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BMW Partners With Solid-State Battery Developer

BMW AG has partnered up with battery developer Solid Power. The partnership is intended to develop batteries for BMW's next-generation battery-electric vehicles using new solid-state battery packs.  Reports thus far are referring to the deal as a partnership, but financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Based in Louisville, Colorado, Solid Power has been in business since 2012…

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Minor Change for Mini Logo

BMW Group's Mini brand is refreshing something other than one of its vehicles. The quirky small car brand is introducing a new corporate logo, which will begin to appear on vehicles in March 2018.  Seen above, the new logo is a mass-simplification of the current Mini logo. Sticking with graphic design trends, the new version is "flattened" and less three-dimensional…

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2019 BMW i8 Roadster, Revised Coupe Debut

BMW has finally shown us the 2019 i8 Roadster, after years of rumors. In addition to the new Roadster variant, the i8 is getting updates across the board including more power, additional electric range and more technology.  The big story here is the addition of the Roadster model. Unlike the 2+2 coupe model, this Roadster is shedding the two rear…

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New BMW M5 Price Carries Six-Figure Price

Today BMW announced pricing for its all-new M5 super-sedan. The new M5 will sport a six-figure price tag when it goes on sale this spring.  Based on the all-new 2018 5 Series, the new M5 is the most powerful M5 ever offered. The car features a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine with 600 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This is…

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BMW May Electrify Entire Mini Brand in U.S.

BMW Group may make its Mini car brand an all-electric one in the U.S. The company has also confirmed it is in talks with potential partners regarding lowering costs associated with electrifying the Mini brand.  BMW board member and Mini brand boss Peter Schwarzenbauer informed Reuters of the potential electrification plans. Schwarzenbauer confirmed the brand plans to roll out an electric Mini in…

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BMW Issues Stop-Sale Order on All i3 EVs in U.S.

BMW has issued a stop-sale and recall on all BMW i3 models in the U.S. The move comes after the i3 failed a certain crash test performed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Specifically, NHTSA says the BMW i3 fails  its rigid-barrier crash test for 5th-percentile women who are in the driver’s seat and not wearing a seatbelt.…

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BMW Issues Two Recalls Impacting 1 Million Vehicles

According to filings with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), BMW Group has issued two recalls regarding potential electrical fires in over 1 million vehicles. Despite both issues resulting in electrical fire risk, the two are entirely unrelated.  The first recall impacts 740,561 BMW models in which the positive crankcase ventilation valve heater can short and melt. The melting can cause…

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BMW To Outsource Mini Production To China's Great Wall

BMW is reportedly in talks with Chinese automaker Great Wall Motors to outsource Chinese production of the iconic Mini. The agreement would mark the first time the Mini would be produced outside of Europe and units could be exported to markets beyond China.  Currently BMW Group produces Mini models at assembly plants in the UK and Netherlands. BMW recently selected…

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