The BMW 7 Series has always been a top choice for value, offering turbocharged powertrain options, modern styling, and advanced safety features. After nearly four decades on the market, BMW is now adding the 2014 740Ld xDrive to the lineup, the first 7 Series with a diesel engine.
The standard BMW 740Ld xDrive features a sporty 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration is also impressive with a 6.1-second 0 to 60 mph time. The 7 Series looks great with a standard sunroof, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, and stylish LED foglamps. With front and rear parking sensors, the iDrive interface, an advance BMW Navigation system, and other high-tech features, it’s also a great choice for drivers who want the ultimate in peace of mind behind the wheel.
The 2014 BMW 740Ld xDrive starts at an attractive MSRP of $82,500*. The luxury sedan will be available at Crown BMW this spring. To learn more, contact us today.
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The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is much more than just a 3 Series Coupe under a new name. It’s everything you love about BMW, perfected in a daring and powerful package.
A wider stance and lower center of gravity make the 4 Series Coupe more athletic and aggressive than the outgoing 3 Series Coupe. Restyled Xenon Adaptive Headlights and a sleeker, more aerodynamic shape help give it a distinguished identity as one of BMW’s sportiest models.
The 428i is outfitted with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, capable of 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, while the 435i comes with a 3.0-liter turbo-six, good for 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic is the standard for both models in the U.S. Rear-wheel drive is also standard.
Inside, the 4 Series welcomes you with a driver-focused cockpit featuring ergonomically-arranged controls, a leather-appointed and chrome accents. High-quality materials and contoured seats create a luxurious yet comfortable feel for driver and passenger alike. And for a personal touch, customers can choose an array of packages to create the perfect 4 Series Gran Coupe.
The new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe will not make its official U.S. debut until the New York International Auto Show in April, however pricing is already set to start at $41,225* for the 428i Gran Coupe. For more information on the 4 Series Gran Coupe or any other new BMW vehicle available in our new car inventory, contact us at Crown BMW today.
*Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price. Excludes destination and handling costs.
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The 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games have arrived and our team at Crown BMW is showing our support with the BMW Drive for Team USA program. Right now, through our Drive for Team USA program, BMW will make a donation to Team USA for every test drive of a new 2014 BMW model. We know these contributions are vital to the continued success of Team USA because it is one of the few Olympic teams not backed by government funding, so we invite you to contact us today to learn more.
Through a six-year sponsorship deal with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), BMW assigned lead BMW designer, Michael Scully, to build an amazing bobsled. Scully hopes to help the American team win their first Olympic gold medal in two-man bobsled since 1936. As a proud partner of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and designer of the Two-Man U.S. Team Bobsled, BMW does whatever it can to support these athletes and help them reach their goals.
Contact us today to schedule your test drive in a new BMW and help support Team USA.
17th in BMW Art Car Collection pays tribute to 1979 Andy Warhol design
As any artist will tell you, beauty knows no bounds. That’s why BMW has a long history of pairing with the leading figures in modern art to create one-of-a-kind takes on the BMW design. In December 2013, the 17th BMW Art Car made its North American debut at Art Basel in Miami Beach. Created by American artist Jeff Koons in tribute to the 1979 edition by Andy Warhol, the custom BMW M3 GT2 was in fitting company among the icons of the international art world.
As you might expect from BMW, these Art Cars aren’t just about appearances. Warhol’s painted BMW M1 raced in the 24-hour race at Le Mans, and Koons’ model (which made its world debut in 2010) appeared in the same race 31 years later. Specs-wise, the BMW M3 GT2 features a 4.0-liter V8 engine with a power output of 500 brake horsepower.
The BMW Art Car Tour website, which features profiles of the 17 models to date, includes Koons’ statement on his unique piece of art. “These race cars are like life, they are powerful and there is a lot of energy…There is a lot of power under that hood and I want to let my ideas transcend with the car—[it’s] really to connect with that power.”
2013 marked the 12th year of Art Basel in Miami Beach. The event brought together over 250 galleries from around the world and included works by over 2,000 contemporary artists. BMW is a proud partner of Art Basel, along with many other art shows across the globe—a commitment that translates into the stunning vehicles you see on our dealership lot. It’s all part of creating a luxury driving experience with a style all its own, and now is the perfect time to discover your own personal masterpiece.
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They say if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Aside from feature availability upgrades, the 2014 BMW X3 remains relatively unchanged since last year, and we honestly can’t think of how the X3 could have been fixed. The BMW X3 is still a front runner this year in the class of midsize luxury crossover SUVs, with unmatched driving dynamics, spacious luxury interior and competitive fuel economy.
The BMW X3 retains youthful, albeit masculine, styling for 2014. The bold design retains the styling touches of the wider brand, with a sleek silhouette but powerful stance. Marketed as a Sports Activity Vehicle rather than a Sports Utility Vehicle, the X3 still emanates a youthful exuberance. For 2014, there are two trims – the xDrive28i and the xDrive35i. The xDrive28i is kitted out with a 2-liter, twin turbo that will deliver impressive acceleration replete with 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The xDrive35i has more power, boasting a 3-liter, 6-cylinder twin turbo that ramps up the horsepower to 300 and the torque to 300 lb-ft.
Both engines are surprisingly comparable when it comes to fuel efficiency. You can get an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon on the highway from the xDrive28i and 26 miles per gallon on the highway from its larger cousin*, which is a reasonable treat for those that like more speed when they want or need it. Of course, both trims come with the standard xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, which offers a startling combination of grip and performance.
Both the xDrive28i and the xDrive35i have effortless handling, sticking to the road competently and capably. Likewise, both models feature the same 8-speed automatic transmission. The engine's revs are also reduced between changes, meaning that you probably won’t notice them at all, making for a consistently quieter and more fuel-efficient drive to enjoy. There are plenty of other specifications to boost the efficiency here too, including brake energy regeneration, electric power steering and even cold weather tires. All in all, it makes for a great package that boosts performance while still helping you to squeeze out the best gas mileage possible.
As you'd expect from a BMW, the X3 has a comfortable, refined interior, with a luxurious finish and all the latest gadgets. The rear seats fold 40/20/40, which gives you much more control over the cabin space, but rest assured, you'll still have the capacity to comfortably accommodate three adults in the rear. The built-in navigation system has Bluetooth capability, a USB hands-free interface, and an available 8.8-inch display. The X3 is also equipped with an 80GB hard drive -- enough to store loads of music, maps and even an electronic version of the owner's manual. The whole vehicle is decked-out with all the best passive and active safety systems too, including electronic damping control, which automatically adjusts the vehicle’s suspension according to desired driving conditions.
Overall, the 2014 BMW X3 remains a versatile, capable investment as one of the best and sportiest small luxury crossover SUVs available. Whether you’re an everyday commuter, a family constantly on the move, or a road-trip enthusiast, the X3 is worth a test drive.
*EPA-estimated figures only. Your actual mileage will vary.
Advantages of highway driving for your vehicle
When it comes to wear and tear on your vehicle, not all miles are the same. City driving, due to its stop and go nature, leads to more wear and tear on the engine, transmission, and other critical parts.
Gas mileage. Many drivers become aware of a difference in city miles and highway miles when they go to purchase a car and notice the miles per gallon rating. A vehicle can generally be expected to get significantly more miles to the gallon driving on a highway than driving in the city. This difference in miles per gallon provides clues as to why highway miles are better for your car than city miles—and it has nothing to do with magic gasoline being sold at freeway entrances.
Efficient and inefficient miles. A car gets better gas mileage on the highway because highway miles are more efficient than city miles. How Stuff Works says that the “sweet spot” for maximum fuel efficiency “is in the range of 40-60 mph” for most cars, and you're much more likely to be close to this zone while driving on the highway. City driving also requires more stopping, which means more going, which means a car's engine spends a lot less time at efficient speeds and a lot more time revving up after a stop sign or stoplight. It is also much more likely your vehicle is able to "cruise" on the highway without having to slow down or brake.
Stopping and going. The stopping and going doesn't just increase wear and tear on the engine. Other crucial parts of an automobile are worn faster through stop-and-go city traffic. An obvious component is the brakes. There's a reason drivers take the highway if a highway route is available, even if it means traveling a few extra miles. It's because you don't have to stop every few seconds or slow down because some individual decided to go 19 miles below the speed limit (if your heart rate just accelerated at the mention of following someone going 19 miles below the speed limit, take a deep breath.).
The transmission. It costs a lot of money to replace a transmission. On the highway, you're going at a steady speed, oil pressure is higher, internal engine parts are better protected, and engine temperature is stable. In addition, your gears aren’t shifting up and down constantly as they would with stop-and-go driving. Transmissions only wear when they shift. Therefore, highway driving causes less wear and tear on your transmission.
Buying a pre-owned vehicle. Because there really is no way to truly know how many of an automobile's miles were highway and how many were city, your astute knowledge of highway miles can only be applied to maintenance on a vehicle you've been driving. If you're worried about the wear and tear on a vehicle you want to purchase, you'll want to buy a pre-owned vehicle that's been certified by a reputable dealer. Our dealer mechanics give all vehicles a thorough inspection, so you can be sure you're getting a car that will give you what you need—be it on the highway or in the city.
In the United States, the minimum age for a driving license varies from 14 to 16 according to different state regulations. Once young drivers have received their licenses, there are generally a number of restrictions in place for several years later, and in most cases, drivers are only able to drive freely after fulfilling certain conditions. There are a number of considerations to be made when it comes to considering an increase in the minimum driving age. Here are some of the main arguments for and against.
Statistically, younger drivers are much more likely to be involved in an accident. What's worse is that they are much more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. While it is unfair to make generalizations, young drivers are often more reckless and less sensible than older drivers, so it makes sense to increase the minimum driving age in order to try and reduce the number of young deaths on the road. Older drivers are still involved in serious accidents, of course, but any action that can reduce deaths makes for a strong argument.
There are environmental considerations, too. Despite advances in fuel technology and car manufacturing, cars are still major pollutants, and all nations need to look at ways to reduce the harmful emissions from cars. One obvious way to do this is to reduce the number of cars on the road. If the minimum age of driving was to be increased, it would cut down the number of people eligible to drive. Supporters also argue that it might encourage young people to get used to using public transport.
There is also a question of need. Supporters argue that young people simply don't need their own cars and that there is no problem with preventing people from driving until a later age, simply to cut back on fuel consumption and road congestion.
Opponents of this change argue that the accident rate in new drivers is comparable across different age groups, and that it is important to get people driving as early as possible. Increasing the minimum age for driving could simply delay the time it takes an individual to get the appropriate experience on the road. Opponents argue that recklessness is common across all age groups.
Being able to drive is a great step in gaining independence, too, and can encourage young people to become more responsible. With supervision, these young drivers can be shown good driving habits that they can carry on into life and it makes sense to start this process as early as possible. For parents that want to stop acting like a taxi service, it may be a very popular move.
For some young people, public transportation simply isn't an option, either. Without the ability to drive they may be cut off from friends and potentially from employment opportunities. Bear in mind, also, that some young people act as drivers for adults in their lives. For these people, the car can be a lifeline.
Photographers of decades past would have shouted in triumph over the advances in photo preservation technology available to picture-takers of today. Here's how to preserve your family photos.
Computerize them. Before you do anything else with family photos, scan them and save them on your computer. Recent photos from a digital camera should be uploaded to your computer on a regular basis—but don't get overconfident. Computers crash. Back-up your photos on a zip drive or file sharing website. You may want to make two backups, just in case. Have your photos for special occasions, such as weddings, taken to a high-quality developer.
Handle photos with caution. Scanned, computerized photos allow you to see these photos whenever you want without risking damage to the original. That, however, doesn't mean the originals are worthless. You still want to preserve them, so store them properly. Because dirt, dust, and oils can permanently damage photos, handle them carefully. Touch only the edges. Cotton gloves will reduce the risk of handling damage.
Store them with care. High summer temperatures and humidity combined with low winter temperatures and humidity lead to brittle photographs susceptible to cracking—or worse, separation of the image from the base of the photograph paper. Dampness causes photos to stick together and bleed. In addition, bugs will often mistake your photo of granny for their lunch. You should therefore avoid storing precious photos in an uninsulated basement or attic. Ideal photo storage occurs in a location with a consistent temperature from 65°F-70°F with a relative humidity of about 50%. If this is not possible, consider storing your most precious photos in a safe deposit box where ideal conditions can be regulated.
Choose photo albums with wisdom. Avoid cheap photo albums and albums not designed for storing photographs. Other common photo containers that should be avoided include envelopes and ziplock bags. For best results, use lignin-free, acid-free, un- buffered paper. Use only PVC-free plastics. These plastics include polyester, Mylar, polypropylene, and polyethylene.
Avoid the following. If you want to preserve you photos, avoid rubber bands or paper clips. Do not display the photo in your home—scan a copy of the original and print it out on high-quality photograph paper if you wish to display the image. Do not use glue or tape to hold repair tears. They contain substances that will cause photos to deteriorate. Anything containing carbon dioxide—fresh paint fumes, plywood, cardboard, and fumes from cleaning supplies—can damage photos. Keep photos away from fireplaces, heaters, and any heat-producing device. Never store photos in an area susceptible to plumbing problems.
Preserve your memories for a lifetime with these tips.
Good examples of this illogical voting practice include the following 5 great directors who have never won an Oscar:
The legendary Alfred Hitchcock
Nominated five times for Best Director honors for the classic films Rebecca, Rear Window, Spellbound, Lifeboat, and Psycho, Hitchcock never took home any Oscars as a director. The Academy did honor him in 1968 with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (awarded for producing consistently high quality work). Many wondered if Hitchcock’s unusually short acceptance speech of “Thank you…very much indeed” was his imposing way of mocking typically long-winded speeches or a direct slap at the Academy because he never won a directing award.
The risk-taker Stanley Kubrick
Kubrick was often called obsessive and brilliant. His unique films caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was nominated for four of his films: Barry Lyndon, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Dr. Strangelove. While these films won a fistful of Oscars in other categories, Kubrick never won as Best Director. Many insiders feel that because his iconic films always top many of Hollywood’s “best” film polls, his omission as winner of an Academy Award in the director’s category might be the biggest mistake the Academy has ever made.
The independent Robert Altman
It’s difficult to comprehend that the director who received five Best Director nominations for MASH, Nashville, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park never won the Oscar. Although the Academy honored his work with a separate honorary award in 2006, throughout his career he was credited with reinventing movie art forms. Trademarks included meandering narratives, satiric humor, sometimes shockingly realistic but overlapping dialogue, a penchant for big ensemble casts, and his not-always-subtle social commentary.
The stimulating Sidney Lumet
While acknowledging that the purpose of all movies is to entertain, Lumet also added, “…the kind of film in which I believe goes one step further. It compels the spectator to examine one facet or another of his own conscience.” Nominated four times as Best Director for the critically acclaimed 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, The Verdict, and Network, the only Oscar Lumet ever took home was an honorary Academy Award. This prompted writer Manohla Dargis of The New York Times to call the award “a consolation prize for a lifetime of neglect.”
The visionary George Lucas
Unless one has been living under a rock for the last thirty years, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone who hasn’t seen a George Lucas film. Nominated in the best director category twice for American Graffiti and Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope, he is the last one on our five great directors who have never won an Oscar list. The Academy found a special way to honor Lucas in 1992 with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. During the show, the crew of the shuttle Atlantis in outer space participated in the presentation of his Oscar as a unique tribute to his contribution to space and technology.
These five great directors who have never won an Oscar are perhaps the most notable and surprising. They may not have a shiny statue sitting in their living room, but they do have an amazing body of films that will forever remain classics.
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