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BMW: ‘We Don’t Need No Stinking Keys’

MUNICH—The first ignition keys were introduced by Chrysler in 1949, although car doors required keys prior to that time. Early innovations in car keys included jackknife-like flip keys and keys with elaborate marque’s logos on them. Starting in the mid-1990s, cars began to come with transponder keys, programmed to allow only a specific vehicle to start.
Fast forward to the early 2000s when automakers such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz introduced keyless …

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Unveils Mini Electric Concept

BMW Group debuted its new Mini Electric Concept Wednesday. A production version of the concept car will come in 2019.
The car is fully electric, and is the direct ancestor of the Mini E, BMW’s first all-electric car, introduced almost ten years ago.
The vehicle has many of the characteristics of the Mini such as the hexagonal radiator grille and circular headlights, as well as the design of volume increase from top …

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

BMW Introduces New 2018 i3 and i3s Electric Vehicles

MUNICH—BMW introduced a redesigned i3 electric vehicle for the model year 2018 and announced a new model, the BMW i3s, the sport version of the i3.
The new 2018 i3 features an updated design, new standard features, and the same powerplant as the 2017 model, which, in turn was updated for that model year. Both the i3 and the i3s will be available with a Range Extender.
The new BMW i3 has …

BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

BMW Denies Collusion with Other Automakers on Diesel Emissions

MUNICH—BMW went on record about its diesel-powered cars Sunday after a media report stated that German automakers had illegally colluded to rig their vehicles to pass emissions tests.
“BMW Group vehicles are not manipulated and comply with respective legal requirements,” the Bavarian manufacturer said in a statement.
“This of course also applies to diesel automobiles,” BMW said, adding it was “confirmed by the relevant results from tests by national and international authorities.”
The …

BMW Debuts ReachNow at Portland International

BMW Debuts ReachNow at Portland International

BMW of North America announced that its ReachNow car-sharing service is now available at Portland International Airport.
ReachNow’s goal is to “provide drivers with an experience that is as convenient as owning a car,” the Bavarian automaker said in a statement.
The service is similar to the one offered by BMW in partnership with Sixt, DriveNow. DriveNow, which started operations in Munich in 2011, is now available in eight European cities.
The ReachNow …

BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

BMW Plans to Debut a 3 Series Electric Vehicle at the Frankfurt Show

BMW, which currently offers several electric vehicles including the BMW i3, will introduce an all-electric 3 Series at the 2017 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
The news was first reported by the Handelsblatt, a German business newspaper.
The move is intended to counter the Tesla Model 3, a forthcoming compact four-door sedan that was introduced in early 2016 and slated to go into limited production later this year.
The all-electric 3er will reportedly …

War of Words: Turbulence in the German-American Transatlantic Partnership

MUNICH—Germany and the United States have, since the end of the Second World War, been the closest of allies and partners. The relationship has been predicated on the two nations’ strong beliefs in democratic ideals and a strong transatlantic economic trade partnership.
The Berlin Airlift and the Marshall Plan did much to cement a positive perception of the United States in Germany much as U.S. opposition to the punitive Versailles treaty …