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EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

EU Charges BMW, Mercedes, VW with Colluding on Emissions Technology

The European Commission said Friday that BMW, Mercedes parent Daimler-Benz, and Volkswagen breached antitrust rules and colluded to restrict the development of pollution controls for petrol- and diesel-powered automobiles.
In the period from 2006 to 2014, the three companies, including VW’s Audi and Porsche marques, violated antitrust laws and contributed to poor air quality in Europe’s traffic-clogged cities.
The three limited the development and release of emission-cleaning technology for new passenger cars …

BMW and Daimler to Team Up on €1 Billion Ride-Sharing and Mobility Project

BMW and Daimler to Team Up on €1 Billion Ride-Sharing and Mobility Project

BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler announced a €1 billion ($1.14 billion) mobility partnership.
The news is an update of the plan announced in March 2018, taking on tech companies such as Uber.
The move on Friday updates the March announcement. Five previously separate ventures will be “meshed” together as the two German giants focus on changing how people move around.
“We have a clear vision: these five services will merge ever more closely …

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant to Debut in 2019 Models

BMW announced plans to introduce the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with the 2019 model year.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will be an on-call platform accessible by a wake phrase, “Hey BMW,” similar to saying “Hey Siri,” “Hey Google,” or “Alexa” on the Apple, Android, and Amazon platforms. It will engage in a conversational manner with drivers and passengers and, according to the automaker, be able to engage in casual conversations …

Lobby Bar: Early Retirement, Jaws, Sierra Madre, and ‘I’ll Take Broadway Shows for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar – It May Not Be Much, But It’s Ours
Shark Week. Smartphones are ruining vacations for many people as colleagues and customers now expect 24×7 availability. Since turning them off really isn’t an option, our experts came up with a list of “things you can do with your smartphone on vacation” including 1.) Feed it to a shark, 2.) Let a monkey take selfies with it, and 3.) Leave …

BMW Adds Lower-Cost ‘Icon’ Tier to Access New-Car Subscription Service

BMW Adds Lower-Cost ‘Icon’ Tier to Access New-Car Subscription Service

BMW announced that it will add a new tier to its Access by BMW new-car subscription service.
The new tier, Icon, includes the BMW 330i, the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, the BMW i3 electric vehicle, the BMW X2, and the BMW M240i cabrio. The cost per month is $1,099.
Access by BMW is currently in a pilot phase in Nashville, Tennessee.
Members simply request a specific vehicle via a mobile app that is available …

BMW to Move Some Production from U.S. to China in Response to Tariffs

BMW to Move Some Production from U.S. to China in Response to Tariffs

BMW, which is the largest exporter of autobiles in the United States, said Monday it plans to build more of its SUVs overseas as a result of new tariffs on U.S. goods in China.
BMW also said it would raise the price of vehicles built in South Carolina and sold in China to offset that country’s new 40% import tax on U.S.-built vehicles. China imposed the new tariff in response to …

5 Tips for Driving in Europe This Summer

Planning a trip to Europe this summer? If so, consider touring the continent by car. Whether it’s the Romantische Straße in Germany, the Großglockner Hochalpenstraße in Austria, the Adriatic Highway from Split to Dubrovnik, or an equally beautiful but less well known path such as the Donau Straße in Lower Austria outside Vienna, having a car and stopping along the way is the best way to get to know a …