BMW denied allegations that engine management software shut off a system filtering emissions in some of its diesel cars. A German environmental group alleged that a 3-series diesel wagon emitted amounts of NOx seven times above the legal limit.
Building a working prototype is expensive, so BMW's advanced research teams construct cheaper 'pretertypes' for new innovations to check they're on the right track. Sometimes the reaction can halt an idea on the spot.
BMW may make its Mini brand all-electric in the United States and is talking with other automakers to find partners to lower the cost of electrifying the brand, a senior executive said. BMW plans to launch an electric Mini in 2019.
BMW expects its new i8 roadster to dominate the sales mix in the i8 plug-in hybrid family when it goes on sale in the spring. The open-top two-seater will join a freshened version of the i8 coupe also going on sale in the spring.