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To avoid traffic, this guy swims to work

Benjamin David got sick of Munich congestion.

How far would you go to avoid traffic?

Munich, home to BMW, might ban diesel to tackle pollution

Down on diesel, even in the land of diesel.

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BMW is creating an autonomous vehicle test center in Munich

The testbed pools all of its current efforts into one location.

The focus will be vehicle connectivity and autonomous driving.

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Mercedes-Benz launches Croove, a peer-to-peer carsharing service

Unlike the competition, all cars are privately owned.

Think Turo, only facilitated by Mercedes-Benz.

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Sono Motors crowdfunds $200k for its out-there solar-powered EV

German start-up plans to make prototypes by next year and new cars by 2018.

Sono's electric vehicle will be covered in solar panels to extend range

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BMW M3 gets throwback livery for Oktoberfest [w/video]

This unique BMW M3 will be on display at Oktoberfest in Munich this year, featuring a "Münchner Wirte" livery that harkens back from one of the original BMW M1 Procars from the 1980s.

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1972 BMW 1602e EV concept looks glorious

Sedans Strung 12 Car Batteries Together, 'Escorted' Munich Olympics Distance Athletes

BMW built two 1602e concept vehicles in 1972 as an early example of electric-powered mobility.

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BMW 8 Series turns 25 [w/video]

From the very beginning, the BMW 8 Series was a head turner. It was hardly a common sight in the first place, and the angular lines and low, pointed nose made the GT look like something special on the road. It's been 25 years since the Bavarian brand's flagship coupe of the '90s debuted, and owners celebrated the anniversary in style in Germany.

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Mini interns turn Paceman into Adventure pickup

With coupes and convertibles, hatchbacks and crossovers, Mini has done just about every bodystyle we could think of, and then a few more as concepts. But it hasn't done a pickup. At least it hadn't until now.

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BMW reacquires original factory as classic center

BMW was barely two years old when it started manufacturing airplane engines in a factory on Moosacher Strasse in Munich. Two years after that, it sold the factory to Knorr-Bremse AG, a leading manufacturer of brakes for trains and commercial vehicles, and BMW moved into a new facility on Lerchenauer Strasse. There it expanded into the industrial giant we know today, building engines for cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and planes. It's taken the better part of a century to get that original fact

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VW XL1 gets augmented reality repair app

With a pricetag of about $150,000, buyers of the upcoming, limited-edition Volkswagen XL1 will probably wish that the repair bills be "virtual" as well, but VW's new "augmented reality" feature will only apply to the repairs themselves, at least for now. Europe's biggest automaker, which is preparing to start selling limited numbers of the XL1, is using Munich's InsideAR Conference later this week to show off an augmented reality project that will allow technicians to simulate repairs of the veh

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Voi scooter taxi offers options for commuters in mega cites

TUM Create, a section of the Technical University of Munich, Germany, that has more than 100 technical types working on future solutions to mobility, worked with Singapore's Nanyang Technical University to come up with the Voi multipurpose electric scooter. The Voi – from the Vietnamese word for elephant – puts a rider behind an enclosed passenger cell that keeps proceedings narrow and can keep one of the occupants dry.

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BMW offers history lesson on 40 years of electric vehicle efforts

If nothing else, we can thank BMW for giving us the rare opportunity to post a picture of one of its classic, super-boxy '70s models. In this case, it's an electrified version of its 1602, the progenitor to the popular 2002. The 1602 was the German automaker's first foray into electric-vehicle production, and the company made two of them to ferry officials for the 1972 Munich Summer Olympic Games around. The cars had a single-charge range of just 37 miles.

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Visteon e-Bee gives high-tech treatment to Nissan Leaf

If Nissan thought its all-electric Leaf was high-tech, well, Visteon is looking to go a little further. The Michigan-based auto supplier is displaying its e-Bee concept at Munich's Electronica 2012 Trade Fair, and there is no shortage of techie goodies.

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The List #0414: Buy A Car For European Delivery

Let's face it, the dealership experience when buying a new car is not very special. But when you're handing over serious stacks of cash for a car that you've dreamed of owning, the occasion calls for something more than a free car wash before you drive off the lot. That's where something like the European Delivery program offered by BMW comes in. Instead of picking up your new M3 at the local dealer, BMW builds it in Munich and has it waiting for you to come get it. And while you're there, why n

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BMW highlights factory tour experience in Munich

Like other European automakers, BMW is keen to welcome visitors at its headquarters in Munich, and you don't even have to buy a car to see it.

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Bentley soars over Munich with new Continental GT V8

You'd think that lobbing four cylinders off a car's engine would have an adverse effect on its performance, right? But Bentley is out to show that its new Continental GT with the V8 engine can fly every bit as much as the W-12 model. And by fly, we do mean fly.

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F1 driver Adrian Sutil to stand trial in Germany over Shanghai bar fight

An impending court trial in Germany is shaping up to be the largest parade of Formula One drivers since the 2011 season wrapped up in Brazil this past November. The proceeding pits one Eric Lux (CEO of Genii Capital that owns part of Lotus Renault GP) against Adrian Sutil (a veteran grand prix driver who most recently drove for Force India) over an alleged fight in a Shanghai night club.

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