Over the past several months, the BMW i3 has stolen plenty of headlines as it becomes an increasingly popular option among eco-savvy drivers who don’t want to sacrifice style or comfort. Yet BMW’s efforts to build eco-friendly vehicles began long ago. In a recently released video, BMW gives us a detailed history of its first electric vehicle, the BMW 1602e, made way back in 1972!
According to the video, pollution was recognized in the 1960s as a problem in urban areas in California and across Europe. As a result, BMW began brainstorming ways to create regenerative electric engines, just like many that are available at our BMW dealership in Peabody, MA, today.
Their first attempt was the BMW 1602e, based on the 02 series, which used 12 normal 12-volt car batteries linked together to create one battery pack. Combined with a pre-existing Bosch engine, this allowed the 1602e to be completely electric-powered. Then, in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, the 1602e escorted long-distance runners, demonstrating the athletes’ ability to breathe freely behind the vehicle based on its lack of emissions.
The 1602e proved to be just a concept, and was more of a first attempt at creating a viable electric mobility solution. Still, it was a start, and it’s the platform from which many of BMW’s innovative electric ideas today were sprung.
To see the BMW 1602e in action, check out the video from BMW below:
The MINI Countryman changed the game among MINI models when it was introduced in 2011. The first MINI with four doors, five seats and optional all-wheel drive, it provided free-spirited MINI lovers with a bigger, tougher option perfect for Massachusetts drivers who face difficult driving conditions with regularity. Now, MINI is upping the Countryman’s game even further, introducing the new MINI Countryman Park Lane at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show earlier this month!
With a specially developed design and color concept, plus high-end tech features, the Countryman Park Lane variant adds individual flair to the Countryman’s overall package. The Earl Grey metallic finish pays homage to MINI’s decidedly British roots, while the Oak Red accents are sure to catch the eyes of many an onlooker. Eighteen-inch light alloy wheels add a little more excitement to the Countryman Park Lane’s exterior, while the MINI All4 Exterior visual package includes silver body elements for the front and rear apron and side sills.
Yet the Countryman Park Lane is more than just exterior flash: there’s plenty of interior substance, too. Specially designed center console side surrounds and door bezels make it clear that the latest Countryman is an exclusive, premium ride. The Carbon Black door trim and center control evoke a sporty feel. And with a variety of configurations that allows for a maximum of 42.2 cubic feet of cargo space, the Countryman Park Lane is as versatile as it is stylish.
The MIN Countryman Park Lane is slated for availability at our MINI dealership near Burlington, MA, later this summer, and it will be available in Countryman, S Countryman and S Countryman ALL4 variants. Stay tuned to this blog for more information, or get in touch with MINI of Peabody today!
Audi drivers know that the Audi ownership experience is about more than driving a car that turns heads and keeps you engaged; it’s about value, too. After all, Audi led all luxury brands in the 2014 Strategic Vision Total Quality Index, and the automaker is renowned for making safe, reliable vehicles that stay on the road long past those of its competitors and return impressive fuel economy.
Now, Audi is doing more to bolster that reputation, as the Audi A5 has won a 2015 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award! Given to vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs and designed to help shoppers make more informed car-buying decisions, the awards highlight vehicles that hold up well and limit driver expenses over the cars’ first five years on the road.
Powered by a 2.0 TFSI turbocharged direct-injection four-cylinder engine, the base 2015 A5 produces 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, giving New England Audi drivers more than enough zip to conquer any road. Yet that power doesn’t come at the expense of efficiency, as the A5 Coupe returns up to 31 highway mpg, while the A5 Cabriolet returns up to 28 highway mpg. That blend of performance and fuel economy is just a part of what makes the A5 one of the more popular models at our Audi dealership near Windham, NH.
”High quality of build and efficient, yet powerful performance are two hallmarks of Audi vehicles that contribute to a lower cost of ownership,” Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America, said in a release. “We’re proud to see the 2015 Audi A5 continue that trend with a 5-Year Cost to Own Award.”
If you want to get behind the wheel of a safe-yet-stylish Audi A5 today, schedule a test-drive at Audi of Nashua. Our impressive inventory of A5 Coupes and Cabriolets will let you find the right A5 model for your daily driving needs. When you buy an A5, you know you’re getting great value!