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May 31, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
After 1.3 million copies sold over two generations dating back to 1999, BMW has announced an all-new version of its X5 midsize SUV. Wait, check that, this is an SAV, if you're to believe the folks at BMW. Seeking some individuality in a crowded luxury SUV marketplace, the German automaker has long preferred to call the X5 a sports activity vehicle. Whatever you call it, it has been an immensely successful vehicle for the company, which is why this new 2014 model isn't a dramatic makeover.
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BUSINESS
July 3, 2011 | Michael Hiltzik
By all accounts, BMW's parts distribution warehouse in Ontario was one of the jewels of the company's system. Supplying dealer service departments throughout Southern California, Arizona and Nevada, it received gold medals from BMW for its efficiency and employed several of the top-ranked workers in the country. In the roughly 40 years its workers had been represented by the Teamsters union, there had never been a labor stoppage. Times being what they are, when a Teamsters committee came to the plant in early June to open negotiations over a new contract to start Sept.
AUTOS
February 16, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
BMW is recalling about 500,000 vehicles in the U.S., including recent model year 3 Series sedans, its most popular vehicle, as well as its 1 Series coupe and the Z4 sports car because a battery cable can fail, causing the cars to stall unexpectedly. In all, the recall includes 3 Series sedans, wagons, convertibles and coupes from the 2007 through 2011 model years, 1 Series coupes and convertibles from the 2008 through 2012 model years and the Z4 from 2009 through 2011. The automaker has document a crash in Canada caused by the problem but doesn't know of any accidents or injuries in the U.S. In all the recalled cars, the battery is located in the trunk and there is a long battery cable from the battery to the fuse box, located between the glove compartment and the dash panel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Robert J. Lopez
Beverly Hills police were searching for a man who rammed his BMW into a bicyclist in a suspected road-rage incident, authorities said Tuesday afternoon. The April 3 crime was captured on surveillance video that shows the white vehicle striking the biker head-on in an alley. "The driver intentionally rammed the bicyclist with his vehicle pinning him to a metal rolling trash bin," the Beverly Hills Police Department said in a statement. The driver fled the scene, in an alley between Wetherly and Almont drives.
AUTOS
December 16, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
A federal safety agency announced Monday that two German automakers had issued voluntary vehicle recalls in November. BMW is recalling more than 76,000 sedans and SUVs to fix an issue with the passenger-side airbags, while Volkswagen is recalling about 66,000 vehicles to fix a pair of issues, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The BMW recall affects 3-Series and 5-Series models from 2006 and 2007 (325i, 325xi, 330i, 330xi, 328i, 328xi, 335i, 335xi, 525i, 525xi, 530i, 530xi, 550i)
AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Just in time for some high-speed topless cruising, BMW has announced details on its all-new M4 convertible ahead of its world debut at the New York Auto Show. The 2015 model is mechanically identical to BMW's M3 sedan and M4 coupe and features a folding hardtop roof like the one on the more average 435i convertible we drove in February . As with its sedan and coupe brethren, the M4 convertible has a new, high-revving, twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. With just 3.0-liters it pumps out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.
BUSINESS
October 15, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
BMW will introduce a new version of its popular 3-series sports sedan that will weigh less but have bigger dimensions, giving rear-seat passengers more space. The 2012 model, which will appear at dealerships in February, is crucial to BMW's strategy in the United States and for its global sales, said Tim Urquhart, an analyst with IHS Automotive. "The BMW 3 series is in many ways the company's keynote model," Urquhart said. "It is the bestselling premium passenger car model in the world and has long set the agenda as being symbolic of BMW's wider corporate strategy at any given point.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2011 | By Susan Carpenter
There's a lot of redefining going on at this year's Los Angeles Auto Show, particularly among performance- and luxury-oriented auto makers as they fold fuel efficiency and sustainability into their designs. The new direction BMW showcased Wednesday with the North American debut of its i8 plug-in hybrid and i3 all-electric concept cars combines the efficiency of a ho-hum commuter with the exhilaration of a sports car. Both concepts will be going into production. The i3 will have the distinction of being the first premium electric vehicle to come to market in 2013.
AUTOS
December 5, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
What do you call the next coupe version of BMW's venerable 3 Series lineup? Hint: not a 3 Series. On Wednesday, the company released the first concept images of what will be the BMW 4 Series coupe when it comes to market in 2013. Though the car is entirely based on the latest generation 3 Series that we tested in early 2012 , BMW will now put the sportier coupe and convertible versions under the 4 Series banner. Thus you should expect a a base 428i to have the sedan's 2-liter, turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine making something in the neighborhood of 240 horsepower.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed Wednesday morning when they were ejected from a speeding BMW after it crashed into a light pole in Riverside at 100 mph, police said. The BMW was going "at least" 100 mph about 2:20 a.m. when it ran a red light and smashed into a light pole, burst into flames and careened into a palm tree, setting the tree on fire, said Lt. Russ Schubert. The car was speeding eastbound on Colorado Avenue when it passed two Riverside police officers in a cruiser going the opposite direction, Schubert said.
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