BMW Brilliance launches new factory construction
BMW Brilliance has begun construction of a new production facility on the existing Chinese plant site in Tiexi, a district of Shenyang in Liaoning Province. With the new plant, BMW Brilliance (BBA) intends to double production capacity at the site.Weiterlesen
BMW makes headway in securing BBA majority
The BMW Group is getting closer to achieving their plan of increasing their shares in the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture to acquire the majority. A special meeting of Brilliance China Automotive (CBA) has agreed to the sale of another 25% of the company to BMW.Weiterlesen
BMW to take over 75 % majority of China-JV BBA
BMW is pushing ahead with its electrical plans in China. First, the carmaker takes over the majority of the joint venture with local car manufacturer Brilliance, second, the joint venture announced that it would invest over 3 bn euros in new and existing plant structures in Shenyang.Weiterlesen
New precedence: BMW to hold 75% of Chinese JV
BMW is planning to increase the ownership percentage of their joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) in China to at least 75%, which would make them the first foreign vehicle manufacturer in China to receive permission to own more than 50% of a JV.Weiterlesen
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BMW & Brilliance expanding China venture BBA
BMW and its partner in China, Brilliance, agreed to expand their BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture. BBA aims to increase capacity at both local facilities in order to produce 520,000 BMW a year from 2019. Moreover, the BMW iX3 may hit markets outside the People’s Republic.Weiterlesen
BMW reveals next generation iX3 Concept
BMW is doubling down on their investment: The Concept iX3 will have a motor performance of over 200 kW, when it goes into serial production in 2020 as an SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle). According to the new WLTP measuring system, the range even exceeds 400 km.Weiterlesen
BMW to grow network to 80,000 charging poles in China
The German carmaker says they already installed 65,000 charging points in China in a joint effort with the People’s Republic’s four mayor providers. This year, said network shall grow to 80,000 charge points accessible to the public in more than 100 cities.Weiterlesen
BMW & Great Wall planning JV for electric Minis in China
BMW and the Chinese car manufacturer Great Wall are planning a joint venture to build electric cars under the Mini brand in China. Great Wall had already indicated as much last October, but now a statement of intent has been signed as well.Weiterlesen
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First Model 3 is out and real and truly looks like the pre-production version. Elon Musk tweeted the premier picture from the production run that has just started on Friday. A colleague bought him the Model 3 no. 1 for his 46th birthday but the EV maker hopes to produce up to 20,000 units a day comes December and as always, the plan is ambitious and will ultimately influence the stock market. There, Tesla has lost its pole position to GM again, after slightly disappointing deliveries in Q2.
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Micro mobility by BMW: Motorbikes and bicycles are nothing new for BMW but this electric kick scooter is. Developed together with ZEG and distributed via Kettler, both bike makers, the X2City is classed as pedelec level, that assists up to 25 kph with a 35 km range. Expect a price below 2,500 euros comes autumn. Naturally, the stand-up scooter folds but its almost 20 kilos won’t be ideal to carry.
Renault Brilliance: Renault-Nissan also ventures into old-new markets as it acquires 49 percent of Brilliance’s bus business to strengthen its position in China’s light commercial vehicle sector. The JV partners will invest a combined 1.5bn yuan (221m dollars) and most of the LCVs will be electrified.
Poland on the offensiv-e? ‘Electromobility Poland’ is the government-led tender to make a small electric car in and for Poland. Projected start for serial production is by 2018/19 and the jury is currently looking into over 90 applicants. Meanwhile though, two more electric models have emerged. One local company is working on electrifying the Fiat 500, another on a van àla StreetScooter.
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Audi FE takeover complete: As it takes over ABT entirely, Audi is now officially and fully involved in the Formula E. Team ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport is the current runner-up in the championship and the carmaker is working on new drivetrains too.
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Japanese subsidies for FCVs: Toyota and Honda are getting high-level support before the 2015 launch of their fuel cell vehicles. The Japanese government released its plan for subsidising hydrogen vehicles through incentives and tax rebates, putting them on par with conventional hybrid models. Additionally, Japan plans to increase its H2 stations network sixfold until 2016, while the price of installing a hydrogen station is said drop 50 per cent by 2020.
Brilliant partnership: BMW extends its joint venture with Chinese partner Brilliance prematurely by ten years. Originally, the JV was to terminate by 2018 but will now run until 2028, giving the Bavarian carmaker the chance for long-term expansion. The Chinese government signed off on the contract extension.
Hero literally leaps into hybrid market: The electric motorcycle company plans to launch its series-hybrid scooter “Leap” in February 2015. It will be produced in rather small volumes (around 6,000) and is scheduled to arrive on the European and U.S. first, before eventually being introduced in India.
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LaFerrari convertible? Apparently, Ferrari not only plans a race version of its latest hybrid super car (we reported) but also a convertible called Spider. Rumour has it that the manufacturer will build only 50 of these topless LaFerraris.
Chevy calls for improvements: GM asked owners of Chevy Volts built between 2012 and 2013 to swing by their local garage to have a possible problem with the battery cooling fixed. The company insists, however, that this is not an official recall.
Maxi e-scooter review: Roland Brown took the BMW C Evolution for a spin. Brown finds that the electric scooter, which is being produced close to Electrive’s Berlin HQ, surges forward at a “very entertaining rate.” His only doubt is if the “British motorcycling public is ready” for it.