SUV, Pickup Truck And Luxury Car All Snag Trophies
The three big winners at the Washington Auto Show were the Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel (2015 Green SUV of the Year), the BMW i8 (2015 Luxury Green Car of the Year) and the Ford F-150 (2015 Green Car Technology Award).
Connected Box Keeps An Eye On Lower Electricity Prices
At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, BMW has announced that its i Wallbox Pro will be available in 2016. The BEV recharging system can deliver both solar and electric-grid power at the same time to recharge a vehicle's batteries.
After seeing how they perform at the drag strip, the BMW i8 and M4 are now at Castle Combe circuit to see how they feel on the track. It's the modern hybrid versus the traditional sports coupe in this inter-brand rivalry. Check out the video to see which is better 'round a track.
It's a battle of tradition versus the new school, as Germany's Auto Bild stages a drag race between the BMW M4 and the i8. On paper, it looks to be a close race, but check out the video to see how it actually goes down.
Some 223 examples of the 2014 BMW i8, built between May 16, 2014 and September 16, 2014, are being recalled over a potential fuel leak. A bolt used to secure a ground cable from the chassis structure to the fuel tank could have been welded improperly; if so, gas might leak from the tank.
The BMW i8 may be the cutting edge today – it did, after all, just win our Technology of the Year award – but as rare an event as it is, it's not the first time that BMW has put out an extreme mid-engined supercar. The last time was in the late 1970s with the M1, a Giugiaro-designed, (partially) Lamborghini-developed piece of exotic machinery.
The BMW i8 recently won the Autoblog Technology of the Year award, and it's going to get even better. In October, Automobile magazine reported that BMW's i brand is working on an i8S that would be stiffer and more powerful, and celebrate the marque's centenary in 2016. At the time, one of two power unit combinations was suggested, either one of them good for more than 500 horsepower.