BMW at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show
They brought along their BMW i3 and the new BMW i8. The new i3 city car came in Coupe format. The vehicle looks futuristic, with each concept looking more and more likely that they will turn out to be the final production versions. They will use Lithium-ion batteries that will not be so sensitive to high temperatures like other cars.
The i3 and i8 concepts looked magnificent when they were shown off originally. Ever since they were first seen there has been a high sense of expectation towards the final products.
The new BMW 3 Series GT hatchback has been seen at the Geneva Motor Show. The boot has a total of 520 litres of capacity which beats the 3 Series Touring by 25 litres. When the vehicle is configured in a certain way the boot can store a total amount of 1,600 litres altogether.
Engine wise the car will have the same range as the saloon model. This will include the standard 320i along with the 335i, which is capable of hitting a maximum of 302 BHP. The diesel 320d is also set to be included. The vehicle comes with a six speed manual gearbox. As an optional extra an eight speed automatic gearbox can also be included.
The car will be on sale in the summer costing £28,830 for the lowest level specification. At the very top the 335i will cost £38,470.
BMW Recall 19,000 cars
Last month BMW recalled a total of 720,000 cars over faults to do with electrical wiring that would cause unexpected stalling. Most vehicles are set to be hauled back from North America. Vehicles involved include the BMW 1 Series, 3 Series and the Z4.
There have been no recalls from here in the UK or Germany. A crash was reported in Canada but there were no injuries.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated “The connector for the positive battery cable connector and the corresponding terminal on the fuse box may degrade over time. Over time, the high current flow and heat from electrical resistance may lead to a breakage of the connection, and a loss of electrical power to the vehicle.”
• United States of America: 505,000
• Canada: 65,000
• Japan: 100,000
• South Africa: 50,000