BMW

BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

BMW Drops $80 Annual Subscription Fee for Apple CarPlay

BMW said it would discontinue the unpopular annual subscription fee it charges some drivers to use their vehicle’s Apple CarPlay feature.
The Bavarian automaker introduced the fee in 2016, first as a one-time $300 fee and then as an annual $80 subscription. The fee did not apply to older vehicles with CarPlay functionality.  BMW was the only automaker to charge such a fee.
The company had justified the fee in part because …

BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

BMW Recalls Thousands of Older Models for Defective Airbags

BMW announced the recall of 116,000 models manufactured between 1999 and 2001.
The move comes after a new and distinct problem was uncovered in air bags made by Takata, which in 2017 filed for bankruptcy after being at the center of the world’s largest auto safety recall.  Like the earlier problem, however, the new issue will cause airbags to explode and hurl shrapnel, which could result in the death of injury …

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 …