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BMW Connected. Your personal mobility companion.

The new BMW Connected app helps you to make your life smarter and more comfortable by optimizing your personal mobility requirements. You can download it here:

Functions are:

Share Estimated Time of Arrival
Keep friends and family informed about your likely arrival time either from your smartphone or from inside your vehicle. Just send a simple preformatted text message . Don’t text and drive.

Last Mile Route
If you have to park away from your final destination, no problem! Your smartphone will guide you from your parking spot to your final destination. Arriving stress free has never been easier.

Remote Services
Stay connected with your vehicle via remote functions using your smartphone. You can for example flash the lights, lock the doors, find your car or start the climate control. In addition, you can check the battery level, the electric range or set your charging profile. Thus, BMW Connected enhances your comfort and safety.

Time to Leave Notification
Ever been late for an appointment? With the BMW Connected App this is almost impossible. It provides estimated travel times for your routine or planned destinations, no matter if you are in or outside your vehicle. Based on traffic conditions, you will be notified when it’s time to leave.

Personal Learned Destinations
Another nice feature of the BMW Connected App is the “Personal learned Destinations”. This helps you to optimize your time. Frequent destinations and mobility patterns, like your daily trip to work at 8 in the morning or the pick-up of your kids from school at 2 in the afternoon are learned and stored for quick recall. If there is an accident or a traffic jam along the route, you will be notified. This automatically helps you to be on time.

Send to Car
BMW Connected makes your end-to-end journey simple and convenient. Easily search for destinations using your favorite third party apps, like “Yelp” or “Apple Maps”. Afterwards share the destination with BMW Connected. As soon as you enter your car it knows where to go. The next planned trip pops up automatically and you can start your in-car-navigation with the push of a button. The best thing is, you do not have to manually enter the address into the navigation system – it works seamlessly.

The app uses a digital platform called Open Mobility Cloud as a basis. BMW Connected seamlessly integrates the vehicle into the user’s digital life via multiple touchpoints, such as an iPhone or Apple Watch.
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Ford F-150 Recall Fire

Around 3 am in the morning, our f150 2001 caught fire scaring the street and nearly burning the neighbors house down . Very traumatizing. Make sure you take your vehicle to a ford dealership and get that taken care of . ASAP

Ford Announces Recall for Rangers With Takata Air Bags

Ford Announces Recall for Rangers With Takata Air Bags

Ford Motor company confirmed on Tuesday that close to 400,000 mid-sized pickup trucks will be recalled for their air bags.
The American automaker added that 391,394 Ford Rangers manufactured between 2004 and 2006 will be a part of a massive recall effort.
The trucks are equipped with air bag inflators made by the Takata Corp.
As part of a growing scandal, the Ford Rangers are some of the 24 million estimated vehicles outfitted with the faulty inflators.
The component can explode with more force than necessary to inflate the air bag, potentially shooting shrapnel throughout the cab


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2015 Fiat 500X Cross Plus: Australia’s Auto Sales – Full Year Results – 2015:
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Australia’s Top 40 Selling Brands for 2015:

1. Toyota – 206,236 – Up 1.3%
2. Mazda – 114,024 – Up 13.2%
3. GM – Holden – 102,951 – Down 3.0%
4. Hyundai – 102,004 – Up 2.0%
5. Mitsubishi – 71,743 – Up 4.5%
6. Ford – 70,454 – Down 11.6%
7. Nissan – 66,062 – Up 0.1%
8. Volkswagen – 60,225 – Up 9.9%
9. Subaru – 43,600 – Up 7.6%
10. Honda – 40,100 – Up 21.5%

11. Mercedes – 36,374 – Up 14.0%
12. Kia – 33,736 – Up 20.5%
13. BMW – 25,022 – Up 10.1%
14. Jeep – 24,418 – Down 19.7%
15. Audi – 23,088 – Up 20.1%
16. Isuzu – 20,984 – Up 25.8%
17. Suzuki – 19,086 – Up 9.6%
18. Land Rover – 11,885 – Up 17.6%
19. Renault – 11,525 – Up 15.1%
20. Lexus – 8,691 – Up 24.2%

21. Fiat – 5,475 – Down 31.5%
22. Volvo – 4,943 – Up 5.3%
23. Skoda – 4,750 – Up 23.3%
24. Porsche – 4,090 – Up 45.4%
25. Peugeot – 4,000 – Down 9.0%
26. Mini – 3,342 – Up 30.0%
27. Alfa Romeo – 1,577 – Down 36.7%
28. Jaguar – 1,292 – Up 10.7%
29. Tesla (e) – 1,250 New
30. Dodge – 1,184 – Down 23.0%

31. Citroen – 1,106 – Down 15.0%
32. Foton – 1,065 – Up 98.0%
33. SsangYong – 1,000 – Down 22.0%
34. Chrysler – 925 – Down 44.0%
35. LDV – 767 – Up 258.0%
36. Infiniti – 574 – Up 30.0%
37. Maserati – 519 – Up 29.0%
38. Proton – 421 – Down 48.0%
39. Chery – 201 – Down 66.0%
40. Ferrari – 167 – Up 40.0%

Total New Vehicle Market – 1,155,408 Units – Up 3.8% on 2014 tally. 2015 is also a new record year.

Previous best year was in 2013 when 1,136,227 Units were sold.

SUV sales now account for 35.0% of the Australian market, while Passenger Car sales account for 44.0%. Many predict with the continuing growth of SUV’s, sales of SUV’s will overtake traditional Passenger Car sales by 2020.

If you take a closer look at the results, you’ll also see a pattern. Every FCA brand, Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge, took big hits. Chrysler and Dodge sell one model each, the Chrysler 300 sedan and the Dodge Journey SUV. Fiat and Jeep have been hit with constant recalls and bad servicing reports, which has lead to sales drop, plus pricing has crept up to the point that vehicles like the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X are considered overpriced. Fiat also deleted the Panda and Punto from it’s Australian lineup in 2015.

Also another pattern, what ‘dieselgate’?? It seems it hasn’t effected sales of VAG vehicles in Australia, with Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda, all increasing their sales and all recording record sales! SEAT is the only one missing, but they could be making a return in 2017 if you believe the reports, I have my fingers crossed ……

And another pattern, Chinese brands are all but fading into the sunset in Australia, with only LDV and Foton seeing in action. Great Wall has all but disappeared in Australia, selling only 147 Units and down 95.0% and Chery too is on it’s way out. It’s hard to imagine Great Wall sold 11,000 vehicles in Australia just 3 years ago!!

And yet another pattern, Sime Darby is responsible for the importation of SsangYong, Peugeot and Citroen into Australia and look and behold, they too took big hits when compared to their 2014 sales results. Sime Darby is a Malaysian owned automotive company that has made a mess of these three brands. Citroen is priced higher than Peugeot, yet in Europe and other world markets, it’s the other way round, while starving the Citroen brand of new models. The C4 Catus will only reach Australia in March 2015!! New Zealand has had it since the middle of 2014, I believe.

One more pattern, the down fall of both GM-Holden and Ford in Australia, is a sad sight! Both recorded lower sales results and in Ford’s case, not seen since 1967!!

Out of the Top 10, only Mazda, Hyundai, Volkswagen and Subaru saw record sales, while in the Top 20, Jeep and Suzuki were the only ones not to score record sales.

And a special mention to a brand that I am fond of and that’s Renault. It’s hard to believe that in 2010, the brand only moved 1,778 units in Australia. 5 years later in 2015, they’ve sold 11,525 units! That’s quite a turnaround for the car maker. A pity the same couldn’t be said for Peugeot and Citroen.

Brake flaw prompts Toyota Prius recall Oct 12, 2016

Toyota is recalling 340,000 of its Prius cars due to a problem with its parking brake that can cause accidents.
The cars are the 2016 and 2017 models. The problem can cause the parking brake to fail, increasing the risk that the vehicle could roll away and crash. There are 92,000 of the cars being recalled in the United States, along with 212,000 in Japan and 17,000 in Europe.
Toyota (TM) declined to release information on any accidents, injuries or deaths that may have occurred due to the parking brake problem. But other cars that roll away have been associated with deaths.
Related: Chrysler recalls 1.9 million vehicles over defects linked to three deaths
Fiat Chrysler (FCAM) filed a recall notice in April for 1.1 million cars and SUVs due to a gear selector problem that caused confusion about whether the car was in park. One of the vehicles that was to be included in the recall, the 2015 Grand Cherokee, was owned by actor Anton Yelchin, who was killed when his car rolled down his driveway and pinned him to a brick post.
CNNMoney (New York)
First published October 12, 2016: 11:21 AM ET

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