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Old 07-26-2011, 05:10 AM   #1
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Note BMW: A Driving Obsession on CNBC

It's been on my TiVo for awhile but I've had no time to watch yet. I'm no BMW fan but it looks like it was insightful and interesting. It'll be rerun at least 2x in the next 2 weeks.

Clip at http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000030075.

More info at http://www.cnbc.com/id/43109628/CNBC...E_ON_JULY_13TH, http://www.cnbc.com/id/43395673 and http://www.bmwblog.com/2011/07/09/cn...-on-july-13th/.
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Old 07-26-2011, 09:03 AM   #2
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I watched it. It was ok, but nowhere near the top of my list.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:39 AM   #3
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Check out the National Geographic show on their manufacturing process. Its more technical
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Old 07-26-2011, 03:14 PM   #4
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Check out the National Geographic show on their manufacturing process. Its more technical
You talking about the Ultimate Factories ep on the BMW Z4 plant? There's a thread at http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=448625.
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Old 07-26-2011, 04:49 PM   #5
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I appreciated seeing some of the delivery process at the Welt. I think that would be fun to do some day.

I did not know that the designer responsible for the "Bangle Butt" on the E65 7-Series is now BMW's head of design. To create such a controversial, unique style and then have the team follow it up with the recent (IMO) bland sedans is surprising to me. Even as a BMW fan I find it rather hard to discern the current 5-Series from the current 7-Series when they're coming down the road. I'm a bit afraid to see what the 3-Series turns into later this year.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:51 PM   #6
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Chris Bangle was moved to head of design to keep him from directly getting his hands on anything. He recently quit BMW.
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:20 AM   #7
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For those who missed it before, it's being rerun 3x on 9/5.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:18 AM   #8
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I've had this on the PVR for weeks, and just got around to watching it yesterday. Interesting show. I've always liked BMW cars, but never got around to owning one.

The bit about managing the customer experience during factory pickups made them seem to be somewhat manipulative and cynical, though. But probably no more so than any other manufacturer.
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Old 12-23-2011, 10:57 PM   #9
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Someone's uploaded it to YouTube. Watch it before it gets pulled.


BMW A Driving Obsession
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Old 12-25-2012, 04:19 AM   #10
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^^^
Surprisingly the above hasn't been yanked yet.

It is being rerun this morning on CNBC.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:23 PM   #11
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Watched it on Youtube - quite interesting.

Curiosity question: If you take delivery of your BMW in Europe, how do you get it back to the US?

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:41 PM   #12
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The European Delivery experience includes shipment of the vehicle back to the states. There are dropoff points across Europe. You give the car a wash (recommended) and then drive it to one of the dropoff offices. They (eventually) transport it by truck to the port to catch a ship. After that it's transported to your dealer like any other new BMW.

Here is a good source of info on BMW's European Delivery program: http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index...opean_Delivery
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Old 12-27-2012, 08:51 PM   #13
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As soon as I have enough cash to burn (which means buying a new car instead of usedpre-owned), I'm totally doing BMW European Delivery. (Between my g/f and me, we've owned 4 BMWs so far and love the brand).
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:32 AM   #14
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As soon as I have enough cash to burn (which means buying a new car instead of usedpre-owned), I'm totally doing BMW European Delivery. (Between my g/f and me, we've owned 4 BMWs so far and love the brand).
Just bought my 10th and 11th BMWs this month--a 2013 550i and a 2013 x5 5.0. I've never done ED, but one of these days...
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