Category: BMW

Driving the Nation shows the BMW i3 carbon fiber aluminum body frame at the BMW headquarters in New Jersey. BMW says The born electric BMW i3 represents a new era of electromobility. Why? because the BMW i3 frame is made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP). It is the first mass-produced CFRP passenger frame in [...]

Automotive executives talk about Russia and Ukraine

The 84th Geneva International Motor Show was full of exotic cars, a 24 hour of Lemans hall and eco-friendly cars. In the background, in dimly lit rooms, in roundtables with executives the questions were starting to filter in. All of the car manufacturers, European, American and Asian are concerned about the economic threat to a [...]

Geneva Motor Show, Russia and Ukraine, Cars and gas on the John Batchelor radio show

Russia and the Ukraine are starting to seep into the Geneva Motor show discussions and there is concern about what will happen if this situation is not contained soon, if cooler heads do not prevail. European, American and Asian car makers are closely monitoring the “situation” in Ukraine. According to the Association of European Business [...]

2014 BMW i infrastructure

Robert Healey, BMW’s North American Infrastructure manager talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV). The i3 is BMW’s first electric vehicle for purchase in the United States, but it is not the first EV for BMW. Healey talks about the first EVs and what BMW has learned from these [...]

2014 BMW 328d

BMW debuted the new 328d Sedan at the 2013 New York International Auto. The 328d will feature BMW’s 2.0-liter TwinPower diesel 4-cylinder engine. It produces 181 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, available from 1,750 rpm. It will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 328d Sedan will accelerate from 0 – 60 mph [...]

BMW i8 unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show (IAA)

Henrik Wenders, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the BMW i8: a new generation sports car. The BMW i8 is a 2+2-seater with visionary design and intelligent lightweight construction, which opens the door to both emission-free driving on city roads and sports performance on country roads and motorways. As a new generation sports [...]

Manfred Poschenrieder comparing BMW’s 3-cylinder to the BMW 320i

Manfred Poschenrieder, BMW Group, Corporate and Governmental Affairs, Technology Communication, Spokesperson BMW Group Efficient talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the 3-cylinder engine that will go into the BMW i8. Poschenrieder compares the 3-cylinder to the 4-cylinder BMW 320 engine already out on the road. The horsepower on the 320 is around 178 [...]

Pininfarina’s CEO, Silvio Pietro Angori, on the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso coupe concept

Pebble Beach, CA – Silvio Pietro Angori, Pininfarina’s CEO, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso coupe concept that was unveiled at the BMW Villa at Pebble Beach, CA. At the USA premier lifestyle event Angori talked about the aesthetic values of the concept, which lines the design was [...]

BMW’s Ludwig Willisch on the BMW i3

BMW’s President and CEO, Ludwig Willisch, talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com, about the BMW i3. How are the BMW car dealers receiving this new electric lifestyle, the BMWi series? Where is the BMW i3 made? Will BMW dealers have charging units at their dealerships? Will any electric vehicle be able to charge there [...]

Will the BMW electronauts buy the BMW i3?

Jacob Harb, Head of Electric Vehicle Operations & Strategy, BMW of North America talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the BMW Electronauts and what BMW learned from them. Harb is responsible for MINI-e, Active-e and BMW i. How many of the Electronauts will be buying the BMW i3? Will BMW sell the i3 [...]