BMW Group DesignworksUSA Earns Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award

BMW Group DesignworksUSA, in collaboration with Allsteel Inc., has won the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards in the Products +Partnerships category. Designworks is a subsidiary of BMW Group and creative consultancy, and Allsteel is a leading office furniture manufacturer.

More than 200 architects, thought leaders, and developers deliberated on innovative creations across more than 60 categories. Designworks and Allsteel earned their award with the “Clarity chair,” a family of light task, guest, and lounge seating.

The Clarity chair design follows a reductionist school of thought: it was built as lean as possible, with the intent to preserve only the essential elements of function and form. As a result, the design is timeless and well-adapted to any space and work environment.

“The DesignworksUSA team in collaboration with Allsteel was very diligent about creating a chair that spoke to the collaborative workspace while focusing on a concept of reduction and purity in design,” said Laurenz Schaffer, President, BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

As you very well know, BMW also makes different kind of chairs! The kind that supports and cushions you during your adventures behind the wheel of one of their legendary sports cars. Check them out at BMW of Santa Maria in Santa Maria, CA.

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BMW Bolt Recall to Affect 150,000 Vehicles

BMW Bolt Recall

The BMW Bolt Recall contains important information.

BMW announced today that there will be a recall for certain model vehicles in the United States that may have a bolt issue in the engine that could potentially cause damaged. The BMW Bolt Recall is said to affect over 150,000 vehicles here in the United States.

BMW models included in this recall are 2010-2012 models with six-cylinder engines prone to loosening or breaking. These vehicles could be, but are not limited to, 5 Series and Z4 sports cars. According to Autoblog, “1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, and 5 Series Gran Turismo, X3, X5, X6, and Z4 models from the 2010 to 2012 model years are included, as is the 2012 6 Series.

After seeing other recalls from multiple different automotive makers, it was not shocking to see BMW want to help out its customers as well. The BMW Bolt recall has also affected other countries, like China who had to recall around 232,000 models for the same fix.

If you are one of the owners notified about the recall for your vehicle, make sure you bring it in to have the problem fixed. For more recall information please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website for recalls and defects.

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BMW Announces M3 and M4 Pricing Info

BMW has finally announced complete M3 and M4 pricing information, which were revealed simultaneously earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show. Getting your hands on the two-door model will lighten your purse by $62,000, and $64,200 for the four-door model.

If white is your color, rejoice. BMW’s trademark Alpine White comes free, as one of a total eight paint options, with the other seven options—Black Sapphire, Silverstone, Mineral White, Mineral Gray, Sakhir Orange, Austin Yellow, and Yas Marina Blue—all costing an additional $550. A lighting package adds automatic high beams and adaptive LED lights to make the sports car really stand out at night.

Performance-wise, BMW offers an M double-clutch transmission and adaptive M suspension for $2,900 and $1,000, respectively, which should be more than enough to satisfy the needs of light enthusiasts. We encourage those more serious about competitive driving to look into M Performance Parts.

Inside, consumers get to choose between cloth and leather and then even more leather. Full leather options will cost $3,500. Adding the executive package on top of it, with its heated steering wheel, rearview camera, and other goodies, will be the best way to achieve the ultimate BMW luxury experience.

Now that you have seen the M3 and M4 pricing, to get the full idea of what you can expect (and how much it’ll cost you all told), check out BMW’s configurators for the M3 and M4. Let us know what you think at BMW of Santa Maria!

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BMW Adds M Sport Trim to 2 Series Active Tourer

The new 2 Series Active Tourer from BMW made its grand debut in Geneva in February, but it wasn’t till just recently that BMW released the first official photos of the new 2 Series. The photos show off the sportier side of the 2 Series, dressing it up in the M Sport package, which includes a lower suspension, the M Aerodynamics package, and even a special blue paint job for the trim.

The 2 Series Active Tourer, M Sport trim or not, comes with the same engine options as the latest MINI. Those engines include a 1.5L turbocharged three-cylinder engine with 134 horsepower as well as a 2.0L diesel engine with 148 horsepower and an incredible 68.9 mpg rating. Of course, it’s entirely likely that only the European version of the Active Tourer will get the diesel engine, but given the incredible potential for fuel efficiency, we think the case should be made for brining the diesel powertrain stateside.

While we have no official word on the pricing of the 2 Series Active Tourer or the M Sport package, we here at BMW of Santa Maria do know that with its balance of sportiness, efficiency, and style, it’ll be well worth the asking price. Check back with us for more information the 2 Series  Active Tourer very soon!

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BMW Electric Vehicle Research Starts with the i’s

BMW has introduced the world to its electric vehicle lineup including the i3 and i8 models, but that’s not where it ends. BMW electric vehicle research plans to increase as the years progress because now they understand that the possibilities are endless.

Hildegard Wortmann, senior vice president over product management and aftersales for BMW, recently sat down with Gary Witzenburg from AutoBlog Green to talk about BMW electric vehicle research and the future. In the interview Wortmann expresses his ideas for future and emphasizes how BMW isn’t even close to done in their advancements.

When asked about where the company is headed and the importance of the i models he responded with, “That is why the activities of BMW i are not just to launch new products. They are our build-up in competence for learning and gaining experience in electrification. We will use those learnings for the total BMW brand.” (AutoBlog interview)

So, as you see, the BMW i3 and i8 were not released simply to compete on the market, but to advance the BMW electric vehicle research in order to continue producing more EVs. Keep an i out for the future (yes, now you see our sense of humor) of electric vehicles from BMW.

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BMW Introduces New 2015 X4 Sports Activity Coupe

BMW recently announced that the all-new 2015 X4 Sports Activity Coupe will make its world debut at the 2014 New York Auto Show, hoping to build on the success of the previous Sports Activity Coupe, the X6. BMW has really found a goldmine with the Sports Activity Coupe platform, too—the vehicles combine “the performance and capability of a premium Sports Activity vehicle with the style and elegance of traditional coupe.” The X6 has already sold over 250,000 units worldwide—and BMW hopes that the X4 has similar success.

The X4 will offer two different TwinPower Turbo engine options. In the X4 xDrive28i, you’ll find a 2.0L four cylinder vehicle with 240 horsepower, while in the hungrier X4 xDrive35i, you’ll get a 3.0L inline six cylinder engine with 300 horsepower. Plus, both trims come with an 8-speed Steptronic sport automatic transmission that pairs excellently with the xDrive AWD system.

We can’t wait to get our hands on the all-new X4 here at BMW of Santa Maria. The X4 wears its unique blend of sportiness and grace on its sleeve, a “more muscular appearance” with LED lighting and body that rides low to the ground. If you’re looking for a modern BMW with classic accents and an impressive presence, you can’t get any better than the 2015 X4 Sports Activity Coupe.

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2014 BMW 328i Sedan Earns Top Picks 2014 Sports Sedan Award

2014 BMW 328i Sedan

2014 BMW 328i Sedan

BMW has done it again! The all-new 2014 BMW 328i Sedan has just won a Consumer Reports Top Picks Award in the sports sedan category for 2014. In the write-up, Consumer Reports alluded to the legacy of 3-Series and maintained that it has long been a leader and trendsetter in the sports sedan segment. We couldn’t agree more!

Specifically, Consumer Reports praised the 2014 328i for its fun-to-drive factor, superior handling, and improved fuel economy; the 328i now posts an impressive 28 mpg overall, making it the best in its class among traditional gasoline-powered models.

The 2014 BMW 328i sedan is powered by a TwinPower Turbo inline-four engine that is paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. On a rear-wheel-drive platform, the 328i lays out 240 horses at 5,000 rpm.

Want to get behind the wheel of a brand new 2014 BMW 328i Sedan? We at BMW of Santa Maria have got you covered. Stop in today!

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BMW Carbon Fiber Wheels Coming Soon

The first set of carbon fiber wheels first appeared in 1972 on the Citroen SM. These rims were developed by Michelin in order to turn the SM into a rally car. Now, BMW is developing its own set of carbon fiber wheels. However, BMW carbon fiber wheels are not necessarily being made in order to make their future vehicles any more performance worthy than they already are; instead, the carbon fiber wheels will be the result of BMW taking a “green” approach and putting the excess carbon fiber from the production process of the i-series cars to good use. Auto Express says these wheels could come to production in as little as two years.

Two of the best benefits from carbon fiber are its light weight and its strength. According to BMW, a set of its carbon fiber wheels would be 35 percent lighter than a set of forged alloy wheels. Any weight a car can lose, whether from its wheels or elsewhere, increases its efficiency. Carbon fiber wheels would also be less prone to damage.

And, BMW is recycling its carbon fiber for other parts, too, including steering wheels and a propeller shaft for the new M3 and M4 cars—the latest iterations of which recently  benefitted from some considerable lightweighting.

BMW had all of these pieces on display at the Innovation Days in Munich earlier this month.

Would you choose BMW carbon fiber wheels if they were an option on your BMW car?

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BMW Launches 2 Series Active Tourer

At BMW of Santa Maria, we’ve been excited about the new 2 Series Active Tourer ever since BMW began hinting at it in 2012. Now, it’s finally about to hit the road and we can’t wait for it to make its way to the dealership. Even if we here in the United States have about another year to wait.

BMW is traditionally known for its sporty, rear-wheel-drive sedans, but this time they’ve done things a little differently. The 2 Series Active Tourer isn’t a sedan—heck, it’s not even rear-wheel-drive. But it is a BMW, so that means that whatever the German automaker did mean to do with this new vehicle, it probably executed it to perfection.

The front-wheel hatchback is launching in Europe with hopes of appealing to consumers with active lifestyles. Despite compact dimensions, the 2 Series Active Tourer offers an impressive 16.53 cubic feet of cargo space that expands to 53.33 cubic feet with the rear seats down.

Under the hood, a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine cranks out 134 horsepower at only 48 miles to the gallon on the EU cycle, though a turbodiesel option brings that up to 148 horsepower and a phenomenal 57 mpg.

We’re still not sure when it’ll make the trip overseas (all signs point to an early 2015 arrival), but we are sure we’ll love it! Stay tuned!

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BMW i8 Hello Future Commercial Aired during Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics are in the full swing. And, based on the athletes’ performances, you would never guess they have encountered doors that won’t open and elevators that aren’t working. As of this writing, the U.S. team has scored 12 medals: 4 gold, 2 silver, and 6 bronze.

If you’ve been watching the Olympic Games this year, perhaps you caught a glimpse of the future. Aired during the Games for the first time was the BMW i8 Hello Future commercial for its innovative, futuristic design.

The ad features the wise words of science fiction great Arthur C. Clarke talking about how we cannot even imagine the future, but we “can be sure…that it will be absolutely fantastic.” The commercial uses lights, visual effects, and reflections to give it a futuristic feeling. This leads us to the i8, where we get to see its headlights and slowly see more and more of the car, until it finally opens its dramatic doors and the words “Hello Future” are displayed overtop.

The BMW i8 will be making its dramatic debut here in the U.S. sometime during the second quarter of this year, and it will no doubt be aiming for gold. Here at BMW of Santa Maria, we are cheering on our U.S. Olympic athletes and counting down the days to the i8’s debut. Be sure to join us when the future arrives so that you can say hello.

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