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US-China Trade War May Cost BMW $600M Next Year

Automaker's SUV exports cut off due to tariffs.

by Joseph Szczesny on Oct.15, 2018

An early version of the 2019 X5 rolls down the BMW assembly line in Spartanburg, SC. The plant isn't shipping utes to China and that could cost the company big.

BMW expects its earnings to drop by almost $600 million next year if the trade war between the U.S. and China remains frozen in place, the German automaker’s CFO Nicolas Peter said during an interview with Automobilwoche, one of Germany’s leading automotive magazines.

Tariffs between the United States and China have cut exports of sport-utility vehicles from its U.S. plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, to China, resulting in a hit to earnings of just below 300 million euros, Peter said, according to an extract of an article.

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“If the tariffs remain in 2019, it could have a full-year impact of half a billion euros,” Peter added.  (more…)

BMW Looking to Go Beyond the X5 (and 6 and 7)

The future may include some truly radical approaches.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Sep.14, 2018

The latest version of the BMW iNext Concept adopts a more SAV-like body design.

Even as the newest version of the X5 gets ready to roll into showrooms around the world, BMW is looking at ways to expand its presence in the fast-growing market for sport-utility vehicles.

The automaker took what seemed like a big risk when it launched the original X5 “Sports-Activity Vehicle” in 1999, but dmand for high-line utes has grown exponentially, leading it to move down-market, all the way to the base X1, with a new flagship, the X7, set to debut next year.

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“We see even more demand from our customers,” said Carson Gruber, the BMW AG marketing executive overseeing high-line products like the X5 and X7, during an interview with TheDetroitBureau.com. “BMW is a learning company….and we’re capable of identifying new trends.”

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First Look: 2019 BMW X4

Longer, lower, wider.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Feb.14, 2018

The 2019 BMW X4 grows in all dimensions but one, with its roofline lowered a mere 0.1 inches.

BMW is blowing a kiss to fans of its Sports-Activity Vehicle line-up, giving a first look on Valentine’s Day at the next-generation X4.

The Bavarian automaker has been filling in just every possible niche with its SAVs, most recently debuting the new X2 so, it seems, it’s heading back to refresh the rest of the line-up. If you get a sense of déjà vu, no surprise, considering the 2019 X4 shares most of its underpinnings with the latest BMW X3.

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“The second-generation BMW X4 brings together a distinctive, dynamic silhouette with a clear, pared-back use of forms,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.

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First Look: 2018 BMW X2

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Oct.25, 2017

BMW adds its smallest ute yet.

There were plenty of skeptics when BMW announced plans to build its first utility vehicle, er, Sport-Activity Vehicle. These days, however, it seems like buyers can’t get enough of them.

And, so, the original X5 SAV has become but one in a broad line-up of utes, large and small, from the Bavarian automaker. And BMW apparently hasn’t run out of white space yet, as it is getting ready to add yet another model to the line-up, the new 2018 X2 xDrive 28i.

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“The BMW X2 represents an expression of modern and extrovert vehicle dynamics,” suggested Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design, in describing new model. “This standalone vehicle concept brings a new, fresh and exciting facet of BMW to the compact segment.”

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BMW Reveals New X4 SAV

Downsized X6 to debut at NY Auto Show.

by Paul A. Eisenstein on Mar.06, 2014

BMW adds another Sports Activity Vehicle to its line-up, the new X4 Sports Activity Coupe.

If you’re having a hard time keeping up with all the SAVs, GTs, Gran Coupes and Active Tourers, here’s a spoiler alert: the BMW line-up is about to get bigger still.

Barely had we finished writing about the maker’s Geneva Motor Show additions, including the new 2-Series Active Tourer, before we received an e-mail advising us of yet another debut, this one the Bavarian maker’s latest Sports Activity Coupe, the X4.

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Think of it as a downsized version of the X6 and, as BMW has changed the definition, this Coupe actually has four doors.  Make that five with the big rear hatch.

We’ll have to wait until next month’s New York Auto Show to see this one in the sheet metal – which may give us a chance to digest all the other recent BMW offerings.  But here’s what the maker is telling us ahead of time.

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BMW Bringing X1 to U.S. Market

It will show facelifted model at New York auto show.

by Bryan Laviolette on Apr.02, 2012

BMW will show a facelifted X1 sport ute at the New York auto show, with plans to sell it in the U.S. as a 2013 model.

While BMW’s X1 has been available around the world for several years, the smallest BMW sport ute has not been sold in the U.S.

That will change for 2013 and BMW will show a facelifted version of the X1 at the New York auto show, according to the automaker.

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At 175.4 inches long, the X1 is 4.5 inches shorter than the X3.

Power will come from BMW’s new turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter four cylinder. Output should be about 240 horsepower, similar to the engine’s output in other applications. The engine is currently found in the 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i and 2012 BMW 328i.

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First Drive: BMW X3 xDrive35i

The Ultimate Freeway Machine Isn’t as Happy in Town.

by Bryan Laviolette on Sep.09, 2011

The styling of the BMW X3 is an evolution of the original baby Bimmer sport ute.

It’s not surprising that BMW’s X3 xDrive35i loves to stretch its legs on the freeways and highways. After all, it was bred on Germany’s silky smooth and – in some places – speed limit-free Autobahn.

In that arena, the twin-turbo inline six provides effortless acceleration, there’s plenty of room for everyone and the X3’s many luxury features coddle occupants.

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So why does its personality completely change around town where it feels like a pit bull straining its leash?

The first-generation X3 was roundly criticized for its punishing ride and, in retrospect, the automaker admitted that the interior wasn’t as good as it should have been, either.

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