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2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

2016 BMW 330e Review: The secret plug-in hybrid

The BMW 330e iPerformance isn't the car to buy if you want people to know you're saving the planet. In fact, from behind the wheel of the 2016 330e, I had to keep glancing at the display to make sure that I was, indeed, driving a plug-in hybrid and not one of BMW's regular 3 Series cars. Say hello to the Germans' secret green family.

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BMW HoloActive Touch controls will turn heads at CES 2017

BMW HoloActive Touch controls will turn heads at CES 2017

The race towards self-driving, autonomous cars seems to have gone quiet lately. And although they surfaced in news this week, they weren’t exactly seen in a very positive light. At CES 2017 next month, however, car makers have the chance to rekindle interest in this future technology, and BMW is definitely not going to pass up that chance. Combining everything it had learned from its HUD and gesture control features, the BMW HoloActive Touch will make drivers feel like wizards making magic in the air to control their cars.

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19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

19th BMW Art Car by John Baldessari features a self-portrait (of the car)

BMW has been making what it calls Art Cars for a long time now and the art car this time around is an actual race car that will be fielded at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The artist who designed the livery for the car is John Baldessari. The car itself is a BMW M6 GTLM and the livery is interesting.

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Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Has Tesla’s Supercharger Network finally met its match?

Tesla's Supercharger network is arguably the jewel in the EV company's crown: without it, after all, cars like the Model S would be far less appealing for everyday transportation. Now, though, a consortium of traditional automakers is partnering up to eclipse Superchargers with a more widespread connector than Tesla's proprietary plug. Including big names like Volkswagen Group, BMW, and Daimler, the joint venture aims to make all-electric long-distance travel a reality, in Europe at least.

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New BMW i3 tipped for 2017

New BMW i3 tipped for 2017

Seeing BMW's compact electric i3 on the road may not yet be an everyday occurrence just yet, but the fact that it first made its debut back in 2012 means that the German manufacturer feels its design is getting a bit old. Proving this point is a new report from German newspaper Welt am Sonntag which says the car maker will be launching a new, redesigned i3 at some point in 2017.

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Baidu & BMW call off collaboration on self-driving car project

Baidu & BMW call off collaboration on self-driving car project

Baidu, the Chinese search engine and internet giant, and Germany's BMW have announced that they're ending the autonomous car technology the pair first announced last summer. A formal product was never announced from the two companies, as the project never went beyond a joint research initiative. Thus far, the project saw Baidu make use of BMW's 3 Series sedans in its public road tests in China, and the plan was to do the same in the US in the near future.

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BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW Films returns with ‘The Escape,’ highlighting new 5 Series

BMW produces a number of great cars, but they've also managed to elevate the art of advertising with their "BMW Films" series; essentially lengthy car commercials in the form of short films featuring action and car chases with the company's sporty sedans at the center of it all. The series has also drawn in big Hollywood talent, with previous directors including Ang Lee and Guy Ritchie, along with Clive Owen starring in the first films when they debuted in 2001.

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BWM MINI gets its first plug-in hybrid

BWM MINI gets its first plug-in hybrid

Car makers have an interesting quandary to solve. On the one hand, everyone, including governments, demand more environment-friendly output from their cars. On the other hand, buyers and loyal fans also demand at least the feelings and sounds of a traditional gas-powered engine. Striving to combine the best of worlds, the plug-in hybrid model was born. Soon, BMW premium MINI brand will be joining that balancing act, unveiling its first combined combustion engine and electric motor that is obsessed about “driving fun” as it is about efficiency.

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2017 BMW 5 Series displays the evolution of the iconic sedan

2017 BMW 5 Series displays the evolution of the iconic sedan

Not all new things need to be a big jump and break from the past. Sometimes, a winning formula needs only a few tweaks here, some new tings there. That seems to be the spirit of the latest generation of BMW’s popular sedan, the 5 series. While calling it more an evolution than a revolution might sound like downplaying the automobile’s progress, it only reflects how mature the BMW 5 has become and how very little needs to be added to make it even better than before.

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BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle : no helmet needed

BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 motorcycle : no helmet needed

Truth be told, concept cars these days are almost a dime a dozen, though some do manage to make our jaws drop once in a while. But a concept motor bike? Not exactly your standard fare. But at its "Iconic Impulses" exhibition in Los Angeles, that is exactly what BMW is showing off. Simply calling it by its name, the Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 doesn’t really do it justice. Whereas most concept vehicles look 5 or so years into the future, this motorcycle was designed with decades in mind. Almost ironically, it look more like a throwback to decades past.

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BMW K 1600 B motorcycle makes world premiere in LA

BMW K 1600 B motorcycle makes world premiere in LA

We're in LA with BMW for what will be the company's final stop during its Vision 100 presentations, and aside from looking to the future, BMW has a some more immediate vehicles to show off as well. One of the most eye catching reveals is its new K 1600 B motorcycle, which just received its world premiere at the event.

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BMW Connected service adds Alexa and, finally, Android

BMW Connected service adds Alexa and, finally, Android

The smart car market hasn’t exactly settled along the usual Google vs Apple camps and some do take both sides, if not their own. When BMW launched its BMW Connected service early this year, it seemed to have actually put up a stake on Apple’s iOS side of the fence. Apparently, it was only bidding its time. In its new update, the service finally gets its first Android app. But that’s not the only thing that’s new, as BMW Connected is also gaining support for the Apple Watch 2 and Amazon’s Alexa.

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