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How great design shapes the behind the scene magic of manufacturing the BMW i3

The process featured here is a good exampled of what goes into manufacturing a next-generation vehicle. The product is an engineering and design marvel.

Carbon fiber isn’t necessarily replacing the metal in the i3, but acts as bracing and an energy deflector all over the safety cell, which allows BMW to use less of the heavier steels and more lightweight aluminum throughout the car.

Watch the BMW i3 being built from start to finish. Part 1: carbon fibre, battery assembly, assembly of the drive module.

Watch the BMW i3 being built from start to finish. Part 2: e-transmission assembly, electric engine construction, cockpit and dashboard moulding.

Watch the BMW i3 being built from start to finish. Part 3: body pressing, assembly, and painting.

Watch the BMW i3 being built from start to finish. Part 4: Final assembly.

Driving footage of the new BMW i3. The video also demonstrates use of the controls.

What are your thoughts on the BMW I3?

Volvo paint. Helping cyclists to stand out at night.

Volvo Cars presents LifePaint. The best way to survive a crash, is not to crash. LifePaint is a unique reflective safety spray. Invisible by daylight, it shines brightly in the glare of car headlights. Making the invisible, visible. Find out more at www.volvolifepaint.com #volvolifepaint

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If you can't buy LifePaint we have a solution for you.

We use reflective tape that is close to the same color as the paint on our bikes at the office. It's not that noticeable during the daylight, but when car lights hit our bike, it's just like this spray, only you don't have to re-apply every week.

It's held up for a few years on a daily commuter bike. We also have tape from the same company on the spokes. It's awesome. Use reflective tape that is close to the same color as the paint on your bike. Have a safe trip!