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BMW to Offer Transitional Program for Vets

A new vocational program will give a pilot class of nine U.S. Marines a hands-on training workshop to become BMW technicians at San Diego’s Camp Pendleton Marine base.

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MSTEP, the Military Service Technician Education, is a 16-week long combined effort between BMW and the for-profit Universal Technical Institute. The program aims to help facilitate the transition into the workforce as manufacturer-trained technicians when their military careers end. Enrollment in MSTEP doesn’t guarantee a job with BMW, but the vocational training hopes to be a step in the right direction in finding job placement as…

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The BMW X6: Engineered for the Future

People usually don't expect an SUV to have the speed and sleekness of a luxury sedan, nor a luxury sedan to have the raw power and all-wheel-drive efficiency of an SUV. The 2018 BMW X6 changes the game and turns the tables with crossover versatility.

 

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BMW Announces Car and Ride Sharing Lease

A new program will allow BMW customers to earn additional income by renting their leased vehicles, or driving for ride-sharing companies. It’s been launched in California, Washington, and Oregon, with hopes to reach even more cities in coming months.

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DriveNow, previously a joint venture of BMW and Sixt SE, is a car-sharing service currently available to more than one million customers in 13 European cities. BMW will now take full ownership by acquiring Sixt’s stake in the company, giving BMW more options for mobility services in the future.


BMW’s current vehicle sharing program…

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US to get Wireless Charging Pad

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your electric BMW vehicle wirelessly charged in less than four hours? That’s the intent when BMW Group makes their wireless charging pad accessible in the United States later this year. They are set to expand the availability of this technology for their plug-in vehicles, which has previously only been accessible in Europe.

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The charging pad uses an inductive cord built into the car to charge at 3.2kW per hour and charge the plug-in’s battery in 3.5 hours from empty. Owners need a 220-volt outlet to connect…

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BMW X1: Adventure in Style

The intuitive luxury of BMW automotive interiors have set the standard for luxury for generations —but that doesn’t mean our vehicles can’t handle it when the pavement ends, particularly when you drive home the new BMW X1.

 

 

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BMW Group Number One Premium Auto Company

It’s no surprise that the BMW Group has been named the top Premium Automotive Company after producing its best-ever annual sales report in 2017, an achievement it’s been topping for seven consecutive years.



“We are delighted with these new record sales figures, which mean the BMW Group, with its three premium automotive brands BMW, MINI, and Rolls-Royce, remains the world’s leading premium automotive company,” said Ian Robertson, former BMW AG board member responsible for Sales and Brand BMW. “We have continued to increase sales despite headwinds in some major markets and model-changeovers of several of our most…

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2018 BMW 530i: Standard Bearer

For over four decades, the BMW 530i has represented the world’s best uncompromising performance and dynamic driving. Now it takes its place as one of the most interactive and innovative vehicles in the BMW lineup. Gorgeous design and luxurious comfort make the new 5 Series more than a statement piece – it’s a work of art.

 

 

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Improved Traction Control Technology

BMW recently announced that upcoming BMW and MINI models will be outfitted with an updated traction control system that responds quicker than traditional systems. BMW’s technology differs from other systems by calculating the control process directly in the powertrain rather than in a remote unit that requires long signal paths. This results in a response that is 50 times faster.


The system was first seen in the BMW i3s electric vehicle and was designed with EVs in mind. BMW’s head of chassis development, Peter Langen, had this to say: “With their high levels of torque and instantaneous responses…

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7-Series to Receive Mid-Cycle Update

2018 hasn’t even begun and BMW already has big plans for it. Before the end of the new year, BMW plans to present a refreshed hybrid powertrain and more technology features for its 7-Series sedan.


The hybrid powertrain will produce 380 horsepower (about 70 more than what it produces today) thanks to a powerful new motor. A new battery pack with a higher energy density will also contribute to the electricity, allowing the 745 to accelerate faster and keep the turbo engine turned off longer. The range is currently at 14 miles.


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