TodaySeptember 27, 2021

2016 BMW 7-Series, John Batchelor radio show with BMW’s Ian Robertson

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Host John Batchelor welcomed Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member, and Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, Driving the Nation, to his radio show to talk about the 2016 BMW 7-Series.

We drove the BMW 7-Series on the Monticello race track, on the roads around the track and through an autocross.

2016 BMW 7_series 6th generation  September 14 starts press days for the Frankfurt auto show and BMW is bringing out their big guns and new generation flagship ultra-lux sedan, the BMW 7-Series. BMW and MINI will take up an entire hall at the Frankfurt auto show.  Changes have been made to The 7-Series. It only comes in long-wheel base and it  comes in three different models;  740i $81,300  V-6 twin turbo  750i $94,400 V-8  750i xdrive $97,400 V-8 (tops out at less than $130,000)

China — #1 market for BMW — They sold 450,000 BMWs in 2014, an increase of 17% Ian Robertson, “the country is normalizing. BMW is still up 2.5% in 2015. we hope to be neutral by year end. We have seen a slow down in the last couple months.”  Electric Vehicles – BMW i (a sub-brand of BMW)  21-22 % of BMW cars in Norway are Electric. Industry wide 15% of cars in Norway are Electric.  BMW i3, i8 (gasoline version is $12,000 less than electric, but sales are strong for eVS)  Why?  Norway offers ; 0% VAT, free charging, free parking, HOV/bus land

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Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.