New Apple Watch To Work with BMW Vehicles

Earlier this month, Apple finally revealed its long-anticipated Apple Watch, which is essentially a device that serves as a tiny little smartphone that lives on a person’s wrist. Unlike an actual smartphone, which lives in our pockets, this new device will allow users to do things like check Facebook, answer phone calls, play music, and give directions much more conveniently than its larger, pocket-dwelling sibling.

Apple is marketing it as the watch that does pretty much everything, and knowing how it has integrated some BMW technology, we certainly won’t argue with that assertion.

Specifically, the Apple Watch can allow drivers to interact with their BMW vehicles in several ways through the use of this new technology. Should you forget where in a gigantic parking lot you actually parked, the Apple Watch can help you track down the vehicle. It can also give real-time updates as to the charging status of a 2015 BMW i3 or i8, control and monitor heating and air conditioning and even remotely unlock the vehicle. In short, if you were planning on buying one of these anyway, there are a lot of ways that it can make owning and driving a BMW vehicle more convenient.

We here at BMW of Santa Maria don’t expect anyone to buy an Apple Watch exclusively to use it with their BMW vehicles, but we do think it’s a pretty cool bonus for people that plan on making the latest technological purchase from one of the world’s most enormous and respected tech juggernauts.

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BMW 2-Series Convertible Announced

BMW has announced that an all-new 2-Series convertible will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. The drop-top version of the new, popular 2-Series will come in three versions: a base rear-wheel-drive 228i, an all-wheel-drive 228i xDrive, and an M235i performance model.

2-Series convertibleBoth 228i models will be equipped with BMW’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine rated at 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. It will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and will move the convertible to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The xDrive model shaves 0.1 seconds off this time.

The M235i model has a turbocharged inline six-cylinder under the hood that puts out 320 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. It is available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. With the manual, the 0 to 60 mph time comes in at 5.0 seconds and the automatic drops it to 4.8 seconds.

All models will come with a multi-layer fabric roof that opens and closes in 20 seconds. BMW says that with the rear seats folded, the convertible can carry a pair of golf bags or snowboards (remember the all-wheel-drive version).

Which BMW 2-Series convertible are you adding to your wishlist?

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BMW i3, i8 Among “Coolest” Green Cars

For the longest time, the “green” car options on the market were, to put it bluntly, pretty boring, but almost as soon as BMW realized not only that fact, but that there was an opportunity to develop hybrid and/or electric vehicles that did all of the great fuel efficiency stuff without sacrificing on style, luxury or power, they began developing the 2015 BMW i3 and 2015 BMW i8, both of which are pretty revolutionary automobiles. Read more »

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BMW Group Sets BMW August Sales Record in 2014

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BMW is looking forward to the launch of the i3 next month!

The BMW Group, made up of BMW, MINI, and BMW Motorcycles here in the U.S., recently reported its August sales numbers—and they are as impressive as usual. In fact, the BMW August sales set an August record with 32,220 vehicles sold overall. That’s good for an 11 percent increase, a 5.5 percent increase over last year, and, with 245,974 vehicles sold so far this year, a 5.4 percent increase in year-to-date sales.

“August – and Labor Day in particular – not only mean the end of summer but they’re also the transition to the very important selling season in the final four months of the year and the strong results posted by both new and pre-owned BMW are the best indicator of what we can expect,” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “Topping 200,000 sales in the U.S. in the first eight months of this year is our new benchmark and I’m especially pleased to see the results for our born-electric BMW i3 and we look forward to the sales launch of the new M4 Convertible next month.”

Come in to BMW of Santa Maria to check out any and all of these awesome BMW Group vehicles today. Whether you’re looking to get in on the ground floor with an all-new BMW i3—the world’s most advanced luxury EV—a classic BMW sedan, or a sexy sports car, we’ve got exactly what you need. Come in for a test drive (or two) today.

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BMW X5 Security Plus Makes Debut in Moscow

In the car industry, it’s important to read your market. That’s why it comes as no surprise that BMW is debuting its new X5 Security Plus model in one of the most appropriate markets out there—Moscow, Russia. The German carmaker, which is already one of the most popular brands in the Russian market, will be heading to the Moscow Motor Show this month with the brand new armored vehicle, showing that there’s no need to sacrifice luxury for safety.

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This special edition X5 has been updated since its last debut and now meets the VR6 standard of ballistic protection. The Security Plus model has incorporated reinforced bodywork, seats, and joints; it will also feature bulletproof glass that will keep would-be malevolent gunfire from harming anyone inside. While the X5 Security Plus model has these significant safety features, its beautiful exterior design doesn’t change, showcasing the trademark BMW kidney grille with a sleek body and masculine bodylines.

While we might not have a X5 that is as secure as the Security Plus model, other trim levels of the crossover are sure to keep you safe. Stop in to BMW of Santa Maria today to see what we are talking about!

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BMW Group Financial Wins J.D. Power Award

For most people, the hard part in the car-buying process is just figuring out which BMW vehicle to buy and then settling on a price. Once BMW of Santa Maria customers have come that far, the rest of the process—getting financing with reasonable rates and affordable monthly payments—is just paper work, and the fact that this part of the experience goes so smoothly is completely by design.

That’s probably why BMW Group Financial recently was recognized by J.D. Power & Associates for ranking the highest in retail leasing for the third consecutive year.

That was among all U.S. automotive financing providers, which proves that purchasing a BMW vehicle through our BMW financing department promises great service, reasonable rates and just an overall positive experience paying for your automobile. It’s an understated part of the process that makes buying a BMW car or SUV so special.

“We are proud of the partnerships we maintain with our dealers,” said Ed Robinson, CEO for BMW Group Financial Services, Americas Region. “More so, we are proud of the extraordinary efforts our dealers consistently display day in and day out that continue to turn our customers into loyal fans of our brand.”

Our sales associates want to make buying a new BMW vehicle both fun and easy, and this accolade from J.D. Power shows that we’re doing something right. Hopefully, BMW stays atop this survey for years to come to serve as evidence that BMW is among the best in the business in terms of having its finger on the pulse of customer needs and wants, whether they’re buying a used BMW or something brand new.

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2015 BMW i8 Debuts at Concours d’Elegance

Anybody with kids knows that the movie “Frozen” has been the cultural phenomenon of 2014. With lines at Disneyworld four hours deep just to meet the movie’s princesses, and everybody’s children collectively singing “Let It Go” on repeat for eight months straight, it’s kind of hard to argue that there’s anything that children love more these days.

Of course, we adults deserve something “Frozen” to fall in love with, as well, and luckily for us BMW recently showed off a special one-of-a-kind version of the 2015 BMW i8 at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach, which featured a truly beautiful Frozen Grey Metallic paint job that somehow made the brand new i8 look even more beautiful than it already did. Read more »

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BMW’s Spartanburg Factory Exports More Vehicles than All of Michigan

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The 2015 BMW X3 is one of many being produced at the Spartanburg factory in South Carolina.

Who do you think ships the most cars out of North America? Ford? GM? Maybe even Chrysler? It’s gotta be one of the Detroit Three, right?

Nope. It turns out the biggest automotive exporter is BMW’s Spartanburg factory in South Carolina, and not by a small margin either: it sends out more vehicles every year than all of Michigan combined.

To be fair to the Detroit Three, a lot of this exporting is related to how BMW just sells more cars in Europe than it does in the United States. That being said, the Spartanburg factory is a tale of success that makes the feat even more remarkable.

When it originally opened up in 1994, South Carolina’s small economy made its success uncertain, to say the least. In those 20 years since, however, BMW managed to create 8,000 jobs and build a powerhouse factory that produces 300,000 units every year. In 2016, the German automaker plans to take that production up to 450,000 and add another 800 jobs.

Learn more at BMW of Santa Maria!

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2013 BMW 128i Draws Away Non-Luxury Consumers

It’s a big deal when a customer is able to step onto a BMW dealership for the first time with the intention to leave with a new luxury car. Without question, it is a special time in a person’s life when they finally have the means to purchase their first BMW vehicle, and according to a study done by Polk and IHS Automotive, one interesting BMW vehicle has, over the course of the last year, been more successful at stealing away those first-time luxury car buyers than any other model in our lineup: the 2013 BMW 128i. Read more »

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Used BMW 3 Series Among Best Luxury Values

It’s very easy to assume that buying a luxury vehicle is an unreasonably expensive proposition, but we here at BMW Santa Maria can tell you with absolute confidence that this really isn’t the case. Of course, there are ways to spend a whole lot of money on a new BMW vehicle, but there also are plenty of ways that consumers can get themselves into a BMW for a surprisingly reasonable amount of money. Read more »

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