The BMW Art Journey: Supporting Emerging Artists Across the Globe

In order to show its support for emerging artists, BMW is partnering with Art Basel to award the BMW Art Journey, a mobile studio. Artists will be able to conduct research, make important contacts, and create new artwork all with the support of BMW.

According to BMW, artists in both Miami Beach and Hong Kong are eligible to receive respective awards. Two recipients will be named per year, and judged by expert juries consisting of museum directors, including world renowned Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim in New York.

BMW Art Journey: Benefitting Today’s Artists

“For over forty years now, BMW has been involved in the arts with hundreds of long-term initiatives worldwide,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO of BMW of North America. “Now we are extending these efforts to contribute more directly to contemporary art practice. The BMW Art Journey is a great example of how we can do something meaningful for the benefit of today’s artists.” At Casey BMW, we’re proud to be associated with an automaker that so actively supports the arts. By recognizing and supporting artists across the globe, BMW is encouraging progress in more than just one industry.

More BMW-inspired art cars from 2014 Art Basel:

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In Development: BMW Plug-in Hybrid Versions of Core Models

BMW Plug-In Vehicle the BMW i3

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Has the BMW i3 or i8 whet your appetite for more hybrid models from our favorite German automaker? If your answer is yes, you’ll be happy to learn the automaker has announced it will be developing BMW plug-in hybrid versions of some of its core models.

BMW Plug-in Hybrid for Core Models

BMW plug-in hybrid in development for 3 Series

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In the past, BMW has earned a reputation for making powerful yet efficient diesel engines. Now, the company is shifting its focus toward electrified powertrains, led by the 3 Series eDrive, which combines a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an electric motor under the hood of the automaker’s most popular sedan.

Details are scarce for the time being, though BMW says the eDrive 3’s systems are directly based on those used in the i3 and i8, including larger components like the lithium-ion battery and electric motor.

The 3 Series eDrive’s first proper unveiling will take place in Miramas, France—we look forward to it at Casey BMW!

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Revolutionizing the Industry: BMW All-Electric Technology

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2014 BMW i8 – the all-electric premium sports car

BMW recently met with Tesla Motors over a possible alliance, granting BMW access to advanced batteries and lightweight components. Here at Casey BMW we’re excited about the possible new partnership.

“We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging station,” said Elon Musk, Tesla CEO, according to Reuters. This new collaboration means that BMW and Tesla will be sharing secrets about carbon-fiber design and new lithium ion cells.

BMW All-Electric Technology: Drivers Win!

BMW i3: BMW all-electric technology

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So what does this mean for consumers? Both BMW and Tesla are leading the industry in sporty and efficient electric vehicles. BMW all-electric technology was recently showcased with the release of the i3 and i8, allowing drivers to use pure-electricity and have fun at the same time. By joining together, these two companies will most likely dominate the market in the near future.

 

Although BMW is labelling this collaboration as informal conversations, they are certainly a promising start. Aside from focusing on design, there was also some mention of charging stations and infrastructure.

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2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M Get Power and Utility Boost

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The 2014 BMW X5 is receiving a powerful upgrade for the 2015 model year.

If you’re on the prowl for a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) or Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) with ridiculous power, look no further than the new 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M. The exclusive vehicles boast unmatched performance, style, and luxury (and they are more than capable of off-roading).

Best Performance on the Road: BMW X5 M and X6 M

BMW’s “M” cars have been the best performance vehicles on the road for over 20 years. A combination of powerful engines and precise handling make them an obvious choice for enthusiasts. Now, torquenews.com reports that BMW has made the off-road capable X5 SAV and X7 SAC even better by offering a BMW Motorsports “M” versions. You know what that means – we can expect a serious boost in power.

Both vehicles come with twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engines capable of pumping out a massive 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels through an 8-speed transmission. The result is practically unheard of: an SUV that can go from 0 to 60 in just four seconds with a top speed of 155 mph (that number would easily reach almost 200 if it weren’t for the speed limiter installed to make the car street legal).

Whether you’re headed to the Grand Canyon or New York City, the 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M will feel right at home, and so will you. The vehicles will make their way into Casey BMW and other dealerships nationwide in the spring of 2015.

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Special BMW Van Found Cruising around at the BMW Performance Center

BMW has been exploring several new segments in recent years. While the company’s roots will always be in the performance car world, the product tree has and will continue to branch out to segments like SUVs and electric cars, etc. Of course, one area that BMW still hasn’t broken into is the van segment.

Secret BMW Van Discovered

Or have they? Jalopnik recently discovered a special BMW van secretly stashed away at the BMW Performance Center. Of course, it’s not a production model—not even close. It’s actually a Sprinter van that has kidney grilles slapped on for extra power and fun. But at least it provides hope that BMW is actually considering the possibility of a future van—a van that might actually make its way to dealership floors.

If you’re interested in the idea of a BMW van, make sure to let the folks at corporate hear your voice. Also, come by Casey BMW to talk to us about the possibility of future BMW vehicles as well as to see all the great vehicles in our current inventory. We look forward to seeing you!

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BMW Reveals New 2016 X5 M and X6 M CUVs

Hold your horses, crossover lovers. There are two new crossovers in town. The BMW X5 M and X6 M CUVs are back for the second-generation and, with a few powertrain tweaks and some shiny new technology, they are better than good—they’re exceptional.

BMW’s New 2016 X5 M and X6 M CUVs

While the new X5 M and X6 M CUVs might keep their old 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engines, a few changes here and there have helped increase the engine’s power output to 567 horsepower, rather than the old 555. The torque has also significantly changed, increasing from 500 lb-ft to 553. Though the engine is the same, the transmission isn’t—the second-gen X5/6 M will be set up with an all-new eight-speed Steptronic transmission, making the car more powerful than before and capable of hitting 60 miles per hour in just four seconds.

To help the M cars hide these terrific powertrains from prying eyes, BMW has given the X5 and X6 some significant makeovers, using massive intakes in the front fascia and some stylish new side mirrors to create a look worthy of the crossover’s high-performance role—all for the price of $99,650 for the X5 and $103,050 for the X6.

For more information on these brand new crossover vehicles, make sure you contact Casey BMW today!

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Election Day in Virginia

Election Day in VirginiaElection Day in Virginia is here! This is an important day to exercise your American rights and share your opinion regarding the future of our commonwealth.

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re registered, don’t know where you’re supposed to vote, or even what you’ll be voting on, now is a good time to start learning this information. The Virginia Department of Elections has a great website where you can learn all of this information and more.

To find where your polling place is, visit the Virginia Election and Registration Information System, click on “Where do I vote?” and fill out the form.

Election Day in Virginia – Special Amendment

Election Day in VirginiaOne big issue that will big on the ballot next week is a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Virginia. The issue is officially for “Article X. Taxation and Finance Section 6-A.” If passed, this amendment would exempt surviving spouses of soldiers killed in action from property taxes.

Which political race or issue are you most interested in for this election cycle?

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Tesla and BMW: Will the German Automaker Buy A Stake in the EV Powerhouse?

Sportscar PlatformMercedes’ parent company, Daimler, has announced that it is selling its stake in Tesla – and pocketing a massive $780 million profit in doing so. And so, the rumor mill has already begun. Who’s next? What’s next? The main rumor that has caught our interest concerns Tesla and BMW.

Forbes went ahead and jumped on the speculation bandwagon, pointing out that Daimler’s sale could “clear the way for BMW”.  Here at Casey BMW, we have to say, we don’t hate the idea—after all, the two companies would make a nice fit. According to the article, the two companies have been in talks and executives have met to discuss how to standardize a charging network for electric cars.

In a partnership with BMW, Tesla would gain access to the luxury automaker’s carbon fiber technology and production—an important lightweight material used in the construction of electric cars. BMW would gain Tesla’s world-renowned battery technology.

Strategy & Investment analyst Arndt Ellinghorst points out that Tesla’s relationship with Daimler has been deteriorating. “In our view, the ties between the two companies have loosened over time. From Tesla’s perspective it may be more interesting to work with BMW going forward, given BMW’s carbon fiber technology, than with Mercedes on the B-class.”

Currently, Tesla supplies electric motors and batteries for the Smart ForTwo electric vehicle and the Mercedes B-class electric car, though if a relationship with BMW does materialize, we can’t wait to see what would be next.

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All-Star Engineer Roberto Fideli Joins BMW

Making cars, like anything else, is mostly about the people who design and produce them. Do they instill trust in colleagues and customers? Are they loyal? Can they dream up innovative ideas and then commit to executing them?

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Roberto Fideli may join the M division to work on vehicles like the BMW M 235i.

Take Roberto Fideli, for instance. He loyally served Ferrari for over 25 years as chief engineer. For the last seven of those years, he was the project leader for all of the models Ferrari unveiled. He possesses specialized knowledge, having in-depth experience with hybrid engines and lightweight materials.

Fideli recently resigned from Ferrari, making him the auto world’s most valuable free agent. But he wasn’t free very long—BMW snapped him up before anyone else had the chance.

Rolls RoyceAs Roberto Fideli joins BMW, what kind of effect will he have? Apparently a big one. He will “strengthen our technical prowess amid intensifying competition with rival German luxury carmakers Audi and Mercedes-Benz,” at least according to BMW. Fideli will likely join the Rolls Royce team or the M division.

At Casey BMW, we are happy to hear that Fideli is on board, and look forward to seeing what he will produce during his tenure!

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The New i8 Hybrid Has Lit up the Car Market like Wild Fire

2014-bmw-i8-headonBMW’s new i8 hybrid only recently reached the United States, and it already has American buyers by the heartstrings. Deliveries of the plug-in hybrid in the US kicked off in August, and already the car is sold out until 2015.

The i8 drives and looks like a sports car, while offering the efficiency of an electric car. The company is looking to expand the i8 line, scaling down its production of the i3 slightly to make room for the new vehicles.

New i8 Hybrid Rounds Out BMW Line

Digital Trends say that i8 “has added new polish to BMW’s already impressive lineup, showcasing the brand’s potential as a leader in lightweight construction, fuel efficiency, and next-gen tech.”

For BMW’s “i” line, over 100 vehicles are manufactured daily in the United States alone, and around the same amount have been sold across the globe. From the looks of it, scaling down BMW i3 production to make more room for the BMW i8 is an excellent move, and will help BMW reach a whole new market of buyers.

Unfortunately, you cannot get your hands on a new BMW i8 until 2015, but you can look forward to getting one from us at Casey BMW!

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