Report from Detroit – Highlights from the 2017 North American International Auto Show

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DETROIT—The North American International Auto Show remains one of the most important auto shows in the automotive industry. However, over the past years the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance. The Detroit show is held at the Cobo Center in Detroit and starts with two press days on January 9 and 10, followed by two industry preview days and a charity day. On Saturday, January 14 …

At CES 2017, Auto Industry Asks ‘How Are We Driving Tomorrow?’

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DETROIT—Over the past years, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has gained significant importance for the automotive industry, despite it being held immediately prior to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The question of “How are we driving tomorrow?” was the central focus of every car manufacturer at this year’s show.
For 2017, the automakers in attendance included BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, and Volkswagen. Additionally, new competitors in the …

BMW to Offer ReachNow Car-Sharing Service in Brooklyn

BMW to Offer ReachNow Car-Sharing Service in Brooklyn

Hipsters, rejoice! BMW announced it is bringing its ReachNow car-sharing service to Brooklyn, New York. The borough, which would be the country’s fourth largest city, will be the company’s third North American location.
The ReachNow fleet typically includes the BMW 3 Series, BMW i3, Mini Clubman, and Mini hardtop. The company’s goal is to “provide drivers with an experience that is as convenient as owning a car” without having to actually …

Review: BMW Performance Center West Driving School – Two-Day Car Control Clinic


A series of signs greeting students at BMW’s Performance Center Driving School in Spartanburg, S.C. carries an important reminder: “Don’t forget to breathe.”
BMW, which has offered driver training in Germany since 1977 and in the United States since 1999, now has a permanent facility in Southern California. The BMW Performance Center West, located in the aptly named town of Thermal, offers the same complement of courses including one- and two-day …

Photo Essay: BMW’s New Performance Center West Driving School

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It is said that a picture is worth 1,000 words and there was much I wanted to tell about the new BMW Performance Center West Driving School in Thermal, California.
The new facility opened a little over a year ago and offers the same programs as its counterpart in Spartanburg, South Carolina, including the two-day Car Control Clinic in which I had enrolled.
Click continue for a look at the amazing experience at the …

Lobby Bar – October 28: Bird-Assisted Air Travel, Pillows are Not for Sleeping, and Artificial Intelligence Gets Smug


Lobby Bar – An Allegorical Assortment of FBT News and Views
Air Purgatory. It’s time to find out if you’ll be accepted into our spring honors course by taking our fall travel pop quiz. If you don’t get at least three questions right, you’ll be sent to traveler’s purgatory: an Air Koryo flight with unlimited fuel that never seems to receive clearance for landing.
A tale of two strokes. Jonathan Spira is …

Review: ‘The Escape’ at BMW Films

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As part of its introduction of the new BMW 5 Series, the Bavarian automaker had its newest sedan vanquish a Volvo truck, destroy a Bell 206 helicopter, and rescue a young girl – all in under ten minutes.
“The Escape” resurrects the BMW film series “The Hire,” a series of eight short (on average ten-minute) films that debuted 15 years ago. After the first eight, the series was discontinued due to …