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Automakers have been cold-testing engineering firm GKN’s hybrid and eAWD systems. GKN demonstrated a range of new hybrid all-wheel drive, AWD Disconnect and torque vectoring technologies that, states GKN, will make future cars more intelligent, efficient and enjoyable to drive. These demonstrations have been held at the company’s Wintertest proving ground in Arjeplog, Sweden. Among […]

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The BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car picked up another award: 2015 UK Car of the Year. BMW’s plug-in hybrid also won the title of Performance Car of the Year. The jury of these UK Car of the Year Awards explained vehicles are judged by 27 of Britain’s automotive journalists. Each judge uses their expertise […]

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The BMW Group sold over two million vehicles in 2014, including 17,793 BMW i vehicles. 2014 was the best year ever for the BMW brand, said the company. Deliveries of BMW vehicles totaled 1,811,719, an increase of 9.5 percent on the previous year (1,655,138). Sales in December also achieved a new high, up 14.2 percent […]

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The Chevrolet Volt and BMW i8 are well-designed and fun to drive, according to a new comparison. The Australian-based CarAdvice.com tested both cars as part of sort of odd-ball match-up between electrified vehicles including the Toyota Prius, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander. The review used a 2014 Volt, which is rebadged as the Holden Volt […]

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Top Gear magazine has chosen the BMW i8 as its global Car of the Year 2014. The plug-in hybrid performance vehicle beat off some stiff competition from a host of other premium and luxury manufacturers to win the overall award, stated the magazine’s management. The editorial team of Top Gear commended the BMW i8 for […]

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AutoGuide.com has named the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid as its 2015 Reader’s Choice Green Car of the Year. What makes this car the standout, and not some other choice? Our sister site AutoGuide observes the newly launched car blends style, technology and capable performance in one lightweight, uber-cool, package hitting a sweet spot of qualities […]

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GKN has produced for BMW’s i8 hybrid sports car the industry’s first two-speed eAxle. “GKN’s customers aren’t just looking to make their next car more efficient; they want to create new driving experiences,” said GKN Automotive CEO Andrew Reynolds-Smith. “Our expertise in driveline efficiency, torque vectoring and electric drive systems is enabling automakers to connect […]

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If anyone still wonders whether BMW’s 357-horsepower i8 plug-in hybrid has the high-performance goods, Formula E put on a video promo showing the car being pitched sideways and spun around at speed. The $137,000 BMW is equipped with FIA-required safety car gear but otherwise mainly stock. It doesn’t look too easy to flip, and China […]

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Sebastien Buemi of e.dams-Renault set the fastest time on the FIA Formula E Championship final day of pre-season testing at Donington Park. This last round of testing was held ahead of the opening round of the all-electric in Beijing on September 13. The Swiss driver set a lap of 1:31.792 seconds to top the timesheets […]

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The BMW i8 has been one of the most anticipated performance cars in years, both for its faithful concept-to-production design and its radical hybrid-electric powertrain that strikes an excellent balance between conservation and outright performance. Power comes from a radical turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder and a pair of electric motors to deliver a combined 357 horsepower […]

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