BMW Concept Active Tourer and BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to Make North
American Debuts; Diesel-Powered BMW 328d to Make U.S. Debut at the
2013 New York International Auto Show on March 27
BMW Enhances ConnectedDrive with Four Newly Approved BMW Apps and the
Additions of BMW Assist eCall and TeleService as Standard in most 2014
models for 10 Years
BMW-Designed Team USA Bobsled to be Displayed
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - March 14, 2013... Following BMW's pioneering
philosophy of sustainable mobility, BMW will introduce the Concept
Active Tourer for the first time in North America at the 2013 New York
International Auto Show on Wednesday, March 27th at the BMW stand from
11:45 a.m. 12:05 p.m. at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in
Manhattan (655 W. 34th Street at 11th Avenue). The automaker will also
feature two new additions to its award-winning 3 Series line-up, the
BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and the diesel-powered BMW 328d.
Offering a glimpse of further innovations in store for the premium
compact segment, BMW introduces the Concept Active Tourer a new
plug-in hybrid concept which combines comfort and functionality with
dynamics and style while showcasing several innovative solutions.
Featuring an elongated wedge-shaped silhouette, athletic proportions
and typical BMW lines, this concept car features a 3-cylinder gasoline
engine coupled with an electric motor which allows for nearly 95 mpg.
The Concept Active Tourer will also feature a "Cool Shade"
composite glass roof which uses "Suspended Particle Device"
technology allowing the driver to make the roof crystal clear or
darken with the touch of a button.
BMW first redefined the Gran Turismo segment with the BMW 5 Series GT
by adding first-class seating for four with space for luggage and
now introduces the BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo. Based on the iconic BMW
3 Series, a car that has appeared on "Car and Driver's" 10
Best list for 22 consecutive years, the 3 Series GT features a longer
wheelbase, more rear seat room and flexible luggage space with an
optional panoramic moonroof. The 3 Series GT will arrive in the U.S.
this summer and will be available with either an award-winning
TwinPower Turbo 4 cylinder or inline 6-cylinder engine.
The diesel-powered BMW 328d will make its U.S. debut at this year's
New York International Auto Show, joining the BMW 3 Series lineup and
strengthening BMW's position as one of the country's most efficient
automakers. The BMW 328d will be powered by a TwinPower Turbo 4
cylinder engine, delivering 180 hp and an impressive 280 lb-ft of
torque propelling the vehicle from 0 to 60 mph in about 7.2 seconds
while getting mileage that could well exceed 40 mpg (official US EPA
estimates will be available closer to the launch of the 328d). With
the hallmark performance of a BMW 3 Series and increased efficiency of
a diesel engine, the BMW 328d will serve as the new benchmark in its
The slate of approved BMW Apps will expand to include new
partnerships. Through these partnerships drivers will soon be able to
listen to their favorite audiobooks read aloud, or share their
location with friends and family. Music and radio fans will enjoy new
functionality in their BMW via their mobile device.
BMW vehicle amenities will for the first time include a 4G LTE mobile
hotspot accessory that connects with the car's antenna to provide
blazing-fast wireless Internet speeds inside the car for devices such
as laptops, iPad and smartphones.
BMW will also announce that, beginning later this year, most 2014
models will feature BMW Assist eCall emergency call service for 10
years as standard equipment as well as TeleService, which tracks
vehicle maintenance needs and automatically alerts the driver and
local dealer. BMW Assist eCall includes enhanced automatic collision
notification that not only places an automatic call in the case of a
collision but also, through a ground-breaking algorithm co-developed
with the William Lehman Injury Research Center, can send an assessment
of the likelihood of severe injury in order to better prepare first
Also featured on the BMW stand will be the BMW designed two-man
bobsled developed in collaboration with the USA Bobsled & Skeleton
Federation (USBSF). BMW of North America is the Official Mobility
Partner of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and has applied
its world-class design expertise namely the application of BMW
EfficientDynamics to pair intelligent lightweight materials, such as
carbon fiber, with optimized aerodynamics to design the new sled. BMW
hopes to help Team USA win its first Olympic gold medal in two-man
men's bobsled since 1936.
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