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Study Measures Driver’s Experience With Car Tech

Both the 2016 BMW 2-Series and 4-Series were tops among driver satisfaction with new technology, according to a survey conducted by JD Power. Surveys reflect customer satisfaction, or lack thereof, with six different categories of technology: Smartphone Mirroring, Driving Assistance, Navigation, Entertainment and Connectivity, Comfort and Convenience, and Collision Protection. BMW’s two awards dominated the premium car category, proving that the automaker is on the forefront of making technology work for consumers. See the latest technological marvels the company has to offer by taking a trip to Chapman BMW on Camelback.

BMW Navigation Makes Travel Easier

The all-new iDrive 5.0 system has a large 8.8-inch display to let drivers easily see routes, destinations and trouble spots. The maps are updated often to give you the very latest data. The system also offers an optional Wi-Fi hotspot to let you stream music and keep your passengers connected while you’re on the road. Wireless phone charging capability means you’ll never have to hunt for a cable again to keep your phone operating smoothly.

Driving Assistant Helps Avoid Collision

One of the ground-breaking technologies pioneered by BMW is the Driving Assistant, which both warns drivers of an impending collision and then takes some action if the driver fails to respond. Lane Departure Warning, for example, is able to read lane markings and then vibrate the steering wheel to alert the driver if the vehicle starts to drift at high speeds. Both the Approach and Person warning are triggered if a vehicle or person is in your path. A light is the first indicator, followed by an audible alarm. If the driver still doesn’t brake, the vehicle will do the job for you. Other technology helps you park in crowded spaces and back up without running over the kids’ toys.

Hidden Tech Improves Handling

BMWs are not called the “Ultimate Driving Machine” for nothing. There’s a lot of engineering going on that most drivers will never even notice, unless they try and drive a less expensive car as aggressively as their BMW 2-Series. BMW Dynamic Stability control keeps your car locked onto the road as if it were on rails, giving you the gift of powering through corners like a rock star. The technology behind BMW’s smooth-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission lets you take full advantage of the vehicle’s power without wasting an ounce of torque. Head to Chapman BMW on Camelback today and see why the new BMW 2-Series is the talk of the tech world.

M550i xDrive at Top of 5-Series Lineup

Popular Business Sedan Gets More Performance

Now with the BMW Motorsports “M” in front of its name, the new M550i xDrive delivers outstanding performance at the very pinnacle of the business sedan lineup. The BMW 5-Series has long been a popular choice for executives looking for comfort and sophistication. With a twin turbo V8 that produces 456 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque, this sedan just got some serious street cred. The M550i xDrive will make the run from 0 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds as it climbs to its electronically-governed top speed of 155 mph. Stay in touch with Chapman BMW on Camelback to see when you can give this dynamic driving machine a test ride.

Power Distributed Through Steptronic Transmission

Utilizing a specifically modified Steptronic 8-speed transmission to deliver the power from the engine to all four wheels, the M550ix Drive tailors the shift mode specifically for the twin turbo engine. This allows the driver to find quick engagement of the gears across the entire power range. Shift paddles on the steering wheel or a console shifter allow you the option of changing gears yourself or sitting back and allowing the transmission to do all the work.

All-wheel Drive Offers Bias Toward Rear Wheel Power

There’s a reason the majority of the world’s great race cars are powered with rear wheel drive; power to the back wheels offers greater control as the weight shifts to the rear when you hit the gas. The BMW 5-Series xDrive is intelligent all-wheel drive that provides power to any wheel that needs it, but has a slight bias toward the rear wheels, providing precise handling and a more dynamic drive. The M550i xDrive is also lowered by 10 millimeters, bringing the center of gravity closer to the ground for increased grip around corners. Choose the Sport or Sport+ driving mode and the power steering automatically delivers more feel to the wheel, allowing for drivers to take charge as the M sedan powers through corners.

M Performance Models for ‘Sporty’ Customers

“We develop the BMW M Performance automobiles for customers who are seeking very sporty driving characteristics yet do not wish to sacrifice any of their BMW’s everyday practicality,” according to BMW M GmbH CEO Frank van Meel. “The experience and expertise garnered by BMW M in the world of motor sport and the development of high-performance sports cars are also channeled into the development of our BMW M Performance automobiles.” You can inspect the entire BMW 5-Series and the M Performance inventory by taking a quick trip to Chapman BMW on Camelback.

X1 is Top Pick for Subcompact Luxury SUV

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Car and Driver Names X1 in First Year of Award

Although Car and Driver magazine has produced a “10Best” list of cars for more than 30 years, this was the first year the noted consumer publication has produced a “10Best” Truck and SUV compilation. The BMW X1 was named the best Subcompact Luxury SUV because of its power, performance, handling and luxurious appointments. The award will be given at the Detroit Auto Show this coming January, but December is a perfect time to get your hands on an X1 at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

Holiday Promotion Brings Low Payments

If a certain someone would enjoy an X1 this Holiday Season, take advantage of the special lease and finance offers going on at Chapman BMW on Camelback. Qualified lessees can drive a 2018 BMW X1 sDrive 28i home for just $309 a month, or you can move up a notch to the all-wheel drive version for just an additional $20 a month. Both vehicles are also subject to 2.9 percent financing for buyers with approved credit.

2.0L Engine Pumps Out 228 Horsepower

The X1 may be the smallest SUV in the BMW lineup, but a 2.0L TwinTurbo Engine creates 228 horses and 258 pound-feet of torque. This makes the BMW the most powerful entrant in its class. With the all-wheel xDrive, near-perfect weight distribution and chassis technology that not only improves handling but delivers a very comfortable ride, the X1 offers the best in both performance and comfort. This year’s X1 has more cargo space than ever before, making this the perfect vehicle for the urban commuter who occasionally needs to haul large items. It’s also a blast to run up the mountains on a weekend ski trip.

Ergonomic Interior Offers Smart Layout

With all the controls easily within the driver’s reach and control displays that allow eyes to stay focused on the road, the interior of the BMW X1 is both functional and elegant. Premium surfaces feel elegant to the touch with trim and accent strips that tie the entire interior together. Power front seats, an automatic lift gate and leather sport steering wheel are just a few of the amenities that make the X1 stand out above the competition. Choose the optional Harmon Kardon stereo and you get 12 high quality speakers that will envelope the driver and passengers in symphonic sound. You can test drive the new X1 today at Chapman BMW on Camelback, but you need to act quickly as the Holiday finance offers are only on for a limited time.

New M2 a Star on the Road

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Strong Performance Earns Spot on 10Best List

Car and Driver magazine, one of the premier sources for consumer auto information, has to test a lot of vehicles to make up their annual “10Best” list. As you might imagine, for every star there are a lot of lemons, which is why the editors were so effusive with praise when awarding the BMW M2 a spot on the list. Of all the cars they evaluated in the $40,000-$50,000 range, they said “few are as entertaining as BMW’s top 2-Series models, with their combination of humble size; pouncing liquid thrust from the optional six pots; and piano-wire tension to the controls.” Feel the thrust and enjoy the ride when you take a test drive at Chapman BMW on Camelback.

M2 Loves Corners Like a Dog Likes Pork Chops

The M designation in the M2 comes courtesy of the BMW Motorsports division, which has long competed on the best tracks in Europe. BMW took lessons learned from the racetracks to improve both performance and handling on all its “M” designated vehicles, a fact not lost on the Car and Driver editors. “The M2 prefers corners to straights the same way a German shepherd prefers pork chops to applesauce,” they wrote of the luxury sports car’s ability to devour tight curves. The M2 is built for thrills with a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution, a lighter body and technologically advanced TwinTurbo power.

365 Horses Set Free in Small Coupe

Step on the accelerator and you’ll release 365 pent-up horses under the hood which will transport you from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, or about the time it takes to say “do you have this in red?” Turbo lag is virtually a thing of the past in the new BMW M2, which generates 343 pound feet of torque almost instantly. Kick in the Overboost and you get an extra 27 pound-feet, just in case you need a little more oomph to leave that guy in the Mustang in your rear view mirror. In case you want to record your outing at the track, you can use the iDrive controller in conjunction with a GoPro app to record your run. The M Laptimer lets you upload your results and share with other drivers who love their M-Series.

Special Packages Mirror Your Personality

Talk to the pros at Chapman BMW on Camelback about taking advantage of special packages to make your M2 stand out from the crowd. An optional 7-speed double clutch shifter merges two different gear boxes to increase the speed and seamlessness of your gear changes Opt for the executive package and you’ll receive nice little treats like a heated steering wheel, auto high beams, parking distance assistance and a rearview camera. A Wi-Fi package lets you turn your BMW M2 into a rolling hotspot to stay connected no matter where you may roam.

Get into Holiday Spirit With a Beemer

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Nothing Says Love Like a Bow on a BMW

If you’re looking for a very special present for that special someone in your life, now is the time to head to Chapman BMW on Camelback to take advantage of some very special lease and finance offers on a new Phoenix BMW. From the fun X series of luxury SUVs to the sporty M series that incorporates technology developed from the Motorsports division, there is a wide selection of inventory with special offers from which to choose. Lease payments start as low as $299 a month for the 2016 228i Coupe, an entry-level luxury machine that has the engineering and craftsmanship that made BMW famous. Looking for a convertible to make points with your intended recipient? A 2016 2281 xDrive convertible gives you all-wheel drive and beautiful BMW styling at a lease payment of just $389 a month.

Qualified Buyers Get 2.9 Percent Financing

Virtually the entire lineup of BMW vehicles, both 2017 and remaining 2016 models, can be purchased with just 2.9 percent APR financing for qualified buyers. That means you’ll get incredibly low payments on models that include the Z4 sportster, M6 convertible and even the technologically advanced i8 hybrid sports car. If you’re looking for an ultra luxury vehicle that still delivers the performance of a BMW, consider the 2017 740e XDrive iPerformance or the 740i xDrive sedan. The 7-Series comes with a 445 TwinPower Turbo V8 that races from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Built with a carbon core to shed valuable pounds, the 7-Series is much more efficient that other large luxury vehicles with the iPerformance model earning a 64 MPGe rating from the EPA.

Already Have a BMW? Accessorize for Individuality

If you already have a BMW in the family, the Chapman BMW on Camelback parts department is the perfect place to pick up accessories for stocking stuffers or individual gifts. From special floor mats to M performance parts that improve your driving experience, BMW accessories are the perfect gift for a devoted Beemer aficionado. The Chapman Phoenix BMW parts department has a wide selection of accessories including apparel and other gifts that will light up the eyes of that special someone. Go to the Chapman BMW on Camelback website under “Parts and Service” for a link to BMW accessories that you can buy online. You can get everything from a special license plate frame to an integrated navigation retrofit unit, which Chapman will be happy to install.