With the Apple Watch now available to consumers, automakers are moving to stake their claim in the newest app market. With a goal of appealing to tech fans, BMW gave out a few details on their own app. Considering that Apple used BMW as an example of the kind of apps that would be available on the watch, odds are auto apps will be a hit.
Keep up with your new BMW i3 with the BMW Apple Watch App
BMW is one of the automakers leading the charge of manufacturers who are set to develop and launch apps that work with their vehicles. The BMW Apple Watch app is available in the iTunes store and works with the all-electric i3 and the hybrid i8 sports car. With the app you’ll know just how much is left in your car’s battery.
The luxury automaker isn’t stopping there. BMW is pushing forward to a realm where few automakers are currently developing. The Apple Watch app will also guide drivers on foot after they’ve reached their destination and left the car. It will also guide them back to their cars. Through the watch, owners can also set the interior cabin temperature without being inside the vehicle as well.
In a world where technology advances every hour, we here at Casey BMW are glad to offer the top-of-the-line tech packages customers not only want, but deserve.
The new BMW 7 Series comes with James Bond-level technology—and we mean that completely literally. If you’re a fan of the Pierce Brosnan Bond years, then you probably remember 007 working his car remotely via a handheld device. Now, with the new 7 Series, which will hit the market later this year, you too can control your vehicle via remote control—and a remote control that looks way cooler than Bond’s too.
New BMW 7 Series: Carbon Fiber + Remote Control
The “remote control” in question is actually called the BMW Display Key, and it really can completely replace your car keys the way you know them. With the Display Key, you can get out of your car, and via buttons on the Key, get the car to park itself. Sure, it’s a cool feature just on the face of it, but it is also super useful for fitting your car into tight parking spaces in public or on crowded streets. And yes—before you ask—it can un-park itself as well.
But there’s more than just surface-level technologies to be excited about here. The car’s body is actually made partly out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, which makes the body stronger, more rigid, and 88 pounds lighter. That’s a huge benefit—and it puts BMW’s body technology way ahead of everyone else’s. The carbon fiber makes the car more efficient and gives it an incredibly responsive handling and driving dynamics overall.
And BMW isn’t even done there! They hope to bring special technologies like voice control and gesture control to the 7 Series as well, giving you the ultimate control over your vehicle in the driver’s seat—with complete safety. Come see us at Casey BMW to learn more about the 7 Series today!
When BMW first introduced its i-series lineup, it combined futuristic styling and eco-friendly powertrains to turn the green car segment on its head. Now, the German carmaker continues to do just that after the BMW i8 was named the World Green Car of the Year during the New York International Auto Show. This is the second consecutive year BMW has earned this award for its i-series, after the BMW i3 won it last year.
2015 World Green Car of the Year Award Goes to BMW i8
World Green Car of the Year: BMW i8
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the team in Munich”, says Dr. Ian Robertson, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Sales and Marketing BMW, speaking at the Award Ceremony in New York. “The BMW i8 represents the future with its unique lightweight construction and unrivalled connectivity. To win this award for the second year in a row shows that our BMW i products are truly leading the world.”
To earn the World Green Car of the Year award, the BMW i8 impressed the judges with a powerful hybrid engine and sexy sports car styling. The i8 combines a 1.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor, giving it the ability to drive up to 37 kilometers on electric power alone. This impressive range isn’t the only notable statistic, though—the BMW i8 can also accelerate to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds.
For more information on this outstanding, eco-friendly vehicle, stop in to Casey BMW today!
Toyota had previously announced that their long-anticipated, revamped Supra model would hit the market in 2018, thanks to a bit of help from BMW, but it was previously unclear just how involved BMW would be.
Thanks to a new report from Car and Driver, we now know that the Supra will actually be more BMW than Toyota. In fact, the Supra will be made up of almost entirely BMW parts underneath.
In fact, Toyota is reportedly only providing a large portion of the money for the Supra, while BMW is essentially designing the car. Toyota is said to be sharing some of their hybrid savvy with BMW as well, in exchange.
The collaboration between the two companies is being referred to as “Silk Road,” and though Toyota will design the vehicle’s exterior, the model will host a six-cylinder engine from BMW.
What do you think of the BMW Toyota Supra collaboration? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. In the meantime, come experience the power and drive the BMW Toyota Supra may provide by test driving a BMW at Casey BMW.
Spring is finally here, making it the perfect time of the year for a relaxing, invigorating road trip. Regardless of your destination, it’s important to make sure that your car is well equipped for the adventure.
Before your adventure begins, take a look at these road trip preparation tips.
Road Trip Preparation Tips
To get you started, here’s a list of road trip preparation tips:
Take your car for a routine check-up to make sure that anything you may not have noticed is addressed.
Familiarize yourself with fluid levels, and put some extra jugs in the back of your car. (You never know when extra windshield wiper fluid could come in handy!)
Check your tires for uneven wear and make sure they are at the recommended pressure level.
Make sure that all of your lights are working to maintain visibility on the highway.
And lastly, depending on where you’re headed, make sure your heating or air conditioning is working properly.
Do you have any other road trip prep tips? Let us know in the comments.
In a highly informative discussion with Automotive News Europe, the R&D Chief of the BMW Group quelled some rumors and elucidated on the nature of the “i” sub brand. He also gave a timetable for the new BMW i model.
Rumors of a new BMW i model started with the X5.
New BMW i Model on the Way?
When people saw the new BMW X5, a large and stupendously luxurious hybrid SUV, they thought that maybe it might end up being the variant to bear the “i” sub brand badge. Chief Klaus Froehlich denied the rumor and took the opportunity to explain why.
He explained that the purpose of the “i” sub-brand is to “change perceptions,” according to Automotive News. Therefore, a new BMW i model is built from the ground up as an “i” model. Therefore, labeling some other label as such doesn’t align with BMW’s mission for the sub-brand.
He went to say that part of why this approach is important is because “i” vehicles are where BMW likes to experiment with and introduce innovative new design aspects. From there, these aspects are then implemented in the wider lineup.
Though brainstorming has begun for the next member of the family, the new BMW i model won’t arrive until 2020. Can’t rush perfection.
This month kicked off BMW’s Ultimate Driving Experience tour. The program will crisscross the nation with its various hands-on driving experiences and the free Teen Driving School.
BMW began the tour in Georgia at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and will conclude in November at Citi Field in New York City.
Get your chance to drive the BMW i3 during the BMW Ultimate Driving Experience Tour!
Ultimate Driving Experience Tour
“We are excited to once again be providing BMW fans and driving enthusiasts across the country the opportunity to get behind the wheel,” said Kevin Phillips, BMW of North America head of Retail and Experiential Marketing. “The free, 2-hour Teen Driving School program is a key element of the Experience allowing new and inexperienced drivers to learn invaluable tools relating to safe driving and the dangers of distracted driving.”
The Teen Driving School provides those under the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license or permit with free instruction, driving exercises, and activities highlighting the dangers of distracted driving.
For those 21 and older, BMW will provide access to its lineup from the BMW i to M models. Street Drives, Autocross, Dynamic Drive Experiences, and Car Control Clinic (for an additional fee) are some of the activities offered to participants.
For more information or to register for the nearest Ultimate Driving Experience in D.C., check out BMW’s designated website. For more information on the vehicles you will see, contact us at Casey BMW.
For over a decade, the BMW 1 Series has set the standard for its compact segment and the Bavarian company’s newest addition to the line is no exception. The updated BMW 1 Series, which debuted at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, provides a perfect blend of driving performance, fuel efficiency, and luxurious ambiance.
Updated BMW 1 Series
Updated BMW 1 Series is Coming!
The compact asserts its redesigned front fascia with vertical dual grille surrounded by its flirtatious upturned angel eyes, and is crowned by its propeller badge. This year marks the first time full-LED lights come available as an option to the hatchback. Other features include an iDrive operating system, radar-based Active Cruise Control, the updated Parking Assistant, and BMW’s Intelligent Emergency Call function
The 1 Series is available in a three-door, built exclusively at BMW’s Regensburg plant, or five-door, built at the company’s plant in Leipzig. Both models have a gas or diesel engine option, plus the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with a choice of a three-cylinder, four-cylinder, or six-cylinder in-line engine with M Performance.
Be sure to come visit Casey BMW and see all of the newest technologies and advances available to you in this year’s lineup!
The BMW i8 made quite a stir last year as one of the best plug-in hybrids in the world. With incredible performance and futuristic styling, it’s no wonder the i8 recently won 2015 UK Car of the Year, both in the overall and performance categories.
Award-Winning BMW i8 Performance: High-Speed Thrills, Eco-Friendly Design
BMW i8 Performance: Unprecedented
The UK Car of the Year Award is given by 27 of Britain’s top automotive journalists. According to Hybrid Cars, the i8 was selected from a number of hybrids around the world for its high-speed capabilities. BMW i8 performance is unprecedented for a hybrid, making drivers reconsider what they think they know about alternative-energy design.
“The automotive industry has seen many hybrid models in recent years, but nothing quite like the i8,” said John Challen, director of the Car of the Year awards. “The term ‘game-changer’ is sometimes overused when talking about new cars, but in the case of the i8, it is totally justified. The latest ‘i’ model completely redefines the performance car segment, and is helped by a hybrid powertrain that is really quite special.”
The i8 can do 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds, has a top speed of 155 mph, and still gets 29 highway mpg. This model is the next-generation of automotive design, enabling drivers to have the speed they want while still being eco-friendly. It’s no wonder the BMW i8 won Car of the Year.
Keep an eye on Casey BMW’s current inventory for when the BMW i8 comes back into stock. The performance car is currently sold out; come see it upon its return!
BMW i5 rumors have been around for several years and have continued to circulate even after the automaker itself claimed that “suggestion of a BMW i model larger than the BMW i3 is hypothetical at this point.” You’d think calling the i5 a mere hypothesis would serve to quell the rumors, but in the world of journalism, it only added fuel to the speculative flames.
BMW i5 Rumors
As it turns out, it was for good reason. UK’s Car Mag has compiled all the latest info on a secret BMW i5 or i7 that may very well be presented as a concept car at the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.
The i5/i7 would be built and priced to compete directly with the Tesla Model S. It would be based on the long wheelbase of the Chinese-market 5 Series, take visual cues from the 6 Series Gran Coupe and upcoming 7 Series, and borrow its drivetrain from the i8. Sounds to us like it’ll be built using all the best parts of the many cars in our lineup at Casey BMW!