Friday, 28 September 2012

Laura Trott


Specialist Cars at the weekend welcomed their sponsored double Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Laura Trott to our three BMW dealerships in Tring, Luton and Stevenage for the BMW Ultimate Drive Event, 22-23 September.

Laura won gold medals in both of her Track Cycling events at the London 2012 Olympic Games, setting a new world record in the Women’s Team Pursuit alongside teammates Joanna Rowsell and Dani King, before winning individual gold in the six-discipline Omnium event.

Specialist Cars supported Laura on her quest to the London 2012 Olympic Games over the last two years as part of the BMW Performance Team programme, helping to build support in the local area and providing her with a new BMW 1 Series for travelling to events.

Laura brought both of her gold medals with her to our three Specialist Cars dealerships for the Ultimate Drive Event, and visitors had the chance to speak to the 20-year-old Olympian about training, her success and the experience of competing at a home Games.

Laura wasn’t the only star on show at the dealerships. Visitors to the BMW Ultimate Drive Events got to see the new BMW 3 Series Touring, the BMW 1 Series 3-door Hatch, the awe-inspiring new BMW M6 Coupé and Convertible, the versatile BMW X1 and, the flagship of the range, the new BMW 7 Series. What’s more, every guest entered a free prize draw for the chance to win a BMW for every season, as well as tickets to BMW hospitality events throughout the year.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

BMW Performance Academy

BMW and the RFU launch the BMW Performance Academy
BMW and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) today announced a ground-breaking partnership to develop the future talent of English rugby - the BMW Performance Academy which will be part of the RFU National Academy Programme.

An initial pool of more than 30 players has been selected by the England coaches for the BMW Performance Academyfrom across the existing elite age-grade development programme (U16, U18 and U20), and those aged over 20 close to breaking into the senior squad.

Based on their considered potential to graduate to the elite England team, members of the BMW Performance Academy will receive tailored support to help them progress. The player, club coach and the RFU will work together to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to ensure that the key skills required for that particular individual are specially developed. The close relationship with the club coach in the development of this plan is very important to its success and a vital component to ensure a consistent training approach.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster, who has overseen the development of English players over the last four years in his role as RFU Head of Elite Player Development, said: “The BMW Performance Academy will help equip our promising young players with the skills needed to succeed at the highest level. We’re working hard in conjunction with their club coaches to give them the individual support they need both on and off the pitch as we work towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and beyond.”

In addition, this innovative partnership will see BMW, the official vehicle supplier to England Rugby, working with the RFU to bring specific expertise using its people, facilities and knowledge to provide a programme including:

1. Personal Development Training

Home to BMW Group UK’s own internal staff training programme, its facility at Wokefield Park, near Reading, provides modules that will be adapted specifically for young players, including personal management, team work, leadership, innovation and resilience. This will include specific elements run by members of the BMW Executive Board drawing parallels between attitudes needed to succeed in sport and work.

2. BMW Ambassador Mentors

BMW will facilitate the sharing of expertise and skills held by the array of BMW ambassadors, Olympians, TV personalities and industry leaders to impart knowledge to Academy members on a range of topics, starting with London 2012 gymnast Louis Smith on the art of “Coping with Pressure.”

3. Responsible driving training

BMW will support players with high-level training in safe and responsible driving. For those under 17, BMW will offer access to the BMW Young Driver Programme which trains children aged 12 and upwards to drive in an entirely safe environment.

4. Work experience

BMW will offer members of the new Academy a variety of work experience opportunities across its factories, dealerships and other businesses in the UK, to help deliver wider life skills.

Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW Group UK, said: “This partnership with the RFU is an exciting next step in our sports involvement after London 2012. I am delighted that the creation of the BMW Performance Academy will truly help to nurture and develop the England rugby stars of the future. We are determined to use the people, facilities and knowledge at our disposal to help make a tangible difference to English rugby.

“It will be a proud day for us all when our first graduate wins his England cap and we hope even represents his country at a Rugby World Cup.”

Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU chief Commercial Officer, said: “This is an exciting long-term partnership that will see BMW invest across the game, from the age grade sides to the England elite squad. BMW is already bringing innovative ideas on how to share its expertise from the worlds of sport and business, to benefit the future of the English rugby.”
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Green Car of the Year 2012

BMW economics: BMW 3 Series is crowned What Car? Green Car of the Year 2012

The new BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon has fought off tough competition to once again be crowned Best Executive Car of the Year at the What Car? Green Awards 2012, going on to top the field and be awarded the prestigious accolade of Green Car of the Year.

The BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon won over the judges with its unconventional statistics, combining outstanding fuel efficiency and emissions with impressive performance.  With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km, the 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is still capable of travelling from zero to 62mph in 8.0 seconds. It was this no-compromise blend that ensured the most parsimonious 3 Series model took the top green honour.

Not to be left in its big brother’s shadow, the most frugal BMW in the range, the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics 5-door Sports Hatch, was also awarded Small Family Car of the Year.  Emitting just 99g/km CO2 means that not only is it exempt from the London Congestion charge and qualifies for free VED but it also only incurs 13 per cent benefit in kind company car tax.  All of this, together with its nimble handling and generous equipment levels, ensured that the cleanest BMW was a worthy winner.

Chas Hallett, What Car? editor in chief, said:  “BMW’s engineers have worked very hard on their conventional engines and have given them some very unconventional green vital statistics. The choice of the 320d EfficientDynamics automatic Saloon as What Car?’s Green Car of the Year was a unanimous one. The 320d lets consumers who want to do their bit for the planet do so without compromise.”

BMW named most sustainable car manufacturer for eighth consecutive year by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index

BMW’s dedication to sustainability has again been recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which has named BMW the most sustainable car company in the world for the eighth consecutive year.  Since its inception BMW is the only automotive organisation to have featured every year on the index, which is the leader in obtaining an accurate like-for-like analysis of companies
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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

BMW Ultimate Drive Event

Specialist Cars will be welcoming their sponsored double Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Laura Trott to its three BMW dealerships in Tring, Luton and Stevenage for the BMW Ultimate Drive Event, 22-23 September.

Laura won gold medals in both of her Track Cycling events at the London 2012 Olympic Games, setting a new world record in the Women’s Team Pursuit alongside teammates Joanna Rowsell and Dani King, before winning individual gold in the six-discipline Omnium event.

Laura will have both of her gold medals with her as she visits the three Specialist Cars dealerships for the Ultimate Drive Event, and visitors will have the chance to speak to the 20-year-old Olympian about training, her success and the experience of competing at a home Games.

And Laura won’t be the only star on show at the dealerships. Visitors to the BMW Ultimate Drive Events will get to see the new BMW 3 Series Touring, the BMW 1 Series 3-door Hatch, the awe-inspiring new BMW M6 Coupé and Convertible, the versatile BMW X1 and, the flagship of the range, the new BMW 7 Series. What’s more, every guest can enter a free prize draw for the chance to win a BMW for every season, as well as tickets to BMW hospitality events throughout the year.

Discover tempting offers across the BMW range, and discover impressive performance thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics. These technologies were one of the main reasons BMW was selected as Official Automotive Partner for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The BMW Ultimate Drive Event takes place at all three BMW dealerships from Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 September. Laura Trott will be at Tring on 22 September from 1pm – 2.30pm, at Stevenage from 3.30pm – 5pm, and Luton on 23 September from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.
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Monday, 17 September 2012

BMW - 2012 Paris Motor Show

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, three fascinating concept studies will point the way forward to a future defined by both sustainability and driving pleasure. What is more, BMW sends out an impressive signal in terms of efficiency, premium quality and innovative technology with its latest models in a range of vehicle segments. BMW Connected Drive innovations and the BMW M Performance accessories round off the appearance at the Paris show.

BMW Concept Active Tourer: more space for innovations.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer sees its premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show and offers an initial insight into further innovations for the premium compact segment. In this study BMW demonstrates groundbreaking solutions in terms of both the interior and the drive concept. The latter features a fresh combination of comfort and functionality with dynamic performance and style: a plug-hybrid drive ensures the very highest level of efficiency.

With an external length of 4,350 millimetres, sporty proportions and hallmark lines, the concept study brings characteristic BMW aesthetic appeal to yet another vehicle segment. A raised seating position, generous space for driver and passengers and the flexibly extendable luggage compartment are the defining aspects of the BMW Concept Active Tourer interior. It combines versatile functionality with excellent ride comfort, all within the high-quality ambience of a premium automobile. A special version of the BMW eDrive concept takes care of the dynamic facets which go to make up the character of this study. The system comprises a 3-cylinder petrol engine and a synchronous electric motor, generating a combined output of 140 kW/190 bhp and accelerating the BMW Concept Active Tourer from zero to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds. The vehicle has an average fuel consumption of less than 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions level of under 60 grams per kilometre. The lithium-ion battery of this plug-in hybrid automobile can be charged at a conventional mains socket. Its capacity allows ranges of over 30 kilometres when operated on electric power alone.

BMW 1 Series: world premiere for xDrive, new entry-level diesel model.

In Paris the intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive sees its premiere in the BMW 1 Series. This system, which distributes drive torque variably between the front and rear axle, is now available for the compact model for the first time.

Two models are presented for the market launch: the 120d xDrive and the BMW M 135i xDrive.

The new diesel entry-level model BMW 114d will also be presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show: its 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology has an output of 70 kW/95 bhp, achieving an average fuel consumption of 4.1 to 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (figures based on the EU test cycle, dependent on tyre format selected). This means that there are now five petrol engines and six diesel engines to choose from for the new 5-door BMW 1 Series and the new 3-door BMW 1 Series, combining hallmark brand driving pleasure with exemplary efficiency.

BMW i3 Concept: maximum sustainability down to the last detail.

The BMW i3 will herald a new era of automobile construction, not only due to its purely electric drive and a passenger cell made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic: its interior design is also consistently geared towards sustainability. The new version of the BMW i3 Concept presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show clearly reflects this. For example, the eucalyptus wood used for the instrument panel comes from a sustainable cultivation source in Europe and is treated exclusively with natural substances. The high-quality leather of the seats has a fine surface consistency achieved by processing tanning agents gained from olive leaves. What is more, parts of the instrument cluster and door trim are made of natural wool fabric.

BMW C evolution: prototype of an e-scooter to meet the highest demands in terms of agility and range.

BMW Motorrad is likewise responding to the challenges facing future urban mobility by putting forward innovative vehicle concepts. A prototype - also incorporating the aspect of electromobility - is presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show 2012. In the BMW C evolution, an electric drive produces riding performance figures at the level of a maxi scooter with a conventional combustion engine. With a continuous output of 11 kW and a peak output of 35 kW, the liquid-cooled electric motor provides the perfect conditions for supreme riding pleasure in this vehicle segment. What is more, the compact battery allows a range of over 100 kilometres and can be recharged either at a household power socket or at a public charging station. This means that although primarily designed for use in daily commuter traffic, the BMW C evolution is well equipped to go beyond the boundaries of urban mobility.

In developing the drive technology for this near-production prototype,BMW Motorrad benefits from the sound expertise of the BMW Group in the field of electromobility.

The new BMW 7 Series: more ride comfort, more efficiency, more innovations.

Trade fair highlights include the European premiere of the newBMW 7 Series. The flagship of the BMW model range is presented with a selectively modified exterior and interior design. The most striking new visual feature is the optional full LED headlights on each side of the BMW radiator grille, which has also been discreetly revised. In the interior, the travelling experience is further enhanced with the use of new materials and additionally optimised acoustic comfort. The multifunctional instrument display, the three-dimensional graphics of the Control Display and the Bang & Olufsen high-end surround sound system are some of the other features which provide intensified driving pleasure.

The luxury sedan also sees significant advances in terms of drive technology. All models are now fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard, and the fuel consumption and exhaust emissions of the new BMW 7 Series have been reduced by up to 25 percent, depending on the engine variant. The automatic engine start/stop function, brake energy regeneration and the second generation of the driving experience switch with ECO PRO mode and coasting function are all features which offer additional savings potential. A carefully optimised wheel suspension and the electromechanical steering for all models with rear-wheel drive raise ride comfort to a new level. The self-levelling air suspension on the rear axle is now also a standard feature in all models.

The most spectacular new feature in terms of engines is the world's most powerful in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine that drives the new BMW 750d xDrive. Fitted with triple turbocharging, the power unit generates a maximum output of 280 kW/381 bhp, accelerating the luxury sedan from standing to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds.

New BMW 3 Series: exemplary efficiency featuring new diversity.

The efficiency of the new, successfully launched BMW 3 Series Sedan is underscored yet again with a further expanded engine portfolio. The role of entry-level model among the petrol engine variants is now taken up by the new BMW 316i Sedan. This model is powered by a 1.6-litre variant of the new generation of 4-cylinder engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, generating an output of 100 kW/136 bhp and putting a maximum torque of 220 Newton metres on stream. The new BMW 316i Sedan is fitted as standard with a 6-speed manual transmission and optionally with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

In addition, BMW takes the opportunity of the Paris trade fair to present the first model powered by a petrol engine which is geared particularly consistently towards efficiency. The BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan not only has the same fuel-saving technology as all the other models but also additional aerodynamics features and a specific engine set-up and gear ratios. In this model variant, the 2.0 litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology achieves a peak output of 125 kW/170 bhp. The BMW 320i EfficientDynamics Edition Sedan accelerates in 7.6 seconds from zero to 100 km/h, combining its athletic spirit with an average fuel consumption rate as measured on the EU test cycle of 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres. This makes it the most economical petrol engine model within the current BMW range.

BMW ConnectedDrive: innovations for networked mobility.

Continuous additions to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive functions have enabled the Munich-based premium automobile manufacturer to extend its leading role in terms of the networking of driver, automobile and outside world. This time with the addition of driver assistance systems and mobility services. In the new generation of the Professional navigation system, three-dimensional graphics in combination with additional functions and a further optimised display and operating concept ensure the very highest level of travel convenience. The new dictation function with speech-to-text recognition allows the driver to write e-mails and text messages by means of voice entry. Meanwhile the BMW Car Hotspot LTE sets new standards in terms of mobile networking with the internet: BMW is the first automobile manufacturer in the world to offer this technology for all its models.

New BMW M Performance accessories now added to the program.

Model-specific products from the BMW M Performance accessoriesrange allow authentic expression of motor racing enthusiasm. The 2012 Paris Motor Show sees the very first presentation of products from this program designed specifically for the new BMW 3 Series Sedan. The newly developed items for the 3-door BMW 1 Series and the new BMW 3 Series Touring will be available from autumn 2012. Retrofit components in the areas of drive, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit provide a notable boost in terms of driving dynamics as well as enhancing engine power, reducing weight and optimising aerodynamic properties. They also ensure a striking dash of sporty flair in terms of the visual appearance and interior ambience of the vehicle in question.
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BMW Driving Academy

BMW Driving Academy – the BMW Group’s new driver training centre.

On 14 September 2012 the BMW Driving Academy will open for business. This new BMW Group driver training centre just outside Munich lies close to the heart of the company, with barely 30 kilometres separating it from BMW headquarters. The site of what used to be the Fürstenfeldbruck airfield in Maisach covers some 130 hectares (1.3 million square metres) – an ample area on which to simulate and practise every conceivable type of driving manoeuvre and situation.

 “The new facility in Maisach allows us to offer our customers an array of new training options, something that hasn’t been possible up to now due to space restrictions,” says Robert Eichlinger, Head of BMW and MINI Driving Experience. “Here, our customers can now experience and learn to deal with driving situations at various speeds. And that means the driving safety training courses will be more realistic and participants will be able to experience up close how brake distances increase, for example, and at what speed they hit their personal limits when it comes to car control.” With the exception of the racing track courses, adventure trips in South Africa and snow and ice training, this is where all BMW Driving Experience driving safety training courses will take place in the future.

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Friday, 14 September 2012

BMW Concept Active Tourer

Combines comfort and functionality with dynamic performance and style: the BMW Concept Active Tourer.

With the new BMW Concept Active Tourer, BMW presents a vehicle at the 2012 Paris Motor Show which is the first in the premium compact segment to combine comfort and space functionality with dynamic performance and style. Annual growth rates of up to five per cent are expected in the small car and compact segment of the premium class in the years to come. For this reason, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is a key component in the ongoing development of the BMW brand and its model portfolio.
As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW Concept Active Tourer also provides a glimpse ahead to future drive variants in automobiles of the compact class. The eDrive concept familiar from the BMW i8 is used here for the first time in a model of the core BMW brand and will in future be the designation for all electric and plug-in hybrid drives. It covers all components of the electric drive, the electric motor developed by BMW, the lithium-ion battery and the intelligent engine control unit.

Excellent combination of sporty aesthetic appeal and comfort.

The new BMW Concept Active Tourer combines compact dimensions and an attractive, sporty design with hallmark BMW quality. With an exterior length of 4,350 millimetres, a width of 1,834 millimetres and a total height of 1,560 millimetres, the BMW Concept Active Tourer is geared towards customers of the premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, a raised seating position and a generous amount of space.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer will also be attractive to families who attach importance to functionality and versatility as well as lifestyle and athletic flair.

A long wheelbase of 2,670 millimetres, a high roof line and a compact transverse engine with front-wheel drive make it possible to create a generously sized interior. The spacious load compartment of the BMW Concept Active Tourer provides fully-fledged everyday suitability since the batteries of the hybrid drive are housed entirely underneath the load floor.

The design: dynamic and compact.

With its harmonious proportions the BMW Concept Active Tourer displays sporty elegance from every angle. It demonstrates how compact dimensions, functionality and versatility can be skilfully combined with a dynamic design. The exclusive exterior paint finish in High Reflection Silver contributes to the refined appearance of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Meanwhile, interesting touches are provided by the additional applications at the front, side and rear. The surfaces are in high-gloss polish with brushed velvet matt on the undersurface. This subtle shimmering between matt and gloss emphasises the play of light and shadow created by the new exterior paint finish.
The BMW Concept Active Tourer unmistakably retains the characteristically expressive BMW front view. The dominating element here is the distinctive, slightly front-tilted BMW radiator grille. The striking twin headlines with LED positioning lights (eyebrows) stretching far back into the side panels and the multi-faceted front apron combine to reinforce the sporty presence of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Furthermore, the two large outer air inlets below the headlights emphasise the impression of width created by the front view.

Seen from the side, the elongated silhouette with its suggested wedge shape gives the BMW Concept Active Tourer a dynamic feel even when stationary - something which is unique in the class.

Integrated door openers and the strikingly contrasted side sills with their rising shadow line combine with the large 20-inch wheels to give the BMW Concept Active Tourer its sporty, elegant appearance. Short body overhangs at the front and rear and the long wheelbase make for an unusually generously sized interior considering the vehicle's compact exterior dimensions. The raised roof line and large doors at front and rear promise convenient access to all seats.

Meanwhile, the rear section of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is characterised by athletic elegance. Marked, horizontal body lines define the rear view of this compact BMW. The large rear light clusters running well into the side panel highlight the broad wheel arches, visually underscoring the vehicle's solid road-holding. The large tailgate with low load sill and wide opening provides convenient access to the luggage compartment.

The interior: elegant with an unhindered sense of space.

The generously designed interior of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is both transparent and refreshingly new. The open-pore laminated wood milled from a single block provides the visual link between the upper and low decor surfaces of the instrument panel. This creates a very elegant and light overall impression in the front section of the interior. The door trim panels and seats are covered in light, velvety soft full-grain leather and smooth leather, providing a silky, shimmering gloss which emphasises the luxurious, elegant ambience of the interior. There are also orange contrasting seams which underscore the vehicle's sporty character. The BMW Concept Active Tourer offers an entirely new sense of space. The centre console appears to hover between the two front seats with a smooth transition to the dashboard. This arrangement guarantees maximum legroom for both driver and front passenger.

The cockpit with hallmark BMW driver orientation provides optimum accessibility of all the main controls. The circular instruments in Black Panel Technology are within the driver's field of vision, as is the monitor of the central information display. As an optional extra, a full-colour Head-Up-Display appears on a special retracting glass surface between the steering wheel and windscreen - a first in the compact segment. The raised seats in the so-called semi-command position also ensure an excellent
all-round view, rounding off the optimum level of operating convenience and comfort.

"Cool Shade" panorama roof:  changes spatial feel and temperature at the press of a button.

An innovative panorama sunroof creates a unique ambience, extending across the entire roof surface of the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The composite glass roof with innovative Suspended Particle Device (SPD) technology means that the desired brightness or temperature effect can be created at the press of an electric button - either being darkened to the level of powerful sunglasses or raised to crystal clear brightness. Occupants can achieve a special lighting effect by manually adding a large-area leaf structure design to the glass roof. Electrical impulses cause the molecular structure of the glass to change at continuously varying levels between light and dark according to preference. The play of light and shadow thus created highlights the sense of space, thereby generating a pleasantly atmospheric lighting effect on all seats.

Travel & Comfort System: generous lightness in the rear section.

Rear passengers likewise enjoy very comfortable seating in the BMW Concept Active Tourer. The generous leg space created by the long wheelbase and slightly raised roof gives passengers plenty of freedom for movement. This also makes it particularly easy to enter and exit the vehicle. The luggage compartment is highly versatile due to the variable rear backrests, which can be split 40 : 20 : 40. A flat load floor can be created by folding down all three backrest sections.

In addition to these variable luggage space expansion options, the BMW Concept Active Tourer offers rear passengers additional intelligent details as part of the Travel & Comfort System. A centrally located vertical metal track is integrated in the back of the front seats. This innovative clip-on track system allows folding tables offering a range of convenient adjustment options to be attached by means of a quick fastener, and additional storage bags can also be suspended. Use of all common models of tablet computer is especially convenient from the rear seats. Tablets can be fixed to the clip-on track system in either portrait or landscape format and used for internet search, games or relaxed movie-viewing at eye level.

New information experience: the multifunctional instrument display.

A particular highlight of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is the multifunction instrument display. Instead of a conventional instrument cluster with four analog circular instruments providing the driver with information on speed, engine speed, fuel level and oil temperature, there is a 10.25-inch integrated screen which makes for a modern display experience.

The familiar look with four circular instruments is still retained, but the use of extended Black Panel Technology gives the drive a whole new range of display options. For example, the screen shows the drive experience modes COMFORT, SPORTand ECO PRO with differing indicators and in distinctive colour schemes, thereby ensuring increased safety and efficiency as well as exemplary driver orientation. As a result, the instrument cluster provides the driver with information which perfectly matches the situation on the road.

"Seismic Surf" app for economical driving made easy.

Rear passengers in the BMW Concept Active Tourer can experience fascinating technology hands-on with the new iPad app "Seismic Surf". "Seismic Surf" creates a game world in real time. It is an exciting ecological racing game which draws on the acceleration figures, engine speed and other data supplied continuously by the BMW Concept Active Tourer. Each real-life driving situation is interpreted and used to generate an infinite variety of new challenges in the computer game.
The aim of the game is to collect as many points as possible along a virtual route and record the most efficient driving style. The driver can directly influence the level of difficulty. Anticipatory driving simplifies the game, while a sporty driving style creates a winding and more difficult virtual route in the game. Only perfect interaction between a fuel-efficient driver and a skilful player at the rear can maximise the point score and achieve a podium position in the BMW games universe.

Head-Up Display with brilliant resolution and a full spectrum of colours.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is fitted with the latest-generation multicolour Head-Up Display. It projects all important information in brilliant resolution directly into the field of vision of the driver via a retracting glass surface. The intensity of projection automatically adapts to the light available. The day and night design is the same as that of the instrument panel. Depending on the driver's preference, not only the current speed and speed limits can be displayed but also overtaking bans. The driver can also obtain navigation assistance as well as a range of warnings. Because of the large number of driver assistance systems available, the scope of information which can be displayed in the Head-Up Display has reached a level as yet unequalled in this class of vehicle.

Central information display in Black Panel look.

An 8-inch display takes care of the familiar menu guidance and route planning functions in the new navigation system. What is more, the central information display also visualises the current operating state of the hybrid drive. This ensures the driver is constantly informed on deployment of the combustion engine and electric motor and is able to track the energy flow within the system. The power electronics of the hybrid drive is networked with the intelligent Plus navigation system so as to provide maximum efficiency. Based on the data collected such as route profile, speed limits and traffic situation, the vehicle is prepared in advance so as to make the most efficient use of the energy available.

The drive system of the BMW Concept Active Tourer:  the future begins.

The drive of the BMW Concept Active Tourer follows the BMW Group's pioneering philosophy of sustainable mobility. The drive technology of all BMW plug-in hybrid models and electrically powered BMW i models bears the designation BMW eDrive, a term which includes all electric drive components.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer has been designed as a so-called plug-in hybrid - ideally combining the benefits of electric drive with those of a classic combustion engine. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV = Plug-in-Hybrid Electric Vehicle) will have a particularly important role to play in future. This is because plug-in hybrid vehicles normally have a range of well over 20 kilometres when run on electricity and can therefore be used efficiently for both short and long trips as well as in mixed mode. In the case of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, a state-of-the-art 1.5-litre petrol engine from the BMW Group Efficient Dynamics family of engines interacts perfectly with a synchronous electric motor.

PHEV: the best of both worlds for impressive performance.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer presents a drive concept which is new to the BMW brand. The 1.5-litre petrol engine does not drive the rear wheels - as has been the case in BMW models to date - but the front wheels. The electric motor of the BMW Concept Active Tourer is designed as a fully-fledged power unit and acts on the rear axle, if necessary powering the car on its own.

With a system output of over 140 kW/190 bhp, the combination of combustion engine and electric motor enables the BMW Concept Active Tourer to achieve highly sporty performance figures while maintaining extremely low fuel consumption and emission levels. The BMW Concept Active Tourer accelerates in less than eight seconds from standing to 100 km/h, while the maximum speed achieved by the dynamic plug-in hybrid is around 200 km/h. In spite of these impressive performance figures, the average fuel consumption is less than 2.5 litres per 100 kilometres, with a CO2 emissions level of less than 60 g/km.

In addition to convincing performance figures, the innovative drive concept also gives the BMW Concept Active Tourer a driving response which is both comfortable and dynamic.

New 1.5-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo engine:
high-performance power unit with hallmark 6-cylinder genes.
The combustion engine of the new BMW Concept Active Tourer is a new cutting-edge 1.5-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. Derived from the multiple award-winning 6-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, it combines the latest generation of High Precision Injection with the fully variable valve control system VALVETRONIC and ultra-modern turbocharging. BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology will be used in all power units of the BMW Group's Efficient Dynamics engine family in the future - not least because it does not depend on total capacity or number of cylinders. The new 3-cylinder engine in the BMW Concept Active Tourer is one of the first representatives of this new generation of engines. The compact in-line engine constitutes an exemplary combination of dynamic performance and efficiency.

The new BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder offers character-specific benefits: running smoothness, revving power, spontaneous response and a dynamic, sporty sound. Since there are no first and second-order inertia forces, it offers an especially high level of comfort in terms of noise and vibration. The level of roll torque is lower than that of a 4-cylinder and is compensated for by a single counterbalance shaft. Among other things, this helps keep the engine extremely smooth-running in the low engine speed range, too.

Synchronous electric motor: additional power without emissions.

The synchronous electric motor in the BMW Concept Active Tourer was also developed by the BMW Group. With a fully charged battery, the BMW Concept Active Tourer has a maximum range of over 30 kilometres when running on electric power alone. This means that the majority of day-to-day trips dispense with local emissions entirely. What is more, the boost function can be applied to use the power provided by the synchronous electric motor for such things as highly dynamic acceleration manoeuvres. In both cases the drive power is made available spontaneously and without delay. The maximum torque of 200 Newton metres is available from standing.

The lithium-ion battery of the BMW Concept Active Tourer can be charged at any 220 volt household power socket. Power can be drawn from both axes of the BMW Concept Active Tourer and fed into the lithium-ion battery so as to enhance the efficiency of the plug-in hybrid. While the electric motor automatically recuperates maximum energy at the rear axle during deceleration, a high-volt generator connected to the combustion engine additionally charges the battery whenever needed.

Hybrid drive with intelligent energy management.

As part of the BMW Group's Efficient Dynamics strategy, the BMW Concept Active Tourer also features a measures package specially geared towards the plug-in hybrid to increase efficiency. For example, an anticipatory operating strategy optimises the efficiency of the electric motor and the high-performance battery. The system draws on data provided by the navigation system, calculating in advance the most suitable sections of the route and driving situations in which to apply electric drive or charge the battery. This optimised charging strategy saves up to ten per cent of energy so as to extend the amount of travel time during which the vehicle runs on electrical power alone.

Wide portfolio of additional BMW EfficientDynamics measures.

The new BMW Concept Active Tourer naturally includes numerous other features of the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, too. In the case of the BMW Concept Active Tourer, these are all mainly geared towards maximising the range of the vehicle when running purely on electricity. This involves optimising the energy consumption of the ancillary units. Every kilowatt of stored energy saved is thus instantly available to power the electric motor.

Other BMW EfficientDynamics measures include an automatic engine start/stop system geared especially towards the plug-in hybrid drive and the second generation of air flap control.

ECO PRO as standard further enhances efficiency.

The BMW Concept Active Tourer is fitted with the ECO PRO mode which is also available in current BMW serial production models. This additional method of cutting fuel consumption remains globally unique in the automotive sector to date in this form. At the appropriate opportunities, ECO PRO mode reduces the power of the interior air conditioning and other electrically powered comfort functions, ensuring drive components operate on maximum efficiency according to the current situation on the road.

ECO PRO mode also provides the driver with valuable advice. To this end, this system is linked to the navigation system. Based on the calculated route data and the driver's individual style of driving, ECO PRO mode is able to indicate how to reach a given destination with the lowest level of fuel consumption, for example. The preview assistant gives the driver tips such as "Remove foot from accelerator" if a tight bend or speed limit is approaching which the driver cannot even see yet. The preview assistant can take into account such features as bends, built-up areas, roundabouts, T junctions and motorway exits. At the same time, an anticipatory transmission assistant optimises the electronic transmission control system for imminent situations.

ECO PRO mode can also activate the so-called coasting mode at two levels between 50 and 160 km/h. Here the system completely deactivates the combustion engine at speeds of up to 125 km/h. It also decouples the engine from the drivetrain up to a speed of 160 km/h, allowing comfortable driving while making full use of the kinetic energy already generated.
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Monday, 3 September 2012

BMW November model update

From November, BMW will be offering a host of new engines and options across its 1 Series and 3 Series ranges.  BMW will be offering a new entry point to the 1 Series range with the 114d, the first petrol EfficientDynamics model and three new engines for the 3 Series Touring, as well as the next generation of Professional Navigation.

The new BMW 114d Sports Hatch.
The BMW 1 Series will extend its diesel engine offering this autumn with the introduction of the new BMW 114d. The 1.6-litre version of the four-cylinder diesel engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, has a maximum output of 95hp with a peak torque of 235Nm and accelerates from zero to 62mph in just 12.2 seconds, going onto a top speed of 115mph.  This sporting performance is paired to an impressive average fuel consumption of 65.7mpg and CO2 emissions of just 112g/km.

In order to achieve this impressive performance, the new BMW 114d is fitted as standard with a suite of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies, including Brake Energy Regeneration, Optimum Shift Indicator, Auto Start-Stop, electromechanical power steering, Active Aerodynamics and reduced rolling resistance tyres. In addition, the new BMW 114d also comes with ECO PRO mode as standard helping to maintain a relaxed, fuel-efficient driving style.

The BMW 114d is available to order now on both the 3-door and 5-door variants, with production commencing from November 2012.   Pricing will be confirmed at a later date.

The BMW 3 Series Saloon increases engine offering.
From November the BMW Saloon will be available with its most efficient petrol engine to date, the BMW 320i EfficientDynamics.  This model is powered by a 1.6-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine, which generates 170hp and 250Nm of torque, yet delivers 53.3mpg and emits just 124g/km CO2.    This efficient engine goes on to take the car from zero to 62mph in just in 7.6 seconds thanks to the suite of EfficientDynamics technologies together with an optimised engine management system, revised gear ratios and optimised aerodynamics.

As well as the 320i EfficientDynamics, the new BMW 3 Series Saloon now has a new entry point into ownership with the introduction of the 316i.  Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, the 316i produces just 134g/km CO2 whilst returning 47.9mpg.  These efficiencies have not compromised the performance of the car with the 316i creating 136hp with a maximum torque of 220Nm. Fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, the new BMW 316i Saloon accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8.9 seconds, and on to a top speed of 127mph.

The 316i Saloon is priced from £22,850 OTR for the 316i ES Saloon, while the BMW 320d EfficientDynamics Saloon is priced from £25,730 OTR and both will be on available from November 2012.

Extended engine range for the BMW 3 Series Touring.
Following the launch of the BMW 3 Series Touring on 22 September three additional engines will be available, the 320i, 318d and 316d, increasing the range to two petrol and four diesel engines.

The 2.0-litre petrol engine driving the new 320i Touring generates 184hp and 270Nm torque using BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, pushing the car from zero to 62mph in 7.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 145mph. With CO2 emissions of just 152g/km and fuel consumption of just 60mpg, on the combined cycle, or 145g/km CO2 45.6mpg when fitted with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission, the 320i Touring blends effortless performance with outstanding economy.

Both the BMW 318d Touring and BMW 316d Touring use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. In the new BMW 318d Touring, the engine produces a maximum torque of 320Nm and 143hp, while in the BMW 316d Touring it gives 116hp and 260Nm torque, ensuring a smooth power delivery.

The BMW 318d Touring has a top speed of 130mph, accelerating from zero to 62mph in just 9.2 seconds while the BMW 316d Touring accelerates in 11.2 seconds from a standing start to 62mph and reaches a top speed of 124mph.  This performance doesn’t come at the cost of efficiency, with both the316d and 318d Touring models emitting just 123g/km CO2 whilst returning 60.1mpg on the combined cycle.

Both the 316d and 318d Touring will be available from November, priced from £26,180 OTR for the BMW 316d ES Touring and £28,280 OTR for the BMW 318d SE Touring.

New generation of BMW Navigation system Professional now available in the BMW 3 Series Saloon.
The new generation of BMW Professional Navigation system, available from launch in the BMW 3 Series Touring, will now also be available in the BMW 3 Series Saloon from November.  The new system boasts a more powerful processor with impressive performance, featuring a design rendered entirely in 3D, a modified display and controls as well as a host of extra Navigation, Office and Multimedia functions.

Navigation route guidance graphics and interactive map views have been modified and improved with the addition of integrated extended toolbars and pie menus, providing quick and easy access to a wide range of functions without having to leave from the map screen. Advanced guidance instructions and detailed 3D city models also contribute to a more relaxing journey.

Building on the mobile office services already available, the new generation of the Professional Navigation system now offers the ability to simultaneously pair two mobile phones via Bluetooth.  It also offers an innovative Message Dictation function that employs a full speech recognition system.  This allows the driver to verbally dictate a message which is turned into text that can then be sent as an SMS or email.

Available on all BMW 3 Series Touring models from 22September and all BMW 3 Series Saloon models from November 2012, BMW Professional Media Package is priced from £1,995. This package also includes full black panel display, BMW Assist, enhanced Bluetooth telephone functionality with Telematics and USB Audio Interface. 

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