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Sixth Consecutive Year for Sales Record
People continue to love the BMW lineup, as evidenced by a worldwide sales increase in 2016 of 5.3 percent over the previous year to set a company record. “As our model lineup has expanded, so have our sales,” according to BMW board member Dr. Ian Robertson. “Despite headwinds in some markets, our police of balanced global sales has paid off, as we increased our worldwide sales month by month.” Dr. Robertson noted a steady increase in the delivery of electric and hybrid vehicles, which bodes well for the future of transportation. See why BMW continues to be a popular premium brand by taking a trip to Chapman BMW.
BMW X Family Leads the Charge
SUVs are popular in America and all across the globe, so it’s no real surprise that one out of every three BMWs sold in 2016 was from the X lineup. The model increased sales by 22.3 percent over 2015, delivering almost 650,000 vehicles worldwide. The 2-Series (24.8 percent) and 7-Series (69.2 percent) also saw significant sales jumps over the previous year. BMW executives expect the new 5-Series to have a similar sales bump this year. Look for it to come to Chapman BMW this February.
Electrified Vehicles Top 60,000 in Sales
No one expected the world to quickly switch from the comfortable familiarity of gasoline engines to the future of electrified vehicles, but BMW did well in 2016. The company has a total of seven different hybrid or electric vehicles, accounting for 62,000 sales last calendar year. “The addition of new models has clearly driven our sales of these innovative vehicles and we were delighted to see the 100,000th electrified BMW hit the road in November,” Dr. Robertson said. He noted that the markets that have a strong charging infrastructure did the best in electrified vehicle sales.
South Carolina Plant Has Strong Year
Coinciding with the strong sales year of the X model SUVs, the South Carolina X vehicle assembly plant also had a record year. The plant recorded its largest annual production, manufacturing 411,171 X models. Last year was a very successful year for Plant Spartanburg,” BMW manufacturing CEO Knudt Flor said. “Our X models continue to be extremely popular worldwide, and I’m proud of the commitment shown by our team of dedicated associates to deliver premium quality vehicles for our customers.” The X lineup is a collection of sophisticated utility vehicles that are not only functional, but are a heck of a lot of fun to drive. See how much fun an SUV can be when you head over to Chapman BMW for a test drive.
Modern Metals Cut Weight
Thanks to an innovative combination of steel, magnesium and aluminum, the all-new BMW 5-Series has shed up to 137 pounds, depending on the model. You may not be able to see the slimming effects when it shows up at the Chapman BMW showroom in early February, but you will be able to notice an increase in performance and efficiency. As it prepares the vehicles for the North American International Auto Show, BMW announced the pricing for the revamped sedan. The 530i starts at just $51,200 with the xDrive all-wheel drive option kicking that up a bit to $53,500. The BMW 540i and 504i xDrive will start at $56,450 and $58,750, respectively.
7th Generation ‘Business Sedan’ Offers Mature Styling
“The new BMW 5-Series will make a mature, confidently stylish and dynamic impression at every opportunity,” according to BMW head of design Karim Habib. “The formal and precise design combines presence, aesthetic appeal and functionality in equal measure.” The new 5-Series is a bit longer, wider and taller than last year’s model, creating a slightly more statuesque presence. By moving the cockpit back just a bit, the eye is drawn to the gently sloping roofline that slopes toward the rear end. “For the first time, the new BMW 5-Series sedan brings together two traditional BMW design elements which are normally separate from each other,” Habib continued. “The swage line turns up as it heads rearward, moving from shadow to light and sweeping up the Hofmeister kink in its path rather than continuing into the rear. This upwards motion lends the car a forward-surging character, and the expressive, swooping surface imbues it with an undeniable muscularity.”
Choose M Sport Package for Greater Handling
The new BMW 5-Series will have the M Sport package available as an option when it hits Chapman BMW in early February. This includes larger air intakes in the front apron, a rear apron diffuser and two rectangular tailpipes. The lowered M Sport suspension package creates a lower center of gravity for improve handling and responsiveness. The sporty interior adds a leather steering wheel with the M Sport logo, aluminum pedal covers, special floor mats and the option of black leather seats with blue piping. The front sport seats come with a 16-way power adjustment including bolsters that keep you in place as you power through corners. Seats that offer massage and heat are also available, with eight different programs to relax muscles on those long cross-country drives.
All Great Things Start With a Vision
It takes great vision for monumental change to occur, whether that’s the dream of a new job, the ambition to move across country or the foresight to completely change the future of personal transportation. BMW engineers had vision when they rewrote the book on how people can interact with electric vehicles. The result is the BMW i, vehicles that provide performance, efficiency, innovation and design as the future of personal transportation continues to evolve. Whether you prefer the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 sports car or the more demure i3 commuter, take the time to visit Chapman BMW and test drive them both.
Construction Goes From Ground Up
By utilizing Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) in much of the foundation for BMW i cars, engineers were able to cut half the weight of steel. CFRP is just as strong as steel, but the lighter weight improved handling, thrust and miles per gallon. The use of CFRP is an industry-first that shows how BMW’s forward thinking will help solve transportation problems in the coming decades. That innovation also works for the chassis and frame in a modern concept known as LifeDrive. By making two separate units, the Drive Module and the Life Module, BMW was able to reduce more weight and increase the range of the hybrid and electric vehicles. Although the vehicles are assembled in a “smart” plant in Germany, the carbon fibers are manufactured in Moses Lake, Washington.
i3 Offers 114-mile Range
The subcompact BMW i3 electric vehicle has a 114-mile range, making it a smart choice for a daily commuter or to maneuver quickly through urban traffic. With 184 pound-feet of torque, the i3 has the get up and go to merge quickly with freeway traffic while still providing a few thrills when you find a nice stretch of curvy road. The LifeDrive module delivers a spacious feeling inside, where you can enjoy the use of upscale materials and a large touchscreen for music, communication and navigation. The eucalyptus dashboard is a breathing entity that darkens as it gets older, providing a nice contrast to the olive tanned leather seats.
i8 Hybrid is Bad to the Bone
If you think all hybrids are nice, polite little cars that are about as thrilling as driving a golf cart, you need to head to Chapman BMW and take the i8 for a test drive. This plug-in hybrid combines an electric motor on the front axle and twin turbo gas engine on the rear axle to deliver 357 horsepower and neck pressing 420 foot pounds of torque. Tromp on the accelerator and try to reign in your smile as you hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph. With all that performance, the i8 still gets a remarkable 76 MPGe, making it the fun, environmentally-friendly vehicle you’ve always been looking for.
Passionate Beemer Owners Like to Congregate
If you’re considering buying a BMW, know that the fraternity of ownership goes far beyond the sales lot. International, national and local BMW clubs provide a chance to get together, show off your car and learn from each other in a family-friendly environment. There are two national car clubs recognized by BMW which consist of about 125,000 BMW owners. The membership in these clubs make up about 40 percent of the total participation in BMW clubs worldwide. For more information on either of these clubs, please feel free to stop by Chapman BMW.
BMW Car Club of America
The BMW Car Club of America (CCA) is the biggest single brand car club in the world. Along with special events, the club offers benefits such as BMW discounts, roadside assistance and technical service advisors. BMW CCA hosts events all across the country including rallies, parties, autocross and much more. There are 68 chapters spread across the nation, including one each in Scottsdale and Tucson. For more information on how to join, go to BMWCCA.org.
BMW Vintage &Classic Car Club of America
You don’t have to own a vintage BMW to join the BMW Vintage and Classic Car Club of America. All you need is an interest in classic BMWs and a desire to participate in periodic events and trips. The club holds a major rally once a year, with the “Pine Tree State Rally” scheduled for September 2017 in Maine. This club’s mission is to keep alive interest in classic BMW automobiles and all the derivatives that have sprung from the BMW tree. The club also promotes the preservation of these classic cars, as well as providing a resource for people who are interested in restoring vintage BMWs. Head to BMWVCCA.com for more information.
Enthusiast Websites Have Something for Everyone
If your interest in BMW automobiles is more specific, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have one in your garage. Chapman BMW has a huge inventory of BMW models just ready to go to a loving home. Once that’s done, head to the BMW website for a complete listing of all the more popular clubs and websites. Examples include the Vintage Microcar Club, which is devoted to those who enjoy classic foreign and domestic microcars. This includes the BMW Isetta, BMW 600 and Messerschmitt. The “First Five” website is devoted to the E-12 BMW series that came to life in 1972, specifically targeted to the American auto market. Another popular website is devoted specifically to the E30 M3, a sport sedan that had great success on the European racing circuit.
Twelve Cylinders of Pure Fury Power Luxury Beast
If you’re looking for a luxury car that provides comfort, sophistication, a status statement and 610 horsepower of pure fury, the M760i xDrive is coming right around the corner. Due to arrive at the Chapman BMW showroom in early 2017, this take on the flagship BMW 7-Series lineup is for people who not only like their cake but prefer devouring it whole. With 590 pound-feet of torque, this luxury sedan rockets from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds on its way to a limited speed of 155 mph. Attention to detail, upscale materials and a sense of style provide all the creature comforts on the inside, while BMW’s idyllic 50/50 weight distribution and superior suspension make sharp corners a thing to be tamed and not feared.
Takes Advantage of Motorsport Technology
BMW has been learning what makes fast cars go faster on the European race circuit for decades. Any car that has the “M” designation receives the benefits of this advanced learning and the M760i xDrive is no exception. By arranging dual mono-scroll turbochargers tightly on the outside of the cylinders, each has the responsibility of providing six pistons with compressed air. This tight, short flow works with intercoolers to reduce the temperature of the incoming air in order to increase the combustible charge. The gas from these constant explosions needs somewhere to go and that’s where the M sport exhaust system kicks in. By producing, in essence, a V12 soundtrack of rumblings that speak to the heart of every race enthusiast, this exhaust system uses rear silencers and a flap activation system to provide a wide acoustic sound that varies from near silence to a throaty roar.
Active Comfort Drive Reduces Vibration
Although power is always a good thing, it can become uncontrollable without a proper suspension system. Active Comfort Drive with Road Preview is part of the solution in the undercarriage of the 2017 M760i xDrive. This active suspension control system works with dual axle air suspension and damper control to reduce vibration levels and provide superior handling. By reducing roll at both axles, the result is a real race car driving feel that works surprisingly well with a cushiony, luxury ride. See how responsive and comfortable it is to drive this new version of the BMW 7-Series when it comes to Chapman BMW early next year.