More Go-Juice Than A Corvette: The BMW 5 Series GT Concept

Stay tuned for more info about the BMW 5 Series GT Concept!

Stay tuned for more info about the BMW 5 Series GT Concept!

There’s a quiet revolution going on over at BMW. Last week in France, the German automaker revealed a BMW 5 series GT concept that possesses 670 hp.

“Okay,” you might think, “That’s pretty brawny.” But here’s the kicker: it’s a plug-in hybrid! As AutoBlog points out, this means that BMW has put together a PHEV crossover that boasts more horsepower than the top trim level 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

This amazing GT concept is part of a wider strategy by the BMW Group. Laid out in a recent press release, the company would like “to transfer this eDrive technology to all models of its core brands” over the long-term. The eDrive not only powers the GT concept, but has already seen real-world success with the BMW i8 and the BMW i3. The key to eDrive propulsion is what BMW calls “precise synchronization between the internal combustion engine and the electric motor.”

Visit BMW of Santa Maria and talk to our associates about eDrive technology and the coming hybridization of BMW models!

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2015 BMW M235i Named Among “10Best” of 2015

Once a year, Car and Driver magazine puts out a list of what they consider to be the ten best vehicles in the industry (called, fittingly, the “10Best” list), and we here at BMW of Santa Maria were very pleased to see that the new 2015 BMW M235i was one of the ten vehicles honored for the new model year. Read more »

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BMW i3 Named Green Car of the Year 2015

The fuel-efficient BMW i3

The fuel-efficient BMW i3

When the BMW i3 was first introduced, its advanced powertrain and futuristic styling amazed the automotive world. After a year on the market, the i3 continues to wow the masses, earning one of the most prestigious awards in the car industry—the Green Car Journal’s Green Car of the Year Award 2015.

The award, which was presented to the German carmaker at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier this month, is one of many that the i3 has won over the past year. This all-electric car’s ability to showcase how sustainability doesn’t mean consumers need to give up style has truly made it the all-electric car to beat. A 125kW, 170 horsepower electric motor provides i3 drivers with a responsive acceleration, while the car’s interior provides the typical luxury comforts expected from a premium segment vehicle.

So far, BMW has sold over 12,000 i3s since November 2013. For more information on this multi-award-winning, luxury all-electric car, stop in to BMW of Santa Maria today!

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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 »

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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 »

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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 edmunds.com, 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

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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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