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Thursday, September 15, 2011

2014 BMW i8 Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

2014 BMW i8 Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW has taken a radical departure from its traditional brand of teutonic sedans with its "i" range.

The i3 is a carbon-bodied electric city car and the i8 a plug-in hybrid sports coupe, and both display wild styling and high-tech features. We were at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show to get a closer look.

BMW i8 Plug-In Hybrid Sports Coupe

The i8 is probably the most exciting of the duo. It's a rakish sports coupe with flowing lines and cool blue highlights, with large glass doors making it impossible to miss. It's clearly a BMW too, helped by the traditional kidney grille - probably the only traditional element of the car.

The four sculpted seats make the interior just as distinctive, and the performance won't disappoint either. Power comes from a three-cylinder gasoline engine that serves the rear axle, and an electricmotor sends power to the front wheels to increase traction. The engine and motor can be used independently or together depending on requirements.

BMW claims a 0-62 mph run of only 5.9 seconds, and a top speed limited to 155 mph, in common with most other high-performance BMWs. Weight comes in at 3,260 pounds.

All quite exciting, we're sure you'll agree. Really though, we should let the pictures do the talking...

Found At: http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1066169_2014-bmw-i8-live-photos-2011-frankfurt-auto-show

BMW i3 and i8 make Frankfurt debut

BMW i3 and i8 make Frankfurt debut

BMW presented a pair of wild-looking electric cars – the i3 urban runabout and the i8 sports coupe, as well as its new 1-Series five-door that would undoubtedly be a smash hit in Canada if priced right to compete in the growing luxury compact class.

BMW’s second generation 1 Series will be a 2012 model in Europe and continue to be the only rear-wheel-drive model in the class. A Sport line and Urban line will appeal to younger buyers looking for BMW’s premium materials and feel, but the five-door design makes it plenty functional for any age buyer.

All engines in the 1 Series are now turbocharged with BMW’s TwinPower turbo – a single dual vane turbo system that reduces lag. A slate of engine choices that would make fuel-conscious Canadians drool include two diesels, one with 184 horsepower in the 120d, and the other with 143 horsepower in the 118d. Two gasoline versions are available, a 170 hp four cylinder in the 118i, and 136 hp in the 116i. For this country, the 120d and 118i seem a natural fit. Call your BMW dealer and demand these cars.
More interesting, if a little far away yet, are BMW’s eDrive concepts, the i8 and i3.

The i8 uses an electric drivetrain and three-cylinder TwinPower turbo gasoline engine to pull zero to 100 km/h times under five seconds, yet uses no more than 3.0L/100km. Thank the i8’s mostly carbon fibre and aluminum shell and aerodynamics for that, but also the sheer torque from the front-mounted electric motor, which drives front wheels. The gas engine drives the rear wheels for a perfect 50/50 weigh distribution, but also allowing all-wheel drive when both engines are working.

The i3, meanwhile, is meant for urban commutes, using a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery that spans the undercarriage, supplying up to 170 horsepower to an electric motor mounted over the rear axle to allow for rear-wheel drive. The range is 160 kms, BMW says, yet it can reach 150 km/h and handle zero to 100 km/h in under eight seconds.

Either way, both of these cars appear as revolutionary as they are visionary. Let’s hope they’re built soon.

Read more: http://www.driving.ca/make+Frankfurt+debut/5396019/story.html#ixzz1Y3P63vlV

BMW i8 Concept

BMW i8 Concept Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

BMW i8 Concept Live Photos: 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show

We still have a little over two years to wait until the BMW i8 makes its production debut, and from the looks of the i8 Concept, it's going to be an anxious wait.

Building on the core design of the Vision EfficientDynamics concept revealed at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the BMW i8 Concept is a very futuristic take on the idea of a plug-in hybrid sports car. The clear glass doors, laser headlights, and sculpted, flowing body work mark the i8 out as something truly unique.

Whether all of these rather extreme details will survive to production is another issue entirely. One of the aspects of the concept that seems much more believable is the powertrain: a three-cylinder gasoline engine driving the rear axle, an driving the front wheels, and a computerized system that lets them work independently or together as needed.

Performance for the i8 Concept is claimed at 5.9 seconds too 62 mph and a limited top speed of 155 mph--very solid figures for a hybrid of any sort--especially one capable of 78 mpg.

Found At: http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1066173_bmw-i8-concept-live-photos-2011-frankfurt-auto-show

BMW i: Future mobility engineered today

BMW iFuture mobility engineered today

No retro-fit of a conventional carBMW i vehicles are entirely designed for electric powertrains
New plans for electric vehicles are so widespread in the auto industry today that almost allcarmakers seem to be working on future modelsSeveral have already rolled out mass-produced renewable energy cars.
As the world's leading premium carmakerwhat BMW will offer as its own solution to futuremobility is highly anticipated by the motoring world.
Recently in Frankfurtthe manufacturer gave a dramatic answer when it debuted the first twomodels of its new "isub-brandwhich stands for electric mobility.
Unlike other automakersBMW showed two very different electric models at the same timeItsi3 concept car is a small all-electric vehiclewhile the racecar-like plug-in hybrid i8 twins anelectric motor with an internal combustion engine to deliver high performance.
With its compactagile body and medium-sized electric motorthe i3 is BMW's practicalsolution for urban environmentssaid industry analysts.
In the i8 - with its dynamic sports car design and powerful output - BMW demonstrates that itssporty DNA will be retained and even enhanced in the new kind of automobile.
The two vehicles will be put into volume production in BMW's plant in Leipzig and go on sale in2013 and 2014. The company said it will invest around 400 million euros in new productionfacilities to make the models over the next three years.
"We are marking another milestone in the history of the BMW GroupAs chairman of the boardand an engineer myselfI am very proud of this project," said Chairman and CEO NorbertReithofer.
The i3 is less than 4 meters long but has a 2,570 mm wheelbase that provides spacious roomfor passengersPurpose-built for everyday use in citiesthe car's range is long enough tocover the distance between home and office or even a trip to the suburbs on weekends.
The i8, combining an electric motor and 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engineis remarkable forits performanceIt accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under five seconds and uses less thanthree liters of fuel every 100 kilometerscapabilities beyond any other current vehicle poweredby a combustion engine of comparable performance.
Both the i3 and the i8 also use engineering BMW calls Eco Pro to increase electric drivingrange and reduce power consumption at the press of a buttonIn the i3, it stringentlymaximizes the range amid unforeseen circumstances such as prolonged traffic congestion thatmake reaching a destination uncertain.
The function limits electrically powered conveniences such as air conditioning and heatingsystems and shuts down others such as heated seats and heated mirrors altogether.
In additionintelligent navigation functions in the i8 enable optimal energy management tosignificantly reduce fuel consumptionAs soon as a destination is entered into the navigationsystemthe vehicle calculates the best way to manage energy consumption by its two powerunits along the route.
On different sections of the routethe vehicle characteristics can be modified for either formaximum efficiency or optimal performance.
Unlike the common approach to integrating electric components in conventional vehiclesdesigned for a combustion enginethe innovative LifeDrive architecture in BMW i vehicles aredesigned specifically to meet electric powertrain requirements.
As a resultthe electric motor and the battery are optimally accommodatedCombined withlightweight design and innovative use of materialsthe vehicle can be electrified withoutcomplex modifications and additional weight.
The approach also ensures generous interior spacetop driving characteristics and high safetylevels for the battery and passengers.
BMW's LifeDrive concept has two innovative components - a drive module integrated into thevehicle's suspension and a high-strengthlightweight passenger cell made from carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP).
"This vehicle (i3) will mark the launch of the first volume-produced car featuring bodyworklargely made of carbonIt's a revolution in automotive design," said Klaus Draegerboardmember for development.
Like the cockpit of a Formula One carthe CFRP passenger cell provides an extremely strongsurvival areaPole impactsside-on collisions and rollover tests highlight the impressive safetyproperties of the extraordinarily robust material.
With the LifeDrive approachthe automaker has taken lightweight designvehicle architectureand crash safety into a whole new dimension.
For the BMW isustainability is of pivotal importance and something it aspires to throughoutthe entire production chainFrom the earliest planning stagesclearly defined sustainabilitytargets were set for the BMW i vehiclesAll sustainability aspects were addressed across theentire spectrumfrom purchasingdevelopment and production to sales and marketing.
Sustainable system
The BMW Group as a whole has invested enormouse effort in developing a sustainableproduction systemWith its "ivehicles the company goes even further.
Compared with the already efficient BMW Group production networkthe production plant forBMW i vehicles in Leipzig will save an additional 70 percent on water consumption and 50percent on energy for each vehicle produced.
Further reductions on greenhouse gases across the entire product lifecycle can be achievedthrough a carefully focused purchasing strategy for aluminum and CFRP.
Aluminum produced from 100 percent renewable material - known as secondary aluminum -can reduce CO2 emissions by 50 to 80 percent compared to conventional manufacturing.More than 80 percent of the aluminum used in the i3 is produced either using renewableenergy or from secondary material.
In CFRP manufacturingthe BMW i also uses eco-friendly processesMaterial produced at theautomaker's joint venture Moses Lake plant in the US is made using electricity generatedentirely from hydroelectric power.
BMW i suppliers must also demonstrate that their business practices are sustainable.
Mobility services
The BMW i also stands for comprehensive and custom-designed mobility services that canoptimize personal mobility even for customers who do not own their own vehicle.
Starting in Junethe DriveNow joint venture between BMW Group and Sixt AG is offering amobility serviceinitially in Munichthat includes high-efficiency premium vehicles and anextensive range of services.
A highlight of the service is that vehicles do not have to be picked up from and returned tospecific locations but can be hired and left wherever the customer wishes.
Customers can check vehicle availability either on the Internetuse a smartphone app orsimply when passing by on the streetConventional car keys are not required since theDriveNow vehicles can be unlocked by means of a chip inserted in a driver's license andstarted using a starter button.
More major European cities will get the service later in the yearIn the longer termthere arealso plans to extend this car-sharing service to other continents as well.
In addition to developing and offering its own servicesBMW Group also provides services inpartnership with other companies and makes strategic investments in mobility serviceproviders.
BMW i Venturesa subsidiary established early this yearis providing backing for new,promising startup companiesMyCityWay and ParkatmyHouse are the first two startups inwhich BMW i Ventures invested.
MyCityWay is a mobile app that provides users with information on public transportparkingavailability and local entertainment for more than 50 cities in the USCanadaEurope andAsia.
The ParkatmyHouse Internet platform enables private individuals rent out their driveway orprivate parking space on an occasional or permanent basisThis parking management servicemakes private parking spaces affordable and takes the pressure off street parking.
Found At: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-09/14/content_13680604.htm