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At the 2019 Frankfurt Auto Show, Green Means Go

The biennial Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung, aka the Frankfurt Auto Show, facing a dwindling number of exhibitors, says it will no longer focus on numbers, instead championing “sustainable individual mobility.”
“We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility,” said Bernhard Mattes, president of the Verband der Automobilindustrie, Germany’s auto industry association, at a press event last week.
BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche are showcasing high-end electric vehicles …

Let’s Motor: Mini Turns 60

It was a fixture in spy films of the 1960s and 1970s, including the classic 1969 film “The Italian Job,” starring Michael Caine. It was featured in what was one of the most memorable scenes in the film “The Bourne Identity,” released in 2002, where Matt Damon playing the amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne drives a battered one through Paris to evade the police and CIA.
It, of course, is the classic …

Automakers Reject Trump Emission Plan, Make Deal with California

Automakers Reject Trump Emission Plan, Make Deal with California

Four major automakers agreed to voluntarily meet stricter California emissions standards than those that were proposed earlier this year by the Trump administration.
The four – BMW, Ford, Honda, and Volkswagen – said they will comply with California’s new standards in a move to show support for a single, nationwide standard that doesn’t increase tailpipe emissions.
“A 50-state solution has always been our preferred path forward and we understand that any deal …

BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

BMW Shutters ReachNow Car-Sharing Service

BMW announced on Wednesday the closing of its ReachNow ride-hailing and car-sharing business.
The business, which was recently rolled into a joint venture with Daimler, offered services in Seattle and Portland and was set to be merged with Car2Go, also part of the joint venture, but a new “realignment” meant that it would shut down instead, the company said in a statement.
The unit employed approximately 75 people in the two locations …

BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW Names Production Chief New CEO

BMW’s Vorstand, or supervisory board, announced the appointment of Oliver Zipse to the position of chief executive officer.
The appointment is effective on August 16, 2019, the Munich-based automaker said following a meeting of the Vorstand in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where BMW has a plant. Mr. Zipse will succeed Harald Krüger, who in July told the Vorstand he would not seek a second term of office.
Oliver Zipse is “a decisive strategic …

BMW to Seek New CEO

BMW to Seek New CEO

BMW’s chief executive, Harald Krüger, will step down before his contract ends in April of next year.
The Munich-based automaker said Friday that its Vorstand, or supervisory board, will name a new CEO after its July 18 meeting.
The news follows BMW’s announcement that it is accelerating its rollout of a fleet of electric vehicles. It plans to have 25 electrified models on sale by 2023, two years earlier than previously announced.
It …

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

BMW Speeds Up Plans for Electric Vehicle Rollout

MUNICH—BMW will accelerate its plans to bring additional electric and hybrid-electric vehicles to the market, the automaker said Tuesday at an event in Munich. It is also introducing a new feature that will automatically switch off internal combustion engines in its hybrid cars when they enter heavily polluted city centers, which the automaker refers to as “eDrive Zones.”
The Bavarian automaker plans to have 25 electrified models on sale by 2023, …