From 4 till 19 October, the Paris Motor Show opens its doors for the public.What has been catching the eyes of public and press in Paris? Introducing the BMW Vodcasts from the Paris Motor Show 2008.
At the Paris Motor Show, BMW debuts a new concept BMW X model in the premium compact segment. Barely one year after showing the BMW X6 as a concept car, the founder of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment is expanding ist range of X Models. With the first Sports Activity Vehicle in the Premium Compact Segment, BMW is actually defining a new segment. Does that mean that BMW is acutally creating a new Segment? The BMW Concept X1 is an innovative, modern interpretation of an X vehicle in the compact class. With its robust design characteristics the BMW Concept X1 clearly belongs to the X family. At the same time, it extends the X family in a progressive way. This vehicle makes an authentic transition of the features and design language typical of a BMW X model into a new class of vehicles. The BMW Concept X1 sets a new standard of cool elegance, modern style and functional variability. The six contour lines and the three-dimensional shape define the surface design of the engine compartment lid emanating a strong feeling of dynamic performance. The inner lines taper out sharply to the front towards the BMW kidney grille. The outer lines continue into the shoulder contours at the side. Characteristic rear end with L-shaped rear light clusters ensuring a homogeneous light effect thanks to LED light tubes. Raked to a low angle, the rear window gives the BMW Concept X1 a truly sporting touch, the horizontal lines emphasising the sheer width of the vehicle.
WheelsTV's coverage of the 2008 Paris Motor Show.
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At the Paris Motor Show, BMW debuts a new concept BMW X model in the premium compact segment. Chris Bangle explains how BMW as the founder of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment is expanding its range of X Models with an innovative, modern interpretation of an X vehicle in the compact class. The BMW Concept X1 appeals to younger people that want to combine their active lifestyle with their urban needs. With the new BMW 7 Series BMW sets a new banchmark. No other luxury sedan combines driving dynamics and efficiency with that much style, comfort and luxury. Chris Bangle comments on sophisticated design details and credites the engineering team with packaging the many innovations according to the design brief, enabling the designers to realize a perfectly proportioned luxury car. Commenting on design details of both the new BMW 7 Series and the BMW Concept X1, Chris Bangle concludes that BMW
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When you walk on the BMW Stand, BMW EfficientDynamics catches the eye - again. With such a wide range of cars equipped with BMW EfficientDynamics, ranging from the 1 Series straight to the 7 Series, it is obvious that BMW EfficientDynamics is a pervasive element in the product development across the product portfolio. These innovations for enhanced fuel economy go hand in hand with even greater and more fulfilling sheer driving pleasure. BMW EfficientDynamics. Less emissions. More driving pleasure. Jan-Christiaan Koenders, Vice President in charge of Communications, explains how the momentum BMW have been building with BMW EfficientDynamics since last year is real and measurable
Wherever you look at the BMW Stand in Paris, you can see the new BMW 7 Series and BMW EfficientDynamics. No other luxury sedan combines driving dynamics and efficiency with that much style, comfort and luxury.The new BMW 7 Series is equipped with the very best BMW has on offer: innovations for enhanced fuel economy as well as new safety and convenience features, not to mention the innovations combining unparallelled dynamics with enhanced driving comfort. These innovations go hand in hand with even greater and more fulfilling sheer driving pleasure. Wim Van Bogaert explains a few of these key innovations in the new BMW 7 Series using interactive displays that invite the visitor to learn the benefit of each innovation. Both in BMW EfficientDynamics gallery as well in the BMW ConnectedDrive area each one the technologies can be tested and tried - interactively. The idea to engage visitors and let them understand BMW´s innovation by experiencing their benefits is a red thread prevalent all over the stand.
With the arrival of the new 7 Series, BMW sets the agenda in the luxury segment. No other luxury sedan combines driving dynamics and efficiency with that much style, comfort and luxury. Let´s take a moment to examine this stunning new vehicle in full
Judging from the new 7 Series BMW is presenting here, BMW EfficientDynamics is available in the entire, line-up, from the BMW 1 Series straight to the top of the line-up in the BMW 7 Series. After the presentation last year of the BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid, BMW is showcasing another hybrid concept: the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid. Wieland Bruch, explains how the unique, broad-scale effect of BMW EfficientDynamics is achieved by technologies used at low cost for customers in all segments. Consistently continuing this strategy, BMW is set to introduce hybrid technology with a great potential for further efficiency borne out in particular in higher segments of the market in more powerful vehicles. As part of BMW EfficientDynamics, ongoing electrification of the drivetrain all the way to full hybridisation offers additional advantages in fuel economy. The BMW Concept X6 ActiveHybrid - also present in Paris - has already demonstrated the requirements to a hybrid model built by the BMW Group: greater driving dynamics under all driving conditions than on existing hybrid cars and, at the same time, a double-digit enhancement of efficiency compared to corresponding models without hybrid technology. The hybrid technology of the BMW Concept 7 Series ActiveHybrid is explained showcasing the individual powertrain components. Truly exciting news about BMW
The new BMW 7 Series presented in Paris is setting a new benchmark. This applies to BMW ConnectedDrive as well. With the new version of the BMW iDrive BMW ConnectedDrive customers have the latest advanced connectivity features on board. The Advanced eCall ensures that the rescue forces have even more details on the type of collision and possible injuries. New tools to improve the convenience of driving a BMW include Remote Services. These are telephone-based services which customers are able to use anywhere in the world to have their vehicle locked or unlocked. As already presented in Geneva, BMW ConnectedDrive has brought the Internet into the car. BMW is the world’s first car manufacturer who provides the World Wide Web in the vehicle. Upcoming innovations include BMW Routes, to be launched in the final quarter of 2008. BMW ConnectedDrive customers have the convenience to download the chosen route directly inside their BMW.