China will require 30 percent of all government cars to be electric cars. The plan will include battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and fuel-cell cars, and it is set to be phased in over the next two years.
BMW is recalling 1.6 million 3 series vehicles worldwide with Takata airbag inflators as a precautionary measure, the automaker said Wednesday. The BMW 3 Series recall affects 574,000 cars in the US.
China has decided to wait its 10 percent purchase tax on electric cars. Electric car sales haven't been stellar recently, but this waiver is the country's policymakers' latest effort to address China's energy independence issues.
Chrysler, Toyota, and Nissan report US strong auto sales for June, while Ford and Volkswagen saw US auto sales dip for June. General Motors' auto sales were up 1 percent, despite all of the recalls.
General Motors, Toyota, and other automakers boast stellar sales since the recession. Car prices are going up, and auto loan terms are getting longer at the same time.
More than 20 precent of 2014 vehicle models now have a front crash prevention system with automatic-braking, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Automakers such as GM have been improving safety features on its vehicles.
BMW i8 and i3 plugins made their advertising debuts in two ads that aired over the weekend during NBC's Olympic coverage. The BMW i8 ad, called 'Sightings,' follows people trying to describe the futuristic coupe after it has whizzed past.
BMW said its launching an effort to consolidate the number of platforms that the company's vehicles - which include models under the MINI and Rolls-Royce brands - are based upon.