BMW Group have delivered over half a million electric based cars to the public, does this show a new opinion of them?
BMW Take just 6% of the market in this with obvious rivals Tesla, the BMW i3 being the top model from BMW.
The BMW iX3 biggest selling market is in China, this is also where it is being produced for the more global market. The iX3 will be the first of the model range to benefit from the 5th generation of BMW Group electric drive trains. The new and improved drivetrain will provide a perfect balance between fuel (range) and battery size.
Launched in 2013 the BMW i3 will continue to be developed and advanced, with BMW Group planning to extend the production until 2024.
I think this shows a new and positive direction for BMW in the emerging electrical car market, but they better not get left behind too much!
BMW + The north face were at the CES 2019 (Vegas) and in true fashion showcased a rather futuristic looking camper. It wasn’t just the futuristic design of this that caught eye but the show case itself was actually a VR experience!
The campers “dome” structure was inspired mainly by BMW gina light visionary model concept car from 2008. Internally its equipped with all you need for a basic night (Bed + Internal shelving)
The camper is designed with “Futurelight” fabric, this provides protection for his dome shell but also incorporates nano sized holes. The holes allow air to pass through to provide good ventilation but still keeps it water prove!
Well done BMW + The North Face paving the way for futuristic and clever design
BMW have just issued an urgent recall of more than 1 million cars and SUVs across the US, due to risk of FIRE under the bonnet. The recall is so major that BMW are recommending people with the affected models are to park them outside and away from extra fire hazards such as large trees / other cars.
The two separate recalls BMW state the risk of fire is “very low” (are we to believe them?), but the cars should stay outside due to “caution”. The repairs to fix the issue are expected to start on December 18th.
The first voluntary recall is going to affect only certain BMW 3 Series models from year 2006 to 2011, the company said in a statement released on the matter.
So what is the issue?
The issue is caused by potentially faulty wiring of the climate control / heater blower fan
In the second but related recall will address a problem with a heater valve in certain BMW models between the years 2007-2011 equipped with a 6-cylinder engine.
Stumbled across a story which featured an example of how the modern day BMW’s are now, due to the “smart” connected technology actually helping with car crime!
The car which is a 550I model, was stolen on Sunday – unfortunately the owner left the key fob inside so the actual taking of the car was easy for the thief – after the owner realised what had happened this was immediately reported to the police.
The police were then reported to have liaised with BMW corporate division – i would assume they also had GPS lock on the car the whole time as the location was tracked down pretty quick.
It was discovered the thief not being very bright had decided to have a rest (sleep) on the back seat giving everyone time to lock the doors remotely and get a couple of police cars out to the cars tracked location
The thief was promptly arrested after being held in the car!
I finally got my car back all repaired and sorted, and it also passed the MOT at the same time.
Decided to buy the car a present i found a seller on eBay called “carparts_uk” who offers a front suspension strut brace for just under £30 posted out from Germany. (German = good start)
I have always been rather skeptical about the engine strut braces reading mixed reviews about them and never wanting to take the plunge as must of the solid ones sell for north of £100.. but for the price i went for it!
The install really was as simple as it looks.. bolt on and tighten up, it is a good solid bar with loads of adjustment options on it and the whole install took me about 35mins.
Having driven on it for few trips i genuinely do notice difference certainly stiffens things up in the convertible