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BMW M cars may ditch the manual transmission

BMW M cars may ditch the manual transmission

For many years, the manual transmission was the transmission to get in all cars if you wanted the best fuel economy. In modern cars, the automatic transmission is the more fuel-efficient option. One place where the manual has remained a popular transmission choice is in the sports car, but even there it is going extinct. BMW has hinted that it may ditch the manual transmission in its M cars such as the M3 and M4.

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BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

The BMW i8 already looks like a car from the future, but this new version of it might be even more so. Just the other day we saw Toyota boasting about the mileage of its own hydrogen fuel cell Mirai and now BMW has come out with one of its own. Not a commercial model yet, though. This still unnamed research car will be the German car maker's plans for fuel cell powered automobiles. Curiously, Toyota actually plays an important role in those plans as well.

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BMW i8 with 2.0L, turbocharged 4-cylinder, 450HP said to be in works

BMW i8 with 2.0L, turbocharged 4-cylinder, 450HP said to be in works

BMW's i8, the incredible-looking plug-in hybrid, is believed to be getting a more powerful sibling in the near future, according to Auto Express. While we shouldn't be expecting anything with the "M" performance badge, the publication's sources say BMW's engineers are eager to show what an "i" can really do with its lightweight carbon fiber body. The main changes are said to be a bigger, more powerful engine, ditching the rear passenger seats, and a slightly more sporty design, possibly with a spoiler.

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Baidu and BMW aim to launch a self driving car this year

Baidu and BMW aim to launch a self driving car this year

Chinese tech giant, Baidu, began working with BMW in April 2014 on a project centered around self-driving vehicles. More than one year later, the partnership is getting close to enjoying the fruits of its labor. According to Baidu's senior vice president, Wang Jin, the new self-driving car should be hitting the streets in China by the end of the year. When the arrive, the cars won't be staying on the test track. The goal is to get them on the congested highways in urban centers like Shanghai and Beijing this year.

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2016 BMW 7 Series revealed and it’s a tech monster

2016 BMW 7 Series revealed and it’s a tech monster

BMW has taken the wraps off of the new 2016 7 Series, its most advanced flagship sedan to-date, with more tech, greater efficiency, and a new hybrid option. Set to show up on US forecourts come fall, priced from $81,300, the new car wraps more curvaceous body - long-wheelbase only in the US - around a carbon core passenger cell, mixing CFRP, ultra-high-tensile steels, and aluminum to drop weight by up to 190 pounds over the old car. BMW has used that to improve dynamics but also to inject masses of gadgetry.

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BMW ConnectedDrive Dynamic Parking Prediction helps you find a parking spot

BMW ConnectedDrive Dynamic Parking Prediction helps you find a parking spot

BMW is working on a unique addition to its connected navigation systems. If you live in a large city or have visited one, you can probably relate to the hassle that is driving around to try to find a spot to park on the street. In crowded and busy cities finding that spot can be a big challenge. BMW has announced an interesting new addition to its ConnectedDrive system called Dynamic Parking Prediction.

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BMW unveils all-new X1 SUV packing 2.0L TwinPower 4-cylinder

BMW unveils all-new X1 SUV packing 2.0L TwinPower 4-cylinder

BMW has announced the all-new X1 Sports Activity Vehicle, which is another name for a small SUV. The car is a 2016 model year and will come to the US exclusively at launch in a single form called the BMW X1 xDrive28i. That car will pack a 2.0L TwinPower 4-cylinder engine making 228hp. That might not sound like a lot of power by today's standards, but it makes the 2016 X1 the most powerful car in its class.

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage pays tribute to a classic 70s BMW coupe

BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage pays tribute to a classic 70s BMW coupe

BMW has created a new and modern take on the famous BMW 3.0 CSL coupe from the 70s and the new car is called the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. The CSL in the name of the car stands for "Coupé Sport Leichtbau," which translated means coupe, sport, lightweight. The 3.0 CSL Hommage has an aluminum hood, trunk lid, and wings. To keep weight to a minimum BMW ditched glass for the windows and used Plexiglass all around.

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BMW 435i ZHP gets more power and better handling

BMW 435i ZHP gets more power and better handling

BMW fans may remember the ZHP Performance Package that was offered on 2003-2006 E46 3 Series cars. That special package was iconic in the BMW community and to celebrate that BMW has announced a special ZHP version of the 2016 435i Coupe. The 2016 BMW 435i ZHP Coupe will be a very limited edition car with only 100 units being built.

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G-Power turns BMW M6 into 987hp, 231mph monster

G-Power turns BMW M6 into 987hp, 231mph monster

German performance car tuners G-Power have, somehow, managed to outdo themselves. The company often customizes BMW M5s with over 800 horsepower and easily capable of over 200 mph, but their latest project puts that to shame. They've dubbed it the "G6M V10 Hurricane S": a BMW M6 configured with a V-10 engine featuring 987bhp, and a top speed of 231 mph. G-Power says it's the most powerful car they've ever built, and that sounds about right.

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HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

HERE’s why everyone wants Nokia’s maps business

The war over knowing exactly where we are is going to be expensive. Interest in Nokia's HERE division from big German car makers, Uber, and others is tipped to have driven the potential purchase price to $3bn or even higher, as old automotive faces off against new tech darlings. Turns out, the value of accurate maps is about more than just knowing which junction to take to get to the Ikea parking lot.

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