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BMW cancels North American sales: all reasons

The North American division of BMW issued a notice of suspension of sales of all its models, new and used, in Canada and the United States due to not meeting emission standards in both countries. A decision that is surprising because of its suddenness but is more understandable when the reasons are known.

The company’s statement maintained that After a “quality analysis, BMW took steps to check the material used in a component of the motorcycle’s exhaust system”. And it says: “As a result, BMW of North America has issued a temporary and voluntary suspension of sales of all new and used models except the CE 04 motorcycle,” which is electric.

Finally, the statement explains that the “The temporary suspension of sales has nothing to do with the safety of motorcycles and that owners can continue to use their BMWs normally”. Whatever the problem with the exhaust system, BMW wants to continue to comply with the current regulations in North America, for the same reason that they are ahead of a possible financial fine by identifying a problem and stop selling.

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Dieselgate Volkswagen

The German company wants to avoid a problem like this one Volkswagen in September 2015 when it was discovered that they installed software to change the results of technical controls to pollute the emissions of 11 million cars with diesel engines, sold between 2009 and 2015.

The Volkswagen group must pay 17.5 billion dollars as compensation to the owners of the affected vehicles and to vendors. In addition, many owners decided to return the models. And in the United States he must paying the Department of Justice a fine of $4.3 billion.

CE-04: The only BMW standing

Until the suspension of sale is lifted, Only BMW CE-04 can be sold which is the first electric scooter from the relatively new German brand since it arrived on the market in 2021.

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Inside the BMW CE 04 we find an 8.9 kW battery capable of offering a maximum autonomy of up to 130 kilometers. But others, BMW will offer a smaller version in terms of power with around 100 kilometers of autonomy it is very clear that we are talking about a car that is completely designed for urban areas.

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The downside about batteries is that They are not removable, so they require specific charging points whether public or private to recharge and keep moving, which further promotes daily use to go to and from work or less long trips which allows you to reach for the plug with peace of mind.

The motor, electric of course, is located in the frame and has a maximum power of 31 kW (equivalent to 42 HP) which allows to reach 100 km/h in approximately 5 seconds in the most powerful version, while the smallest remains in 23 kW. However, in both cases The maximum speed is up to 120 km/h.

In terms of chassis and suspensions, it has a traditional tubular structure and one telescopic fork with 35 millimeter diameter bars on the front axle, while for the rear suspension it includes a single-sided swingarm combined with a shock absorber with direct anchors.

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He was born in 1981 and is a sports journalist who graduated from DeporTEA in 2001. Since March 2004, when he joined Motorpress Argentina, he has fully dedicated himself to the world of motorcycles.

At Motorpress Argentina he started creating content for the “Autos” and “TC 2000” channels of the Terra Argentina portal and then held various positions in all the publisher’s special publications: Auto Test, Auto Plus , La Moto, Transporte Mundial and Maxi Tuning.

In 2007 and 2008 he was a New Products Judge at SEMA in Las Vegas (USA). And then he also collaborated with other magazines in the sector. In addition, he is the editor of the various scale car and motorcycle collections he has created for Random Penguin House.

Since the beginning of 2018 he is the Content Director of digital media at Motorpress Argentina.

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