BMW i Remote App Connecting Drivers to their Cars

Here at BMW of Santa Maria we recognize that BMW has some of the most innovative new technology in the auto industry. Recently, the BMW i Remote App won an award during the CES Innovation Awards in New York.

According to BMW, the BMW i Remote App earned an award in the “Software and Mobile Apps” category. The app is for the new Samsung Gear S smartwatch, connecting drivers to their vehicle.

“The BMW i Remote App for the Samsung Gear S is further evidence of how rapidly BMW can respond to the fast pace of innovation on the connected car front by drawing on BMW ConnectedDrive services and apps to deliver smart solutions,” stated BMW in a press release.

The app allows drivers to see important information on new vehicles. For example, if you own a BMW i3 all-electric, the watch would be able to display the range available, charge level, and estimated charge until full. It also allows for advanced climate control, giving owners unprecedented luxury.

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BMW Makes Deal with Spotify

It’s hard to imagine what cars were like before someone figured out how to stick a radio inside of them. That changed the entire driving experience from one of utility to one of entertainment, and in the decades since we haven’t looked back. Radios transformed into eight-track players, which turned into cassette decks, which turned into six-CD changers. Read more »


New Spy Shots Reveal BMW 1 Series Interior

Autoblog has snapped another series of BMW 1 Series spy shots that provide another sneak peak at the upcoming Ultimate Driving Machine. These particular shots are especially interesting as they happen to reveal, for the first time, part of the BMW 1 Series interior.

However, it’s a little difficult to tell what’s going on, as automakers these days are nearly as nitpicky about camouflaging the interior of their cars as they are about hiding the outside. There’s a laptop obstructing part of the view and the rest doesn’t tell us much, what with extra mats and covers altering the dashboard’s true—and, we assume, leathery—appearance.

The shots do reveal a relatively small fixed central display, hinting at a more basic form of iDrive rather than the full-featured set. In any case, it should feel right at home with the rest of the lineup we’ve got here at BMW of Santa Maria.

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BMW Debuts Holiday Advertisements

Say what you want about the early onset of Christmas ads, but we here at BMW Santa Maria love to get into the holiday spirit as quickly as possible. For that reason, we were very pleased to see BMW release three national television spots featuring various BMW models in the holiday spirit. Read more »


How Much Car Insurance Do You Need in California?

It’s the age-old question. With so many types of car insurance policies and a range of available coverage, what types of car insurance do you really need?

While your first inclination might be to save money and skimp on insurance, keep in mind this staggering statistic: one in seven drivers in the U.S. does not have automobile insurance. If you are in an accident with someone who has no insurance coverage, your minimum coverage likely won’t protect you and your assets in the event that you’re not at fault, let alone if you’re the one at fault.

So, how much car insurance do you need in California? In California, you are required at minimum to carry liability insurance, including $15,000 in bodily injury liability for one person in an accident, $30,000 for bodily injury liability for all people injured in an accident, and $5,000 in Property damage liability for one accident.

More than likely, the minimums won’t cover all of your expenses in the event that you’re responsible for an accident, so experts agree that purchasing higher coverage is well-worth the extra money. This is especially true if you have assets you want to protect (in the event another party sues you for lack of coverage). According to, experts suggest purchasing 100/300 coverage, meaning $100,000 for one person in an accident and $300,000 for all people injured in one accident.

Here at BMW of Santa Monica, we always feel that it’s better to be safe than sorry. For more information about your automobile insurance coverage, contact your insurance company.

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2016 BMW X5 M and X6 M Revealed

We are just about a year away from the release of the second-generation 2016 BMW X5 M and 2016 BMW X6 M performance crossovers, but there’s already plenty of reason to get excited about them, especially now that we know exactly what updates the vehicles will receive. Read more »

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New BMW Sport Activity Vehicles to Debut at LA Auto Show

BMW X5 M will be among those announced at the LA Auto Show!

The LA Auto Show will kick off on November 19, bringing—as it does every year—a new meaning to the phrase “lights, camera, action!” When the show opens, those lights will be headlights, and the spotlight will be shining brightest on several new BMW models—especially the BMW X5 M and X6 M. Those two new BMW sport activity vehicles—a coupe and a crossover, respectively—bring a unique combination of style and performance to the BMW lineup.

The LA Auto Show will be the stage for the world premiere of both the X5 M and X6 M; plus, it will also see the North American debut of the X4 Sport Activity Coupe and the hotly anticipated BMW 2 Series Convertible. That still only makes up about half of the BMW lineup for the show, so make sure to check out all the coverage online and right here on our blog.

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The BMW X6 M will also be announced in LA.

Of course, if the virtual BMW experience stops being enough for you, come see us here at BMW of Santa Maria to get the real thing. We’ll find the perfect ultimate driving machine for you today—a match that will hopefully last for many years to come and spark a lifelong partnership between BMW and yourself.

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BMW i3 Sings New Tune with Eve.Ryn Tune Up

The BMW i3 doesn’t just represent the future of the electric car, with its carbon-fiber body and electric powertrain—it also looks like it has come back from the future with its spaceship-like styling. Japanese aftermarket tuner Garage Eve.Ryn has decided to play up this futuristic styling, giving the i3 a makeover that makes it more eye-popping than ever before.

Through a combination of carbon fiber strips and a redesigned front bumper, the Eve.Ryn tune up has resulted in the i3 EVO, a significantly more aggressive-looking i3. With slightly exaggerated fender flares that add an E.T.-esque look to the electric car and a black and white front fascia that just might remind you of a stormtrooper, this new i3 is any sci-fi lover’s dream car. Ice Blue accents throughout the car’s exterior enhance the space-like feel to the car, making it even more appealing.

While there’s no information on how the aftermarket tuner has enhanced the powertrain—if they have actually done so—the car still takes its eco-friendliness to a whole new world. For a look at the BMW i3’s otherworldliness, make sure you stop in to BMW of Santa Maria!

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Horsepower for the BMW M2 Keeps Ticking Up

The past few months, information has slowly trickled in regarding the upcoming smallest M car. Now, a new report from BMW Blog says that the horsepower for the BMW M2 may be as high as 374 ponies, created by its turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine, complementing 384 lb-ft of torque.

horsepower for the BMW M2Originally, sources had indicated the output would be closer to 360 horsepower, so an increase is great news. The engine will likely be mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With this combination, the M2 is estimated to reach 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds.

The compact M2 will share some of the same features as other BMW M cars, including the steering, the brake system, and the active M differential.

Production for this small powerhouse is scheduled to begin in late 2015 with the first deliveries in early 2016. Pricing is estimated to start around $55,000.

Keep checking in to BMW of Santa Maria for updates on the M2 as they continue to trickle in.

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Lower Cost of Carbon Fiber Could Help BMW Use It More Often

We’ve talked a lot this month about the new BMW electric vehicles, and one of the reasons people love them so much is because of their unbelievable efficiency numbers. One of the reasons for those big efficiency numbers is the introduction of more carbon fiber in both the 2015 BMW i3 and the 2015 BMW i8. Read more »