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

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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’

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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

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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…

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 [...]

Finalists for World Car Awards at NY Auto Show

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Finalists have been announced for all categories of the World Car Awards. Winners will be revealed at the upcoming New York Auto Show, with all eyes on the World Green Car segment. In that category, the three finalists are Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, BMW i3, and the Volkswagen XL1. Close Up: Audi A3 Sportback e-tron [...]

Hybrid Sports Car Joint-Venture for Toyota, BMW

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Toyota Motor Co. of Japan and BMW of Germany are on the verge of co-creating a sports car which will fill the void after BMW’s Z4 and Toyota’s Supra are no longer on the market. The two carmakers have been in discussion about the project since 2013, but current reports suggest that the resulting vehicle [...]

Car Sales Surge in Europe

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The Association of European Carmakers (ACEA) reported this week that new car sales in Europe went up for the sixth month in a row, posting a 7.6 percent gain compared to February 2013. Measured by the number of car registrations filed, new cars sold in the EU this past February stood at 894,730 compared to [...]

BMW i8 in Showrooms by June

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BMW executives announced this week that consumer demand for the i8 plug-in hybrid is significantly higher than expected. The car will begin production in April 2014 and is expected to be on sale to the public just two months after that, in June. An official media release from the company noted, “Demand for the BMW [...]

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