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Martin Winterkorn Under Investigation in Volkswagen Dieselgate

Former CEO under criminal investigation, report says<p>German prosecutors are investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn amid the dieselgate scandal, <i>The Detroit Bureau</i> reports. Winterkorn resigned after the scandal broke.<p>Although the former CEO wasn’t implicated in the original scandal, …

We Hear: New BMW Model Will Compete with the Porsche 911

Report suggests drastic changes for the next-gen 6 Series<p>The BMW 6 Series has little in common with the Porsche 911, but that could soon change with the next-generation model. According to our friends at <i>AUTOMOBILE</i>, BMW is making last-minute changes to the new 6 Series with the intent of making it a …

Weird and wonderful cars from Techno Classica's £12m auction

Viewings for the COYS auction at the Techno Classica Show in Essen, Germany began earlier today, with 130 cars set to change hands for many millions …

Classic Cars

Hands free: Tesla Model S P90D vs BMW 730Ld

Fourteen miles – that’s the best I manage. Fourteen miles without touching the steering wheel or a pedal. Watching the car steer its way down the …

Spied: 2017 BMW 5 Series Reveals Aggressive Front Bumper

We catch BMW testing the new M Sport package.<p>Late last year, we caught BMW testing prototypes of the next-generation 2017 5 Series in the Mojave Desert with a more subtle appearance than the outgoing model. Now, we’ve spied the 5 Series sedan with the M Sport package testing in full camouflage.<p>The …

2016 BMW M5 Reviews and Rating

2016 bmw m5 Model Overview<p>New for 2016<p>Enhanced USB and Bluetooth are now standard on the 2016 BMW M5 and a new exterior color, Tanzanite Blue Metallic, has been added.<p>Vehicle Summary<p>The 2016 BMW M5 is the high-performance variant of the 5 Series sedan and is available only with rear-wheel …

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2016 BMW M2 Reviews and Rating

Features & Options<p>Package<p>Invoice<p>Retail<p>Executive Package - ZEC<p>INCLUDES: Collision Warning System; Headlight Control; Lane Departure Warning System; Parking Distance Sensors, Rear Park Distance Control Camera and Radar; Steering Wheel, Heated<p>$1,140<p>$1,250<p>Engine: 6-Cyl Turbo 3.0 Liter - …

BMW Relaunches Car Sharing Efforts in U.S.

BMW Connected North America App Debuts, Wants to Assist You

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in January, BMW offered peeks at its idea of a fully connected future, one which revolves around the so-called “Internet of Things.” The Internet of Things is the notion that connected devices, homes, cars, and appliances can all talk to one another, leading to …

2016 BMW 340i xDrive Photo Gallery

BMW M5 to Drop Manual-Transmission Option

If you’d like to purchase a V-8–powered BMW with a manual transmission, time is running out. You won’t be able to order the M5 with a row-it-yourself transmission in place of the standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission once production ends in late fall. BMW also plans to drop the …

2017 BMW 330e iPerformance Photo Gallery

2017 BMW 330e iPerformance: The 3-series Plug-in Hybrid Is Here

Spend some more, save a little.<p>In 1986, an “e” on the rump of a BMW 3-series denoted the slowest, most fuel-efficient version on sale. From 1984 through 1987, the North American 325e packed a 2.7-liter inline-six with a diesel-like 4700-rpm redline. The “e” stood for “eta,” the Greek letter …

BMW Unveils Its Vision Next 100 Concept

When we look back at BMW decades from now, we may know exactly when it surrendered driving pleasure to a phalanx of robots wearing blue-and-white roundels. It wasn’t the fake engine sounds or the languid steering that crept in circa 2013. That was the start. It is right now, at the company’s …

BMW To License EV Tech To Other Automakers

BMW wants to license its plug-in hybrid powertrains to other automakers and hire thousands of software engineers, a top company executive revealed in Geneva last week.<p>Speaking to <i>Reuters</i>, R&D chief Klaus Fröhlich said that “going forward we will sell electric drivetrains” to “many smaller …

BMW i5 EV Model Coming, Will Offer Optional Range-Extender

It’s fair to say that BMW’s i range has, until now, been more a pair of distantly related cousins than it has been a close-knit automotive family. The i3 and i8 are both fascinating vehicles, but being an electric city car and a hybrid sports car, they have left what could be described as a …

BMW's 100th Anniversary Brings Out Mercedes' Humorous Side

BMW is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a big bash in Munich, and apparently Mercedes-Benz feels left out. The solution? Some good old-fashioned trolling.<p>The Mercedes-Benz museum in Stuttgart is officially extending an invitation for any BMW employee to visit the museum for free this week, …

CARB Says Fixing Every Emissions-Cheating VW Diesel "May Not Be Possible"

The California Air Resources Board and the EPA have been working together with Volkswagen to come up with a way to fix its cheating diesels, but it’s starting to look like there may not actually be a fix according to <i>Automotive News</i>.<p>“Our goal has been to fix the vehicles and return them to their …

Volkswagen USA CEO Michael Horn Steps Down

Michael Horn, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, has left the company, VW announced on March 9. The automaker says Horn is departing “through mutual agreement with Volkswagen AG,” and that he will “pursue other opportunities effective immediately.” Horn will be replaced by Hinrich …

Spec BMW 7 Series Will Feature Remote-Controlled Parking

BMW is first to roll out the automated feature.<p>The new BMW 7 Series will eventually get a feature to help ease the struggle of parking in tight and cramped spots. According to <i>AUTOMOBILE,</i> BMW’s flagship sedan will eventually offer Park Assistant Plus, an option that allows owners to maneuver their 7 …

Report: BMW i8 Convertible Won’t Arrive Until 2017

i8 drop-top pushed back despite recent concept car.<p>Even though BMW continues to tease the convertible i8 hybrid sports car, it’s likely we won’t see a production version until 2017, possibly even as late as 2018. BMW confirmed that no new “i” models would be produced in 2016.<p>The battery-electric …

2016 BMW 7 Series-Based Alpina B7 Teased in New Video

Because you still can’t get an M7.<p>Alpina Automobiles has released a new teaser video of the new BMW 7 Series-based Alpina B7 sport sedan that is expected to debut at the 2016 Geneva auto show. A new video teases the Alpina B7, which may surpass the upcoming M760Li as the sportiest variant of the …

CARB Rejects Volkswagen's Plan to Fix Diesel Engines

A report from Reuters revealed that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has rejected Volkswagen's plan to fix its 2.0-liter diesel engines that were equipped with software that enabled them to emit 40 times the legal amount of pollution. According to the state, Volkswagen's fix wasn't …

Engines

Report: VW Cuts Costs for 2016, but Audi Keeps Spending intact

Audi to spend $3.62 billion for the new year.<p>In light of its diesel scandal, Volkswagen Group chose to decrease spending on factories, equipment, and new models by around $1 billion for next year. But according to a new report, Audi won’t make the same cutbacks.<p>Speaking with unnamed sources …

Continental CEO: Volkswagen Scandal Could Kill U.S. Diesel Car Market

Does diesel have a future in North America?<p>In a recent interview, Continental CEO Elmar Degenhart told German newspaper <i>Boersen-Zeitung</i> that the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal could lead to diesel passenger cars disappearing from three markets, including North America, Japan, and China. He …

VW Group CEO: Volkswagen’s Repositioning Could Take Three Years

Company vows to stick with diesel in spite of scandal.<p>According to an interview published in German magazine <i>Wirtschaftswoche</i>, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller believes it will take up to three years to reposition the company in the aftermath of the costly emissions scandal that rocked multiple …

EPA, Volkswagen CEO Fail to Reach Agreement to Fix Diesel Emissions

Automaker is working with CARB and EPA to find a fix.<p>U.S. environmental officials have confirmed that no agreement has been reached during the meeting with Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Mueller regarding fixing nearly 600,000 diesel-powered vehicles that emit up to 40 times the legal amount of …

Renault HQ Raided in Alleged Connection to VW Emissions Scandal

Renault remains confident that its vehicles will pass all tests.<p>Last week, police raided Renault’s headquarters in France to check the equipment used at its factories. The CGT Renault union suggested in a statement that the raids are in connection to the Volkswagen emissions scandal, and that the …

Volkswagen's emissions scandal is still wreaking havoc on the company

Data released by European auto industry body the ACEA on Friday shows that 16.6% more cars were registered in the EU during December than in the previous month, and across the whole of 2015, people bought 9.3% more cars than in 2014.<p>Of the 1.1 million new cars bought in the final month of 2015, by …

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BMW Announces Pricing of the 2016 M2 Coupe

BMW’s M cars seldom come cheap, but when the new 2016 M2 arrives in April at its just-released base price of $52,695, it will come cheaper than the rest.<p>The M2, which was announced late last year and made its official debut at the 2016 Detroit auto show, undercuts the next-cheapest M car, the …