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Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?<p>Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it …

Privacy

BMW returning to Le Mans in 2018 with the M8 GTE

This is a factory-backed effort.<p><b>Related: We obsessively covered the Frankfurt Motor Show — here's our complete coverage</b><p>The BMW 8 Series is making its return. The German automaker's flagship coupe is replacing the now-dead 6 Series coupe, both on and off the track. At this year's Frankfurt Motor …

2018 BMW X3: All-new, faster, and more efficient than ever

Today, at its birthplace in Spartanburg, S.C., BMW revealed the all-new 2018 X3. The model gets a host of new features and equipment, and, for the first time, an M Performance variant. Along with a new platform, the X3 gets new engines, new technology, and promises to drive better than ever. The US …

Automakers agree to clean up diesels to avoid ban in German cities

Audi recalling 850,000 cars for software fix, following Mercedes' recall of 3 million this week.<p>BERLIN -- Auto industry officials and politicians in Germany have agreed to clean up diesel vehicles through software updates as part of a rescue plan for avoiding diesel bans in cities, industry and …

2018 BMW 230i xDrive | Drivers Notes

While we love the M2, not every version of the BMW 2 Series is a barnstormer. The looks and size promise a small, nimble sports coupe, but non-M or M-Performance variants fall a little flat on a back road. Then again, not everyone is in the market for a sports car. Some just want a handsome coupe …

BMW M8 GTE is looking good in first tests

When BMW's M division showed its prototype M8 coupe a couple of months ago, it confirmed that it would be joined by a racing version. Now the company has finally shown the racecar, called the M8 GTE, and it looks mean. The photos the company released are from the car's very first track test. It's …

BMW 'categorically rejects' reports of emissions manipulations

BMW on Sunday rejected media reports that the emissions treatment systems in its vehicles do not work effectively and that it colluded with rivals on their design. "Cars of the BMW Group are not being manipulated and are in line with the applicable legal requirements," BMW said in a statement. The …

1800 Miles per Hour: Ultrafast Charging Tech Moving Far Faster Than Anticipated

Many who reject the option of an electric vehicle say that they’ll consider one only when EVs have the range for occasional long-distance drives and can recharge about as quickly as you can refill a car’s tank with gasoline. Well, that time is nearly here—a lot sooner than even many experts in …

Electric Vehicles

2017 BMW 530i's four-cylinder is perfectly adequate

Why you should save some money and skip the more expensive 540i.<p>For men and women of a certain age, the old adage to always buy the biggest engine available probably still rings true. "There's no replacement for displacement," say those who grew up in the muscle car era, because that used to be …

BMW, IBM team up to connect cars via CarData cloud network

The era of connected cars is getting closer and closer, and the latest step forward comes from BMW and IBM. BMW announced recently that it would be launching a cloud system called CarData, and it will run on IBM's Bluemix cloud platform, which includes Watson IoT (Internet of Things) for data …

BMW i8 can genuinely be more enjoyable than the Porsche 911

Since its debut, there have been several comparison tests between the highly futuristic BMW i8 and the classic sports car, the Porsche 911. …

The 2019 BMW 3-Series Is a Car Worth Waiting For | Feature

<b>What It Is:</b> The next generation of the quintessential compact sports sedan. BMW has traditionally offered a four-door sedan and a station wagon, but we hope the misleadingly named “Gran Turismo” hunchback will remain without a successor.<p><b>Why It Matters:</b> The 3-series used to be the car that everyone …

Toyota Camry

BMW 5 Series: Get the small engine, ignore cylinder snobs​ (CNET On Cars, Ep. 108)​

5 Series plus 4 cylinders is beautiful math, and evidence mounts that people are done with driving. Plus, Cooley's Top 5 electric SUVs.

BMW M8 spied gettin' jiggy at the Nurburgring

It looks like the big coupe can dance.<p>Based on these spy photos, it's clear BMW is working on a new full-sized coupe. While we don't know for sure, rumors persist that the new model will revive the old 8 Series moniker (quick: someone go tell Will Smith he can carry on gettin' jiggy). Though both …

Top Five BMW Engines going into 2017

Gone are the days of the screaming, naturally-aspirated BMW I6 engine. That guttural, metallic induction noise we’ve become accustomed to has gone …

Next-gen BMW Z4 spotted testing in Munich along with Supra

We’ve long known about the partnership between BMW and Toyota. Both brands have each been developing their own sports car built off of the same new …

Supercars

BMW i8 in camouflage wrap gets some performance upgrades

Back in January we featured a BMW i8 project with a camouflage wrap inspired by the Razzle Dazzle paint/wrap intended to make it harder to optically …

Consumer Reports Discusses Kia Niro Hybrid and BMW 5 Series

The Toyota Prius has long been the 800-pound gorilla of the hybrid segment. Its combination of impressive fuel economy, versatility, reliability, and …

Listen to the glorious sound of the BMW M550i

If there is one BMW we’re excited to drive this year it has to be the all-new BMW M550i, the top model of the new 5 Series range. Packing a new, M …

Good Afternoon, I Have Discovered The Best BMW Z3; It Is This Nasty Off-Road Beast

It is the Jalopnik staff’s unanimous opinion that you should buy a BMW Z3. But which Z3? There are so many. I’m here to tell you! It is this Z3, a …

BMW's first all-wheel drive car was actually this pre-war BMW 325

It’s commonly thought that the very first all-wheel drive BMW was the E30-generation 325ix. Even BMW credits this car with being the first all-wheel …

BMW Concentrating on making electric range a non-factor

At the moment, BMW is heavily scrutinized for not having an electric car with a pure battery range of anywhere near some of its competitors. The …

Could BMW still create a Porsche 911-fighting 6 Series?

We’ve known for some time now that BMW would switching its 6 Series model line from the sleek, svelte coupe that it currently is to a frumpy Gran …

Aston Martin

8 Great Gadgets to Upgrade Your Next Road Trip [SPONSORED]

You have your phone with its battery at 100 percent. You have great playlists to get you down the road. You even have got a proper emergency kit full of essential tools in case of trouble on the road. What you need to take this road trip from good to great are a few key gadgets that are going to …

Gear & Gadgets

AT&T offers a plug-in WiFi hotspot for your car

Your existing car probably doesn't have a built-in WiFi hotspot, but AT&T will soon have a way to add one and deliver that sweet, on-demand internet access. The carrier is launching the ZTE Mobley, a WiFi hotspot that plugs into your car's OBD-II port and shares an LTE data link with everyone …

VW Golf R pitted against BMW M235i in enthusiast's choice battle

Most people don't have two, open spots in their garage to fit a practical daily driver and a fire-breathing performance car for the weekends. That's what makes vehicles like the Volkswagen Golf R and BMW M235i just about perfect for the average person. Both of these Germans can lope around as a …

Volkswagen Golf

Evo pits BMW M3 against Porsche Macan in drag battle

If you want to move five passengers in very rapid fashion and you've got a $75,000 budget, two newly introduced four-door models immediately come to mind – both are the highest performing vehicles in their respective segments. But which is faster off the line, to the 60-mile-per-hour benchmark or …

M-thusiast pops the question at BMW Welt

We've seen all manner of marriage proposals over the years, but our favorites, of course, revolve around cars. One guy proposed to his girlfriend at a traffic stop, another during an autocross event, while yet another got dozens of Mazda MX-5 owners together to spell "Marry Me?" in Miatas. This …

Car Tech

2015 BMW X3 arrives with tweaked styling, diesel option

The luxury crossover market has been a huge success for BMW, having sold over a million X3 models worldwide since the CUV first went on sale in 2003, not to mention all of the momentum its had with the larger X5. At the Chicago Auto Show, BMW is unveiling the refreshed 2015 X3, featuring an …

Watch the trailer for Locke, a movie that takes place entirely in BMW's X5

It's no surprise that driving can be incredibly stressful. You're basically trapped in a metal box, and until fairly recently, your ability to communicate with the outside world beyond the toot of a horn or a rolled-down window was all but nonexistent. <i>Locke</i>, a new film starring actor Tom Hardy …