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Here are all the enhancements the My BMW App got in 2020

The 2020 update for the My BMW App greatly enhances the app's functionality.

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BMW has been integrating mobile app functionality into its vehicles since 2013. Seven years on, the company is adding increased functionality to itsMy BMW App that achieves a number of goals: more intuitive design, simplified user experience, and additional features.

"My BMW and the MINI App set the standard for usability, safety and reliability. User feedback and information on the behaviour of users of the previous generation of the app were critical to the development process," said Stephan Durach, Senior Vice President BMW Group Connected Company Development, Technical Operations. "The two apps include popular and frequently used functions, and the new platform allows us to continuously add new functionality, adapted to our customers' needs."

Remote functionality

The My BMW App is now the universal interface for the entire vehicle. It can display information on the status of the vehicle and, depending on the equipment installed, can be used to activate remote functions including locking and unlocking doors and monitoring the vehicle surroundings.

Navigation

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Instead of finding a destination using your phone then having to plug it into the navigation system, users can send a destination found on their smartphone directly to their car's navigation system.

Software updates

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Customers receive a notification via the app that a remote software update is available. Users can download the upgrades at home then transfer them and install them in their vehicle, eliminating a stop at the dealership for service.

Phone-as-key

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As announced as part of an Apple press conference earlier this year, BMW Digital Key turns an iPhone into a vehicle key. This tech debuted in the new BMW 5 Series.

Amazon Alexa

Amazon Alexa can be used in newer vehicles, utilizing the Amazon account that many buyers already have, and is able to connect the vehicle to a home.

Electrified model status

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Electrified BMW vehicles are able to see an overview of their electric range, charging status, and charging history in the app. They can also use the charge and climate timer to optimize the charging process by defining specific time slots for charging and set departure times. Preconditioning is also possible.

Customization

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Further customization is possible. By linking the app to the BMW ID+ tech, individual preferences can be set in any current BMW vehicle quickly and automatically. Logging into the system is fast now - users simply scan a QR code to transfer settings between vehicles.

Contact your dealerships

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Users can utilize the app to contact their dealership directly to make a service appointment and monitor the health of their vehicle. The app also offers access to the BMW ConnectedDrive Store and the BMW Online Shop.

Roadside assistance

The app can also be used contact BMW Roadside Assistance. If consent is given, service personnel will see the location and status of the vehicle so that immediate over-the-air assistance can be provided.

The new-generation app can be downloaded free of charge from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Features and functionality of various parts of the app is vehicle dependent.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 on the way with F1 tech

The new C 43 gets engine tech straight from Formula 1.

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It's about time we started considering Mercedes-AMG's 43-level cars in some of the same conversations that include the 53- and 63-level monsters. Today, Mercedes-AMG announced the 2023 C 43 Sedan. But even though it's the "entry-level" C-Class performance car, AMG gave it some serious upgrades, including standard rear-wheel steering, a mild-hybrid system, and plenty of power.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanRear-wheel steering is standard, as is adaptive suspension. Mercedes-AMG

The new turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 402 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque - up from last year's 385 ponies. It's paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-biased all-wheel drive. Mercedes says the powertrain is strong enough to propel the C43 to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds.

The four-cylinder is the first production engine with an electric exhaust-gas turbocharger. The tech came directly from the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team, who won the 2021 Constructor's Championship. Where traditional turbochargers have to build boost over a short period of time, an electric motor spins the turbo to start before allowing the exhaust gases to take over. The system is driven by the car's 48-volt mild-hybrid system and should reduce turbo lag and improve responsiveness.

2023 Mercedes-AMG C 43 SedanThe car's electric turbocharger is a first in a production car. Mercedes-AMG

Five driving modes are available, including Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport +, and Individual. The drive modes alter throttle and steering response, transmission shift points, exhaust sound, and settings for the adaptive dampers. Shockingly, the car comes standard with rear-wheel steering with an angle of up to 2.5 degrees. The system works at speeds of up to 37 mph, and can drastically reduce the C 43's turning radius while improving turn-in and handling.

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