BMW Sets Sales Goal of 100,000 Electric Cars in 2017

Electric cars have been around for far longer than many of us have realized, dating all the way back to the 19th century. The first production of an electric car took place in 1884 in London, and was built by Thomas Parker, using specially designed and high capacity rechargeable batteries. Within recent years, we have seen a considerable rise in electric vehicles on the road. In 2012, there were an estimated 100,000 electric cars in use. Fast forward to 2016, and that number has increased to 1.3 million worldwide. The rapidly growing figures have caused many automotive companies to tackle the industry, introducing their own models.

Recently, BMW launched its aspirations of reaching a total sale of 100,000 electric cars for the following year of 2017. Since the launch of the BMW i, there have been over 100,000 electrified BMW’s driving on worldwide roads, this includes both models of the i3 and i8, as well as the PHEV offerings. In total, BMW offers seven models that are plug-in hybrids, or run solely on electric power. At this point, the i3 is the only battery electric vehicle, and has recently boosted its range and battery capacity to keep the vehicle on road longer. At its current standing, the i3 would account for 25% of the total 2017 sales.

BMW may have a few tricks in the bag to help compete with the growing market, but we can only wait and see. Other automotive companies, including Volkswagen and Mercedes, plan to unveil new models and designs in the next 4 years, while BMW has yet to make any announcements. The goal of 100,000 sold in 2017 may be deemed too high by some, but the constant increase in demand proves the aspirations are more than possible.

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Mercedes Introduces New Pickup Truck

Earlier last week, Mercedes-Benz announced the concept for their first ever pickup truck; the X-class. Mercedes-Benz states that this will be the world’s first “premium” pickup truck. The pickup truck segment of automobiles was one that Mercedes-Benz had yet to enter until now.

They realize that it is a competitive and lucrative market, and they wanted to tap into it to join the rest of the competition. The market for trucks, in the U.S. has risen by 20% every years as pickup trucks become more popular. This market segment also dominates in countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Mercedes-Benz knows that the U.S. market is controlled by “The Detroit Three” so they will not be offering this truck to the U.S. when it first is in production. The company plans to release the truck in Europe, Latin America, South America, and Africa. As of now there is no official pricing for this pickup truck but Mercedes plans to come up with a range soon.

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BMW Launches Its Concept For The BMW X2

To continue with the roll out of their SUV line, BMW has finally launched their concept to what the BMW X2 will look like. What makes this model so interesting is the fact there are a lot of design features that differ its predecessor. The front end of the car seems to be wider than that of the X1, since the big air intakes are positioned on the sides. The kidney shaped grills have also been redesigned with a distinct shape and upside down design. To distinguish the X2 even further, the kidney grills are no longer connected to the headlights as seen in previous BMW models.

The purpose of the new X2 is to be more practical and a more stylish model compared to the X1. The senior vice president stated, “The BMW Concept X2 is a vehicle for active people looking for a combination of enjoyment and practicality”.  Adding that the new look offers a new and exciting look for the BMW brand. BMW plans to have the final design of the X2 done soon as well as continue to expand their SUV department in the future.

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Audi Traffic Light Connected Cars Launching In Fall

Audi will be rolling out their Traffic Lights Online in the fall of 2016 and plans to operate in multiple cities within the U.S. by the end of the year. This new technology plans to dilute some of the frustration some drivers experience with traffic lights, decrease people using phones while driving and keeping traffic flowing. What this technology does is that it turns in real time data of when traffic lights are turning red ahead of you and when they will turn green.

The count down of when the lights will be turning red or green will appear in Audi’s dashboard display; the Virtual Cockpit. The countdown will tell you how many seconds a driver has until the light will turn green. What is interesting about this, is that the countdown actually starts before you get to the red light itself. After you go through one set of lights, the timer will start for the next traffic light that is coming up on your trip. Instead of having drivers gun it to beat the light, Audi hopes it will take away the uncertainty of when the light will change. Audi feels a better informed driver is a less stressed driver. Audi also included that the timer will disappear seconds before the light turns to green, as to not seem like a racing count down.

The rollout of this technology will be gradual, as with the car models that support the system. Audi has stated that the 2017 models that were made after June 1st of this year will be compatible with this technology. This includes the latest Q7, A4 and A4 Allroad.

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BMW Gets Green Light For Diesel Models

The EPA has been on high alert since Volkswagen admitted to installing devices that allowed their diesel models to pass emissions tests unfairly. With that discovery, there have been multiple delays in the release of diesel-fuel vehicles. With BMW being the latest to get these delays, which has hindered the diesel market in which they want to enter. Recently, however, BMW was given the green light to bring their 2017 models of diesel vehicles into the US.

 This opportunity, puts them ahead of Mercedes as the 2017 model year begins. The EPA has refused Mercedes the right to bring in their diesel models as they are still investigating their emissions certification. With more diesel vehicles coming into the market, this opens up the opportunity or diesel repairs to be on the rise. With as this is a specialty service, it is even more important now than ever to go to a BMW specialist to have your car get checked out and have maintenance done to.

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BMW M5 Look Being Slightly Altered

Everyone knows and loves the look of the M5 series of BMWs. The current model has been around since 2011 and everyone has become well aware of how it looks. They can probably spot it from a mile away. Being five years old, it is no wonder why BMW wants change the look of the series.

For the most part, the signature trademarks are there such as four exhaust tips and flared fenders. The new additions include the front bumper being reworked a little bit with larger air intakes. In addition, the headlights appear to be slightly different in looking more like the 7 series.

The new generation of M5 will be accompanied by a V8 engine and rumors are spreading that it might have the ability to give power to all four tires. No matter the change, we have the ability to repair any BMW model with our high energy staff!

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BMW’s Motorcycle Brand Teams Up With Start Up For A New App

BMW’s motorcycle brand, Motorrad, has teamed up with the start up Rever,to create a global community for motorcyclists. What the Rever app does is give motorcyclists the ability to discover new roads, track your rides and share that information with others through social media. The partnership plans to have the motorcycle community connect through riding experiences. A community that uses technology to connect, enhance their riding experience and share their passion for riding. The ultimate goal is to give those who live in areas where locating other riders is difficult, a way to connect.
The app is available now for Android and iOS.

Even though we do not specialize with motorcycles, we do take pride in giving great repair services to all kinds of BMW, Audi, and VW cars! Call us today for more information as well as our prices!

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BMW Welt Hosting New Event June 23rd

On June 23rd, BMW will have another event with their BMW Welcomes event series. This next event will be taken place at the BMW Welt in Germany and will be focusing on future mobility. As technology evolves, transportation has begun to change as well with new advances. Such as rear cameras to help when backing up, sensors to inform drivers when objects are close by, and self stopping features. The BMW Vision Next 100, the Mini Vision Next 100 and the Rolls Royce Vision Next 100 all explore the next steps in self driving. As well, they show digital integration between cars and drivers as well as their passengers. With these upgrades comes new ways for repair in regards of technique and methods to cope with the new technology.

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Summer Driving Tips

Summer is here, the weather is finally nice and beach days are in full swing.  However, there are some drawbacks to driving around in the summer.  Nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than during the rest of the year. Here are a few things to be aware of while driving in the summer.

Increased Travel – With a lot more people on the road driving to and from the beach on weekends, it can cause an increase in stop-and-go traffic.  Traffic tends to distract drivers

How To Avoid This: Plan ahead and make sure you have everything is packed the night before a trip. That way, you can leave early and beat the traffic.

More People – Schools out and summers in.  This means that more people are out walking, running, biking, and driving, especially children and young teens.  During the summer months, there’s no school, which means that there are a lot more young drivers out on the road.  It also means that people start pulling their bikes and motorcyclists out.  Motorcyclists tend to weave in and out of traffic because they can fit in between cars.

How To Avoid This: Be extra cautious to avoid collisions with inexperienced drivers, and keep a good eye out for motorcyclists, especially when switching lanes and turning.

Construction – Summer is the season of construction.  There’s plenty of road repairs, such as filling potholes, or repaving roads.  This can cause abrupt traffic and can increase the chance of accidents.

How To Avoid This: Slow down around construction zones or avoid them completely if possible.

Heavy Rainfall – Thunderstorms and heavy rainfall can start very quickly in the summer, causing flash flooding.  This causes visibility issues and triggers drivers instincts to slam on their brakes. Flash flooding can cause a car to hydroplane in just inches of water, leaving the driver with absolutely no control of the car.

How To Avoid This: Make sure your windshield wipers are working properly and that they completely clear the windshield of any water.  If you get caught in a rainstorm, slow down or pull over and wait out the storm if possible.

Flip-Flops - Flip-flops can easily get caught underneath the pedal, causing the driver to not be able to react to the brakes as quickly.

 How To Avoid This: Keep an extra set of shoes, preferably sneakers, in your car during the summer months for a quick, easy change.

Glaring Sun – In the summer the sun is a lot stronger and can cause very bad glares especially during the sunrise and sunset.

How To Avoid This: Make sure to always keep your windshield clean on both the inside and out.  The dirt on the windshield can reflect when hit by the sun, worsening the effects of the glare.  Be sure to also keep a greater distance between you and the car in front of you.  This will give yourself a longer distance to stop incase you lose sight of the car in front of you due to a glare.

Distractions – It’s easy to get distracted with the windows down and the music blaring in the car with your friends.

How To Avoid This: Stay safe and in control with both hands on the wheel and pay attention to the road and your surroundings.

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How To Protect Your Car This Summer

Spring is finally here and summer is right around the corner! Time to drive with the top down and enjoy the great weather to come. As you enjoy the good climate, there are somethings to look out for with your car as the temperatures rise and the sun is beaming down. You may be asking, why do I need to watch out for good weather and sun for my car? Well, higher temperatures and sun rays can alter parts of vehicles that make performance change and even need repairs. To make sure you are protecting your car this summer, here are some tips to follow.

  • Check Fluids - During hotter climate, fluids in your car can be used up more frequently then normal weather conditions. Make sure to check your fluids, transmission fluid, coolant, etc periodically to make sure they are not low. If they are low that and the hotter temperature can cause damage to your car.
  • Use reflective panels on your dashboard –  They may look weird but these panels help in the long run when used during the summertime. They reduce the temperature inside the car which is makes is more pleasant for you as well as not using air conditioning less. These panels also prevent bleaching the sun can do to the interior of your car.
  • Check Tires Monthly -  Under inflated tires are more likely to blow in the summer as the higher temperatures. They are more likely to flex which causes more heat on top of the outside climate which will eventually lead to a blow out. Make sure to check your tires once a month to prevent any blowout and in the morning. Checking in the morning gives the most accurate pressure read as temperatures are not too hot in the morning.
  • Clean the Inside of Your Car - Sun and dust can cause a bad combination in the summer. They can cause caking grime on to your dash and other interior surfaces. Clean the inside with automobile cleaners at least once a month.
  • Park Smart - Much of the issues that can happen in the summer time can be prevented by just reducing the amount of sun and heat going to your car. To make sure you are helping and not harming your car, make sure to park in the shade. Whenever there is any hint of shade when parking, grab the spot. This is will help prevent interior damage as well as lessen exterior heat on the car.

For more information on car protection and upgrades, please feel free to reach out. We can be contacted over the phone at (978) 388-1288.

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