BMW announces local arrival of i3 electric car

BMW announces local arrival of i3 electric car

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BMW Group New Zealand has announced that deliveries of its all-new i3 electric car to New Zealand customers will begin in November, and will be followed by the i8 super car in January 2015.

The BMW i3 electric car will have a driveway price from $83,500. It is a tailor-made electric vehicle that uses light-weight construction techniques, with plastic body panels, as well as extensive use of carbon-fibre in the passenger cell and roof.

The BMW i3 can be fully charged in three to six hours via a BMW i wall box home charger, which provides up to 150km of driving range when using purely electric power. When working in tandem with the 2-Cylinder 650cc range extender engine, this driving range is extended to a maximum of 340km.

Specification is generous, and New Zealand bound cars will feature the Lodge Interior with wool/cloth/leather upholstery and eucalyptus fine-wood trim, as well as the park assistance package, and the full BMW connected drive package, which offers greater connectivity between car and driver and the internet.

BMW will offer a five-year vehicle warranty, an eight-year battery warranty, a three-year service plan and a five-year road side assistance package with all new i3 cars sold here.

Auckland dealer Team McMillan BMW has been appointed as New Zealand’s sole dealership for the new BMW i sub brand.

A new distinctive corporate identity for BMW i dealers is being introduced around the globe as the new i3 electric car is rolled out to global markets, and this new look and feel to the specific i showroom is currently being implemented at Team McMillan BMW in Auckland.

BMW New Zealand managing director Nina Englert says because of the specific requirements involved in becoming a BMW i dealer, as well as the capital investment required for such a low volume of cars initially, that the company decided to start with one BMW i dealer.

“However, all other eight BMW dealers are in a position to help their customers facilitate enquiry and purchase of a new BMW i model,” says Englert.

“The i3 can be delivered to the dealership closest to the customers home.” she says.

BMW says it has already pre sold its allocated production for this year, and some of next year’s allocation has already been spoken for as well.

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