2015 35th America’s Cup: BMW Boards as Global Partner

2015 35th America’s Cup: BMW Boards as Global Partner

2015 35th America’s Cup

The America’s Cup, also known as the “Auld Mug,” is a trophy that’s awarded to the winner in a matchup of sailing yachts. It is oldest trophy in international sports. This year, BMW has become a Global Partner of the event, supporting ORACLE TEAM USA as a Technology Partner.

The event is known as the most challenging and competitive sailing event in the world and only those with the best athletes and best technology become victors. BMW, being known for it’s signature, comprehensive technology offerings, makes perfect sense as a sponsor for the event.

Russell Coutts, CEO of America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA), said, “Cutting-edge technology and precision engineering are central to both the America’s Cup and BMW. Both organizations are innovation driven and we are changing the game in our respective fields. BMW is also one of the most iconic global brands, with tremendous vision and a groundbreaking attitude which can only enhance the America’s Cup.”

Casey BMW is excited to see BMW’s involvement with ORACLE TEAM USA and what the elite engineering teams will come up with. The partnership will include marketing, communications, and branding for the 35th America’s starting now and going until the Finals in 2017.

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New BMW Concept Cars Set for Upcoming Reveal

New BMW Concept Cars

New BMW Concept Cars Set for Upcoming Reveal

There will be two new BMW concept cars revealed at the upcoming Monterey Car Week! BMW released a teaser image just recently in anticipation of the event coming up. The image doesn’t really give much away, but definitely has us intrigued.

The image that was released seems to be a racing-esque steering wheel with interesting labels on the wheel. Words like “PSL,” “Flash,” and “Cool” have us wondering what exactly to expect. Based the design of the steering wheel, we’re expecting to see at least one performance focused concept car.

The second concept car is speculated to represent another affiliate brand like Rolls-Royce, BMW Motorrad, or MINI. According to the recent press release sent out, BMW leads on that both cars will not be a previewing of future models, but theory driven and designed.

The concept cars have been created in celebration of BMW of America’s 40th Anniversary and we’re extremely excited to see what they’ve come up with! Tell Casey BMW what you think the concept cars will look like in a comment below!

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Three BMW Models Score Big in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

BMW Models Score Big in J.D. Power IQS

BMW Models Score Big in J.D. Power IQS

When you buy a new car, you expect everything to work the way it should, but sometimes it doesn’t always turn out this way. In the annual J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, it surveys new car owners within the first 90 days of ownership and asks them to respond with any problems. 84,000 owners responded to this year’s survey.

In the results, three BMW models took first place in their respective segments—the BMW 2 Series for Small Premium Car, the BMW 4 Series for Compact Premium Car, and the BMW 5 Series for Midsize Premium Car. In addition, the BMW 7 Series came in 2nd in the Large Premium Car segment.

“IQS is the leading indicator of customer delight in the initial phase of ownership as it measures not only how well our vehicles perform but also how well our dealers are doing in demonstrating the functions of the new vehicle,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, in a statement.  “The model rankings show improvements across the board from existing to new models with the clear challenge being to improve and simplify technology.”

The overall BMW brand was ranked 6th among all the brands included in the study. It came away with a score of 99 PP100, which is the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles. This was a 9 point improvement over last year’s results and was higher than the industry average of 112 PP100.

If you want a new car that you can feel confident driving away in, then stop by Casey BMW today and check out the entire quality BMW lineup.

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Great Ice Cream Parlors Near Newport News

ice cream parlors near Newport News

Great Ice Cream Parlors near Newport News

For good reason, July is known as National Ice cream Month. To help you get your fill of sweet, frozen deliciousness, here are some great ice cream parlors near Newport News, Virginia.

  • Maggie Moo’s. This ice cream parlor located at 707 Mariners Row here in Newport News offers ice cream cakes and other delicious treats in addition to ice cream.
  • Pelican’s SnoBalls. It may not be ice cream, but it will still cool you off in the heat of summer. In fact, you might even find this sweetened shaved ice more satisfying than ice cream. Try flavors like root beer, honeydew melon, blue bubblegum, and tiger’s blood.
  • Rita’s. Here you can try some refreshing Italian ice, frozen custard, and numerous other frozen concoctions. Located at the Todd Shopping Center in Hampton, Virginia.
  • Sweet Turtle SnoBalls. Can’t get enough shaved ice? Try this little parlor for some Louisiana-style goodness. Located at 6116-C Jefferson Avenue here in Newport News.

Casey BMW needs some of your suggestions.  What are some of your favorite ice cream parlors near Newport News?

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A “Mini” Inspiration – BMW X1 Reveal

BMW X1 reveal a superior sports activity vehicle in 2016. (2015 Model Pictured)

BMW X1 reveal a superior sports activity vehicle in 2016. (2015 Model Pictured)

It’s newer. It’s bigger. And it’s lighter than ever!

BMW has revealed the new and improved 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle, which s bigger, badder, and bolder than ever. With the new X1, BMW focused on creating a smoother ride with a body that is lighter by 66 pounds, but it also allows for a bit more passenger and cargo room than that of the previous generation.

Under the hood, the BMW xDrive28i will feature a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder TwinPower engine that is capable of 228-hp. BMW says that, despite being just a hair slower than the 2015 model, the X1 will have the most powerful engine in the segment.

To promote better efficiency, the X1 will offer regenerative braking and Eco Pro mode, which will allow a vehicle to coast even at high speeds once their foot has disengaged from the accelerator.

A redesigned body also allows for more rear legroom and higher seats, which will improve passenger comfort considerably.

BMW X1 reveal will soon more information about the new vehicle as its release date draws nearer. Stay tuned to the Casey BMW blog for all the details!

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2016 BMW 7 Series Features Ultimate Performance & Luxury

Recently, BMW unveiled its 2016 BMW 7 Series, earning praise for its advanced efficiency and increased luxury.

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2016 BMW 7 Series features advanced technology & superior luxury (2015 model pictured)

Built on a new platform of carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, the new BMW 7 Series features the unique BMW design language that we’ve all come to know and love with its Active Kidney Grille extending into the lengthened LED headlights and expertly-chiseled hood. The elegance is carried to the rear, which is highlighted by L-shaped LED taillamps, dual exhaust pipes, and chrome trim.

Inside the spacious cabin, the 2016 BMW 7 Series provides a 12.3-inch digital instrument

cluster that will power BMWs new iDrive 5.0 infotainment system. A luxurious atmosphere is ever-present with its lavish soft touch features, heated armrests for the center console and doors, as well as an optional Luxury Rear Seat Package that offers massaging seats.

Under the hood, customers can choose between either a 3-liter straight-six engine capable of 320 horsepower or a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine ready to unleash 445 horses. A plug-in hybrid option will also be offered.

We at Casey BMW are thrilled with the 2016 BMW 7 Series features and its trailblazing technology and luxury. We can’t wait for this new offering to debut in our showroom this fall. Be sure to stop by Casey BMW for more information on the 7-Series and all of the newest luxury offerings the German automaker has to offer!

 

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BMW X6 M Takes On 2015 One Lap of America

The all-new supercharged 2015 BMW X6 M will be competing in the 2015 One Lap of America this month. The team will be co-piloted by Michael Renner, BMW Performance Center Driving Instructor; Michael Broad, BMW Powertrain Engineer; and Tom Lappin, One Lap veteran.

A supercharged version of the 2015 BMW X6 will compete in the 2015 One Lap of  America.

A supercharged version of the 2015 BMW X6 will compete in the 2015 One Lap of America.

2015 One Lap of America

The 567 horsepower X6 M will compete in two classes: Truck/SUV and Stock Touring. The race starts in South Bend, Indiana, and then travels 3,245 miles across 11 states. The team will compete in time trials, drag racing, and skid pad car control.

Past news about BMW and One Lap of America

The new 2015 X6 M is the most powerful vehicle offered by BMW. It’s powered by the M TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter V8 and, in addition to producing 567 horsepower, it generates 553 lb-ft of torque. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a blazing 4 seconds as well.

If you’re interested in learning more about the all-new X6 M or the 2015 One Lap of America, come visit us at Casey BMW.

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BMW Apple Watch App

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.

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Keep up with your new BMW i3 with the BMW Apple Watch App

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.

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New BMW 7 Series Blows Competition Away with Special New Technology and Design

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!

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World Green Car of the Year Award Goes to BMW i8

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

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!

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