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2018 Ushers in New Era for 4-Series

Choose From Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe

When the 2018 BMW 4-Series arrives on the lot at Chapman BMW later this spring, you’ll have the choice of three different body styles that fit almost any need or desire. “The arrival of the first BMW 4-Series marks the beginning of a new era for BMW,” said Karim Habib, BMW’s design chief. “The Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe signposted their ‘extra portion’ of dynamism, elegance and exclusiveness over the BMW 3-Series with their own designation. The model update distinguishes the 4-Series cars even more clearly from their sister model series and ensures that this ‘extra portion’ makes its presence felt both inside and out.” The 4-Series will start arriving in March, available as 430i and 440i xDrive models.

4-Series Success Started in 2013

When BMW released the first 4-Series Coupe in September 2013, customers were wowed with the two-door’s beauty and performance. A wide stance and longer wheelbase add to the athletic silhouette of the 2018 model, which remains a fun and luxurious sports machine. The Coupe, Convertible and four-door Gran Coupe all take their styling from the Concept 4-Series Coupe that was introduced to the auto world during the show season of 2012. Hexagon LED headlights, a massive air intake and LED tail lights are all distinctive and reminiscent of earlier models. “The maxim guiding the BMW 4 Series model update was ‘stick to the proven formula but add extra richness to the car’s character,’” said head of exterior design Domagoj Dukec. “That’s why the exterior design shines the spotlight most brightly on the dynamic and elegant qualities of the BMW 4-Series family.”

All-wheel Drive and Stiffer Suspension Add Control

You can choose to add all-wheel drive to any of the 2018 BMW 4-Series models, offering superior handling and better control during inclement weather. BMW engineers have revised the suspension system, offering advanced technology to adjust the dampers and steering as road conditions and speed change. The result is reduced roll and better handling through sharp turns. Choose the 430i and you get a TwinTurbo engine with a healthy 248 horsepower. Step up a bit to the 440i and the horsepower increases to 320.

Plenty of Technology and Comfort on Interior

When you buy a BMW you expect the very best in comfort and sophistication. The new 4-Series does not disappoint. An available multifunctional instrument display lets the driver choose the vehicle data he or she wants to see. Wireless smart phone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot means you and your passengers are always connected and ready to communicate with the outside world. Stay in touch with Chapman BMW to take a test drive of the 2018 4-Series when the new models arrive this March.

Luxury Just Got Serious

For those looking for a performance vehicle with some serious luxury, it’s time to head to Chapman BMW and explore the BMW 6-Series inventory. Beautiful and sophisticated are two words that come to mind when describing the new 6-Series, a popular choice for people seeking a premium sports machine.  From the iconic BMW front end your eye will follow the elongated flow of the profile, admiring the muscular stance of this Ultimate Driving Machine. The dramatic curves of the 6-Series didn’t happen by accident; they are the result of painstaking attention to detail from the engineering and design team, melding the exterior and interior into one eye-popping machine.

How Fast Do You Want to Go?

Choose the 3.0L Twin Turbo 6 cylinder engine and you can take your 6-Series from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, which might be a bit of a shock for the kid in the souped-up Civic sitting next to you at the stop light. The tremendous power works together with an intelligent chassis that continually adjusts the damper of your shock absorbers as road conditions and your speed changes. This, in conjunction with BMW’s near-perfect 50/50 weight distribution, helps keep you in control whether you’re on the way to work or testing your new 6-Series on a weekend run.

Coupe, Gran Coupe or Convertible? The Choice is Yours

The BMW 6-Series offers a nice selection of models depending on your needs. If you’re one of those people who think that two doors is the perfect number for a car, the Coupe and Convertible would be a smart choice. If hauling the kids to soccer on Saturdays or taking a turn in the office car pool are part of your agenda, perhaps the Gran Coupe 4-door would be more to your liking.For the ultimate in luxury, power and pure exhilaration, head to Chapman BMW and check out the Alpina B6 Gran Coupe. It takes power, design and comfort to a whole new level.

This is Your Car. Make it Personal

Take advantage of the BMW Individual composition experience to make your new 6-Series reflective of your personality. With distinct personal touches in badging for both the outside and interior, you get the ability to design your new BMW as an extension of your better self.  Additional packages let you enhance your BMW 6-Series experience with driver assistance features, black accents and a super premium Bang & Olufsen sound system.

2016 Best-ever Year for BMW Sales

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.

Hybrid Innovation Starts With ‘i’

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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.