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35BMW i creates high-design solar charging carport

With the first deliveries of the i3 under way, and the recent i8 press launch, the marketing push in the US for the BMW electric sub-brand has begun. These i vehicles are supposed to have a completely different feel from the rest of the brand's lineup. To complement their earth-friendly ethos, the Bavarian company commissioned BMW Group DesignworksUSA in California to create a solar carport concept that could keep the models sustainably topped up on power. It premiered alongside the i8 in Los An

4BMW Shanghai: Driving in mega cities, designing the future and more

The BMW enclave is a suitable mix of high-tech and throwback cool.

29Is this what the production BMW i8 will look like?

Judging from the spy photos we've seen recently, the BMW i8 is coming along nicely. With its more realistic bodywork, the hybrid supercar is beginning to look like something that actually belongs on public streets. Now Sonny Lim, former head of BMW DesignWorks, has taken a stab at what the finished product may look like via a handful of renderings.

59Is this what the production BMW i8 will look like?

Judging from the spy photos we've seen recently, the BMW i8 is coming along nicely. With its more realistic bodywork, the hybrid supercar is beginning to look like something that actually belongs on public streets. Now Sonny Lim, former senior designer for BMW DesignWorks, has taken a stab at what the finished product may look like via a handful of renderings.

50BMW DesignworksUSA previews updated San Francisco subway

BMW's product portfolio has expanded far beyond the sports sedans and cabriolets of old to include all manner of vehicles. But a subway train? You betcha.

1Schaffer to lead BMW's California design studio [w/VIDEO]

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13The Ultimate Flying Machine? BMW trims out business jet

BMW DesignworksUSA Falcon 7X business jet interior - Click above for a high-res image gallery

8Bavaria's new Flagship: Cruiser 55 sailboat by BMW DesignworksUSA

Bavaria Cruiser 55 by BMW DesignworksUSA – Click above for a high-res image gallery

5Hydrogen-powered salt flat racer concept fleshed out, complete with goldfish

BMWDesignworksUSA Hydrogen Salt Flat Racer - Click above to enlarge

13Zeydon builds the BMW of yachts

Much like its Porsche Design counterpart, there isn't really anything BMW DesignWorks won't try to make better, from an espresso machine to a custom interior for a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. So it was only a matter of time before they put pen to paper and created a yacht, this particular example being a 60-foot offshore performance sailboat for the Zeydon boatyard of Belgium.

16Another take on the MINI SUV

Just as MINI is ramping up to launch the Clubman wagon in addition to its current lineup for 2008, rumors are flying about a possible MINI compact sport utility vehicle, reportedly inspired by the Austin Ant and MINI Moke, dunebuggy-ish off-roaders originally designed for the British military. BMW's California DesignWorks studio is apparently already working on a design, and production would likely take place in the U.S. at BMW's Spartanburg plant. It would include BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive a

9Interview with Ian Bruce, founder of Venture Vehicles, part two - safety and sales

Click on the image for a gallery of 29 images of the VentureOne concept and the Carver three-wheeler.

6Interview with Ian Bruce, founder of Venture Vehicles, part one - background and design

Click on the image for a gallery of 29 images of the VentureOne concept and the Carver three-wheeler.

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