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Review: Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus

Last year, after my 2008 BMW 135i was wrecked for a 135i to be named later (right rear quarter taken out by an uninsured driver), I found the replacement – a 2013 BMW 135i, N55…

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TEST DRIVE: 2017 BMW 230i xDrive

The ’13 135i was recently dropped off at BMW of Kansas City South for scheduled maintenance. My Service Advisor, Clint Wong, knew I’d need a loaner and he arranged to have a surprise waiting for…

Purgatory – Chapter 5 of the History of BMW

The German economic miracle, the ‘Wirtschaftwunder’, was predicated by the western allies currency reform – the replacement of the old Reichsmark with the new Deutschmark, tax reform, and the Marshall Plan. It aided Germany in…

BMW Strategy ONE > NEXT, Shaping the Future

Expansion: History of BMW – Part 3

On the southeast edge of Eisenach, Germany, there is a steep hill. On top of that hill sits a fortification, a castle. It is not one of those popular fairy tale castles like Neuschwanstein in…

Intermezzo – Chapter Two of a History of BMW

In May of 1922 the restrictions on aircraft engine production, imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, was lifted. Possibly this serves as one of the reasons BMW’s secretive benefactor, Camillo Castiglioni, went to the trouble…

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VW and the EPA

It was announced the other day that almost 500,000 VW and Audi TDI cars have been equipped with, ahem, inappropriate software. The software in question was included in the ECU code and allowed the cars…