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! →


Compact cars have not been huge sellers in the U.S. in the past. However, car makers think that may be about to change. Gas consumption and eco-consciousness have become part of the automotive landscape. People aren’t thinking of buying a brand new SUV the size of a house so much anymore. Automakers are starting to Read on! →


Automotive News reports that Audi’s talks to purchase Italian motorcycle maker Ducati may have come to a conclusion. As early as April 18, it is believed that Audi plans to formally announce that it has acquired Ducati, according to two sources close to the matter. That is the day before Audi parent company Volkswagen AG’s Read on! →


Although motorcycle riding is exciting to a lot of men, they probably wouldn’t want to take it as far as one California man did. Henry Wolf claimed in court last week that a four-hour ride on a BMW motorcycle caused him to have an erection for the last 20 months. He is suing BMW of Read on! →


Many researcher teams around the world are working at perfecting a driverless car. Cars that drive themselves could have many advantages. Google’s Lab X — one of the places the technology is being explored — may be planning to manufacture just such a vehicle as early as next year. Google’s Lab X Although engineer Sebastian Read on! →


The maker of the BMW X1 is giving motorist who love the outdoors a chance to assist in protecting and preserving some great outdoor areas that need a helping hand. And it s not asking them to give a cent. BMW X1 Restore the Outdoors BMW of North America, the domestic arm of the Bavarian Read on! →


When other automakers zig, Ferrari zags. Most believe that carbon fiber is the best material for making car components lighter, but the Italian supercar maker is standing behind its use of aluminum. Ferrari insists aluminum is superior for most cars, a stance that goes against the grain in the automotive industry. Enzo preferred aluminum Dating Read on! →