According to a pair of bulletins from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this week, German automaker BMW is recalling a wide variety of  recent models for an overheating, faulty auxiliary water pump. The recall also extends to one model made by the BMW ultra-luxury division, Rolls-Royce. Auto enthusiasts with good memories may remember the Read on! →


BMW got some sobering news earlier this week when the Environmental Protection Agency lowered the fuel-economy rating of its 2012 328i eight-speed automatic model. The down-tick came following the federal agency’s second round of testing. Dropped one in city, three on highway According to a BMW spokesman, the automaker has been ordered by the EPA Read on! →


In the annual BrandZ Top 100 survey conducted by market research company Millward Brown, BMW has moved into the lead when it comes to the most valuable auto brands worldwide. The number one slot was previously held by Toyota Motor Corp., but Toyota’s recent trouble with mechanical failure and design flaws has knocked it back Read on! →


Munich, Germany-based automaker Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is recalling 235,000 of its Mini Cooper cars worldwide over a possible fire risk associated with a water pump in the cooling system. About 89,000 of the cars affected in the recall are located in the U.S. Water pump could overheat, leading to fire The recall will Read on! →


In a world where fuel costs are out of sight and the newest automobiles, trucks and SUVs are prohibitively expensive, city dwellers who want powered personal transportation without a huge price tag still have a great option. Two-wheeled scooters remain popular for city driving, and they are increasingly fuel-efficient. If you are in the market Read on! →


Eight months into an ongoing investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that 16 crashes and five injuries were related to a transmission issue in some BMW models. According to the NHTSA, the problem can lead to a parked vehicle rolling away. Under investigation since August The federal regulation agency has been looking Read on! →


Thursday, BMW officials announced that the company will be investing an additional $900 million in the production plant in Spartanburg, S.C., where the BMW X4 will be produced. The extra investment will create an additional 300 jobs at the plant, which has produced 2 million vehicles since it opened in 1994. Gov. Nikki Haley applauds Read on! →


German automaker BMW AG announced Tuesday that it will be collaborating with Japanese car maker Toyota to develop a new generation of lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will power future models of the Prius and other hybrids. Collaboration finally in effect BMW and Toyota have been in talks about the collaboration for more than a year Read on! →


Automotive News reports that BMW has pulled out of talks with General Motors that were intended to lead to a cooperative partnership for producing fuel cell technology to power future vehicles. BMW has voiced its intention to partner with Toyota. According to BMW AG spokesman Alexander Bilgeri, GM is still in talks with BMW, but Read on! →


Mazda recently introduced a new regenerative braking system that powers the car’s electrical functions as the vehicle brakes. The system is called i-ELOOP — or “Intelligent Energy Loop.” It makes an internal combustion vehicle behave in a manner similar to a hybrid. Converts kinetic energy to electricity The system converts kinetic braking energy — usually Read on! →