• gif;base64,R0lGODlhAQABAAAAACH5BAEKAAEALAAAAAABAAEAAAICTAEAOw== 2016 BMW 7-Series, John Batchelor radio show with BMW's Ian Robertson #johnbatchelorradioshow Automobiles and Energy BMW Podcasts

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