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BMW i3 tries to be the answer for a changing world [w/video]

By Sebastian Blanco

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The production version of the BMW i3 was unveiled yesterday at three simultaneous events in New York City, London and Beijing. Given that the i3 grew out a BMW electric vehicle project called Megacity, the urban debut locations make a lot of sense. Since BMW literally spent years researching urban trends in the Megacity project, years when the competition was building and selling EVs already, there is a lot of pressure on the German automaker to come out with an EV that is the right fit for today’s cities.

BMW’s message is that the i3 actually represents the beginning of electric mobility for the company.

BMW had help in this from the Mini E and Active E electric vehicle pilot programs. One way you can see the company’s EV history is in the location of the charge port on the rear passenger side. Most plug-in vehicles today put the charging connector in the front, but both the Mini E and Active E had a rear charge port and BMW didn’t get enough complaints to change it for the i3. If you opt to pay the roughly $4,000 extra for the gas-powered range extender, then your i3 will be built with a second fuel door, this one on the right front of the car. Putting the ports in these locations cuts down on the amount of fuel lines and wires required in the car, which in turn contributes to the i3’s light weight (official figures are not yet available, but BMW estimates the i3 weighs around 2,700 pounds). It’s all connected.

Despite BMW’s years of testing and driver feedback on earlier EV programs, the official message in New York was that the i3 actually represents the beginning of electric mobility for the company. As Norbert Reithofer, chairman of the board of management of BMW AG, said in New York, “The car has existed for nearly 130 years. Today marks a shift – a change – in the future of mobility.

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Chevy Cruze Reviewed, Audi RS 7 Priced: Car News Headlines

Today at The Car Connection, we reviewed the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze and we spied a 2016 Mercedes-Benz MLC-Class prototype. Audi priced the 2014 RS 7, and the Nissan Leaf electric car just might be the perfect New York City taxi cab. All this and more in today’s car news, right here on The Car Connection. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG might be… …read more

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Report: Mercedes leads in US luxury car thefts

By Brandon Turkus

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Mercedes-Benz makes some fine automobiles. The Silver Arrow’d cars are so good, apparently, that thieves can’t help but try to steal them. The German brand is at the top of the charts for luxury car thefts in the US, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, with New York City leading the way. (And those New Yorkers complain about Detroit being bad!)

The C-Class was the most stolen model, with 485 ganked between 2009 and 2012 in NYC alone, while the E-Class and S-Class (which also boasted the worst recovery rate, at 59 percent) both finished in the top ten. Following the C-Class was the BMW 3 Series and Infiniti G. Not surprisingly, each of these were the most common models in their respective lineups. Los Angeles and Miami are also prime hotspots for luxury car thefts, according to the Detroit News report.

While getting your car stolen is pretty awful, there was one inspiring statistic compiled by the NICB – the average recovery rate across the board was 84 percent, with the Cadillac CTS getting recovered 91 percent of the time.

Mercedes leads in US luxury car thefts originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 31 Jul 2013 08:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Anthony Weiner Marriage Poll Finds Many Think Huma Abedin Should Go Rather Than Stay

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Should Huma Abedin, wife of embattled former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, file for divorce in the wake of his latest scandal?

According to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll of 1,000 people, Americans are more likely to say that Abedin should end her marriage, rather than stick around and work on it.

Thirty-nine percent of poll respondents said that Abedin should file for divorce, while just 22 percent said she should stay and try to work on their marriage. Another 39 percent percent said they weren’t sure.

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Restaurant Chain Brings Xi'an Flavors To New York City

By Heng Shao, Forbes Staff

Every day at noon, a 30-minute line winds outside the 900-square-feet store of Xi’an Famous Foods in midtown Manhattan. Many of those in line may be unfamiliar with Xi’an, a city in western China’s Shaanxi Province and home to the terracotta warriors. Yet they all know the city’s signature dishes—spicy cumin lamb burgers, cold skin or hand-ripped noodles, and lamb “Pao-Mo” soup—thanks to Xi’an Famous Foods’ six branches in New York City and their surging popularity across a diverse crowd. Some of their more well-known customers include food program TV hosts Andrew Zimmern and Anthony Bourdain. …read more

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Timothy Keller Talks Christianity and Church's 'Biggest Problem'

Timothy Keller, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and author of the award-winning bestseller “The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism,” recently fielded dozens of questions about culture and Christianity from Twitter followers. The online dialogue included a provocative exchange with popular spoken word poet Jefferson Bethke in which he found one of the influential Christian minister’s responses to be “so true and so good.” …read more

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Vacation With Stacey Bendet: We've Got the Designer's Travel Diary!

By Leah Melby

When quirky-cool Stacey Bendet, the mastermind behind Alice + Olivia, invited us to come along on a Summer sojourn to Sun Valley, Idaho, we jumped at the chance! The designer shared some Instagram snaps from a trip earlier this month, and if you think her colorful style is reserved for New York City’s anything-goes fashion mentality . . . you’d be wrong. Like any good lover of clothes, Stacey’s trip involved multiple outfit changes a day and bold silhouettes styled with smart packing essentials like the classic tee. She gave us exclusive anecdotes about each look and proved that even in Idaho, you can’t keep a fashion girl down.

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Meet The Newest Generation Of Philanthropists

By Skoll World Forum, Contributor

Earlier this year, the 2013 Social Innovation Summit convened at the United Nations Plaza in New York City. To spotlight some of the ideas and initiatives represented at the conference, The Skoll World Forum asked some of the leading social innovators in attendance to share with us the latest insight into the power of impact investing, what drives millennials to philanthropy, how to end global child trafficking, and new ways to harness digital advocacy for social change. Participants include JPMorgan Chase & Co., Facebook, Hilton Worldwide and the Robin Hood Foundation. Read the full series here. …read more

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5 Steps To Generating Deeper Digital Engagement On Social Change

By Skoll World Forum, Contributor

Earlier this year, the 2013 Social Innovation Summit convened at the United Nations Plaza in New York City. To spotlight some of the ideas and initiatives represented at the conference, The Skoll World Forum asked some of the leading social innovators in attendance to share with us the latest insight into the power of impact investing, what drives millennials to philanthropy, how to end global child trafficking, and new ways to harness digital advocacy for social change. Participants include JPMorgan Chase & Co., Facebook, Hilton Worldwide and the Robin Hood Foundation. Read the full series here. …read more

Source: FULL ARTICLE at Forbes Latest

How To Stop Global Child Trafficking

By Skoll World Forum, Contributor

Earlier this year, the 2013 Social Innovation Summit convened at the United Nations Plaza in New York City. To spotlight some of the ideas and initiatives represented at the conference, The Skoll World Forum asked some of the leading social innovators in attendance to share with us the latest insight into the power of impact investing, what drives millennials to philanthropy, how to end global child trafficking, and new ways to harness digital advocacy for social change. Participants include JPMorgan Chase & Co., Facebook, Hilton Worldwide and the Robin Hood Foundation. Read the full series here. …read more

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Bill Ackman's Herbalife Nightmare Gets 100 Percent Worse

By Nathan Vardi, Forbes Staff

Seven months ago, billionaire hedge fund manager William Ackman stood on a New York City stage at an unorthodox event that he had organized and declared that Herbalife’s stock was going to collapse because the controversial nutritional supplements seller was a pyramid scheme. …read more

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Spitzer: I'm Not Voting for Weiner

By Ruth Brown

Ouch. When even the other sex scandal candidate won’t support you, you know you’re in trouble. In an interview with MSNBC, Eliot Spitzer said he won’t be voting for Anthony Weiner for mayor of New York City, and that he’d fire any public employee he caught sexting, the Hill reports…. …read more

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