Toyota, BMW broaden pact and may build joint sports car

Toyota's Toyoda (left) and BMW's Reithofer agreed in 2012 already to intensify cooperation (Photo: BMW)

Toyota and BMW last week said they plan to broaden their cooperation in technologies that will help define the cars of tomorrow. The two automakers said they will explore cooperation possibilities in the areas of powertrain electrification, lightweight technologies, fuel cells and future vehicle architectures. They mentioned in particular a joint architecture for a sports […]

50,000 German BMW employees get Telekom sim cards

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More than 50,000 German BMW employees will get Deutsche Telekom sim cards for their business-related mobile communications, the German telecommunications group said. The two companies signed an agreement that runs through the end of 2019 and plan to expand the cooperation to other countries. Telekom said it will integrate the employee sim cards directly into […]

New BMW 7 Series features customizable instrument display

BMW's customizable instrument panel is a 600 euro option on the new 7 Series (Photo: BMW)

BMW’s new flagship 7 Series features an optional multifunctional instrument display that lets drivers decide how they want to look at key information. The 600 euro display option retains the traditional format of four circular instruments. But the driver can now decide what the layout will look like in detail. The 10.25 inch display can […]

BMW opens 2nd China plant

BMW, Brilliance and local Chinese officials attended the official opening of BMW's 2nd Chinese plant this week (Photo: BMW)

BMW and its joint-venture partner Brilliance opened a second plant in China,¬† increasing production capacity in the key market to 200,000 vehicles a year. The German premium car maker¬† and its partner will invest another 500 million euros to boost production capacity in China to 300,000 units in the medium term. And BMW CEO Reithofer, […]

US, German carmakers to demo fast EV charger

ACEA will make this combined charger the standard for new EVs in Europe from 2017 (Photo: VW)

A group of eight US and German carmakers will demonstrate a common fast-charging technology they hope will accelerate the spread of electric vehicles. Volkswagen, ¬†Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors and Porsche will demonstrate the standardized single-port DC-fast charging technology at the Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS26), a conference that will take place in Los […]

BMW opens Connected Drive lab and Designworks studio in Shanghai

BMW's design chief, Adrian van Hooydonk (center), discusses details of the Vision ConnectedDrive concept (Photo: BMW)

BMW, stepping up its activities in China, said it has opened a Connected Drive lab and a design studio in Shanghai. The German premium car maker said its Connected Drive lab will allow key development initiatives to be directly linked to Asian markets. Alexis Trolink, who heads the Shanghai facility, said in a press release […]

Genivi All Member Meeting – Paris

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Genivi will hold its annual member meeting at Disneyland outside Paris April 24-27, with more than 500 participants scheduled to attend. The alliance, whose goal is to develop cross-industry software standards for the development of in-vehicle infotainment, groups automakers, automotive suppliers, telematics and mobile phone companies. Speaking at a Telematics Update conference in Munich this […]

Telematics Update: Room seen for embedded and smartphone-based connectivity

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MUNICH ‚ÄĒ Cars will be connected to the internet through both embedded and smartphone-based systems, telematics executives said Wednesday. In a discussion of the pros and cons of the different approaches at a Telematics Update conference here, a panel of experts said the mode of connectivity depends on different factors. “I see a hybrid approach; […]

BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder further expands “i” brand

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BMW unveiled a fourth new model in its “i” range, underscoring the carmaker’s intentions to expand the new brand it is officially launching next year. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an electric motor and a gasoline combustion engine which, together, provide a combined output of up to 354 bhp. […]

BMW steps up CO2 reduction efforts; delivers record 2011 results

CEO Reithofer says BMW has had a good start to 2012 (Photo: Arjen Bongard

BMW is confident it will achieve European CO2 targets for 2015, but to meet longer-term goals, it plans to step up r&d developments. “We are totally confident we will meet the target set for the BMW Group” for 2015, said BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer. He said the group’s more efficient drivetrain technology will help it […]