BMW i Debuts as Exclusive Coachella Partner

BMW i will debut as the exclusive transportation partner at the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival in 2017, providing VIP shuttle service and hospitality during the weekends of April 14-16 and 21-23. BMW’s future-oriented brand will provide BMW i3 electric vehicles and BMW X5 40e iPerformance plug-in hybrid electric vehicles for transportation on and around the festival site.

A stand-out feature of the BMW i3 fleet at Coachella is a unique wrap that was created especially for the occasion, its design reflecting the creative and unconventional character of the event. BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports cars with Coachella design will also take to the roads between Los Angeles and Palm Springs with a selected group of festival-bound celebrities and influencers.

Coachella is one of the world’s largest music festivals and provides an ideal stage for the BMW i brand.

This is Volvo’s 400bhp XC90 SUV

It’s the T8, Volvo’s plug-in hybrid with monster power and just 59g/km of CO2. Wait, what?

Volvo’s upcoming new XC90 appears to have taken various fruits from the motoring tree and blended it into one, giant smoothie. This is the brand new XC90 T8: a 400bhp SUV which emits just 59g/km of CO2.

Yeah, us too. What you get is a seven-seat SUV that claims to be the safest in the world, emits less CO2 than a city car and will outgun a Volkswagen Golf GTI to 62mph. “The XC90 is a plug-in electric car, hybrid and high-performance model rolled into one,” explains Dr Peter Mertens, senior VP of Volvo’s R&D department.

How does it achieve such things? For a start there’s a four-cylinder petrol engine up front, here powered by both a supercharger and turbocharger to produce a very healthy 318bhp and 295lb ft of torque, connected to an eight-speed gearbox (with a gearstick crafted from handmade Swedish crystal), powering the front wheels. [x]

Is this for real?

Premium sedan levels of comfort and sports car performance
with fuel economy of just 2.1 liters per 100 km? Yep, it’s for real.

[Mercedes-Benz C 350 e | Combined fuel consumption: 2.4-2.1 l/100 km | CO₂ emissions: 54-48 g/km |]