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November 30, 2016

Four automakers reveal a 350-kilowatt fast-charging network for Europe

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As more electric cars enter the market, the need for fast-charging network of re-charging stations is becoming even more necessary. Tesla has its supercharger network for its and even BMW, VW and Nissan have teamed up to create a similar network. Now four automakers have announced a partnership that will help launch a fast-charing network in Europe.

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November 29, 2016

BMW i3 refresh and another battery upgrade rumored to arrive next year

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Although the 2017 BMW i3 got a significant battery upgrade that increased the electric car's driving range by 50 percent, the 2018 i3 may be getting another upgrade. It's rumored that BMW is going to give the i3 a refresh sometime next year, with some styling updates and most importantly, an even better driving range.

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October 26, 2016

2017 MINI Countryman is now the automaker's biggest model ever

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MINI has unveiled the not so "mini" 2017 Countryman, which is now the automaker's biggest model ever. The new Countryman has been completely revamped with not only a bigger exterior, but the styling is also now more crossover-like than before.

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October 17, 2016

MINI Countryman Plug-in hybrid previewed

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MINI has released a teaser of the next-generation MINI Countryman crossover, which will be offered with a plug-in hybrid powertrain - the automaker's first plug-in hybrid.

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October 13, 2016

2017 BMW 5 Series revealed, arrives in the U.S. early next year

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Following the earlier photo leaks, BMW has unveiled the all-new seventh-generation 5 Series sedan, which is going to arrive in U.S. showrooms early next year.

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October 12, 2016

Next-Generation BMW 5 Series leaked

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BMW is scheduled to reveal the all-new BMW 5 Series sedan tomorrow, but the first photos have already leaked. If you were expecting a dramatic restyle you'll be disappointed, but if you like the design of the larger 7 Series, but want something a bit smaller - this is your car.

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October 5, 2016

BMW confirms electric MINI and X3 in the works

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Last week Mercedes-Benz announced plans to introduce a new sub-brand of electric vehicles, BMW already has its i sub-brand, but it wants to stay ahead of its competitors. BMW has confirmed that it is working on fully-electric versions of the next-generation X3 and a new MINI model.

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September 30, 2016

BMW X2 concept previews BMW's next crossover

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BMW has already revealed plans to introduce a sportier version of the X1, which will be dubbed the X2. The X2 is a sportier alternative to the X1, but it's profile is slightly less coupe-like than the larger X4 and X6 models.

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September 21, 2016

2017 MINI John Cooper Works Clubman unveiled

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MINI has unveiled the new John Cooper Works Clubman, which is the first MINI to combine the performance enhancements that the John Cooper Works package adds with the ALL4 all-wheel drive system. The John Cooper Works Clubman is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 258 ft-lb. of torque.

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MINI Paceman production to end this year

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The news shouldn't be too surprising, but MINI will reportedly end production of the slow selling Paceman by the end of this year. Production of the three-door crossover Paceman is ending, since BMW needs more production capacity for the upcoming all-new 5 Series.

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August 30, 2016

BMW is planning an 8 Series Coupe to rival the Mercedes S Class Coupe

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BMW has quietly admitted that the new 7 Series flagship sedan has failed to meet sales expectations and now it's hoping that a new large coupe based on the 7 Series platform will help bring in more sales. An inside source has confirmed that BMW is indeed working on a coupe version of the 7 Series, which will be called the 8 Series.

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August 15, 2016

BMW X2 to debut next month in Paris

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BMW continues to expand its crossover lineup and now it's being reported that the automaker is going to unveil its newest crossover - the X2 next month at the Paris Motor Show.

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July 22, 2016

2016 BMW M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition revealed

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BMW has unveiled a very limited edition M5, which is only for the U.S. market - the 2016 M5 Pure Metal Silver Limited Edition. As its name suggests, the limited M5 Pure Metal Silver edition is painted in Pure Metal Silver, but it gets even more than a unique paint color.

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July 20, 2016

BMW launches the CLA-fighting compact 1 Series in China

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Although Audi and Mercedes-Benz have shown success with their new small entry-level A3 and CLA models, BMW has yet to introduce a rival. Well BMW has unveiled, what could be a competitor to the A3 and CLA with the debut of the small 1 Series sedan, but the catch is that it's only for the Chinese market.

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July 15, 2016

BMW 7 Series officially goes green with the 740e plug-in hybrid

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While it will be a few years until BMW has a fully-electric sedan that can compete with Tesla, BMW is electrifying most of its lineup with plug-in hybrid variants. Following the introduction of the X5 and 3 Series plug-in hybrids, BMW has unveiled the new plug-in hybrid version of the flagship 7 Series, dubbed the 740e.

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July 14, 2016

The next-generation BMW 3 Series is only 18 months away

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BMW is expected to reveal an all-new 5 Series in a few months, but it's also being reported that the next-generation 3 Series isn't that far away either. According to Auto Express, the next-generation 3 Series will debut within the next 18 months.

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June 20, 2016

You won't be able to buy a BMW 3 Series Wagon much longer in the U.S.

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Wagons continue to be overshadowed by crossovers in the U.S. and now we have another victim. It's being reported that BMW will not bring a wagon version of the next-generation to the U.S.

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June 13, 2016

BMW to supply to Los Angeles Police Dept with 100 i3 EVs

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BMW has announced that it will supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 i3 electric vehicles for use in the department's transportation fleet. The addition of the 100 BMW i3 electric vehicles follows the initial trial of a BMW i3 in LA's fleet.

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June 7, 2016

BMW to launch M2 Gran Coupe in 2019

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As the 3-Series continues to grow in size, there will be more room in BMW's lineup for the 2-Series and upcoming 1-Series models. BMW is reportedly looking at expanding the 2-Series lineup, which will also get a four-door coupe model, like the 4-Series, which will be dubbed the 2-Series Gran Coupe. Unlike the 4-Series Gran Coupe that isn't available in an M version, it's being reported that the 2-Series Gran Coupe will get an M version - called the M2 Gran Coupe.

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June 2, 2016

2017 BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo gets a facelift

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BMW has unveiled the updated 2017 3 Series Gran Turismo, which most buyers probably won't even know has actually been updated. Just like the recent updates to the 3 Series sedan, the Gran Turismo version is getting some small updates on the outside, while bigger changes happen under the exterior.

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May 31, 2016

BMW celebrates 30 years of the M3

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of the M3 and to celebrate it, BMW is releasing the anniversary edition "30 Years M3."

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May 17, 2016

2017 BMW 230i and M240i debut with upgraded engines

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BMW has unveiled the updated 2017 2 Series lineup, which includes the new 230i and M240i models, that replace the old 228i and M235i models. As the updated names suggest, both versions get updated and more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines.

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May 13, 2016

BMW's next flagship sedan will be a self-driving electric car

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BMW's next electric car will serve as the flagship for the brand's i-sub brand, which currently includes the i3 and i8 models. BMW CEO Harold Krueger recently shared the news during a shareholders' meeting, where he revealed that the BMW "next" will feature self-driving technology when it arrives by 2021.

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May 11, 2016

2017 MINI Seven special edition pays tribute to the original

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MINI has unveiled the first special edition of the new MINI models - the MINI Seven. The 2017 MINI Seven special edition pays tribute to the original that debuted in 1959 and is available in both Cooper and Cooper S variants of the MINI Hardtop 2 Door and 4 Door.

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May 5, 2016

MINI Rocketman concept could come to life as an electric car

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Ever since the MINI Rocketman concept debuted back in 2011, there have been off and on-again reports about a production version. While it's unlikely that a traditional gas powered version will ever enter production, MINI is reportedly throwing around the idea of a fully electric version.

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May 3, 2016

2018 BMW i8 to get performance upgrade next year

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Earlier this week BMW unveiled the updates to the 2017 i3, which includes an upgrade to the battery, which will give it a 114 mile driving range. What does BMW have in store for the i8? A new report claims that the i8 is going to get a power upgrade as part of its mid-life cycle update, next year.

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May 1, 2016

2017 BMW i3 can now travel up to 114 miles on a single charge

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As expected, BMW is giving the 2017 i3 a battery upgrade, which now means that it can travel up to 50% further than before, which gives it a driving range up to 114 miles. A new version with of the 2017 BMW i3 has a capacity of 33 kWh thanks to the higher energy density of the lithium ion cells, but the best part is that the battery dimensions remain unchanged.

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March 29, 2016

BMW confirms the ultra luxurious $100k X7 SUV

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BMW has already confirmed plans to introduce a new X7 flagship SUV, but now the automaker has confirmed that it will also offer an ultra luxurious version with a price tag well north of $100k. While the standard X7 will have room for up to seven passengers, the second, more luxurious version will only seat four passengers.

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March 7, 2016

BMW Vision Next 100 concept celebrates BMW's centenary

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BMW is celebrating its 100th anniversary with the debut of the Vision Next 100 concept, which BMW says its vision of the future.

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February 23, 2016

Mini's next model could be a compact sedan, Superleggera is still questionable

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Mini is reportedly looking at the idea of adding a compact sedan to its lineup, according to a BMW AG board member that spoke with Automotive News, which may take priority over a production version of the Superleggera concept.

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February 12, 2016

2017 BMW M760i xDrive revealed with 600-hp V12

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Although the Geneva Motor Show is just a few weeks away, BMW has unveiled the 2017 M670i XDrive, which is going to have its debut at the show.

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February 9, 2016

2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive packs 600 horsepower

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BMW has unveiled the 2017 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive, ahead of its arrival in showrooms in September. Based on the new BMW 7 Series, the Alpina B7 xDrive is powered by a 600-hp turbocharged 4.4L V8 that will easily satisfy supercar fans that need a little more room.

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January 20, 2016

MINI Clubman All4 brings all-wheel drive to the Clubman

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MINI has unveiled the new Clubman All4, which is basically a new all-wheel drive version of the all-new Clubman.

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January 18, 2016

BMW confirms i3 battery upgrade coming for the 2017 model year

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Late last year reports started to surface that BMW is working on an upgrades for the i3 that will ultimately give it a much longer driving range. Now BMW has confirmed those reports, since Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing recently revealed that the 2017 i3 will have a longer driving range.

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January 15, 2016

2016 MINI Cooper Convertible and John Cooper Works Convertible priced

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MINI has announced the pricing for the all-new 2016 Cooper Convertible, which starts at $26,800 - only $250 more than the current model. If you want something a bit more powerful, the John Cooper Works model will set you back $36,450.

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January 13, 2016

2016 BMW M2 priced at $51,700

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The 2016 M2 had its official world debut this week at the Detroit Auto Show and now BMW has released the pricing for the 365-hp coupe, which is slated to go on sale in April. Pricing for the M2 will start at $51,700.

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December 28, 2015

BMW Vision Car concept to preview AirTouch tech at CES

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BMW has announced that it is going to reveal a new Vision Car concept at the Consumer Electronics Show next month in Las Vegas. The concept is a preview of what BMW's future interiors may look like and how we'll interact with them.

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December 22, 2015

BMW and Nissan team up to add 120 DC Fast Chargers

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BMW and Nissan have teamed up to add DC Fast charging at 120 locations across 19 states in an effort to support Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 customers and to promote increased adoption of electric vehicles nationwide. The DC Fast Chargers will be added in California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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November 23, 2015

Will the BMW i3 soon be able to drive 124 miles on a single charge?

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Following Nissan's lead with the longer range Leaf, BMW is also rumored to be working on an update to the i3 electric car that will give it a driving range up to 124 miles on a single charge. Currently the fully electric i3 has can travel up to 81 miles, so the update would be significant.

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November 20, 2015

BMW Compact Sedan concept previews the 1-Series sedan

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Now that the LA Auto Show debuts are done, BMW has moved onto the Guangzhou Auto Show in China, where the automaker has unveiled its new Compact Sedan concept. The creatively named concept is a preview of BMW's upcoming 1-Series sedan that will go head to head with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.

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