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Summer Surprise: BMW i3 Sales Surging


BMW has announced that sales of its i3 electric car almost tripled since the vehicle went on sale in May 2014. According to the most recent data, the German carmaker’s diminutive EV, which offers a gasoline range-extender option, has posted sales figures that top Tesla’s Model S and Toyota’s Prius plug-in hybrid. Consumers purchased 1,025 [...]

EPA’s 5 Most Efficient Diesel Cars


Expert picks for the 2015 model year are out, and clean diesel vehicles are gaining momentum in sales volume and fuel efficiency. According to EPA data, more than a dozen diesel cars show ratings well above 35 mpg, with several reaching the 40 mpg threshold and beyond. The clear ‘winner’ is BMW’s 328d, posting a [...]

Formula E Set for Sept. 13 Beijing Debut


Formula E racing is set to begin its debut season on Sept. 13 in Beijing, China. Race officials disclosed that BMW would utilize Qualcomm Halo wireless charging to replenish battery packs on the event’s pace cars. BMW will have four pace vehicles at the historic race, which features drivers in all-electric, single-seat vehicles. Ten teams [...]

BMW i3 Tops ‘Fueleconomy.Gov’ List


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ranking of the ten best cars for fuel economy puts the new BMW i3 EV at the top of its list. The EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality compiles combined mpg (or mpg-equivalent) data and ranks cars according to efficiency. The BMW i3 places first on the current listing [...]

BMW i8: Award for Golfer’s Hole-in-One


James Heath of Britain won a BMW i8 hybrid supercar for his efforts in Sunday’s final round of the BMW International Open golf tournament. One of the premier contests on the European tour for the past 26 years, the BMW pro tourney is famous for awarding pricey cars to any pro who scores a hole-in-one [...]

Pitt, Bullock, BMW i3: The ‘Green Dream Team’


Celebrity Sandra Bullock was front-and-center at Brad Pitt’s New Orleans charity gala this week, auctioning a BMW i3 electric car to raise funds for Pitt’s green non-profit, the Make It Right Foundation. MIR constructs environmentally-sound residential buildings in New Orleans, Los Angeles and elsewhere. The BMW i3 is called one of the greenest cars currently [...]

Shocker! Rolls Plug-In Coming


Britain’s Autocar news magazine is reporting an exclusive story that Rolls-Royce will bring a plug-in hybrid Phantom to market in 2017 or shortly thereafter. BMW, owner of the R-R nameplate, developed an all-electric Phantom in 2011, but due to its poor reception the first “green Phantom” will be a plug-in hybrid rather than a “pure” [...]

New MPG Rankings: Top Three Cars Are…


According to the latest EPA data, the most fuel efficient car in the U.S. market is the BMW i3, notching a 124 MPGe rating from the government agency responsible for such measurements, placing the i3 just above the Chevy Spark EV in the rankings. The Spark achieves 119 MPGe. Plug-in cars get MPG-equivalent numbers, allowing [...]

KBB Reveals ‘Top Green Cars’ for 2014


Kelley Blue Book has announced its listing of the top ten green cars for 2014. Electric, hybrid, natural gas, and extended-range EV cars are all represented on the roster, with the top three spots occupied by BMW’s i3, the Nissan Leaf, and Toyota’s Prius. Rounding out the tally: The Honda Accord hybrid came in at [...]

New York Auto Show 2014: Breaking News


With the New York International Auto Show just days from opening its doors to the public, media sources are already calling this year’s expo the greenest ever. BMW has confirmed the appearance of its awaited Concept X5 eDrive, which is expected to reach showrooms perhaps as early as 2015. The plug-in hybrid X5 is a [...]

Best Values in Luxury Cars: Clean Diesel Surprises


Automotive data company Vincentric released its top picks for the best value luxury cars, based upon cost of ownership. The company amasses an annual list of the best buys in each major vehicle category. This year’s luxury winners included a pair of clean diesel entries from Audi, a Lexus hybrid, and a BMW diesel. Overall, [...]

BMW X3 Diesel Headed to U.S. Showrooms


BMW North America has announced a more efficient, low emission X3 diesel destined for the U.S. market in 2015. Officially called X3 xDrive28d, the car will be the German automaker’s first X3 diesel to be offered in U.S. showrooms. Company media releases about the car state that it will feature BMW’s proprietary Advanced Diesel systems [...]

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