Give to Inland Empire Make A Wish at the Drive for a Charity Event

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As we said before, we love to give back to Inland Empire. Fresh on the heels of our Drive for a Cause Event, the BMW of Riverside family has rolled out our 3rd Annual Drive for Charity Event. This time, it’s the Orange County and the Inland Empire Make A Wish Foundation that will serve as our benefactor. For each BMW car, SAV or SUV that we sell or lease, we will make a $50 Donation on behalf of the buyer or lessee to the Orange County and the Inland Empire Make A Wish Foundation.

This amazing foundation has been granting the most amazing wishes to children with terminal illnesses for decades, and with your help, we can give Make A Wish the help that it needs to grant even more. We will be making these donations starting June 20 and going through July 31st. Plus, you can enter to win the use of a brand new 2016 BMW 320i for two years – for free! So, you can Take a Drive for Charity at BMW of Riverside, or you can even Win your very own two-year lease of a 2016 320i – sounds like an amazing event to us! Come on in and join the fun & give back to the Inland Empire community.

Call us at 888-713-6529 or visit http://www.bmwofriverside.com/drive-for-charity-event/ for more information.

Inland Empire Dealership Launches Drive For a Cause Campaign to support Million Kids charity

At BMW of Riverside, whenever there’s a chance to give back to the greater Inland Empire community, we’re going to do it. Whether it’s through volunteer work or through raising money, we see ourselves as a part of the area at large, and not just a business within it.

When we heard about the Million Kids charity, a Riverside-based charity dedicated to educating and preventing sex trafficking and Internet exploitation of children within Riverside County, we jumped at the chance. As a result of our efforts, we received a plaque of recognition along with Million Kids and the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) led by Sgt. John Sawyer from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

During the ‘Drive for a Cause’ event on June 15th & 16th, BMW of Riverside will give a donation to Million Kids for everyone who test drives a BMW. Each driver will also receive an autographed copy of the poignant book, “Seduced: The Grooming of America’s Teenagers.”

Opal Singleton, President and CEO of Million Kids wrote the book, and will be on-hand to answer any questions about sex trafficking and internet exploitation and sign copies.

For each test drive a person took, our dealership donated $50 to the Million Kids charity. In order to attract the most test drives possible, we used some of the highest-profile vehicles in the BMW lineup including the BMW i8, M4, 7 Series and more.

“I cannot think of a more important cause than supporting organizations that are totally dedicated to educating parents and teens about sex trafficking and Internet predators,” BMW of Riverside General Manager Chuck Hughes said. “We look forward to joining with our customers to address this critical issue and do our part to keep our families informed and educated so our young people are safe from exploitation.”

BMW Models to Be Featured in New Mission Impossible

Towards the end of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol IMF Agent Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise) has to race through the cramped streets of Mumbai to stop the bad guy from destroying the world. He does so behind the wheel of a prototype version of the current 2015 BMW i8, which, back in 2011, was the first glimpse for many people of one of the coolest cars currently on the market.

Now BMW has partnered again with the longstanding action and espionage franchise for the upcoming installment. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation will arrive in theaters on July 31, 2015, and the trailer recently appeared on the internet. While we do not know yet if there will be a BMW car chase as epic as the one from the last film, the trailer shows a lot of promise for BMW car fans.

The plot of the new film has Tom Cruise and returning series favorites Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, and Ving Rhames on the run from bureaucrat Alec Baldwin who wants to shut down the IMF while also investigating the titular rogue nation dubbed the Syndicate.

In the trailer we get glimpses of Cruise and the gang racing on BMW motorcycles and Jeremy Renner behind the wheel of a 2015 BMW X5. There also appears to be a long chase sequence with Cruise getting to put the redesigned 2015 BMW M3 to the test. We are definitely ready to see these BMW cars in action!

You do not have to wait to see the 2015 BMW X5 and 2015 BMW M3 in action. You can find the 2015 BMW X5 near Temecula along with 2015 BMW M3 at BMW of Riverside. Contact a BMW dealer to schedule a test drive, and we will get the keys ready!

BMW Introduces New Water Injection Cooling System

Vehicles from the BMW M Series like the 2015 BMW M3 near Rancho Cucamonga at our dealership pack a lot of performance. A lot of work has to be done to make sure the engine can provide maximum power without faltering or overheating. For the upcoming 2016 BMW M4 GTS, BMW is introducing a new specialized water injection cooling system.

Using water to cool the engine has been tinkered with since cars were first invented, but the idea really has not been seen since the 1960s. By developing a new water injection system, BWM will be able to cool the twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine with the goal of boosting power higher and cutting down on knocking.

The way it works is there will be three water injectors located in the intake section of the six-cylinder engine. Each of the three will be responsible for covering two of the six cylinders. Injectors will be fueled by a five liter water tank located in the rear of the car.

During normal driving, this tank will be able to hold up for about five trips before needing to be refueled again. If you decide to race at full speed around a track, the water tank should be refueled afterwards.

There is no risk, though, of driving without water to cool the engine. The 2016 BMW M4 GTS will be able to tone it down a notch so the engine will not overheat and can still perform well until you can fuel up the tank. Just make sure the tank is full of water when planning to drive at full speed.

According to BMW, this system will also benefit the driver during their regular jaunts around town. With the water injection system, fuel economy is boosted by eight percent. In addition, engine emissions are decreased when the water injection system is working.

The 2016 BMW M4 GTS is expected to be released this fall. In the meantime, BMW of Riverside, located near Rancho Cucamonga, carries other BMW M Series models like the 2015 BMW M4 and the 2015 BMW M3.

BMW in the Planning Stages for Next BMW i Series Vehicle

Earlier this month we talked about the 2015 BMW i8 hybrid sports car. One of the most exciting new BMW cars in Riverside, the 2015 BMW i8 is currently joined by the all-electric 2014 BMW i3. Now BMW has announced they are actively working to expand the BMW i Series with a new vehicle.

Klaus Froehlich who is the head of research and development for the BMW Group recently spoke to Automotive News Europe and said the company was currently in the strategic planning aspect for the new model. This involves gathering ideas and finding out what the customers are looking for. Froehlich added that the model will likely arrive sometime after 2020.

The media has been reporting the next BMW i Series car would be an electric version of the current 2015 BMW X5, which BMW has disputed. According to the company, the goal for the hybrid and electric series is not to modify existing models, but to create new types of efficient models. This involves reinventing styling, materials, and technology.

The goal as well is for techniques developed to make models like the 2014 BMW i3 and 2015 BMW i8 to be used for the rest of the BMW lineup. For instance, BMW was able to mass produce carbon fiber for the two vehicles and plans to use more of the material in the BMW 3 Series and the BMW X5.

In the meantime, what is in store for the current BMW i Series models? BMW has a goal to improve the density of their electric batteries by 20% every three years. While we wait for the next BMW i Series model to come out, the BMW i3 and BMW i8 should become even more efficient in the next few years.

To learn more about the current BMW i Series models, come to BMW of Riverside at 3060 Adams Street.

2015 BMW i8 Named Favorite Green Car at Chicago Auto Show

Last month was the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, a major opportunity early in the year for automakers to show off their current and upcoming models. Open to the public, all attendees were able to vote for their favorite vehicles in different categories. The 2015 BMW i8 was named the Best Green Vehicle out of a field of eight total contenders.

Introduced last year as the 2014 BMW i8, the current 2015 BMW i8 is a high performance sports car that is also an efficient plug-in hybrid. It has a sleek, futuristic design employing a mix of chemically-hardened glass, aluminum, and carbon fiber. The vehicle rides low to the ground with eye-popping scissor-style doors. The immaculate interior is outfitted in leather and a mix of recycled materials.

Of course the major standout of this thrilling sports car is its specialized hybrid powertrain. Would you be surprised to learn a vehicle that can go from zero to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds only has a 1.5L three-cylinder engine? That is only the starting point, though.

Paired to the engine is an electric motor fed by a lithium-ion battery. The gas engine is used to power the rear wheels while the electric motor delivers energy for the front wheels giving this vehicle true all-wheel drive. Together, the two energy sources can produce 357 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque.

Since this is a plug-in hybrid, the 2015 BMW i8 is able to travel about 15 miles solely on electric power before the gas engine starts to kick in. When you are done driving for the day, the car can be charged in a standard garage outlet or at a public charging station. The 2015 BMW i8 has a total driving range of 330 miles, so you can easily go for long rides before having to refuel and recharge.

For more information on the 2015 BMW i8, contact a BMW dealer near Inland Empire. We also carry the 2014 BMW i3, which has a similar futuristic style and operates solely on electric power.

Increase Your Speed in Rancho Cucamonga With the 2015 BMW M3

The BMW M Series takes the standard BMW models and upgrades them in every aspect. These models are sharp looking and built for performance. This is certainly true of the redesigned 2015 BMW M3 sedans near Rancho Cucamonga at BMW of Riverside.

Due to the new BMW naming system, the 2015 BMW M3 comes only as the all-new sedan. If you are looking for a coupe or convertible, contact a BMW dealer about the 2015 BMW M4.

Compared to the standard 2015 BMW 3 Series sedans, the 2015 BMW M3 sits on a wider track with different fascia in front and back. An aluminum suspension underpins the car while the 18-inch alloy wheels are stopped by high-end carbon ceramic brakes. The carbon fiber roof is also a true sporty highlight.

Drivers are going to certainly appreciate what is under the hood of the 2015 BMW M3. While previous generations had a V8 engine, the 2015 BMW M3 features a unique 3.0L inline six-cylinder that has been turbocharged to release 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. For those keeping score at home, the engine produces 111 lb-ft of torque more than the V8 from the previous generation. This engine is so powerful the 2015 BMW M3 can go from zero to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds.

A six-speed manual transmission comes standard with the engine featuring rev-matching. You can also choose a seven-speed automated manual transmission that does offer paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel for optional control to deliver energy to the rear-wheels.

We are very excited to have the 2015 BMW M3 in stock now near Rancho Cucamonga at our dealership. Visit our location at 3060 Adams Street in Riverside, California to take a test drive and see the rest of our BMW M Series inventory.

The 2015 BMW X5 Interior is Immaculate, Spacious, and Versatile

Now available near Inland Empire, the 2015 BMX X5 is a sporty, luxury SUV that offers incredible versatilility. A big example of this is the interior. The 2015 BMX X5 is big enough for families, with the luxury you want from BMW. It is designed with premium materials, comfortable seats, and lots of features.

The seats come standard with premium vinyl upholstery, though different leather options are also available in different colors. Above all else, BMW gives drivers plenty of ways to customize the 2015 BMW X5 to their style.

Front seats will be suitable for a variety of heights and body types. They are quite adjustable, but upgrade to the Multicontour seats for a seemingly unlimited number of ways to adjust. We’d bet that these are likely the most comfortable car seats you have ever sat on!

The front area is immaculately appointed with classic BMW inspired gauges and a large, modern display screen. Using the Bluetooth connection and the BMW iDrive touchpad controller, drivers can access smartphone features and navigation easily without getting distracted.

The 2015 BMW X5 comes standard with two rows of seating, though you can add on an optional third row of seating. Adults will be perfectly comfortable in the front two rows, while the third row is intended mainly for children.

These models at our BMW dealership serving Inland Empire are also great for carrying cargo. The rear liftgate has a split section opening making it easy to get cargo in while the lower part can be used for tailgating. Second row seats are divided in three if you have longer, bulky items. With back row, or rows, folded down, there is a total 66 cubic feet of cargo space to work with.

To see the 2015 BMW X5 near Inland Empire, come to BMW of Riverside. We are located at 3060 Adams Street right in Riverside, California.

2015 BMW 3 Series Models Pack a Performance Punch

The 2015 BMW 3 Series Models near Mission Viejo come with a wide variety of performance options. If you are looking for a car offering plenty of speed, there is a new BMW car here for you at BMW of Riverside. Here is a look at many of the performance options for on this impressive luxury sedan.

Starting 2015 BMW 320i models come equipped with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine turbocharged to create up to 180 horsepower and 200 lb-ft of torque. These versions are quite fuel efficient and rated by the EPA at 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

A higher-powered version of this engine can be found under the hood of the 2015 BMW 328i. The turbocharger has been tweaked to help the engine generate up to 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. According to Edmunds.com, these models can go from zero to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds.

The alternate version of this trim, the 2015 BMW 328d, has a 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine capable producing 180 hp and 289 lb-ft of torque. These models offer a combination of performance and efficiency with a 35 mpg combined rating.

For the most power, choose the 2015 BMW 335i model. With a 3.0L six-cylinder engine and a turbocharger, these models have access to a very speedy 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

Lastly, there is the 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3, which takes the six-cylinder engine and pairs it with an electric motor making up to 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. In Edmunds.com testing, these models could rocket to 60 mph in only 5.1 seconds.

Whether you are looking for top speed, high fuel efficiency, or a blend of both, BMW of Riverside has you covered. Contact our BMW dealership to learn more about all of the 2015 BMW 3 Series performance specs, and visit our dealership near Mission Viejo for a test drive!

BMW of Riverside Offering Extended Three Day 2014 BMW i3 Test Drive

One of the most exciting new BMW cars in Riverside, CA we carry is the 2014 BMW i3. This uniquely designed vehicle runs solely on electric power. We have had a lot of people interested in the look and performance of the 2014 BMW i3, but they are not sure if an electric car is right for them. That is why BMW of Riverside is offering an extended test drive!

Sometimes a regular test drive is just not enough to see if a car is right for you, especially if it using technology that may be unfamiliar to you. We understand, which is why are letting you take the 2014 BMW i3 home for three days as a loaner car.

There is no cost at all to do this and no obligation to buy the electric BMW car if you are not happy with it. We encourage you to take the 2014 BMW i3 to see how it fits in with your lifestyle.

Every one of these models comes with a lithium-ion battery pack powering an electric motor. You can charge right from your home or at one of the many charging stations located in the greater Riverside, California area. The 2014 BMW i3 can run about 100 miles before it needs to be charged again, so there should be no trouble going about your daily driving. An optional gasoline range extender is available if you do make a lot of longer trips.

This car is not a slow poke either. The electric motor produces 170 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Unlike a gasoline car, all of that torque is available right when you put your foot down on the pedal, giving you a very sporty driving experience. These models are quick enough that they can reach 60 miles per hour in only seven seconds.

To learn more, visit our BMW dealership at 3060 Adams Street in Riverside. We will be happy to get you started on your three-day test drive!