Autobild puts some numbers to the BMW i5, which it says will be based on the long-wheelbase 5 Series sold in China and have around 640 horsepower coming from a four-cylinder ICE and two electric motors. It's not a straight-up Tesla fighter, but it will stress electric power over ICE.
Proterra has received a $3-million grant to build electric buses in LA County. The BMW i3 is more popular outside of large cities despite "urban mobility" branding. The BMW X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid will debut at the Shanghai Motor Show later this month.
BMW and NHTSA are recalling over 43,000 motorcycles over an issue with the rear wheel mounting flange that could crack if the bolts are overtightened. To fix the problem, they're replacing the aluminum flange with a steel one.
A study of labor costs among foreign automakers in the US shows a ten-dollar gap between the per-hour rates of the domestics and the imports. The difference between the Detroit 3 and their import competition equates to $250 more in labor costs per car for the domestics.
Alpina is celebrating its 50th anniversary by giving more power to its customers. It is building limited-edition versions of the B5 Bi-Turbo and B6 Bi-Turbo that can reach 204 miles per hour thanks to a 592-horsepower twin-turbo V8.