levels of performance as something like the M3 or M4, it should be an impressive ride.

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The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

The Mini Cooper just got a spanking

BMW has been forced to change its fuel economy ratings for select 2014 Mini Cooper models, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did some testing of its own and found the German firm had over-estimated exactly how frugal the distinctive car could be. The audit covered four 3-door versions of the Mini - the Cooper and Cooper S - and was started after the EPA spotted several road-load conditions in BMW's own testing didn't meets its standards. As a result, the mpg figures for the cars will drop by as many as 4 points.

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BMW just made car charging smart

BMW just made car charging smart

BMW has given the electric car charger a smart makeover, boosting performance, integrating with smart home technologies, and and opening the door to further cutting ties to the mainstream grid. The BMW i Wallbox Pro joins BMW's existing i Wallbox Pure for cars like the i8 and i3, but boosts power to 7.4 kW and throws in a 7-inch touchscreen for more in-depth control and feedback.

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BMW ponders MINI Superleggera EV coupe amid possible car cull

BMW ponders MINI Superleggera EV coupe amid possible car cull

BMW is biding its time on giving the beautiful MINI Superleggera electric roadster concept the green light for production, warning that the city car line-up could facing a culling as some of the flabbier models are axed. The Superleggera was revealed back in May, an attempt to blend British heritage with Italian open-top style, but also to tease the possibility of an EV powertrain for a more eco-friendly engine option.

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