Automotive Fleet

DEC 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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Darin Ficenec, VP, sourcing for GE Capital Fleet Services, stands before a BMW 650 Gran Coupe, prior to a ride-and-drive. The full BMW model lineup was available for feet professionals to take on a test drive into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. BMW 2014 FLEET PREVIEW BMW showcased its new X5 SUV and 5 Series, which is now available with a six-cylinder turbocharged diesel and an ActiveHybrid model. BY MIKE ANTICH The BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid (top) was on display at the opening reception, along with the new 2014 X5 (bottom). B MW North America held its 2014 model-year feet preview Sept. 2427, 2013, in Spartanburg, S.C., near the company's 4.73-millionsquare-foot assembly plant. Attendees included 45 feet managers and representatives from 10 feet management companies. Te feet preview included corporate presentations, a ride-and-drive, and a halfday driver training session at the BMW Performance Center. BMW showcased its new 2014 X5, which will be solely assembled in Spartanburg for global distribution. Te X5 features a 3.0L BMW TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder that can generate 300 hp. Te X5 was designed with a number of fuel-saving technologies such as brake energy regeneration, auto start-stop, and an ECO Pro driving mode. BMW also highlighted the 2014-MY 5 Series sedan, which features an updated V-8 with TwinPower Turbo technology and BMW's Valvetronic throttle-less intake technology that produces 445 hp and 480 lb.-f. of torque. A new inline six-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine is available in the 535d sedan. Also part of the 5 Series 2014 lineup is the Active Hybrid model. Separate feet presentations were given on BMW's future products, such as the allelectric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8, an update on the automaker's sustainability initiatives, and residual value projections. AF 60 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I DECEMBER 2013 Some of the 45 attendees pose in front of the Zentrum museum and event center located next to the BMW assembly plant in Spartanburg, S.C. The assembled attendees had just returned from a half-day ride-and-drive. In addition to behind-the-wheel drive time, the BMW feet preview included presentations on future product plans, residual projections, and an update on BMW Group's 2014-MY feet program. (L-R) Roger Setzke of BMW poses with Ruth Bauer of Donlen and James Crocker of Merchants Fleet Management. Corporate Sales Manager Rainer Wahl discussed BMW's feet strategy. Dave Freed (left) of Vincentric outlined the methodolgy used to calculate residual value projections.

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