BMW 3 Series
Here at Casey BMW, we love those lists that come out at the end of every year detailing all the cool things that happened in that 12-month period. So we decided to put together a list of our BMW highlights for 2014. Take a read, and share your thoughts in the comments—do you agree with us, or do you think we left out something important?
Technically, it was 2012-2013 when BMW announced it would begin a partnership with Toyota to develop a new sports car. But it was 2014 when we got to learn just what that partnership might entail: a hybrid, all-wheel-drive BMW sports car that would become the next Z4. Exactly when we might see the fruits of BMW and Toyota’s labor, we don’t yet know, but it sounds like it’ll definitely be worth the wait!
BMW i3 and i8 Releases
The first BMW i3 driver took delivery of his vehicle at the beginning of May 2014, with the i8 following suit in August. Both vehicles run on electricity and don’t use a single drop of gasoline. The two BMW i vehicles mark an important turning point in the history of BMW, and both have seen tremendous success since their release. The i3 was even named 2015 Green Car of the Year at the LA Auto Show back in November, beating out strong competition from the Audi A3 TDI, the Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, and the Honda Fit.
BMW Louis Vuitton Luggage
To coincide with the release of the i8, BMW teamed up with designer Louis Vuitton to create a set of luggage that would fit perfectly inside the sporty EV’s trunk. Perfect for weekend getaways, the luggage followed the same design elements as the BMW i8 itself. Unfortunately, a high price tag put it out of reach to most people, but for i8 drivers, this Louise Vuitton luggage would certainly add a finishing touch to the already beautiful vehicle.
BMW Performance Center West
In 2014, BMW announced it would open its second driving school in the US near Palm Springs, California. The first Performance Center is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and has been an undeniable success. Now, BMW will bring that success to its fans on the West Coast, offering programs like an M driving school, teen driving programs, and car-control clinics.
Keep an eye on the Casey BMW Blog during 2015! The luxury car maker is bound to have lots of surprises for us!