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BMW 3 Series PHEV & future electric models

7 October 2016

Those who doubt the appeal of plug-in hybrids should try the BMW 330e. Instant and abundant torque, a silent surge of electric or petrol turbo power plus low emissions and excellent fuel economy make this the best all-rounder in the 3 Series range.


Management briefing - Paris motor show preview

23 September 2016

This, the first of two management briefing reports concerning the 2016 Paris Mondial de l’Automobile, offers a sneak preview of the confirmed and likely world debut cars and concept vehicles.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - Q1 profits rolling in

6 May 2016

News that Geely-owned Volvo Cars had made first quarter earnings gains thanks to strong sales of its recently launched, and high margin, XC90 luxury SUV drew a lot of just-auto reader eyeballs this week. Thus proving my long-held theory that new product, and lots of it, usually leads to profits. Volvo has continued the new model roll with the S90/V90 and there's more to come - I'm off to Sweden next week to learn more about the products we can expect on the new CMA architecture co-developed with Geely.


THE WEEK THAT WAS - BMW's clever production tricks

24 March 2016

Last week, I enjoyed an entertaining trip to BMW's annual AGM and plant 'show 'n' tell' (links here in last week's TWTW column) and, as threatened, this week I've published a yarn about some of the worker-assist innovations they've come up for the Munich and other factories. My favourites: the Exoskeleton 'chairless chair' pilot project at Plant Munich, the ProGlove laser-embedded smart glove and, not least because I got to Have A Go, the gesture-controlled lightweight robot. The ingenuity of plant engineers - and the line and logistics workers who often suggest ideas and help the engineers with development - never cease to amaze me.

Latest interviews


HERE Automotive on strategies to support autonomou

1 February 2016

At the 2016 CES, Cat Dow talked with Floris Van Der Klashorst, vice-president of HERE Automotive. HERE's a creator of connected navigation solutions and since December 2015 has been owned by an alliance of the German automakers Audi, BMW and Daimler.


Harman on why partnering is essential - Q&A

16 December 2015

Harman recently partnered with Renesas to improve its in-vehicle network and infotainment solutions. Matthew Beecham caught-up with Harman’s Phil Eyler, Executive Vice President and President of Infotainment to find out how this alliance and others are supporting the brand in a highly competitive sector. In Part 2, we interview Harman’s EVP and President Lifestyle Audio Division Michael Mauser about the audio innovations it is bringing to the market to sustain growth.


Nexteer president and COO Laurent Bresson

19 January 2015

Nexteer, the former GM Saginaw steering division, has flourished under the ownership of China-based Pacific Century Motors its owner since 2011. Calum MacRae caught up with Nexteer’s president and COO Laurent Bresson at the recent NAIAS.


Q&A: Udo Schwerdel, Head of Continental Turbo

8 January 2015

Ian Henry spoke recently with Udo Schwerdel about Continental’s recent entrance into the turbocharger market.

Latest news


Geneva show debuts list - SsangYong & TME concepts

20 February 2017

The i-TRIL concept, a one-plus-two seats electric city car, will make its world debut at the Geneva motor show, Toyota Motor Europe has announced. SsangYong will also have a concept at the show: a 4.7m long seven-seat SUV.


just-auto Plus only BMW global sales up 6.8% in January 2017

13 February 2017

Following on from a sixth consecutive record-breaking year, sales at the BMW Group achieved their best-ever start to the year with January figures showing increased deliveries in all world regions. With its three premium brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the...


BMW designer moves from VW group

9 February 2017

Slovak vehicle designer Jozef Kaban, whose credits include chief of exterior design at Audi and Skoda, and the VW Lupo, SEAT Arosa, Bugatti Veyron and Škoda Octavia, has moved to BMW to be responsible for core BMW brand design while Domagoj Dukec will head the design team for i and M vehicles. The pair report to chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk.


just-auto Plus only BMW Group US sales up 0.5% in January 2017

2 February 2017

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 0.1% in January for a total of 18,109 compared to 18,082 vehicles sold in January, 2016. Notable vehicle sales in January include the BMW X1 which increased 21.4%, the BMW X3 which increased 57.5%, and the BMW X5 which...


just-auto Plus only Tesla and BMW EVs fail to earn IIHS rating

1 February 2017

Two all-electric vehicles fall short of meeting the Institute's awards criteria, but consumers who want to minimise gas consumption while also prioritising safety can choose from two plug-in hybrids that earn the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ award. The two...


just-auto Plus only New 2017 BMW 2/3 series earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

31 January 2017

BMW is proud to announce the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 BMW 2 Series Coupe and 2017 BMW 3 Series Sedan a “Top Safety Pick+”, continuing the company’s long-standing commitment to offer class-leading safety with each...


VDL Nedcar to share production of BMW X1

25 January 2017

Contract assember VDL Nedcar in Born, the Netherlands, will begin production of the BMW X1 small SUV, supplementing Regensburg output, from next August.


BMW shows off car development process

25 January 2017

In an elaborately-staged display "using aesthetic lighting installations and innovative storytelling", BMW claims to have "brought to life the development process and engineering expertise behind the 7 Series".


just-auto Plus only Nissan/BMW jointly expand DC Fast charging network

25 January 2017

Nissan and BMW, two of the top EV manufacturers, have again joined forces – this time with EVgo, the nation's largest public DC Fast charging network – to increase public access to DC Fast charging stations across the US, with an additional 174...


just-auto Plus only New BMW 3/2 series earn IIHS top safety rating

18 January 2017

The 2017 BMW 3 series has improved from a marginal rating to a good rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front crash test. That change, along with better headlights, earns the midsize luxury car a Top Safety Pick+...


just-auto Plus only BMW to launch upgraded models in March 2017

17 January 2017

From the spring of 2017, the new BMW 5 Series, the sportiest and most innovative business sedan in its segment, will also set new standards in terms of efficiency. The new BMW 520d EfficientDynamics Edition impresses with a combined fuel consumption level of...


2017 Detroit auto show - world debuts list

11 January 2017

All the world premieres from the 2017 North American International Auto Show are listed below. The most important models this year were of course the ninth generation Toyota Camry, which will also be the first vehicle using the (TN)GA-K architecture to be manufactured in the US; and the updated Ford F-150 which gains fresh engines, including a diesel.


BMW India sales rise 14% in 2016

11 January 2017

BMW Group India delivered 7,861 cars to customers in calendar year 2016. This split as 7,500 BMW cars and 361 Minis. Moving ahead on a positive course, Sales were up 14% over 2015.


BMW names new president for India

11 January 2017

Vikram Pawah (45) has been appointed president of BMW Group India effective 1st March 2017.


just-auto Plus only BMW Group 2016 global sales rise 5.3%

10 January 2017

The BMW Group achieved its best ever sales in 2016, the sixth year in a row the company has set a new sales record, maintaining its position as the world’s leading premium car company with its three brands, BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. Having recorded...


Mercedes brand beats BMW four years early

9 January 2017

The Mercedes-Benz brand, with 2.08m sales in 2016, topped archrival BMW's 2,003,359 four years ahead of a target set by Daimler's CEO, according to Reuters, after it stopped chasing market share and focused on making stylish high-tech cars loved by consumers.


CES 2017 - list of world debuts

6 January 2017

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, open to the public between 5 and 8 January, hosted multiple car, concept and automotive technology world premieres.


just-auto Plus only BMW US sales down 5.4% in December 2016

6 January 2017

Sales of BMW brand vehicles in December totalled 32,835 compared to 34,625 vehicles sold in December 2016. For the year, BMW brand is down 9.5% on sales of 313,174 compared to 346,023 from last year. Notable vehicle sales for 2016 include the BMW 7 Series...


BMW autonomous vehicles to begin trials in US/EU

5 January 2017

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye have announced that a fleet of approximately 40 autonomous BMW vehicles will be on the roads by the second half of 2017, demonstrating the significant advancements made by the three companies towards fully autonomous driving.


just-auto Plus only Intel acquiring 15% ownership stake in HERE

4 January 2017

Intel has agreed to purchase a 15% ownership stake in HERE, a global provider of digital maps and location-based services, from HERE’s current indirect shareholders: Audi AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG. In conjunction with Intel’s acquisition of a...


just-auto Plus only Enel/Verbund/EV carmakers join over EVA+ project

23 December 2016

Electric Vehicle Arteries (EVA+) is an electric mobility project to be carried out in Italy and Austria for which a grant agreement worth a maximum of EUR4.2m (US$4.38m) has already been signed with INEA, the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency delegated...


just-auto Plus only BMW to open new development centre in Munich

21 December 2016

The BMW iNEXT is scheduled for release in 2021 – self-driving, electric and fully connected. A whole range of highly-automated models from all BMW Group brands are set to follow. To achieve this aim, the BMW Group is combining its development expertise...


just-auto Plus only BMW presents BMW 6 series

20 December 2016

The BMW 6 Series offers attractive new additions to the range of optional equipment for spring 2017. The options available exclusively for the BMW 6 Series Coupé, the BMW 6 Series Convertible and the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé add touches of...


BMW to show HoloActive Touch at CES

16 December 2016

BMW Group will provide another glimpse into the interior of the future at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas as its HoloActive Touch system makes its debut.


VW/Hubject to develop EV charging stations in EU

16 December 2016

The Volkswagen Group is joining the eRoaming platform Hubject GmbH as shareholder.


BMW global sales up 6.2% in November

13 December 2016

Sales of BMW Group vehicles achieved a new record for November with total sales of 209,743 units, an increase of 6.2% on the same month last year. This result brings the year-to-date sales total to 2,152,393, an increase of 5.8% compared with the same period last year.


Magna secures "multiple" seating wins from BMW

7 December 2016

Magna says it has won "multiple" new seating programmes from the BMW Group which will be supplied from a new manufacturing facility in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.


just-auto Plus only BMW Group US sales down 15.8% in November 2016

5 December 2016

Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 18.2% in November for a total of 26,189 compared to 32,003 vehicles sold in November, 2015. Year-to-date, the BMW brand is down 10.0% in the US on sales of 280,339 vehicles compared to 311,398 sold in the first eleven...


BMW begins 7-series assembly in Indonesia

1 December 2016

BMW has begun local assembly of its flagship 7-series model in Indonesia in anticipation of the government’s plans to scrap import duties on car components.


South Korea threatens BMW, Porsche and Nissan

30 November 2016

The South Korean government has said it may ban six car models sold by three foreign automakers in the country after it found issues with the certification documents used to obtain sales permits, according to local reports.

BMW news

Geneva show debuts list - SsangYong & TME concepts

20 February 2017

The i-TRIL concept, a one-plus-two seats electric city car, will make its world debut at the Gene...


just-auto Plus only BMW global sales up 6.8% in January 2017

13 February 2017

Following on from a sixth consecutive record-breaking year, sales at the BMW Group achieved their...


BMW designer moves from VW group

9 February 2017

Slovak vehicle designer Jozef Kaban, whose credits include chief of exterior design at Audi and S...


just-auto Plus only BMW Group US sales up 0.5% in January 2017

2 February 2017

Sales of BMW brand vehicles increased 0.1% in January for a total of 18,109 compared to 18,082 ve...


just-auto Plus only Tesla and BMW EVs fail to earn IIHS rating

1 February 2017

Two all-electric vehicles fall short of meeting the Institute's awards criteria, but consumer...


just-auto Plus only New 2017 BMW 2/3 series earn IIHS Top Safety Pick+

31 January 2017

BMW is proud to announce the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 BMW 2 Series C...



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