TodayApril 15, 2022

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

John Batchelor BMW

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-wheelbase 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 of 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

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.