BMW says the seventh-generation 3 series' signature characteristics such as design, agile handling, fuel efficiency and advanced equipment have been raised to a higher level. "We will prove the new 3 series remains the sportiest sedan in its segment," BMW development chief Klaus Froehlich said at the car's unveiling.
BMW's promotion of company veteran Andreas Wendt to head of purchasing comes amid reports that boardroom bickering has intensified as the company deals with slowing sales growth and a lack of new EVs to challenge Tesla, Mercedes and Audi.
With the 2019 X5, BMW offers a semi-autonomous driving system that allows for hands-free and pedal-free driving on limited-access highways and at speeds below 37 mph. And for the first time in any of its vehicles, BMW will use an in-cabin camera to address a critical challenge with semi-autonomous driving systems -- ensuring the driver is paying attention to the road.
The EU has opened a formal investigation into whether BMW, Daimler and VW Group colluded to avoid competition in the development of emissions technology, including allegedly limiting the rollout of systems to reduce NOx and particulate pollution.